Mary Ng'endo Kanui is currently working with the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) as the Transformative Adaptation and Social Equity Implementation Lead for Building Systemic Resilience Against Climate Variability and Extremes (ClimBeR) initiative.
Kanui is a Social Scientist specializing in agri-food systems, with experience in gender and agriculture, nutrition-agriculture-climate linkages, multiple models of sustainable agriculture as well as rural development.
Kanui previously worked as IRRI’s Social Inclusion Specialist, where she guided and supported in ensuring that farmers’ and consumers’ perspectives are incorporated in IRRI’s research work and decision-making. She has also worked with other CGIAR centers, specifically, the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) and the Alliance of Bioversity International and CIAT where she worked as the Nutrition and Food Security Specialist and as an Agriculture-Nutrition Linkages Research Fellow respectively. Besides research, Kanui previously worked as Poverty and Equity Consultant at The World Bank Group. She also has experience having worked as the Nutrition-sensitive Agriculture Consultant at the German International Corporation (GIZ).
Kanui has published multiple articles in peer-reviewed academic journals mainly on the nexus of nutrition and food security with multiple models of sustainable agriculture (read more about her work on GoogleScholar, ORCID, and ResearchGate profiles).
She holds a PhD and a Master in Environmental Geography, both from the University of Oxford, United Kingdom (U.K). In addition, Kanui has a Master's degree in Environmental Science from Kenyatta University, Kenya, where she also graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry.