Dr. Wenwa Akinyi Odinga Oranga PhD. - Brief Resume

Dr. Wenwa Akinyi Odinga Oranga PhD.

President-JOOF USA

Amb. Dr. Wenwa is currently the Consul General at the Kenya Consulate, Los Angeles. Before that she was a professor of Organic Chemistry at the Department of Chemistry, University of Nairobi.


She has a long experience in the public sector, having worked at the Pyrethrum Board of Kenya, an Industry concerned with processing and marketing pyrethrum based products, a natural insecticide. She joined the Board as Senior Chemist in charge of Research and development, before being promoted to the post of Chief Chemist, thereby becoming the first woman to head a department in the Organization. She also worked with the Commission for Higher Education, a body responsible for coordination of University education in Kenya.  She was in the Universities accreditation section, in charge of curriculum development for private Universities in Kenya.


Amb.Dr. Wenwa is in the Kenya Book of records written by Francis Wachira as the first Kenyan woman to obtain a doctorate degree in Chemistry.Her other previous engagements include:

  • Secretary, Maendeleo Ya Wanawake, A Kenyan national Women’s empowerment body, for Rachuonyo District.
  • Board Member of several schools including; Maseno School, Nyatindo Mixed Secondary School, Omboga Secondary school and is patron of Atilili Primary School, and Ojuando Secondary School.
  • Treasurer of the Nyanza Professional Caucus
  • Director, Pan African Petroleum.
  • Trustee, Jaramogi Oginga Odinga Foundation
  • Chairperson of the Staff Welfare, Agricultural Shows and student guidance/counseling committee.


Member of several professional bodies including Natural Products Research Network for Eastern and Central Africa (NAPRECA), I.U.P.A.C., Kenya Chemical Society, Technical Committee of Nyanza Education Initiative. Council of the Kenya National Archives, National Steering Committee for development of Science and Technology Parks.

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