Kenyan social entrepreneur, philanthropist and politician, Esther Muthoni Passaris OGW was born on 20th October 1964. She enrolled in the Advanced Management Program course at Strathmore Business School in December 2006 between Strathmore University and the University of Navarra. She also has a Diploma in Law from the University of London.
Esther has two children with Kenyan businessman Pius Ngugi but they never got married and she filled for several lawsuits against Ngugi for breach of promise to marry and claims of resources to cater for her children.
Esther is a member of the Kenya National Congress and has run for member of parliament for Embakasi Constituency as well as for women’s representative for Nairobi County. She is regarded as one of the most popular and influential female public figures in Kenyan business and politics.
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During the 2013 general election, Esther ran for the women’s representative for Nairobi County and was also a candidate for the post of Mayor of Nairobi. She is currently a member of Kenya National Congress, a Kenyan political party. She is running for the Nairobi Women Representative in Kenya,s forthcoming fifth election this August 2017.
She was also the CEO and founder of “One in a Million” campaign which was operating under Driving Kenya Foundation, a non-profit charitable organization, aimed at fighting problems in Kenya, such as poverty and unemployment, and promoting urban and rural development.
She has won several awards which includes:
- Most influential women in business and government by CEO Global, South Africa in 2016.
- UN Habitat Business Awards by UN Habitat in 2009; and
- Order of Grand Warrior (OGW) by former President of Kenya, Mwai Kibaki in 2008.