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Every year the Mid-Career/MPA Mason Fellows are the first to arrive on campus for a two-week summer seminar program. This year, several of them have volunteered to introduce themselves through the Harvard Kennedy School School (HKS) admissions blog with a self-authored post.
Below is a selected portion of the blog recently posted by George Mukundi Wachira:
I am an advocate of the High Court of Kenya and Pan-African human rights lawyer. I have a law degree from the University of Nairobi, Kenya and a master and doctorate in international human rights law from the University of Pretoria, South Africa.
I am currently the coordinator of the African Governance Architecture and Platform with the African Union Commission in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
While working with civil society, I realized that while the private sector and civil society are important actors in enhancing service delivery to the people, the greatest enabler or “disabler” of development, social change and realization of human rights is government. The crucial role of effective and visionary public service leadership, management and administration cannot be overemphasized, which explains my motivation to join the MC/MPA Mason Fellows program at the Kennedy School to enhance my skills in public service delivery and leadership.
My journey to HKS is a product of many factors, but one stands out – the confidence and faith of many people who believe in my potential to play a significant role in Africa’s development and public leadership, particularly in my country, Kenya. These individuals have and will remain key pillars in my journey as a student and beyond. My wife Gladys Mukundi leads in that regard, but two particular individuals deserve special mention – Yasmin Sooka of South Africa who nominated and encouraged me to apply to the program, and Christopher Avery, Roy E. Larsen Professor of Public Policy and Management, who patiently guided me through the application process.
Being an MC/MPA Mason Fellow has been one of the most humbling experiences – you quickly realize and appreciate how little you know in life.
Overall it has already been a mind-blowing opportunity and experience, far exceeding my expectations – the intellectual stimulation, comparable experience and lessons sharing, global outlook and exchanges with world-renowned academics and global change agents as colleagues, not to mention the phenomenal networking opportunities. I certainly can’t wait for the year ahead, which already seems to be flying by rather fast.
George Mukundi Wachira, Mason Fellow
"Being an MC/MPA Mason Fellow has been one of the most humbling experiences – you quickly realize and appreciate how little you know in life," says Wachira.