Hon Naisula Lesuuda became the first woman to be elected as a Member of Parliament (MP) from Samburu County in August, 2017 to represent the people of Samburu West constituency in the Kenyan National Assembly. She is the current Chairperson of the Regional Integration Committee and a member of the Budget Committee in Parliament.
Hon. Lesuuda’s political journey started in 2013 when she was nominated to serve as a Senator in Kenya where she also served as the vice chair of the Kenya Women Parliamentary Association (KEWOPA). Prior to that, she ran a Media consultancy firm and worked as a trainer and workshop facilitator. She has worked as a journalist for the Kenya Broadcasting Corporation (KBC) as a News Anchor, Reporter and host of Good Morning Kenya.
Hon. Lesuuda who is a communication and Community Development graduate and currently pursuing an MA in Public Policy and Administration has been recognized for her achievements as a legislator, journalist and activist. She is a founding Member of the Peace Caravan, an initiative to advocate peace throughout Kenya by collecting and broadcasting peace-related news, lobbying and visiting conflicting pastoralist communities; that led to her becoming the youngest awardee of the Order of the Grand Warrior of Kenya (OGW) in 2011. In the same year, she received the International Labour Organization’s (ILO) Wedge Award for Outstanding Professional Women.
In 2017, she was one of the Mipad Global top 100 under 40 most influential people of African descent in politics and governance in Africa and across the Diaspora. In the same year, she was selected by the World Economic Forum among 100 young leaders, under the age of 40 who are tackling the world’s most complex challenges with innovative approaches. In 2014, she was recognized by Forbes Magazine among six Kenyan women in their annual list of 20 Youngest Power Women in Africa.
She was voted as one of the five winners of the 2018 inaugural One Young World Awards. She bagged the World Politician of the Year Award for outstanding contribution in peace and education in her community.
Hon Naisula Lesuuda is the Founder and Executive Director of Naisula Lesuuda Peace Foundation, a non-profit making organization that promotes peaceful coexistence of pastoral communities, empowers vulnerable children from marginalized communities to access quality