Christopher K. Wanyoike
Mr. Christopher Kanyori Wanyoike is a public health manager with a pharmaceutical background and more than 16 years experience in strategic planning, operations, marketing, networking and communications in both the public and private sectors.
Chris has worked with Nutrition International since February 2008 as the Director of Nutrition International Kenya. In this role, he oversees program development, project and activity management and the dissemination and evaluation of micronutrient interventions. He also manages Nutrition International’s collaborations in country and promotes micronutrient programming in support of the Government of Kenya’s strategy to reduce child mortality, promote child development and improve women’s health. To maintain and strengthen Nutrition International’s partnerships, he reports to partners and shares information about projects carried out through the institutions within the Health Sector-wide Approach (SWAp) system and working groups.
Chris has a Bachelor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Nairobi, Kenya and a Diploma in Sales Management and Marketing from the College of Professional Management in the United Kingdom.
Chris interned as a Pharmacist with the Ministry of Health in both Nairobi and Mombasa. He first worked with C. Mehta & Co. in Nairobi as a Medical Sales Representative, then joined Warner Lambert (K) Ltd. as a Territory Manager for the Nairobi, Rift Valley and Western Kenya regions, before becoming the Assistant Products Manager for East Africa. Chris held various marketing and advisory positions in Nairobi at the World Council of Credit Unions in its Microfinance Expansion Programme. Also in Nairobi, he worked as a Training Development Advisor at Strathmore University and as a Management Adviser for Maer Associates Ltd, Management Consultants.
Prior to joining Nutrition International, Chris was the Operations Director for the Sustainable Healthcare Foundation (SHF) in Nairobi, an organization that established and runs a prototype retail micro-franchise distribution network to provide essential drugs and basic health services at the community level in Kenya.
Chris’ key achievements as Director of Nutrition International Kenya include the following:
- Assisted in initiating the Consortium that is implementing the Community Based Maternal and Newborn Nutrition and Health Project in five districts in Kakamega County, Kenya (2011-2015). This project will directly benefit almost 30,000 pregnant women and newborns.
- Currently establishing a fully functional country program and office operations for Nutrition International in Kenya with a diversified portfolio of projects including public-private projects in the food trade industry, and projects that will integrate nutrition interventions in maternal, child health and development services at national and community levels.
- Contributed to the restructuring of the National Fortification Alliance and its alignment with the SWAp framework.
- Assisted in the development of the 2010-2013 National Food Fortification Project Plan (Flour and Cooking oil), which received funding from GAIN.
- Supported the design and implementation of the 2011 Kenya National Micronutrient Survey.
- From 2008 to the present, supported the establishment of a household monitoring system for iodized salt in Kenya. Annual monitoring of household consumption has shown that coverage with adequately iodized salt in Kenya remains above 90%.