Lizz Ntonjira is a strategic communications and public policy professional with extensive experience gained within a number of roles in the public, private and international development sectors spanning over 15 years. Lizz has been pivotal in transforming brand perception, developing internal & external communication strategies, resource mobilization, stakeholder mapping and engagement, policy facilitation and led in the public/private partnership dialogues in her various capacities over the decade. She has led and advised various institutions to deliver scalable programs, manage risk, and identify opportunities as well as to overcome critical stakeholder engagement challenges. Lizz has received a myriad of awards and recognitions over the tenure in the various capacities she has served.
Lizz holds a Bachelor Degree in Law from the Catholic University of Eastern Africa, a Post Graduate Professional Diploma in Public Relations from the Chartered Institute of Public Relations in the UK and a Master’s Degree in Public Policy and Management from Strathmore Business School (Strathmore University). She is also a Public Policy Management Fellow from Virginia Commonwealth University in Virginia USA and a recipient of former US President Barack Obama’s Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders (2015).
Top 25 Most Powerful Women in the C-Suite Impacting Business 2022
In her current role as the Global communications Director at Amref Health Africa, Lizz Ntonjira has spearheaded some remarkable advocacy campaigns that have led to both social behaviour changes.
CHAMPION in the #ExemplaryLeadership Category for the Top35 Under35 2021 Awards
Named and recognized as a CHAMPION in the #ExemplaryLeadership Category for the Top35 Under35 2021 Awards, by Youth Agenda- Kenya.
BIC Top Writers in Kenya
Awarded by BIC as one of the top 70 writers in Kenya whose written words have a positive influence on the people in Kenya and around the world.
Elle Magazine Key African Youth Influencer
Featured by Elle Magazine (May Issue, 2021) as a key African Youth Influencer impacting positively on the youth development agenda through my book #YouthCan.
Top 25 Most Powerful Women in C-Suite Impacting Business
Recognized and featured as Top 25 Most Powerful Women in C-Suite Impacting Business via a 2021 survey by The Business Monthly Magazine- East Africa Edition.
Inaugural Lioness Awards
Awarded in the inaugural 2021 Lioness Award, under Media Category, by the Jennifer Riria Foundation for an outstanding role in youth advocacy, particularly for her book #YouthCan.
2020 Top 100 Kenyans
Recognized as 2020 Top 100 Kenyans for impactful developmental work, by Kenyans.co.ke, a media publishing house.
2019 100 Most Influential Young Africans
Recognized as 2019 100 Most Influential Young Africans, by Avance Media, a leading PR and rating Company.
2019 Movers and Shakers Award (USA)
Winner for Community Builder
Recognized and awarded as a 2019 Mover and Shaker in the category of ‘Winner for Community Builder’ in the annual Social Shake-Up Show for having demonstrated that she is an industry thought leader in the use of social media for her organization. The awards took place on May 6, 2019 in Atlanta, USA.
2019 Young Leader in the annual National Diversity and Inclusion Awards (Kenya)
Recognized as a 2019 Young Leader in the National Diversity and Inclusion Awards and Recognition in the award category of Diversity and Inclusion Award for Youth in leadership.
2018 Africa Youth Leader
Recognized as the 2018 Africa Youth Leader of the Year by the Africa Youth Awards.
2018 100 Most Influential Young Kenyans
Lizz was ranked top 100 most influential young Kenyans in 2018 by Avance Media, a leading PR and rating Company. The Most Influential Young Kenyans initiative is an annual awards and ranking scheme for young Kenyan Achievers between 15-40 years, spearheaded by Avance Media a social enterprise and Jagari Designs in partnership with various Organisations.
IBM Smart Communicator Award
Awarded the ‘IBM Smart Communicator Award’ for World Class Media Relations and exemplary communications work in Middle East and Africa at IBM. (June 2018)
2018 International Woman in Tech
Awarded ‘International Woman in Tech’ in the prestigious Women4Africa Awards that took place in Kensington, London on 19th May 2018.
2015 Mandela Washington Fellow
Recipient of former US President Barack Obama 2015 Mandela Washington Fellowship. The Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders is a flagship program of Former US President Obama’s Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI).
14th session of the Intergovernmental group of experts on Competition Law and Policy
Invited by the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development to make a presentation on communication strategies as a tool for agency effectiveness at the 14th session of the Intergovernmental group of experts on Competition Law and Policy in Geneva, Switzerland. (2014)