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Elkanah Odembo is the Former Kenyan Ambassador to the United States of America. Prior to this appointment, he was the director of Ufadhili Trust (Centre for Philanthropy and Social Responsibility). He previously worked as a consultant to the Ford Foundation as coordinator of Africa Philanthropy Initiative; World Neighbors as East Africa representative; and as research officer for the African Medical Research Foundation. He is also chairman of the Kenya Community Development Foundation, lead facilitator for Kenya Poverty Reduction Strategy Paper Consultation Process, and member of the selection committee for the UNDP Africa 2000 Project. Between 1994 and 2000, he was a member of Kenya Community Development Foundation Board, founding member of NGO Coalition for East Africa, member of National Advisory Committee for Health Research, member of NGO Co-ordination Board of Kenya, chairperson of Kenya National Council of Non-Governmental Organizations, and member of National Committee for Social Dimensions of Development. Elkanah has a bachelors degree in biology and sociology and a masters degree in community health (epidemiology). He is married with has two children and enjoys sports and observing nature. He is a Fellow of the inaugural class of the Africa Leadership Initiative-East Africa and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.