ABOUT THE MILLENNIUM FELLOWSHIP - CLASS OF 2021
United Nations Academic Impact and MCN are proud to partner on the Millennium Fellowship. In 2021, over 25,000 young leaders on 2,000+ campuses across 153 nations applied to join the Class of 2021. 136 campuses worldwide (just 6%) were selected to host the 2,000+ Millennium Fellows. The Class of 2021 is bold, innovative, and inclusive.
UNITED NATIONS ACADEMIC IMPACT AND MCN PROUDLY PRESENT PHYLLIS NEUMBE MWAMBU, A MILLENNIUM FELLOW AND CAMPUS DIRECTOR FOR THE CLASS OF 2021.
University of Nairobi Chiromo Campus | Nairobi, Kenya | Advancing SDG 15 & UNAI 9
" The Millennium Fellowship is a great opportunity
for me to develop and polish my leadership
skills that will be essential for my academic,
community, and professional success.
For example; the challenge to Millennium
fellows to develop a plan of action together
towards Standard Development Goals will involve listening,
uncovering, and sharing creative ideas. This
will make us more connected and collaborative
than ever, fostering strong relationship
building. The result is an elevation in being a
better contributor, leader, and team player.
This fellowship offers a chance to interact with
people from diverse backgrounds and
academic disciplines from all over the world.
It's an opportunity to learn from like-minded
individuals, build confidence and expand my
global network. During the program, it will be
important for me to demonstrate strong
teamwork skills, in both virtual and face-to-
Listening to different perspectives will help me
see multiple sides of an issue and sharpen my
empathic listening skills as a leader. I will be mentored and emerge as a
better colleague and leader. "
Millennium Fellowship Project: Greening Kwetu Initiative
Greening Kwetu Initiative is a project about protecting natural forests by forestation - planting of new trees to create new forests, and reforestation - replanting of trees in degraded forests that have been destroyed by deforestation. My mission is to revert dryland areas into agriculturally productive land by planting trees. Planting trees is an effective method of transforming arid and semiarid areas. Places with more trees experience regular rainfall hence planting trees is a perfect way to improve weather patterns. Tree leaves and branches also help to reduce the impact of raindrops on the soil preventing erosion by water drops. Tree roots also hold the soil together in place during flooding so farmers can have fertile soil for agricultural crops. Trees play a crucial role in the well-being of our planet and if the problem of deforestation is not rectified and addressed quickly, we might be pointing towards societal collapse.
About the Millennium Fellow
Phyllis Mwambu is a first-generation University student pursuing a degree in Analytical chemistry at the University Of Nairobi, Kenya. While on campus, she assists students and faculty as an instructional student, and is the organizing secretary of the Chiromo Environmental Awareness Club. She recently spearheaded a project called Greening Kwetu Initiative whose mission is to turn around dryland areas into agriculturally productive land through creating small forests of at least 3,000 trees in arid and semi-arid areas in Kenya. She is committed to working with local and international networks to improve the social, economic, and environmental well-being of her community through SDG goal 15, Life on Land.
Phyllis also hopes to light the path and serve as role model for young Kenyan girls who wish to have careers in science and contribute to the UNAI principles of sustainability.