Koli, Margaret

Education Programme Associate

Selected NON-UNU Publications
  • Margaret Koli
    PACET (Pan African Cooperation and Educational Technologies)

    Research Interests

    • Business development
    • Energy
    • Extractive industries and governance
    • Water resource management


    • 2010–2013 UNESCO Chair - Universitat Jaume I, Generalitat Valencia, Spain, M.Phil Peace, Conflict and Development, Concentration: Extractive industries in Africa, livelihoods and environmental sustainability
    • Jun–Aug 2012 University of Oslo, Oslo, Norway, Post-graduate dip. Energy, Environment and Sustainable Development, Concentration: International corporations, energy, urban planning and climate change
    • 2006–2009 United States International University - Africa, Nairobi, Kenya, BSc. International Business Administration, Concentration: Marketing


    • 2014 to date: Medecins Sans Frontieres Association East Africa Association
    • 2015-2017: UN-Habitat Youth Advisory Board Member for Africa
    • 2015: Aspen Institute Ideas Award
    • 2014: World Bank award for crowd funding mentorship
    • 2009: Luo Hong foundation award for the environment
    • 2004: Ford Foundation Uongozi Bora citizenship and leadership fellow

    Biographical Statement

    Margaret Koli is an associate within the EduSphere section at UNU-EHS for the Pan African University Institute of Water and Energy Sciences (including Climate Change) (PAUWES) project. She joined UNU after leading partnerships at Human Needs Project, an organization dedicated to providing innovative energy, water and sanitation solutions to people living in informal urban settlements. She has also worked for Doctors Without Borders (MSF-Spain), the UN World Humanitarian Summit, the African Union and UN Environment.

    Her academic research on livelihoods and environmental governance in extraction industries led her to work on a research commissioned by International Alert on Governance and Livelihoods in Uganda’s Oil-Rich Albertine Graben. She further delved into this research track at the University of Oslo where she had the opportunity to examine governance structures and environmental accountability in extraction industries.

    Margaret has been a spokesperson at high-level international conferences for the initiatives with which she collaborates. She has won awards such as the Aspen Institute Ideas, Luo Hong Foundation and Bayer Young Environmental Envoy. She is currently a member of the UN Habitat Youth Advisory Board and Médecins Sans Frontières – East Africa Association.

  • Reports

    • Late Nobel Peace Laureate Wangari Maathai’s work with rural youth. Working paper. UNDP- Kenya Climate Change, Environment and Conflicts in Africa