What is your name and how would you describe yourself?
My name is Nyawira Njeru.I am a director at a medical diagnostic technological company known as Becton Dickinson. We are 128 years’ old serving the science and lab industry in Kenya and Africa. We are have 3 branches across Africa in Accra, Nairobi and South Africa. I came here in 2004 till 2014 then went out and came back in February 2017 but in this time in the global health platform.
What has been the highlight of your career?
My career has evolved drastically I started out in clinical practice then moved into sales in the pharmaceutical industry then I joined to BD in market development which developed to business development and management. My highlight is coming from the clinical sector and moving to the business world. I love the values of the organization because they are similar and close to my heart.
What are some of the challenges you face as an organization?
The public health sector always has a low budget especially in developing countries and this makes our work tougher because we are unable to offer the very best because the budget doesn’t fit the service.
How do you balance work life and marriage life?
I always try to find a balance between the two. I am married and I have two children 9 and 4.I have a very supportive family and spouse.my mum steps in to help when am not around. My kids know that I travel a lot and have adapted to it.
Where do you see yourself 10 years from now?
I have a passion for health. I see myself in the shaping the public sector but on a global level. I want to give much more to the health sector. I want to be involved in a leadership position or at an advantage point where I can be in the decision making process and implementation and formulation of health policies.
What advice would you give to people who look up to you?
Begin with a dream that is yours. Wake up every morning trying to define your purpose and go for it.Strive to be the best you can be. There is only one of you so strive to be the best you can be.
How many sustainable goals have you achieved?
Women have created a level playing field for women in the organization. They are now involved in high levels of leadership in the organization.
Who inspires you?
My late father always believed in me even when I didn’t believe in myself. He saw something in me when I didn’t see anything in myself and it made me look internally and figure out who I am. I want to strive to be the best person I can be and give back to society just as much as I have been given.
How does your organization give back to society?
We do skills and knowledge transfer through teaching people in the medical field by building a partnership with different organizations, we do philanthropy and give donations to needy communities, we have a mentor ship program, we have also built boreholes in Kitui after we realized that women had to walk an average of 20 kilometers a day to just access water.