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Class 11 (2012-2014)

Wilson Kimeli Naiyomah, Kenya

Duke University – Master in International Development Policy

Wilson Kimeli Naiyomah holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in Biological Sciences from Stanford University. He previously worked as a researcher in the department of Anesthesia at the Stanford Medical School, focusing on Heat Shock proteins. Kimeli also runs several community development projects that have brought clean water to his village in Kenya, built a primary school, and currently distributing solar lanterns to thousands of households. Born in Enoosaen Village in Kenya, he first came to the United States after a Washington Post article inspired Americans to sponsor his studies at the University of Oregon. In response to 9/11, Kimeli coordinated a gift of cattle from his tribe to console the people of the United States. A New York best seller children’s picture book based on Kimeli’s 14cows story has been published by Peachtree publishers in Atlanta. Kimeli has been selected as a Rotary International World Peace Fellow and is be studying at Duke in the MIDP program. He plans to work in International Diplomacy promoting peace and cross-cultural understanding through a concept he calls Compassionate Diplomacy.

Applied Field Experience

One Million Lights in Palo Alto, CA