Betty Karanja

Senior Curator with the National Museums of Kenya, heading the Nairobi Gallery Museum and National Monument

Betty Karanja is a Senior Curator with the National Museums of Kenya, heading the Nairobi Gallery Museum and National Monument, a position she has held for the last year. Having worked in the museum for the past 17 years, she has served in various other capacities, including as Exhibitions Curator at the Nairobi National Museum, Curator of the Nyeri Museum and as an education officer.

With this extensive experience in the museum field, she is highly skilled in curatorial practice, exhibition development, collection management and building relationships with artists, collectors, donors, and other stakeholders. She is particularly interested in promoting cultural heritage and the preservation of cultural and natural heritage sites and collections. She is committed to using her skills and expertise to promote peace and support sustainable development through cultural understanding. She has also been involved in various projects geared towards realising the decentralisation as well as decolonisation of museums.

Betty has an undergraduate degree in Anthropology and a master’s in Project Planning and Management. She is the current International Council of Museums (ICOM)-Kenya National Committee Secretary, a member of the International Committee on Museum Security (ICMS) and an alumni of the Getty Leadership Institute at Claremont Graduate University in Los Angeles, USA.

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