Pauline comes from the Rift Valley Province in Kenya, where her family still resides. She came to the U.S. to study and earned a Ph.D. in 2000. She joined UNAIDS in 2006 as the Senior Officer for Women and AIDS Advocacy, and currently serving as the Senior Partnership Advisor for UNAIDS.
Before her time at UNAIDS, Pauline was the Global Health Council’s Community and Faith-Based Organization Outreach Coordinator and was with the AIDSMARK team at Population Services International.
Pauline serves in several boards and advisory groups including, Christian Connection for International Health, Women Deliver Advisory Group, Circle of Concerned African Women Theologians, Foundation for Sustainable Development, and ENIWARE.
In 2011, Pauline received the United Methodist Church Global Leadership Award. She holds a master’s degree in Divinity from Yale University Divinity School and a Ph.D. from the Union Theological Seminary.
Pauline’s goal in life is to challenge injustice that render women, girls and marginalized communities vulnerable -– addressing policies, structural, cultural and religious teaching and practices that undermine their human rights. She believes in saving lives, even when it means saving one life at a time.
In addition to being an advocate, Pauline devotes her resources to educate children in Kenya and to support families affected by HIV and gender-based violence.