Rose Wachuka Macharia
Rose Wachuka Macharia, Master of Public Policy (2016) Linacre College
“I am a self-professed career public servant. I want to serve my country, my continent and the world in the public service. This devotion drove me to expand my sphere of academic discipline beyond Law and International Relations to Public Policy and Government” – Rose Wachuka Macharia
Rose works as an Advisor and Personal Assistant to the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Kenya, Amb. (Dr.) Amina Mohamed. Her designation is ‘Senior Foreign Service Officer’ and this means that her daily output involves briefing and advising the Minister on various aspects of foreign and domestic policy. She also manages Amb. Mohamed’s portfolio and daily engagements.
For Rose, the Masters in Public Policy at the Blavatnik School of Oxford offers many returns: the thorough academic experience, the practical exposure to emerging issues of policy and negotiating solutions, and one of the most dynamic cohorts in any school of Public Policy in the world – the class had students from 55 nationalities – which turned out to be one of the richest experiences of her life. In addition to that, the seasoned faculty and the great networks, and the atmosphere of Oxford itself… the richness of it’s newness and age… were irreplaceable.
Even though she knew as she was applying that she would enjoy some of those benefits, the measure has far outweighed her expectations.
Before Oxford, she served as a Law Clerk to the Supreme Court of Kenya where she worked with the Justices of the inaugural Supreme Court of Kenya under the leadership of Chief Justice, Dr. Willy Mutunga and Deputy Chief Justice, Kalpana Rawal, to develop Kenya’s indigenous jurisprudence through research and thorough legal analysis.
She received three prestigious scholarships to finance her studies in Oxford, namely:
1. The Chief Justice’s Scholarship Award, issued by The Judiciary, Republic of Kenya. This is an initiative of the Chief Justice and the Judiciary Training Institute under Pillar 2 of the Judiciary Transformation Framework (JTF) 2012-2016. Pillar 2 is about Transformative Leadership, Organizational Culture and Professional Staff. Before the JTF, a policy of discouraging further study was enforced with regrettable systemic impact on institutional performance. The Chief Justice’s Scholarship Award Scheme aims at changing this culture by encouraging, rewarding and celebrating continuous learning, merit and excellence.
2. The Foreign and Commonwealth Office Chevening Scholarship. “Chevening Scholarships are awarded to outstanding emerging leaders to pursue a one-year Master’s at any UK university. The scholarship programme provides a unique opportunity for future leaders, influencers, and decision-makers from all over the world to develop professionally and academically, network extensively, experience UK culture, and build lasting positive relationships with the UK.” Source: (http://www.chevening.org/kenya)
3. The African Democratic Institute and Blavatnik School of Government MPP Award. This award is offered to Public Policy students who exhibit strong leadership and have the potential to contribute to African leadership through effective, informed and principled public service.
Oxford gave Rose a space to have wonderful conversations. She met incredible people and made lifetime friends. She became a part of a number of impactful networks, which she continues to leverage in her current professional positions. One of these networks is a group of top notch healthcare professionals who together are helping actualise Kenya’s vision for Universal Health Coverage. Favourite thing about Oxford? “The people. The spaces. BSG and Linacre”
And the most exciting thing she did while studying in Oxford? – “Punting! and endless dancing!”