Former Cabinet Secretary Prof. Judi Wakhungu has been awarded the Graduate School Humanitarian Award by the Pennsylvania  State Graduate School.

The award honours Penn State graduates who have achieved extraordinary success in their chosen field within the first ten years after graduating with a master’s degree.

The former CS is best remembered for being the driving force for the first nationwide ban on single-use polythene plastic bags, when she held the environment docket.

Taking to her social media page, Wakhungu said , “Grateful to be in esteemed company! ”

According to Pennsylvania State Graduate School, success can be demonstrated in a variety of ways, such as demonstrated leadership or significant contributions.

Prof. Wakhungu began her career as a science, technology, and society associate professor. She was the founding director of the Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) institute.

Upon Prof. Wakhungu’s return to Kenya, she served as the country’s cabinet secretary for Environment and Natural Resources.

Prof. Wakhungu earned a doctorate in energy resources management from Pennsylvania State University in 1993.