Sister Jane Wakahiu, LSOSF, Ph.D., is a member of the Institute of the Little Sisters of Saint Francis, Kenya. Wakahiu oversees the planning, development, implementation, and evaluation of the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation’s Catholic Sisters Initiative and its Catholic Education Programs. Her responsibilities are to advance the vitality of congregations of women religious globally, enabling sisters to contribute more profoundly to sustainable human development, as well as to enhance the effectiveness of Catholic schools. She also contributes to the Foundations strategic planning and implementation.
Before joining Conrad N. Hilton Foundation, she was the Executive Director of the African Sisters Education Collaborative (ASEC) where she implemented the Collaborative’s many programs by working closely with conferences of major superiors, religious congregations and institutes, twenty-three partner colleges and universities in the United States and Africa, and major foundations. Wakahiu lead the first ASEC’s strategic planning, provided technical support to training partners and building coalitions to execute educational programs across ten countries in Africa. Has extensive experience in developing strategic frameworks, management of complex change initiatives, fundraising, international program design, and implementation, and strong analytical skills.
Wakahiu has extensively taught at the undergraduate and graduate level at Marywood University, designed higher education and leadership development programs, and has a breadth of teaching and administrative experience from leading a high school in Kenya and as a leader of women organizations. She has served onvarious boards and advisory boards of high school and women organization in Africa including the African Sisters Education Collaboration.
An accomplished author and the editor of, “Transformative Partnerships: The Role of Agencies, Church and Religious Institutes in Promoting Strategic Social and Sustainable Change in Africa,” lead editor of, “Voices of Courage: Historical, Sociocultural and Educational Journeys of Women Religious in Africa,” and co-author of, “Fundamentals of Research Methods in Education: A Students’ Handbook.” Wakahiu’s peer-reviewed articles are published in national and international journals and a contributing writer for the Global Sisters Report.
Wakahiu earned a Bachelor of Education Degree from Catholic University of Eastern Africa, Kenya, a Master of Arts Degree from Saint Bonaventure University, Olean, New York, and Ph.D. in Human Development/Higher Education Administration from Marywood University, Scranton, Pennsylvania.