Martine Bolsens Peetermans

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Job Title : Founder, Umoja Co-Founder, Kenya Women Rising

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March 15, 2016

I believe that we are all connected to each other, and that we all hold a moral and human responsibility to each other. I believe education is the most powerful tool in empowering communities to break through the constraints that are holding them back, allowing individuals to envision a new future in which each has the opportunity to thrive in a dignified life. I believe in giving back and reaching out, and that there is richness in diversity. I am an advocate, a bridge-builder and a connector. I belong to a global network of passionate agents of change and feel privileged to be a link in the chain of positive global transformation.


As the co-founder of Kenya Women Rising, I facilitated the Inaugural Transformational Leadership Program at Egerton University in February 2017.


In the Bay Area, I work with disadvantaged women with a background of emotional and substance abuse, often with a history of incarceration, and who are now looking forward to a brighter future. These courageous women are eager to have their hands on the steering wheel of their life so the vicious circle may end with them, opening up never-imagined opportunities for the next generation.


Through my work as Global Ambassador with Global Women’s Leadership Network, I have the honor and privilege of meeting a number of outstanding women game changers. Adding my voice to theirs, and carrying their vision forward allows me to be part of the global change movement.


I proudly serve on the board of a variety of organizations and non-profits:

  • Santa Clara University, Santa Clara, USA: Executive Committee of Board of Fellows
  • Destiny Reflection, Kolkata, India: US Board Member
  • Amici Lovanienses, San Francisco, USA: Director of West Coast Operations
  • Healthier Kids Foundation, Santa Clara, USA


Bachelors of Arts, Karel de Grote Hogeschool, Berchem, Belgium.

Co-Founder of the Student Care Group for Junior High and High School Students,

St. Michielscollege, Brasschaat, Belgium.

  • : Founder, Umoja Co-Founder, Kenya Women Rising
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