1986, Kenya, Kenya
Elizabeth Gitau, is a Kenyan physician, businesswoman and corporate executive, who serves as the chief executive officer of Kenya Medical Association, the national industry association that aims at championing and preserving the interests of the medical doctors practicing in the country.
Background and education
Gitau was born in Kenya circa 1988. She attended Kenyan schools for her elementary and secondary education. She was admitted to the University of Nairobi, where she studied human medicine, graduating with a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBChB) degree in 2012. She went on to obtain a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree, from Strathmore University, in Nairobi, graduating in 2016. In 2017, she was awarded a scholarship from the German Academic Exchange Service (German: Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst) (DAAD), to study in Germany, where she undertook a Research Methodology & Project Management Course at the Hamburg University of Applied Sciences.
For a period of two years, between 2006 and 2008, she worked as a bank teller at Equity Bank Kenya Limited, in the city of Nakuru. After graduating from medical school, and after the mandatory internship, she worked as a medical officer at Muranga County Hospital for nearly two years until December 2014.
As of April 2019, Dr Elizabeth Gitau has worked as a senior lecturer at the Kenya Medical Training College, a school that trains clinical officers (formerly medical assistants) at diploma level, based at the campus in the town of Thika.
As the incoming CEO at Kenya Medical Association, Dr Elizabeth Gitau, takes over from Dr Stella Bosire, who led the association from 2017 until 2019.
Prior to her present position, she was the treasurer of the Nairobi County Division of Kenya Medical Association (KMA).