Kenya‘s newly appointed ambassador the U.S., Elkanah Odembo, will visit Atlanta Oct. 21 to discuss his country’s future under its new constitution.

Mr. Odembo will speak at a luncheon hosted by the World Affairs Council and the J. Mack Robinson College of Business at the 191 Club at 191 Peachtree St. downtown.

He comes to the U.S. post from France, where he served as ambassador from January 2009 until his appointment to the U.S. this year. Mr. Odembo is founding director at Ufadhili Trust, a Nairobi-based organization that promotes philanthropy.

Mr. Odembo’s predecessor, Peter Ogego, was a frequent visitor to Atlanta who lobbied for a Delta Air Lines Inc. flight from Atlanta to Nairobi that has been postponed twice. 

Kenyan voters approved a new constitution in an August referendum, which was undertaken partially to reform the country’s presidential election process. Ethnic violence following the disputed 2007 elections killed more than 1,000 people before President Mwai Kibaki reached a power-sharing deal with Prime Minister Raila Odinga.

To register for the luncheon, visit The event costs $45, or $38 for World Affairs Council members.


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