Rose Wachuka Macharia, 35

Chief of Staff

Office of Chief Justice
My Story

Rose is living her childhood dream. From the age of 10, she knew her calling was to serve.

She would choose law as a career because it offered her the chance to champion social justice.

“From when I was a child growing up in Ol Kalau in Nyandarua, I knew I wanted to serve. That is the currency of my satisfaction, not even money. It is about making an impact in the life of another person.”

The 35-year-old is serving as the Chief of Staff in the Office of the Chief Justice.

"I liken my job as a DJ and the Judiciary as the music. My job is to ensure that the tempo of the music and the mix does not fall out of tune."

“I liken my job as a DJ and the Judiciary as the music. My job is to ensure that the tempo of the music and the mix does not fall out of tune.”

After graduating with a Bachelor’s degree in law from Moi University, she launched her career as a trainee arbitrator in 2009 going on to work with United Nations Environmental Programme, an inaugural law clerk in the Supreme Court, advisor, and Chief of Staff in the ministries of Sports and Education.

Rose’s impressive academic repertoire also reads a Master’s of Public Policy from the University of Oxford, executive education from Harvard Kennedy School and the Aga Khan University, a Master of Arts in International Relations from the United States International University as well as being an advocate of the High Court, and an associate of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.

“I have worked in many fields but the Judiciary sits at the centre of my career. In all the positions I have held, I have always asked myself what is just and what reinforces dignity.”

Gratitude, integrity, courage, and discipline are virtues that she embraces.

“We {young women} sometimes miss many opportunities because we are afraid to get into rooms and express ourselves and go after things we feel are important. Without integrity and discipline, you cannot be effective.”

An avid reader with over 1,500 books in her library, she never sees problems as problems.

“I don’t look at life in terms of problems but I identify challenges. Being young and in such high stages, we suffer being undermined, micro-aggression, second-guessed because we are young and female. I have often been the youngest in very senior boardrooms.”

COLLINS OMULO