Esther Njoroge-Muriithi

SVP, Global Medical Programs at Smile Train

Dr. Esther Joined Smile Train in 2008 as a volunteer and now serves as the Senior Vice President, Global Medical Programs.

In this capacity, Dr. Esther leads the strategic direction of Smile Train’s medical programs around the globe and oversees the implementation of Smile Train’s Education and Training and Safety and Quality programs.

Prior to this, Esther served as the Vice President and Regional Director for Africa. During her tenure, the programs have grown scale, spanning 38 countries with 254+ partner hospitals and reaching over 116,000patients, increasing access while improving safety and quality.

Before joining Smile Train, Dr. Esther worked with the Ministry of Medical Services in Kenya and later Kenya Airways as a Medical Officer. She holds a Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery (MBChB) from University of Nairobi and a Master in Public Health specializing in Health Systems Management. She is also a qualified accountant under the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) and holds several other certificate-based trainings. 

She was awarded Business Daily’s Top40Under40 women in 2016, in recognition of her efforts and achievements in providing cleft care in Africa. She serves on the board of her Rotary Club, she is a wife and mother of three. Dr. Esther is passionate about children and their health, an important pillar in her commitment to Smile Train.


  • SVP, Global Medical Programs

    Current role