Robyn Emerson

Robyn is the Coordinator for the Asia-Pacific Housing Forum. She is an urban planner and participatory engagement practitioner who has initiated and managed several programmes which have transformed communities and industries for over 17 years in Kenya and 32 years in the US.

Robyn managed the inaugural Habitat for Humanity Africa Housing Forum 2022 and led the initial plans of the region’s Urban Housing Practitioners Network. She is the co-author of ‘Building in Kenya: A Real Estate Developers Toolkit’, now in its second edition.

She is President Emeritus of Women in Real Estate (WIRE) Kenya 2016 – 2023, one of the early private sector organisations in Kenya with a gender equity mission.

She is a Board Member of Buildher (organisation that empowers Kenyan Women through connecting advocacy, accredited construction skills and life skills training to employment) and KDI (work with under-resourced communities to design and build “productive public spaces”.

She is the co-founder of Kilimani Project Foundation (an internationally recognised community foundation in Nairobi) and former Co-Convenor of its Planned Development Committee; she is a leader in Kenya Private Sector’s (KEPSA) Nairobi Forum imagining a sustainable Africa Hub city.