Faridah Hussein Were is a Lecturer in the Department of Chemistry, College of Biological and Physical Sciences of the University of Nairobi. She was previously a Senior Research Scientist in the Environment Management Division of the Kenya Industrial Research and Development Institute. Her research area and publications have a special focus on environmental and occupational exposures particularly heavy metals as well as particulate matter (PM10 and PM2.5), and health impacts.
She is a member of the Advisory Council of Global Alliance to Eliminate Lead in Paint under the leadership of UN Environment and World Health Organization. She is engaged by UN Environment and other entities in enhancing and strengthening national and regional capacities to implement environmental sound management of used lead acid batteries to reduce lead exposure.
Faridah is a beneficiary of a Health Research Capacity Strengthening Post-Doctoral Fellowship (2017-2019) under Wellcome Trust UK, where she has played an integral role in leading a study on “assessment of PM10 and PM2.5 and health end points among communities in Kenya”. She has also supervised and mentored students and serves on several committees, including carrying out outreach programs in related areas to bring about needed improvements.