JANE MUIGAI KAMPHUIS - Founder and CEO of Toolkit iSkills
Jane is the Founder-Director of The Toolkit iSkills (TTI) Limited, a leading social enterprise that transforms Africa’s vulnerable youth through skilling with technology and linkage to jobs. TTI’s sectors of interest include: digital jobs, organic farming, construction sector and renewable energy. Mrs. Muigai-Kamphuis founded The Toolkit iSkills (TTI) in 2014 to address the crisis of youth unemployment in Africa, having noted there existed a profound shortage of skill sets necessary for Africa’s growth. Since then, Toolkit has grown to become a leading transformer of youth through its innovative skilling approach that brings together public regulators, private sector, NGOs/Foundations to create a reliable workforce for current and future jobs. Toolkit uses a unique approach that starts with self-esteem through life and employability skills training, then technical skills that are certified by Government regulators, and thirdly offering linkage with industries for work experience and employment.
In 2018, TTI won Innovation Award from Habitat for Humanity in recognition of skills transformation for construction sector and affordable housing.
Jane holds a Masters in Law (LL.M) from Harvard Law School and a Bachelor of Laws Degree (LL.B) from the University of Nairobi. She has over 15 years of global experience in the practice and application of international human rights, humanitarian and refugee law with United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) in various countries - Kosovo, Sudan, Ghana, Kenya and Switzerland. While in UNHCR, she designed and implemented multiple empowerment projects for youth, women, and refugee communities in various areas including security, basic education and gender mainstreaming. She designed and implemented training programmes, including Training of Trainers (TOT. An accomplished researcher, Ms Muigai Kamphuis has conducted studies on various legal, policy, regulatory and skills training topics. In 2020 and in 2019, she authored Gaps in Kenya’s Regulatory Framework on Workplace Based Training and A Synthesis of Inter-Agency Knowledge on Workplace Based Training Applicable to Skills Training for Vulnerable Youth in Kenya, respectively, for United Nations International Labour Organization (ILO). In 2017 she authored Standards and Instruments for Pedagogical Upskilling of Master Craftsmen in Kenya for World Bank and Government of Kenya Youth Employment Opportunities Project (KYEOP). Previously, she authored and co-authored various publications, including Camp Management Toolkit, a global tool for NGO, UN and Government officials running refugee and displaced persons camps.
In 2020, Jane won Women in Africa (WIA54) Education Award, a unique recognition given the competition was 3800 women enterprises in Africa.