Two international experts in green skills and jobs join climate charity Ashden’s Board of Trustees 

Jane Muigai-Kamphuis, a Kenyan working in the field of environmental entrepreneurship and young people has today been announced as one of the two member of Board of trustees of the Climate solutions charity, Ashden. She joins Dr Rebekah Shirley, a Caribbean-American energy research specialist.

Muigai-Kamphuis and Dr Shirley join Ashden’s Board as the organisation implements its new strategic focus on the jobs, skills and livelihoods that will accelerate the transition to low carbon futures.

“These two leading women will bring deep analytical and practical expertise to Ashden’s Board on the energy sector, creating jobs and skilling up young people. Their skills fit perfectly with Ashden’s focus on spotlighting and amplifying low carbon innovators, particularly those helping train people for the jobs of the future,” said Harriet Lamb, Ashden CEO.

Jane Muigai-Kamphuis is the Founder-Director of The Toolkit iSkills (TTI) Limited, a leading social enterprise that addresses youth unemployment in Africa and transforms young lives through providing confidence-building, technology skills-building and linkage to jobs. TTI’s sectors of interest include digital jobs, organic farming, construction sector and renewable energy.

In 2020, the Kenyan entrepreneur won the Women in Africa (WIA54) Education Award, a unique recognition amongst women-led enterprises in Africa.   She 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 also worked in humanitarian settings.

Jane Muigai-Kamphuis says: “Ashden epitomizes the focus that all climate changemakers should have – placing the appropriate skills and knowledge in young people to make them drivers in the renewal and sustainability of the planet.”

Dr. Rebekah Shirley is the Director of Research, Data & Innovation at WRI Africa, where she works to create widespread public access to high-quality data and insights for mobilising sustainable development solutions.

Prior to joining WRI, Dr Shirley was the Chief of Research at Power for All, using research insights to drive the roll-out of energy access initiatives linked to jobs and food security impacts.  She earned her PhD in Energy Resources from the University of California, Berkeley and has spent the past fifteen years conducting and leading energy research across Southeast Asia, Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean.

Dr. Shirley also lectures at Carnegie Mellon University, Pennsyvalnia, USA, mentoring young students and researchers. She has been named Africa Utility Week’s Outstanding Young Leader, an ESI Power and Energy Personality, a GWEC Revolutionary, and an Energy for Growth Hub Science Fellow for her work.

Dr. Shirley says: “Ashden is a beacon to the climate community, affirming and driving trends in the sector through its award program and projects. I am honored to join the board, and I hope to shed even more light on the brilliant local companies, start-ups, and people, working on the front lines of climate and energy across the Global South.”

They join nine other Ashden Trustees – all distinguished experts in the energy access, finance and climate solutions sectors.