Yukabeth Kidenda, 31

Co- founder and CEO

Teach For Kenya
My Story

Yukabeth’s passion for education started when she would accompany her father to visit schools, prisons, and orphanages.

“Education makes my world go around. I am inspired by the tenacity of underprivileged communities to create decent lives for themselves.

When I visit slums, I am challenged daily by how they can do so much with very little resources, something every global citizen should aspire to do so we can save our planet.”

She built on her passion and co-founded Teach For Kenya- an organisation that champions quality education for children.

"Many women think that to stand out you must adopt a male attitude: harsh, competitive, and aggressive. But find your voice, that's is the game-changer. I embrace my femininity both at home and at work."

“I believe that learning is a lifelong journey, and I am committed to developing leadership in classrooms and communities to ensure all children can fulfil their potential.”

The Strathmore University graduate is the CEO of the social enterprise. Before starting Teach For Kenya, Yukabeth was a leadership facilitator at ALX, an initiative of the African Leadership Group that empowers new college graduates with real-world experience and skills links them to a network of employers and innovative problem-solvers.

“I also previously served as the Fellowship Director at Metis, an organisation that accelerates the pace of education reforms across Africa. I also founded Human Link while at Strathmore, an organisation that provides mentorship, academic assistance, and supplies to at-risk youth in Kenya.”

She has also worked at Microsoft as a skills programme manager, where she led adoption of the organisation’s tools, curriculum, and certifications in over six countries in Africa.

Being a young female founder and CEO comes with its unique challenges.

“Many women think that to stand out you must adopt a male attitude: harsh, competitive, and aggressive. But find your voice, that’s is the game-changer. I embrace my femininity both at home and at work.”

Karen Muriuki