Lydia is a Mandela Washington Fellow 2014, President Obama’s Young African Leader’s Initiative (YALI) which was launched to invest in the next generation of African leaders.
She is a passionate leader working with government institutions, development partners and private entities to harness youth and women energy, talent and potential towards positive direction through training, building linkages, coaching and community building activities.
In 2013/14, she was the President of Kakamega County Youth Bunge Forum which brings together over 30,000 youth from over 1,000 villages in Kakamega County. During her term, she was the only female President in the NYBA network that covers 23,000 villages across 33 counties in Kenya.
She was the lead trainer and manager for Vijana Reloaded Traineeship which offers training and mentorship on Entrepreneurship, ICT and social skills targeting Kenyan rural youths. Lydia is a certified trainer of entrepreneurs by International Labor Organization. She has offered trainings and volunteered with Junior Achievement, one of the founders of Youth Entrepreneurship SACCO (YESCO) and Youth Bunge Sacco.
She has worked with several other organizations in providing business development services including Capital Strategies Kenya, LakeHub, Kenya Youth Employment Opportunity Project (KYEOP) Financial Management in International Banks and as a judge for Youth Top35Under35, Vijana Reloaded, YALI and MbeleNaBiz by KPMG.
Lydia was a facilitator and trainer at the Regional Leadership Center for East Africa, Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI), training and mentoring young men and women from 14 East and Central African countries in Design Driven Entrepreneurship, Seven Habits of Highly Effective People and leadership communication among others.
She is an Executive member of the Amani National Congress Kakamega Branch.
Lydia holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Economics and Business Studies from Kenyatta University and currently pursuing MBA Entrepreneurship.