Deborah Kimathi

Deborah Kimathi

Nairobi, Kenya

Executive Director

Deborah Kimathi is leading Dignitas’ strategy and growth. Before joining Dignitas, Deborah was the CEO of Vision Africa (now Raising Futures Kenya). She has been working and living in Kenya for almost seventeen years and now considers it very much ‘home’. Deborah started her career as the Founder of Seed of Hope – a program that equips and empowers young people towards dignity, opportunity and hope. This laid the foundation for a series of senior management roles at Vision Africa which ensured that she honed skills such as organizational development, strategic planning for sustainability and growth, negotiating collaborative partnerships and resource management whilst, all the time, ensuring that the organization fulfilled its mission and objectives and maintained a strong value base. Deborah is excited to be working with the Dignitas team to grow program impact and, as a result, transform the educational experience of children throughout Kenya and beyond. She has a Bachelor of Divinity (Honours) and an MA in Education and International Development.

Why do you want to be a part of the HundrED Community?

At a personal, and organizational level, I appreciate being part of an innovative community of learners.  It is a privilege to be amongst other actors, passionately pursuing our common goal of ensuring all children thrive.  By coming together in a community like the one offered by HundrED, we have the opportunity to learn and grow together.

Collaboration is something I deeply value, and something I feel could be a powerful tool to further our efforts as a global education community, yet so often neglected.  An innovative community like HundrED could open doors for new collaborative efforts that will help children flourish!

How can education support students to flourish?

Education should provide the space and opportunity for children to thrive by allowing them to develop the mindsets, beliefs, confidence, and skills they need to thrive throughout their lives, in a safe and conducive learning environment.

What role does innovation play in education change?

In our changing world, harried by so many complex challenges, from migration to poverty, to youth unemployment, the education sector must respond with innovation.  Our world will simply no longer thrive with 'business as usual'.  Current global challenges call for innovative solutions that inspire education actors to think through skilling and learning for a new world.