Ambassador Jean Njeri Kamau joined the Kenya High Commission to South Africa in February, 2015. She previously served as the Deputy Chief of Mission in the Kenya Mission to Washington DC. As the new High Commissioner, she brings over 20 years of experience, working in both civil society and the public sector. Ambassador Kamau served as the first Executive Director of both the Federation of women Lawyers (FIDA) Kenya (1992-2000) and the National Public Complaints Standing Committee (“The Ombudsman”) between 2007 and 2008. Ambassador Kamau also consulted on security sector reforms in the Ministry of Internal Security and Provincial Administration (July 2003-December 2006).
Ambassador Kamau has also worked for several International agencies that include the Womankind International, a charity based in the United Kingdom (2002-2003) that supports women’s empowerment through sustainable development initiatives. In 2008, she joined Action Aid International as the Country Director for Kenya and 2011 deployed to Lesotho. In 2012, Ambassador Kamau was retained by United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Amkeni programme, a civil society democratic governance facility as an institutional development consultant.
Ambassador Jean Kamau holds two Masters Degrees; in Law from Aberdeen University, Scotland, and in Democratic studies from Leeds University, United Kingdom.