Executive Director, Akiba Mashinani Trust
Jane Weru is currently the Executive Director and founder member of Akiba Mashinani Trust (AMT), a non-profit organization working on developing innovative community led solutions to housing and land tenure problems for the urban poor in Kenya. AMT is the financing facility of the Kenya Federation of Slum Dwellers (Muungano wa Wanavijiji). Since August 2018, she has also been the project leader of the Mukuru Special Planning Area, a Nairobi County Government project, aimed at developing an integrated development plan to improve the lives of the 100,000 households that presently occupy over 600 acres of land within the city. A lawyer by profession, she has vast experiences and awards across arenas, such as the Ashoka Fellowship, and serving as a member of the National Task Force for the Community Land Bill and the Evictions and Resettlement Bill. She is also a member of the Provincial Commissioners Informal Settlements Committee, a former Board member of Slum/Shack Dwellers International (SDI) and former Team Leader for the Kenya Railway Relocation Action Plan.