About Us

Welcome to 2XE Education!

2X Education is a Norwegian nonprofit that empowers women and youth around the globe with earning opportunities through skills, jobs and enterprise development. Unemployment is real for young people around the world – the very same world where companies are facing a shortage of qualified talent to fill necessary positions. This growing paradox is the reason we exist. 2X Education harnesses the potential of unemployed women and youth to develop skilled graduates ready for real-world careers. Even more, they are empowered to become entrepreneurs and job creators. 2X Education offers a new way forward in responding to the challenges of society and maximising impact towards the Sustainable Development Goals.

The result? Fulfilled and sustainable communities worldwide. As a catalyst for employment, our programs are based on 3 months face to face training and 3 months apprenticeship with an annual reach of 3000 women and youth. The beneficiaries are required to show commitment during the first phase of the program in order to earn placement with our employer partners in the second phase. About 50 % of our learners are employed upon completion of the program (nearly all are unemployed prior to joining the program).

The training is offered at affordable prices to increase access for underprivileged groups. Priority is given to women who take up 70% of the available slots in each cohort.

2X Education works towards the Sustainable Development Goals

We target people with limited resources and big dreams. Bringing women and youth into jobs is one of the most effective tools to make the world a better place.

2X Education was founded in 2018 and is supported by Acini Capital (link: www.acini.no), a Norwegian Impact Investment company.

Our Team

Carsten Hjelde

Carsten Hjelde has 25+ years of extensive experience in international trade and finance. The focus has been within nutrition, commodities, insurance and investments. Up to 2017 he was the majority shareholder and Chairman of Biomega, Norway’s largest bio-refinery of fish products.Carsten is CEO and owner of Acini Capital AS, an investment company dedicated to impact investments. The purpose is to invest in companies working towards better Education, Gender Equality, Income Equality and the Climate Change.

Carsten earned his Bachelor of Arts in Economics, at the Heriot Watt University in Edinburg, Scotland. He has also lived and worked in Germany and Spain. Carsten lives in Oslo, Norway with his wife and children.


Geoffrey Ajiki

Geoffrey Ajiki is the Co-Founder and Director of 2X Education, a nonprofit organization that provides sustainable livelihood opportunities for low-income groups through skills, jobs and enterprise development. He leads overall operations and fundraising activities of 2X Education in Kenya as well as internal and external stakeholder engagement.Geoffrey worked previously as an Outreach Coordinator with Knod Foundation where he helped initiate partnerships with community-based organizations thereby creating a strong grassroots network that acted as a pillar in Knod’s quest to create sustainable communities worldwide.His passion to serve has seen him dedicate himself to a number of social and economic initiatives aimed at uplifting the youth within Kenya. 

He holds a Bachelor of Environmental Studies and Community Development from Kenyatta University.

Shamza Muttar
Deputy Director

Ms. Muttar is a hotelier by profession. She is a graduate in Hotel and Hospitality Management from Moi University. Shamzah believes that education unlocks opportunities, and her greatest passion is knowledge dissemination. She works at 2X Education as the Deputy Director and Hospitality and Catering tutor. Tutor. Previously, she worked at the African Institute of Research and Development College as a Tutor in Hospitality Management.  Her hobbies are nature adventures and networking. In addition to possessing an excellent personality, her commitment and dedication has elevated her to the edge of opportunities and achievements. All the students she has trained are employed or entrepreneurs, and this motivates her more.

Veronicah Cheptoo
Reney Yiamiton
Victor Omondi
Joseph Mwanzia
Quinter Atieno
Collins Khasiani
Outreach Cordinator
George Bakhuya
Outreach Cordinator

George leads the outreach team that works directly with the local community - our major stakeholders. George has extensive experience in both public and private sectors in Kenya having worked with some of the most influential families in different capacities. Before joining 2X Education, George worked as a security consultant for Lavington Security. He completed his A-Levels at Kakamega High School and later joined the Kenya Defence Forces.

Amos Koskei
IT Facilitator

AMOS KIMUTAI KOSKEI is a database specialist, computer trainee and graphic designer. He completed his higher education at Meru University of science and technology. Amos pursued a Bachelor’s Degree in Information and Communication Technology. He is a team builder and success-oriented. Currently working as a computer trainer at DOUBLE IMPACT FOUNDATION. He designs websites templates, custom logos, brand kits, network architecture and business cards.Contact: amoskimutai2015@gmail.com

Victor Akomo
Hospitality and Catering

Victor is in charge of Hospitality and Catering training. He holds a Diploma in Food and Beverage Management and a Diploma in Technical Education from Kenya Teachers Training College. He has extensive experience in the Hospitality having worked with different hotels in the Western Kenya Region. He previously taught at Mawego Technical and Homabay VTC before joining 2X Education upon its founding. He is passionate about teaching and often goes out of his way to ensure that his students succeed.

Our Partners