She is an Advocate of the High Court of Kenya and holds a Masters in International Trade and
Investment Law from the University of Nairobi, Masters in Business Administration from Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology, Bachelor of Law Degree from the University of Nairobi, Diploma in Law from Kenya School of Law, and a Higher Diploma in Human Resource Management from the Institute of Human Resources Management Kenya.
Phyllis began her career in 2005 as a Legal Assistant at Otieno Omunga and Ouma Advocates. She then joined Kenya Airways (KQ) in 2007, as a customer relations exec- utive, serving in that capacity for three years. She was then appointed a coordinator of government and industry affairs at KQ. Later she became Government and Industry Affairs Division manager at the air- line.
In 2013, she joined the Kenya Association of Manufacturers (KAM), as the Head of Policy,
Research and Advocacy, becoming Chief Executive Officer in 2015, tak- ing over from the legendary Betty Maina, who joined the public service as the Principal Secretary for Trade and Industry.
Phyllis is an alumnus of the Swedish Institute Management Program on Sustainable Business Leadership and Corporate Social Responsibility and was part of the inaugural program for Africa in 2014. She has also been trained in the Role of the Private Sector in Government Policy by Strathmore Business School and John Hopkins University;
Investment Treaty Law and Arbitration Africa International Legal Awareness (AILA) UK London and High- Performance Boardrooms- Institute of Directors.
Phyllis represents KAM on various state corporations boards and chairs the Kenya Water Industrial Alliance. She is also the United Nations Global Compact Network Representative in Kenya.
Born in 1982, Phyllis has been recognized as among the Top Africa Economic Leaders for Tomorrow on the Choiseul 100 Africa list 2018 and one of the 2019 Most Influential People of African Descent, Global
100 Under 40.