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By - | Published Thu, April 25th 2013 at 00:00, Updated April 25th 2013 at 14:06 GMT +3

The CVs of Cabinet Secretary Nominees

ADAN ABDULLA MOHAMED:  Nominee Cabinet Secretary, Industrialization and Enterprise Development

Adan Mohamed was born December 1963 in Mandera.

Adan has worked for Barclays Bank for over 15 years in different parts of the world.  He has been the CEO of Barclays Kenya for a period of 10 years that has seen the Bank grow from strength to strength.  In recognition of his contribution, Barclays Group recently promoted him to the role of Chief Administrative Officer with responsibilities for 10 countries in Africa.

Prior to Barclays, he worked for PricewaterhouseCoopers for a period of 7 years in London where he trained as a Chartered Accountant. 

An MBA graduate of Harvard Business School in the US, Adan is also a First Class Bcomm degree graduate from the University of Nairobi.

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Adan is married to Nafisa and has 5 children. 


ANNE WAIGURU: Nominee for Cabinet Secretary, Devolution and Planning

Ms Anne Waiguru has an academic background and experience in economic and public policy. She holds a Masters degree in Economic Policy from the University of Nairobi, and, has specialized experience in public finance, financial management systems, public service reform and capacity building, and, governance.

Ms Waiguru is the Director, Integrated Financial Management and Information System (IFMIS), and, Head of Governance at the National Treasury.  She served briefly as a Senior Public Sector Manager/ Assistant Vice President, at Citigroup NA. Previously, Ms. Waiguru served as a Technical Advisor in the Cabinet Office, Office of the President. This position was initially seconded by the World Bank (DC).

In the last two years, Ms Waiguru has led her IFMIS team at the National Treasury to win three Awards for exemplary performance in the Public Service. She was also nominated two years ago, as one of the Top 40 Under 40 women in the country, the only nominee at the time from the Public service.

Ms. Waiguru has been published, and has served as the Alternate to the Permanent Secretary/National Treasury in the Public Procurement oversight Authority Advisory Board, and, the Women Enterprise Fund Board. Ms Waiguru is a proud mother of three sons, Ian, Don and Wabu aged seventeen (17), fourteen (14) and nine (9) respectively.


AMBASSADOR RAYCHELLE AWUOR OMAMO: Nominee for Cabinet Secretary, Defence

Amb.RayechelleOmamo is a Senior Counsel, has been an Advocate of the High Court of 27 years standing. 

She was the First Woman Chairperson of the Law Society of Kenya and First woman Ambassador of Kenya to France, Portugal, The Holy See and the Republic of Serbia and Permanent Delegate of the Republic of Kenya to UNESCO.

Rayechelle has made substantial contribution to the advancement of the rule of law in Kenya and to the development of legislation and policy, for example:

Member of the Task Force on the Establishment of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission for Kenya;

Member of the Task Force on the Review of Landlord and Tenant Legislation;

Assisting Counsel to the Ndungu Commission:

She was the Jurist of the Year 2002.  She studied Law at the University of Kent at Canterbury in the UK.


DR. HASSAN WARIO ARERO: Nominee for Cabinet Secretary, Sports, Culture and the Arts

Dr. Hassan WarioArero, was born on the 24th November 1970. He hails from Moyaledistrict of Marsabit County where his family were mainly of nomadic pastoralist background.

He joined the University of Nairobi’s Institute of African Studies in 1990 and graduated in 1995 with a 2nd Class Upper Honours in the Degree of Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology.

In 1997, Dr. Wario won the Chevening Scholarship through the British High Commission and proceeded to the University of East Anglia in Norfork, England to pursue his Masters Degree. He proceeded to undertake his PhD in Anthropology at the same university, where he graduated in 2013 with a PhD degree in Anthropology.

Dr. Wario joined the National Museums of Kenya in 1995.Dr. Wario has extensive international work experience, having worked for the British Museums for eight years. He brings an impressive network within the heritage and related sectors worldwide. He is married with two children.  


PROF. JACOB KAIMENYI: Nominee for Cabinet Secretary, Education

Prof. Kaimenyi was born in 1952.  He is married with 5 children.

He holds a PHD in Dentistry from the University of Nairobi.  He is the first inaugurated full professor of Periodontology at the University of Nairobi.

He is currently:

Deputy Vice-Chancellor in charge of Academic Affairs at the University of Nairobi.

A Member of the Medical Practitioners and Dentists Board

A trustee of Regina Pacis University College – A constituent College of the Catholic University of Eastern Africa.

He is a Honorary Fellow of the International College of Dentists.

Previously has held several key positions such as:

President of the Commonwealth Dental Association

Head of the National Dental Unit at the Kenyatta National Hospital


FELIX KIPTARUS KOSKEI: Nominee for Cabinet Secretary, Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries

Mr. Koskei was born in 1964.  He joined University of Nairobi in 1987 and graduated with BSC Honours Degree in 1990. He did his MBA in Strategic Management in 2003 at the University of Nairobi.


He joined Kenya Posts and Telecommunication Corporation in 1990.  In 2007 he joined Kenya Civil Aviation Authority as Manager Procurement where he served for 2 years.  In 2009, he joined Kenya National Highways Authority and rose through the ranks to become General Manager, Supply Chain and Support Services.

He has undertaken professional courses in Supply Chain Management offered by Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply having completed his graduate diploma.

He is trained in Road Asset Management Systems and Strategic Level Planning by University of Brunswick, Canada.  He also trained in Implementing successful and Effective Public Private Partnerships in University of Botswana.

He is married to Margaret and has 4 children, 1 boy and 3 girls.


ENG. MICHAEL S. M. KAMAU: Nominee for Cabinet Secretary, Transport and Infrastructure

Engineer Kamau was born in 1958.  He is married with two children and has been in the Civil Service since 1981.  He was seconded to Moi University in Eldoret for seven years between 1990 – 1998.

He holds a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from the University of Nairobi, Master of Science in Engineering from the University of New Castle Upon Tyne, United Kingdom.

He has received extensive training in the field of engineering and management both locally and internationally.

His is registered as a Professional Consulting Engineer by Engineers Board of Kenya.  He is a fellow of the Institution of Engineers of Kenya and also a fellow of the Kenya Institute of Management.  He is an associate member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.


He has been a Permanent Secretary since October, 2007 and a key architect in the infrastructure upgrade in the last 10 years.


MRS. PHYLLIS JEPKOSGEI KIPKINGOR – KANDIE: Nominee for Cabinet Secretary, East African Affairs, Commerce and Tourism

Mrs. Kandie was born in Eldama Ravine, Baringocounty48 years ago. 

In 1986, she joined St. Mary’s University, Canada for her undergraduate where she attained a B.Com (Economics) Degree.  She then proceeded to Middlesex University, United Kingdom in 1991 and Durham University, UK for her MBA and further training.

She is married to Ambassador Julius Kandie and blessed with two children, Lawrence and Simon.

She is an investment banker and is currently engaged as a Director, Investment Advisory Services at Standard Investment Bank.  She has also served as a regulator within the Capital Markets, energy and agricultural sector.

Previously, she was a Business Advisory Consultant for the SME sector having consulted for the World Bank and European Union.

She has served in several Boards including the Kenya Revenue Authority.


MR. DAVIS CHIRCHIR: Nominee for Cabinet Secretary Energy and Petroleum

Mr.Chirchir has a depth of experience in project development, management and execution and is skilled in strategic analysis and financial management.

He previously served as a Commissioner at the Interim Independent Electoral Commission.

Previously General Manager at Kenya Posts and Telecommunications Corporation he coordinated the restructuring of KPTC to create Telkom Kenya, Communication Commission of Kenya, Postal Corporation of Kenya and staff Pension Fund. He also coordinated the privatization of Telkom Kenya and establishment of Safaricom.

Mr. Chirchir holds a Masters of Business Administration in International Management from Royal Holloway School of Management, University of London and a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science and Physics from the University of Nairobi.

He is 53 years and married with four children.


PROFESSOR JUDI WANGALWA WAKHUNGU: Nominee for Cabinet Secretary, Environment, Water and Natural Resources



Judi is a holder of a PHD in Energy Resources Management.  She is currently the Executive Director of the African Centre for Technology Studies.  She is also Energy Advisor to the Energy Sector Management Program of World Bank and Advisor at the Legatum Centre at MIT.

She is also a member of the Scientific Advisory Committee of UNESCO’s Intergovernmental Management of Social Transformation Programme. 


HON. NAJIB BALALA: Nominee for Cabinet Secretary, Mining

Hon. Balala was born 20th September 1967.

He served in four (4) Ministries and best was Ministry of Tourism. He was elected President of UNWTO.  Was best Minister of Tourism in Africa by the African Investor.

He has Experience in Private Business

He attended a leadership course at JF Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University and also a course in Urban Management at the University of Toronto

He served as Member of Parliament for Mvita for 10 years.  He is married to Najaah and have four (4) children – 2 girls, 2 boys.


HON CHARITY KALUKI NGILU: Nominee for Cabinet Secretary, Land, Housing and Urban Development

Born in Machakos District in 1952

Worked for the Central Bank of Kenya and Chase Manhattan for 10 years

Managed family businesses for 8 years

Served as a Member of Parliament for Kitui Central Constituency for 20 years

Served as Minister of Water, Irrigation where under her leadership increased the number of people accessing safe clean water from 17 million to 24 million in 5 years

Served as a Minister of Health, where under her leadership patients living with AIDS accessed drugs, reduced malaria infection, reduced infant and maternal mortality

Holds a BA in Leadership & Management

Married to late Eng Michael Ngilu

Has three (3) children



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