Board of Directors
Mr. Jerome Ochieng – PS, ICT & Innovation – Ministry of ICT
Mr. Jerome Ochieng has been appointed the new Principal Secretary for ICT and Innovation. Until his appointment, Mr. Ochieng was the Director of the Integrated Financial Management Information System (IFMIS) at the National Treasury and a member, Board of Directors at the Information, Communication Authority.
Mr. Ochieng has 17 years’ work experience in the field of information and communication technology in the Public Service. Mr. Ochien’g has also served as ICT Manager with Public Procurement Oversight Authority for 6 years.
He holds a Masters’ Degree in Information Engineering from the University of the Ryukyus, Okinawa, Japan. He is a registered fellow of the Computer Society of Kenya and a Licentiate Member of the Institute of Management Information Systems (IMIS), UK.
Professor Fredrick Owino is a scholar, research professional and a senior consultant. He holds a Ph.D. in forestry from North Carolina State University (USA), a Hons degree in Biology from the University of Nairobi, and a Doctor of Science (Honoris Causa) from the University of Helsinki (Finland) in recognition of pioneering professional forestry education in Kenya.
He has over 40 years of global work experience and thrives at steering board oversight, driving implementation monitoring, spearheading policy development and project planning, and driving organizations’ strategic direction.
Owing to his outstanding expertise, Professor Owino has chaired numerous boards which includes, but not limited to, the East Africa Wildlife Society, African Forest Forum, and the Mau Forest Complex Task Force by the Office of the Prime Minister in Kenya. He was Vice-President of the Board for the International Society of Tropical Foresters and served as a Board member of the Kenya Forestry Research Institute (KEFRI).
He also served as Commissioner of the Kenya Permanent Presidential Commission Soil Conservation & Afforestation and was a pioneering member of the African Forest Forum.
Professor Owino, has consulted for various governments and organizations across Africa. Until recently, he was both a Senior Consultant in the Practitioner Training on Evidence-based Policy Making by the African Academy of Sciences and a major contributor to the National Adaptation Programmes of Action (NAPA) for the African Forest Forum.
He has served as a Technical Advisor to both the African Forest Forum and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). Professor Owino’s further experiences span academia, the public sector, the United Nations, and non-profit organizations. He has worked as: Associate Professor (Moi University), Forestry Policy Advisor (South Sudan Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry), Team Leader of Institut des Sciences Agronomiques du Rwanda (ISAR), Managing Director of Forest Resources International (FORIN), and as a Senior Scientist for the International Centre for Research in Agroforestry (ICRAF).
Currently, Professor Owino is both a Fellow of the African Academy of Sciences, an Honorary Fellow of the Society of American Foresters and patron of the Kenya Forestry Society.
HE President Uhuru Kenyatta appointed Professor Owino to chair the ICT Authority Board of Directors with effect from 7th August 2020.
Eng. John Kipchumba – Member
Domenic Muriungi – Member
Veronica Thiga – Member
Ms Jerotich Sirma – Member
Ms Jerotich Sirma is a lecturer of Information Systems at Egerton University, Nakuru Town Campus College.
Ms Sirma has enormous experience spanning over 20 years in the field of information systems. She has worked for IBM Corporation and other private and public sectors in the United States of America by managing, deploying and performing systems integration as well as implementation and infrastructure analysis of large scale systems.
She is currently pursuing a PhD in Business Information Systems in the School of Informatics and Innovative Systems at Jaramogi Oginga Odinga University of Science & Technology. She holds an MBA from Howard University, Washington D.C. and BS in Computer Information Systems from Southeastern University, Washington D.C. Ms Sirma has also published in different journals in the area of Cyber Security/Information Security. She is a member of Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE).
Beatrice Akoth Okoth – Member
Until her appointment, Dr. Getao served as the ICT Secretary at the Ministry of ICT. She has also held other senior appointments in government such as ICT Secretary, e-Government at the Presidency and also served in the United Nations as a member of the Group of Governmental Experts on Security in the context of ICT.
Among the key contributions Dr. Getao has brought to the government is spearheading the Huduma Kenya Initiative that has brought a raft of government services close to the citizens and has made public service delivery accessible and efficient.
In addition, as ICT Secretary, Dr. Getao spearheaded efforts that saw government integrate the ICT into Public Service delivery and the realization of Vision 2030.Those efforts transformed access of government services by citizens especially in the rural areas.
Dr. Getao played a critical role during the formation of the ICT Authority in 2013 where she provided expert advice on the strategic planning, a role which saw three entities merge into one Authority in a seamless transition process.
Dr. Getao brings to this office immense experience as a researcher, policy maker, expertise in ICT for education, project management in an ICT environment, among others. She holds a B.SC (Hons) in Combined Sciences (Chemistry & Computer Studies) from the University of Brighton, U.K; an M.SC in Intelligent Knowledge-based Systems from the University of Essex and a Ph.D. in Computing from Lancaster University, U.K.
Dr. Getao takes over from Mr. John Sergon, EBS who is retiring from the Public Service after a long and distinguished career, most of it in the ICT sector.