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.
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).
Ms Mercy Pendo – Member
Ms Mercy Pendo is an Accountant at the Malindi Water and Sewerage Company Sacco. She previously worked as an Assistant in the Internal Audit Department of the same organisation. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics and Finance from Kenyatta University.
The Board of the ICT Authority in consultation with the Cabinet Secretary, ICT, Hon Joe Mucheru, has appointed Dr. Katherine Getao as the new Chief Executive Officer of the ICT Authority with effect from 11th October 2018 as per the Gazette Notice no. 11564 of 6th November 2018.
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.