Board of Directors
Mr. Victor Kyalo – PS, ICT & Innovation – Ministry of ICT
Eng. Victor Kyalo is the Principal Secretary in charge of ICT & Innovation at the Ministry of ICT.
Prior to his current position, he was the CEO at the ICT Authority. Before ICT Authority was merged into one entity, he was the Deputy CEO/Programmes Manager at the Kenya ICT Board with a focus on the implementation of core communication infrastructure and e-services in different sectors of the economy.
He is a Communications Engineer with wide experience in systems design, integration and project management. He has been involved in the information systems networking/telecommunications for the last 25 years both in deployment of solutions and in training at the University level. He was a founding member of a number of institutions/pioneering initiatives in the communications sector in the country including Kenya Education Network the UbuntuNet Alliance Kenya Network Information Centre (KENIC)
He holds a Msc. Electronics (Eindhoven University), BSc. Electrical Engineering (University of Nairobi) and is currently pursuing Msc. Economics (University of Nairobi). He is a registered engineer (Kenya), a member of Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and a member of Project Management Institute (PMI).
Hon. Edwin Ochieng Yinda – Chairman
Hon. Edwin Ochieng Yinda is a businessman and the current Chairman and Executive Director at Supply Linkages Limited. He is also a Director at Cent Savvy Investments Ltd, serves as a Trustee for Wema Centre and sits on the Board of St. Andrew’s School, Turi.
He was a Member of the 10th Kenyan Parliament until 2013. Since 1996 he has served as a Board Director in a number of organizations including Kenya Pipeline Company and Venus Tea Brokers Ltd. Before that he was the Managing Director for Span Freight Shipping Limited-one of the leading shipping agencies in Kenya in 1989 to 1995. He worked for various shipping companies in senior management positions between 1976 10 1988.
He holds a Diploma in Port and Shipping Administration from the University of Wales, UK.
Mr. Samuel K. Kiptorus, Alternate to PS Ministry of ICT
Mr Samuel Kiptorus is the Chief Economist and Head of Planning in the Ministry of Information Communication and Technology.
He is a career public servant with over 23 years’ experience dealing with: Economic Planning and Strategic Management, Policy, Statistics, Budgeting, Project Design, Implementation, Monitoring, Evaluation and Reporting.
He has worked in the following ministries: Devolution and Planning, Fisheries, Judiciary, Treasury, Water Development, Land Reclamation and Regional Development, Environment and Natural Resources.
He holds a Master’s Degree in Economics (University of Dar es Salam) and Bachelor’s in Economics (University of Nairobi).
Eng. Eliud Waithaka – Alternate to PS, Ministry of Land, Housing & Urban Development
Eng. Eliud Waithaka is the Acting Chief Engineer (Electrical) in the Ministry of Land, Housing & Urban Development.
He has worked in the Ministries of Transport and Communication, Public Works and Lands, Housing and Urban Development for 32 years.
He holds Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from University of Nairobi. He is also a registered Electrical Engineer and an associate member of the Institution of Engineers of Kenya (IEK)
Mr. Robert Mugo – Acting CEO, ICT Authority
Robert Mugo is the Acting CEO at the ICT Authority. He is also the Director in charge of Shared Services at the ICT Authority.
He has 18 years’ experience in which his roles have included Chief Technical Officer at Wananchi Group, Chief Information Officer at Safaricom, CEO at Flashcom, Technical Director at UUNET and Head of Technical Operations at Africa Online. He has also held senior positions in industry bodies including the Telecommunications Service Providers of Kenya, the Telecommunications Network Operators Association and Africa CDMA Forum.
He holds an MBA in Strategic Management and a B.Sc. degree in Electrical Engineering, both from the University of Nairobi. He is also an alumnus of the Pan African Advanced Management Programme jointly run by IESE Business School, Strathmore Business School and Lagos Business School.
“The ICT Authority plays a key part in the government’s transformation agenda.2015 will be a crucial year in delivery on our mandate. No doubt it will be tough at times but if everyone does their part as required then we shall be successful.”
Ms. Bertha Dena
Ms Bertha Dena is a Lecturer at the United States International University (USIU).
She holds an MBA from Maastricht School of Management Netherlands and Eastern and Southern African Management Institute (ESAMI) and B.Com (Hons.) Accounting from the University of Nairobi. She is also a certified Public Accountant and Public Secretary.
Prof. Timothy Mwololo Waema
Prof. Timothy Mwololo Waema is Professor of Information Systems in the School of Computing and Informatics in the University of Nairobi.
Prof. Waema has carried out research and consultancy in many aspects of ICT and development, including the growth of the Internet market in Kenya, assessment of Kenyan ICT sector performance, policy development for business process outsourcing and off-shoring in Kenya, development of a centre of excellence for training in BPO/IT enabled services (ITES) in Kenya, impact of ICT on governance, bridging the global digital divide in ICT and agriculture, role of ICT in alleviating poverty, and e-readiness assessment of 50 universities in the Eastern Africa region and building roadmaps for accession to higher levels of e-readiness.
He also has broad experience spanning over almost 30 years in ICT and management consultancy, including information systems design and development, strategic planning, project management, change management, information systems management, and human resource management.
He holds a PhD in Strategic Management of Information Systems from University of Cambridge (UK) and an Honours Degree in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from University of Bath (UK). Prof. Waema has extensive ICT for Development (ICT4D) research experience and has been published widely in journals, conference proceedings and in books. He is a professional member of the Association for Computing Machinery.
Mr. Jerome Ochieng – Member
Mr. Jerome Ochieng is the Director of the Integrated Financial Management Information System (IFMIS) at the National Treasury.
He has 17 years’ work experience in the field of information and communication technology in the Public Service. At an Administrative level, he has served as a Manager ICT with Public Procurement Oversight Authority for 6 years. At operational level, he has a stint of 8 years’ experience rising within the ranks to the position of Asst. Director ICT in the Department of Government Information Technology Services.
He holds a Master’s’ Degree in Information Engineering from the University of the Ryukyus, Okinawa, Japan and is undertaking a Master’s in Business Administration from (ESAMI). He is a registered fellow of the Computer Society of Kenya and a Licentiate Member of the Institute of Management Information Systems (IMIS), UK.
Mr. Ugas Mohammed
Mr. Ugas Mohammed is a Director at FRONTEIR Optical Networks Ltd and Executive Director at the Globetek Systems Kenya Ltd.
He has served and held various management board positions at the level of directors and board of trustees, both in the private and not-for-profit sectors.
He has an MBA in Project Management and a Bachelor of Science in Information Systems.
Prof. Elijah Omwenga
Prof. Elijah I. Omwenga is a lecturer at the School of Computing and Informatics, University of Nairobi. He is also a consultant for UNESCO in the Science, Technology and Innovation programme and also for The Commission for University Education (CUE) in the curriculum review and accreditation division.
He also serves in various boards including the National Commission for Science, Technology and Innovation, the Consortium for National Health Research (CNHR), the African Association for Teacher Educators and is the African representative to the World Forum for Associations of Teacher Educators (WFATE). He previously served as the Chairman of the African Virtual Open Resources and Initiatives Organisation (AVOIR) and a board member of the Kenya Education Network (KENET).
He has over 20 years experience in Software Engineering. He has designed, developed and deployed over 6 large ICT projects in the region including the first fully-fledged e-learning system in Africa (wedusoft) that was adopted for use in a number of regional universities in the last decade. He was also the ICT Director at the University of Nairobi between 2006 and 2012.
He holds a PhD in Computer Science from the University of Nairobi in the area of Information Systems. He has written over 25 scientific papers in reputable journals and publications, tens of technical papers, and authored 3 books. He is engaged in research on deployment of low bandwidth mobile/electronic/web-based applications as well as integration of ICT in learning institutions.
Esther Njeri Kibere
Esther Njeri Kibere is a retired teacher and businesswoman. She is also Board Member at Mary Hill High School in Thika and has been a member of Parents Teachers’ Association.
She started and managed St. James Jeifa Academy from 2000 to 2004. Before that, she was a teacher in Loreto Convent Valley Road, a private school, between 1991 and 1999. She was previously a registered teacher with the Teachers’ Service Commission from 1982 to 1990 and taught in various public schools in Nairobi.
She holds and a Master of Arts in Gender and Development Studies and a Bachelor of Education in English (Linguistics) and Religious Studies both from Kenyatta University. She is currently working on her PhD Proposal. She also holds a Certificate in Proposal Writing Skills for Donor Funded Research and Other Projects.
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).