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.
Rosemary R.N Ndiritu – Director, Corporate Services
Rosemary is the Director, Corporate Services, at the ICT Authority.
She is a holder of Corporate Finance (CF), MBA, CPA (K) and BCom. (Accounting) professional
qualifications. In addition, in her extensive career, she has held a number of Senior Leadership positions
within the private and public sectors at both Executive Management and Board Levels, in multiple roles
as Corporate Leader, Executive and Corporate Finance Practitioner.
The Director has significant hands-on solid experience in the formulation, development and
implementation of organization, business and financial strategies and in managing operations
(Administration, Finance, Audit, Tax, HR, Risk & Compliance and Performance-related activities).
She has been involved in key milestone corporate finance transactions in the region, with specialization
in M&A transactions, capital raising, transaction advisory, corporate restructuring, financial and
Rosemary is also a Certified Retirement Benefits Fund Trustee and a member of the Institute of Directors
(IOD) Kenya, the Faculty of Corporate Finance at the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW) and of the Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Kenya (ICPAK) professional bodies.
Dr. Kipronoh Ronoh Paul – Director Programmes and Standards
Dr. Ronoh is the current Director for Programmes & Standards. He is in charge of the Directorate that is Enforcing Compliance with ICT Standards and implementing Critical National ICT Programmes and Projects.
He has held key senior positions in the past, among them Head of MIS at the Kenya Post & Telecommunications Corporation (KPTC), Gilgil Telcoms Industries, Head of ICT and Quality Management System at Kenya Urban Roads Authority and Head of ICT at Kenya Civil Aviation Authority, Deputy Head of ICT at Agricultural Finance Corporation among others.
Dr. Ronoh has contributed immensely to the growth of ICT in Kenya through spearheading development and implementation of ICT Standards and Governance for Key ICT Infrastructure for Government. He is leading the current integration of Technology in Education in the Country.
He holds a PhD in Leadership and Governance, Masters’ Degree in Business Administration, Bachelor of Science Degree in Computer Science, and Leadership Certification from Harvard Leadership Excellence, Strategic Leadership Certification and Project Management Certification, among others. This is in addition to Microsoft and Cisco Certification Courses. He is a Member of Harvard Leadership Excellence Square, Member of Institute of Directors of Kenya and Fellow Member of Computer Society of Kenya. He has gained a lot of international exposure and knowledge through participation and training.
Dr. Ronoh has published a number of articles in Leadership and Technology and currently a Member of Community of Researchers for Global Journals for UK and USA and a Fellow Reviewer for both International Journal for Economics, Commerce and Management. He is also a member of Africa Regional Internet Development Dialogue on Technology in Education.
Michael Otieno Odhiambo – Director Shared Services
Michael Otieno Odhiambo is responsible for the Shared Services Directorate that provides strategic technical functions to the ICT Authority’s operations overseeing guidance, implementation, monitoring and maintenance of government enterprise infrastructure, software and information security solutions within Ministries, Counties, Departments and Authorities under the ambit of the Ministry of ICT, Innovation and Youth on behalf of the Government of Kenya.
Michael has an MBA in Strategic Management from the University of Nairobi and a BSc Information Systems from the United States International University, Performance Management certifications from the University of Nairobi, he also has professional management and technical qualifications which include expertise in strategy formulation, leadership, project management, telecommunications, ICT infrastructure management, Microsoft enterprise solutions, HP UX and IBM AIX among others. He is a member of the Computer Society of Kenya, ICT Association of Kenya and ISACA.
He has over 21 years wealth of experience in the ICT Industry both in private and public sector having worked in Computech Ltd, Safaricom PLC Ltd for ten years where he gained private sector experience as well as his previous posting at the Kenya Wildlife Service for ten years as the head of ICT and acting Deputy Director of Corporate Services and a Trustee of the Kenya Wildlife Service Pension Scheme where he attained a Trustee Development Program Certification (TDPK) and gained public sector management experience.
He is passionate about process and self-sustaining structures within ICT environments, leadership and mentorship of young upcoming IT talent.
Ms. Zilpher A. Owiti -Director Partnerships, Innovation & Capacity
Ms. Zilpher A. Owiti is the Director Partnerships, Innovation & Capacity at ICT Authority with effect from 9th February 2021. Until her appointment, she was the Ag. Director Partnership, Innovation and Capacity. She has served as Deputy Director ICT, Directorate of eGovernment, Presidency and Cabinet Affairs. Previously, Ms Owiti served as a lecturer at United States International University (USIU)& other public & private Universities, worked at the University of Nairobi and the Kenya National Examination Council.
She is a specialist in Learning & Development, Talent Development & Change & Performance management, Mentoring &Coaching and Organisation Development.
Director Owiti has over 22 years of dedicated exemplary public services, progressively serving at senior strategic positions in the ICT environment, held various leadership roles providing strategic direction for capacity development across programs, designing and implementing knowledge systems, public policies, strategies, standards & competency frameworks that place the individuals, institutions and country at the heart of development.
The Director is a Result Based Project champion accomplished in effecting capacity building reforms with an outstanding record of managing large public sector projects geared towards fulfilment of key national goals. Ms Owiti is the Program Manager & National coordinator for the Ajira Digital Program and is keen in empowering the youth with ICT skills for productivity, innovation and employment. She is also the founder Project Manager & National Coordinator for the Presidential Digital Talent Programme (PDTP) as well as a partnership relations and people-oriented strategist.
Director Owiti holds MSC, Information Systems from the University of Nairobi, MA, Economics and Post Graduate Diploma in Personnel Management; Certified Corporate Governance, Strategic leadership& change management and a practitioner in project management & IT service management (ITIL). She is also a member of the Institute of Directors (IOD) Kenya and Professional member of ISACA Kenya Chapter.