Mr. Jerome Ochieng has been appointed the new Principal Secretary for State Department of ICT & 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. Ochieng' 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.
Dr. Jerotich Sirma serves as a Director at the ICT Authority Board and also a lecturer of Information Systems at Egerton University, Nakuru Town Campus College.
Dr. Sirma has enormous experience spanning over 20 years in the field of information systems. Previously, she 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 holds a PhD in Business Information Systems in the School of Informatics and Innovative Systems from Jaramogi Oginga Odinga University of Science & Technology, MBA from Howard University, Washington D.C. and BS in Computer Information Systems from Southeastern University, Washington D.C.
She has published in different journals in the area of Cyber Security/Information Security and is a member of Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE).
Dr. Ronoh is the current the Acting Chief Executive Officer of the Authority. He was previously the Director Programmes and Standards the directorate 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.
Ms. Pauline Wamuyu Kimotho is an advocate of the High Court of Kenya with 14 years post admission experience.
She is a specialist in Telecommunication Law, Contract Law, Commercial Law, Employment and Labor relations Law, Public Sector Law, Compliance and general corporate governance practices.
She holds a Master’s Degree in Commercial Law from the University of Cape Town South Africa, a Bachelor’s degree in Law from the University of Nairobi Kenya and a Diploma in Law from the Kenya School of Law. She is also a Certified Public Accountant and a Certified Public Secretary.
As the Head of Legal and Secretary to the Board at the Information Communication and Technology Authority (Authority) of Kenya where she is currently based, Ms. Kimotho is charged with developing the Authority’s policies on intellectual property, data protection, conflict of interest, access to information and any other issues of interest and concern to the Authority. Ms. Kimotho also advises the Authority on emerging legal issues that affect the operations of the Authority.
Ms. Kimotho’s has an interest in policy development. She has horned her skills further over the years she has worked in the Public Sector. She has participated in Policy and Law development in the Telecommunications Sector, having worked on the development of the Kenya Information and Communication Act Regulations of 2010, while working at the Communications Authority of Kenya and currently as a member of the Taskforce on review of the Kenya Information and Communication Act, 1998. Ms. Kimotho is also a fellow of the 2020 Women in Cyber Fellowship awarded by the Foreign Commonwealth Development Office and has participated in the proceedings of the UN Open-ended Working Group on Security of and in the use of Information and Communications Technologies 2021–2025.