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Principal Secretary

Dr.  Julius O Jwan CBS, served as the Director/CEO at the Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development (KICD). Prior to joining KICD, he was the Director – Programmes and Technical Services at the National Cohesion and Integration Commission (NCIC). He has worked as a lecturer at Moi University rising from the position of a Tutorial Fellow to Senior Lecturer. Prior to joining Moi University, he was a teacher at Ongalo Secondary School and Kaimosi Teachers’ Training College.

Dr. Jwan holds a PhD Degree in Educational Leadership & Management from the UK. He also holds a Master of Science (MSc) Degree in Educational Research Methods-from the UK; a Master of Philosophy (MPhil) Degree in Education Communication & Management from Norway and another Master Degree in Linguistics from Moi University – Kenya where he also graduated with a Bachelor of Education Degree.

He has attended several fellowships and short courses including: Procurement and Tendering Processes; and Senior Management Course for Public Officers (Kenya); Education for Sustainable Peace (Germany); Enhancing Governance and Financial Administration in Africa (Botswana); Transitional Justice and Governance in Africa (South Africa); Reconciliation as Process and Practice (Sweden); Democratic Governance for Development in Africa (Uganda), among others.

D. Jwan has published widely on educational leadership and management in international journals and book chapters. He has also published five books – two on educational leadership and management, two on research methods and one in communication. Dr Jwan is a winner of the Best Doctoral Thesis Award by the British Educational Leadership, Management and Administration Society (BELMAS) in 2011. He has also supervised a number of PhD and Masters Students.


Amb. Simon Nabukwesi CBS, has a B.Ed, M. Ed. in Education Planning and Management and MA in International Project Management.  He is a PhD Candidate in International Project Management.  In addition to this, he has a Diploma Level training in Institutional Management at Hiroshima University, Japan and a Pre-university Training at the National Youth Service (1986).

With this training, Simon has had a successful career as a High School Teacher, as a Deputy Principal and Principal in a span of twenty years (1989-2009). He has also served as Kenya’s High Commissioner to Canada and Ambassador Plenipotentiary and Extra-ordinary to Cuba.  His eleven (11) years of service as a diplomat included being the Director of Foreign Service Institute which he worked to transform into the Foreign Service Academy for training Junior Diplomats, Middle level Diplomats, Senior Diplomats and eight (8) Cohorts of Ambassadors whom he took through induction courses.  The Foreign Service Academy served as a soft power tool for the government by training diplomats and ambassadors from the Eastern, Central and Southern Africa in addition to coordination of scholarships from friendly nations.   This made members of the Association of directors of Foreign Service Academies from the IGAD Region to vote Nabukwesi to be their Chairperson, from 2016 to 2019 when he left the Academy to head Europe and Commonwealth Directorate in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Amb.Nabukwesi was appointed to the position of Principal Secretary, State Department of University Education and Research with effect from 28th February, 2020.  He is optimistic about working with all stakeholders to improve University Education and Research.


Dr. Margaret Wawuda Mwakima is a Tourism and Biodiversity Management professional majoring in Sustainable Tourism Development and Management. As a Ph.D graduate, Dr. Mwakima has written a thesis on “Determinants of the Biodiversity Conservation -Tourism Nexus in the Buffer Zone of Amboseli Biosphere Reserve, Kenya.” She is also a holder of a Masters Degree in Environmental Science with a major in Sustainable Natural Resources Management and a Bachelor of Education (Science) Degree in Botany and Zoology all from Kenyatta University.

Dr. Mwakima is currently the Principal Secretary, State Department for Vocational and Technical Training, Ministry of Education. She has served as Principal Secretary, State Departments Regional & Northern Corridor Development; East African Community; and Wildlife. She has also served as a Managing Director/CEO of Afrosayari Ltd as well as the Vice Chairperson of Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) Board of Trustees and Board Member of Ecotourism Kenya.

As a Principal Secretary, Dr. Mwakima has demonstrated ability of being in charge of the administration of a State Department with high level of achievements and successes. She has been leading high level delegation meetings at both National, Regional and International level such as CITES, UNCBD, UNCCD, UNFCCC, RAMSAR Convention, CMS, Convention on the Environmental Impact Assessment in Transboundary Context, Rio Conventions linked with Climate Change, Global Program of Action for Protection of the Marine Environments from Land Based activities (GPA) among others; including AU and EAC meetings on thematic areas on environmental and Biodiversity Conservation.

Dr. Mwakima has successfully led high level negotiation meetings to enhance global conservation agenda for partnerships, collaboration and project financing with various development partners including World Bank, European Union, JICA, USAID among others as well as with various countries both at bilateral and multi-lateral level.

As an environmental scientist, Dr. Mwakima has recently been nominated to chair the thematic working group that will guide Kenya’s agenda on Climate change mitigation and resilience as we implement SDG 14. She is a progressive researcher and publisher.

Dr. Mwakima is a member of Institute of Directors Kenya, Kenya Association for Public Administration and Management (KAPAM) as well as Kenya Association of Women in Tourism (KAWT).


Mr. Alfred K. Cheruiyot, CBS is the Principal Secretary for Post Training and Skills Development, Ministry of Education. He possesses solid Management skills with extensive experience in ICT systems. Having worked in Telcos Industry in Senior Positions, he has come up as an astute leader with strong organizational, administrative and analytical skills. He is an accomplished Executive with significant exposure and expertise in the areas of; Enterprise Management, Business Development, Revenue Generation within start-ups operating in a dynamic environment. He previously worked as CEO of Cerberus Solutions – an ICT consultancy firm and Oracle partner and Head of IT- Communications Authority and The Kenya Posts and Telecoms Corporation. 

Mr. Cheruiyot holds an MBA degree in Strategic Management from Moi University, and a BSc from Kenyatta University. He is an Oracle Certified Professional from Oracle University, Midrand South Africa and a certified Sun Microsystems expert.

In addition, he has extensive professional trainings locally and internationally in the areas of ICT and Management among others, having trained in UK, South Africa, ITU Sweden, South Wales and at the famed Silicon Valley in California, USA.

Mr. Cheruiyot has a passion in developing other people, and he comes to the State Department of Post-Training with a Passion to improve skills provision in the Country.

He also engages in Community Responsibilities aimed at uplifting lives of communities by providing access to water and sanitation facilit


Prof. Fatuma N. Chege, (PhD), FCCS CBS, is the Principal Secretary, State Department for Implementation of Curriculum Reforms that was established on 9th February 2021, under the Ministry of Education. She was appointed on 9th May 2021.

Prof. Chege is a Professor of Education and holds a doctoral degree in Gender and Education from the University of Cambridge, United Kingdom. She also holds a Master of Arts (Education) from Kenyatta University (KU), Bachelor of Education (KU) and Diploma of Education (UoN).

Prior to her appointment in the Ministry of Education, Prof. Chege was the Deputy Vice Chancellor (Administration), Kenyatta University (KU) and a member of Joint Negotiations Committee (JNC) of the Inter-Public Universities Consulate Forum (IPUCCF) of the Federation of Kenya Employers (FKE) for which she is a trained negotiator.

Between July 2017 and May 2021, Prof. Chege was the Chairperson of the Board of Directors of the Kenya School of Law and for six (6) years, she was the Dean, School of Education, KU (2011-2017). She also served as Deputy Director of the KU Institute of Research, Science and Technology (2008 to 2010); Chairperson of the Kenya Education Staff Institute (2005-2008) and was the Chairperson, Department of Educational Foundations, Kenyatta University Between 2003 and 2007.

Prof. Chege has considerable teaching experience at University level where she began as Graduate Assistant in the Department of Educational Foundations and rose through the ranks to the position of Full Professor of Education. She taught philosophy and sociology of education, gender and education, as well as qualitative research methods at both undergraduate and graduate levels. In addition, she is a professionally trained teacher whose teaching experience spans various levels of the education sector including primary, secondary and teacher training.

As a University scholar, Prof. Chege has been a successful lead researcher in local and international collaborative projects many of which informed community uptake to enhance social well-being. She established many institutional linkages globally and conducted extensive research in Kenya and the Eastern and Southern African Region focusing on various themes in education that include schooling and the construction of gender identities and sexuality; education and violence against children; sexual harassment and gender-based violence in schools, as well as interdisciplinary research on education and poverty. She has presented her work in many learned conferences and published widely in refereed journals, books and book chapters, focusing on her areas of specialization and interest in education.

With regard to community service, Prof. Chege was Chairperson of the Taskforce on Enhancing Access, Relevance, Transition, Equity and Quality for Effective Curriculum Reforms Implementation between June 2019 and December 2020. She spearheaded the establishment of a secondary school in a poor rural community and served in several secondary school boards of management. In addition, Prof. Chege has mentored many young scholars and researchers as well as provided financial support for secondary and tertiary education to many children from various Kenyan counties. She is a co-founder member of the Women Education Researchers of Kenya (WERK) and serves in various professional bodies.

Prof. Chege has received various awards that include: The KU Vice Chancellor’s Extra Mile Award; The KU Vice Chancellor’s Research Award; Africa Academy of Sciences (AAS) Proposal Writing Award; Aga Khan International Scholarship Award; Dulverton Trust U.K. Award; Cambridge Commonwealth Trust.