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KEPHIS

Board of Directors

Mr. Robin Achoki

Chairman
Appointed on 15th May 2019

Mr. Achoki has over 20 years’ experience in public finance having served in the Ministry of Finance and Planning and the Ministry of Planning and National Development. In the Ministries he served as the Head of Economic Unit of Budgetary and Supply Department. He has also served as a member of the Presidential Taskforce on the Coffee Subsector Reforms; as Secretary to the Panel of Experts on the Review of Performance Contracting in the Public Sector; as Alternate Director to the Permanent Secretary/Treasury in the Board of Directors of National Council for Science and Technology and as Alternate Director to the Permanent Secretary/Treasury in the Board of Director of Kenya Marine and Fisheries Research Institute. Presently he serves as a member of the Kisii University Council.

Mr. Achoki has a wealth of knowledge on public finance, strategic planning, strategic management, economic policy formulation & analysis and public sector budgeting & fiscal infrastructure. He is well versed with the formulation of management policies and is a keen promoter of economic development.

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Prof. Theophilus M.  Mutui

Prof. Theophilus M. Mutui, PHD

Managing Director
Appointed on 11th Dec, 2020

Prof. Theophilus M. Mutui is the International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC) official contact point for the Republic of Kenya. He is also the Representative of Kenya to the Council of the International Union for the Protection of New Varieties of Plants (UPOV). He has over 25 years of experience, having previously worked at the National Biosafety Authority(NBA) as the Acting Director, Technical Services. He holds a Ph.D. in Horticultural Sciences from Leibniz University of Hannover, Germany. He did his post-doctorate studies at the University of Georgia, the USA, and the United States Department of Agriculture(USDA) in Maryland under a fellowship from the International Atomic Energy Agency(IAEA). At NBA, he was involved in establishing networks and partnerships with government entities, the private sector and development partners that were favourable to the Authority.

Prof. Mutui was formerly Country Coordinator for Better Training for Safer Food (BTSF) programme for DG-SANCO for the European Union(EU) and a member of the National Food Safety Coordinating Committee. He has many years of experience in research, consultancy and teaching. He is a member in good standing of many local and International professional societies such as the International Society for Biosafety Research (ISBR), International Society of Horticultural Sciences(ISHS), Horticultural Association of Kenya(HAK) and a member of Kenya DAAD Scholars Association(KDSA). Prof. Mutui has widely published in international refereed journals and he is regularly invited as a guest speaker in international scientific conferences.

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Mr. Julius Mutua

Mr. Julius Mutua

Director (Representative of the Principal Secretary, The National Treasury)
Appointed on 16th May 2017

Mr. Mutua is the Alternate Director to Cabinet Secretary, National Treasury. He is a seasoned civil servant with over 20 years’ experience in economic and financial policy formulation at the National Treasury. He has served in the National Fiscal Budget Preparation Team for many years and participated in regional integration issues including the negotiation of the East African Community Monetary Union Protocol. He is currently the Programme Co-ordinator for the Public Finance Management Reforms. Mr. Mutua holds a Bachelor's degree in Economics from Kenyatta University and a Master's degree in Economics from the University of Dares Salaam.

He also holds certificates in Fiscal Decentralization and Financial Institutions for Private Enterprise development from Duke and Harvard Universities respectively. He serves the KEPHIS board and is a member of Finance & Administration committee.

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Mr. John Angaine

Mr. John Angaine

Director
Appointed on 3rd May, 2019

Mr. Angaine is an experienced manager and leader at National and County Government levels with vast experience and exposure in institutional development and growth for social and economic benefits for the Kenyan people and the International Community. Previously, he has worked in the Ministry of Tourism as well as the Ministry of Public Works. He is involved in private business which entails; managing large scale horticultural farming for export; managing zero grazing dairy farming; managing wheat farming for commercial and seed production; and managing petroleum products in partnership with Total Kenya.

In his leadership role, he has participated in management at National and Community levels which entails: planning and development of strategic interventions; educating County employees and the general public on National values and principles stipulated in the Constitution; he has organized and supported youth projects on social and economic empowerment; he has organized and advised women groups for preparation and formulation of project proposals for funding; and he also serves as a Church elder for the Methodist Church of Kenya. Mr. Angaine was awarded by the retired President His Excellency Mwai Kibaki, a Presidential Farmers’ Competition award scheme National Large Scale Farm Competition as the Farmer of the year during the Agricultural Society of Kenya Show at Nairobi.

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Mr. David K. Mwangi

Mr. David K. Mwangi

Alternate Director, Representative to the Principal Secretary State Department of Crops Development
Appointed on 3rd May, 2019

Mr. David K. Mwangi Mr. David K. Mwangi is the Alternate Director to the Principal Secretary, State Department for Crops Development in the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries. He is an experienced civil servant with 26 years experience in the agriculture sector. He has worked in various places and capacities in the Ministry and is currently the Head of the Plant Protection Services Division. He coordinates the management of transboundary and emerging pests and diseases in the country and is the chair of the Multi- Agency team on Fall Armyworm and other invasive pest species. He represents the country, as an Executive Committee member, in two UN affiliated regional organizations that deal with management and control of transboundary pests; Desert Locust Control Organization of Eastern Africa (DLCO-EA) and International Red Locust control Organization of central and Southern Africa (IRLCO-CSA). Mr. Mwangi holds an Msc. in Agricultural Resources Management from the University of Nairobi and a Bsc. in Horticulture from Egerton University. In the KEPHIS board he is a member of the Technical and Audit Committees.

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Dr. Stephen Kirimi Maore

Dr. Stephen K. Maore, Phd.

Director
Appointed on 4th May, 2020

Dr Stephen Maore is an expert in Strategy, Marketing and Brand Management with over 16 years’ experience in teaching, consultancy and practice in this area. Dr Maore is the Director, University Advancement and Marketing at Kenya Methodist University (KEMU). He has served as a senior lecturer and Lecturer of International Business, Marketing and Brand Management at KeMU since 2006. He is a qualified trainer approved by the International Finance Corporation as a Trainer of Trainers (2018). Dr Maore has handled various assignments in the area of strategic Planning, Marketing Planning, Branding Strategy Development, Customer care, Customer Service Charter Development, Corporate Communication and Market Research, among others. Dr Maore has been a lead assessor in the Company of the Year Awards program (COYA) since 2010, focusing on Leadership and Management, Customer Orientation and Marketing and Corporate Citizenship and Environmental Management.

In addition to the formal employment, Dr Maore served as the Chairman, Board of Directors at Meru County Investment and Development Corporation (MCIDC) from 2015 to 2018, and is currently a Member, Board of Directors at Kenya Plant Health Inspectorate Services (KEPHIS) since 2020 and a member of the Technical Committee on Standards at Kenya Bureau of Standards (KEBS).

Academically, Dr Maore holds a PhD in Business Administration from the University of Nairobi, a Masters in Business Administration (MBA- Marketing) from the University of Nairobi and a Bachelor of Education in Mathematics and Business Studies from Kenyatta University. He has published a number of papers in the area of branding and marketing with various reputable refereed journals.

Finally, Dr Maore is an active member of the Marketing Society of Kenya (MSK), Kenya Institute of Management (KIM) and Certified Institute of Marketing (CIM).

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Mr. Ronald Juxton Abonyo

Mr. Ronald Juxton Abonyo

Director
Appointed on 4th May, 2020

Mr. Abonyo holds a Master’s degree in Real Estate Valuation and Management and Bachelor of Commerce, Finance option from the UoN. He was appointed as a KEPHIS Non- Executive Director in May 2020. He comes with the experience of over 10 years as a director where he was the Chair in an investment committee of the Board at Mvelaphanda Capital (Kenya). He is also a director at Goldman Group.

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Ms. Marstella Bahati Kahindi

Ms. Marstella Bahati Kahindi

Director
Appointed on 4th May, 2020

Marstella Bahati Kahindi is a Masters holder in Business Administration with a specialization in Strategic Management. She also holds a Bachelors Degree in Arts second class upper Division. Both degrees from University of Nairobi.

She is a seasoned banker with over 35 years of experience having worked majorly at Kenya Commercial Bank and Absa Bank formerly Barclays Bank of Kenya. She is a certified Retail Banker one. She worked shortly at K-rep Bank now Sidian Bank and Agriculture Finance Cooperation. She prides herself in being responsible strategic, futuristic, arranger and relator, strengths built over the years.

Previously She was appointed to sit in the Board of Kenya Industrial Estates as a Non –Executive Director.

Marstella Bahati is a community leader organizing and mobilizing Coastal farmers around a cooperative to train, support and do farming right, for better yields, value add and get markets for the produce for improved lives of the farmers.

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