Board of Directors
Mr. Robin Achoki
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.
Prof. Theophilus M. Mutui, PHD
Appointed on 11th Dec, 2020
Prof. Theophilus M. Mutui brings to KEPHIS over 24 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.
Mr. Moses M. Atuko
Appointed on 6th June, 2018
Mr. Atuko is currently a consultant with United Nations. Previously, he worked as County Executive for Health Services and Environment-Mining-Energy, both for Baringo County Government; Country Director for MENTOR Initiative, Kenya; Regional Manager for Kenya Red Cross, North Rift; Deputy Country Director for MENTOR Initiative, Liberia; Emergency Health Manager for Kenya Red Cross, Nairobi; Project Officer with Aga Khan Foundation, Mombasa; and has been a Public Health Consultant for over 6 years. He is a graduate of Public Health, Moi University, 2004
Director (Representative of the Principal Secretary, The National Treasury)
Mr. Julius Mutua
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.
Ms. Litole Jemtai Lucky
Appointed on 6th June, 2018
Ms. Litole is currently coordinating a woman and youth empowerment programme in West Pokot with Konrad Adenuor Foundation. She was previously with Kenya Utalii College till 2016 when she left to join the Konrad Adenuor Foundation. She is a holder of a Bachelor of Business Administration (Procurement and Supply Chain Management Option) and is currently pursuing a Master’s Degree in Logistics and Procurement Management. She also holds certificates in Food and Beverages, Business Management, and Customer Service.
Mr. John Angaine
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.
Alternate Director, Representative to the Principal Secretary State Department of Crops Development
Mr. David K. Mwangi
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.
Dr. Rose Njeru
Appointed on 6th June, 2018
Dr. Njeru holds a Doctorate degree in Plant Sciences from Murdoch University, Australia and a Master’s degree in Plant Pathology from The University of Nairobi. Dr. Njeru has a wide experience in the field of plant health having served as a senior lecturer at the Faculty of Agriculture, University of Nairobi for over 15 years. She has also served as a Senior Scientist with the Ministry of Agriculture in Rwanda under a World bank funded Rural Sector Support Program for a period of four years. During the subsequent four years, she was a director inchargeof Capacity Building and Technology Deployment with an lnternational Non-Governmental Organisation. Dr. Njeru has published widely in peer reviewed journals, participated in International conferences and supervised PhD Students in the field of agronomy, plant breeding, biotechnology and plant health in general.
She has international experience as an; educator, trainer, researcher, in proposal development and capacity development with a focus on plant health, biotechnology, capacity building, documentation, communication, science, technology and innovation systems. Currently,Dr. Njeru is an independent international consultant in the field of plant health with an interest in plant health systems, compliance to international treaties especially the world Trade Organisation Sanitary and Phytosanitary Agreement. She has been a consultant with several organizations including; Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, International Fund for Agriculture Development, Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation, Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture, a consortium of over 33 Universities in Africa, International Potato Centre and International Centre for Tropical Agriculture among others. She serves the KEPHIS Board, as a member of the Technical Committee.
Dr. Stephen K. Maore, Phd.
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).
Mr. Ronald Juxton Abonyo
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.
Ms. Marstella Bahati Kahindi
Appointed on 4th May, 2020
Ms. Kahindi holds a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) (majoring in Strategic Management) and a Bachelor of Arts from the UoN. She has held positions as Relationship Manager, Absa Bank Limited; Director at AAR, Japan; Member of the National Improved Cassava Committee; Director, Elite Plaza Management Board, the Chairperson of Pwani Ufanisi Farmers’ Co-operative (PUFCO), Managing Director Vibef Ltd, and Ling’aling’a Enterprises Ltd.
Marstella has wide experience in different fields in leadership and corporate management. She currently sits in the KEPHIS Board as a Non-Executive Director charged with giving the strategic direction of the Inspectorate. She also served for three years as a Non- Executive Director at Kenya Industrial Estates and in a team of directors provided strategic direction for the Corporation and improved performance. She is trained in Corporate Governance and Strategic Planning and Financial Management with practical experience in the banking field which she was charged with planning and managing for profit in all branches where she worked as Branch Manager across the 3 banks; KCB, K-Rep Microfinance Bank and Absa Bank.
Marstella has Human Resource Management/ Industrial Relations/ Relationship Management/ Customer Care/skills with 30 years of practical experience in managing people both management and union staff from a small department of five people to a big branch of over 100 people. She is a performer with quality service delivery records attained from technical expertise for 30 years in giving service that met or exceeded customers’ expectations as well as excellent complaints management skills.
Marstella played a role as the lead team that converted the K-Rep microfinance NGO to K-Rep Clearing Bank, starting up three new branches two in K-Rep Bank and one in Barclays hence experienced in initiating and managing change. She has played a key role in giving back to society as the Chairperson for Pwani Ufanisi Farmers’ cooperative registered to deal with dry crops value chains covering all the six coastal counties.