Prof. Margaret Kobia, PhD, MGH


The appointment of Prof Margaret Kobia to the cabinet by President Uhuru Kenyatta has been welcomed by leading international organizations that she has been associated with.

The United Nations Committee of Experts on Public Administration (UN-CEPA), Commonwealth Association of Public Administration and Management (CAPAM) and Effective Institution Platform (EIP) hailed the appointment as recognition of her role in public service transformation in Kenya and wide experience and contribution to practice, scholarship and thought leadership in the field of public administration and management.

Prof Kobia is a member of UN-CEPA, Vice-President of CAPAM and Co-Chair of EIP. She is also the immediate former Chairperson of the Public Service Commission and outgoing Vice-Chair of the Judicial Service Commission.

“The Public Service Commission family is proud to have produced a Cabinet Secretary from among one of their own,” the Secretary and CEO of the Commission Dr Alice Otwala said in her congratulatory message.

Professor Kobia holds a sterling record in transformative management of public institutions, research and publication in public administration and management. In the course of her career, Professor Kobia has been the recipient of numerous awards including the Order of Grand Warrior (OGW), the First Class Order of Chief of Burning Spear (CBS), Moran of the Golden Heart (MGH) and Commonwealth Gordon Draper Award 2010 for her outstanding public service leadership in the Commonwealth.

She has previously served as Director General of the Kenya School of Government, Senior Lecturer at Strathmore University and the Chief Editor of the refereed African Journal of Public Administration and Management for five years. Prof Kobia holds a Bachelor of Education degree of the University of Nairobi, a Master of Education degree of Kenyatta University, and a PhD in Human Resource Education of the University of Illinois in the United States.

Her appointment to serve as Cabinet Secretary in the Ministry of Public Service, Youth and Gender Affairs caps an illustrious career and an outstanding contribution to the professional community in Public administration and management.

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