Amb. Anthony M. Muchiri, Chairperson, Public Service Commission
Ambassador Anthony Mwaniki Muchiri was sworn into office as chairperson of the Public Service Commission on 22ndDecember 2021 following approval by the National Assembly and subsequent appointment by His Excellency President Uhuru Kenyatta.
Amb. Muchiri brings to the Commission a wealth of experience drawn from his 37 years of public service that includes a long stint in the diplomatic service. Prior to his appointment as chairperson of the Commission, Amb. Muchiri was serving as Kenya’s Ambassador to Cuba and concurrently as High Commissioner/Ambassador/PR of Kenya to Jamaica, Barbados, St. Kitts & Nevis, Guyana, Dominican Republic, CARICOM Secretariat since July 2018.
He joined the public service in 1984 in the administration cadre, rising through the ranks as Assistant Inspector (Inspectorate of State Corporations), Assistant Secretary (Ministry of Information & Broadcasting, and Ministry of National Guidance & Political Affairs), Second Secretary (Ministry of Foreign Affairs), and Chef de Cabinet to the Permanent Secretary, Secretary to the Cabinet and Head of the Public Service.
Between 2003 and 2018, he served in various diplomatic missions abroad and Ministry of Foreign Affairs as Counselor and Deputy Chief of Mission (Kenya Mission to the United Nations, Geneva, 2003-2005); Deputy Chief of Mission, Embassy of the Republic of Kenya to the Arab Republic of Egypt (2005 -2007); Deputy Director, Administration – Ministry of Foreign Affairs (2007-2010); Ambassador of Kenya to Libya (2010-2014): Ambassador/Advisor, Office of the Principal Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs (2015-2016): and Chargé d’ Affaires, Kenya Embassy, Havana, Cuba (2016-2018).
Amb. Muchiri holds a Global Executive MBA degree from the United States International University, Nairobi; Bachelor of Commerce Degree, Nagpur University, India; and Post Graduate Diploma in International Relations, University of Nairobi. He has also undertaken numerous professional studies including Advanced Public Administration (Kenya Institute of Administration), Post Graduate Diploma in Diplomatic Studies (University of Oxford, UK), Certificate in Peacemaking and Preventive Diplomacy, UNITAR-IPA Fellowship Program in Peacemaking &Preventive Diplomacy, Africa-Egypt Diplomatic Training Program (Institute for Diplomatic Studies, Egypt), and Leaders in Development Managing Political and Economic Change (Harvard University).
CPA Charity S. Kisotu, CBS, Vice Chairperson
Ms. Charity Seleina Kisotu was appointed Vice Chairperson of the Public Service Commission on 10th January 2019. She is the chairperson of the Finance, Planning, ICT and General Purpose Committee of the Commission.
Prior to her appointment, she was a member of the Board of the Central Bank of Kenya since 2016. She also served at various times as Chairperson of the Insurance Tribunal; Chairperson of the National Social Security Fund Board of Trustees; Chairperson of Kenya Wines Agencies Limited (KWAL); member of Nairobi City County Public Service Board and Chief Accountant at the National Water Corporation.
As Chairperson of KWAL, she successfully presided over the privatization of the organization which was a special assignment given to her board by the appointing authority. Ms. Kisotu holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree from Moi University. She is a Certified Public Accountant of Kenya (CPAK) and a Certified Secretary (CS).
Dr. Joyce K. Nyabuti, MBS, Commissioner
Dr. Joyce Kemunto Nyabuti joined the Commission on 10th January, 2019 as a Commissioner. She is a Human Resource Management and Development expert of long standing in the Public Service. In her 30 years of public service, she handled numerous high-level management assignments including Public Service Reforms such as Performance Improvement, Quality Assurance Programs and Performance Contracting. She has a passion in management, transformative leadership and organizational Development.
Prior to her appointment, Commissioner Nyabuti was the head of Human Resource Management and Development at the National Intelligence Service. She was also an Instructor at the National Intelligence Academy and editor of the National Intelligence Academy Journal.
Among the institutions she has served in are Public Service Commission, Ministry of Cooperative Development, Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development and Ministry of Health.
Commissioner Nyabuti holds a doctorate degree (PhD) in Business Administration from Kabarak University, Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree in Human Resource Management from Catholic University of Eastern Africa and Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree from the University of Nairobi. She also holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Human Resource Management, Post Graduate Diploma in Strategic and Security Studies and a Certificate in Human Resource Audit from the Royal Institute of Public Administration (RIPA), UK. She has attended numerous management and leadership courses and also widely published in her area of specialization and interest.
Commissioner Nyabuti is a certified member of the Institute of Human Resource Management.
Dr. Mary C. Mwiandi, PhD, MBS, Commissioner
Dr. Mary Ciambaka Mwiandi was appointed Commissioner, on 10th January, 2019. She has had a long public service career as a teacher, lecturer and community leader. She taught at Chuka High School, Meru School and Kajiunduthi Secondary School where she rose to the position of Deputy Principal. Prior to her appointment to the Commission, she served as Chairperson and Senior Lecturer in the Department of History and Archaeology at the University of Nairobi having started her university teaching career as a Tutorial Fellow.
Commissioner Mwiandi was also a part-time lecturer at Strathmore University, United States International University (Africa), and St. Lawrence University’s Nairobi Campus. She has published widely in her field of interest and supervised MA and Ph.D candidates in history and armed conflict and peace studies at the University of Nairobi. She is a recipient of many local and international scholarships and grants from various institutions and research programs.
Commissioner Mwiandi was nominated as a Goodwill Ambassador on peace, cohesion and integration by the National Cohesion and Integration Commission. She was also a member of the Board of Management of Kenya Marine and Fisheries Research Institute (KMFRI) and various school management boards.
Dr. Mwiandi holds a doctorate degree (PhD) in History from Michigan State University, a Master of Arts degree in History from the University of Nairobi, a Post Graduate Diploma in Education from Kenyatta University and a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Nairobi.
Dr. Reuben K. Chirchir, PhD,MBS, Commissioner
Dr. Reuben Chirchir joined the Commission on 10th January 2019 as a Commissioner. Prior to his appointment, Dr. Chirchir served in various capacities in the public sector as the Chairman of the University Council of South Eastern Kenya University; Secretary and Chief Executive Officer of the Judges and Magistrates Vetting Board; Joint Secretary to the Tribunal appointed by H.E. the President to Investigate the Conduct of a Judge of the Supreme Court of Kenya; Consultant Senior Programme Officer (UNDP) supporting the Task Force on Devolved Government (TFDG), Office of the Deputy Prime Minister and Ministry of Local Government; and Operations Officer, Lake Victoria Environmental Management Programme (EPS) under the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources.
Dr. Chirchir holds a Doctorate degree (PhD) in Organizational Leadership, Master of Science (MSc) in Natural Resource Management, Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Laws degrees. He is also registered with the National Environment Management Authority (NEMA) as a Lead Expert and a member of the Environmental Institute of Kenya (EIK). Commissioner Chirchir is an active and published scholar with interest in governance, policy and leadership studies.
Amb. PATRICK S. WAMOTO, EBS, Commmissioner
Amb. Patrick Simiyu Wamoto is a career diplomat of longstanding. He joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs as an Assistant Secretary III in 1983, rising through the ranks to the position of acting Permanent Secretary in the Ministry.
Prior to joining the Commission on 10th January, 2019, Amb. Wamoto was Kenya’s Ambassador to Thailand. He had also served as High Commissioner of Kenya to South Africa and in various other capacities in Kenya’s missions in London, Vienna and Abuja.
He has undertaken various training courses in Management at the Kenya School of Government in Nairobi as well as the German Centre for International Development in Berlin, Germany. Amb. Wamoto is also an Alumnus of the National Defence College, Kenya.
Commissioner Amb. Wamoto holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from the University of Nairobi, a Post-Graduate Diploma in Diplomatic Studies from Oxford University, and a Post-Graduate Diploma in Multilateral Diplomacy from the Graduate Institute of International Studies in Geneva. He was awarded Order of the Elder of the Burning Spear (EBS) by His Excellency the President of the Republic of Kenya for his exemplary contribution to Kenya’s diplomacy and international relations.
Amb. Salma A. Ahmed, MBS, Commissioner
Amb. Salma Abdulahi Ahmed was appointed as a commissioner in the Public Service Commission on 10th January, 2019 after an illustrious career spanning over 20 years in the civil service, diplomacy, communications, public relations and academia.
Prior to her appointment, Commissioner Ahmed was Kenya’s ambassador to France, Portugal and Serbia for eight years where she also doubled as the Chair of the East African Community Ambassadors forum and Deputy Dean of the African Group of Ambassadors. As ambassador, she was actively involved in high level global governance issues, peace and conflict resolution and international trade and strengthening Kenya’s diplomatic interests. She also served as a lecturer at the University of Nairobi’s Department of Political Science and the Institute of Diplomacy and International Studies, the National Intelligence Service School, National Defence College and the Foreign Service Academy among other institutions in Kenya and abroad.
Commissioner Ahmed is an innovative thinker and strategist with solid problem-solving skills and deep understanding of organizational systems. She is passionate about transforming society and has been engaged in various social transformation campaigns and programmes among disadvantaged communities and refugee camps all over Kenya. She is skilled in systems analysis, conflict management and resolution, peace building and resource mobilization. Her illustrious career includes a stint as a consultant at United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM) where she deepened her passion for social transformation issues. She has also worked as a Communications and Public Relations Manager at the Aga Khan Development Network.
Commissioner Ahmed holds a Bachelor of Arts and Masters in International Studies degree from the University of Nairobi, Postgraduate Diploma in International Relations. She has also attended numerous certificate level courses, seminars and workshops.
Mr. Andrew N. Muriuki, MBS, Commissioner
Mr. Andrew Ndambiri Muriuki was appointed as a commissioner in the Public Service Commission on 10th January 2019. He has over 17 years of progressive experience in sustainable resource planning and management in the public sector, mainly in institutions of higher learning. He also has broad experience in the functional areas of human resource, administration, procurement, finance, supply chain and property management.
Prior to joining the Commission, Commissioner Muriuki was the Deputy Registrar (Administration & Finance) at Dedan Kimathi University of Technology, Nyeri. He also served in various positions at Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology, rising through the ranks from Management Trainee to the position of Senior Assistant Registrar.
Commissioner Muriuki has hands-on experience in corporate governance, having been a Member of the National Standards Council of the Kenya Bureau of Standards and the Institute of Directors of Kenya. He has attended numerous professional and career development courses in management, procurement, finance, project planning, labour relations and corporate governance, locally and abroad.
Commissioner Muriuki holds a Master of Science degree in Information Systems from the University of Sunderland in the United Kingdom; National Diploma in Business Management from Kenya Institute of Management; and Bachelor of Arts degree from Kenyatta University.
Ms. JOAN A. OTIENO, MBS, Commissioner
Commissioner Joan A. Otieno chairs the Staff Pension Scheme as sponsor nominated trustee of the Public Service Commission. She is a Member of Public Service Commission Terms and Conditions of Service Committee and Human Resource Development Committee. She joined the Commission in January 2019 after a distinguished thirty-five (35) years of service (1984 – 2019) as a teacher and school administrator. As an administrator, she not only participated in curriculum review, design and development but was also involved in preparation of instructional resources at the then Kenya Institute of Education (KIE) now called Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development (KICD). She was instrumental in facilitation and improvement of access and quality education in various public institutions in the country.
As a way of giving back to the society, she sits in the board of Community Initiative Support Services (CISS) (2010 – to-date), a non profit organization that is involved in Poverty eradication, Food security, Healthcare, Environmental conservation, Higher Education and Research in the Lake Region.
Commissioner Joan A. Otieno holds a Bachelor of Education (Arts) Degree from Kenyatta University and a Diploma in Education Management from Kenya Education Management Institute (KEMI).
Dr. Simon K. Rotich, CBS, Commission Secretary/CEO
Mr. Simon Kibet Rotich is a career administrator with over thirty years progressive experience, having worked in various capacities in the public service. His deep understanding of Government administration has ensured successful implementation and delivery of services to the people in the areas and positions he has served in.
His appointment as Commission Secretary/CEO on 1st August 2019 vested in him the responsibility to drive the Commission Secretariat to enable the Commission deliver its mandate.
Mr. Rotich joined the civil service in 1991 as an Assistant Secretary Cadet in the Office of the President, rising steadily through the ranks as District Officer, District Commissioner, Undersecretary, Deputy Secretary, Senior Deputy Secretary, Director of Administration, Deputy Commission Secretary and finally to his current position as Commission Secretary/CEO. He also served as Chief Executive Officer of the Commission on Implementation of the Constitution.
Mr. Rotich has been a member of various selection panels constituted by the Government to recruit chairpersons and members of Constitutional and Statutory Commissions and Agencies including National Cohesion Integration Commission, Technical Vocational Education Training Authority and Commission on Administrative Justice.
Mr. Rotich holds a Master of Public Administration degree from Moi University, a Postgraduate Diploma in Mass Communication from the University of Nairobi and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Kenyatta University. He has attended numerous training, workshops and seminars locally and internationally.
Mr. Rotich is a member of Kenya Association of Public Administration and Management (KAPAM), an affiliate of Africa Association of Public Administration and Management (AAPAM). He is a founder board member of Kapsogut Secondary School and has participated in various community projects impacting communities. In recognition of his contribution to public service, Mr. Rotich was awarded the Order of the Moran of the Burning Spear (MBS) and the Order of the Elder of the Burning Spear (EBS) by His Excellency the President of the Republic of Kenya