Dr Catherine Getao, who has been serving as the ICT Secretary at Office of the President and Cabinet (OPC), has been appointed as the substantive CEO at the ICT Authority (ICT-A) for a three-year term by the ICT CS Joseph Mucheru.
The ICT-A is the parastatal charged with enforcing ICT standards in the public sector, promotion of ICT literacy, capacity, innovation and enterprise in line with the Kenya’s 2017 National ICT Masterplan.
In a Kenya Gazette notice published on November 6, CS Mucheru stated: “In exercise of the powers conferred by Paragraph 11 (2) and (3) of the Information and Communications Technology Authority Order, 2013, the Cabinet Secretary for Information, Communication and Technology appoints Katherine Getao (Dr) to be the Chief Executive Officer of the Information and Communications Technology Authority, for a period of three (3) years, with effect from the 11th October, 2018.”
(TOP: Dr Catherine Getao, the new CEO at ICT-A. Photo: LinkedIn).
Dr Getao takes over from John Sergon who has held the CEO position at the ICT-A in an acting capacity since April this year. Sergon replaced Robert Mugo who had also held it for over two years by then, all in an acting capacity.
Getao was between 2014 and 2017 an active member of the United Nations Group of Governmental Experts in the field of security in the context of ICT and has presented several papers at meetings in the domain of Cybersecurity and Diplomacy according to media reports.
Earlier on, from 2010 to 2013, Dr Getao led the Directorate of eGovernment within the Office of the President (OP) where she provided strategic advice to the government and oversaw the ICT operations of the government.
The Directorate of eGovernment was later merged with the Kenya ICT Board and Government IT Services (GITS) to create the current ICT-A.
“Katherine prioritized the use of ICTs to deliver public services to all Kenyans and the achievement of Vision 2030 through improving the efficiency and effectiveness of government services. Katherine led the design phase of the Huduma Kenya Initiative which has transformed the way citizens access Government services. Katherine was awarded the Elder of the Burning Spear by the President of Kenya for her services to the nation,” states her profile on NASEBA, an organisation which creates growth opportunities by connecting people, partners and ideas.