Paul Ronoh takes over as CEO at ICT Authority as Catherine Getao retires

The CS in the Ministry of ICT, Innovation and Youth Affairs has appointed Dr. Paul Kipronoh Ronoh as acting CEO at the ICT Authority (ICT-A) following the retirement of Dr. Katherine Getao. Dr. Getao has led the Authority since December 2018 when she took over from John Sergon.

Dr. Ronoh will serve in an Acting capacity with effect from 24 September 2021.

Dr. Ronoh was until his appointment the Director, Standards and Programmes at the Authority. He has spearheaded the development and implementation of ICT Standards and Governance for key ICT Infrastructure for the government. He is currently leading integration of technology in education in the country. He is keen to see that ICT Standards are enforced across the Public Service. Dr. Ronoh has a background in Computer Science and a PhD in Leadership & Governance. Previously he served at the Kenya Urban Roads Authority (KURA), Civil Aviation Authority (KCAA) and the Agricultural Finance Corporation (AFC).

(TOP: Dr Catherine Getao, the outgoing CEO at ICT-A with Dr Paul Ronoh, the new acting CEO).

Dr. Getao retires at a time when the Authority has streamlined governance issues, with a Strategic Plan (2020-24) and the Digital Infrastructure Master Plan (2020-29) now in place. She has revitalized the development of optic fiber infrastructure through the introduction of integrated infrastructure development in collaboration with the Roads sector, and professional management of ICT Infrastructure projects.

Dr. Ronoh is the current Director for Programmes & Standards. He is in charge of the Directorate that is Enforcing Compliance with ICT Standards and implementing Critical National ICT Programmes and Projects. He has held key senior positions in the past, among them Head of MIS at the Kenya Post & Telecommunications Corporation (KPTC), Gilgil Telcoms Industries, Head of ICT and Quality Management System at Kenya Urban Roads Authority and Head of ICT at Kenya Civil Aviation Authority, Deputy Head of ICT at Agricultural Finance Corporation among others.

Dr. Ronoh has contributed immensely to the growth of ICT in Kenya through spearheading development and implementation of ICT Standards and Governance for Key ICT Infrastructure for Government. He is leading the current integration of Technology in Education in the Country.

He holds a PhD in Leadership and Governance, Masters’ Degree in Business Administration, Bachelor of Science Degree in Computer Science, and Leadership Certification from Harvard Leadership Excellence, Strategic Leadership Certification and Project Management Certification, among others. This is in addition to Microsoft and Cisco Certification Courses. He is a Member of Harvard Leadership Excellence Square, Member of Institute of Directors of Kenya and Fellow Member of Computer Society of Kenya. He has gained a lot of international exposure and knowledge through participation and training.

Dr. Ronoh has published a number of articles in Leadership and Technology and is currently a Member of Community of Researchers for Global Journals for UK and USA and a Fellow Reviewer for both International Journal for Economics, Commerce and Management. He is also a member of Africa Regional Internet Development Dialogue on Technology in Education.

The ICT Authority, a parastatal under the Ministry of ICT, was established in August 2013. It is tasked with rationalising and streamlining the management of all Government of Kenya ICT functions. Its mandate entails enforcing ICT standards in Government and enhancing the supervision of its electronic communication. We also promote ICT literacy, capacity, innovation and enterprise.

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