Senior Management Team
Hon. Amb. Ukur Yatani Kanacho has over 27-year experience in public administration, politics, diplomacy and governance in public sector since 1992. In January, 2018 he was appointed the Cabinet Secretary for Labour and Social Protection, a position he’s serving todate. Between the years 2006-2007 while Member of Parliament for North Horr constituency, he also served as an Assistant minister for science and technology. At the height of his career (March 2013-August 2017), he served as a pioneer Governor of Marsabit County, the largest County in the Republic of Kenya. Between June 2009 and October 2012, he served as Kenya’s Ambassador to Austria with Accreditation to Hungary and Slovakia and Permanent Representative to the United Nations in Vienna. In this position, he aggressively pursued and advanced Kenya’s foreign interests. He held senior leadership positions at various diplomatic and international agencies such as International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), United Nations Organization on Drugs and Crimes (UNODC), United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), Vice Chairperson of United Nations Convention Against Transnational Organized Crime (UNTOC), Vice President of Convention on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice (CCPJ), and chair of African Group of Ambassadors among others. Between 1992—2015, he served in different positions in Kenya’s Public Administration including a District Commissioner, where sharpened his management and administrative skills. He has Master of Arts in Public Administration and Public Policy, University of York, United Kingdom, 2005; and Bachelor of Arts in Economics, Egerton University, Kenya, 1991.
Dr. Julius Muia is the Principal Secretary at The National Treasury. Prior to this, he was the Principal Secretary at the State Department for Planning – The National Treasury and Planning. Before his appointment as PS Planning, he was the Director General, Vision 2030 Delivery Secretariat which operated under the Office of the President, Republic of Kenya to facilitate the implementation of Vision 2030. This is Kenya’s long-term policy framework that is premised on making Kenya a globally competitive, rapidly industrializing and upper middle income economy by 2030.
Between April 2008 and October 2016, Dr. Muia served as the Secretary, National Economic and Social Council, Office of the President. This is a top advisory government think tank whose flagship project was formulating Vision 2030.
An alumnus of the University of Nairobi’s School of Business, Dr Julius Muia graduated with a First Class Honours Degree in Accounting; Masters Degree and PhD in Finance from the same university. His professional qualifications include: Certified Public Accountant (CPA-K); Certified Public Secretary (CPS-K), Associate Kenya Institute of Bankers; Associate Chartered Institute of Arbitrators; and Certified Coach.
Bernard Ndungu joined National Treasury in 2013 as the Accountant General, rising to the current position of Director General Accounting Services & Quality Assurance. Prior to joining the National Treasury, Bernard was a Director at PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC).
He is also the Chairman of the Public Sector Accounting Standards Board of Kenya, having been instrumental in its formation. The Board has already promulgated the applicable accounting standards for public sector entities. He is also the Administrator and Secretary to the Advisory Board of the Equalization Fund and an alternate Board member representing the Cabinet Secretary, National Treasury, in Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA), Kenya Accountants and Secretaries National Examinations Board (KASNEB) and Kenya Medical Supplies Authority (KEMSA), among other responsibilities.
Bernard started his carrier as an auditor at Ernst and Young (EY) in August 1995 and rose through the ranks to the position of Senior Manager before joining PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC). While working with EY and PwC Bernard offered technical support in accounting and financial reporting in the public sector in Kenya, Rwanda, Ethiopia, Eritrea and Somalia.
He is a public finance management specialist with extensive experience in planning & budgeting, accountancy & financial reporting, procurement & contract management, business risk analysis, systems review & re-engineering, taxation, auditing, development of process manuals, policies and procedures, and training & institutional capacity building in the public sector.
Bernard holds a bachelor’s degree in Commerce from the University of Nairobi and is a Certified Public Accountant of Kenya. He is currently pursuing a master’s degree in public finance management.
Ag. Director, IFMIS