The Cabinet Secretary for Education, Hon. Ezekiel Machogu, CBS, has appointed Dr. James Gichiah Njogu, HSC as the Acting Secretary General/CEO of the Kenya National Commission for UNESCO, upon retirement of Dr Evangeline Njoka, MBS who has served two terms at the helm of the Commission. This announcement was made by the Principal Secretary for Early Learning and Basic Education, Dr. Belio Kipsang, CBS, during the Farewell Reception of the outgoing Secretary General in Nairobi.
Dr. Njogu currently works at Kenya National Commission for UNESCO (KNATCOM) as Deputy Secretary General in charge of the five UNESCO Programmes. He has been providing strategic leadership and overall management of the Directorate of Programmes.
Before this, he served Head Conventions & Research Authorization at the Kenya Wildlife Service where he worked from 2005 to 2019. In this position, he coordinated CITES, CMS, Ramsar Convention, WHC-Natural Heritage, AEWA among others. He was also in charge of Biotechnology, Information and Research Authorization. He also served as Principal Kenya Wildlife Service Training Institute. Dr Njogu has also served as Chair IUCN National Committee, IUCN Regional Committee, represented Kenya in UNESCO Executive Board (2015-2019) and Chair of UNESCO-NGOs Committee. Apart from UNESCO, Dr Njogu has championed several resolutions and decisions of various conventions including in UNEA.
Dr. Njogu holds a Ph.D in Social Geography from the University of Amsterdam (2003) a M.Phil in Biological Sciences (1997) and a B.Sc in Environmental Sciences (1992). He has received several trainings in Governance and Strategic Management.
The Commission thanks Dr Evangeline W. Njoka, MBS for her zeal and dedication in service to the Republic and wishes her the best in her future endeavours.