CABINET SECRETARY -MINISTRY OF PUBLIC SERVICE, YOUTH AND GENDER AFFAIRS, REPUBLIC OF KENYA
Sicily K. Kariuki (Mrs.), EGH is Cabinet Secretary, Ministry of Public Service, Youth and Gender Affairs, a newly established Ministry, following the reorganization of the Executive by His Excellency, The President of Kenya in December 2015. The new Ministry, in the Office of the President encompasses three critical areas of focus, which have Constitutional imperatives and uphold key promises by Government to its Citizens.
Sicily holds ministerial responsibility for the portfolio of public service transformation, and youth and gender empowerment programmes which include among other initiatives- One Stop Shops-Huduma Kenya, National Youth Service, Affirmative Action Funds (Women Enterprise Fund, UWEZO, YEDF, NGAAF) and Kenya Youth Employment Programme. She has spearheaded the delivery of this programmes towards the; socio economic empowerment of youth and women, elimination of Gender Based Violence in all its forms, including FGM; increasing participation of women in political and public spaces among other gender equality gains in the Constitution.
During her short tenure, the Cabinet Secretary has led her Ministry to review the Governance and management of key programmes such as the NYS and YEDF and put in place measures to ensure prudent and efficient utilization of public resources. The result of these measures has led to strengthened governance in the state corporations in the Ministry, a massive and nationwide upscale of the youth empowerment programmes. Under her leadership, the Ministry team continues to place emphasis on delivery of effective and impact driven initiatives.
Sicily was recently appointed as the third Vice-Chairperson of the new Bureau of The African Union, Specialized Technical Committee No. 8, and consequently Chair of the Sub-committee on Public Service and Administration. She is tasked with working with other Ministers in charge of public service from AU Members States, to boost the quality of public service performance and accountability across Africa.
In December 2016 , His Excellency, the President bestowed upon the Cabinet Secretary the Second Class, Elder of the Order of the Golden Heart (EGH) of Kenya in recognition of her distinguished and outstanding services rendered to the country Prior to this appointment, Sicily was Principal Secretary, State Department of Agriculture, Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries, responsible for the operations of the State Department of Agriculture, ranging from agriculture policy development, agriculture research and development, irrigation implementation programs and other interventions focusing on food security, especially access to credit, insurance and inputs.
Sicily had previously served as Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of Tea Board of Kenya (TBK) for a period of 8 years. During her tenure at TBK, Sicily led the tea industry to become Kenya’s top foreign exchange earner, bringing in over Kenya Shillings 130 billion (1.5 Billion US Dollars) in foreign exchange earnings in 2012.
She also worked in the private sector within Kenya’s vibrant horticulture & floriculture industry as the Chief Executive Officer of Fresh Produce Exporters Association of Kenya (FPAEK) and also worked in Kenya Investment Authority (KENINVEST).
Sicily holds degree from University of Nairobi , has a Masters of Business in Administration degree with specialization in strategic management from ESAMI/Maastricht School of Management and Post Graduate qualifications in Food Laws and Regulations from Michigan State University.
Sicily has served on several International Boards.