Team member

Council Chairman

Dr. John O. Onsati an expert of Organizational Development and Transformation, Education and Training, was appointed Chairman of the Kenya National Examinations Council on 3rd May, 2019 after serving three years as a member of the KNEC Council. During his three years at the Council, Dr. Onsati who also served as the Chairman of the Finance and General Purpose Committee of the Council from 2016 to 2019 is a diligent, meticulous and astute member who immensely contributed to the success of the broad reforms that enhanced the integrity and credibility of Kenya’s examinations system.

Dr. John Onsati, who holds a Doctorate degree in Organizational Development and Transformation from Cebu Doctor’s University, Philippines and a Master of Science (MSc) degree from Victoria University of Manchester UK, has an enviable experience in the education sector spanning decades.

Born on 31st March 1953, Dr. Onsati started his early education at Kioge D.O.K. Primary school before joining Mawego Technical Secondary School where he sat for Kenya Junior Secondary Education (KJSE) examination in 1970. He moved to the now Technical University of Mombasa for a two-year Pre-Technician course graduating in 1972. From 1973 to 1984 Dr. Onsati went through the now Technical University of Kenya graduating with an Ordinary Diploma in 1976 and a Higher Diploma in 1984. Between 1976/1977, he obtained a Technical Teachers’ certificate from the same institution.

He started his professional career as a Technical Teacher at Sigalagala Technical Secondary School in 1977 before moving to the Kenya Polytechnic (now Technical University of Kenya) in 1985 as an Assistant Lecturer.
Between 1990 and 1994, he served at the Office of the President (Department of Defense) as a Lecturer at the Kenya Armed Forces Technical College. In 1994, he moved to the Ministry of Higher Education, Science and Technology as Senior Technical Training Officer and was deployed as a Provincial Technical Training Officer - Nairobi Province - in charge of technical institutions up to 2000.
In addition, Dr. Onsati served at the Ministry of Home Affairs – National Youth Service Engineering Institute as a Deputy Principal for two years before becoming the Principal for a year in 2003 at the same institution.

From 2003 to 2008, he worked under the Teachers Service Commission as Deputy Principal at the Kenya Polytechnic, Senior Principal of Rift Valley Institute of Science & Technology before retiring in 2008 after serving as Senior Principal at the Nyeri Technical Training Institute.

Dr. Onsati has attended numerous short courses, workshops and seminars to bolster his profession in technical education.
He has also served as a National Treasurer to the Kenya Association of Technical Training Institutions, Board Member of Muhuri Muchiri Secondary School, Nairobi and Council Member of Embu University College.

Dr. Onsati has received several awards and recognitions during his sterling career in the education and leadership sector.


Dr. David Njeng’ere, is the Chief Eexecutive (CEO) Officer of the Kenya National Examinations Council.
He holds a PhD in Education, Master of Philosophy in English and Bachelor of Education in English and Literature all from Moi University. He also holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Curriculum Design and Development from the International Bureau of Education (UNESCO) and Open University of Tanzania, and a Certificate in Design and Development of Large Scale Assessments from Education and Testing Services, Princeton, New Jersey. He is a fullbright fellow under the Hubert Humphrey Fellowship Programme, Vanderbilt University, USA.
Before being appointed as CEO, KNEC, Dr. Njeng’ere was education advisor to the Cabinet Secretary, Ministry of Education, Prof George Magoha. He previously worked at KNEC and at the Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development (KICD).
He was instrumental in conceptualization and design of Competency Based Curriculum (CBC) and Competency Based Assessment (CBA) approaches for the ongoing education reforms in basic and teacher education.
Dr. Njeng’ere has wide experience as an educationist and has been involved in many initiatives in education reforms at national, regional and global levels. He chaired some of the East African Community Technical Committees Sessions that culminated in the Framework for Harmonization of Education Systems and Curricula.
He has also been a resource person with the International Bureau of Education (UNESCO) on several assignments, including being a facilitator with the Government of Malaysia on curriculum-related issues.


Dr. Julius Ouma Jwan (Born 1965), is the Principal Secretary, State Department of Early Learning and Basic Education, Ministry of Education. Before his new posting he was Principal Secretary Vocational and Technical Training.

Dr. Jwan has also served as Director/Chief Executive Officer at the Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development (KICD) where he spearheaded the review of the Competency Based Curriculum (CBC). Formerly, he worked as the Director – Programmes and Technical Services at the National Cohesion and Integration Commission (NCIC). Prior to joining the Commission, he was a senior lecturer at Moi University, a tutor at Kaimosi Teachers’ College.

He holds a PhD in Educational Leadership & Management and a Master of Science (M.Sc) in Educational Research Methods, both obtained from the UK. He also has a Master of Philosophy (MPhil) in Education Management from Norway and another Master’s Degree in Linguistics from Moi University, where he also graduated with a Bachelor of Education Degree.

He has published widely on educational leadership and management in international journals and book chapters. He has authored two books on educational leadership and management, and one on research.


Ms. Nancy Njeri Macharia is the Chief Executive Officer of the Teachers Service Commission.

She holds a Master of Education (Policy and Management) degree from Bristol University, UK and a Bachelor of Education degree in English/Literature from Kenyatta University. She has worked in the education sector for more than 28 years.

Born in 1963, Ms. Macharia has trained both locally and internationally in Corporate Governance, Public Procurement, Policy Formation, Information Communication Technology (ICT), Proactive Management and Business Excellence Models, among others.

She is a member of the Kenya Association of Public Administration Management (KAPAM) and Institute of Directors.


Prof. Charles Ochieng’ Ong’ondo is the Director/Chief Executive Officer (CEO) at the Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development (KICD).

Prof. Ong’ondo is an Associate Professor in Teacher Education. He is a Commonwealth Academic Fellow and Scholar who holds a Postdoctoral Fellowship in Research Methodology (University Warwick, UK), a PhD in English Language Teacher Education (the University of Leeds, UK); an M.Phil. Degree in English Language Education (Moi University, a B.Ed. Degree in English and Literature (Moi University) and a Diploma in Education (Siriba Teachers College).

His academic interests are: Research Methodology, Teacher Education, English Language Pedagogy, Training of Trainers; Curriculum/Programme/Course Design and Evaluation; Academic Writing and Organizational Communication.

Before his appointment at KICD, Prof. Ong’ondo was a lecturer of English Language Teacher Education in the Department of Curriculum, Instruction and Educational Media (CIEM) in the School of Education at Moi University where he worked for sixteen years, and rose through the ranks of Lecturer and Senior Lecturer to Associate Professor. Prior to joining the university as a lecturer, he taught English and Literature at secondary school.

Prof. is a member of the African Network for Internationalization of Education (ANIE), International Association of Teachers of English as a Foreign Language (IATEFL), Language Association of Eastern Africa (LAEA) and founder member and official – Kenya Association of English Language Educators and Researchers (ASELER) and a member of Kenya Association of Educational Administration and Management (KAEAM).

Since June 21st, 2019, Prof. Ong’ondo has also been as a member of the Task force on Access, Relevance, Transition, Equity and Quality for Effective Curriculum Reforms Implementation in Kenya.


Dr. Mary Gaturu (born 1963) works with the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology as the Director in charge of Quality Assurance and Standards.

Formerly, she was the Regional Director of Education for the Rift Valley Region, County Director of Education for Muranga and for Nyandarua. Before that she worked at the Teachers Service Commission as the Senior Graduate Teacher.

She holds a Doctorate of Philosophy, Masters in Education and Bachelors of Education Degree, all from Kenyatta University.


Ms. Rosemary C. Saina, the immediate former Chief Principal of Kenya High School, is an educationist, having joined the teaching profession in 1981 as a teacher at Moi Girls High School, Eldoret.

She climbed the professional ladder from Head of Department at Moi Girls School, Eldoret to Headmistress at Solian Girls High School, Baringo, where she served from 1990 to 1991.

In 1991, Mrs. Saina was transferred to Kenya High School to serve as the Deputy Principal, a position she held until 1999 when she was promoted at first as Principal, then promoted to Senior Principal and finally retiring as Chief Principal in 2015 after successfully managing the school for 16 years.

Ms. Saina is an alumni of Moi Girls High School, Eldoret (formerly Highlands) and St. Joseph Chepterit Girls, Nandi. She holds an Executive Masters of Education degree from Moi University and Bachelor of Education (Arts) degree from the University of Nairobi.

Born on 28th July 1955, she has extensive training in educational management and leadership skills. She has also attended various workshops and seminars which have enriched her career in education.

Mrs. Saina has served in other fields in various capacities and has travelled widely. She was the National Treasurer, Kenya Secondary Schools Heads Association between 2014 and 2015 and she has also participated in various community forums, projects and services. Her exemplary performance earned her state recognition and she was awarded Head of State Commendation in 2009.


Okiyo Martin Osang’iri is an innovative and experienced professional, competent in leadership and management of both development and humanitarian portfolios, programmes and projects. He is an Educationist by profession with strengths in Training, Leadership and Communication. Martin has a strong bias in coordinating disability and gender awareness and advocacy initiatives within the context of education and development. He was the Executive Director of the African Union of the Blind (AFUB) until June 2017 and is currently the Lead Diversity and Inclusion Consultant and Technical Director with Actors for Inclusion Ltd. Before joining AFUB, Martin worked with the International Council for Education of People with Visual Impairment (ICEVI) as the Africa Region Coordinator of ICEVI’s Global Campaign for Education from 2011 - 2016. Prior to ICEVI, he previously served at Humanity and Inclusion (formerly Handicap International) - Tanzania, Uganda, Somalia and Kenya (TUSK) Programme from 2009. Martin also offers his leadership services on various boards in Kenya and internationally. He is the International Blind Sports Federation, IBSA Africa Chairman since 2013 and sits on the boards of the Kenya National Examinations Council (KNEC), the Anti-Doping Agency of Kenya (ADAK) and the Kenya Institute of the Blind (KIB) from 2016. Martin holds the following academic and professional qualifications: Bachelor of Education in Special Needs Education (and French language) from Kenyatta University, National Diploma in Human Resources Management and National Diploma in Project Management from the Kenya Institute of Management, Master of Science in Development Studies from Moi University and Master of Education in Educational Leadership and Administration from the University of Nicosia, Cyprus. He is also a 2015 University of Pretoria Senior Management Institute (SMI) Fellow. Martin is currently pursuing his PhD in Special Needs Education at Kenyatta University. In his current role as a board member at KNEC, he is participating in creating transformative change in national examinations consequently restoring credibility in the education system in Kenya. For that achievement, he was in 2017 awarded by the Head of State the Order of the Grand Warrior (OGW). Martin is visually impaired (partially blind) and this combined with his work experiences in disability have made him diversity sensitive.


Professor Ogur received his PhD in Engineering from University of Warwick in 2007. He is a Chartered Engineer and Member of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (UK). Prior to joining the Technical University of Kenya in 2011, Prof. Ogur worked as a Research Fellow at the Warwick Manufacturing Group in the University of Warwick and as a Scientist/Engineer with Proctor and Gamble GmbH in Frankfurt, Germany.

Since 2014, Prof. Ogur worked as the Director, Centre for Engineering Innovation and Production (CEIP). The CEIP’s core purpose is to build capacity through Competency Based Education and Training (CBET) in the area of advanced manufacturing technologies such as Computer Numerical Control (CNC) machine operation and maintenance, Reverse Engineering, Rapid Prototyping, Automation and Control. He has over 40 journal publications, a book on Polymer Processing with Supercritical Fluids and has filed six patents with the Kenya Industrial Property Institute. Prof. Ogur has received from the National Commission for Science Technology and Innovation (NACOSTI) research awards in Biofuels, Solid Waste Management, Renewable Energy and Recycling of Materials.

Prof. Ogur has extensive academic and practical knowledge of TVET reform strategies, pilot implementation, design, development, assessment and implementation of different methodologies concerning CBET, Vocational Education and Training (VET), life-long learning and training of trainers. He has been providing advice, consultations and technical assistance in the education and VET systems with strong experience in the elaboration, piloting and evaluation of training curriculum for different target groups and formal and non-formal educational systems.

Throughout his career, Prof. Ogur has proven that he understands how to organize and inspire talented teams of people to achieve excellence in significant areas that advance the organization to higher levels through understanding the value in having diverse perspectives as part of a team and how to engage all in contributing to the successful fulfilment of vision and goals.


Colonel (Rt.) Leonard Owambo is a professional security and leadership expert with vast experience both locally and internationally having served as Kenya's Defense, Military, Naval and Air attaché to the United States of America (Washington DC), and Canada (Ottawa). He simultaneously served as regional director for Central and Southern Africa in the Washington Corps of Military Attaches.

He earned a US Presidential Award - the Legion of Merit, for exceptionally meritorious conduct in the performance of outstanding services while serving as Kenya’s defense attaché to the United States in the period 2005-2007.

He has contributed greatly to prevention of conflict leading to a generally peaceful outcome of the Kenya General Elections 2013 specifically at the extremely volatile Coast Province region as the Coordinator and overall in charge of the Safe Coast Early Warning and Early Response (SCEWER) unit.

He holds an MA in Leadership from Faith Christian University and Schools, Maryland USA, BA in Organizational Leadership (Magna cum Laude) from Bellevue University, Nebraska, Diploma in International Studies from the University of Nairobi and a Certificate in Defense Resource Management from Naval Post- Graduate School, Monterey CAO. Additionally, he is a trained and certified Close Protection agent.