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Monica Juma

National Security Advisor to the President of Kenya


(Dr.) Monica Juma is the National Security Advisor to the President of the Republic of Kenya. Monica Juma has served as Cabinet Secretary in five strategic Ministries of the Republic of Kenya, namely the Ministry of Energy, Ministry of Defence, Ministry of Foreign affairs, and as Acting Ministry in the docket of Petroleum and Mining. She also served as Principal Secretary in the security triad: Defence, Interior and Foreign Affairs. Before joining the top executive, she was Kenya’s Ambassador to Ethiopia and Djibouti, and Permanent Representative of Kenya to the African Union, the Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD) and United Nations Commission for Africa (UNECA). Among the key efforts during this time was the engagement of Kenya as a key Troop Contributing country to the African Mission in Somalia (AMISOM).She joined government with a depth of experience in research and policy analysis accumulated from serving in leading continental and international policy institutions. She also served in the United Nation’s Secretary General’s (UNSG) High Level Panel on Resourcing African Union led, UNSC mandated peacekeeping missions. Amb (Dr.) Juma has strong academic credentials. She served as a lecturer in Government and Public Administration and as Research Director at the Centre for Refugee Studies, at Moi University, Eldoret. She began her employment as a Management Analyst in the Office of the President. Amb (Dr.) Monica Juma is well published in security, peace and governance areas. She has a BA and MA degrees in Government and Public Administration from the University of Nairobi; a Certificate of Refugee Studies and a Doctor of Philosophy in Politics from the University of Oxford.

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