• Master of Education in Early Childhood Development (ECD) from the University of Nairobi (UoN).
  • Bachelor of Education in Early Childhood Development (ECD) from Kenyatta University (KU).


Ms. Saadia Abdi Kontoma is the Vice Chairperson of IGRTC and Chairperson of the thematic area (Sub-Committee) on Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) at IGRTC.


She is a qualified and accomplished Education Specialist and Program Management professional with over twenty (20) years of quality work experience acquired in various roles with the Teachers Service Commission (TSC) and various organizations in Kenya.

She is an innovative, decisive, and results-oriented team player who strives for excellence in all tasks undertaken, leading to timely achievement of set objectives.

Ms. Kontoma has been at the helm of Education management in Kenya and before joining IGRTC, the education advocate served at TSC as a Commission Member for six (6) years.

During her tenure, key among her achievements was overseeing the development of various teacher management tools including the Code of Regulation of Teachers, Code of Ethics, Teacher Performance Appraisal Development, and Teachers Professional Development policy framework. She also played a pivotal role in re-engineering reforms and restructuring the commission and overseeing the decentralization of services to all the counties.

During the same period in TSC, Ms. Kontoma served as a Member in various committees including the Strategy and Innovation Committee which supported the fast-tracking of reforms in TSC by ensuring that the commission’s broad strategic priorities and programs were reviewed and aligned to national goals as articulated in the Kenyan Constitution, Vision 2030 Strategy, the Education Policy framework and the TSC Act.


As the Chairperson of the Audit Committee where she served for three (3) years, Ms. Kontoma gallantly devoted herself to work. Under her leadership, the committee provided oversight on the financial reporting process, the audit process, the institution’s system of internal controls, and compliance with laws and regulations. She also strengthened the Audit Directorate as well as established a Risk Management Division.

Ms. Kontoma is an excellent trainer having served TSC as an Early Childhood Development instructor for a period of six (6) years and also as an Assistant Lecturer at Kenyatta University. She had earlier served as Teachers Advisory for ten (10) years which led to her promotion as a trainer.

A distinguished program leader, Ms. Kontoma has also served as a Focal Officer with Forum for African Women Educationalist Kenya (FAWEKE) where she advocated for the Girl child.

She is an avid reader and has vast knowledge and skills imparted through training and seminars attended during her public service and aimed at effective Leadership management.

She was awarded The Order of Grand Warrior (OGW) by His Excellency the President Hon. Uhuru Kenyatta in 2013.