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  • 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.


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Chair, Inter-Governmental Relations Technical Committee (IGRTC), Government of Kenya

On 31st March 2022, the President of the Republic of Kenya, His Excellency President Uhuru Kenyatta, CGH, gazetted the appointment of Mr. Kithinji Kiragu as the Chairperson of the Inter-Governmental Relations Technical Committee (IGRTC). Mr Kiragu is a graduate of the Universities of Nairobi (Bachelor of Commerce) and Strathclyde, Glasgow (MBA). He is also a Certified Public Accountant (Kenya).

Over the past three decades, Mr. Kiragu has been extensively engaged by governments and development partners (predominantly the World Bank and UK-DFID) in Africa and beyond, as a consultant/adviser in institutional and political economy analysis, organizational and human resources development, public finance management, and governance in general. In this role, for example: in 1995-1998, he served the Government of the United Republic of Tanzania as the Chef Technical Adviser for Public Sector Reforms in the President’s Office, and for a year (2009/2010), Mr Kiragu was Strategy Adviser for the reform of the Federal Public Service of Nigeria. Furthermore, he has significantly published in the subjects of public sector management, political economy, and governance.

In the early days of his postgraduate career, Mr. Kiragu practiced accounting and auditing, and for three years lectured on the same at the University of Nairobi. Thereafter, he started an extensive career in management and economics consulting at the legacy firm of Coopers & Lybrand, which has since integrated into PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC). He left the firm after eight years to establish KK Consulting Associates, which after 14 years (in July 2002) merged with PwC. He was a Partner/Director at PwC with responsibility for public sector advisory services in Africa Central Region until 2007, when he joined Africa Development Professional Group in the same role. In 2009-2012, Mr. Kiragu was the Chairman of the State Corporations Advisory Committee (SCAC) in the Office of the President of the Republic of Kenya. In the past three years he served as a member of the Board of Kenyatta University Teaching, Referral & Research Hospital, and as the Chair of the Board’s Committee for Strategy, Finance & Corporate Services.

Mr. Kiragu has also been an entrepreneur He was a majority shareholder of a stockbroking company, Solid Investment Securities Limited, that was acquired by the legacy NIC Bank in 2008. He is an active investor in education and farming. He enjoys playing golf.

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