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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 Chairperson of the thematic area (Sub-Committee) on Policy and Legislation 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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  • Master of Arts Degree in International Studies from the University of Nairobi (UoN).
  • Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of Nairobi (UoN).
  • Higher Diploma in Human Resources Management from the Institute of Human Resources Management of Kenya, IHRM(K).


Mr. John N. Burugu is the current IGRTC Ag. Chairperson and also chairs the thematic area (Sub-Committee) on Summit and Council of Governors (CoG) Affairs.

The resourceful and initiative driven leader brings a wealth of extensive experience gained in over 26 years of public service of which, as a trained Career Administrator, served in Provincial Administration for fourteen years (14) in Western, Coast, and Central regions before joining the Central Government to work in the then Local Government, Cooperatives Development and Marketing, and also Youth and Sports Affairs Ministries.

The 51 years old passionate advocate of Devolution is among pioneer authors having published his book: The County Understanding Devolution and Governance in Kenya in 2010 and a revised edition published in 2012. A third edition is underway.

Since the promulgation of the new constitution, Mr. Burugu has concentrated in Governance, Public Policy, and Strategic Management as core areas of interest. He reads and researches widely on Leadership, Governance, Public Policy, and Constitutionalism; often penning articles published in local dailies.

Mr. Burugu is a good trainer with excellent skills in communication. He is also gifted with great proficiency in interpersonal skills hence can interact with people from different walks of life for enhanced public engagement. His hobbies are reading international journals and listening to international news.

Moreover, he possesses understanding in formulating and implementing best-practice management principles while nurturing a philosophy that stimulates sound work ethics.

Mr. Burugu’s goal is to make a difference in society by promoting cohesion, equality, integration, and a conflict-free environment. He is also a member of the Kenya Institute of Management (KIM).

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  • Master’s Degree in Business Administration, Finance Option from the University of Nairobi (UoN).
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Commerce, Accounting Option from the University of Nairobi (UoN).


Mrs. Angeline Hongo is a career civil servant with over 30 years of working experience. Before joining the then Ministry of Cooperatives as Principal Auditor, Mrs. Hongo worked as an auditor in then Controller and Auditor General’s Office.

She has also worked in the defunct Ministry of Local Government as Program Coordinator, Kenya Local Government Reform Program, charged with reforming the Local Government Sector. She also served as Secretary to Local Authorities Trust Fund (LATF) Advisory Board.

With the advent of the devolved system of governance, Mrs. Hongo who was then in the Ministry of Local Government was appointed as Joint Secretary to the Task Force on Devolved System of Governance in Kenya, a task force that was charged with the mandate to develop implementation mechanisms for the devolved system of government. She was later appointed as a member of the Inter-Ministerial Committee charged with implementing the Task Force report that came up with the Devolution laws.

As a highly self-motivated and enthusiastic leader, Mrs. Hongo was appointed as a Member and Vice-Chairperson of the Transition Authority, the body that spearheaded and midwifed the introduction of Devolution in Kenya.

She has also served as the Director, Intergovernmental Relations in the State Department of Devolution and was an alternate to the Principal Secretary State Department of Devolution in the Intergovernmental Relations Technical Committee (IGRTC). Mrs. Hongo also represented the Principal Secretary, State Department of Devolution in the Intergovernmental Budget and Economic Council (IBEC).

During her period in the public service, Mrs. Hongo has as well served in a number of statutory boards including board members of Kenya Accountants and Secretaries National Examinations Board (KASNEB) and TANA Water Services Board, and TANATHI Water Services Board. In the year, 2012, Mrs. Hongo was awarded the coveted Presidential Award of Moran of Burning Spear (MBS) due to her distinguished and exemplary service to the Nation in particular to Devolution.

Mrs. Hongo has also attended several courses and workshops in Public Administration, Local and Sub-National Governance, Finance among others.


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  • Ongoing Ph.D. in pursuit of a doctorate in Business Management at the Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT).
  • Master of Business Administration in Strategic Management from the University of Nairobi (UoN).
  • Bachelor of Arts in Education from Kenyatta University.
  • Diploma in Public Relations Management from Kenya Institute of Management.


Mrs. Linet Mavu is the Chairperson of the thematic area (Sub-Committee) on Functional Analysis, Costing, and Transfer of services (FACT at IGRTC.

She brings a wealth of experience spanning over 34 years gained during her tenure in public service in which five years she served as the County Executive Committee Member (CECM) for Administration and Devolution in Taita Taveta County Government.

Before joining the devolved system of governance, Mrs. Mavu served for Six (6) years in the Ministry of Local Government and stationed in Mombasa Municipal Council where she rose from the position of Senior Administrative Officer, Chief Public Relations Officer, and Principal Establishment officer to being the Assistant Town Clerk.

For twelve (12) years, Mrs. Mavu served as a Graduate Teacher in Allidina Visram (Mombasa), Kenyatta High School (Mwatate), and Murray Girls High School in Taita Taveta.

Having been a darling to devolution, Mrs. Mavu has two publications under her palm: Devolution in Kenya – Driving forces and future scenarios and Taita Taveta -The Hidden Treasure.

She is also a champion of Community Leadership having emerged as Mrs. President (Post 6) for Taita Taveta County following a European Union-sponsored Women leadership Challenge in the year 2019.

Mrs. Mavi is also the Founder of Ache Africa-Arise Organization aimed at women empowerment and has served in various Boards of Institutions/ Organizations. She is also a founder of several women organizations such as Coast Women and Men Mentorship Forum (COWMEFO) and Pan African Christian Women Alliance (PACWA).

The self-motivated and fervent leader is the founder of ALCCA Consultants Limited, a consultancy firm concerned with Devolution, Management, Training, Governance, and Leadership.

She has been engaged in training Members of Parliament (MPs) from Uganda on Devolution in Kenya (2018/2019). Before the later, Mrs. Mavu did consultancy for the World Bank-funded project – Kenya Devolution Support Program (KDSP) as Team Leader for Annual Capacity Assessment (ACPA).

Mrs. Mavu is a member of the Kenya Institute of Management (KIM). Her interests are; social work, community empowerment, motivational talks, sporting, and reading.


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Mr Charles T. Sunkuli, CBS

Mr. Charles T. Sunkuli,CBS, is the current Principal Secretary, State Department for Devolution, Ministry of Devolution and ASAL. He has previously served as the Principal Secretary, Ministry of Environment and Forestry, a position he held from December, 2015 to February, 2018.

Prior to his appointment as the Principal Secretary, Mr. Sunkuli worked with Ewuaso Ng’iro South River Development Authority (ENSDA) where he rose through the ranks to become the Managing Director from 2010-2016.

adminMr Charles T. Sunkuli, CBS
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