Ambassador Raychelle Omamo SC, EGH

Ambassador Raychelle Awuor Omamo is the current Cabinet Secretary for Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Kenya. Prior to her appointment she served as Cabinet Secretary of Defence and Chairperson of the Defence Council between April, 2013 and January, 2020. In 2015, she also served as the Acting Cabinet Secretary of Labour and Social Protection.

In her capacity as a diplomat, Ambassador Omamo was privileged to represent Kenya as her Ambassador to France with accreditation to Spain, Portugal, the Holy See and Serbia and as Permanent Representative to UNESCO during the period 2003 and 2009.

Ambassador Omamo is a lawyer by profession having received her training at the University of Kent at Canterbury in the United Kingdom and at the Kenya School of Law. She is a Senior Counsel and as a practitioner was elected Chairperson of the Law Society of Kenya and the Vice President of the East Africa Law Society. She was also the recipient of the ICJ (K) Jurist of Year award in 2002.

Ambassador Omamo has served on a number of Kenya Government taskforces and commissions related to the advancement of the rule of law such as the Task Force on Landlord and Tenant Law; the Task Force on the Establishment of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission; and as Counsel to the Ndung’u Commission.

In her free time, Ambassador Omamo is an enthusiastic birdwatcher and also enjoys water colour painting and crosswords.