PRINCIPAL SECRETARY, MINISTRY OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS
AMB. MONICA JUMA, DPHIL, CBS
Ambassador Monica Juma, DPhil, CBS, served as the Principal Secretary at the Ministry of Interior and Coordination of National Government of the Republic of Kenya until January 12, 2016. Formerly she served as Principal Secretary in the Ministry of Defence.
Prior to these two portfolios, Dr. Juma served as Ambassador Extra-Ordinary and Plenipotentiary to the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, the Republic of Djibouti and Permanent Representative of Kenya to the African Union, Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD) and United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA), based out of Addis Ababa.
Dr. Juma’s career spurns across a wide range of posts and responsibilities within the country, in the continent and internationally. She has served with numerous Governments and Inter-Governmental Organizations, on the United Nation Secretary General’s High level panel on resourcing for the United Nations Security Council’s mandated Africa Union peacekeeping operations; (2008), and led teams that developed seminal peace and security policy documents in Africa. She continues to serve on a number of boards, including on the international advisory board for the United Nations University for Peace headquartered in Costa Rica, the Training for Peace Programme and the African Governance Institute.
Amb Juma holds a Doctor of Philosophy from the University of Oxford, Master of Arts (MA) and Bachelor of Arts (BA) from the University of Nairobi, and Certificate in Refugees Studies from Oxford. She is also a Senior Research Fellow at the Department of Political Science, University of Pretoria (South Africa); and an Adjunct faculty member at the African Centre for Strategic Studies of the National Defence University, Washington D.C (United State of America).
She is author to numerous publications including the Compendium on Peace and Security, articles in referred journals, chapters in edited books, commissioned reports, monographs and opinion pieces on issues of peace, security and governance. Ambassador Juma is married and has two children.