Alumni to Serve in the Universal Service Advisory Council

Kennedy Okong'o (centre) with friend Emanuel (left) and brother Stephen during his graduation of June 2012 at JKUAT

Kennedy Okong’o (centre) with friend Emanuel (left) and brother Stephen during his graduation of June 2012 at JKUAT (PHOTO: Courtesy)

JKUAT double alumni, Kennedy Odiwuor Okong’o has been appointed to serve a three year term in the Universal Service Advisory Council, a body that will oversee the implementation of the Universal Service Fund (USF). Okong’o together with nine others were appointed to the body by the ICT Cabinet Secretary, Dr. Fred Matiang’i and are expected to provide requisite strategic policy guidance as the government moves in to ensure access and availability of telecommunications services in all parts of Kenya.

Commenting about his new role at the Council, Okong’o reckoned that though the task is enormous, the collective expertise of the team is commensurate to the call.

Okong’o first graduated with a Bachelor of Science, in Geomatic Engineering from JKUAT in 2006 before earning his masters in ICT Policy and Regulation from the same institution in 2012. He is currently pursuing his doctorate degree at the University of Cape Town, South Africa, having completed a second masters degree in Business administration from University of Nairobi in 2012.

Dr. Maurice Sakwa who supervised Okong’o for his masters degree termed him, “serious and reflective. He was a good team player who never settled for anything less than satisfactory.”

Mwirigi Kiula who was Kennedy’s graduate senior at JKUAT noted that he was humble, committed and level headed. “He had this rare ability to work with people of all backgrounds,” Kiula added.

Council Inauguration with Cabinet Secretary, Dr. Fred Matiang'i (sitting: centre) and other officials

Council Inauguration with Cabinet Secretary, Dr. Fred Matiang’i (sitting: centre) and other officials. (PHOTO: Courtesy)

Okong’o has worked with several local and international organizations including Airtel, Orange, and Geomaps International. Currently, he is a regional consultant with Telephone Systems International, headquartered in Florida, USA.

He has challenged students to prioritize learning and harness their unique potentialities, aligning them to market expectations and standards.

“It must be your own ambition that drives you, not the ambition of anyone else. Otherwise you will be forced to resent them during the tough times,” exhorts Okong’o.

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