Diplomat Mahboub Maalim Appointed as Council Chair

Ambassador (Eng.) Mahboub M. Maalim

His Excellency, President Uhuru Kenyatta has appointed Ambassador (Eng.) Mahboub M. Maalim as the Chairperson of the Council of Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology, with effect from Friday, October 16, 2020, for a period of two years.

According to the Gazette Notice No. 10759/2019, Ambassador Maalim’s tenure will end on November 1, 2022.

Ambassador (Eng.) Maalim, described by scholars as the  unsung hero of the horn of Africa, has extensive experience in leadership positions. His outstanding service has been recognized under the prestigious Presidential Awards, including the Order of the Grand Warrior (OGW) and Chief of Burning Spear of Kenya (CBS).

This follows the substantial impact he has made locally and internationally through various management positions he has held in government and other organizations such as the World Bank.

Ambassador Maalim is the immediate former and longest serving Executive Secretary at the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), where he was voted in for two terms, serving from 2008 to 2019.

Previously, he served as Permanent Secretary in two government ministries, namely; Ministry of Water & Irrigation (2005-2008) and Ministry of Special Programmes in Kenya’s Office of the President, coordinating disaster risk reduction programmes, Arid and Semi-Arid Lands Projects (2004-2005), among others.

Welcoming the appointment, the University Vice Chancellor, Prof. Victoria Wambui Ngumi, expressed her unreserved commitment to working with the new Chairperson of Council towards steering JKUAT to greater heights.

“We are greatly honoured to welcome on board the accomplished diplomat to the apex of University management. I look forward to continued cordial working relationship with the University Council through his able leadership in building this great university,” Prof. Ngumi said.

In his various administrative positions, Amb. Maalim has been instrumental in building collaborative relationships which increased funding opportunities especially in infrastructure development, an aspect that JKUAT would benefit from.

His appointment will no doubt bring to the University leadership a wide range of local and international experience in public service and corporate governance that will guide the University towards meeting its strategic goals and objectives.

Amb. Maalim holds a Bachelors and a Master’s Degree in Civil Engineering from Texas Agricultural and Mechanical University College, USA. He is a registered Engineer with the Engineers Board of Kenya, and is currently serving as the Board Chair, Kenya Power and Lighting Company.

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