Ms. Peninah Malonza, OGW, was born in 1974 in Kitui South Subcounty, Kitui County in South Eastern Kenya.
Peninah desires to touch the lives of ordinary Kenyans by uplifting their livelihoods. She is passionate about teamwork, networking and building strong relationships with key stakeholders in an effort to positively impact people’s lives.
Peninah served as the Deputy Governor of Kitui County, 2013-2017 where as a member of the County Executive Management Team, she managed
and coordinated the implementation of both County and National Government legislation. Prior to her entry in the public service, Peninah worked in Development organizations including Compassion International – Kenya Office 2006-2013 where she rose to the position of Partner in Training and Support Director. Peninah is a graduate of the University of Nairobi in Anthropology. She also holds two masters’ degrees from the same institution in Public Health and
in Project Planning and Management.
PS Zeinab A. Hussein, has over 20 years work experience both in private and public sectors. Prior to joining the public service, she held various senior and leadership roles in McKinsey & Co, Africa, working with the Johannesburg, Lagos and East Africa offices. Her work at McKinsey as an associate consultant saw her transform and reform various corporations in a wide range of sectors including National Oil companies, Large Commercial Banks and she oversaw successful mergers in the telecommunications sector in West Africa.
Prior to joining McKinsey, PS Hussein held various senior roles at Shell Africa including, Internal Auditor for the Shell Africa Group, Aviation Manager for both Shell Aviation East and West Africa and she also sat on the management teams of Kenya Shell, Shell Ghana and Shell Aviation and BP Aviation.
In the Public Sector,PS Hussein has served as the Principal Secretary for the Departments for Gender, Irrigation, Post Training and Skills development , Correctional Services and currently she is the Principal Secretary Ministry of Tourism and Wildlife.
PS Hussein holds a Masters in Public Administration from the Harvard Kennedy School, Harvard University. She also holds a Masters in Public Policy as a Mason Fellow from the same university and an MBA from the University of Nairobi.
Dr. Susan Koech is an alumnus of Moi University, School of Business, with a PhD, MBA and BBM. Her PhD thesis was titled “Moderating Effect of perceived customer value on relationship quality and customer loyalty among bank customers in Kenya”.
Dr. Koech is a dedicated career banker with a natural instinct for identifying future trends. Prior to joining Government in March 2018, Susan was the Nairobi Regional Head KCB Bank Limited from where she was appointed to the position of PS, East African Community (EAC) and served until February 2019 when she was appointed as PS, Wildlife. At EAC, she is credited with ensuring crafting of sound country positions, whilst building consensus with other partner States to arrive at decisions that support integration and are good for posterity, conception of the Jumuiya Market concept and building trust amongst her peers and the EAC Secretariat leadership among others.
Her life purpose is to connect with the Kenyan people as she uplifts their livelihoods. She is very enthusiastic about networking and building strong relationships with key stakeholders in a bid to create value and positively impact people’s lives. This attribute and passion undoubtedly bring impetus to create and build a framework for engagement with the development partners, NGOs, Private organizations and Community Conservancies in the wildlife sector.
She has also done several leadership courses that have built and grounded her leadership competences. These include Fast Forward (FFWD), Lead, Euro Money – School of Retail Banking, Commercial Awareness and Corporate Governance. She also holds a Diploma in Banking and is a member of Kenya Institute of Bankers (KIB) and Kenya Institute of Management (KIM).
Susan is passionate about mentoring the youth, young professionals and participating in community activities with a bias on education. Through her deliberate interventions, she has nurtured many outstanding leaders and mentored many students across the country.