Professor Margaret Kobia is Kenya’s Cabinet Secretary in the Ministry of Public Service, Youth and Gender. Prior to her Cabinet position, Professor Kobia served as the Chairperson of the Public Service Commission (PSC). She has also served as the Vice Chair Judicial Service Commission and is a member of United Nations Committee of Expert in Public Administration (CEPA) that advises the UN Economic and Social Council. Margaret is an Associate Professor of Management and Entrepreneurship. She Holds a PhD Degree in Human Resource Education of the University of Illinois, M.Ed. of Kenyatta University and B.Ed. of the University of Nairobi. She received her ‘O’ and ‘A’ level education at Alliance Girls High School. As the Cabinet Secretary in the Ministry of Public Service, Youth and Gender Affairs, she provides strategic leadership on policy direction regarding the Public service, Youth Development and Gender issues. Prior to joining the Public Service Commission, she was the founding Director General of the Kenya School of Government. Between 2005 and 2013, she served as the Director/CEO of the Kenya Institute of Administration and made a profound contribution in transforming the institution into a truly modern Management Development Institute (MDI) leading to the Institute’s elevation to Kenya School of Government.
Professor Kobia has taught Management, Entrepreneurship and Research Methods at University level. Between 2011 and 2016, she served as the Chief Editor of the refereed African Journal of Public Administration and Management.
In recognition of her distinguished service and contributions to national development, she was awarded the Order of Grand Warrior (OGW), First Class Order of Chief of Burning Spear (CBS), by the President of Kenya in 2007 and 2009 respectively. Professor Kobia was the winner of the Commonwealth Gordon Draper Award 2010 for her strong leadership and outstanding contributions in improving public administration in the Commonwealth.
In 2011, she was honoured by the American Biographical Institute for her dedication and contribution to management in the public service. In 2014, she won regional recognition as Africa’s most influential woman in Business and Government awarded by CEO Magazine of South Africa.
In 2016, she was awarded the highest Head of State Honours of Moran of Golden Heart (MGH) for her strong excellent leadership in public service. Professor Kobia sits on a number of Public Sector Management Boards. At the International level, she is a member of the UN Committee of Experts on Public Administration (CEPA), the Vice President of the Commonwealth Association of Public Administration Management (CAPAM), a member of International Commission on Accreditation of Public Administration Education and Training Programs and Co-chair of OECD’s Effective Institutions Platform (EIP). As an active academic, Professor Kobia supervises PhD research students. Her research interests include Public Sector Reforms, Performance Management Training and Knowledge Management.