Principal Secretary, State Department for Tourism, Ministry of Tourism & Wildlife, Government of Kenya
Mr. Joe R. Okudo, CBS is the Principal Secretary in charge of the State Department for Tourism at the Ministry of Tourism and Wildlife. He was also the Principal Secretary for Sports responsible for Arts and Culture in Kenya. He previously worked with the Danish Embassy in Kenya (DANIDA) from 2002 – 2014, where he held several senior positions in the Private and Industry Sectors.
The positions included: Business to Business Programme Officer graduating to Programme Co-ordinator between 2002 – 2010; Business Sector Programme Support, Manager, Team Leader of the Private Sector Development Support Programme and Global Green Growth Forum (3GF) Co-ordinator - all between 2012 – 2015.
He also was responsible for DANIDA in the Business, Advocacy Fund and the Climate Innovation Centre. The Programmes looked at Innovative ways of engaging progressive dialogue between Kenyan Private Sector and GOK to improve the business environment. The other programmes addressed innovative ways that the Private Sector could conduct business, while conserving the environment where they operate respectively.
He was Team Leader of the Business Sector Support Programme and Co- Chair of the Private Sector Donor Co-ordinating Group in Kenya. He also sat in the Programme Investment Committee (PIC), the highest decision-making organ within the Trade Mark East Africa group. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Nairobi and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration (MBA) from Copenhagen Business School/Inoorero University.