Amb. Dr. Monica Juma, MBS

monicajumaAmb. Dr. Monica Juma, MBS was appointed and sworn in as the Principal Secretary in the Ministry of Defence on 27th June, 2013. Prior to her appointment as the Principal Secretary, Amb. Dr. Juma was Kenya`s Ambassador Extra-Ordinary and Plenipotentiary to the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, the Republic of Djibouti and Permanent Representative to the African Union, Inter-Government Authority on Development (IGAD) and United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA).

Amb. Dr. Juma has served as an expert with numerous Governments and Inter-Governmental Organizations, including in the United Nations Secretary General`s High Level Panel on resourcing for the United Nations Security Council`s mandated Africa Union peacekeeping operations; (2008) and developed seminal peace and security policy documents, and also serves on a number of international advisory boards including the Training for Peace Programme and the African Governance Institute.

Amb. Dr. Juma holds a Doctor of Philosophy from the University of Oxford, United Kingdom, Master of Arts (MA) and Bachelor of Arts (BA) from the University of Nairobi and Certificate in Refugees Studies from Oxford. She is also a Senior Research Fellow at the Department of Political Science, University of Pretoria (South Africa); an Associate with the Africa Programme of the United Nations-affiliated University for Peace, (Costa Rica); and an Adjunct Faculty member at the African Center for Strategic Studies of the National Defence University, Washington D.C.(United States of America).

Amb. Dr. Juma has authored numerous publications including books, articles in referred journals, and chapters in edited books, commissioned reports, monographs and opinion pieces in reputable outlets in peace security and governance. She is married, and blessed with two children.

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