National Employment Authority (NEA)

The Authority is governed by a Board consisting of a Chairperson and nine other members. The powers of the Board in line with Section 9 of the National Employment Act, 2016 are to:

  1. Advise the Cabinet Secretary on any matter deemed by the Authority to be necessary or expedient to be considered by the State in connection with the provisions of this Act or the application thereof and on any other matter relating to employment which has been referred by the Cabinet Secretary to the Authority for the advice and recommendations of the Authority;
  2. Conduct studies on any matter relating to its mandate;
  3. Obtain information relevant to the discharge of its function;
  4. Take the necessary steps to protect the unemployed against any form of abuse or exploitation;
  5. Subject to the provisions of this Act, cause its work to be performed by persons employed or appointed by it in its terms of this Act;
  6. Become a member of an association or organization which seeks to promote any matter in which the Authority has an interest;
  7. Establish relations with or enter into cooperation agreements with bodies or offices offering similar services in other countries;
  8. Vest in or delegate to any officer, any of its committees such functions of the Authority as the Authority may determine; and
  9. Appoint and or employ such officer, any of its committees such functions of the Authority to discharge as required under the National Employment Authority Act 2016.

The Board will discharge its responsibilities through the following three (3) Board Committees. These are: the Finance Human Resource and Governance Committee; Employment Promotion, Services and Strategy Committee; and Audit, Risk and Compliance Committee.

Board Committees

The Board works through three committees as follows:

  1. Finance, Human Resource and Governance committee
  2. Employment Promotion, Services and Strategy committee
  3. Audit & Risk Management committee

The Board delegates certain functions to the committees but without abdicating its own responsibilities. The Committees are appropriately constituted drawing membership from amongst the board members with appropriate skills and experience. The Board may co-opt into the membership of the committees established any person whose knowledge and expertise may be required.

Finance, Human Resource and Governance Committee

The Finance, Human Resource and Governance committee assists the board in fulfilling its oversight responsibilities for funds collection, sourcing of funds, allocation and disbursements, review of budgets and implementation of reports.

Audit & Risk Management Committee

The Audit & Risk Management committee reviews the annual financial statements of the Authority, focusing particularly on; Compliance with Government Financial Regulations, International Accounting Standards, other legal requirements and best practice.

Employment Promotion, Services and Strategy Committee

This committee is to ensure the implementation of national policies on employment; to approve strategies on formulation of Employment policies and strategies national and county governments; develop regulations to facilitate effective labour migration management; monitor Employment and placement of job seekers in formal and informal or any other form of employment locally and internationally; and , advice on Employment policy reviews.


The Authority collaborates with the Ministry of  Labour and Social Protection, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry in charge of Immigration, Ministry in charge of Public Service, National Industrial Training Authority, The Youth Fund, World Association of Public Employment Services (WAPES)) and other Government agencies to streamline the Employment and internships activities in the Country internationally and regionally. Further, the Authority collaborates with ILO, IOM, WAPES, APES, EAC in development, implementation and monitoring of conventions, Laws and Policies related to employment.

The Authority intends to reach out to other institutions and stakeholders in continuous development and modernization of the labour market information

The NEA Board of Directors

Ms Winnie Pertet – Board Chair

BA in Human Resource Management, B.Ed. Degree, Higher Diploma in Human Resource Management, Diploma in Executive Coaching from the Academic of Executive Coaching (AEOC)

Winnie is currently the CEO and Lead Consultant at Serian Consulting Limited (SCL). She has over 25 years of HR experience at various management and leadership levels in leading local and global multinational organizations. Her career includes over 10 years in the Banking Industry and a further 7 years in the manufacturing sector, (FMCG) at East African Breweries and Coca-Cola Sabco (now Africa Beverages) as well as 4 years in Financial services at UAP Old Mutual that included Insurance, Asset Management, Banking and Property.

Winnie is an HR Generalist but her experience spans across all the various facets of HR Practice. She has been instrumental in designing and implementing Culture and People Change strategies and practices in most of the organizations she has worked for. She also has credible experience in restructuring, mergers and acquisitions, performance management and other related people practices.

Winnie is a holder of an MBA in Human Resource Management, and a B.Ed Degree both from Kenyatta University, a Higher Diploma in Human Resource Management (IHRM) and a Diploma in Executive Coaching from the Academic of Executive Coaching (AEOC). She is also a member of the global Organization Design Community.

Winnie is a council member at the Kenya Institute of Management (KIM), Institute of Human Resource Management (IHRM), Kenya Women on Boards Network  (KWOBN) as well as the Honorary Secretary of Parklands Sports Club (A private members club).

Winnie is a past Chairperson of the Association of Retirement Benefits Schemes (RBS) Council. She is also the Chairperson of Ngare Narok Holdings Limited.

Mr Jefferson Kariuki – NEA Board Vice Chairperson

Masters of Business Administration Human Resource and Entrepreneurship

Jeff Kariuki is currently Deputy  National Chairman of Kacet. Kacet dealing in skills and competencies mapping available in the informal sector for initiating and developing cottage industries in various counties. He is a long-serving lecturer in TVET programmes in various technical and vocational institutions. His last posting is being chief principal for Thika technical for 12 years during which period was  a.member of commonwealth association of polytechnics and technical universities in Africa executive Board. Served as a trustee of Katti a national chairman for many years. He has hard training in TVET programmes and management in various colleges and universities.
Holds an MBA degree in Human Resources Management, Higher Diploma in Education Management and Entrepreneurship Development, Diploma in Technical Education and a Diploma in Construction and Building Services, Diploma in Theology and a Certificate in Advanced Skills in Leadership and Management from Haggai Institute, Singapore.
He serves a Chairman of Board of Governors of Equip Africa College of Medical and Health Sciences in Kitale and a member of Board of Governors of Githunguri/Komothai Vocational Centre. He is currently the NEA Board Vice Chairman.

Mr Jefferson Kariuki is a family man with three adult children.

Mrs Jacqueline Mugo – Member

Executive Director of the Federation of Kenya Employers.

Jacqueline Mugo, EBS, MBS, OGW is the Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer of the Federation of Kenya Employers.

Jacqueline plays a strong leadership role in the continent and represents employers and the private sector at the regional and international level including the Governing Body of the International Labour Organization (ILO) and the International Organization of Employers (IOE), both based in Geneva, Switzerland The ACP-EU Follow-up Committee in Brussels and several public sector boards in Kenya.

Jacqueline is an advocate of the High Court of Kenya.  She holds a Bachelor of Laws (LLB, Hons) degree, from the University of Nairobi and a Higher Diploma in Human Resource Management from the Institute of Personnel Management and is also a graduate of Kenya School of Law. She has over 30 years experience acquired from serving in the public and private sector covering legal, human resource management, governance, advocacy and leadership

Mr Mark N. Lugwisa – Member

Mr Ngecho Mark Lugwisa joined the National Employment Authority Board of Directors in November 2017 as the representative to the Cabinet Secretary – The National Treasury & Planning. He is currently the Senior Investment Officer/Government Investment and Public Enterprises at The National Treasury & Planning. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration 2nd class Upper ( Accounting Option) from Bugema University, Uganda, and he is currently undertaking his professional training in CPA programmes. He has also attended short-term courses in Corporate Governance and Accounting Skills Management.

Mr. Ngecho has over 8 years’ experience in the public sector, having previously worked in the Directorate of Government Accounting and Quality Assurance – The National Treasury & Planning, Departments of National Sub County Treasuries where he served in Sub County Treasury for 8 years, 4 of which he served as The National Sub County Accountant, Loiyangalani National Sub County Treasury – Marsabit County. Prior to joining Public service, Mr Ngecho worked in private sector as an Office Manager, Tax Credit Consulting Ltd (Management Consulting Firm with Bias in Tax Planning and Management) and more recently as customer advisor/Lead Generator in Barclays Bank of Kenya.

Prof. Walter Oyawa – Member

PhD Civil Engineering Structural Engineering, MSc and BSc in Civil Engineering, Executive Master of Business Administration (EMBA), Certificate in Corporate Governance for Directors

He has served as Ag. Vice Chancellor/CEO of Multimedia University of Kenya (MMU), Principal/CEO of the then Multimedia University College, Ag. Principal of the pioneering College of Engineering & Technology (COETEC) at JKUAT, Director of a research Centre at JKUAT christened SMARTEC, and the Chairman of the Department of Civil, Construction & Environmental Engineering at JKUAT

Deputy  Commission Secretary/Deputy CEO (Administration and Finance Commission for University Education (CUE) Kenya

Eng. Dishon Atemo – Member

BSc. Mechanical  Engineering – University of Nairobi

Atemo studied Engineering at the University of Nairobi.  He is a registered member of Institution of Engineers of Kenya, holds a Master of Arts degree in Monitoring and Evaluation. Currently, pursuing Masters of Science in Strategic Management at JKUAT and also pursuing Certified Secretary Professional Examinations Part III, section 5 at KASNEB.

He is an advocate of young people’s agenda, served in capacities of the Chairman, National Youth Council, NYC Board Member, Student Leader and Speaker of the Students Organization of Nairobi University (SONU).

Currently, he serves as an independent Board Member at National Employment Authority (NEA) representing the Chief Executive Officer National Youth Council.  Atemo also serves as Chairperson of Audit, Risk and Compliance Committee of NEA.

Ms Fatuma Abubakar – Member

Masters in Governance and Ethics,

Member of the Youth Council representing North Easter Region

Ms Fatuma Abubakar joined the National Employment Authority in the year 2016 as representative of the National Youth Council where she sits as the Chairperson.

She holds a degree in Business Administration and a Master’s Degree in Governance and Ethics. She is also a trained in Corporate Governance by Centre for Corporate Governance and Senior Leadership Training Program for the Kenya School of Government.

Ms. Fatuma Abubakar has over ten years’ experience on matters youth and Gender. Currently, Ms Fatuma Abubakar is also serving as a Board Member of National Council of Nomadic Education of Kenya.

Winnie Karingithi (MRS), OGW – Member

Mrs Karingithi holds a Masters Degree in Economics and Bachelors Degree in Economics both from the University of Nairobi (UON). She is a member of the Economics Association of Kenya. She joined the National Employment Board in 2018 as a representative of the Principal Secretary, State Department for Labour. She is currently the Chief Economist in the State Department for Labour. Mrs Karingithi has 30 years working experience in government in the area of economic policy, planning and budgeting. She is in charge of coordination of economic planning, formulation and implementation of the overall macro-economic policies related to Labour and Employment matters; budgeting; collection, production and compilation of statistical data; formulation and review of the Ministry’s policies; development and monitoring the implementation of the Ministry’s Strategic Plan, work plan and Performance Contract and Monitoring and Evaluation of the Ministry’s activities /programs/projects. Prior to joining the Ministry of Labour, Mrs Karingithi worked with Ministry of Planning for a period of 12 years where she was in charge of coordinating project design, Monitoring and Evaluation, reviewing of policies affecting the development of micro and small enterprises. She has attended several courses including Basic Training Course for Productivity Practitioners; Strategic Leadership Development Programme; Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Course; Small and Medium Enterprise Development and a Diploma in Project Management.

Amb. Michael Oyugi –  Member

Amb.  Michael Adipo Okoth Oyugi is currently the Director for Diaspora & Consular Affairs at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Nairobi, Kenya. Prior to this appointment, he served as Kenya’s Ambassador to Austria, Hungary, Slovakia, and Permanent Representative to the United Nations & International Organizations based in Vienna. During this time, he chaired or co-chaired various Committees or Working Groups of the UN Organizations based in Vienna. He was also a member of The Multilateral Committee of Ambassadors of The International Peace Institute, Vienna Chapter. Ambassador Oyugi has led numerous Kenya delegations to various UN conferences and has also served in various other capacities in the Kenyan Foreign Service.

Ambassador Oyugi is a career diplomat of longstanding in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Kenya specializing in multilateral diplomacy. He has been on posting in Kenyan Embassies/Missions in France, Switzerland, Ethiopia and Austria. He holds a B.A. degree in International Relations and French language from the University of Nairobi, and post – graduate diploma of specialization in international relations and in multilateral diplomacy from the Geneva Institute of Graduate Studies. He also studied diplomacy and international relations at the Rio Branco Institute in Brasilia, Brazil.

Mr Gilbert Nyandiga –  Member

Holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Kenyatta University, and a Master of Business Administration; Human Resource Management option from the University of Nairobi. Mr Nyandiga is a seasoned Human Management practitioner with hands-on experience spanning over Fifteen (15) years.
He has practised as Human Resource Manager in the private sector until the year 2008 when he joined the Public Sector practice and entered the
service through the Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI) as Human Resource Manager under the United States Army Medical Research Unit-
Kenya for six years.
He served as the County Director for Human Resource Management and Administration Migori County from the onset of devolution for four years
and joined the Public Service Commission in January 2018 where he is currently serving as Deputy Director and Head of Human Resource and
Administration. Mr Nyandiga is a member of the Institute of Human Resource Management (IHRM) and has served as a member of the National Council of the Institute between the years 2016-2019 and as chairman of the disciplinary committee of the professional body.

Mrs Edith Okoki – Ag. Director General, Secretary to the Board

Master of Business Administration, PGD Law, Kenya School of Law, LLB, Higher Diploma in Human Resource