Prof. Karega Mutahi is a distinguished public servant and scholar whose wealth of unparalleled working experience spans over 43 years with a stint in the consulting world. Having graduated as a primary school teacher from St. Mark’s Teachers Training College, Embu, Prof. Mutahi holds a PhD in Linguistics from University of Nairobi; Master’s Degree in Linguistics, University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA); and Bachelor’s Degree in Linguistics, Political Science and Kiswahili from University of Nairobi. Prof. Mutahi played an active role in Post-graduate Studies in Faculty of Arts and in a Senate Post-graduate Committee, where he served for a period of six (6) years. He also served as a Chairman of the Department of Linguistics and African Languages before being appointed as Permanent Secretary in the Government of Kenya in May 1989. He is currently the Chairman of Intergovernmental Relations Technical Committee.
Between 1989 and 2013 he served in the position of Permanent Secretary in seven ministries, namely, Ministries of Arid, Semi-Arid and Wetlands; Technical Training and Applied Technology; Research, Training and Applied Technology; Planning and National Development; Agriculture, Livestock Development and Marketing; Education, Science and Technology; and Ministry of Local Government. He shortly left Public Service in January 1999 and worked as a Consultant for several institutions including the World Bank, Ministry of Planning and National Development, Ministry of Agriculture, The Dutch Embassy, Gatsby Trust, UNDP among others.
While serving in the various ministries, Prof. Mutahi left monumental achievements including development of Jua Kali Policy for small enterprises that were later promoted through Jua Kali associations and Jua Kali Shows countrywide; development and application of bio-safety rules in Kenya; and the development of the then Kenya Industrial Property Institute (KIPI). Other achievements were the establishment of Kenya Institute of Public Policy Research and Analysis (KIPPRA); establishment of Kenya Plant Health and Inspectorate Service (KEPHIS); and implementation of Free Primary and Free Day Secondary Education policy in Kenya. Prof. Mutahi was also instrumental in policy development in regard to University Sector Reforms that ushered in the competitive process in recruiting vice – chancellors of the public universities; integration of special education and technical training in the mainstream national education system; and the policy and bills on devolution; and successful implementation of devolved system of governance between 2012 and 2013.