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Principal Secretary

Dr. Belio R. Kipsang (PhD), CBS, is the Principal Secretary 

Dr. Belio Kipsang is the Principal Secretary, State Department for Basic Education in the Ministry of Education. He was appointed on 2nd December, 2022. Prior to his appointment to the current position, Dr. Belio was the Principal Secretary State Department for Regional and Northern Corridor Development. 

He has previously served as Principal Secretary, State Department for Basic Education and Early Learning. 

He also served as Managing Trustee/Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Coffee Development Fund and Deputy CEO and Head of Operations Higher Education Loans Board (HELB) where he had previously held various Strategic Management positions. 

Dr. Belio holds other distinguished positions. He serves as a Council Member at Mt. Kenya University and Cooperative University College where he also Chairs Finance, Planning and Development. 

He is a Board member Finance Alliance for Sustainable Trade, (FAST) an International Think Tank on Financial Resource Mobilization; Council Member, Advisory Council for Coffee Initiative; Government Delegate, International Coffee Organization (ICO) and; Chair, Operations Committee, Association of African Higher Education Financing Agencies (AAHEFA).

Dr. Belio is a holder of PhD degree in Education (Educational Administration and Planning from The Catholic University of Eastern Africa. He also holds a Master of Arts degree in Economics and a Bachelors (Honours) degree in Education (Business and Economics), both from the University of Nairobi. 

He has had extensive professional training opportunities which has exposed him to local and international conferences and workshops in areas of higher education financing and administration, leadership, management, micro-enterprise development, fraud, corruption and combating economic crime, agricultural value chain financing, computing and other areas of business and management among others particularly in prestigious institutions such as the London School of Economics (LSE) in the UK, Harvard University in the USA, State University of New York in the USA, among other institutions in Kenya, Germany, Belgium, Sweden, Denmark, Thailand among others. 

As an education scholar, Dr. Belio has authored highly competent academic and research papers in the areas of Higher Education Financing and Planning.

As the Principal Secretary for Basic education, Dr. Belio has been  the lead advisor to the Presidential Working Party on Education Reform (PWPER) appointed by the president on 30th September, 2022. 

He is an Associate Member of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners and also; a member, Institute of Directors of Kenya.

Dr. Belio has received various awards that include: First Class Chief of the Order of the Burning Spear (C.B.S.).


Dr. Beatrice Muganda Inyangala is the Principal Secretary, the State Department for Higher Education and Research, Ministry of Education, Kenya.

She is a passionate educator and leader who is committed to transforming higher education and its impact on the continent and globally. Prior to her appointment, she worked for the Partnership for African Social and Governance Research (PASGR); a pan-African not-for-profit organization for 11 years, and exited as the Deputy Executive Director. Her accomplishments through the Pedagogical Leadership in Africa (PedaL) project are internationally acclaimed.

She has extensive knowledge of actors, issues, challenges and opportunities in African higher education and has trained over 3,000 teaching staff in 91 universities in 11 African countries in innovative pedagogies. She has contributed immensely to the formulation of education policy and participated in education policy debates within the region and globally: Association of

African Universities; EU-Africa policy dialogues; London School of Economics Africa Summit, among others. She holds a B.Ed and M. Phil in Planning and Economics of Education, Moi University, Kenya; PhD from the University of Athens, and has received further training at the International Institute of Educational Planning in Paris, France.

Dr. Esther Thaara Muoria, PhD

Principal Secretary, State Department for Technical, Vocational Education and Training

Dr. Esther Muoria is a seasoned manager with over 30 years’ experience in various managerial roles. Prior to joining the Ministry of Education, she served as the Registrar, Academic Affairs in Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology where she oversaw academic and student matters. She has also served as a Senior Probation Officer in different districts where she was responsible for liaising with other Government departments, local councils and Non–Governmental organizations in coordinating correctional services.

She is committed to promoting technical, and vocational education and training through diversity and inclusion of students from all regions of Kenya as a means of boosting the much-needed technical skills required in the Country and appropriately preparing the graduates for the world of work.

Dr. Muoria holds a PhD from Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology and has published in several journals.