Dr. Josephine Kibaru-Mbae
Dr. Josephine Kibaru-Mbae is the Director General of National Council for Population and Development. Prior to joining NCPD in February 2014, Dr. Kibaru-Mbae had been the Director General at the East, Central & Southern Africa Health Community (ECSA-HC; Former Commonwealth Regional Health Secretariat) since 2010. ECSA-HC is an Intergovernmental Organization whose aim is to foster regional cooperation and collaboration in health. It comprises of 10 active members; Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Mauritius, Seychelles, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
Dr. Kibaru-Mbae is a Medical Doctor, specialized in Obstetrics, Gynaecology and Public Health. She has about 30 years’ experience in the public health sector, with about 20 of these years in Leadership and Management positions at different levels of the health sector in the Republic of Kenya. She started at the District level and rose through the ranks to the level of Senior Deputy Director of Medical Services in charge of Family Health Services, Ministry of Health; Kenya. Dr. Kibaru-Mbae has represented the government in various national and international fora such as the WHA, ICPD etc. During her tenure at the Division of Reproductive Health, in collaboration with other stakeholders, she successfully lobbied for the first ever budget-line for Family Planning in Kenya in 2005.
Dr. Kibaru-Mbae has excellent networking experience working with policy makers and programme experts such as Ministers, Ambassadors, Principal Secretaries, Directors, population and health professionals, representatives of collaborating partners and donors and the media.