Amb. Ukur Yatani, EGH
THE CABINET SECRETARY
Hon. Ambassador Ukur Kanacho Yatani is the Cabinet Secretary, National Treasury & Planning Ministry. He was confirmed in office on January 14, 2020, having been appointed by President Uhuru Kenyatta as the Ministry’s acting CS in July 2019. Prior to the current appointment, Hon. Yatani served as Cabinet Secretary for Labour and Social Protection. CS Yatani has rich experience in public administration, politics, diplomacy and governance, acquired from working in various sectors of the Public Sector since joining the Civil Service in 1992.
Between June 2009 and October 2012, he served as Kenya’s Ambassador to Austria with Accreditation to Hungary and Slovakia and Permanent Representative to the United Nations in Vienna. In this position, he aggressively pursued and advanced Kenya’s foreign interests. He held senior leadership positions at various diplomatic and international agencies such as International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), United Nations Organization on Drugs and Crimes (UNODC), United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), Vice Chairperson of United Nations Convention Against Transnational Organized Crime (UNTOC), Vice President of Convention on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice (CCPJ), and, chair of African Group of Ambassadors among others.
During the period 2006-2007 while serving Member of Parliament for North Horr constituency, CS Yatani also served as an Assistant minister for Science and Technology. At the height of his political career (March 2013-August 2017), he served as a pioneer Governor of Marsabit County, the largest County in the Republic of Kenya.
Between 1992—2015, he served in different positions in Kenya’s Public Administration including a District Commissioner, where he sharpened his management and administrative skills. He has a Master of Arts in Public Administration and Public Policy, University of York, United Kingdom, acquired in 2005; and a Bachelor of Arts in Economics, Egerton University, Kenya, earned in 1991.