Thomas O. Odhiambo
Ag. Director, Programmes & Standards
Thomas is the Acting Director for Programmes & Standards at the ICT Authority. He is in charge of Enforcement and Compliance with ICT Standards and implementation of Critical National ICT Programmes and Projects.
He has been in the industry for more than 25 years and was previously the Deputy Director, at the Directorate of e-Government, Cabinet Affairs where he initiated the County Connectivity Programme and the framework for Automation Assessments, ICT Audits and ICT Strategies in Ministries, Departments, Counties and Agencies. He was also the Senior Assistant Director of ICT at the Office of the Prime Minister, and Head of ICT at the Department of Immigration where he led the development of the first Local Area Network in a government building (Nyayo House).
Among other coveted milestones, which Thomas has actualized during his on-going stint in public service ranges from leading a team that developed the first government website, implementing a biometric border control system – PISCES (Personal Identification Secure Comparison and Evaluation System), developing a Permits Information System, a Passports Information System and was the chief architect of the Integrated Population Registration System among other achievements.
Following Thomas’ passionate desire learn, holds diverse industry certifications. Including the Certified Data Privacy Solutions Engineer (CDPSE), Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA) and Prince II practitioner. He is a platinum member of good standing with the Information Systems, Audit and Control Association (ISACA), a distinguished member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics (IEEE) Computer Society, a member of the Internet Society and the Institute of Directors.
Thomas holds an MSc in Strategic Business and Information Systems from the University of Hertfordshire, a Master of Business Administration and a Post Graduate Diploma in Computer Science from the University of Nairobi. He holds a BSc in Physics from Moi University. He has attended the Strategic Leadership Development Programme at Kenya School of Government and advanced training in ICT Strategic Planning and legal frameworks, amongst others, in New Zealand, Malta, Sweden, China, Belgium, Dubai and India.
In recognition of his outstanding and distinguished service rendered to the nation, Thomas was in 2021, awarded the Order of the Golden Warrior (OGW) – a major honour by the Government of Kenya.