ACIR is honored to host Ambassador Robinson Njeru Githae of Kenya to Atlanta. Ambassador Githae will speak on the topic, "Contemporary Issues in Kenya and the African Union."
Washington and Nairobi share an important commercial and military cooperative arc. This is true due to the strategic partnership between the two countries that rests on the foundation of a mutual cooperation to engage in counter-terrorism against al-Shabab and ISIS in neighboring Somalia, keeping maritime operations open in the Indian Ocean, and expanding infrastructure improvements that benefit both American and Kenyan jobs, enhancing the economic base of both nations. Ambassador Githae will discuss these issues and more during his engaging presentation.
Ambassador Githae was appointed to be Ambassador to the United States by Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta on August 14, 2014, and presented his credentials to U.S. President Barack Obama on November 18, 2014. It is the first diplomatic posting for Ambassador Githae.
Previously, Ambassador Githae was the Minister of Finance from 2010 to 2013 and the Minister for Metropolitan Development from 2009 to 2012. From 2008 to 2010, he served as the Assistant Minister for Local Government and from 2006 to 2008 as the Assistant Minister for Transport. Prior to that, he won a seat in Parliament in 2003 and was appointed Assistant Minister for Justice and Constitutional Affairs. He was re-elected as a Member of Parliament in 2007.
Prior to entering politics in 2002, he worked with various banks and financial institutions in Kenya in different capacities and ultimately ended up as General Manager.
He earned a Bachelor of Law degree in 1980 at the University of Nairobi and went on to get his law bar qualifications at the Kenya School of Law in 1981. He is also an advocate of the High Court of Kenya.