Dr. Katherine W. Getao serves the Government of Kenya as the ICT Secretary, in the State Department of Broadcasting and Telecommunications. Since 2014 she has been an active member of the United Nations Group of Governmental Experts in the field of security in the context of information and communication technology. In this context she has presented several papers at meetings in the domain of Cybersecurity and diplomacy.
From 2013 to 2014, Dr. Katherine Getao supported the formation of the newly created ICT Authority – providing strategic planning expertise, transition and change management guidance.
Dr. Katherine Getao was appointed the ICT Secretary in charge of the eGovernment Directorate in August 2010. The eGovernment Directorate was the strategic advisor on ICT issues to the Government of Kenya and manages the ICT operations of the government. Katherine prioritized the implementation of the constitution through the use of ICTs to deliver public services to all Kenyans and the achievement of Vision 2030 through improving the efficiency and effectiveness of government. Katherine led the design phase of the Huduma Kenya Initiative which has transformed the way citizens access Government services. The Directorate was subsequently merged with other agencies to form the ICT Authority. In December 2011 Katherine was awarded the Elder of the Burning Spear by the President of Kenya for her services to the nation.