Anne Waiguru Biography


Anne Waiguru is first Cabinet Secretary for Devolution and Planning nominated by President Uhuru Kenyatta on 25 April 2013, who was responsible for Women and Youth Affairs, Public Service Management, Northern Kenya and other Arid & Semi Arid Lands, Special Programmes, Planning and Devolution.

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Ann Waiguru was born in Kirinyaga County, Gichugu sub- county in the early 70s’.


Anne attended Precious Blood Riruta High School and later sat for her A-Level exams in 1989 at the Moi Forces Academy in Nairobi where she studied Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry.  Waiguru took her undergraduate studies at University of Nairobi and later graduated with a Masters’ Degree in Economic Policy from the same University.


Waiguru is a mother of three teenage sons who she talks highly about. It is not clear whether she is married or not.


Waiguru was interned at Transparency International before beginning her career in the public service by providing Technical Assistance to the Public Service Reform Secretariat in what was then the Cabinet Office. She also worked as a research assistant. Before her nomination as a Cabinet Secretary, she had previously worked as the Director, Integrated Financial Management and Information System (IFMIS), and, Head of Governance at the National Treasury.


Anne Waiguru was nominated among 40 under 40 women in 2011 and was the only nominee at that time from the Public Service. She was honored with an Order Grand Warrior title by President Mwai Kibaki due her exemplary performance at the Integrated Financial Management and Information System where she led her team to win three Awards for good Performance in the Public Service. 


Ann’s hobbies include reading, travelling and dancing. She describes herself as a person who never stands mediocrity especially at place of work. For this reason, she says, people think she is tough and arrogant.

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