Cabinet Secretary for the Public Service, Youth and Gender Affairs
In recognition of her distinguished service and contributions, she has received a number of prestigious awards including the Order of Grand Warrior (OGW), the First Class order of Chief of Burning Spear (CBS) and, the Commonwealth Gordon Draper Award.
Vice President and board member of Commonwealth Association of Public Administration and Management (CAPAM). Prof. Kobia is a fellow at the Kenya Institute of Management and the Institute of Certified Public Secretaries, Kenya.
Prof Margaret Kobia is a Kenyan who was born in Meru County. She is currently the CS a was nominated as Cabinet Secretary for the Public Service, Youth and Gender Affairs, on 26th January 2018, by President Uhuru Kenyatta.
Kobia served as the Chairperson of the Kenya Public Service Commission, from December 2012 to January 2018, prior to her current position.
Kobia was admitted to the University of Nairobi where she graduated with a Bachelor of Education (BEd) degree in 1979. Kobia was then admitted to Kenyatta University, in 1990, where she earned a Master of Education (MEd) degree, specializing in teacher education, in 1991. Later Kobia graduated with a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degree in Human Resource Education and Entrepreneurship, from the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign, in 2003, on scholarship.
She was appointed Senior Lecturer in Education at Kenya Science Teachers’ College, in 1992. Then, Margaret moved to Kenyatta University as the Acting Deputy Registrar and the Director of the Students’ Welfare Services Board, in 1996. She was appointed Assistant Commission Secretary at the Commission for Higher Education, (now known as Commission for University Education), in 2002. She then returned to teaching as a senior lecturer in Management, Entrepreneurship, and Research Methodology at Strathmore University.
She was appointed the director at Kenya Institute of Administration (KIA), (now known as Kenya School of Government), serving in that capacity from 2005 to 2012, when Margaret was appointed the chairperson of the Kenya Public Service Commission, being the first Kenyan woman to serve in that position.