Kithinji Kiragu (KK) has over the past thirty years professionally practised as a public sector management and governance consultant. KK is currently a director of the Africa Development Professional Group. Prior to that, until June 2007, he was a Partner in PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) based in Kenya, and responsible for public sector management advisory services in the Africa Central region. He had joined PwC in 2002, when his firm, KK Consulting Associates, was taken over by PwC Africa Central. Earlier in his career, he was a director at the PwC legacy firm, Coopers & Lybrand, which he left in 1988 to establish KK Consulting Associates. In 1995-1998, Kithinji was the Chief Technical Adviser for Public Service Reform at the President’s Office of the Government of the United Republic of Tanzania. KK has served as the Strategy Adviser for the development of a comprehensive and long term strategy for the Reform of the Nigeria Federal Public Service (February 2008 – January 2009). He has consulted extensively and researched on public sector management and governance reforms in many countries of Africa, the Caribbean, Asia, and the UK. Additionally, he has lectured at, among others, the University of Nairobi (1980 - 1982). He has published and presented papers on governance, public sector management and capacity development in many regional and international fora.
Kithinji has been active in honorary and voluntary public service in Kenya and beyond. He has served as the Chair of the State Corporations Advisory Committee of the Office of the President in Kenya (2010-2012), and beginning April 2019 he is serving as a member of the Board of Directors of the Kenyatta University Teaching, Referral and Research Hospital. KK has previously served as the Vice Chair of the Executive Board & Chair of Finance and Human Resources Committee of the Africa Capacity Building Foundation (ACBF), HQs in Harare (2007-2014). KK is also an entrepreneur. His main investments today are in education (he owns a tertiary college and a high school) and farming (coffee, tea and diary). Until a takeover by NIC Bank, in 2007, KK was the founder chairman and main shareholder of the legacy stockbroking firm of what is now NIC Securities. He has been decorated for his contributions to Kenya’s development by retired President of the Republic of Kenya, H.E. Mwai Kibaki, with the Order of the Grand Warrior (OGW) in 2006, and the Order Moran of the Burning Spear (MBS) in 2012. He is a graduate of: University of Nairobi (Bachelor of Commerce, 1976); the Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Kenya (CPA, 1980); and University of Strathclyde, Glasgow (MBA, 1979). He has also done postgraduate executive programs, sponsored by the USAID, at the Colorado State University and Pennsylvania State University (1993).