Hon. Rebecca Miano, EGH, is the Cabinet Secretary for the Ministry of Investment, Trade, and Industry since October 2023. Formerly, she held the position of Cabinet Secretary for the East African Community, The Arid and Semi-Arid Lands (ASALs), & Regional Development, where her responsibilities included championing Kenya’s agenda in the East African Community, promoting development through Regional Development Authorities, and implementing measures to enhance resilience in Arid and Semi-Arid areas.
Breaking barriers, Mrs. Miano made history as the first female Managing Director & CEO of Kenya Electricity Generating Company PLC, a role she held for five impactful years prior to her appointment to the Cabinet. With over three decades of experience in the energy sector, she is a recognized continental business leader with a distinguished career in public service.
Mrs. Miano is celebrated not only for her leadership at KenGen but also for her contributions to gender parity. She founded the Pink Energy forum to address gender issues in the energy sector and has been appointed to prestigious roles, including serving as a Council Member of the World Bank Group’s Advisory Council on Gender and Development, a position she holds to date.
Her accolades include being named among the Top 100 Women CEOs in Africa, being named Chairperson of the Year by Women on Boards in 2021, receiving the Company Secretary of the Year award in the Champions of Governance Awards series in 2010, and being honored with the Order of the Grand Warrior of Kenya (OGW) and the Moran of the Order of the Burning Spear (MBS) in recognition of her outstanding service to the nation.
Mrs. Miano, a registered Certified Public Secretary of Kenya, attained fellowship status (FCS) from the Institute of Certified Public Secretaries of Kenya (ICPSK) in October 2023. She holds a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) Degree, a Diploma in Law, and post-graduate studies in Comparative Law. In 2010, she completed the Advanced Management Program at Strathmore University and is also a member of the Law Society of Kenya (LSK). Her commitment to education is evident through her role as a St. Paul’s University Council Member since 2010, where she chaired the Finance and General Purposes Committee from 2013 to 2016. Additionally, Mrs. Miano has served on the Finance Committee of the National Council of Churches of Kenya (NCCK). Her pursuit of knowledge and leadership development is further demonstrated by her participation in various leadership and business programs throughout her career.