Eng. M.E Okonji (left), Eng. J. Riungu (Centre) and Eng. (Prof) F. Gichaga (right) follow the proceedings at a past IEK conference.
Engineer Michael Ezekiel Okonji has been elected as the first president of the Institution of Engineers of Kenya (IEK). His election and that of the new council was announced on 28th April 2016 at the Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Institution. He takes over from Eng. R. Kosgei who has finished his second term as Chairman.
Other results include; Eng. Rosemary Wanjiku Kung’u as the 1st Vice President, 2nd Vice President – Eng. Jane Wanjiru Mutulili, Treasurer – Eng. Richard Kipng’etich Arap Chepkwony, and Secretary – Eng. Stephen Phanuel Omondi. The other Council Members include; Eng. Samuel Njagi Charagu, Eng. Emelda Anyango Odhiambo, Eng. Kennedy Wandera Makudiuh, Eng. Joseph Odongo Oketch, Eng. Geoffrey Kisingula Askari, and Eng. John Kipchumba Tanui.
Eng Okonji, Principal Electrical Engineer, Bison Consulting Engineers had before his election served as the 1st Vice chair and a member of the council of the Institution. He was awarded a BSEE (cum laude) degree in electrical engineering from Harvard University, USA in 1987 and the following year was appointed Chief Electrical and Mechanical Engineer, Ministry of Public Works, a position he held until his retirement from the civil service in 2008. Eng Okonji is a Registered Engineer with EBK with extensive experience.