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Christopher Kirigua, OGW
Alternate Director, The National Treasury & Economic Planning

Mr. Christopher Kirigua serves as the Director General of the Directorate of Public Private Partnerships (PPP) at the National Treasury and Economic Planning. Until the financial year ended 30th June, 2022 he served as the Alternate to the Cabinet Secretary National Treasury, on the Safaricom PLC Board of Directors.

A seasoned investment banker, Christopher worked in the private sector for over 20 years, prior to joining the public service in December 2020. Christopher was a co-chair of a strategic committee in the United Nations Global Investors for Sustainable Development, focused on widening longer-term investments mainly in emerging markets where it is needed most.

He also chaired a government and private sector initiative that was focused on post-COVID economic recovery strategies for the Country.

In his banking career, Christopher held a number of senior leadership roles, including Regional Head of Public Sector and Developmental Organizations for Africa focused on financing and structuring infrastructure transactions. His last posting before joining the public sector, was as the Executive Director and Regional Head of Sustainable Finance for Africa and Middle East at Standard Chartered Bank.

His current role in Government, entails mobilizing private capital to support sustainable infrastructure development which will expand the country's fiscal space and enable the Government to focus more on social investments.

Christopher has successfully delivered policy reforms through the 2021 PPP Act which repealed and replaced the 2013 law. The new transformative law has enhanced private sector participation in public projects in Kenya. The new law distinguishes Kenya as a leader globally on PPP frameworks, as it contains timelines on public sector delivery, eliminates bureaucracies on approval processes without compromising governance, and provides clear process maps for the delivery of PPP Projects.

As part of the PPP infrastructure transformation, Christopher has identified digitization as one of the key pillars to catalyse the generation of successful projects. This includes digitization and privatisation of government processes to ensure efficient delivery of public sector functions including but not limited to revenue collections and payments.