John Kipchumba Tanui is new Konza Technopolis Development Authority (KoTDA) Chief Executive Officer. Information Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i appointed Mr Tanui to replace Catherine Adeya-Weya, whose term elapsed last month after heading the State corporation for two years in an acting capacity.
John Tanui is deputy CEO of Chinese IT giant Huawei Kenya’s operations. John Tanui was one of three nominees forwarded to Dr Matiang’i by the KoTDA board of directors. He was unveiled at a news conference attended by board chairman John Ngumi, yesterday.
The KoTDA is expected to implement the Konza Techno City, a project to foster the growth of technology in Kenya as part of Vision 2030. The project is expected to enhance integration of ICT in service delivery.
John Tanui holds a Masters of Business Administration from University of Nairobi and Bachelor of Electrical and Communication Engineering from Moi University. “Mr John Tanui brings a wealth of professional experience, having worked for many organisations as an engineer, project and product manager,” said Dr Matiang’i while announcing the appointment.
On completion of phase one of the Konza City by 2018, it is expected that it will contribute $1 billion (Sh90 billion) or approximately two per cent to the country’s gross domestic product (GDP). Konza development puts the private sector at the centre of its execution with the government providing land, legal backing and approving architectural plans.