Foreign Affairs Cabinet Secretary, Raychelle Omamo, has been nominated by President Uhuru Kenyatta for the position of President of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD).
IFAD manages 18 agricultural programmes in Kenya and has spent Ksh39.7 billion in the country since 1979.
Omamo will be facing off with Shobhana Kumar Pattanayak of India, Khaled A. Mahdi of Kuwait and Alvaro Lario of Spain.
Lario is the current associate Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Ifad.
Foreign Affairs CS Raychelle Omamo addressing the annual presidential briefing to the diplomatic corps at State House on March 4, 2021.
PSCU IFAD is an international financial institution and a specialized agency of the United Nations dedicated to eradicating poverty and hunger in rural areas of developing countries.
The organization states that it “invests in rural people, empowering them to increase their food security, improve the nutrition of their families and increase their incomes. We help them build resilience, expand their businesses and take charge of their own development.”
“IFAD works where poverty and hunger are deepest: in the most remote regions of developing countries and fragile situations, where few development agencies venture,” an excerpt on its website reads.
Ambassador Omamo served as the Cabinet Secretary Ministry of State for Defense. She is an intelligent, conscientious and articulate Kenyan woman with proven leadership and professional skills in the areas of law and diplomacy.
Prior to her appointment to Cabinet by President Uhuru Kenyatta, she was the Director of CoSec Solutions Limited where she provided oversight and advice regarding the formulation of corporate governance training programs.
She also has 19 years of experience in full-time practise at Omamo & Omamo Advocates. Ambassador Omamo has served in various professional services.
Omamo has served as a Board member of the Legal Education. Substantial contributions to the development of legislation and policy.
In her contribution to the law, Omamo has served as a member of a mission established by the International Bar Association to investigate encroachments into the independence of the judiciary, the rule of law and the administration of justice in the Kingdom of Swaziland in 2003.
She was the leader of the Law Society of Kenya’s National “Yellow Ribbon Campaign” in support of Constitutional and judicial reform in Kenya in 2002.
Foreign Affairs Cabinet Secretary Raychelle Omamo during the Sustainable Blue Economy Conference at the KICC in Nairobi on November 28, 2018.
Daily Nation CS Omamo, in 2002 served as the leader of a mission/study established by the Law Society of Kenya in collaboration with the USAID to investigate land-based electoral violence in Tana River District, Molo, Transmara District and Kibera in Kenya – 2002;
The CS was a member of a mission established by the International Commission of Jurists (Kenya) and the East Africa Law Society to Zanzibar & Pemba to investigate human rights violations and electoral violence in 2001.