The Government of Kenya established the Konza Technopolis Development Authority (KoTDA) as a special purpose entity to facilitate the development of Konza. The mission of KoTDA is to ensure that Konza grows into a sustainable, world-class technology hub and a major economic driver for the nation, with a vibrant mix of businesses, workers, residents, and urban amenities. KoTDA is responsible for overseeing the development and management of Konza, and for establishing a strong value proposition for businesses to locate and expand in Konza.
KoTDA’s Board of Directors was appointed in 2013. The Board is currently overseeing the development of infrastructure for Phase 1 of Konza.
Dr. Arch. Reuben Mutiso
PhD in Philosophy – University of Texas, Austin (USA); Masters of Architecture – University of Nairobi
Dr. Mutiso is a leading Architect in Africa. He is the first and still serving chancellor of the Management University of Africa (MUA) and a former Chairman of the Kenya Institute of Management. He holds an Honorary Diploma in Land Policy from the Lincoln Institute in Cambridge, Massachusetts (USA), is an Honorary Architect of Chile (CAGAG), a member of the Architectural Association of Kenya (MAAK), and a recognised member of different architectural associations in Africa. A practicing Architect registered in Kenya, he is also the Executive Chairman of Tectura International.
Eng. Mwirichia is a Registered Engineer (R Eng.) and a member of the Institution of Engineers of Kenya (MIEK). He holds a Master of Business Administration degree (MBA) from the United States International University-Africa (USIU) and a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Nairobi. He has extensive practical work experience in the fields of Engineering, Manufacturing, Corporate Governance, Human Resources Management, Strategic Planning and Customer Service.
QS. Harun Nyakundi
QS. Harun Nyakundi is a registered Quantity Surveyor, and is the current Chairman on the Quantity Surveyors Chapter of the Architectural Association of Kenya (AAK). He is also the current Chairman of the Joint Building Council (JBC), has served as a past Treasurer of AAK and as a member of the Events Committee of the Chartered Institute of Arbitration (Kenya Branch). He serves as a tutor to the Board of Registration of Architects and Quantity Surveyors, the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (Kenya Branch), and the Kenya Institute of Supplies Management (KISM).
Caroline Wangui Kariuki
A passion for service to our Country driven by a desire to bring positive wholesome innovations that will help pivot Kenya to World Class in my areas of engagement. I believe that only through participating in critical areas that can deliver Social, Economic and Environmental impact to our economy can we begin to make Kenya a force in Africa and create a strong future for our citizens.
Having been in the Housing and Financial Sector for over 20 years, I have had the opportunity to serve in Leadership at the highest level both in Corporate and as an Entrepreneur. Championing the Commercialization of Bamboo in Kenya has been a wonderful journey of providing a unique investment opportunity while achieving phenomenal environmental and social impact to the communities.
Proven experience in helping businesses realize objectives though a clear understanding of what the expectations of the banking sector are and adding value through extensive knowledge gained from years of dealing with different businesses. This has led to distinguishing myself as a “Banker who understands Business”. Through this experience, I have achieved exceptional results in a highly competitive environment while ensuring strong risk management is adhered to.
The MBA helped gain solid analytical skills, greater ability to deal with more complex transactions, whilst maintaining a highly strategic perspective on business. Personal commitment to market development, strong personal values, networking skills and a passion for business has led to distinction as mortgage industry thought leader and champion for the Bamboo revolution in Kenya.
Victoria Jepkemoi Chepseba
Eng. John Tanui
Chief Executive Officer
Eng. John Tanui is the Chief Executive Officer of the Konza Technopolis Development Authority (KoTDA), which is mandated by the Government of Kenya to implement the Konza Techno City project. KoTDA, a semi-autonomous government agency tasked with building Kenya’s first smart techno city whose aim is to create a new economic driver for the nation and be a hub of innovation.
Before joining KoTDA, Eng. Tanui was the Deputy Country CEO and Vice President of Huawei Technologies responsible for delivery and service, a role that covered several countries including Kenya, Tanzania, Somalia and Djibouti. Prior to that, he was the Director of Technical Service Department in the same organization that he served for over of 15 years.
With over 17 years in the ICT industry and international business management, Eng. Tanui has worked in several countries in Africa and also in China acquiring knowledge and experience in Business and project management, he has keen interest and expertise in Engineering Turnkey Projects, Innovations, setup and management of industry collaborations and partnerships. He is passionate about how technology can be utilized to solve challenges facing economies.
He holds a Bachelor’s Degree of Technology in Electrical and Communication Engineering from Moi University and MBA in International Business from the University of Nairobi where he is currently pursuing PhD in global business management. He is a member of the Institution of Engineers of Kenya (MIEK), a registered engineer and a member of the Academy of International Business.
Eng. Tanui is an active ICT professional who was profiled as tenth in the 2012 Top 40 under 40 by the Business Daily (Nation Media Group). He is a Council Member of Jomo Kenyatta University of Science and Technology, a council member of IEK (Institution of Engineers of Kenya) where he chairs industrialization, Environment and quality assurance committee and also serves as committee member for Advocacy, Journal and Publicity. Previously, he served as the University Council Vice Chairman at Technical University of Kenya and also as an Advisory Council Member of the Presidential Digital Talent Program.
Director, Business Development and ICT
The specific roles and responsibilities of KoTDA are:
Market and promote
- Establish a strong value proposition to encourage businesses to move to Konza.
- Attract real estate developers and prospective tenants.
Manage distribution of parcels
- Lease Konza land through a 99-year ground lease from the federal government.
- Negotiate sub-leases with developers for parcel development.
- Guide real estate development according to master plan principles.
- Create and administer incentives to businesses.
Finance public infrastructure
- Secure funding from the Central Government to provide incentives, services, and infrastructure to move Konza forward.
- Redirect, in a flexible and independent manner, the national government funding secured.
- Collect user fees, assessments, and other revenues, and re-invest the funds generated back into Konza.
- Borrow capital funds at attractive market rates, in order to effectively leverage resources, with the resultant debt being serviced by either revenues generated by the project, national government guarantees, or both.
Develop public infrastructure
- Oversee real estate development and fund physical infrastructure, either independently or through public private partnerships (PPPs).
Manage transaction services
- Facilitate business at Konza through expeditious and clear one-stop procurement and permitting.
- Provide and oversee PPP provision of high-quality services.
- Collaborate with appropriate governmental entities to obtain high-quality municipal services.