Mr. Charles T. Sunkuli, is the Principal Secretary, State Department for Youth Affairs, Ministry of ICT Innovation and Youth Affairs.
He has previously served as the Principal Secretary State Department for Devolution, Ministry of Devolution and ASAL from February 2018 to February 2021, and also as the Principal Secretary, Ministry of Environment and Forestry from December 2015 to February 2018. Mr. Sunkuli previously worked for the Ewuaso Ng’iro South River Development Authority (ENSDA), where he rose through the ranks to become Managing Director from 2010 to 2016.
The PS has more than 20 years of experience in the public sector and is an accomplished management strategist with a background in Administration, Planning, Management, and Leadership.
Mr. Sunkuli holds two Executive Master of Business Administration (EMBA) degrees from the Eastern and Southern Africa Management Institute (ESAMI) and the Maastricht School of Management (MSM) in the Netherlands, as well as a Bachelor of Education Degree (B.Ed. Arts) from Moi University.
He has also undertaken various specialized training including Procurement Standards and Socio-Economic Development, Governance, and Godly leadership in the United States of America (USA) among others.
Mr. Sunkuli has held other positions nationally and globally including being the Designated National Focal Point of the Green Environmental Facility (GEF) of the United Nations Environment Program, Board Member of the Strategic Approach to International Chemical Management (SAICM), National Focal Point of the Lake Victoria Basin Commission (LVBC) and Life Member of the International Red Cross Society among other community-based leadership positions.
He strives for results-based performance as evidenced in the recent ban of plastic bags in Kenya, implementation of a robust solid waste management programme that led to the closure of Ngong and Kibarani dumpsites in Kajiado and Mombasa respectively.
Mr. Sunkuli negotiated funding for the Ngong Integrated Waste Management treatment plant to the tune of Kshs.2.1 Billion from the Italian Co-operation and oversaw the enactment of the Climate Change Act, 2016, which put Kenya on the first lane in combating Climate Change.He pioneered a robust weather information access program by the Kenya Meteorological Department, information which is now available online. As the National Focal Point of GEF, he successfully negotiated for funding of Key National Programmes through the Global Environment Facility (GEF).