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Nicholas Biwott

Hon. Kipyator Nicholas Kiprono arap Biwott

Nickname: 'Total Man'

Kenyan businessman, politician and philanthropist


Born in Kenya

Hon. Biwott has served as a civil servant, Member of Parliament and government minister, during which time he has held eight senior ministerial positions, worked alongside Kenya’s first three presidents – Jomo Kenyatta, Daniel arap Moi and Mwai Kibaki – and with many significant public figures in post independence Kenya, including Bruce McKenzie and Tom Mboya.


Professional details

Current Position(s)

Party Leader | National Vision Party |
Nairobi, Kenya | 2012 - present

Presidential Aspirant


Previous Position(s)

Minister | Ministry of Trade and Industry, Tourism and East African Cooperation | The Kenya Government
Nairobi, Kenya | 1999 - 2002

Government, Public Administration and Defence

In September 1999 Biwott’s ministerial portfolio was expanded when he became Minister of Trade and Industry, Tourism and East African Cooperation (1999–2001), a post he held for the next three years during which he established a Tourist Trust Fund with the European Union, set up the Tourist Police and re-introduced the East Africa Safari Rallies.
Biwott's promotion of Kenyan tourism met with some praise. He was variously described as "the hardest working minister of tourism Kenya has ever had" and as "the best minister of tourism in 25 years"


Minister | Ministry of East African and Regional Co-operation | The Kenya Government
Nairobi, Kenya | 1998 - 1999

Government, Public Administration and Defence

Played a central role in COMESA – the Common Market for East and Central Africa, coordinating with COMESA partner Ministers legislation for an East African Road network, legislation for an East African Legislative Assembly, and becoming Chairman of both COMESA and of the East Africa Council of Ministers.


Minister | Ministry of State | The Kenya Government
Nairobi, Kenya | 1997 - 1998

Government, Public Administration and Defence


Minister | Ministry of Energy | The Kenya Government
Nairobi, Kenya | 1983 - 1991

Government, Public Administration and Defence

Minster of Energy and Regional Development and in March 1988 (following a reorganisation of ministry portfolios) he became Minister of Energy, a post he held until January 1991.

Over the next seven years he was instrumental in establishing the National Oil Corporation, the building of National Oil storage facilities near Nairobi and connecting them to the Mombasa refinery, and extending the pipeline from Nairobi to Kisumu and Eldoret. This period that saw rapid advances in efforts to improve Kenya’s electricity supply and delivery with a rural electrification programme, work beginning on the Sondu Mirei Dam, and the completions of the Masinga Multi Purpose Dam, the Kiambere Hydro Electric Dam and the Turkwell Hydro Electric Multi Purpose Dam.


Minister | Ministry of Regional Development, Science and Technology | The Kenya Government
Nairobi, Kenya | 1982 - 1983

Government, Public Administration and Defence

Learning from examples of other regional development policies, notably in Australia and Tennessee in the USA, he created two regional development authorities, the Lake Basin Development Authority and the Kerio Valley Development Authority.


Member of Parliament | Keiyo South Constituency. |
1979 - 2007

Member of Parliament for 28 years. In 1974 he ran unsuccessfully as a prospective MP for the Keiyo South Constituency. At the next election in 1979 he was successful, standing on KANU ticket in Keiyo-Marakwet, retaining the seat in 1983 and 1988. In 1992, 1997, and 2002 he was elected the MP for Keiyo South Constituency.


Minister | Ministry of State | The Kenya Government
Nairobi, Kenya | 1979 - 1982

Government, Public Administration and Defence

Responsibility for science and technology, cabinet affairs, land settlement and immigration. Under his auspices the Kenya Medical Research Institute was established in the same year to carry out health science research in Kenya. (Now in its 31st year, KEMRI continues its work as “a leading centre of excellence in the promotion of quality health”).


Deputy Permanent Secretary | Office of the President | The Kenya Government
Nairobi, Kenya | 1978 - 1979

Government, Public Administration and Defence


Under Secretary | Ministry of Home Affairs | The Kenya Government
Nairobi, Kenya | 1972 - 1978

Government, Public Administration and Defence

Nicholas Biwott transferred to the Ministry of Home Affairs on the personal recommendation of President Kenyatta to work with his Vice-President and the Minister of Home Affairs, Daniel arap Moi.


Senior Secretary | Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning | The Kenya Government
Nairobi, Kenya | 1971 - 1972

Government, Public Administration and Defence

Treasury as Senior Secretary under the Minister of Finance and Economic Planning, Mwai Kibaki


Personal Assistant | Ministry of Agriculture | The Kenya Government
Nairobi, Kenya | 1968 - 1970

Personal Assistant to Minister Bruce MacKenzie (1968–1970)


District Officer | Office of the President | The Kenya Government
1964 - 1965

Employed by Office of the President seconded to Administration and appointed District Officer Nkubu, South Imenti Division, Meru District


Attachment | Department of Information |
Eldoret, Kenya | 1959 - 1959

Government, Public Administration and Defence

Educational history

Secondary

Kapsabet High School,, Kapsabet, Kenya (1958)
Tambach Intermediate School, Tambach, Kenya (1954)

Tertiary

University of Melbourne

Melbourne, Australia | 1966 - 1968

Masters in Economics (MCom (Prl)

Commonwealth scholarship to study Masters in Economics at University of Melbourne, Australia (MCom (Prl)

University of Melbourne

Melbourne, Australia | 1962 - 1964

Bachelor of Commerce, majored in Economics and Political Science.

George Taylor University

Melbourne, Australia | 1961 - 1961

Diploma in Public Administration

Kenya Institute of Administration

Nairobi, Kenya | Completed 1966

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