Chris K. Kiptoo (PhD, AKIB, MEFMI Fellow)
Dr. Chris Kiptoo is the Kenya Country Director of Trademark East Africa, an international institution that works closely with East African Community (EAC) institutions, national governments, the private sector and civil society organizations to increase trade by unlocking economic potential through: increased market access; enhanced trade environment; and increased product competitiveness. He joined TMEA in December 2012 and his main work is to manage and monitor TMEA’s Kenya programme including strategy, planning, and delivery of expected results in the fields of regional trade, infrastructure development, modern customs systems, and institutional development of Government institutions.
Dr Kiptoo joined TMEA from the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM) where he has been working in the position of Director, Economic Policy Coordination Unit between March 2010 and December 2012. He served as Deputy Advisor on Economic Affairs in the same office during the period July 2009 and March 2010. Before joining the OPM, Dr. Kiptoo had shortly worked in the Capital Markets Authority (CMA) as Senior Advisor & Manager, Special Projects. His main duties while at CMA were: Build research capacity within the Research, Policy Analysis and Planning (RPAP) department; Work with the RPAP team in all aspects to facilitate capacity building, transfer of knowledge and information sharing; Champion the Demutualization of the Nairobi stock exchange (NSE); champion regional integration initiatives such as Regional Stock Exchange and other aspects of financial integration; Champion other specific projects such as; Operationalization of the Investor Compensation Fund (ICF) Board, Issuance of Infrastructure Bonds, Over the Counter Market for fixed income securities and blueprints for Kenya’s Capital Markets Development Plan.
Dr. Kiptoo has over 15 years’ experience in economic policy analysis mainly gained in the Central bank of Kenya, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and national Cereals and Produce Board (NCPB), particularly on areas related to; International Trade and Finance, Monetary policy, Financial Sector issues, Public finance, national account issues in addition to other aspects of macroeconomic accounting and modeling. He was head of the International Relations and Regional cooperation Division in the Research Department of the CBK before joining the CMA.
Dr. Kiptoo holds several qualifications including a Doctor of Philosophy Degree (PhD) - International Macroeconomics Finance Specialization - from the University of Nairobi. He is also an Accredited Fellow of the Macroeconomic & Financial Management Institute of Eastern & Southern Africa (MEFMI), in the field of Macroeconomic Management. He is also an Associate of Kenya Chartered Institute of Bankers (A.K.I.B). Dr. Kiptoo has attended several training courses locally, regionally and internationally including several courses at the IMF Institute in Washington DC, USA.
Dr. Kiptoo is a widely travelled person regionally and internationally. He is a leading expert in regional integration issues having represented Kenya in several regional assignments of COMESA, EAC, Association of African Central Banks (AACB) and African Union (AU). He served one of the national experts in the comprehensive study on the proposed COMESA Monetary Union as well as the EAC Monetary union. He has acted as a Resource Person (Consultant and/ or facilitator) during several Committee meetings of Central Bank Governors under EAC, COMESA as well as the AACB.
Dr Kiptoo played a key leadership role in the development of the Mombasa Port corridor Community Charter launched on Monday 30th June 2014 in Mombasa by the President of Kenya. On this day, 25 key agencies, public and private who have come under a common purpose through the charter publically signed their commitment to make Mombasa port corridor a more productive hub for trade, for economic growth, for jobs, and for the prosperity for all East Africans. Dr Kiptoo has also speared several other high level initiatives under the TMEA Kenya country Program.