Energy Cabinet Secretary Charles Keter has appointed Mr Collins Juma as Chief Executive Officer of the Kenya Nuclear Electricity Board (KNEB) in an acting capacity.
Mr Keter made the appointment even as the ministry reiterated Kenya’s quest to diversify its energy sources by going nuclear.
Mr Juma, who has been serving as Director of Technical Affairs at the (KNEB) for the past four years, is expected to engineer the country's bid to go nuclear as the government seeks to bring down high energy costs.
Mr Juma takes over from Mr Ochilo Ayacko whose contract ended in December 2015.
Kenya currently has an installed electricity capacity of 2,298 MW drawn from an energy mix of thermal, hydro and geothermal sources.
The government set up KNEB four years ago to expedite the development of nuclear electricity generation.
Kenya plans to set up a first nuclear power plant with a capacity of 1,000 MW by 2025.
“This would be expected to rise to a total of 4,000 MW by 2033 making nuclear electricity a key component of the country’s energy mix which is projected will be about 19,000 MW in total,” said Mr Keter in a statement.
Mr Juma holds a Bachelor of Engineering Degree (Mechanical) from the Indian Institute of Technology and a masters degree in Operations Management from the University of Nairobi.
Mr Juma, who is currently pursuing a PhD in Operations Management from the University of Nairobi is also a Council Member and Fellow of the Institution of Engineers of Kenya.
He is also a registered Consulting Engineer with Engineers Board of Kenya and has worked in the energy sector for over 20 years, including stints at Kenya Power and Kengen.