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Brig Patrick MutaNderitu

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Brig Patrick Muta Nderitu joined IPSTC on 14 August 2015 as the director. He joined the Kenya Defence Forces in 1983 as a signal officer. During his career, he has held various Command, staff and training appointments. His last appointment was the Deputy Director NMCC. Other notable appointments include Defence Advisor to the Kenya High Commission in London, Col Comms/IT at the Defence Headquarters and Commandant school of signal among others.

Brig Nderitu has attended various courses relevant to command staff and training requirements. He is a graduate of the Royal Collage of Defence Studies (RCDS), the senior college of the Defence Academy of the United Kingdom.

He has served in UN missions in Liberia (UNMIL) as a staff officer and UN Protection Force (UNPROFOR) in the former Yugoslavia as a signal officer in a battalion concept in 1992.

Brig Nderitu was born on 14 January 1964 . He is married to Cecelia and blessed with three children, Eric ,Linda and Moses.

Lt Col Paul “Shove” Gilby

After 2 years in the ranks, Lt Col Gilby was commissioned in 1991 into the 1st Battalion the Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters Regiment, where he has served in a host of regimental appointments from Rifle Platoon Commander to Company Commander, before returning in Command. Notably, he is the complete Mercian Officer having served with all 4 Mercian Bns. Col Gilby has completed 15 Operational tours between Northern Ireland, Bosnia, Kosovo, Cyprus and Afghanistan; including 2 tours with the ICTY in Bosnia and Kosovo. Notably he has been awarded 5 Operational honours and awards for his service through these tours. He has served two tours as a Company Commander, initially in the Armoured Infantry role with 1 Staffords deploying on Op PALENTINE (Kosovo) where he established and ran the Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Task Force for 12 Mech Bde. His subsequent Company Commander tour was post Joint Services Command and Staff College and was served within 1 WFR/ 2 Mercian in London and Belfast. During this subsequent command tour he deployed as a ground holding Company in BG(C) on Op HERRICK 6, where he was awarded the QCVS. Within the wider Regiment he has served as BG COS/ Battalion Second in Command with 1 Mercian on Op HERRICK 12 and Catterick with 4 Armd Bde.

His external staff appointments have included SO2 O&D Commitments HQ LAND and SO2 J2 Plans & CT at PJHQ where he deployed extensively across Africa on Op CONTEST, Op MONOGRAM, the Balkans on Op AGRICOLA & PALENTINE, Kuwait on Op BROCKDALE and Afghanistan on Op HERRICK. Lt Col Gilby was selected for promotion while at PJHQ, his initial SO1 appointment was SO1 G7 Trg at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst prior to taking command of 2 Mercian in Belfast on 01 Aug 2012. He has commanded 2 Mercian through a host of commitments including the Op Olympics, Falkland Islands, ARRC tasks, STTT to Africa, Ex ASKARI STORM in Kenya, Regimental merger, Unit move and has deployed the Bn to Cyprus on the OP TOSCA UNFICYP mission.

Lt Col Gilby is interested in country sports, boxing, rugby union, hill walking, surfing, canoeing and skiing. He also has a keen interest in Patterdale terriers and agriculture. Married to Kaye, an equine dentist, they have two boys George, 14, and Henry, 12 who are both boarders at Repton School in Derbyshire.

Colonel Joyce Sitienei

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Colonel Joyce Sitienei is currently the Col Plans and programmes at the International Peace Support Training Centre Headquarters. She is an education officer in the Kenya Defense Forces. Col Joyce holds a bachelor’s degree in education from Kenyatta University and Post graduate Diploma in peace and conflict studies from the Africa Nazarene University.

She has held a number of appointments since joining military service, key being Unit education officer at the Women’s Service Corps and the 15 Kenya Rifles, Instructor and Head of Distance Learning at the Defense Forces School of Higher education; Head of Curriculum design and Head of Applied Research at IPSTC.

She has worked in Rwanda as part of the Kenya Military Assistance Training Team and in the Democratic Republic of the Congo as a Military Observer. During this time she developed a great interest in gender issues and has gone on to participate in gender training all over Africa on behalf of the IPSTC and the Pearson Peacekeeping Centre - Canada.

Col Francis Gitau Kihanya

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Col Francis Kihanya is the current Commandant of Peace and Conflict Studies School having taken over the duties of the School Commandant on 31 July 2017. He joined the military in 1986 as Cadet. In his military career he has served on command and staff appointment as well as a directing staff. His last appointment was Colonel Operations at Kenya Army Headquarters. Other notable appointments include Aviation squadron Commander, SOI training at Defence Headquarter and Directing Staff at the Joint Warfare Centre.

Col Francis Kihanya has attended various command and staff courses in the course of his service. He served in the United Nation Mission in Ethiopia and Eritrea (UNMEE) and has had an assignment as a Monitor for the International Conference for the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR) in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).

Col Francis Kihanya was born in 1965 in Kiambu County. He is married and blessed with one girl and one boy.


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Col Modest Kombo is a holder of BA Peace and Conflict Studies from Kisii University in 2015. He has also done grade 2 staff and command course at the Kenya Defence Staff College in Karen in 2001. In his career as a naval officer, he did his international midshipman (basic naval course) at the Britannia Naval College in Dartmouth UK in 1986. He joined the Navy as a Navigator and later on changed department to logistics as weapon engineering officer. In line with his new field, he attended International Sub-lieutenant Technical Course in Her Majesty Ship (HMS) Sultan and Collingwood in Portsmouth where he graduated with a higher national diploma in Naval Science. In order to specialise, he further attended a post graduate Electrical Engineering Course in India Naval Ship (INS) VALSURA in the year 1994 and 1995.

The officer has also attended several workshops and seminar related peacekeeping operations. Just to mention a few, Peace support course in Defence Staff College, Peace Support Logistic course, Antiterrorism, managing defence in a Democracy, Dialogue, negotiation and mediation. The officer has also other peace support exchange programme in Germany peacekeeping training centre The officer has put in 30 years of military service and has had several appointments in the KDF. Currently he is the head of research at International Peace Support Training Center. He has also held staff officer duties which include staff officer 1 in Inspectorate Navy DHQ and also in navy Hqs as staff officer 1 logistics. He was the commanding of Maritime Surveillance Radar Stations (MASURA) in 2002 to 2003

He has participated in peacekeeping missions one in MINURSO Morocco as a MILOB and in MONUSCO Democratic Republic of Congo as a Joint Verification team leader

Col Kombo enjoys jogging, watching wildlife and driving.

Col E. M Mwanyika

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Colonel Mwanyika, was appointed the commandant HPSS on 20 January 2017, on return from a four year secondment to the United Nations Headquarters, DPKO in the Office of Military Affairs as a Peacekeeping Affairs Officer / Military Liaison Officer. He joined the military as a Cadet in December 1985 and on completion of the training, he was posted to an Air Defence Artillery unit and thereafter trained as an Air Defence and Field artillery gunner Officer. Within the Air defence and field artillery units he served as a Troop Commander through to Battalion Second in Command. He has also served as Cadets training officer/Instructor in the Kenya military academy and a Senior Directing Staff /Senior Instructor at the Kenya Military Academy-Joint Warfare Centre , Assistant Directing Staff at the International Peace Support training Centre and Staff officer at the artillery Brigade (Artillery Intelligence and Counter Bombardment).

He served with the United Nations Protection Force (UNPROFOR) in the Former Yugoslavia as a Military(contingent member) , Military Observer in the United Nations Mission in Sierra Leone, Chief Operations Officer / Deputy Contingent Commander in the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) in and Chief Military Personnel Officer, in UNMISS Force Headquarters.

Col Mwanyika is a graduate of Defence staff College, Kenya (Grade 2 Staff Course) and Advance Command and Staff Course (UK). He holds a Master of Arts Degrees in Defence Studies from Kings College London and Master of Arts Degree in Sustainable Peace in the Contemporary World from University for Peace, San Jose, Costa Rica. He also holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Strategic Management from the Chartered Management Institute in London and a Diploma in Strategic Studies from the University of Nairobi, Kenya. He is currently a Phd student in Peace and Conflict studies at the Masinde Muliro University.

Mr. Kevin Maina

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Mr. Kevin Thukia Maina is the current Head of Finance and Administration department at the International Peace Support Training Centre as from June 2014. He is a holder of BED Economics and Business Studies From Kenyatta University, Chartered Certified Accountant and Affiliate member of the ACCA (Association of Chartered Certified Accountants)– (UK). He also holds a Post Graduate Degree from the University of Cape Town (UCT), In Strategic Cost Management.

He possesses a wealth of experience in Strategy development and Financial Management. Having been the Chief Accountant at– Mall to Mall Group Limited, The finance Manager Interstate C Ltd, Coolxtreme Ltd - Daikin Kenya, Having practiced auditing and accounting with NBJ –Accounting (which consulted for various Nongovernmental organizations) etc. He is married and has been blessed with one child.

Ms. Leah Ng'ang'a

Ms. Leah Ng’ang’a joined International Peace Support Training Center in October 2014 as the Head of Information and Communication Technology. Her experience spans seven years in the areas of ICT operations entailing strategy development and policy management, service delivery, infrastructure (file, print and server) management and continuous service improvement.

Her previous appointments include Senior Database Administrator at Britam Holdings Limited, Systems Administrator and ICT Assistant at Shelter Afrique Limited. Ms Ng’ang’a is also a holder of a Bachelor of Science degree in Software Engineering and an MBA in Strategic Management and Finance.