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IPSTC DIRECTOR
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.

CHIEF OF STAFF
Lt Col T Mallinson

Lt Col Mallinson was commissioned in 1992 from the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst, in to the King’s Royal Hussars (based in Münster, Germany and equipped with the Challenger 1 main battle tank). He served as an armoured troop leader, squadron second-in-command, regimental intelligence officer, regimental operations officer and divisional liaison officer. Operational deployments includeda tour of Belfast, Northern Ireland, in 1994 (with commendation) and then three UN/NATO peacekeeping tours 1995-1999 covering Croatia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Macedonia and Kosovo; training deployments took him to Cyprus, Canada, Poland and Switzerland.

Returning to UK for his first external staff appointment in 1999, responsible for implementing sub-unit overseas training exercises outside of central Europe, he then attended the Royal Military College of Science, Shrivenham, to gain a diploma in Defence Technology, before serving as COS to the Field Artillery Systems Support project team. With his regiment now also returned from Germany to UK, he enjoyed his two years of squadron command which included an operational attachment to HQ 12 Mechanized Brigade as SO2 Information Strategy in Basra, Iraq.After one year as the armoured mentor at the brigade and battlegroup Combined Arms Staff Trainer, he was assigned as the Regimental Second-in-Command/Battlegroup COS to the Queen’s Royal Hussars, which included deployment to Iraq to mentor the Iraqi Army in Basra and support the drawdown of British troops from Iraq (Op TELIC 13).

He then returned to Army Headquarters to assist joint and multinational training policy, attendedthe Advanced Command and Staff Course at the UK Defence Academy, Shrivenham, gaining an MA in Defence Studies, and worked on the staff of the post of HQ 12 Mech Bde as SO2 Management Plans/COS Rearprior to and during their deployment to Afghanistan in 2012 (Op HERRICK 13). In 2014 he deployed to Afghanistan as the SO1 Deputy Combat Operations Officer to the United States Marine Corps command of Helmand province, and in 2015 was assigned to the UK MoD’s think-tank, theDevelopment, Concepts and Doctrine Centre (DCDC),as SO1 Land Concepts.

Lt Col Mallinson enjoys many sports, including cricket, tennis, golf, rugby, skiing and shooting, and has been Chairman of the British Army Rackets and Real Tennis Association. Other interests include gastronomy, oenology and classic cars. Married to Vanessa, they have two teenage daughters, currently being schooled in UK.

COL PLANS & PROGRAMMES
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.

COMMANDANT PCSS
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.

HEAD OF PEACE & SECURITY RESEARCH DEPARTMENT
Colonel Evans OGUGA ‘ndc’(K), ‘psc’(K), ‘psc’(TZ)

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Colonel Evans OGUGA is currently the Head of Research Department at IPSTC. He joined the Centre on 31 Jul 17. He joined the KDF on 29 Mar 89 as a Cadet and Commissioned on 02 Aug 90 as a Naval Officer. Colonel OGUGA is a Marine Engineer with the Kenya Navy having attended International Sub-Lieutenant’s Course at HMS Sultan, UK from 06 Jan 92 to 12 Aug 93. He also attended the Marine Engineering Specialisation Course, Marine Propulsion Technology Course and Nuclear, Biological, Chemical and Damage Control (NBCD) Courses in India from 23 Dec 96 to 15 Aug 98.

He has also attended and successfully completed over 20 other courses in his career and most notable are:
1. National Defence Course (National Defence College, Kenya, 2016-2017).
2. Joint Forces Staff Course (Joint Forces Staff College, National Defence University, Virginia, USA, 2005).
3. Grade II Command and Staff Course (Defence Staff College, Kenya, 2006).
4. Grade II Command and Staff Course (Command and Staff College, Monduli, Tanzania, 2008).
5. Senior Command Course(School of Combat, Lanet, Kenya, 2010).
6. AMISOM Multinational Force HQ Command and Staff Course, HPSS, Embakasi, Kenya, 04 to 28 Aug 14.

Prior to Joining IPSTC, he held appointments both on board ship and ashore. Most recent appointments are as follows:
1. Colonel Head of Writing Team (Defence Staff College, Kenya, 31 Jul15 to 26 Jun 16).
2. Commanding Officer Technical Service (Kenya Navy, 17 Dec 12 to 30 Jul 15).
3. Navy Directing Staff (Defence Staff College, Kenya, 03 Dec 08 to 16 Dec 12).
4. Officer Commanding Maritime Surveillance Radar Squadron (Kenya Navy, 04 Apr 03 to 01 May 07).

He had the opportunity to serve with the United Nations Guards Contingent in Iraq as part of the United Nations Office of the Humanitarian Coordinator for Iraq where he served as the Sector Commander, Erbil Sector until the commencement of the second Gulf War.

Colonel OGUGA was born on 28 Sep 69. He is married to Florence and they are blessed with four children namely Ashley, Nicole, Sasha and Liam.

COMMANDANT HPSS
Col S. O Radina

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BACKGROUND
A seasoned career military Officer. An exceptionally capable risk manager and decision maker with a highly successful background in defence, diplomacy, training, and stabilisation projects in a challenging environment. Very experienced in working with mixed military/civilian and multinational teams. Possesses excellent leadership, inter-personal communication and negotiation skills and ability to develop and maintain effective internal and external relationships. Enjoys creating, leading and being part of a successful and productive team, thriving in the most highly pressurised and challenging working environment.

Specialities: Strategic management and leadership, crisis analysis and response, operational and logistic planning, capacity building, programme and project management, training design and validation, security sector reform, civil/military operations and capability development.

RECENT KEY APPOINTMENTS/ DUTIES
29 Jul 2017 to date Commandant Humanitarian Peace Support School (HPSS)
01 Jul 2016 to 28 Jul 2017 Head of Teaching Team/ Senior Instructor for G2 Staff
11 Aug 2015 to 30 Jun 2016 Deputy Comd Engr Bde, Kenya Defence Forces
16 Aug 2013 - Aug 2015 ACSC Exchange DS at UK Defence Academy (JSCSC)
Dec 2012- Jul 2013 DS at Defence Staff College – KAREN
May 2012 – Sep 2012 Military Observer, Special Integrated Patrol (SIP) Team Leader & MA to Special Envoy in Syria under UNSMIS
2010-2012 Commanding Officer 10 Engrs Bn, Kenya
2009 -2010 Chief of Staff in Charge of Projects and Plans Engr Bde, Thika

AWARDS
Military Officers’ Association of America (MOAA) - Distinguished award winner in Joint Ops planning – National Defense University, Norfolk Virginia. Force Commander’s commendation for outstanding performance in East Timor, under the UNTAET mandate in 2001.

PUBLICATIONS
Master’s Degree Thesis: Radina Stephen O, 2009. Multi-lateral strategy for the Reconstruction of Somalia: Providing a foundation for the Reconstruction of Rural Somalia. Published on-line in 2009.

EDUCATION
A graduate of the United States Command and General Staff College (CGSC), and a holder of Master’s degree in Military Arts and Science from CGSC Fort Leavenworth, Kansas and a Post Graduate Diploma in Strategic Management and Leadership from the Chartered Management Institute, United Kingdom. I am also a Chartered Manager, and a Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute of United Kingdom. I am currently the Commandant Humanitarian Peace Support School (HPSS).

Col Radina enjoys Physical Training, Social interaction, Reading and Travelling.

HEAD OF FINANCE AND ADMINISTRATION
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.

HEAD OF ICT
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.