Ambassador Martin Kimani, PhD, EBS, is the President’s Special Envoy for Countering Violent Extremism and Director of Kenya’s National Counter Terrorism Centre (NCTC).
The NCTC is an inter-agency institution established by the Prevention of Terrorism Act (2012) to coordinate national counter-terrorism measures in order to prevent, detect, deter and disrupt terrorism acts. It has also been charged in the Executive Order No.1 of 2018 with the coordination of counter terrorism strategy and policy implementation; the coordination of counter radicalisation, disengagement and rehabilitation; and as focal point for bilateral and multilateral partnerships in counter terrorism.
Previously, Martin served as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to the United Nations at Nairobi, and as Permanent Representative to the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), and the UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat). In the past 20 years, he has worked to a senior level in the global currency and bond markets, political risk advisory for underwriters and other corporates, and peace and security in the Horn of Africa and East Africa.
Martin is a fellow of the African Leadership Initiative and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network. He is also a member of the Advisory Board of the Gordon Institute of Business at the University of Pretoria, and was Distinguished African Fellow at the South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA) in 2013. Martin holds a PhD in War Studies from King’s College, University of London.