Hon. Ogutu pursued a Bachelor of Education(Science) at the University of Nairobi, he went ahead to pursue a masters degree in Science(Bio geography) from the University of Toronto in Canada. He then proceeded to pursue a Doctor Of Philosophy in Bio geography at the University Of Edinburgh, UK.

Hed worked as a lecturer/ associate professor at Kenyatta University from 1985-2005. He was a project manager at Practical Action/ITDG (EA) from 1998-2001. He was then a Regional Program Coordinator at Inter-University for East Africa from 2002 to 2008. He worked at Un Habitat as a Programme Officer from 2011 to 2015. He is currently the Focal Region Manager at CGIAR WLE as from 2015 to date. He serves as a Member of Parliament in the Kenya National Assembly.