Ambassador Ukur Yattani Kanacho is the Cabinet Secretary for Finance and National Treasury. He is an  Ex-Officio Member of the IMF Board of Governors and has over 25 years of experience in Public administration, diplomacy and governance having diligently served in public service since 1992.

Previously, Mr. Karacho served in the then Marsabit District as a Senior District Officer between 1992 and 2002.Mr. Karacho quickly rose through the ranks to a District Commissioner in July 2002. In this position he successfully coordinated state business, managed government resources, maintained law and order, directed disaster relief operations, and implemented long term strategic plans that improved government services and the lives of local residents.

 He was elected as a Member of Parliament and appointed an Assistant Minister in the Ministry of Science and Technology between 2006 and 2007. Additionally, Mr. Karacho has represented the Kenyan Government within the United Nation System between 2009 and 2011 under a number of hats;

  • He was Kenya’s Permanent Representative to the UN in Vienna; 
  • He also served as the Permanent Representative to;
    • The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA);
    • UN organization on Drugs and Crimes (UNODC); 
    • UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO),
    • Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO); and 
    • Office of Outer Space Agency (OOSA) between 2009 and 2011.

Mr. Karacho is the founder board member of the International Anti-Corruption Academy (IACA) and Non-Aligned Movement, African Group and G-77 and China and has  served as the Kenyan Ambassador to Austria with accreditation to Hungary and Slovakia. 

He served as the Governor for Marsabit County from 2013 to 2017 during which period he held the positions of Chair of the Foreign Affairs Committee and the Chief Whip within the Council of Governors. 

Ukur was born in 1967 in Forole of North Horr sub-county to Yatani Kanacho, a prominent Gabra elder. In 1975, he started school in Maikona, and was then transferred to North Horr Primary school in 1978. He sat for his Certificate of Primary Education (CPE) IN 1981 and emerged the top student in the then Marsabit District. He was given a scholarship by Jomo Kenyatta Foundation and he joined Garbatulla High school where he equally performed well and later joined Kabarnet High school for his A-levels between 1986 and 1987. Yatani received his Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Sociology from Egerton University in 1991. In 2005, he joined the University of York in the UK and studied a Master of Public Administration and Public Policy.