Dr. Ibrahim M. Ibrahim, CBS is a Public Health Physician by profession with over 30 years’ experience in the Public Sector, of which 26 years were gained in the Health Sector.
He was appointed by H.E the President, Uhuru Kenyatta to his current position as the Principal Secretary, Ministry of Defence on 6th September, 2019. Prior to his current appointment, Dr. Ibrahim was the Principal Secretary in the State Department of Environment & Forestry, Ministry of Environment & Forestry.
Dr. Ibrahim has also served as the Principal Secretary in the State Department of Labour, Ministry of Labour and Social Protection; Ministry of Mining and Ministry of Commerce and Tourism. In his capacity as the Principal Secretary, Dr. Ibrahim was in charge of the overall policy formulation and implementation.
During his tenure as Principal Secretary, Dr. Ibrahim has formulated and operationalized a number of policy documents which are currently being implemented. These policy documents include but not limited to: The National Strategy for Achieving and maintaining over 10 % tree cover by 2022 in the Ministry of Environment and Forestry; the Mining and Mineral Policy, the Mining Act, 2016 and Mining regulations in the Ministry of Mining; and headed the Taskforce on Tourism Recovery Strategy while in the Ministry of Commerce and Tourism.
In 2014, Dr. Ibrahim was awarded the African Leadership Award for Excellence in Promoting Tourism and Commerce and for his immense contribution to the Sectors.
He was the head of the National AIDS and STIs Control Program (NASCOP) in the Ministry of Health for nine years. During his tenure at the helm of NASCOP, he spearheaded implementation of the Kenya National AIDS Strategic Plan. The Strategic Plan saw the scale-up of HIV/AIDS interventions and the improvement of HIV indicators in Kenya.
Dr. Ibrahim also oversaw the improvement in HIV/AIDS treatment in Kenya that resulted in over 600,000 patients accessing antiretroviral treatment. During this period, he also led a team in the establishment of the Global Fund and the PEPFAR Fund to Kenya, a development which has contributed immensely to the transformation of the Health Sector.
He was previously responsible for the management and evaluation of the National HIV/AIDS surveillance to ensure efficient monitoring and assessment of HIV/AIDS trends. He was the Principal Investigator of the first ever Kenya AIDS Indicators Survey (KAIS) in 2007. The findings of that survey gave insights into the understanding of the Kenya HIV/AIDS epidemic and subsequently informed the development of the Kenya AIDS Strategic Plan III.
As Head; NASCOP he was also involved in monitoring of early warning indicators as well as HIV resistance survey studies, setting up of the Electronic Medical recording systems for HIV/AIDS patients Monitoring, STI Management, TB HIV integration and was involved in quality improvement in HIV/AIDS treatment outcome indicators.
Dr. Ibrahim holds a Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery Degree, and a Master’s Degree in Public Health from Boston University. He also holds an Executive Master’s Degree in Business Administration from the University of Copenhagen Business School.
Dr. Ibrahim is a registered member of both Kenya Medical Association (KMA) and Kenya Medical Practitioners and Dentists Board (KMPDB).