He is also Kenya’s Governor to the Commonwealth Secretariat.
As Kenya’s top diplomat in the UK, he leads a team dedicated to strengthening bilateral relations around the key pillars of security and defence; trade, investment and diaspora; tourism, and education.
Prior to returning to London, MrEsipisu served for 5 years as President Uhuru Kenyatta’s key communications adviser in the role of Secretary, Communications and State House Spokesperson (starting from12 July 2013).
In this role he was head of the Presidential Strategic Communications Unit (PSCU), responsible for messaging the Presidency and Government; the First Lady; research on policy, communication of government policy, digitization of presidency communications and branding of State events.
Mr. Esipisu, one of Kenya’s best known media public figures, has had a long and distinguished career as a journalist and diplomat, starting off his media career with the Standard Group, where he worked briefly before joining the global news and information group Reuters, covering the African continent and working in bureaus in Kenya, Zambia, Zimbabwe and South Africa.
He first came to London as a diplomat in 2006 and served with distinction at the Commonwealth Secretariat, where he was Spokesperson and Deputy Director of Communication and Public Affairs. There, he was responsible for, and, worked closely directly with Presidents or Prime Ministers, to deliver on all communication aspects for the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meetings in Uganda, Trinidad and Tobago, and Australia.
He joined the Kenyan Presidency from Tunis, Tunisia, where he was serving as a special assistant to the President of the African Development Bank, responsible for public affairs and stakeholder relations.
Throughout his career, Mr Esipisu has been a formidable mentor of journalists on the African continent and beyond, and is credited with the training of some of Kenya’s best-known business journalists.
Having travelled to more than 80 countries in his various roles, Mr Esipisu is an acquaintance of a number of African and global leaders and has leveraged this to lift the image of the President and Kenya throughout the continent and the world.
Mr Esipisu has spoken at dozens of fora around the world on Kenyan and African development issues and is the author of “Eyes of Democracy: the media in elections”, which chronicles the experiences of journalists and observers in covering elections.