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Cleopa Kilonzo Mailu was born circa 1956. He is a Kenyan politician. He has served as the Kenyan Minister of Health. He attended schools in Kyulu and Kangundo until he went to Friends School Kamusinga. He graduated from the University of Nairobi and earned a master’s degree in medical genetics from the University of Glasgow.
Cleopa Kilonzo Mailu
||Friends School Kamusinga
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University of Glasgow
Mailu started his career as an intern at the Kenyatta National Hospital. He was the founding director of its department of medical genetics in 1989. From 1995 to 2000, he worked for the Ministry of Health and led an anti-polio campaign. He subsequently worked for Unicef and the World Health Organization in Malawi and Zambia. He became the first African CEO of The Nairobi Hospital in 2003.
He has been nominated to be Kenya’s permanent representative to the UN in Geneva, Switzerland. Cleopa Kilonzo Mailu, the new Permanent Representative of Kenya to the United Nations Office at Geneva, today presented his credentials to Michael Møller, the Director-General of the United Nations Office at Geneva.
Prior to his appointment to Geneva, Mr. Mailu had been serving as Cabinet Secretary for Health at the Ministry of Health of Kenya since 2015. From the end of 2003 to 2015, he was the Chief Executive Officer of the Nairobi Hospital in Nairobi, Kenya. In 2003, he worked as a project officer with UNICEF in the India country office in Delhi, and from 2001 to the beginning of 2003, he worked in a part-time consultancy with UNICEF headquarters in New York and with the World Health Organization in Geneva.
With education and training as a medical doctor, Mr. Mailu served as a reproductive health adviser with a local non-governmental organization in Kenya from 2000 to 2003. He held various posts at the Ministry of Health of Kenya from 1995 to 1999 and at the Kenyatta National Hospital from 1984 to 1995.
Mr. Mailu has a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBChB) from the University of Nairobi, Kenya (1984) and an MSc in medical sciences (genetics) from the University of Glasgow, United Kingdom (1989).
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Mailu has a wife, Teresa, and two sons.