Dr. Kibaru-Mbae is a Medical Doctor, specialized in Gynecology and Obstetrics and Public Health. She has over 25 years’ experience in the public health sector, with about 20 of these years in Leadership and Management positions at different levels of the health sector in the Republic of Kenya. She started at the District level and culminated at the National level as the Senior Deputy Director in charge of Family Health Services in the country. During her tenure in the Ministry of Health she supported the revision and implementation of several policy documents. Dr. Mbae instituted innovations in in-service training in new technologies and supported training institutions to revise their curricula to strengthen pre-service training. She supported national supportive supervision for improvement of service delivery in the districts.
Dr. Josephine Kibaru-Mbae has been the Director General at the East, Central &Southern Africa Health Community (ECSA-HC) from 2010 to 2014. ECSA-HC is an intergovernmental Organization whose aim is to foster regional cooperation and collaboration in health. It comprises of 10 active members; Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Mauritius, Seychelles, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
As the Director General (Chief executive of the Secretariat), she strategically repositioned ECSA-HC as a leader in health in the region, working closely with Ministers of Health, Permanent/Principal Secretaries, Directors of Health Services, Programme Managers, health professionals and representatives of collaborating partners and donors. At the ECSA Secretariat she was responsible for the management of all resources; human, material and financial resources. She also coordinated and offered strategic leadership to all the technical programs.