Andrew Kamau, CBS, was reassigned the Principal Secretary in the Ministry of Petroleum and Mining in February, 2021. Prior to this, he was the Principal Secretary for the State Department for Petroleum, a post he had been appointed to by President Uhuru Kenyatta in January 2018. He had previously served as Principal Secretary, State Department for Petroleum, under the then Ministry of Energy and Petroleum.
Kamau’s wealth of experience in the energy and mining sector spans for over twenty-five (25) years, gained after lengthy engagements with both the Public and Private Sectors, Development Partners and Non-Governmental Organizations in Africa.
Eng. Kamau has also previously worked for multinationals in East Africa and major trading organizations in Europe and South Africa. He was awarded the Deal Maker of the Year 2005 by Global Pacific Partners. During his oil trading career, Andrew has advised on various risks that may arise as a result of pursuing business in countries in the region. He has successfully negotiated USD 60 Million revolving line of credit for the Dem. Rep. of Congo for the purchase of refined petroleum products. He also helped develop the tender and supply contract for Gasoline on behalf of the Government of Sudan and exported 200,000 MT of Gasoline from the refinery in Khartoum and supplied over USD 200 million worth of refined petroleum products to Tema Oil Refinery in Ghana.
More recently he was active in the power sector in Democratic republic of Congo and has been the public officer in a Canadian listed resource company. He successfully negotiated a contract for the rehabilitation of the 1774 MW Inga Power station of the Congo River.
He founded MagPetroleum and supplied refined petroleum products to Zimbabwe, Zambia and DRC, using South Africa and Mozambique as supply sources. This was done 5 road tankers and 64 rail tankers throughout right purchase and long-term lease arrangements with regional rail operators.
Andrew has extensive experience in the mining and Oil & Gas exploration sectors, having been a director of the oldest Johannesburg Stock Exchange listed mining company, Sallies Ltd, Drillex Ltd, a mineral exploration drilling company with drilling rigs in South Africa, Mozambique and Zambia. In addition he has been a director of Gulf of Guinea Petroleum Company, a junior oil exploration company with acreage in Republic of Congo and Gabon.
Andrew has also been Chairman of Komati Foundation (www.komati.org), a non-profit organization actively working to transform South African society in the fields of education, human development and social welfare.
He has also served as a director on the board of Kewberg Cables and Braids in South Africa, a specialty cable manufacturer.