Deputy Governor

Hon. Hazel Katana, Deputy Governor Mombasa County

Hon. Hazel KatanaHazel Nyamoki Katana until December 2012 was the UN women communications Advisor based in Kigali Rwanda. In this capacity Hazel was responsible for the development of the Central Africa Regional office (CARO) communication strategy. Other duties are overseeing the production of knowledge products, such as brochures and visibility materials, drafting speeches and talking points and coordination of conferences and open days for the countries where UN women has presence.

Hazel doubled up as the communication focal point for the Secretary General’s Africa UNITE campaign, that aims at Ending Violence Against Women and Girls.

Hazel represented UN women at the United Nations Communication Group. (UNCG)Within the UN Women Hazel supported the Monitoring and Evaluation unit by documenting best practices and lessons learned.

Hazel worked for the UN for a period of two years stationed in Kigali Rwanda.
Hazel worked for eight years with the Nation Media Group gradually going up the ranks; she joined NMG in 2003, first appointed as an Events and publicity coordinator, handling community outreach, branding, merchandising and PR programmes. For eight years, Hazel successfully coordinated Nation Golf Classic tournaments which saw her travel to Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania and Rwanda.

Hazel’s attention to details, made her a valued worker and was always called to support country offices, for example the launch of the Monitor Newspaper and NTV Uganda, the launch of the Citizen and Mwananchi newspapers in Tanzania. She was also the coordinator of the launch of the NMG shares at the Rwanda stock Exchange.

Due to her professionalism and impeccable track record Hazel was promoted to the rank of Corporate Affairs officer and was given the co-ordination docket for:

  • The save a life fund campaign(Kitui, Kilifi, Wajir, Mandera and Garissa)
  • The caravan of Hope-Kilifi Disrtict
  • Aberdares Forest Fund
  • Save the Mau Forest
  • The Nation Eight Educational Fund
  • The NMG Community Week
  • The Green Brigade Environment Group
  • Teacher housing(Bahari Girls)
  • School Construction(Aoko Nindo-Homa Bay)
  • Sight for the blind (Tanzania) roadsigns, Zebra crossings and walking aids.

For a period of three years, Hazel was the lead coordinator for the Rhino Charge, a subsidiary fund raising component of the Aberdares forest fund.
Hazel coordinated the very high level conference; IPI in Nairobi in 2005, prior to that Hazel was the main coordinator of the NMG exhibition stand in Poland. This was during the bidding of the IPI conference where NMG showcased Kenya as a conference destination. This conference had the highest number recorded attending an IPI conference in the world.

Hazel while in NMG managed the partner relations with civil society, Private Sector and Foundation, and started the Wingo partnership with Kenya Charity Sweepstakes. This partnership saw Hazel, appraise and select the needy cases.
Hazel was awarded the best staff overall in 2009, and was awarded the highest bonus payment.
Hazel raised the bar high and her work speaks for itself, she left an impeccable track record at NMG, in the Corporate Affairs Department.

Hazel started her development Career working with Action Aid Kenya in Kitui,and , and worked in the NGO sector for eighteen years. Hazel worked progressively with women, children and the youth.
Hazel started work as a technical Officer, and later on an IGP coordinator and rising to the position of project leader and later seconded to ILoas a Business Manager to handle the Small entrepreneurship Programme working on business plans and start-ups a partnership between Action Aid Kenya and ILO
After the ILO secondment, Hazel worked in the Child sponsorship programme within Action Aid Kenya.
In the NGO sector Hazel started community groups working on water,Habitat, and income generating activities for women groups.
In Action Aid Hazel was instrumental in starting savings groups for women entrepreneurs. All the initiatives that were started and coordinated by Hazel were very successful and were later on handed back to the community as CBO’s (community based organizations)These are still recording successes.
Hazel joined Plan International in 1999 and worked as a Programme Unit Manager in Gachoka, Kiritiri development area.
Hazel supervised 15 field officers and worked on various programmes:

  • Early child hood and development
  • Child sponsorship
  • Housing/Habitat
  • Water
  • Income generating Activities
  • School feeding Programme
  • Women saving groups
  • Vulnerable children and widows and orphans

Hazel initiated long term projects in Embu, which were very sustainable, are on-going and still recording successes.
Hazel worked with Plan International for a period of one year.
Hazel has also worked for The Agricultural Finance Corporation, for 6 years.



  • Empowerment of women at all levels, for women to be aware and understand their constitutional rights.
  • Consider and address the requirements of women in the country through collective responsibility.
  • Strengthen the ability of women and their organizations to address issues affecting them, and their families, more importantly to empower the women economically. For women to adopt a culture of national dialogue, by supporting the development of a common agenda for women across the country.
  • Creating discussions on sustainable development initiatives for women through increased inclusion of women at all level of decision making.
  • Creating opportunities for youth in Education and Entrepreneurship.
  • Early schooling (primary) St. Augustins Preparatory school-Standard 1-5
  • Star of The Sea girls’ primary school standard 5-7(CPE)
  • Oshwal Secondary School
  • Aga Khan High School (KCSE)
  • Delhi University India (Miranda House College)BA Arts(Sociology)
  • Fina Africa –Italy (Milan)(Credit Management-Certificate)