Colonel Hillary Biwott Kipkosgey is the Acting Director-General/Chief Executive Officer of the Kenya Space Agency, a position he assumed on 29 June 2021 on secondment from the Kenya Defence Forces. His work experience spans 28 years, with 26 years in the military and 2 years in the private sector.
Previously, he was the Head of Logistics and Maintenance at the multi-agency National Air Support Department (NASD) from November 2020 to June 2021. Prior to that, he served as the Defence, Military, Naval and Air Attaché at the Kenya Embassy in Washington DC – accredited to USA and Canada – from February 2017 to September 2020. Col Kipkosgey has held several other appointments in his service, which include Commanding Officer Technical Wing, and Head of Coordination at the National Counter Terrorism Centre (NCTC).
He also served as Head of Information and Communications Technology Division at NCTC, 2IC Technical Wing, Senior Instructor at the Defense Forces Technical College (DEFTEC), OIC Software Development at the Defence Forces HQs, Instructor at DEFTEC and Officer Commanding Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, among other appointments.
Col Kipkosgey was commissioned in the Kenya Defence Forces as a Lieutenant in October 1994 and rose through the ranks to become Colonel in July 2016. He has served in the UN Mission as a Military Observer in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) in 2006/2007, as a Team Site Member, Team Site Leader and eventually as Chief G5 at the Katanga Brigade HQs in Lubumbashi, DRC.
Col Kipkosgey holds a Master of Strategic Studies, a Master of Science in Communication and Information systems, a Post Graduate Diploma in Strategic Studies and a Bachelor of Technology in Electrical and Communications Engineering. He is a graduate of the U.S. 2 Army War College, Carlisle, Pennsylvania. He has attended Senior Command Course at the Joint Warfare Centre in Kenya, Senior Command and Staff Course in Tanzania, and Defence Staff College in Kenya, among other professional, leadership, command and management courses.