Hon.Dr, Wilber Khasilwa Ottichilo
Position or Role: 
Member of Kenyan Parliament

Day & Session

Plenary session 1

Subject Title

Space and Earth Observation Technology for Sustainable Development Goals (SDG). The role of enabling legislation

Brief Bio

Hon.Dr, Wilber Khasilwa Ottichilo is currently the Member of Parliament of Emuhaya Constituency in Kenya and has a PhD in Environmental Science. He was first elected to Parliament in 2008 and then re-elected again in 2013. Prior to joining politics, he held the following positions:

  1. 2000 – 2008: He was the Director General for Regional Centre for Mapping of Resources for Development (RCMRD) which is UN Economic Commission for Africa affiliated institution responsible for the promotion of the use of Geo-information Technologies in sustainable development of countries in Eastern and Southern Africa.
  2. 1994 – 1998: He was the Deputy Director (Chief Scientist) with Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) responsible for wildlife research and planning
  3. 1989 – 1993: He was a Remote Sensing Specialist/Project Manager for UN-FAO/IGAD Project on, “The Remote Sensing  Component of the Early Warning System on Food Security for the Greater Horn of Africa”
  4. 1884 – 1989: He was the Chief Ecologist/Remote Sensing Officer with the Department of Resource Surveys and Remote Sensing within the Ministry of Planning, Republic of Kenya.

In Parliament he is a Member of the following Committees and Caucuses:

  1. Committee on Education, Science and Technology
  2. Committee on Environment, Water and Natural Resources
  3. Chair, Parliamentary Network on Renewable Energy and Climate Change
  4. Co-Chair, Parliamentary Network on Environmental and Wildlife Conservation

Since joining Parliament, he has moved numerous Motions and Bills on education, science and technology, the latest Motion and Bill being on Promotion of Renewable Energy and Climate Change respectively. Lastly he consulted widely for various UN bodies and international agencies and NGOs and has published numerous papers in international journals and magazines.