Profile of the Cabinet Secretary


P1160025Mr. Willy Bett was appointed to his current position of Cabinet Secretary, Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries in December 2015. Prior to his appointment, Bett was the immediate Managing Director, Kenya Seed Company since 2009. It was during his tenure at Kenya Seed Company, that the company grew its financial performance significantly from a turnover of 2.9 Billion in 2011 to 5.0 Billion in 2015, and also a pretax profit of 50M in 2011 to 434M in 2015. It was also during this time that the area under seed maize production increased from 22,004 acres (21.4M Kilos) in 2010 to over 33,000 acres (33.6M Kilos) in 2015.This effort has guaranteed our Kenyan farmers of adequate seed and hence national food security. Mr. Bett also introduced the Balance Score Card performance management system at all levels of the Company, which resulted to considerable level of performance measurement using the tool.

He previously gained wealth experience in the banking sector for over 18 years as a Senior Manager at the Postbank where he was involved in Developing Anti- Money Laundering (AML) Policy, Re- negotiated the Western Union contract to reduce the marketing investment from 10% to 8% and Developed strategies that increased the level of Customer service across the network from 51% to 80% over a period of three years.

Among his other responsibilities, Mr. Bett is currently the Vice Chairman of the Seed Trade Association (STAK) Board. He is also a Steering Committee Member of Double Haploid project (CYMMIT).

He has a Masters in Business Administration (Marketing Option) from and B.A (Economics and Sociology) both from University of Nairobi. During his working life, he has attended various short term courses and seminars such as Advanced Management Programme (AMP)-Strathmore Business, School (Nairobi), Lagos Business School (Nigeria), IESE Business School (Barcelona), Advanced Management course by Kenya Institute of Management, World Savings Banks Congress – Berlin, Germany etc. He is also a Member of Chartered Institute of Marketing, Marketing Society of Kenya, Kenya Institute of Management etc.