President Uhuru Kenyatta rocked the nation with a major reshuffle of his cabinet.
The biggest surprise to all Kenyans was the sacking of Agriculture CS Mwangi Kiunjuri.
Treasury CS Henry Rotich was also shown the door as he faces corruption allegations related to the ministry.
As the door was shut for the bigwigs, Uhuru opened another one for new blood to join the group of elites within his government.
One Betty Maina was among the leaders who scored big with the latest revamp.
Luck seemed to be on Maina’s side as she was moved from a Permanent Secretary to a Cabinet Secretary.
In September 2019, Maina was appointed the Environment and Forest PS in a mini-reshuffle from the Ministry of Industry, Trade And Cooperatives.
During her appointment, she remarked that she was ecstatic with the move and was ready to deliver what was required.
In 2013, she climbed new heights after she was appointed as a member of the United Nations High-level Panel to steer global development past 2015.
In the same year, she landed the position of Director at the Anti Counterfeit Agency.
Power is nothing new to Maina who had previously served as the CEO of Kenyan Association of Manufacturers(KAM) in 2004.
She also served in the same position at the Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA) in the capital.
Her biggest achievement came in the transformation of KAM into a leading business group.
The ex-PS career, however, kick-started in 2003 where she became the head of the Institute of Economic Affairs which is a private-public firm for generating policies.
Maina has vast experience, 20 years to be precise, in advocacy and public policy research and constantly received recommendations from Uhuru.
Looking into her educational achievements, she holds a Masters Degree in Development Administration and Planning from the University College London.
The soft-spoken leader is a University of Nairobi (UoN), Alumni, with a Bachelors Degree in Land Economics.