Fredrick Riaga

Senior Manager, Public Policy
Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Kenya

Fredrick Riaga holds an MBA in Finance, a Bachelor of Commerce degree with a major in Accounting and a registered professional accountant. He is in the employ of the Institute of Certified Public Accountants as Chief Manager – Public Policy and Research. He leads the Institute’s advocacy and policy research in the areas of governance and accountability.

As the liaison officer with Government of Kenya, Fredrick manages relationships with the National Treasury, Parliament of Kenya, the Constitutional Commissions with a mandate on public sector accountability. Specifically, on national budget, he leads the Institute’s engagement on national budget making, implementation and monitoring with a view to ensuring value for money principle is realized in public expenditure management.

To drive financial oversight, Fredrick facilitates the Institute’s interventions with the Parliamentary Oversight Committees. He has facilitated capacity building sessions of the two committees on effective oversight. He also leads engagement with departmental committees of Parliament on Budget as well as the Finance, Trade and Planning.

Fredrick is the lead researcher at the Institute and generated three research papers under the themes: Baseline Survey on the Success of Devolution in Kenya – Focus on a Year of Implementation – ICPAK 2014; Study on Effectiveness of Audit Committees in the Public Sector in Kenya – ICPAK 2015; and Analysis of Kenya’s Revenue Performance from 2010 – 2015 ICPAK 2016. In addition, he has developed several position papers to address topical public policy issues, the most significant ones being; framework on public financial management which yield the chapter twelve of the Constitution of Kenya, the Framework on Campaign Financing in Kenya, budget submissions, Framework on Revenue Share that informs the sharing of nationally generated revenues between national and county level governments in Kenya. Beyond this, he has developed and submitted position papers on various laws and legislations for consideration by Parliament.

Recently, Fredrick led a team from the Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Kenya to join UNCTAD in hosting the African Regional Workshop on Financial Inclusion. The workshop was themed around Best Policy Practices and Guidelines on Accounting and Insurance Regulation for Micro, Small and Medium-sized Enterprises. The meeting was attended by delegates from across Africa.