Ambassador Benson H.O. Ogutu arrived in Moscow on 19th February, 2021 and assumed his position as the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Kenya to the Russian Federation with accreditation to Ukraine, Belarus and Kazakhstan.
H. E. Ogutu, is a consummate diplomat with a wealth of experience spanning over 3 and a half decades.
Before assuming his current position, he was the Director-General of the Directorate of International Conferences and Events (DICE) in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Kenya. Prior to that, he served as Special Envoy for TICAD and Director-General, TICAD VI Secretariat at the Ministry Headquarters.
He has held various capacities since joining the Foreign Service in 1984, rising from the rank of Assistant Secretary III to that of Ambassador in his diplomatic career. During this period, he has undertaken oversight roles as the Political and Diplomatic Secretary, Director for Political Affairs, Director of Africa and AU Directorate and as Head of the Special Duties Division, in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He has also served as Kenya’s Ambassador to Japan and as Deputy Head of Mission in Kenya Embassies in Tehran and The Hague. In his earlier years, he served in the Kenya Mission to the UN in New York (delegate to 5th Committee), and the Kenya Embassy in Tokyo. He also worked as a Personal Advisor to the Minister for Foreign Affairs and as a Protocol Officer.
Ambassador Ogutu has been awarded the national honour, Moran of the Order of the Burning Spear (MBS).