Francisca Simiyu

CBRN Specialist

Francisca Simiyu is based in the Port of Mombasa and leads a team of Kenyan maritime border security detection specialists charged with deterring the illegal transportation of CBRN(Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear) materials. She recently joined a team at East African Community partner states as an instructor for Chemical Warfare Agents and Toxic Industrial Agents.

She collaborates with the Kenya Nuclear and Regulatory Authority in performing radiological investigation, identification, and guidance concerning isotopes on flagged consignments. She also collaborates with other local agencies responsible for border checks of chemical and biological shipments for safety, security, and safeguards. She is a seasoned trainer and mentor on CBRN border security checks and compliance based on practical maritime border detection and deterrence.

As part of her role to strengthen the Kenya Megaports Initiative, Ms. Simiyu enjoys close working relationships with the US Department of Energy, its National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA), and its Office of Nuclear Smuggling Detection and Deterrence (NSDD).The initiative aims to strengthen foreign countries’ capabilities to deter, detect, and interdict the illicit smuggling of nuclear and radioactive materials across international borders.

She is a graduate of the Technical University of Mombasa (Kenya) and has undergone training in radiological detection and monitoring, and Training of Trainers (TOT) at the Nuclear Joint Research Center Karlsruhe (Germany) and other CBRN TOTs.