KEMRI is governed by a Board of Directors (BOD) which is responsible for all policy matters, and is composed of a Chairman, seven gazetted/appointed members and four ex-officio members representing various Government Ministries, including the National Commission for Science, Technology and Innovation.  KEMRI’s Chief Executive Officer, who is the Principal Accounting Officer of the Institute, is a board member. The Corporation Secretary also serves as secretary to the Board of Management.In order to ensure efficient delivery of Board mandates, the Board operates through the following four (4) Board Committees namely:-

  1. Audit Committee, 
  2. Human Resource
  3. Finance and Development and 
  4. Scientific Research and Innovation Committee

Committees of the Board

Responsible for providing strategic direction of research in the Institute. The committee scrutinizes, evaluates and approves research programmes, performance and output of research projects

Scientific Research and Innovation Committee

To provide oversight on Financial and Development matters of the institute

Finance and Development Committee

Oversees all audit functions of the Institute, including financial, procurement, and human resource processes. Monitors implementation of any audit queries raised by the Kenya National Audit Office.

Audit Committee

This committee reviews staff matters, determines staffing levels by reviewing and recommending to the board any new appointments as well as appropriate disciplinary measures on staff who breach existing staff regulations

Human Resource Committee

The Director, Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI)
The Director of the Institute is appointed under the provisions of the Science and Technology (Amendment Act 1979), by the Minister for the time being responsible for Health, on recommendation by the Board. He is the Chief Executive of the Institute. In this capacity, he is the accounting officer as well as the administrative and scientific head of the Institute.

Research Centres and Programmes
The Research Centres of KEMRI are created by the Board of Management. These Research Centres are expected to focus on specific areas of national and/or strategic importance, in accordance with their respective broad mandates in any of the six (6) research programmes of the Institute The Board may reorganize the mandates of these Research Centres in conformity with the national objectives, as it may deem appropriate.