The Kenya Education Management Institute (KEMI) is a Semi-Autonomous Government Agency (SAGA) of the Ministry of Education. The Institute is mandated under Legal Notice No.19/2010 to provide management training, conduct research and offer consultancy services to both public and private sectors.

KEMI was established as Kenya Education Staff Institute (KESI) in 1981, through funding under the GOK/World Bank, International Development Association (IDA) 5 th Credit (KESI) project. The objective of establishing KEMI was to strengthen the leadership and managerial capacity of various cadres of educational personnel. Originally located at Kenyatta University, the Institute was later moved to the former Highridge Teachers Training College grounds. 

In 2011, Legal Notice No. 163 amended the name of the Institute from ‘Kenya Education Staff Institute’ to ‘Kenya Education Management Institute’.