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Juliana Rotich is a technologist, strategic advisor, entrepreneur, and keynote speaker. Juliana serves as an advisor to the councils of BASF, Risk Cooperative, Africa Technology Ventures (ATV) and the Lemelson Foundation. She is a trustee of Bankinter Foundation for Entrepreneurship and Innovation in Spain, board member of Digital Impact Alliance and the Kenya Vision 2030 Delivery Board.

She is Co-founder of BRCK Inc, a hardware and services technology company based in Nairobi, Kenya. BRCK was formed to realize a vision for enabling communication in low infrastructure environments by developing useful, innovative, and exciting hardware-centered technologies in Kenya. She is a Director in the Kenyan entity BRCK Kenya Ltd and drives partnerships for tackling social problems through appropriate technology.

Juliana co-founded Ushahidi Inc., a non-profit tech company, which specializes in developing free and open source software for changing how information flows in the world. She was Executive Director from Jan 2011 to  September 2015, strategically spearheading Ushahidi to be translated into over 30 languages, over 90,000 deployments and a 20 million populations reach. She was instrumental in increasing business development revenue and philanthropic capital into Ushahidi and its related initiatives like iHub. Before Ushahidi, she worked in the telecommunications and data warehousing industry with over 10 years of experience.

Her personal mission is to make things, fix problems and help others. Wherever technology can help to do these three things and accelerate progress, she enjoys figuring out that intersection and adding constructive value. She is a champion for internet connectivity and works to support entrepreneurs to scale their work and impact.  



Internet access built for Africa - TED (2013)

On mobile and Strategy

The Greater Global Lesson Is Local “Context Intelligence” - WSJ ALL THINGS DIGITAL (2013)

On Open Source and Innovation

What happens when barriers to innovation become drastically lower? - LIFT (2011)



Kenya Vision 2030 Delivery Board

Board Member The Kenya Vision 2030 is the national long-term development policy that aims to transform Kenya into a newly industrializing, middle-income country providing a high quality of life to all its citizens by 2030 in a clean and secure environment. The Vision comprises of three key pillars: Economic; Social; and Political.


Board Member Gearbox is an organization that creates a supportive ecosystem for hardware entrepreneurs, granting SMEs, startups and entrepreneurs. It provides access to tools that would typically be beyond their reach, thereby creating a pipeline of inventors and invention-based businesses by removing the key constraints to developing innovative hardware products in Kenya.


Board Member The Mission of the Bankinter Innovation Foundation is to create sustainable wealth through innovation and entrepreneurship.

Since our founding in 2003, we have had form her vocation to be a groundbreaking model of contribution to society, dedicating our efforts to encourage innovation and entrepreneurship, as engines of creation of sustainable wealth, among all the agents active of our society, from entrepreneurs and senior managers, entrepreneurs to those that will be in the future, students.


Executive Director Ushahidi Inc. is non-profit tech company that specializes in developing free and open source software for information collection, visualization and interactive mapping.


Lemelson Foundation

Advisor The Lemelson Foundation uses the power of invention to improve lives, by inspiring and enabling the next generation of inventors and invention-based enterprises to promote economic growth in the US, and social and economic progress for the poor in developing countries.


ADVISOR Juliana advises BASF’s Board of Executive Directors on how to weave sustainability even more tightly into operations amongst other matters. The Stakeholder Advisory Council consists of various international experts from science and society.


Director The BRCK is a rugged, cloud managed, full-featured router with built in failover and programmable GPIO expansion. BRCK can connect to the internet through RJ47, GSM, Wifi Bridge, as well as Ethernet Over USB via the GPIO Breakout. It’s rugged build and cloud managed interface make it ideal for “away teams”, monitoring systems in remote locations, and businesses with challenging infrastructure.


Trustee Nairobi's Innovation Hub for the technology community is an open space for the technologists, investors, tech companies and hackers in the area. This space is a tech community facility with a focus on young entrepreneurs, web and mobile phone programmers, designers and researchers.


World Economic Forum Young Global Leader 2016

World Economic Forum Young Global Leader 2016 The Forum of Young Global Leaders is a unique and diverse community of the world’s most outstanding, next generation leaders. Bold, brave, action-oriented and entrepreneurial, these individuals commit a portion of their time to jointly shape a better future and thereby improve the state of the world.

Monte Carlo Woman of The Year 2016

Monte Carlo Woman of The Year Award 2016 Under The Honorary Presidency of HSH Princess Charlene of Monaco and Under the High PATRONAGE of HSH PRINCE ALBERT II, Juliana Rotich was honored for her work in Technology.


DLD Women Impact Award 2013 "We are proud to present this award to strong women who, using digital technologies, improve, enrich and even save people's lives by showing braveness and commitment," DLDwomen founder Steffi Czerny comments on the award, which was presented by Gabriele Zedlmayer, Vice President Global Social Innovation at Hewlett-Packard.

Zedlmayer: "Juliana Rotich is an exceptional individual - technologist, creator, innovator and an optimist who actually turns her visions into reality."

Social Entrepreneurship

Social Entrepreneur of the Year 2011 - Schwab Foundation World Economic Forum Social Entrepreneur of the Year 2011 - Schwab Foundation World Economic Forum The next chapter for Africa requires us to look both at the tremendous opportunities for economic growth, and the challenges the continent faces in being able to tap into this growth.

Social entrepreneurs, and their innovations promoting inclusive economic growth, are critical to improving the state of the world, and therefore the work we do at the World Economic Forum. - Hilde Schwab


Desmond Tutu

Associate Fellow

MIT Media Lab

Director's Fellow The fellows initiative is one way to open up the Lab up to the world, which will benefit both the fellows and the Lab community tremendously.

What all the fellows have in common is that they’re leaders in their fields, and that they embody the Lab's uniqueness, impact, and magic. -Joi Ito MIT Media Lab Director


Speaker · Senior Fellow · Co-curator and Co-host TEDxNairobi A proud TEDster and co-curator of TEDxNairobi, Juliana is passionate about inspiring others, sharing the changing African narrative and exploring how ideas and action can positively change our world.



Conference on the Future, Our World in 2030, Berlin – September 15th 2016

What Design Can Do, Amsterdam  – June 30th - July 1st 2016

24 Hrs Conference, Munich  – June 26 - 28th 2016

Google Zeitgeist,  London – May 22 - 24th 2016

Smart City Expo, Barcelona – November 19th 2015

MIT Media Lab Director's Fellow's, Boston  –  July 13th - 17th 2015

Global Digital Leaders, Berlin – June 15th 2015

Net Explorateur Forum with UNESCO, Paris – March 26th - 28th 2014

London School of Economics Africa Summit, London – April 5th 2014

Bloomberg New Energy Finance, New York – April 7th - 9th 2014

World Economic Forum on Africa, Abuja – May 6th - 9th 2014


Google Zeitgeist

Global Female Leaders

Femme de L'annee 2016

Monte - Carlo – 2016

All Things Digital WSJ D: Mobile

April 14th 2013

Clinton Global Initiative - Panel on Tech and Innovation Trends

September 23rd 2013

DLD Women

Munich – July 15th 2013

Stockholm Internet Forum

Stockholm – May 8th 2013

TEDGlobal 2013

Edinburgh – June 12th 2013

Wired for Change