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Juliana Rotich is a serial tech entrepreneur, keynote speaker, and strategic advisor based in Nairobi, Kenya.

Juliana enjoys forging powerful partnerships to accomplish transformational projects and provide opportunities for innovators in East Africa. Her personal mission is to make things, fix problems, and help others. Wherever technology and science 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, science education, and Learning Lions in Turkana. Her leadership purpose is to foster inclusive, collaborative, high-performance tech teams to have a positive impact in the world.

She is a venture partner with Atlantica Ventures.

Co-founded Boya Ltd, A Fintech company.

She Co-founded BRCK Inc, a hardware and services technology company formed to realize a vision for enabling communication in low infrastructure environments by developing useful, innovative, and exciting hardware-centered technologies in Kenya.

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 population reach. She was instrumental in increasing business development revenue and philanthropic capital into Ushahidi and its related initiatives like iHub & Gearbox. She worked in the telecommunications and data warehousing industry.

She is a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader, an alum of MIT Media Lab Director’s Fellows, TED Senior Fellow, and serves on the boards of Standard Media Group, Safaricom Money Transfer Service Ltd, Mookh Africa, Blue Consulting, and Kenya’s Vision 2030. She currently sits on the advisory council for Lemelson Foundation.

She was the East Africa Country Cluster Head and Managing Director for BASF East Africa Ltd. till December 31st, 2018.
Juliana served as Senior Advisor for Africa Technology Ventures (ATV) and was also a trustee of the Bankinter Foundation for Entrepreneurship and Innovation in Spain till the end of 2019.



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)



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.

Desmond Tutu

Associate Fellow



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



Digitalization as a "Job Engine" in Africa? – Thursday, 20 May 2021, 3:00 to 4:30 pm (CEST) 4:00 to 5:30 (EAT)

German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and German Africa Foundation, Invest for Jobs (Special Initiative on Training and Job Creation)Business Partner Africa – New Chances through the AfCFTA  – June 8, 2021, from 10:45 to 12:15 CEST 11:45 to 13:15 EAT

Moderated by the Afrika-Verein. Panel discussion with German business representatives as well as German Ambassadors in Africa, representatives of the AU and German businesses with an interest in Africa as well as from the scientific community. I Will be presenting my perspective on African entrepreneurs concerning the realization of AfCFTA (African Continental Free Trade Area) –


Clinton Global Initiative - Panel on Tech and Innovation Trends

September 23rd 2013

DLD women

Munich – July 15th 2013

Wired for change

TEDGlobal 2013

Edinburgh – June 12th 2013

Stockholm Internet Forum

Stockholm – May 8th 2013

World Economic Forum

Africa – May 8th 2013

All Things Digital WSJ D: Mobile

April 14th 2013