Juliana Rotich

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Rotich in 2017

Juliana Rotich is an information technology professional who has developed web tools for crowdsourcing crisis information and coverage of topics related to the environment.[1] She is the head of East Africa Country Cluster for BASF. She is also a trustee of Bankinter Foundation for Entrepreneurship and Innovation in Spain, as well as a board member of Standard Media Group and the Kenya Vision 2030 Delivery Board.


Rotich is from Kenya. She has a degree in information technology from the University of Missouri, and has worked in the IT industry for over ten years.

Until September 2015, Rotich was the Executive Director for Ushahidi, an Open-source software project which uses crowdsourced geolocation, mobile phone, and web reporting data to provide crisis reporting and information. [2] "Ushahidi" is the Swahili word for "testimony." Ushahidi was first put into practice during the Kenyan presidential election crisis of 2007-8; it has since been used in Chile, Japan, New Zealand, Australia, Pakistan, Tanzania, and Haiti.[3]

As a blogger, Rotich has authored articles on Afrigadget.com, acted as Environmental Editor of Global Voices Online, and participated in the TED Global conference in Arusha in 2007. As a public speaker, she is known for her commentary on technology in Africa and voicing concerns about the loss of indigenous forest and water catchment areas in Kenya. She is a Senior TED Fellow.[4][5]

In 2014, Rotich presented at the annual Design Indaba Conference in Cape Town.[6] From 2014 until 2015, she served on United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon's Independent Expert Advisory Group on the Data Revolution for Sustainable Development, co-chaired by Enrico Giovannini and Robin Li.[7]

In 2017 Rotich participated in the W20 summit in Berlin, Germany and took part in a panel discussion together with Chancellor Angela Merkel, IMF director Christine Lagarde, Queen Máxima of the Netherlands, Canadian minister of foreign affairs Chrystia Freeland, Ivanka Trump and others, representing BRCK. [8]


In 2011, Rotich was named Schwab Foundation Social Entrepreneur of the Year in Africa by the World Economic Forum.[9]

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Juliana Rotich: Meet BRCK, Internet access built for Africa, TED Talks, June 2013


  1. ^ TED Speaker: Juliana Rotich
  2. ^ Juliana Rotich (2015-09-11). "Juliana Rotich". Nairobi: Ushahidi. Retrieved 2016-09-28.
  3. ^ Patrick Barkham (2011-03-08). "Juliana Rotich". London: The Guardian. Retrieved 2011-10-14.
  4. ^ "Ushahidi". Archived from the original on 2011-10-07. Retrieved 2011-10-13.
  5. ^ "Juliana Rotich". The TED Fellows Directory. Retrieved 2012-11-04.
  6. ^ Design Indaba Conference 2014
  7. ^ Independent Expert Advisory Group Members The UN Secretary General's Independent Expert Advisory Group on a Data Revolution for Sustainable Development.
  8. ^ W20 summit in Germany 2017
  9. ^ Africa's Leading Social Entrepreneurs to be Awarded at World Economic Forum in Africa.

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