About Juliana


Juliana Rotich is Executive Director of Ushahidi Inc and responsible for the overall management of Ushahidi, partnerships and support of the Ushahidi team. She has worked in the telecommunications industry for over ten years and has extensive experience in Data Warehousing. Juliana is a TED Senior Fellow, an MIT Media Lab Director's Fellow and is Chair for the World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council on Data Driven Development.

She is recognized by Fortune Magazine as 2014 50 Global Leaders and as the Social Entrepreneur of the Year 2011 by The World Economic Forum. She is sought after internationally as an expert and commentator on Africa, Technology, innovation, mobile technology, open source, data ecosystems, crowdsourcing and participatory systems.

Her mission in life is to make things, fix problems and help others. Wherever technology can help to do these three things, she is happiest figuring out that intersection. She is fascinated by technology ecosystems globally.


English, Swahili

TED Conferences

TEDGlobal 2014, TEDWomen 2013, TEDGlobal 2013, TEDGlobal 2012, TED2012, TED2011, TEDGlobal 2010, TED2010, TED2009, TEDGlobal 2007

Areas of Expertise

Software Development Management, Environmentalism, Computing/IT, Technology Ecosystems, Crowdsourcing, open source business/technology

An idea worth spreading

Extending connectivity to the edges, and providing data to responders at the right time so that they can act and help in crisis.

I'm passionate about

African Tech, open source, citizen sensing, Solar energy, Space and gadgets. I enjoy world music, art and architecture.

Talk to me about

Africa, Building Things, Technology Ecosystems

My TED story

Juliana Rotich is Executive Director of Ushahidi Inc. Ushahidi is a global organization that empowers people to make a serious impact with open source technologies, cross-sector partnerships, and ground-breaking ventures.

Juliana has worked in the telecommunications and data warehousing industry for over ten years. She is originally from Kenya, with a Computer Science degree from the University of Missouri, Kansas City. She is a Technologist, African Futurist and TED Senior Fellow. 

She met her collaborators through TEDGlobal 2007 in Arusha and she's been working with them since in a very non-linear path that she is grateful to TED and The Internet for.

Favorite talks

Comments & conversations

Juliana Rotich
Posted over 3 years ago
If you could make a wish on behalf of The City 2.0, what would it be?
My wish is that the City 2.0 encompasses the voices and ideas from the citizens of the city. That they are engaged on how they can help deal with the many environmental and social problems that come with urbanization. As part of the Ushahidi team we are happy to help provide a channel (software) to engage citizens with various channels. Be it twitter, mashups, apps or simple SMS. To borrow Adam Greenfield's words 'You are the City' http://urbanscale.org Best, Juliana http://www.ushahidi.com/