Julie GichuruJulie Gichuru


Kenya

 

Occupational Information


Occupation: Journalism, TV, Entertainment

Occupational Position: TV Host and Media Executive

Professional History


Julie is a journalist and news anchor in Kenya. She currently hosts the Africa Leadership Dialogues, a syndicated current affairs program with a focus on African development and growth. She is also a TV host with East African broadcaster, Citizen TV. She also has a weekly prime time news and current affairs program, Sunday Live with Julie Gichuru.

In 2009 Julie conceptualized and hosted Fist to Five for Change, which facilitated reconciliation and healing for victims and perpetrators of post election violence in Kenya. She has also pioneered an wide number of television shows, from the first Kenyan investigative TV series, The Inside Story, to various current affairs shows including the celebrated post election peace specials Voices of Reason.

Projects


In 2010 Julie and her husband Anthony established the Footprints Africa Foundation to engage and support innovative youths with a passion for development. The foundation has launched a dynamic high school debate platform, the Great Debaters Contest, in partnership with youth organization, Jamhuri Peace Foundation, and it has facilitated the Natembea Campaign, which seeks to give every child in East Africa access to a decent pair of shoes and engages in education on good hygiene.

Qualifications


Julie has numerous awards and fellowships and has recently been recognized by Forbes Magazine as one of the top 20 Young Power Women in Africa.

Education


LLB Law - Cardiff Law School
MBA - Cardiff Business School. Both are part of the University of Wales.

Programs


2012 Archbishop Desmond Tutu Leadership Fellow

Featured News

Norman Smit
23 December 2017

Making a simple change can help realize one’s full potential. At TED Talent Search Lagos 2017 in Nigeria, Victoria Ohaeri describes the importance of changing her name to positively affect others' perceptions.  The 2016 Tutu Fellow tells her personal story about the effects of labeling, and how changing her name made all the difference.

Norman Smit
21 December 2017

Young farmers participating in a project started by 2017 Tutu Fellow Samuel Kariuki have had their first harvest and been paid for the fruits of their labour.  The new farmers in the agro-entrepreneurship Fort Hall Eye Project harvested two tons of beans. This green success is taking place in one of the most troubled counties in Kenya, where alcoholism has left almost no household unaffected.

Peter Wilson
21 December 2017

When nominations closed earlier this week, there were close to 300 really top quality nominations of emerging African leaders from across the continent for the 2018 Tutu Leadership Fellowship.  We were again impressed by the breadth of outstanding candidates who are applying for the Fellowship, reinforcing what we already know: that there is no shortage of excellent young leaders on the continent. 

Norman Smit
20 December 2017

The CEO of All On, 2015 Tutu Fellow Wiebe Boer is helping to build access to affordable sustainable energy for low income households, small business, and communities.  All On is an independent impact investing company.  As part of its approach it has also provided a grant to the acclaimed Nigerian tech incubator, Co-Creation Hub, to challenge Nigeria’s innovators on energy. Co-Creation Hub is run by 2017 Tutu Fellow 'Bosun Tijani.

A Selection of Tutu Leadership Fellows

About AFLI

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The African Leadership Institute (AFLI) is unique among leadership initiatives in that it focuses on building the capacity and capability of visionary and strategic leadership across the continent. Developing exceptional leaders representing all spheres of society, the Institute’s flagship programme is the prestigious Archbishop Tutu Leadership Fellowship. Offering a multifaceted learning experience and run in partnership with Oxford University, it is awarded annually to 20-25 carefully chosen candidates, nominated from across Africa. Alumni of the African Leadership Institute form a dynamic network of Fellows passionately committed to the continent’s transformation, bridging the divide between nations and ensuring that Africa is set centre-stage in global affairs.

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