Ms Julie Gichuru
Entrepreneur and media personality with investments in media, fashion retail and entertainment sectors
Julie Gichuru is an entrepreneur and media personality with investments in media, fashion retail and entertainment sectors. Julie is an Independent Director on the Boards of Brand KENYA Board and Acumen Communications Ltd and is a Fellow and Trustee of the Africa Leadership Initiative EA.
Julie’s career in the media over the past 15 years has seen her work across the fields of broadcast, print and digital media. Julie has also pioneered an impressive number of television shows, from the first Kenyan investigative TV series, The Inside Story on KTN to various current affairs shows at NTV including political and current affairs programs Showdown, On the Spot, You The Jury and The People’s Voice, and the celebrated news program Sunday Live and peace and reconciliation program Fist to Five at Citizen TV. Also included in this list is the celebrated post election peace specials Voices of Reason. Through ARIMUS Media Limited Julie now oversees the production of quality African content such as Africa Leadership Dialogues, high school debate platform Great Debaters Contest and entertainment series Maisha.
The Footprints Africa Foundation (FAF) has been established by Anthony and Julie Gichuru to help empower and grow healthy, dignified and informed societies in the region. FAF
believes in giving people a chance to make a mark, to leave a footprint of positivity on the world. Website: www.footprintafrica.org
Julie is passionate about family, she is married to entrepreneur Anthony Gichuru. They have had 5 children.
“Above all we have a responsibility to nurture and grow the younger generation and our primary role is vested in the family unit.”
Media Training for Elections & Conflict & Crisis
• 18 years career in media at the forefront of key moments of crisis, transformation and change in Kenya.
• Recognition and awards for peace reportage and building cohesion, positive community action amongst and across communities.
• Media management and training during key moments of instability
• Julie Gichuru has a vast experience in handling media, exercising utmost responsibility during moments of crisis and a thorough understanding of issues of governance and citizen responsibility.
Julie Gichuru created the show Voices of Reason as an immediate response to the post election violence in Kenya in 2007/8. The show called for immediate secession of violence and peace building within communities. As a result of this show Julie won the Martin Luther King Jr Salute to Greatness Award and was nominated to the Africa Leadership initiative and the Aspen Global Leadership Network.
Following the establishment of the coalition government, in an effort to build understanding and cohesion between warring communities Julie studied the Fist to Five model of community mediation utilized in Rwanda after the 1994 genocide. This model was utilized in the development and implementation of the post election peace and reconciliation television specials supported by DFID and aired on Citizen TV, Fist to Five for Change. Communities that took part in the process found significant healing and restoration over a process of dialogues and deliberations. Julie hails this as one of the most impactful works of her career.
In the 2005 and 2010 referendum Gichuru presented critical talk shows on the content of the proposed foundations of law. Her law degree and MBA have proven critical towards providing a more informed and holistic discussion on matters of law. Ahead of the announcement of the ICC list of suspects Julie supported and conducted media training
along with the NCIC and United Nations to enhance the capacity, awareness and willingness of journalists to abide by an ethical code of practice. This training incorporated most mainstream media houses and vernacular readily stations.
“There is an urgent need to provide training to multiple media platforms which have developed in this digital era. In particular, urgent training is required for media on social media platforms and vernacular radio stations. This is a matter of urgency.” Julie Gichuru played a driving role within a core multimedia team that conceptualized,
managed and executed the Presidential Debates ahead of the 2013 General Elections, commended globally for professionalism.
DIGITAL VIDEO BLOG
In an effort to engage the larger public in meaningful, productive conversations, Julie launched a weekly v-log where she shares her thoughts on an array of issues affecting our society. Her inaugural v-log was focused on the boy child and her advise to the boys was to protect their seed. The V-log attracted over 150k views in the digital space. This platform has proven to be very effective in engaging the youths whose main source of information is the digital media Related Educational Background LLB Law, University of Wales Cardiff, elective in Civil Liberties and Human Rights MBA, University of Wales Cardiff Leadership, Society, Globalization & Africa modules, Aspen Institute Challenges of African Leadership & African Leadership in a Global Context, Archbishop Desmond Tutu Fellowship, Stellenbosch/Oxford University, Said Business School Study of Leadership and Globalization, Harvard Kennedy School, Harvard.
Recognitions, Awards & Fellowships
Martin Luther King Salute to Greatness 2008
Julie is the first African woman to receive the Martin Luther King Salute to Greatness for advocacy of non violence following the 2007 election in Kenya. Fellow of the Africa Leadership Initiative & Aspen Global Leadership Network 2008
Young Lobal Leader
Julie was declared a Young Lobal Leader by the World Economic Forum in 2010. Order of the Grand Warrior She was awarded the Order of the Golden Warrior for her contribution towards nation building by President Mwai Kibaki in 2011.
Archbishop Desmond Tutu Leadership Program
Julie was nominated as a Fellow of the Archbishop Desmond Tutu Leadership Program otherwise known as Tutu’s Children in 2013. Top 20 Young Power Women in Africa Julie was recognized by Forbes Magazine as one of the top 20 Young Power Women in Africa.
60 Most Influential African Women in the World
Julie has also been recognized in the Women in Enterprise (WIE) list of 60 most influential African women in the world. Julie Gichuru is an alumni of the Harvard Kennedy School and Oxford University’s Saïd Business School.
Dr Solange Hakiba
Deputy DG, Rwanda Social Security Board
Dr. Belay Begashaw
Director General, SDG Africa Centre
Mr. Jithu Jose
Senior Group General Manager, Apollo Hospitals Group
Part of Apollo Hospitals Group’s core team which handles the hospital chains engagements in over 120 countries. With over a decade of experience in International healthcare services, Mr. Jithu has been instrumental in global alliances for the hospital chain across Africa, Middle East and South Asia. His career milestones includes signing up for the group with over 7 governments and setting up the tele –health services in the Sultanate of Oman, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Myanmar and onsite clinical engagements in over 35 countries. An invited resource to various international forums, Mr.Jithu Jose represented the healthcare segment in Indian Prime Minister’s Sri Lanka delegation in 2015 and represented India in the Beijing Medical Travel Summit. He has pioneered various engagements across Africa including governmental agreements on healthcare referrals, onsite medical outreach programs, onsite surgery program, international insurance agreements, NGO tie-ups and Online Second medical opinion services.
Mr. Jose has also co-authored – International Insurance and Medical Travel-Industry in India for Institute of Chartered Financial Analyst of India University.
International Travel Insurance Journal – Indian Scenario
Designation: Group Head- International Patients Division (MENA Region & South Asia)
Graduation- Economics- Mahatma Gandhi University, Kerala, India
Masters In Business Administration – University of Pune.
International Business – Indian Institute of Management- Ahmedabad
Professional Memberships/ Association:
1. Member Confederation of Indian Industries- Healthcare Chapter
2. Advisor – Catholic Secretariat –Healthcare ( Tamil Nadu- India)
3. Advisor- Global Tele Medicine Services – Bangladesh
4. Advisor- University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital, Nigeria – Cardiac Services
5. Panel Member- Save A Child’s Heart Initiative – Apollo ( For Africa / South Asia)
Dr. Peter Okebukola
Associate Partner, McKinsey & Co
Peter Okebukola is an Associate Principal at McKinsey & Company. He leads McKinsey’s healthcare work in Nigeria and West Africa and is a leader in McKinsey’s Global Health, Health and Health Care Systems and Pharmaceuticals and Medical Products Practices. He is an expert in topics related to universal healthcare, supply chain management, public-private partnerships, immunization finance and government strategy, operational improvement and organizational change.
Prior to joining McKinsey, Peter has worked as a physician, consultant to large organizations including the Pan-American Health Organization and the US Department of Health and Human Services, in the public sector at the National Health Insurance Scheme in Nigeria and as a researcher at the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory and Centre for Communication Programs in Baltimore, Maryland.
A graduate of Johns Hopkins University, Harvard University and the University of Lagos, Peter is a physician who holds a PhD in Health Economics and Finance and an MBA.