Julie Gichuru

Group Digital Business Manager, Royal Media Services

Membership:  Class of 2008 (2nd Liberation)

Julie is responsible for spearheading RMS’s move towards establishing a global presence through the internet and raising revenue through digital platforms. Julie is also pursuing other commercial opportunities including syndication of shows produced by RMS. At RMS Julie will produce several new television shows some of which she will host. Previously Julie was Current Affairs Editor, News Anchor and Talk Show Host at NTV, Nation Media Group where she was in charge of all editorial content of current affairs programs as well as current affairs elements of the news.

Other roles included news anchoring and hosting one of Kenya’s leading talk shows, On the Spot. During her tenure at NTV Julie launched a number of Kenya’s best rated talk shows, including The Fourth Estate, Showdown, You the Jury, The People’s voice and the celebrated post election specials Voices of Reasons. The central theme of these shows was to hold leadership in Kenya accountable, encourage transparency and promote the concept of equity in the country. Before joining NTV Julie was a reporter and News Anchor at KTN, The Standard Group, where she launched Kenya’s first investigative series The Inside Story. The ground-breaking show focused on corruption and crime and highlighted injustices and inequity in Kenya society with a view to creating real change.

Julie is the first African woman to receive the Martin Luther King Salute to Greatness Award for Advocacy of Active Non-Violence and Peace. She has received awards for excellence from Daystar University and this year was a recipient of the Eve of Peace Award from University of Nairobi. She also serves on Advisory Board for the Tangaza College (Catholic University) Men’s Initiative on Gender Violence and HIV/AIDS. Julie is a role model to many young Kenyans, particularly young girls, and engages in several mentoring efforts with schools and universities. For the past two years Julie has been an active moderator and participant at the World Economic Forum on Africa and is a firm believer in the new dawn for the continent. Julie earned an MBA from Cardiff Business School, University of Wales, Cardiff and LLB Law from Cardiff Law School, University of Wales, Cardiff.

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