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Julie Gichuru


Julie Gichuru is a media personality and entrepreneur with investments across media, ICT, 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, she also hosts the pan African television show Africa Leadership Dialogues. Julie's career in the media over the past 17 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 including political and current affairs programs Showdown, On the Spot, You the Jury and The People's Voice, which all aired on NTV. Julie conceptualized the ground breaking news program Sunday Live and the feted 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 for which Julie was awarded the Martin Luther King Salute to Greatness. 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 as well as a vast array of entertainment, lifestyle and education content. The Footprints Africa Foundation (FAF) has been established by Julie and Anthony 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. Footprints Africa Foundation has supported a number of key initiations including the Natembea Campaign, focused on health and hygiene awareness for children. The campaign has distributed over 3000 shoes to children in underprivileged areas. 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.