I am the CEO at Ushahidi, where we help disadvantaged people raise their voice, and those who serve them to listen and respond better. We do this by building open source software that is the backbone of data management for community organizing, human rights reporting, crisis response, and government transparency. I was part of the founding team that built BRCK from within Ushahidi. BRCK aims to bring connectivity to the next 4 billion people.
In 2012 I was accepted into the first class of Presidential Innovation Fellows, working with the CTO’s office. There I worked on open data for international development. I stayed on after the fellowship as the first Chief Data Officer of USAID. I worked between The White House and USAID to develop tools and strategies for liberating data to fuel entrepreneurship and innovation to solve big problems around the world, you can read some more about it here. One of my most proud moments was that together the Fellows and our partners in The White House and in the Agencies helped to draft and get passed the Open Data Policy.
I find creativity in the intersection of disciplines, so at one point I also helped start a robotics company. Through 2013 I was the Chief Executive Officer of Fellow Robots.
I used to work for the Clinton Climate Initiative (CCI) throughout Asia and Australia, where I helped to craft business models that make clean energy financially feasible in emerging nations. I focused on solar in Malaysia, rural electrification in India, waste management in Indonesia, carbon capture and storage in Australia, and energy efficiency in Thailand.
I attended Singularity University's 2011 Graduate Studies Program at NASA Ames.
I live in that beautiful bay area on the East Coast of the Pacific Ocean.
Some random facts that result in good stories and highlight the things I admire most in other people:
I danced off Justin Timberlake in a reggae bar on Frenchman Street in New Orleans. - I admire incredible dance moves.
I meditated with the Dalai Lama at his home monastery in Mcleod Ganj. - I aspire to such wisdom.
I missed the Presidential Innovation Fellows meeting with President Obama because I was on my honeymoon in New Zealand, I think he would have approved. - I love my wife Sunisa.
I lived in a Zen monastery in Kyoto, Japan for three months. - I value compassion and empathy.