Ory Okollo, Google Executive and Founder of Ushahidi, Kenya Twitter Handle: @kenyanpundit Followers: 44,968
Currently based in South Africa, Kenyan Ory Okolloh is a passionate open-government activist, and highly trained lawyer, who currently holds the position of Policy Manager for Africa with Google. When Kenya was engulfed in violence following a disputed presidential election in 2007, Okolloh created Ushahidi (Swahili for Witness), a website that combines Google mapping with eye-witness reports. This innovative technology has since been adapted to monitor elections in other countries, including Mexico and India; track violence in Congo, and map post-earthquake crisis in Haiti. Prior to launching Ushahidi, Okolloh created Mzalendo, a website that facilitated Kenyans in tracking the activities of their representatives in parliament. Mzalendo closely monitors and analyses every bill, speech and Member of Parliament that passes through Kenyaâ€™s parliament, promoting much needed transparency and accountability.