PROFILE

Dr Ochuodho is Global Chairperson, Kenya Diaspora Alliance (KDA). He is Senior Advisor, Ministry of Telecommunications & Postal Services, Republic of South Sudan (RSS). Among his notable contributions are historic acquisitions of the special number that signifies year of independence, and Internet code (+211 and .ss). In 2010, he received the African Internaut Award from the Commonwealth Telecommunications Organization (CTO/RSS). Previously, he was Executive Chairman of the African Regional Centre for Computing (ARCC) and Grand Jury Member of the World Summit Awards (WSA-WSIS). He has supervised one or more ICT projects in over 40 African countries, and beyond. He served as Special ICT Advisor to the Ministry of Infrastructure, Government of Rwanda. In 2007 he received the Kenya Community Abroad (KCA) Excellence Award for pioneering Internet and ICTs in the region. He has over 30 years of experience in the ICT field, in private sector, civil society, academia and public service. He served as CEO of strategic state corporations in Rwanda and Kenya, and was a Member of Kenya’s 10th Parliament, Chairing the Communications Sub-committee that was instrumental in the development and passage of the Kenya Communications Act – which revolutionized the telecommunications sector in Kenya. He has consulted for various UN and other International Agencies as well as world leading firms like British Telecoms (BT), Telecom Australia (now Telestra), CSELT-Italy, Microsoft, MultiChoice, etc KDA is a Federation of 41 registered Kenyan Diaspora organizations with a combined nominal membership of about 250,000 Kenyans across the world.

He has previously been a Senior Lecturer at Kenyatta and Nairobi Universities, and also served as External Examiner in Computer Science for the University of Zimbabwe. While at Kenyatta University, where he started the Computer Science Department, he led a team that, together with the World Bank, conceived the “African Virtual University (AVU)”. In 2000, he was voted “Father of Internet in Kenya” by the Computer Society of Kenya (CSK). In 2005, he earned the “Industry Pioneers Award” from AfricaOnline for Internet development and promotion in Africa. In February 2014, he was admitted into Kenya’s Hall of Fame by the ICT industry. He is author of the book Dawn of a Rainbow (2012), and has published extensively. His passion for Diaspora spans 3 decades from 1980’s when they co-founded the 1st Global Association of Kenya Diaspora, in 2001 when he co-sponsored the “Dual Citizenship” bill in parliament, right through to 2015 when he led 3 others to Supreme Court victory to secure Diaspora voting rights.

He holds an MSc in Electrical Engineering from the University of Nairobi, a PhD in Software Engineering from the University of York, UK, and a Honorary LLD from Marlboro College, Vermont, USA for “Entrepreneurship development, politics and innovation”. He is a past recipient of Fellowships from the German Academic Exchange Programme (DAAD), the Overseas Development Agency (now UKAid), the American Maths Society (AMS) for a 3-month Post-doctoral program at the University of California, Berkeley, USA, and the US National Science Foundation (NSF) for introducing and stimulating Internet in East Africa.