J ulie Gathoni Sumira Gichuru is a Kenyan Entrepreneur and Media Personality with investments in media, fashion retail and entertainment sectors. She is an Independent Director at Acumen Communication Limited and is a Fellow and trustee of the Africa Leadership Initiative EA.
Julie’s career in the media spans over the past 19 years and 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 Kenya Television Network to various current affairs shows at NTV (Kenya) including political and current affairs programs Showdown, On the Spot, You The Jury and The People’s Voice, the celebrated news program Sunday Live, peace and reconciliation program Fist to Five at Citizen TV and the celebrated post election peace special Voices of Reason. Through Arimus Media Limited Julie now oversees the production of quality African content such as Africa Leadership Dialogues, the Great Debaters Contest and entertainment series such as Maisha, Glam Show, Trading Bell, The Code and Shinda Washinde.
ulie is passionate about family, she is married to entrepreneur Anthony Gichuru. They have had 5 children. "Above all we have a responsibility to nurture and grow the younger generation and our primary role is vested in the family unit." Having had five children Julie is also passionate about maternal healthcare and is a former ambassador of the AMREF Stand Up for African Mothers campaign which seeks to train over 15,000 midwives across East Africa.
Julie has also been a UNICEF Ambassador for breast feeding.