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MASSACHUSETTS INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY Legatum Center for Development & Entrepreneurship


The Legatum Center supports entrepreneurs all around the world through the fellowship, seed grant, Zambezi Prize and Open Mic programs.

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Juliet Wanyiri

Mastercard Foundation & Jacobs Foundation 2017 - 2019
SDM, Sloan School of Management and School of Engineering

Juliet runs Foondi Workshops, an African product design and technology company that aims to build the local design and engineering skillset through collaborative design workshops. The vision behind Foondi’s technology programs is to fill the skills gap between the needs of technology companies in Africa against the skills offering from young professional and recent university graduates.

Foondi’s work expands across Kenya, Uganda, and Burundi where her company has engaged over 400 young Africans on the use of design and technology to develop innovative solutions that address challenges in transport, energy, healthcare, and security. The outcomes of these workshops have been solutions around healthcare, clean energy, weather monitoring, wearable technology, and security solutions which employ design, electronics, AI, and the internet of things (IoT).

Prior to Foondi, Juliet worked as an Operations System Support (OSS) engineer at Nokia Networks, where she was involved in deploying cutting-edge GSM, WCDMA and LTE technologies in numerous Sub-Saharan countries. Traveling across the African continent, Juliet gained first-hand exposure to the impact technology has not only in the telecommunications sector, but also the critical role it plays in Africa’s development agenda.

Through her work at Foondi, Juliet was selected to join the first cohort of the Stanford FabLearn Fellows and the IDIN Workshop Fellowship. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Electrical and Information from the University of Nairobi in Nairobi, Kenya. She is a second year graduate student pursuing a Master of Science in Integrated Design and Management (IDM) – a joint program between the MIT School of Engineering and Sloan School of Management.