5 Kenyan Journalists Making Waves Moderating Global Events

  • FROM LEFT: A collage image of Julie Gichuru, Georgie Ndirangu and Anne Kiguta.
    FROM LEFT: A collage image of Julie Gichuru, Georgie Ndirangu and Anne Kiguta.
  • Kenyan journalists have continued to shine in the global sphere, with the top stars recognised for their talent and professionalism. 

    Many organisations have tapped into the Kenyan market to pick some of the crème de la crème in the industry to headline their functions. 

    Here is a list of Kenyan journalists who have made a name for themselves on the international scene by moderating key events. 

    An Image of Former BBC Journalist George Ndirangu.
    An Image of Former BBC Journalist Georgie Ndirangu.

    Georgie Ndirangu

    Over the last couple of years, the former British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) journalist has landed lucrative opportunities moderating international events.

    Ndiragu- who started his career as a data intern at the National Hospital Insurance Fund (NHIF) in 2011 has shared the stage with prominent leaders in the political and business industry.

    He is one of the journalists who moderated various forums during the just-concluded Commonwealth Head of Governments Meeting (CHOGM).

    His numerous events have seen him nicknamed 'the global moderator' among his colleagues and fans.

    "Can’t keep calm. I waited almost 2 years for this week! The Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting, 3 days of hosting and moderating. A huge opportunity for Georgie hosts. Wish me luck. 

    "Thanks for gassing me up when we first introduced the title “Global Moderator” looks like it’s caught on," he stated before the start of the event.

    Ndirangu has also been a moderator of YouthConnekt in Rwanda and the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa for close to 4 years.

    Anne Kiguta

    Despite keeping a low profile after leaving K24 in 2020, the former news anchor has moderated several international events following her departure from the media.

    Similar to Ndirangu, Kiguta was among the few journalists moderating the commonwealth leaders' meeting in Rwanda.

    Other organisations the former KTN anchor has hosted events for include the United Nations (UN).

    Julie Gichuru

    Just like Ndirangu and Kiguta, the former Citizen TV journalist was one of the moderators in the just concluded commonwealth event.

    Gichuru, currently working at Mastercard Foundations is arguably one of the most decorated moderators in the country.

    She has hosted world leaders such as Jack Ma and former Nigeria President Olusegun Obasanjo and moderated events organised by YouthConnekt, and World Bank among others.

    Media personality Julie Gichuru poses for a photo.
    Media personality Julie Gichuru poses for a photo.

    Larry Madowo

    BBC journalist, Lary Madowo's career in event moderation has risen over the years, hosting global leaders in economic forums such as the World Economic Forum (WEF) organised by the World Bank.

    The former NTV journalist has experience hosting several economic forums and also has a master's degree in Business and Economics.

    His expertise has also earned him opportunities to feature in some of the global forums as a speaker such as the WEF in 2020.

    "He was named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum in 2020 and was ranked among the Most Influential Africans 2018 by NewAfrican Magazine. He is an international correspondent, broadcaster, and writer whose career has included stints in New York, Nairobi, London, and Johannesburg.

    "Madowo was a Knight-Bagehot Fellow in Business and Economics Journalism at Columbia University, where he earned a master's degree." the World bank stated then.

    Other events that the former NTV journalist has moderated include the African CEO Forum.

    Jeff Koinange 

    Famed for his trademark golden-goose voice, Jeff has moderated high-profile international events. 

    The Citizen TV anchor has hosted several events such as the Atlantic Dialogues organised by the Policy Center for the New South and the African Green Revolution Forum.

    Renowned journalist Jeff Koinange at the Citizen TV studios
    Renowned journalist Jeff Koinange at the Citizen TV studios
    Jeff Koinange