Robert Karanja

Director, Beneficial Technology

As a director on the Beneficial Technology team, Robert leads the team’s work in Africa with a special focus on the evolution of digital identification, including privacy, user value and control, and security.

Prior to joining Omidyar Network, Robert led Safaricom PLC’s responsible business leadership function. In this role, he pioneered the firm’s engagement with global business leaders and built the B Team Africa cohort that focuses on building a more equitable Africa. Previously, Robert led the Africa Growth and Opportunity Act program at USAID East Africa, and curated Southern Africa’s first craft export market development program. He has been a Kiva fellow and a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Future Council on the Humanitarian System. Robert is currently the chair of B Lab East Africa and a member of the Select Africa board.

Robert received an MBA in strategic management from Moi University and a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Northern British Columbia.