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Robert Karanja

Co-Develop Senior Director

Robert leads Co-Develop’s investments and strategic partnerships in Africa working closely with the global investments team.

Robert is passionate about responsible technology and previously led the Omidyar Network’s portfolio of investments in Digital Identity. At Omidyar his investment strategy included working closely with governments, multilateral agencies, civil society, and research institutions that explored exciting areas of work, including encrypted messaging platforms, data privacy, digital rights, digital transformation, and e-government.

Robert also currently serves as an Advisory Council Member for California State University’s Cybersecurity Program. The council works collaboratively to provide constructive feedback and strategic direction to guide quality improvement and assess program efficacy. He serves on various boards including B Lab East Africa and Select Africa Limited where he provides strategic and advisory oversight to both organizations.

Robert holds an MBA in Strategic Management from Moi University and a BCom in Entrepreneurship from the University of Northern British Columbia. In his spare time Robert is an avid golfer, ice hockey fan, and loves spending time with his sons.