Ory is the perfect example of defying the odds, not letting your surroundings or your background define you and most importantly, maintaining a mind of your own. Ory travels a lot as a conference speaker, a feat that is not easy to complete with work and family demands on her plate, but she will still make that trip halfway across the world to speak to ensure that there is diversity of opinion and in the hope of encouraging other women to step out as well. She is passionate about women, about Africa, about transparency and accountability in politics… she makes it her mission not to give aid but to support African entrepreneurs and citizens in building their own societies.
The mother of three, popularly known as the Kenyan Pundit online also co-founded Mzalendo, the parliamentary watchdog site, and co-founded Ushahidi, an online service for crowd mapping data. The TED Fellow was also a Policy Manager for Africa at Google, worked as a legal consultant for several NGOs, has worked at Covington and Burling, the Kenya National Commission on Human Rights and the World Bank.