Google Hires First African Employee

Joseph Mucheru has been named the new site lead for Google Kenya. This was whispered to be happening, but at today’s Google lunch at TEDGlobal the position was made official by Francoise Brougher, Director of Google Business Opportunities.

This is great news for East Africa and Google. They’re getting one of the true leaders in the ISP space, and someone who has a great deal of experience navigating the many difficult situations that arise in the African IT sector.

Below is a picture of Joseph talking with Russell Southwood (who writes the excellent Balancing Act emails)

Joseph Mucheru and Russell Southwood

(more pictures on Flickr)

Congratulations Joseph!

(Note: This is Google’s first sub-Saharan Africa employee, not counting a couple sales guys in SA)

70 thoughts on “Google Hires First African Employee

  1. Steven Kamau

    We used to call you space in London, Now you are google, how fitting. CONGRATULATIONS AND KEEP GOING

  2. Dan Nyamai

    have read, seen and heard al sorts of comment. My BIG pause to you Mucheru…revolutionise Kenya and more so East Africa..want to see detail with google kenya under your wing.Particulary mapping.

    Kudos.All the best.
    The time starts NOW!!

  3. Great work mucheru.but how will manage your job while at stanford

    Mucheru heading stanford. What of google job in nairobi

  4. George Mwangi

    Huts Off Mucheru.. Great minds makes great solutions if Wanachi Online grew that much under your stewardship then we are set for great things in Sub saharan Africa IT wise..
    Cheers Joe! You are truly a great African!
    Keep the light shining!
    G.Mwangi (Kericho – Nyeri)

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  8. Gichaga

    Mucheru,you are the man i thank God for you.I know it was not an easy road to be there. All the best we will join you soon. Enjoy Life


  9. joseph

    i am a BA (marketing) graduate from united states international university. want to know are there job opportunities in google kenya or else where and how do i apply. please reply.

  10. joseph

    i am a BA (marketing) graduate from united states international university. want to know are there job opportunities in google-kenya or google-elsewhere and how can i apply? please reply.

  11. Dan Nyamai

    Since my last comment a year ago ‘Dan Nyamai 04.17.08 at 11:17 am” yes i can attest the immense improvement in Google mapping…now i can trace my grandma right from shaggs to my pals all over the world.
    The most interesting bit is am able identify and find my way around from within the country to immediate borders..i love Google…i can plan my drive aways confidently!!! Keep up the good work!!

  12. alex


    Congratulations for the splendid job you are doing at google. Keep it up. Best regards.

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