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Enterprise Innovators: Innovating in local languages for Africa

Lori Thicke

Denis Gikunda is the senior program manager for African localization for the internet search giant Google. Localization lies on the critical path for Google’s strategy for Africa: getting more users online by creating a vibrant internet ecosystem that is relevant, useful and, most of all, accessible to Africans. Gikunda manages the African languages program from Google’s offices in a high-rise in Nairobi, Kenya.

Thicke: Can you tell us what brought you to Google Africa?

Gikunda: After spending nearly eight years in Canada, studying at McGill University and working for Electronic Arts, I chose to move back to my home country, Kenya, to take up a localization role at Google. As a software engineering and entrepreneurship major in the new millennium period, I had a natural inclination ...

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Above excerpt taken from the March 2012 issue of MultiLingual published by MultiLingual Computing, Inc., 319 North First Avenue, Suite 2, Sandpoint, Idaho 83864-1495 USA, 208-263-8178, Fax: 208-263-6310. Subscribe

March, 2012