Ms. Dorcas Muthoni

Degree of Doctor Honoris Causa (Pompeu Fabra University (UPF)-Barcelona) | World Economic
Forum Global Council Member on Technology Values and Policy | Internet Hall of
Fame Inductee | World Economic Forum Young Global Leader| Top 40 Under 40 Women 2014
in Kenya | Anita Borg Institute for Women and Technology’s Change Agent award winner |
Women’s Forum Rising Talent |
Ms. Dorcas Muthoni, an entrepreneur and computer scientist, is the CEO and
founder of OPENWORLD LTD (, a software company she started at the age
of 24 years. OPENWORLD is now a leading e-Government and Business Software Services firm in
the Eastern Africa region.
OPENWORLD has been involved in the delivery of some most widely used web and cloud
applications in Africa such as ARIS, an African Union reporting application used by all the 54
member states, Performance Management System for the Government of Kenya automating
performance contracting in the public sector and OpenBusiness, a revolutionary cloud/mobile SME
onmichannel retail trade platform.
Muthoni is also the founder of a mentorship and capacity building initiative for women in computing
across Africa, AfChix,. Since the year 2004, in Kenya and across other countries, AfChix activities
have included, organizing annual Computing Career Conferences with a special emphasis on
encouraging the uptake of computing careers amongst young women and high school girls;
continuous career development for technical women as well role modeling to upcoming women in
computer science. This passion and involvement has christened her as a role model for the women
and girl folk in the African community.
Muthoni has been on the board of directors several global tech companies including Ushahidi and
Enset. Through her day to day work as an entrepreneur and computer scientist, Muthoni seeks to
see technology positively transforming the lives of the African society, governments and
She is married to Joseph, with two daughters Miranda and Veronica.