Rosemary Okello Orlale is a program officer in the foundation's Kenya office. She has supported efforts to promote the public media sphere as a platform to give voice and visibility to marginalized people, as well as to add diverse perspectives to everyday struggles for social change while simultaneously transforming alternative media into a critical and cohesive voice of civil society. A principal focus of her grant making has been to encourage the development of content infrastructure.
Rosemary came to the foundation in 2013 with more than 20 years of experience and expertise in communication, media, gender, and development communications within the mainstream media, government, the private sector, United Nations-affiliated organizations, and nongovernmental organizations in Africa.
Rosemary has also helped catalyze the development of key institutions dedicated to improving the policy environment, regulatory framework, and professionalism of the sector, among them the Media Council of Kenya, African Editors' Forum, Kenya Correspondents Association, Kenya Editors Guild, and Media Diversity Centre.
Rosemary has developed communications strategies for programs of such organizations as UNICEF, UN Women, the United Nations Development Programme, the Aga Khan Development Network, the Ministry of East African Community, and Amnesty International-Kenya. She also was part of the team that developed the communications strategy for the Kenyan government and, more recently, the foundation's Tuvuke Initiative.
In 1994, Rosemary helped co-found the African Woman and Child Features Service (AWC) then served as its executive director. AWC has enhanced and promoted diversity, gender equity, social justice, and development in Africa through media training, research, and policy analysis.
Rosemary holds a postgraduate diploma in journalism from the London School of Journalism and another in population studies from the University of Nairobi. She received a master's degree in communications from the University of Leicester.