Founder, Professor
True Africa, Harvard Kennedy School

Claude Grunitzky is the founder of TRACE and TRUE Africa, a media tech platform championing young African voices all over the world. In 2017, TRUE Africa was funded by Google’s Digital News Initiative. In 2003, Grunitzky and two business partners completed a multimillion-dollar financing deal led by Goldman Sachs Group. As a result, the TRACE brand is now being leveraged globally across various television, event and interactive platforms. TRACE, which now reaches an audience of more than 200 million people across 160 countries, was successfully sold to a French investor group in 2010. Grunitzky was raised between Lomé, Togo; Washington, DC; Paris and London. These foreign interactions shaped his transcultural philosophy and informed the creative energy of his media and communications ventures. Grunitzky is a Hauser Leader and Visiting Social Innovator at the Harvard Kennedy School’s Social Innovation and Change Initiative.