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About the Authors

Claire Díaz-Ortiz

Claire Díaz-Ortiz is an author, speaker and technology innovator who has been named one of the 100 Most Creative People in Business by Fast Company. Claire was an early employee at Twitter, where she still works, and over the years has been called everything from “a mover and shaker” (Mashable) and “The Woman Who Got the Pope on Twitter” (Wired) to a “Force for Good“ (Forbes) and “One of the Most Generous People in Social Media” (Fast Company). She is the author of several books, including Twitter for Good: Change the World One Tweet at a Time.  She is a frequent international speaker on social media, business and innovation and writes a popular business blog at ClaireDiazOrtiz.com. Claire holds an MBA from Oxford University, and a BA and an MA from Stanford University. She is the co-founder of Hope Runs, a non-profit organization operating in AIDS orphanages in Kenya. She has appeared widely in major television and print news sources such as CNN, BBC, Time, Newsweek, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Fortune, Forbes, Fast Company and many others. Visit ClaireDiazOrtiz.com or find her on Twitter @claire.

Samuel Ikua Gachagua

Samuel Ikua Gachagua was born in rural Kenya in 1992. After losing his family at a young age, he struggled to survive until he was placed in Imani Children’s Home in Nyeri, Kenya. In 2009 he received a full-ride scholarship to Maine Central Institute, granting him a rare U.S. visa and the chance to begin his sophomore year of high school under the guardianship of Claire Díaz-Ortiz. After graduating from high school, he spent a year serving in Ecuador as a fellow for Global Citizen Year. He is an up-and-coming motivational speaker, and has been featured in local print and television media. Find him on Twitter @sammyikua.