Luisa Handem Piette

Knight International Journalism Fellow

Luisa Handem Piette, a native of Guinea-Bissau, is a U.S.-based entrepreneur and a journalist who specializes in African affairs. She is the founder of RuMBA, the Rural Mobile & Broadband Alliance USA, a non-profit that works to bridge the digital divide between urban, suburban and rural America.

Before her Fellowship, Piette hosted the “Rural America Radio” show. Her love of radio dates to the 1980s when she joined the BBC World Service as a reporter, editor and writer. Piette also worked for Radio France International and Voice of America, covering African affairs and reporting from Africa.

She has published in the Economist Intelligence Unit’s country reports and Europa Publications’ Africa South of the Sahara. Piette was the founding global public relations director for the Wireless Application Protocol Forum, where she contributed to the ability to access the Web on handheld devices.

She holds a master’s degree in international human rights law and a bachelor’s degree in French and government from the University of Essex. In addition to English, Piette is fluent in Creole, French, Portuguese and Spanish.