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Who We Are.

Upande Limited is a privately owned Kenya registered social enterprise founded to provide Internet, web mapping and Geographical Information Systems (GIS) services to a variety of clients. The firm has since its inception in 2009 provided a range of professional consultancy services to private sector, government, multilateral and bilateral agencies in Kenya, Africa and beyond

During the last few years, Upande has diversified by developing several cloud based products available on a subscription basis.

Upande transformative products are built in Kenya, by Kenyans and for Kenya, Africa and the world!

We redefine the Ease of doing business.

All of our products and services revolve around reliable data on which to build your operations. Our flexible and self-motivated specialist teams passionately build processes tailor-made to your organisation’s needs.

Experience.

With over 10 years of industry experience, as well as a strong R&D team exploring the frontiers of technology, our products and services are unrivaled in the market.
OUR AMAZING TEAM
Mark De Blois
Mark De Blois CEO/Founder
Mark de blois is a social entrepreneur with a passion for maps and data. His vision to develop world class, innovative, transformative, sustainable solutions for everyday management of resources. His background is in Ecology, GIS and he brings over 20 years of experience from the Netherlands, UK and Kenya.
Leyvne Otieno Operations
Levyne Otieno works on deployment of vipimo and maintenance of vipimo sensors. The work entails daily monitoring of the sensors a well as ensuring the upkeep of the sensors. Levyne enjoys driving, travelling and watching soccer. You can follow him on twitter @LevyneOti
Simon Gathuru Data scientist
Simon Gathuru is a remote sensing expert . He is currently exploring the suitability of Infrared Modified Cameras as low cost tools for monitoring Vegetation health. He is also looking to determine the suitability of different Sensefly drone compatible sensors in the area of vegetation monitoring.
Paul Kimani Software dev
Paul Kimani is a Python/Django developer who also doubles as a Systems and Networks Administration for the company, joined Upande in March 2015. He has been involved in MaMaSe, SIB Kenya, WRMA Naivasha and WashGIS among other internal projects. Paul is an NBA enthusiast.
Kipgnetich Ngeno Software dev
Ngeno is a graduate of Meru University with a Bachelors in Computer Science and Mathematics. He joined the company as a python developer and is currently working with other developers on various software projects including vipimo. Kipngetich enjoys watching science documentaries.
Charles Livuza Accounts
Charles works on accounts and office administration at Upande. He is a graduate from Kenyatta University with a degree in Economics and Finance. He has worked with Expat-to-Expat, a consultancy firm as an accounts intern. He is a power user of Upande's ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) software.
Sharon Shatora Admin
Sharon is an administrative officer at Upande limited. Her main task includes General office administration, Book keeping , Logistics; hotel & flight booking, Updating company websites, Tracking social media updates.Far from office work, Sharon loves travelling, cooking, listening to music and swimming.
Vincent Mwaura Software dev
Vincent is a Python developer. A graduate of Computer Science at the University of Nairobi, and is now working at Upande on various web applications. Vincent enjoys coding, reading books, watching movies and getting caught up on the latest science and tech news. You can follow him on twitter @Vinmuchai
Peter Maina
Peter joins the Upande team as a Python/Django developer. As a self-driven web developer with a passion for design and development, he loves learning new technologies and testing them in work and personal projects. Beyond the office, he likes to travel and photography is a passion to capture great moments.
Gideon Yegon
Gideon is a Webmapping and GIS expert . He previously worked with Map International. He is currently involved in installation and maintenance of Geonode sites, processing of geospartial datasets, GIS programming and development and GIS analysis. Gideon holds a Bsc. in Geomatic Engineering and GIS from Dedan Kimathi University of Technology.
Raylyn Sang
Raylyn is a Geomatic Enginner involved in various GIS projects including WaSHMIS, JRS Biodiversity among other internal projects. He holds a degree in Bachelor of Applied Science (Geoinformatics). He has previously worked in KEWASCO in the GIS department. Raylyn's hobbies include travelling and watching documentary films.
Brian Gathua
Gathua is an android developer at Upande looking to gain more experience as he works on various android apps. Gathua loves writing code and creating responsive web and mobile applications, animation, User Interface solutions and Graphic Design. Outside of work, he loves travelling, spending time with friends and family.
Grace Wambui
Grace Wambui is the product manager of Upande's product WaSHMIS. She brings several years of WASH sector specific, managerial and product development expertise to the Upande limited team from her time as a technical advisor to the Water Services Regulatory Board on secondment by GIZ. Her experience and competency is in diverse fields of civil engineering, finance and project management.
Luchiri Omoto
Luchiri is the product manager of Upande's product ViPiMo. Prior to that he worked with Google.org promoting the use of Google tools and applications by organizations such as UN-Habitat, Uganda Bureau of Statistics and local NGOs. He started off this professional journey with an initial team of Geo Specialists at Google Inc., involved in creating Google Maps content for Africa and parts of Asia
Jody Eijsenga
Jody Eijsenga is cross cultural trainer at Upande who has a passion for making diverse organizations work the way they should. Jody holds a degree in cultural anthropology (MSc), social work (BSc), and recently added a degree in education. She has experience in training both individuals as well as teams, and she loves to see people and teams not only recognize and understand diversity, but also celebrate and strategize it.
Brian Onang'o
Brian Onang'o joins Upande as a Mechatronic Engineer. At Upande, he is working on Embedded Systems Engineering among other internal projects He previously worked with Fablab Nairobi and Cshelter Systems as a Mechatronic Engineer. His main interests lies in programming and Missionary work. He also enjoys playing and watching lawn tennis in his spare time as well playing piano and farming.
Kevin Ngeno
Kevin Ngeno is our webmapping expert who is able to translate GIS data into valuable online map applications. At Upande, he has already done digitization and correction of roads, streets, lanes and avenues using OpenStreet Map for Enugu, Nigeria Navigation System.
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