Upande Limited is a private Kenyan social enterprise founded in 2009 in order to provide data driven decision services to a variety of clients.
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!
User Centric Design (UCD)
As our mission states that we want to empower our users to make data driven decisions, it is key for us to ensure our partners, customers, the end users, are involved in the design stages of our technology implementations. We achieve this by using a process called User Centric Design (UCD), which starts with a process of interviews, stakeholder engagements, focus groups, co-design workshops. We are only in business when our solutions meet the needs of our end user!
Agile Software development
Once we have gotten a thorough understanding of the needs of the end user, only then will we setup agile teams that will build first versions of software/apps. We use a process called rapid prototyping for this. This allows us to test assumptions through an iterative process, before investing a lot of resources in full stack software development.
We are big fans of Open Source technology and we actively participate in these communities to make our continued contributions. An increasing number of our own products are hosted on our github company account.
OUR AMAZING TEAM
Mark de Blois
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.
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.
Head of data
Simon Gathuru is head of data analytics at Upande, as well as project manager and interim product manager Vipimo.io.
Henry is highly experienced in remote sensing, hydrometeorology monitoring (Sensor Technology), hydrological research & studies and design and implementation of integrated information systems and early warning systems through the Internet of Things (IoT) technologies and GeoNetcast. Through Upande, he has been involved in Installing and operationalizing sets of hydrological monitoring stations together with their data transmission and storage.
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.
Christopher is a Mechatronic Engineer with interests in IOT, LoRa and edge computing. He works on the hardware side of Vipimo to Washmis.
Robert joins Upande as a software dev. He is passionate about science, technology and opensource and their intersection with innovation and positive change, in his free time he likes to contribute to opensource projects, participating in kaggle competitions and occassionally catching up on a football match
Peter joined 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.
Head of SDI
Gideon is a Webmapping and GIS expert and project manager at Upande. 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.
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.
Levyne Otieno works on initial deployment and SLA based maintenance of Vipimo sensors. The work entails daily monitoring of the sensors a well as ensuring the upkeep of the sensors. Levyne enjoys driving, entrepreneurship, travelling, swimming and watching soccer. You can follow him on twitter @LevyneOti
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
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.
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 and Graphic Design. Outside of work, he loves travelling, spending time with friends and family.
Selby is a hydrology and water resources management graduate. She has a deep-seated interest in smart water solutions, hydrological research and studies, GIS, project management and sustainable development. She brings to Upande her experience from various water management institutions both in the private and public sectors.
Patrick Studies Bachelor's Degree,Geoinformation technology (GIS/Remote sensing) at The Technical University Of Kenya. He has a great passion for emerging trends and dynamism of Gis/RS technologies, Python and Java as well as drone technology. He enjoys movies during his free time.
Ron is a resourceful and dynamic full-stack developer able to convey ideas clearly with an emphasis on end-user satisfaction. He has previously worked with Rentor group as a back-end-developer Intern. He is a life-long learner and enjoys figuring out the building blocks of the world and rearranging them to build something even better.
Licio joins Upande Limited as an Android developer Intern. He has great passion for building mobile and web applications that are scalable and efficient under the hood while providing engaging, pixel perfect user experiences.
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.
John joins Upande team as an intern. He is a 2nd year Computer Science student at Strathmore University. Hobbies include reading, watching soccer and videogames.
Kevin Ngeno is a 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.
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.
OUR ADVISORY COUNCIL
Peter Kuguru brings a wealth of experience in Kenyan entrepreneurship as well as valuable insights into the Kenyan water sector. Peter is the founder and owner of Kuguru Food Complex Limited and has experience in the mass-market beverage manufacture and distribution since 1988. Peter also served on the board of Nairobi Water and Sewerage Company (NCWSC).
Mumo is Sales & Marketing veteran with over 15 years’ experience in business development. He was Head of Marketing for EMC Canada then East Africa Sales Manager with DellEMC. He joined Cellulant in 2016 responsible for accelerating the growth of the four payment ecosystems through symbiotic partnerships with national and regional players.
Greg Moser brings over 20 years of experience in leading multi-cultural organizations in adverse conditions, multinational operations, business unit growth, supply chain management and board level planning. Greg is a true people’s manager, an excellent communicator with strategic planning, financial analysis and operations for delivery as core skills.
Jaap Jan Verboom
Jaap Jan Verboom is the founder and director of Agribusiness Booster which grows pre-growth SME companies in developing countries for social impact. He started as an ICT entrepreneur but transitioned to ICCO where he worked for 8 years as a regional manager of large projects. Jaap Jan brings valuable insights into sustainable, scalable agriculture driven businesses.
Harold Zagunis, currently volunteers as a Stanford Seed Coach while also continuing to work as an independent consultant to a limited number of clients. He has served in various roles in different companies including Redwood Trust Inc, Landmark Land Company, Inc and TripplePoint Capital LLC. He received a Masters of Business Administration degree from Stanford University Graduate School of Business.