Walter is a specialist in ICT for Development with over ten years experience in East Africa. He completed a Masters in Business Administration, specialising in ICT, and a postgraduate degree in Journalism. After graduating he worked as an international ICT project manager at IBM and AT&T in the Netherlands. In 2003 he moved to Kenya to work as a communications officer for the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) in Nairobi. Later he became a freelance project and communications manager in East and Central Africa. He did assignments for various international organisations in agriculture, water, health and emergency relief (DR Congo). Walter is currently manager of the Akvo Kenya hub and responsible for partnership development and operations in the east, central and Southern Africa region.

Phylis is responsible for the financial, administrative and human resource operations of the Akvo East Africa hub. She helps manage the hub’s annual budget, day to day financial transactions and ensures compliance to the local legal operating requirements and tax laws. She also manages the day to day office administration, and is also responsible for HR management in the matters of payroll, compliance to Kenyan Labour laws as well as employment tax regulations.

Phylis also assists with project activities for our partners in East Africa. In this role she helps train and support local partners on Akvo RSR and works with partners to create and update projects online.

Prior to joining Akvo, Phylis worked as a procurement assistant for the Mavuno Church, where she had a range of procurement and finance responsibilities and also as a sales representative at the National Bank of Kenya. She has 14 years experience with various organisations in Kenya, having held roles in Administration, Finance, Human Resource, Sales & Marketing and Customer Service. Phylis holds a diploma in Information Systems from IMIS, a diploma in Business Administration from the University of Nairobi and a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management (Human Resource) from Kenya Methodist University. Follow her @PhylisWebi.

 

Francis provides training and technical support to Akvo’s NGO partners in East Africa. He has seven years’ experience in the field of geographical information systems (GIS) and data management. Before joining Akvo he was a geo consultant at Upande Ltd in Nairobi, where he was part of the team that developed the VirtualKenya GIS portal. He also conducted spatial data collection (using Akvo FLOW and other tools) and provided training and technical support to Kenyan water point mapping teams.

Prior to that he helped to develop data systems for the Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI) and the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), Nairobi. As a student associate at ILRI, he was trained to work with communities in resource mapping and teaching community members practical skills related to GPS, data and GIS analysis. He has a Diploma in Information Studies and a Higher National Diploma in Library and Information Management from the Kenya Polytechnic University College, as well as an Undergraduate Diploma in Geo-informatics (with distinction) from the University of Twente. He speaks English, Swahili and Kikuyu. Follow Francis on Twitter @fnwarui.

Tabitha Gerrets supports the Akvo’s East Africa hub with overall programme and partnership management, sales and strategy. When and where necessary, she also gives training and support regarding optimal use of Akvo’s tools, and planning, monitoring, evaluation and learning (PMEL) related activities.

Prior to joining Akvo, Tabitha designed and coordinated large scale development programmes in various themes such as water, sanitation, freedom of speech and ICT for Development. She has worked with, among others, Hivos, Aqua for All and the Millennium Water Alliance and brings on board more than ten years of expertise in the field of programme management, business development, Public Private Partnerships, PMEL and communication. In 2011 she initiated the IDleaks foundation in the Netherlands, a powerful public movement lobbying for more transparency and nuanced communication in the development sector. Tabitha holds an MA in Cultural Anthropology and a postgraduate degree in Development Economics and International Development. She is currently based in Nairobi. Follow her @tabithagerrets.

Charles helps Akvo’s partners with visualisation of data captured using FLOW. He has three years of experience in web and mobile applications development. Prior to joining the Akvo team, he was a software developer for Kontent Ltd, a Kenyan Web development company. He also worked with Upande Ltd, a geographical information systems (GIS) company in Kenya, as a software developer intern.

Charles is based in Nairobi, in Akvo’s East Africa hub. He has a bachelor’s degree in Computer Technology from the Jomo Kenyatta University (JKUAT) specialising in development of location based applications. Follow Charles on Twitter @kymni.

Olivia is responsible for the programme management and business development in Uganda for the Akvo East Africa hub. She helps with day to day management of programmes in Uganda and giving support to local partners. She also manages new leads and business development for Akvo in Uganda and other East African countries. Olivia is also responsible for helping train and support local partners on Akvo Flow and Akvo RSR and working with them to create and update projects online.

Prior to joining Akvo, Olivia spent five years as an Information Communications Technology officer for NGO Health Child, where she had a range of ICT tasks that included managing organization website, social media pages and SMS and voice messaging projects. She has also worked with social enterprise TTC Mobile, where she was responsible for programme management and running the day-to-day activities of the call centre. Olivia holds a diploma in Library Information Science, a diploma from the Virtual Leadership Development Program with USAID and a Certificate in Public Health from John Hopkins University. Follow her @NalweyisoOlivia.

 

Andrew is a project officer for Akvo’s East Africa hub. He is responsible for assisting with Flow training within Kenya and East Africa as a region. Before joining Akvo, he was a trainee at m:lab East Africa, which promotes entrepreneurial skills for sustainable ICT development. He has a technical background in mobile applications development as well as basic ICT support. Andrew holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Information Technology from Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology. He is based in Nairobi. Follow him on twitter @andrewmolo.