Alan is an expert in the use, risks and benefits of ICTs in the development sector. His key interests are Agile methodologies, Participatory approaches to international development and Consensus decision making. Alan constantly drives the team to innovate and comes from a successful commercial IT background. He is a qualified paragliding instructor and experimental musician.
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Elly specialises in user experience and has been designing brands, printed materials, websites and graphical user interfaces for over 10 years. Her passion is problem solving and working with users to provide useful well designed online services. She has a certificate in Human Computer Interaction at Stanford University and a BA(Hons) degree in Graphic Design from Arts University Bournemouth.
Martin joined Aptivate in 2007, bringing with him over ten years' experience of software development in GIS and embedded systems. Outside of work he is involved in the fair trade movement, and enjoys cycling up mountains.
Tom has a background in electronic engineering, and is responsible for Aptivate’s IT systems which include thin clients, hosted web services, knowledge management and collaboration environments.
Tom works on project management and volunteer management for Aptivate, and has various experience in the private sector working on database design, software development, system administration and quality assurance. He maintains strong links with local community groups, from which Aptivate draws some of its volunteer pool.
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Following a masters in computer science and an early career in video game development, Alice has specialized since 2003 as a full stack web developer, taking on roles from sys-admin and dev-ops to front end developer. She is committed to open source technologies and collaborative organising, and most of her career has involved working in the third sector and for worker's co-operatives.
Daniel has a history of software development in academic and voluntary settings. He is proficient in numerous programming languages and platforms including Python, Django, HTML and CSS.
A versatile project manager, software developer, consultant and evaluator with over 13 years’ experience, George specialises in IT tools for monitoring, learning and evaluation. He has a MSc. in Human-Centered Computer Systems and is passionate about accessibility and usability. George has worked and travelled widely in Africa, Asia and Europe. He is a keen musician, which does not always come through in the projects he works on.
Jay is Aptivate’s lead designer and has over 15 years experience in designing and creating dynamic user-centred websites and applications specialising in low-bandwidth design and content development. As lead user experience designer she leads participatory discovery workshops on location for our International Development clients.
Kavita is a highly effective Agile project manager with a bachelor's in Computer Science and a MA in Human Rights. Before joining Aptivate she volunteered at FrontlineSMS and worked in healthcare IT, leading software teams in the US and the Caribbean. The complex projects she manages usually have happy clients and developers. Kavita has been actively involved in political campaigning and enjoys dancing – but rarely at the same time.
As senior lecturer in computer science, researcher, IT trainer and consultant Mark has worked with Xerox Parc, Imperial College London, IBM and the BBC. Mark has worked for two years in Kenya, with VSO, as trainer for a rural IT college. He has a deep passion for the human aspect of learning, change and development. He has a certificate in education for sustainability from Schumacher College and a PhD in programming language theory.
Martin Belcher - International development professional working in monitoring and evaluation and ICT's for development
Martin is an experienced international development professional working in the areas of monitoring and evaluation, impact assessment, ICT for development and research communications and uptake. He has worked in more than 20 countries over the last 20 years. Martin joined Aptivate in January 2014, although has worked as a consultant, partner and customer of Aptivate's since 2004.
Matt is an avid ICT4D practitioner and researcher with an MSc in ICTs for International Development from the University of Manchester and a BSc(Eng) in Computing Science from Imperial College. His passion is discovering ways to use technology, particularly the Internet, as a driver for social change, participation and inclusion. Matt also undertakes research into enabling people in developing countries to take control over the technology they use. He blogs on this and other issues on his personal site at http://www.matthaikin.com
Nathaniel Whitestone - Sociocracy, Experience Design, Consent Decision-Making, Coaching, Training, Open Space Technology, Agile, Lean Startup
Nathaniel Whitestone is a certified sociocratic consultant based in England. He has worked in the area of organizational development and transformation since 1996, and provided consultancy and agile project management to Aptivate clients since 2010.
From running a social-enterprise in Pakistan for 3 years to mobile-phone based data collection in Peru, Sarah brings diverse experience to any project. She holds a Masters in Mechanical Engineering from Cambridge University and Technology & Policy from MIT. She is passionate about the intersection of technology and society.
Marko has been working in technology for almost 20 years in a variety of roles before settling down as a developer specialising in front-end website development and interface design. Ideally he’d like to save the planet from ecological disaster, and currently focuses more on keeping the Web open, and building tools for better governance.
Ian has over 20 years experience as a user–centred designer and has worked for clients such as Channel 4, Royal Kew Gardens, Antibodypedia, NHS Direct, Drama Online, MIND and Nature. He believes that form should follow function.
Luke is experienced in writing web APIs with Python and Django as well as managing dockerised infrastructure. He's based in Rotterdam, Netherlands and is determined to think outside of the boss ;)
Elliot worked as a software engineer, open source advocate, technical writer and IT trainer before joining Aptivate as a developer. He is particularly interested in open source, open data and artificial intelligence. Outside of work, he enjoys losing at tabletop games.