Team

 

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Jody Eijsenga

Co-founder and CROSS CULTURAL TRAINER

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.She offers these trainings through Interact.co.ke She enjoys hosting and connecting people, organizing events and exploring Kenya. You can follow her on twitter @JodydeBlois

 

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Luchiri Omoto

Product Manager ViPiMo

Luchiri is product manager of Upande's latest product ViPiMo. Prior to that he was a GIS Consultant at Upande. Before joining Upande, he had a stint at entrepreneurship having established GISasp Kenya to capitalize on the emerging opportunities of GIS as it grew in Kenya from a very technical discipline used in mostly climatic studies, to one affecting all sectors including health, transportation, city planning, tourism, etc. Prior to that he has 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 most of Africa and parts of Asia.
 

 

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Mark de Blois

CEO/Founder

Mark de Blois is CEO of Upande Ltd. He worked as a GIS specialist for more than 19 years. Having started in the Netherlands providing consulting services and GIS training to largely government organizations, Mark eventually joined Google Kenya where he was the Geo Lead and was in charge of geo-related work across Africa. Mark left Google in June 2009 to inaugurate Upande (a name refers to ‘location’, ‘direction’, ‘destination’, ‘alongside’ and ‘up’, all of which are terms commonly used in GIS).

 

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Paul Kimani

Software Developer

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.

 

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Kevin Ngeno

Software Developer

Kevin 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. Currently he is involved in installation and maintenance of Geonode sites, preparation of GIS datasets in various formats for use in WebGis applications, development and documentation of WebGIS applications, and testing of GIS tutorials. 

 

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Simon Gathuru

Remote Sensing Expert

Simon Gathuru is a remote sensing expert able to translate the physics of light reflection into interpreted imagery and information.  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. Before joining Upande, Simon trained several students from The University of Nairobi on how to use image processing software, such as ENVI and ArcGIS, and apply them in spatial data analysis.

 

Grace Wambui

Product Manager WaSHMIS

Grace is the product manager for WaSHMIS.com. She brings several years of WASH sector specific, managerial and product development expertise to the 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 and project management. Specifically in preliminary and detailed structural designs, construction project management, water services regulation and streamlining processes.

 

Levyne Otieno

Software Developer

Levyne recently joined the Upande team as a Java developer. He is still pursuing his Software Engineering degree from University of Eastern Africa, Baraton and is working with Upande to gain more experience in his area of expertise and become a better software developer. Levyne enjoys driving, watching soccer and looking after his poultry. You can follow him on twitter @LevyneOti

 

Caroline Anyienda Matsalia

Cross Cultural Trainer

Caroline Anyienda Matsalia is one of the co-trainers at Upande, working together with Jody on developing our product InterAct. She brings over 15 years post qualification experience to the InterAct team. She has extensive experience in social work, community development, program management, capacity building, behavior change communication, counseling psychology and transformation coaching. Caroline holds a counseling psychology degree from the University of South Africa (UNISA), and a degree in social work, community development and program management (KISWD).

 

Vincent Mwaura

Software Developer

Vincent recently joined the Upande team as a Python developer. He has recently finished his undergraduate studies on Computer Science at the University of Nairobi,and is now working at Upande on various web applications. Vincent enjoys reading books, watching movies and getting caught up on the latest science and tech news. You can follow him on twitter @Vinmuchai 

 

Hillary Too

Non Revenue Water Specialist

Hillary joined the Upande WaSHMIS team as a non revenue water field specialist. His main duties and responsibilities are:
  1. Isolation of District Metering Areas (DMAs) in pilot areas within KEWASCO by installing water bulk meters
  2. Analysis of Non Revenue Water (NRW) and prioritizing areas to be addressed
  3. Analysis of data generated during Customer Identification Survey (CIS) exercise
  4. Installation of data loggers in the priority areas of DMAs
  5. Supervision of the implementation of CIS
Before joining Upande Hillary worked at KEWASCO and his main duties were:
  • Analyse NRW water in different DMAs and quantify each losses have commercial losses or Physical losses in relation to Minimum Night Flows (MNF)
  • Enhance experience in Conducting step by step Flow Measurements of water to quantify any physical or invisible losses along the pipelines using Ultrasonic Flow Meter
  • Capacity building of staff in new technology at hand e.g. WaSHMIS dashboard and interpretations
  • Preparation of Quarterly and Monthly Monitoring and Evaluation Reports
  • Preparation of Bill of Quantities (BoQs) for various projects
  • Assessment and inspection of ongoing projects
  • Generation of production Work plans
 
 

Upande works towards the success of their clients

Here are some of our clients

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Here is what our clients say

"Upande is well known globally for their cutting edge technological solutions to common problems. They have seamlessly integrated map overlay data on schools, restaurants, banks into our Anza.co.ke real estate platform. Their world class standard is evident in all their work and they don't stop until they have delivered what was envisaged at the onset. I would highly recommend them to anyone keen not to get the best of what is currently available."

Jesse de Blois, Kontent.co.ke

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