Meet our Team

We are a small team with a diverse set of skills and experiences. What draws us together is a passion for development and a strong belief in achieving impact over maximising personal gain. We are based across the world with flexible working arrangements including full and time employees, collaborators and advisors.


David Stern

Director, Mathematical Scientist

David Stern is a Mathematical Scientist and Educator. He is a former lecturer in the School of Mathematics, Statistics and Actuarial Sciences at Maseno University in Kenya and a founding board member of African Maths Initiative (AMI).

Danny Parsons

Director, Mathematical Scientist

Danny has a background in mathematics, which led to a broader interest in education and development with organisations including AIMS, AMI and University of Oxford. He is involved in various projects that cut across the mathematical sciences, education and development in Africa within IDEMS.

Francis Torgbor

Collaborator, Mathematical Scientist

Francis is a Climatic Data Analyst, a founding director of the African Maths Initiative Ghana (AMI Ghana) and a member of the PICSA team in Africa. He is currently looking into the potential of establishing IDEMS Ghana.

Beth Medvecky

Senior Technical Adviser for Agriculture and Development

Beth is passionate about African smallholder agriculture, agroecological research for development and development education for multidisciplinary teams of students through experiential learning.

Santiago Borio

Education Project Lead, Mathematical Scientist

Santiago is a Computer Science teacher and former Mathematics coordinator at St Hilda’s College, Argentina and is collaborating part time in a variety of education projects at IDEMS.

Zach Mbasu

Collaborator, Mathematical Scientist

Zach Mbasu is a founding board member of African Maths Initiative (AMI) and the first acting CEO. He is an experienced maths teacher and very passionate about Technology Integration in Education especially in mathematics.

Giovanna De Giusti

Development & Gender Expert

Giovanna is an Economic Development Scientist and Educator and a former lecturer at Maseno University in Kenya, where she taught Economic Development, Research Methods and Project Management among other subjects.

Cameline Nafula


Cameline is an Applied Mathematician working at Maseno University, Kenya.

Michela De Giusti

Collaborator, Economic Development Scientist

Michela is a Development Manager passionate about the role education can play in the development of local communities and has volunteered in Maths Camps in Kenya.