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 part time employees, collaborators and advisors.

Members

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.

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.

Chris Marsh

SOFTWARE DEVELOPMENT TEAM LEADER

Chris is an experienced software developer who has worked in a variety of sectors over his 20 year career. He has managed teams of software developers and coordinated large development projects.

Chiara Facciolà

MATHEMATICAL SCIENTIST

Chiara is an Applied Mathematician who has recently completed her PhD. She is currently involved in a number of projects within IDEMS, which range from education to social challenges.

Esmee te Winkel

Mathematical Scientist

Esmee is a mathematician with a passion for education. As a member of SAMI charity, she volunteered at Maths Camps in Kenya and Ghana. She is excited to be working on projects that set out to improve young people’s life chances.

Georg Osang

POSTDOCTORAL IMPACT ACTIVATION FELLOW

Alongside his studies at the intersection of mathematics and computer science, Georg has worked as a tutor and has been supporting and participating in mathematics education activities in Africa. He has completed internships at Google and is interested in the application of technology to mathematics education.

Francis Torgbor

POSTDOCTORAL IMPACT ACTIVATION FELLOW

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.

Stephen Lloyd

SENIOR SOFTWARE ENGINEER

Stephen has worked on many international software projects. He is especially interested in software development using distributed teams. He is providing analysis, implementation, coordination and mentoring support to IDEMS’ software projects.

Lily Clements

POSTDOCTORAL IMPACT ACTIVATION FELLOW

Lily is a statistician who has recently completed her PhD. She is involved in a number of exciting projects across IDEMS, with work concentrated mainly in using the statistical software, R.

Johnny McQuade

SOFtware developer


Johnny is a software developer and graphic designer. He has a background in physics and philosophy, with a particular interest in the intersection of the two.

Ian Stride

SENIOR SOFTWARE DEVELOPER

Ian has broad experience in software development, gained over many years working in startups. He enjoys metal music and helping others to improve their lives through better education.

Amsale Ejigu

POSTDOCTORAL IMPACT ACTIVATION FELLOW

Amsale has a background in mathematics and completed a PhD at the University of Reading in meteorology, where she looked at uncertainty estimation for model calibration by assimilating observed data. As part of the climate team at IDEMS, she is working on climate data analysis using R-Instat.

Lucie Hazelgrove Planel

POSTDOCTORAL IMPACT ACTIVATION FELLOW

An anthropologist with a first degree in mathematics, Lucie enjoys working with communities to support them in achieving their goals. Women, women’s groups and a gender lens to development have been central themes to her research in Africa and Oceania.

David Whittaker

Social Investment Lead

David develops and builds the capacity of social enterprises, originally in Papua New Guinea then Zambia and the UK. He’s an advocate of regenerative agriculture, social economies and always learning.

Issouf Kone

Research Methods Assistant

Issouf provides research methods support for the West-African community of practice funded by The McKnight Foundation’s Collaborative Crop Research Program in Niger, Burkina Faso and Mali. He lives in Ouagadougou. 

Ed Moss

SoFtware developer


Ed is a civil engineer and data scientist. He is working part time on several IDEMS software development projects, supporting quality assurance and testing. He is excited to work with the education and technology sectors and broaden his experience as a developer.

Tim Fox

COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT MANAGER

Tim is a social entrepreneur, with a passion for helping marginalised and disadvantaged communities. Has worked for both the commercial and charitable sector in Europe, Africa, Asia. Along with his own cultural tourist company, these experiences have helped him develop an extensive understanding of how to build a culture of success in a wide range of diverse environments.

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.

Carla Marquez

QUALITY ASSURANCE OFFICER

Carla is a Linguist, with a specialty in Spanish Language. She is working part time on quality assurance for several IDEMS software development projects. She loves dogs and is studying to become a dog trainer.

Michela De Giusti

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.

Santiago Borio

Education lead, Mathematical Scientist

Santiago is a mathematical scientist and Educator. He has a wide range of experiences in education, both professionally and academically, and has held middle management positions and consulted with senior management in a range of projects in schools in the UK and Argentina. He is particularly interested in innovative uses of computer aided assessment of mathematics.

Zach Mbasu

MATHEMATICAL SCIENTIST

Zach is a founding board member of African Maths Initiative (AMI) and Director of INNODEMS. He is an experienced maths teacher and very passionate about technology integration in Education. He is working on exciting projects that set out to improve the quality of learning in schools across Africa.

Roger Stern

SENIOR STATISTICIAN


Roger’s main interests include improving the teaching of statistics at all levels. He also works closely with Meteorological Services in many countries to support more use of their historical climatic data.  He remains associated with the University of Reading, UK, where he worked for many years.

Elena Okada

Social Impact Enabler

With a background in project management, business development as well as inputs in digital product design and implementation, Elena’s work is varied in the role of Social Impact Enabler.  She is enthused to be supporting health and social change projects at IDEMS and possesses particular interest in child development and maternal/child health issues.

Herine Otieno

POSTDOCTORAL IMPACT ACTIVATION FELLOW

A Pan African Educationist and Researcher at heart, Herine’s main interest is to contribute to the shaping & implementing research-informed education interventions that are responsive to Africa’s context, needs and aspirations. One such intervention founded by her is EduTalKAfric Radio. Herine holds a PhD in Mathematics Education.

Patrick Munyoki

Software developer

Patrick has broad experience in software development, gained over several years working as  a consultant for small and medium-sized companies. He has a background in Mathematics and Computer Science. He currently works on Climate projects at IDEMS International. He is particularly interested in using technology to help solve world hunger.

Zobinou "Zed" Mawusi

Research Methods Assistant

Zed was a research methods specialist. He coordinated support to projects funded by The McKnight Foundation’s Collaborative Crop Research Program in Niger, Burkina Faso and Mali. 

Zed sadly passed away suddenly in May 2020. He is greatly missed.