Staff

Jon Gosier

Jon Gosier, Founder, Chief Executive Officer

Jon Gosier is a respected blogger, software developer, and designer working at the intersection of open data, human rights, and African development. He is the founder or co-founder of several organizations and initiatives including AfriLabs, Appfrica, Abayima, Hive Colab, MetaLayer and SeedCapitalAfrica. And has held a Executive leadership roles at others including Ushahidi and QuestionBox.

Jon is a serial entrepreneur, writer, and software developer and brings his passion for entrepreneurship, leadership, and business to all of his work in Africa. jon@appfrica.com

Matthew Kidza-Griffiths

Matthew Kidza-Griffiths, Co-Founder, Chief Technical Officer

Matthew Griffiths is a software developer and technical architect. Matthew graduated with a first class honors degree in Computer Science before spending eight years architecting and building e-business, e-commerce and financial systems in London. He held a Director-level position as CTO of Appfrica, a Ugandan based software firm and also worked with Jon at Ushahidi as Director of Platform for the SwiftRiver project. He mostly spends his time trying to make sense of the endless stream of content produced by the Web. matt@appfrica.com

Bahiyah Yasmeen Robinson

Bahiyah Yasmeen-Robinson, Executive Director

Bahiyah Yasmeen Robinson became involved in social entrepreneurship at a young age, partnering with friend out of high school to run a fashion line that sourced and imported local fabrics from women’s cooperatives in Tanzania. That experience invigorated Bahiyah’s love for international, cross-cultural exchange and commerce. She went on to explore the world of media and entertainment in order to obtain a well rounded view of the media industry, eventually returning to her true passion: international affairs and social entrepreneurship.

To date, Bahiyah has established and ran non profit organizations and businesses with ties to Sub-Saharan Africa, the U.S. and Brazil. She has a degree in International Relations, and has worked with large NGOs, including the Council on Foreign Relations and Ashoka in both administrative and consulting roles. Her passion is international branding, marketing and organizational development, building public-private partnerships that add value to all parties, and aligning business practices with clear and well intentioned core values. byr@appfrica.com

Barbara Birungi at HiveColab

Barbara Birungi, Director of Hive Colab

Barbara Birungi is the founder of WITU (Women in Technology Uganda) an iniative that seeks to encourage, inspire and train more women in the tech field through networking, training, mentoring and partnering so as to increase the number of women in tech, the number of tech women entrepreneurs and more girls to take science courses at university so as to reduce the gender gap and compete favorably with male counterparts for jobs and improve the livelihoods of women in Uganda. She is also the Manager of Hive Colab in Uganda a business accelerator and incubator for East African Startups and whose mission is to build local tech capacity in East Africa for technologists and media arts. Prior to this she also worked with Makerere University on a project to increase the sales of rural craft making women using the web so as to improve the livelihoods of these women.

Barbara Graduated with a Postgrad degree in Project Planning and Management and a Bachelors degree in Business Computing from Makerere University and is currently enrolled for a Master of MBA. She is passionate about Web design and an enthusiast of ICT4D, Women and the Girl Child In Uganda. She lives in Kampala Uganda. barbara@appfrica.com

Ahmed Maawy

Ahmed Maawy, Lead Developer

Ahmed Maawy has spent more than 10 years developing web, mobile, and enterprise software as well as being a project manager for a number of software products and projects. He has worked with corporations and non profits alike, as well as media agencies such as Al Jazeera New Media (on 3 important curation projects covering Somalia, Libya and Gaza) as well as Internews Europe. He has also worked for Ushahidi as a Software Engineer for SwiftRiver, Datadyne as Product Manager for EpiSurveyor, and with Kenya Airways for their Online Marketing strategy, Bookings and Reservations engines, and overall web strategy, to name a few. ahmed@appfrica.com