Heather leads Grameen Foundationís ICT Innovation AppLab efforts, which include the Community Knowledge Worker Initiative in Uganda, and the AppLab and Microfranchise programs in Indonesia, while advising other ICT-Innovation programs. Prior to Grameen, Heather spent nearly 6 years at Microsoft in strategy, product management, and operational leadership roles, including work focused on emerging markets consumers, in the Windows, Microsoft Research and Mobile divisions. Prior to Microsoft, she was an associate with McKinsey & Company, started her own outdoor gear company, worked in Russia for a Moscow-based investment bank, and for NASA on the US-Russian space program. She received BA degrees in Russian Language and Political Science from University of Washington, and an MBA from Wharton.
Sean Paavo Krepp, Uganda Country Director and Program Manager, AppLab and CKW Initiatives
Sean has overall responsibility for Grameen Foundationís operations and programs in Uganda, ensuring the ongoing delivery of impact, while scaling and developing sustainable business models for the CKW initiative and new AppLab Uganda initiatives.
Sean came to Grameen Foundation with over 11 years of ICT experience, including extensive work in the African context. From 2008-2010, Sean served as Head of Emerging Market Services, Middle East and Africa, at Nokia, where he and his team developed mobile services such as Nokia Oviís Life Tools, aimed at supporting poor farmers and their families with mobile services in agriculture, education, and health. In addition, Sean previously served as Deputy Head of Nokiaís EU office, and held the role of secretary of the EU Africa Business Forum. He has served in various roles in strategy, marketing, product, and business development throughout his career.
Whitney came to Uganda in October 2008 to manage the CKW Test of Concept and continues to serve as Interim Lead for the expanding CKW program. She is also head of the CKW partnerships team.
Before joining the Grameen Foundation, Whitney worked in the non-profit and government sectors on human rights and conservation issues in the US, Latin America, and Indonesia.
She has a BA in Cultural Anthropology and a Masters in International Public Affairs with a focus on rural development and natural resources policy. As a graduate student, Whitney focused her research on the effects of privatization and decentralization on women in water resources management. She also conducted field research on marine policy and community-led conservation strategies for The Nature Conservancy-Indonesia.
Whitney is from Northern New Mexico, USA where she developed a deep appreciation for cultural diversity, a passion for rural development, and an addiction to green chile and alpine skiing.
He is a Telecommunications, Electrical and Software Engineer with extensive working experience in Information, Software and Systems Technology.
Luke has worked as technical and R&D lead for various companies & projects in Uganda, Kenya, Rwanda and Denmark including Enterprise MIS systems, mHealth and eHealth application deployment, e-Lending, micro-loan and eGovernment platforms.
Following his entrepreneurial instincts, he has co-founded 3 successful technology companies.
Luke has a keen interest in mobile and mobile-web technologies, as well as technology-for-Africa and energy-for-Africa initiatives.
Sarah successfully led the CKW pilot and now oversees the recruitment, training and support of CKWs in the field. She holds a Masters Degree in Agricultural Economics from Makerere University. She has vast experience in working with rural communities and development organizations that have sought to address poverty and gender inequalities.
Before joining Grameen Foundation, Sarah worked with CIAT for 6 years on bean research and with DANIDA on the Gender and Poverty Impact Monitoring Project, at Makerere University.
Sarah is married to Paul Mugisha and they have two lovely kids, Mark (8 years) and Peninah (3 years). She enjoys traveling, reading and playing badminton.
Having successfully managed Applab's earlier agricultural advisory service, Paul now leads the CKW data collection team.
He brings a rich mix of project management and technical skills. Previously, he worked on various ICT deployment projects and held a technical support role with MTN Uganda. He holds a Masters degree in engineering studies with a major in telecom networks from the University of Technology Sydney.
Paul is an avid sports man playing competitive volley-ball.
Annette holds a Masters degree in Development Economics, Bachelors in Finance and Economics as well as a Diploma in Business Administration.
She has been working in the development arena for more than a decade. Her engagement spans from managing the implementation of rural development programs to organisational/institutional development. In the last three years she has explicitly dealt with rural market intelligence and ICT for agricultural information. Prior to joining Grameen, she worked with SNV as an Economic Development Adviser specializing in value chain development, the Dutch Embassy, overseeing the implementation of bursary schemes for the rural poor in Northern Uganda and with GTZ managing programs and grants. Annette blends this wealth of experience to create resourceful information services for the poor of the poorest.
Annette enjoys traveling, reading and playing scrabble.