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Who We Are

Who We Are

In Chichewa – a Southern African language – Ulula means “reveal”. We started Ulula after years of talking to communities and extractive industry professionals in the Niger River Delta, the steppes of Mongolia and Kazakhstan, and the highlands of Peru.

We are a team that believes in transparency and accountability as key drivers of successful business and social development. Our founding team has 35+ years of experience combined in energy, mining, technology and innovation, community development, and foreign aid. We are passionate about delivering results for our clients while delivering social value to all.

Our Team

  • Antoine
    Antoine Founder & CEO

    Antoine is globally recognized as a thought leader on energy and natural resource management and has appeared on CNN International, Fox, Le Monde, and BBC. Before starting Ulula, Antoine worked with the United Nations Development Program and was Deputy Director of Revenue Watch Institute, which he helped grow into a leading organization in oil, gas and mining governance.

  • Manu
    Manu CTO & Co-Founder

    Manu is Ulula’s tech lead and head of the Toronto office. As a relentless entrepreneur he has been central to building Axis, an award-wining Kigali-based open source software firm, and coordinated the development of CrowdRing, a mobile organizing tool for activists in emerging economies.

  • Vera
    Vera Impact Measurement + Analyst

    Continuing a long-standing career in project management, Vera supports partnership development in the Toronto office. Prior to Ulula, Vera worked in community development and monitoring and evaluation in parts of Africa, Asia, Central and South America. She holds a Masters degree in Political Economy of International Development from the University of Toronto.

  • Arisa
    Arisa Corporate Strategy + Analyst

    Arisa joins Ulula from the global health sector where she worked on projects enabling critical health investments in developing countries. Based out of the Toronto office, she supports investor relations, business development and strategy. She completed her MBA at the Schulich School of Business

  • Asim
    Asim Engineer

    Asim has been working in the software development field for over a decade. He has had the opportunity to work with people from around the globe, including the U.S., U.K, Australia, Norway, Netherlands, Singapore, Egypt, and Dubai. His scope of work expands to different fields and technologies such as financial applications, educational management systems, property management systems, and eCommerce solutions. Asim is well versed in contemporary technologies used for web application and website development. Asim has a Master’s in Computer Science.

  • Ghufran
    Ghufran Front End Developer

    Ghufran is a great asset to Ulula’s UI design and development team. He has over 7 years of experience and proven knowledge of cutting edge web technologies. Driven by passion and design, he aims to create modern, intuitive, and flexible user experience in his work. He loves to push for innovation and perfection in the details from himself, and his fellow team members to ensure excellent quality of the software. Ghufran has a Bachelor’s in Information Technology.

  • Asif
    Asif Engineer

    Asif is the lead developer on Ulula’s technical team. An expert in Open Source web development with 12+ years of experience, he ensures the stability and reliability of the software. With his dynamic personality and hands on experience in a variety of web technologies, he helps handle complex problems with efficiency. Asif enjoys working with teams and taking on challenges. His strength lies in absorbing pressures and delivering projects within deadlines. Asif has a Master’s in Information Technology.

  • Waqas
    Waqas Engineer

    Waqas brings 5 years of experience to the team. He is a driven professional, loves to juggle multiple projects, and learn new technologies. He is skilled in Laravel, MySQL and JavaScript, and also has experience in various technologies such as CodeIgniter, Node.JS and MongoDB. Waqas enjoys the challenging nature of the I.T. field that keeps him passionate about learning and adopting trending technologies. Waqas has a Bachelor’s in Computer Sciences

Our Advisors

Ariel Meyerstein

Senior Vice President, Corporate Sustainabililty Program, Citi.

Cornelius Graubner

Cornelius has worked with governments, communities, and private businesses on social and economic development issues in 15+ countries in Asia and Europe. He has managed a social investment portfolio targeting Central Asia, the South Caucasus and Mongolia at the Open Society Foundations, the philanthropic venture of George Soros.

Emmanuel Letouzé

Director and co-Founder, Data-Pop Alliance, Visiting Scholar, MIT Media Lab.

Linda Raftree

Senior Advisor, Innovation, Transparency and Strategic Change at Plan International & owner of a popular blog on bridging community development and technology.

Lea Esterhuizen

Founder, &Wider, Lea has 20 years of experience as a research methodologist designing systems for gathering data on sensitive topics-including evidence on violence and genocide, forced migration, child rights and violence affecting children in Africa, Europe and the MENA Region. Lea focuses on designing and implementing a scalable system for monitoring working conditions, identifying and addressing modern slavery and improving worker engagement.

Martin Tisné

Director at the Omidyar Network, a philanthropic investment firm.

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