Our Company

Ulula amplifies worker and community voices to create more responsible supply chains

We started Ulula after years of talking to communities and workers.

How Ulula Started

Ulula was founded after years of engaging with communities and workers in the agriculture and mining and energy industry in the Niger River Delta, the steppes of Mongolia, Kazakhstan and Rwanda and the highlands of Peru.

Antoine’s previous work in the raw materials and energy sector exposed him to the realities of how large scale projects impact rural communities; bringing economic opportunities as well as significant social, economic and cultural changes and disruptions. He recognized how the ubiquity of simple mobile phones offered a means for communities and workers to organize and an untapped opportunity for more continuous social dialogue with private sector and government organizations. 

He created Ulula—which means reveal in Chichewa, a Southern African dialect—to foster more transparency in global supply chains and provide practical tools to enable workers and communities to improve social, labor and human rights impacts.

Since our founding, we have scaled our presence in the mining sector, and also entered the manufacturing, garment and textile, construction, electronics and agricultural industries to mitigate human rights risks in global supply chains.

Ulula supports responsible and transparent business practices through software and analytics to create a just society.

Our Vision

Ulula’s vision is a world where workers are actively engaged in informing and improving their working conditions. Where technology facilitates inclusive social dialogue to ensure workers can effectively and safely engage with suppliers, buyers and supporting third-parties to continuously drive progress towards better labor conditions in the workplace and improved livelihoods in the communities.

Our Team

Aarti S.

Aarti S.

Software Developer Intern

Abdul H.

Abdul H.

Network Administrator

Alex N.

Program Manager

Ali E.

Ali E.

Software Developer

Amir B.

Amir B.

Technical Team Lead

Andres F.

Andres F.

Partnership & Sales Lead

Antoine H.

Founder and CEO

Aparna M.

Aparna M.

Program Manager

Arisa G.

Director of Business Development

Aroshi A.

Marketing Coordinator

Asif N.

Asif N.

Software Developer

Belise K.

Client Solutions Specialist

Bolaji Olarinre

Bolaji O.

Client Solutions Specialist

Faraz A.

Faraz A.

Software Developer

Ghufran Y.

Ghufran Y.

Software Developer

Hailey M.

Hailey M.

Digital Marketing Intern

Ihechi O.

Ihechi O.

Human Resources & Operations Manager

Irfan D.

Irfan D.

Software Developer

JC U.

Business Analyst

Konstantinos L.

Telecommunications Engineer

Laura C.

Client Solutions Lead

Nazzal M.

Nazzal M.

Technical Project Manager

Rizwan A.

Rizwan A.

Software Developer

Rizwan S.

Rizwan S.

Software Developer

Ron D.

Director of Software Development

Sergio Matus Salgado

Sergio S.

Program Manager

Shahbaz B.

Shahbaz B.

Software Developer

Shakeel U.

Shakeel U.

Quality Assurance Engineer

Tes S.

Teslim S.

Product Manager

Thomas R.

Europe Representative

Umar K.

Umar K.

Quality Assurance Engineer

Uttam S.

Software Developer

Vera B.

Vera B.

Director of Programs

Zahra S.

Client Solutions Specialist

Zain A.

Zain A.

Software Developer

Our Advisors

Board of Directors

Manu Kabahizi

Canadian Digital Service (CDS)

Alexandra Baillie

Good & Well Inc.

Ed Marcum

Working Capital Fund

Antoine Heuty

Ulula

Jonathan Hera

Marigold Capital

Our Partners

We work with a network of strategic partners to provide end-to-end services and support to our clients. Learn about who we partner with and how we collaborate.

Investors

Awards and
Accolades

Open Positions

If you share our vision and
passion and are interested in
building more transparent,
accountable and effective
supply chains, please see our
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Ulula is committed to maintaining a diverse work environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants, regardless of race, colour, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status will receive consideration for employment. If you have any accessibility requirements or concerns regarding the hiring process or employment with us, please notify us so we can provide suitable accommodation.

Aarti S.

Aarti Singh

Software Developer Intern
Aarti is a Software Developer intern for Ulula. She is an undergraduate student at Queen's University studying Computer Science with a specialization in Software Design. Combining her leadership skills with her tech background, she is keen on continuing to explore technology for positive social impact. Outside of work, Aarti loves karaoke, road trips, learning about behavioural & social psychology, and spending time with family.

Abdul H.

Abdul H.

Network Administrator
Abdul is a Dedicated IT specialist offering 16+ years of well-rounded experience in virtualization, security, networking, and middleware administration. He excels in transforming IT projects from inception to execution, expertly managing technical support operations and diligently troubleshooting issues to identify root causes and prevent recurrence.

Alex Nguyen

Program Manager
Alex Nguyen is a program manager at Ulula. She is responsible for program development, coordination and client communication throughout the lifecycle of a project to ensure effective implementation and delivery of outputs. Her background is in international human rights law, labor rights, data analytics, internal innovation, project and change management. Prior to joining Ulula, Alex worked for several UN entities in Asia and New York, including the ILO.

Ali E.

Ali E.

Software Developer
After completing his BS in Computer Science from Virtual University of Pakistan, Ali started his career off by working on Desktop Application Development until his interest was piqued within Web Application Development. He enjoys working within PHP, Laravel, CodeIgniter and JavaScript and has used different Open Source CMS throughout his time in the IT field.

Amir B.

Amir B.

Technical Team Lead
Amir earned his BS in Computer Sciences, graduating with honors in 2004 from the University of South Asia. After graduation, he developed a penchant for PHP development and was quickly promoted to a Technical Team Lead. With over 10 years of experience specializing in PHP development, Amir offers innovative and resourceful ideas and performs as a great mentor for his teams.

Andres F.

Andres Fernandez

Partnership & Sales Lead
Andres Fernandez is Ulula's business development lead for the Americas and global partnerships lead. He has 10+ years of experience in sustainability and 5+ years helping global organizations implement technology tools within their operations to achive more sustainable and responsible supply chains. He helps his customers by guiding and supporting their sustainability journey through a consultative approach and customising solutions to their specific needs and context.

Antoine Heuty

Founder and CEO
Antoine Heuty is the founder and CEO of Ulula. He is an experienced leader with experience from the public, private and third sector with a track-record designing and delivering innovative policy and practical solutions in over twenty countries. Antoine is the former Deputy Director of the Natural Resource Governance Institute – a leading international organization promoting the effective, transparent and accountable management of natural resources. He was a Public Finance Economist with the United Nations Development Program (UNDP). Antoine has authored various articles on transparency, social innovation, resource governance and economic development. He has also published and appeared in the Financial Times, Le Monde, CNN International, the BBC and other media. He has graduate degrees from the Institut d'Etudes Politiques in Paris, Oxford University and Columbia University.

Aparna M.

Aparna Moitra

Program Manager
Aparna works as a Program Manager at Ulula where she leads different projects through their lifecycle while coordinating with internal stakeholders and communicating with external partners and clients. She has a Ph.D. in the domain of Information and Communication Technologies for Social Development. Her award-winning doctoral research explored the use of decentralized Interactive Voice Response (IVR) systems among diverse low-literate and resource-poor mining communities in Jharkhand, India to create a hyper-local information infrastructure and grievance resolution platform. More recently, as a Postdoc at the University of Toronto, she also researched the socio-cultural factors inhibiting women and LGBTQ+ communities in South Asia from utilizing tech platforms to report instances of sexual harassment. At Ulula, Aparna is further exploring the intersections of technology and human rights in various supply chains.

Arisa Goldstone

Director of Business Development
Arisa Goldstone is Director of Business Development at Ulula. She has spent over 10 years in the social sector with a focus on stakeholder engagement and innovation. In 2015, Arisa joined Ulula where she is responsible for cultivating and developing new strategic partnerships to scale impact and compliment partner solutions. Arisa also works directly on select client projects to design and implement worker voice programs across the globe in diverse sectors including agriculture and manufacturing. Prior to Ulula, Arisa worked at the Rotman Centre for Global Health and then at St. Michael's Hospital with a team providing community engagement advisory services to global health projects funded by The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Arisa holds a BSc (Hons) from the University of Toronto and an MBA with a specialization in strategy and sustainability from the Schulich School of Business.

Aroshi Amarasinghe

Marketing Coordinator
As the Marketing Coordinator at Ulula, Aroshi supports in the design and execution of the marketing strategy which includes enhancing Ulula's online presence, driving inbound lead generation and managing digital campaigns. Prior to working at Ulula, Aroshi completed internships in financial services, tech, and the public sector.

Asif N.

Asif N.

Software Developer
Working as the Senior Lead Developer on his current team, Asif works well under pressure while ensuring the stability and reliability of his fellow team’s software and products. He has over 15 years of experience in his field, and also excels in open source web development. Asif is well known for his dynamic personality and hands-on approach to solving complex problems with efficiency.

Belise Kabahizi

Client Solutions Specialist
Belise works as a Client Solutions Specialist at Ulula. She has a ton of experience in several areas including FOH restaurant management, program coordination in the non-profit sector and political fundraising and canvassing. She is passionate about international development. Outside of work, you can find her hiking mountains, listening to podcasts, and indulging in delicious food and drink.

Bolaji Olarinre

Bolaji Olarinre

Client Solutions Specialist
Bolaji is a Client Solutions Specialist with 5 years of experience in client management. She has a passion for building strong relationships with customers and is an expert in improving customer experience by implementing action plans to effectively address business needs. She also has a proven ability to implement solutions and processes that increase organizational efficiency. Bolaji hold a Bachelor's Degree in Business and Economics and has a Master's Degree in Applied Economics as well as an MBA. Outside of work, Bolaji can be found spending time with family and friends, trying to prepare new recipes or trying out new restaurants.

Faraz A.

Faraz A.

Software Developer
Faraz is a Senior Software Engineer who enjoys the problem solving side of programming. He has been passionate about coding since his high school days and loves to think outside the box. During his professional career he has developed and delivered numerous projects for clients successfully.

Ghufran Y.

Ghufran Y.

Software Developer
Ghufran has over 10 years of experience developing modern, intuitive, and flexible interfaces for web and mobile applications. He is an Adobe Creative Suite expert, with proficiency in cutting edge front-end technologies such as Vue.js, Angular, and ReactJS.

Hailey M.

Hailey Marleau

Digital Marketing Intern
Hailey is an undergraduate student at the University of Toronto studying Peace and Conflict Studies, and Ethics and Law. She has spent several years working in digital marketing and specializes in writing, content creation, and social media. She hopes to use her experience in marketing, research, and human rights advocacy to advance both national and international policy for regulating human rights and environmental protocols in the private sector.

Ihechi O.

Ihechi Okwunodulu

Human Resources & Operations Manager
Ihechi is the Operations and Human Resources Manager at Ulula. With over 18 years extensive experience in both the public and private sectors; managing Business Operations, developing and implementing HR strategies, building strong productive teams and efficient Processes and Systems. Prior to Ulula, Ihechi worked in the Manufacturing, Finance and mostly in the Oil & Gas sectors. As a trained Quality Auditor, she believes in consistency and continuous improvement. She loves and promotes a fun work environment and is also passionate about health, fitness and fashion.

Irfan D.

Irfan D.

Software Developer
Irfan is a Computer Science graduate and web development enthusiast. He loves to write code and find solutions that positively impact peoples’ lives. Even after 10 years, his love for programming only continues to grow and he is always looking for ways to continue learning and improving. He has extensive knowledge and experience of developing large scale solutions using PHP, MySQL, and other web technologies.

JC Ulat

Business Analyst
JC is the Business Analyst at Ulula and is responsible for coordinating custom client projects and supporting data initatives across the company. JC has a degree in International Development and has worked overseas within development and also did a brief stint in the finance sector where he started learning how to code. Outside of development JC loves the outdoors and learning new skills. JC is a fan of using technology to solve modern problems and he is excited to apply what he is learning in Python to help with the data management at Ulula for more effective data collection and reporting on supply chain transparency. JC is based in Vancouver, BC and outside of work, you can find him at climbing gyms and going on multi-day camping trips in the backcountry of British Columbia.

Konstantinos Lentas

Telecommunications Engineer
Konstantinos Lentas is the telecommunications engineer of Ulula. He has 20+ years of experience in all telecommunication technologies—ranging from satellite networks, VPN, wireless, analogue and digital voice, corporate level PBX, data, VoIP, IT infrastructure, to media broadcast and digital signage. He has an established record of delivering unique solutions and projects in the fields of financial, military, telecommunications, maritime, government, retail, and corporate sectors. He holds a BEng and MSc from Westminster University and certifications in Software engineering and networks. His main goal is to continuously evolve as an engineer and as a person inside the workplace. He spends his free time with family and friends, not refusing a good movie or sporting event.

Laura Castro

Client Solutions Lead
Laura is our Client Solutions Lead at Ulula. She is the Lead of the Deployment team and has experience in deploying and implementing our technology in different types of projects. She focuses on configuration and works directly with our tech team and clients to ensure that Ulula obtains the data required to help organizations make more responsible supply chain decisions. She has a Bachelor's degree in International Business and Supply Chain, and a Graduate Certificate in Sustainable Business Management. When she isn’t glued to our platform, she likes to dance and visit new restaurants in Toronto.

Nazzal M.

Nazzal M.

Technical Project Manager
Nazzal has worked in the IT industry for over 10 years. He is currently working as a Project Manager and has implemented a number of quality web-based applications. He ensures his teams are following the industry’s best practices in order to provide clients with the best possible product. Nazzal is a goal orientated person with an ambition to deliver the best technical solutions. He thrives in fast paced and rapidly changing environments.

Rizwan A.

Rizwan A.

Software Developer
Rizwan has 13 years of diversified experience as a Principal Software Engineer and has worked within Laravel, Zend, CodeIgnitor, VueJS, jQuery, and open source applications. He excels in determining operational feasibility through in-depth analysis of requirements and conducting complete system reviews to find issues and propose innovative solutions.

Rizwan S.

Rizwan S.

Software Developer
Rizwan is a technology enthusiast with more than five years of experience in open source web development and .NET technologies. He has worked with many international clients from the U.S., Italy, and Panama on a wide range of projects including warehouse management systems, transportation management portals, and a medical field management system.

Ron Daligadu

Director of Software Development
Ron Daligadu is the Director for Software Development responsible for all technology development and delivery at Ulula. Ron is an experienced Software Development professional with 30+ years of experience. He has deep roots as a developer and a proven track record leading teams of software engineers in the analysis, design, development, testing, deployment and support of both on-site and cloud-based mission-critical systems.

Sergio Matus Salgado

Sergio Salgado

Program Manager
Sergio is a Program Manager at Ulula. He is responsible for program development, coordination and client communication. Sergio builds strategic partnerships and work environment, with clients from the public, private and civil society sectors. Sergio has 7+ years of experience in Social Compliance and Corporate Responsibility supporting brands' development and enhancing their social compliance programs with his wealth of experience from Audit firms such as Elevate Limited and Intertek Testing Services. Sergio has worn many hats in his career, as an Auditor, Trainer, Client Management and Operations Leader. Prior to Social Compliance, Sergio was the Sales Team Lead at Atento, in addition to working with the Marketing and Customer Service Units at American Express. On a personal front, Sergio lives in Puebla, Mexico and in his leisure time, plays semi-professional football and is keen on outdoor activities like hiking and camping.

Shahbaz B.

Shahbaz B.

Software Developer
With a BS in Computer Science, Shahbaz has been working in the IT industry since 2015. He has extensive experience as a programmer specializing in PHP and JavaScript. He is curious by nature and loves to solve the day-to-day challenges while accommodating diverse natures of client requirements.

Shakeel U.

Shakeel U.

Quality Assurance Engineer
Shakeel earned his BS in Software Engineering from COMSATS University in 2016. After graduation, he developed an interest in Automation and Manual Quality Assurance. He has acquired extensive experience in the field and is passionate about catching and resolving bugs with efficiency.

Tes S.

Teslim Salawu

Product Manager
Tes is the Product Manager at Ulula with a strong business analysis and project management background. He works closely with cross-functional teams on product design and quality assurance on product and process improvements. Tes holds 2 MBAs from the prestigious Schiller International University. Outside work Tes loves to read books, play video games.

Thomas Radal

Europe Representative
Thomas Radal is supply chain expert. He lived in Bangladesh and China for 7 years, where he visited more than 250 factories and numerous plantations of several commodities. He worked on developing concrete actions to drastically improve working conditions, traceability and prevent environmental pollution of an end to end supply chain for a large French retailer, from raw materials to the finished goods. He is currently based in France, working as a consultant and the Europe Representative of Ulula to promote the innovative worker and community engagement technology.

Umar K.

Umar K.

Quality Assurance Engineer
Umar completed his BS in Computer Science in 2012 and began his career as a Software Quality Assurance Engineer. He has acquired a significant amount of hands-on experience in Test Automation, API testing, Java, Databases, and Test Planning. He is passionate about software quality and the implementation of the best tools to deliver it.

Uttam Solanki

Software Developer
Uttam is a self-motivated, well organized, and meticulous professional full-stack developer with more than three years of experience in the Software development process. He has a vast array of knowledge in front-end and back-end technologies. Apart from work, he loves traveling, reading books and news, and in his leisure time, he surfs the internet for self-development and enhancement skills.

Vera B.

Vera Belazelkoska

Director of Programs
Vera Belazelkoska is the Director of Programmes at Ulula where she builds strategic partnerships and works with clients from the public, private and civil society sectors on program development and implementation. Vera has 10+ years of experience in international development work, focusing on community engagement, financial inclusion and education in parts of Asia, Africa, Central and South America - engaged with organizations like Opportunity International, Centro Conviven and the University of Chiang Mai. She was a Rotary International Peace Scholar in Argentina and holds a Masters in Political Economy of International Development from the University of Toronto, and a specialization in Social Economy and Local Development from the University of Buenos Aires School of Economics. Vera sits on the Steering Committee Against Modern Slavery in Canada, alongside representatives from UNICEF, World Vision and Fair Trade.

Zahra Swadi

Client Solutions Specialist
Zahra is a proactive leader with over fifteen years of professional experience in project management, process development, regulatory compliance and policy implementation. A sustainability specialist, she manages large and complex projects from inception to conclusion. She applies critical thinking and analytical research, with proven problem solving skills. Zahra plans and implements initiatives to achieve measurable results, improving business by optimizing industry standards.

Zain A.

Zain A.

Software Developer
Zain is a Senior Software Engineer with around nine years of experience in web and mobile development. He has worked in a variety of applications including reservation and booking management, shopping carts, and survey management systems. He has worked with many international clients from the U.S, Canada, U.K, Australia, New Zealand, and the Middle East.

Darryl Knudsen

TenVenn Social Equity, LLC
Darryl has 20 years of experience working on supply chain sustainability issues and has been widely recognized for his vision and leadership in the field. He is the Founder and Principal of TenVenn Social Equity, LLC, which offers custom services in supply chain human rights across multiple industries, and he is the co-founder of R3, The Responsible Remediation Resource. Darryl has deep experience in the apparel, retail and electronics industries and has served on cross-sector boards, committees and working groups to advance the global agenda for human rights. He has been privileged to work in more than twenty countries around the world with stakeholders, such as the International Labour Organization (ILO), the World Bank Group, governments, trade unions, multinational companies, and labor and human rights NGOs.

Emmanuel Letouzé

Data-Pop Alliance
Dr Emmanuel Letouzé is the co-Founder and Director of Data-Pop Alliance, a not-for-profit global coalition on Big Data, Artificial Intelligence and human development created in 2013 with the MIT Media Lab, Harvard Humanitarian Initiative (HHI), and Overseas Development Institute (ODI). He is a Connection Science Fellow at MIT, a Visiting Scientist at HHI, and a Research Associate at ODI. He is also a co-Founder and Chairperson of the Open Algorithms project (OPAL). He wrote UN Global Pulse's White Paper "Big Data for Development” in 2011 and has since then focused on new data’s applications and implications for human development, including poverty, inequality, migration, crime, fragile states, social cohesion climate resilience, official statistics, privacy and ethics.

Grace Barasso

ArcelorMittal Mining
Graziella (Grace) Barrasso has over 20 years experience as a sustainability practitioner for the mining sector where she has worked in various regions across the world. She is currently the Global Head Sustainability, Corporate Responsibility and Risk Management at ArcelorMittal Mining, based in Canada (since 2019).

Nadim Kara

Natural Resources Canada
Nadim has spent over twenty years building socially inclusive economies and communities. He’s worked locally, on efforts to improve the health and well-being of children, youth and families in Vancouver, as well as globally, as a human rights watchdog monitoring the global diamond industry. Having worked for industry, government and civil society he is well-positioned to translate across sectoral divides to facilitate collaborative action for sustainable development. Nadim has been recognized for his work by the International Committee of the Red Cross (Power of Humanity award, 2004), the Ontario Minister for Northern Development and Mines (commendation letter, 2015) and Natural Resources Canada (multiple awards, 2006-2012). In addition, he was one of four Canadians selected by the U.S. State Department to participate in the 2015 International Visitor Leadership Program, focused on sustainability and the extractive sector.

Rosey Hurst

Impactt Limited
Rosey founded Impactt in 1997 with the mission of improving the lives and livelihoods of workers worldwide by using the positive power of global supply chains. She has since used her knowledge and experience of the developing world and the corporate and NGO sectors to develop diverse tools, solutions and services to create positive impacts for workers. Rosey has led multiple innovations in ethical trade. She founded Sedex and the Local Resources Network, pioneered and normalised the use of participatory techniques in China, and devised and launched the Benefits for Business and Workers Programme in India, Bangladesh and Myanmar. Elsewhere, she worked with Awaj Foundation on building workers’ negotiation capability, and using techniques derived from social psychology to re-humanise relations in the workplace. Rosey specialises in forced labour, with experience of diagnosis and remedy of forced labour in India, Malaysia, China and the Middle East. Rosey is working with many leading companies and organisations on their Human Rights Programmes, serves on the Ecovadis Technical Committee and is a member of the Responsible Investment Advisory Council at BMO-GAM.

Yousaf Aftab

Atelier Aftab
Yousuf is an ESG lawyer and strategist with deep expertise in business and human rights and a decade of experience advising Fortune 100 companies, governments, and international organizations on all aspects of strategic sustainability—from governance design and due diligence to crisis management and disputes. He is the Director of Atelier Aftab, an ESG law firm, and the Principal of Enodo Rights, a human rights strategy firm. Yousuf previously helped design and launch Debevoise & Plimpton LLP's Business Integrity Group; specialized in international disputes at Latham & Watkins LLP; and clerked at the Supreme Court of Canada. He is a Global Advisory Board member of Cornerstone Capital and the co-author of Business and Human Rights as Law (LexisNexis 2019), which was cited by the Supreme Court of Canada in its landmark ruling, Nevsun v. Araya. Yousuf is a devotee of tennis, magic realism, and the whims of his toddling despot. He lives in New York.