Carlos Barahona

Managing Director / Specialist in Research Architecture

Carlos Barahona

Managing Director / Specialist in Research Architecture

Carlos’s background is in study design, survey and experimental design, M&E and mixed methods approaches for research. Before setting up Stats4SD in May 2016, he worked for over 20 years at the University of Reading.

Carlos specialises in the design of research projects. He helps researchers convert an idea into a coherent plan of activities that will answer their questions effectively and efficiently. He also provides support to ensure delivery of project outputs and good communication of results.

Carlos is an experienced trainer with a keen interest in communicating complex ideas in ways that people understand. He has extensive experience in designing and running training courses in the UK, Africa and Latin America.

Carlos is interested in the synergies between participatory approaches to research activities and statistical principles.

Ric Coe

Director / Specialist In Research Methods

Ric Coe

Director / Specialist In Research Methods

For many years Ric headed the Research Methods Group of the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) and International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) in Nairobi, Kenya. He continues to have a part-time position with ICRAF while working part-time with Stats4SD.

Ric’s expertise is in applying good statistical practice over the full research cycle: from conception and problem definition to data analysis and reporting. His aim is to improve the quality and effectiveness of research for development through the application of statistical principles and ideas. He is particularly interested in research design, including the design of complex integrative research projects.

Ric is involved in training many groups in all these areas, particularly in East and Southern Africa.

Roger Stern

Director / Professor of Applied Statistics

Roger Stern

Director / Professor of Applied Statistics

Roger is an Emeritus Professor of Applied Statistics at the University of Reading. His main interests are climatic statistics and improving the teaching of statistics at undergraduate and post-graduate level.

Roger works part-time with Stats4SD, where he leads our work with national and international meteorological services. He has been a driving force in establishing partnerships with organisations with whom we share objectives and values including the Southampton Statistical Sciences Research Institute (S3RI) of the University of Southampton, the African Maths Initiative (AMI) in Kenya and the African Institute of Mathematical Sciences Tanzania (AIMS). He also works on our eLearning portfolio.

Roger has previously worked for the University of Colombo, Sri Lanka; the Institute of Agricultural Research, Zaria, Nigeria; and the International Crop Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) in Niamey, Niger.

Andrew Pinney

Director / Specialist in Monitoring and Evaluation of International Aid Initiatives

Andrew Pinney

Director / Specialist in Monitoring and Evaluation of International Aid Initiatives

Andrew trained in both applied statistics and natural resource management and has been working for over 20 years as a statistician, researcher and development professional. He has experience in poverty and food security analysis, the design and implementation of multi-topic household surveys and sampling strategies, M&E of international development projects, impact assessment and agroforestry and forestry biometrics.

Andrew has experience at international, national and community levels in Africa, Asia and Latin America. He works in post-conflict and post-disaster contexts where data collection poses particular difficulties due to lack of communications and infrastructure.

Sam Dumble

Statistician

Sam Dumble

Statistician

Sam has been part of Stats4SD since its inception in 2016. Given the importance and frequent misinterpretation of statistics, he is keen to ensure that results are presented in a clear and understandable manner, particularly through the use of graphics and maps. He does most of his analysis using the software packages R and QGIS. He is also an experienced user of various other packages such as SAS, SPSS, Minitab, Genstat, Stata and CSPro.

Before moving to Stats4SD, Sam worked for the SSC at the University of Reading, providing consultancy and data analysis for projects in a wide range of fields. He was involved with M&E of several development projects funded by the UK Department for International Development (DFID) and an agricultural research programme in Southern and Eastern Africa funded by the McKnight Foundation. He also took part in a variety of training courses targeted at audiences ranging from complete beginners to qualified statisticians.

Lily Clements

Assistant Statistician

Lily Clements

Assistant Statistician

Lily is doing an internship at Stats4SD between her undergraduate and masters degrees. In 2016 she was awarded a First Class Honours degree in Mathematics and Statistics (BSc) by the University of Reading. Later this year, she will embark on an MSc in Statistics at the University of Southampton.

Lily’s expertise is in high-level problem solving with a focus on understanding and analysing data. She is also keen on explaining mathematical and statistical concepts to non-mathematicians. During her year at Stats4SD, Lily is working on the Africa Data Initiative and R-Instat, a statistical software that uses R as the processing engine and is designed to help teach and learn statistics.

Dave Mills

Data Engineer

Dave Mills

Data Engineer

Dave joined our team in 2012. His main areas of expertise are data engineering, eLearning development, multimedia production and digital data collection technologies.

Dave provides solutions to the data and IT challenges that we face when supporting our clients and partners. He is at the forefront of Stats4SD’s work to produce innovative solutions tailored to the needs of different clients using data collected through apps on mobile devices. This includes closing data loops so that users can see results as the data is collected.

Dave is also responsible for the development of our eLearning portfolio and is heavily involved in the development of Open Educational Resources for a number of international projects.

Nuru Kipato

Research Methods Assistant

Nuru Kipato

Research Methods Assistant

Nuru is a mathematician and research methods specialist who joined the team in August 2015 after completing her masters at the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS).

Based at the Sokoine University of Agriculture in Tanzania, Nuru provides research methods support to agricultural projects funded by The McKnight Foundation in Malawi, Mozambique and Tanzania. She advises on research design, data analysis and interpretation of results.

Nuru is keen to see the quality of research in Africa improve. She also wants to make sure that the knowledge built up by researchers feeds into development. She believes that mathematics and statistics are key to these processes.

Alex Riba

Statistician

Alex Riba

Statistician

Alex joined our team in 2014. He is an engineer with more than 20 years of experience teaching statistics and conducting research at Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya, Barcelona Tech. He has worked on projects in a wide range of fields including engineering, business and industry, medicine, epidemiology, quality control, sports and linguistics.

Alex’s areas of expertise are industrial statistics, experimental design, statistical process control, six-sigma statistical techniques and analysis of surveys. He is particularly interested in processes that let data speak for themselves: design of data collection plans, analysis and communication of results in a meaningful way to non-statisticians.

Since joining Stats4SD, Alex has also been involved in digital data collection and improving eLearning courses.

Shiphar Mulumba

Research Methods Assistant

Shiphar Mulumba

Research Methods Assistant

Shiphar is a research methods specialist for Stats4SD based in Uganda. She provides support to projects funded by The McKnight Foundation in Eastern Africa on study design, data management and analysis as well as report writing.

Shiphar’s aims are to make research for development more effective through improved methods and training programmes for scientists and students.

Shiphar has a degree in Agriculture from Makerere University in Uganda and an MSc in Research Methodology from Jomo Kenyatta University in Kenya. She has previous work experience with the Uganda National Agricultural Research Organization and the International Potato Centre, known by its Spanish acronym CIP.

Chris Clarke

Technology and Innovation

Chris Clarke

Technology and Innovation

Chris specialises in cloud computing and mobile app development. His main area of interest is data loops, particularly creating systems that both collect and feed back information for development. He also has a passion for education and training, with a degree in mathematics and physics from the University of Warwick and a master’s in mathematics education from King’s College London. Chris has spent a number of years based in Africa working for organisations including the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS) and African Maths Initiative (AMI). He is a co-founder of the UK-based charity Supporting African Maths Initiatives (SAMI).

Sebastian Steinmüller

Statistician

Sebastian Steinmüller

Statistician

Sebastian joined our team in 2015 after working in market research and graduating with a master’s degree in Statistics in Economic and Social Sciences from the University of Munich.

His main areas of expertise are: sampling and survey design, M&E, survey management, digital data collection, epidemiology, and treatment of missing values. He is an avid R user, but uses other statistical software as appropriate.

Sebastian is particularly interested in the development and implementation of M&E approaches tailored to the specific needs of partners and programmes. He first gained experience in M&E when working on household surveys in Laos, which motivated him to pursue a career in this field.

Sebastian believes that the translation of complex statistical concepts into simple language plays a crucial role in ensuring that everyone can benefit from quantitative methods.

Zobinou “Zed” Mawusi

Research Methods Assistant

Zobinou “Zed” Mawusi

Research Methods Assistant

Zed works as a research methods specialist for Stats4SD in Niger. He coordinates support to projects funded by The McKnight Foundation in Niger, Burkina Faso and Mali.

Before joining our team in 2010, Zed worked for the International Livestock Centre for Africa (ILCA) and the International Crop Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Topics (ICRISAT) in Niamey. He has also worked with the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT). He retains responsibility for the ILCA’s Computer Unit.

Zed is keen to improve the quality of data management through data flow ideas. He is involved in computing and applied statistics training for researchers and farmers’ organisations in West Africa. He also provides data management and analysis support for university students in Niger and Burkina Faso.

Loredana Horezeanu

Statistician

Loredana Horezeanu

Statistician

Loredana joined Stats4SD in 2017 to provide statistical data analysis and capacity building support to our agricultural research projects in West Africa. Since joining, her involvement has quickly expanded to meet the needs of our clients across other regions and activities.

Loredana is an agricultural economist with a strong interest in applied statistics.  She holds a Master of Science degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign where her coursework primarily focused on statistics and econometrics.  As a research assistant at the Agricultural and Consumer Economics department of the University of Illinois, she helped design and implement a large farmer household survey in Benin. This was part of a multidisciplinary cowpea project sponsored by the Gates Foundation and implemented in partnership with Michigan State University.
 
Loredana is passionate about transforming data sets into meaningful stories and helping our clients design and carry out their research. Her areas of work are survey data analysis, spatial econometrics, impact evaluation, statistical capacity building and digital data collection.
 
Loredana is fluent in French and German and has a good working knowledge of Spanish.

Chris Gould

Business Administrator

Chris Gould

Business Administrator

Chris works as a part-time business administrator for Stats4SD while studying for a BSc degree in Finance and Investment Banking at the Henley Business School, University of Reading. His role at Stats4SD includes invoicing, bill payments, expense analysis and liaising with clients about business matters.

Before starting university, Chris was a trainee accountant at Saffery Champness, where he worked on payroll processing, tax returns and preparation of company accounts.

Ian Fitzpatrick

Associate, Anthropologist

Ian Fitzpatrick

Associate, Anthropologist

Ian is an anthropologist and ethnobotanist with a background in food and farming research, policy and campaigning. He is interested in mixed research methods and working with smallholder farmers. He has worked for the Sustainable Food Trust, Global Justice Now, Sustain, the Food Ethics Council and the New Economics Foundation.

He is the author of a number of reports including Sustain’s A Children’s Future Fund, which argued for a sugary drinks tax, and From the roots up – How agroecology can feed Africa. Ian has an MSc in ethnobotany from the University of Kent and a DPhil (PhD) in anthropology from the University of Oxford.

Ian is a co-founder of the Leeds Bread Co-op, an artisan bakery, and a non-executive director of The Grange, a not-for-profit project in a smallholding in Norfolk that hosts courses, support and therapy for people who have survived trauma.