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.
Jane joined the Stats4SD team part-time in September 2018, and also works for the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) in Nairobi, Kenya where she has been leading their Research Methods Group since 2009.
For the past 20 years, Jane has supported multi-disciplinary research and development projects across a wide range of topics and speciality areas, including trees (forestry and agroforestry), plants (entomology and pathology), animals (breeding, feeding, health) and humans (socio-economics, gender equity, impact assessment and monitoring and evaluation). Her main interest is in embedding key research methods, from design, sampling and design of data collection tools through to analysis and presentation, into the project life-cycle to improve their quality and effectiveness. Jane has conducted capacity development activities to individuals and groups across Africa and Asia and also has significant experience and interest in research ethics, aspects such as participant prior informed consent, risks and benefits and data confidentiality.
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 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.
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 has been part of SSD 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 SSD, 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.
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.
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.
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.
Nicolas is a statistician who joined our team in July 2018. He has a PhD in biostatistics and 10 years’ experience in conducting research, analysis, support and teaching in Statistics. His favourite tool for working with data is R, but he is also familiar with Python, SPSS and SAS.
Before moving to Stats4SD, Nicolas has had varied experience in the field of Statistical science, working in Economics, Genetic Epidemiology, Psychology and Medical Statistics.
Nicolas has a passion for Statistics education and has taught Statistical workshops and tutorials for several years. He has also attended conferences dedicated to research in this area and is determined to explore new ways to disseminate Statistical knowledge to the general population.
And finally, Nicolas has recently gotten into learning how to draw. Who knows, maybe one day people will be able to learn Statistics from his scribbling!
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.
Emily joined Stats4SD in 2018 to help develop an e-learning course, and has since been involved in creating educational multimedia resources for a variety of projects as well as providing graphic design support for the team.
Emily has a degree in Illustration, and worked as a tutor before coming to Stats4SD. She is interested in combining these skills to produce learning materials that are attractive, accessible and easy to understand. In her role here, she has enjoyed collaborating with subject matter experts to translate their valuable knowledge into practical, engaging resources.
Outside of Stats4SD, Emily works as an artist and is passionate about illustration, portraiture and printmaking.
Tina joined our team in October 2017 and takes care of our social media and communications. Responsible for the social strategy and content across all platforms, as well our blog, Tina has a passion for communicating project initiatives in the development sector. She is especially keen on making data accessible and conveying the length and breadth of work undertaken at Stats4SD.
In addition, Tina works as an abstract artist inspired by both colour and narrative. She creates intensely vibrant paintings and conceptual art work, namely around autism advocacy.
Lucia joined the team in October 2018 as a Data Engineer Intern. She has a Master’s in Computer Engineering and a keen interest for problem-solving and taking on new challenges. Lucia intends to use her time at Stats4SD to improve her skills, like software development and supporting customers with apps, and hopes to find elegant and functional solutions for every client.
Faheem joined the team in October 2018 as a Statistics Intern. He is driven by a deep interest in reconciling the gaps between the academic statistics taught in his Mathematics Bachelors and Statistics Masters with the demands of real-world data analysis. Faheem intends to use his time at Stats4SD to explore the breadth of socially pertinent problems that can, and cannot, be meaningfully approached using Statistics. With experience in SAS, Excel, Python and especially R for data analysis, combined with his friendly personality, Faheem hopes to use these skills to present his analysis in an approachable and insightful way.
Shannon joined Stats4SD in November 2018 and works across the whole team in supporting and managing administrative tasks such as invoicing and expenses. She is also a third-year student at Reading University studying History and International Relations. The role has enabled Shannon to develop her administrative skills and apply them to a business and finance-based role.
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).
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.
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.