DATA FOR USER-CENTRIC IMPACT EVALUATION & PROJECT DESIGN

Rural Senses provides actionable user-driven data that maximises impact and sustainability across projects in developing markets

Committed to Social Sustainability

Rural Senses is a social enterprise that originated from research conducted at the University of Cambridge. Our mission is to improve the lives of people living in low-resource settings and to ensure projects are sustainable. To do this, we use a novel approach to better understand what is important to local communities and to help design projects and businesses that are both financially and socially sustainable. Our robust academic methods, vast field experience and local knowledge help us to reflect our dual directive of improving people’s lives and ensuring financial returns.

Backed by Leading Practitioners

“Rural Senses’ framework is the best existing tool to measure actual impact as it is perceived by the beneficiaries themselves.”

Sir Brian Heap, University of Cambridge

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The Team

Yau Ben-Or

Yau Ben-Or

Co-Founder and Managing Director

Yau has over 7 years of experience in leading multidisciplinary teams in multinational projects. Prior to co-founding Rural Senses, he worked as a project manager for MobileODT to improve global health and co-founded SolarChange to promote renewable energies. Yau holds an MPhil in Sustainable Development from the University of Cambridge.

Dr Stephi Hirmer

Dr Stephi Hirmer

Co-Founder and Technical Director

Stephi has a decade of international development experience, in particular working with rural communities. She holds a PhD from the University of Cambridge where she is a Visiting Research Fellow. Her interests are focused on user-centred design of hard infrastructure. She has worked on projects for Arup, GIZ, KfW and SVI.

Godliver Businge

Godliver Businge

Head of Community Engagement

Godliver is the former director of Global Women’s Water Initiative (GWWI). She has over a decade of experience leading community-centric programs including partnering with global NGOs and research institutions. Godliver holds a diploma in civil engineering and BA in Community Development from Mountains of the Moon University, Uganda.

Upeshika Heenetigala

Upeshika Heenetigala

Head of Operations

Upeshika has 5 years’ experience designing & managing large scale infrastructure projects in Australia. Prior to joining Rural Senses, she worked at the Greater London Authority on sustainable development policy. Upeshika has a B.E (Honours) in Civil Engineering from the University of Melbourne and an MPhil in Engineering for Sustainable Development from the University of Cambridge.

Barik Sale

Barik Sale

Community Engagement Manager

Barik is originally from Darfur region in Sudan, today living in Israel. He is a social activist, public speaker and community leader. He Co-Founded the African Student Organisation (ASO) in Israel. Barik holds a BA in Government, Diplomacy and Strategy from the Interdisciplinary Center (IDC), Herzliya.

Wayne C.W. Lau

Wayne C.W. Lau

Strategic Advisor

Wayne is a strategic advisor to Rural Senses. He advises mainly on infrastructure projects.

The Team

Yau Ben-Or

Co-Founder and Managing Director

Yau has over 7 years of experience in leading multidisciplinary teams in multinational projects. Prior to co-founding Rural Senses, he worked as a project manager for MobileODT to improve global health and founded SolarChange to promote renewable energies. Yau holds an MPhil in Sustainable Development from the University of Cambridge.

Dr Stephi Hirmer

Co-Founder and Technical Director

Stephi has a decade of international development experience, in particular working with rural communities. She holds a PhD from the University of Cambridge where she is a Visiting Research Fellow. Her interests are focused on user-centred design of hard infrastructure. She has worked on projects for Arup, GIZ, KfW and SVI.

Godliver Businge

Head of Community Engagement

Godliver is the former director of Global Women’s Water Initiative (GWWI). She has over a decade of experience leading community-centric programs including partnering with global NGOs and research institutions. Godliver holds a diploma in civil engineering and BA in Community Development from Mountains of the Moon University, Uganda.

Upeshika Heenetigala

Head of Operations

Upeshika has 5 years’ experience designing & managing large scale infrastructure projects in Australia. Prior to joining Rural Senses, she worked at the Greater London Authority on climate change adaptation & sustainable development policy and projects. Upeshika has a B.E (Honours) in Civil Engineering from the University of Melbourne and an MPhil in Engineering for Sustainable Development from the University of Cambridge.

Barik Sale

Community Engagement Manager

Barik is originally from Darfur region in Sudan, today living in Israel. He is a social activist, public speaker and community leader. He Co-Founded the African Student Organisation (ASO) in Israel. Barik holds a BA in Government, Diplomacy and Strategy from the Interdisciplinary Center (IDC), Herzliya.

Wayne C.W. Lau

Strategic Advisor

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