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

Community Engagement Officer

Godliver is a Ugandan civil engineer and a community leader. She has over a decade of experience working with GIZ Uganda, the University of Cambridge and the Global Women’s Water Initiative. She is an expert in leading community-centric activities. In addition, she is a public speaker and the host of a radio show discussing women empowerment. 

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

Community Engagement Officer

Godliver is a Ugandan civil engineer and a community leader. She has over a decade of experience working with GIZ Uganda, the University of Cambridge and the Global Women’s Water Initiative. She is an expert in leading community-centric activities. In addition, she is a public speaker and the host of a radio show discussing women empowerment.

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