About AgUnity

the origins

In 2016, David Davies and his co-founder laid the foundations of what Agunity would come to be when they entered a hackathon in a tech conference in London, enticed by a prize from the prestigious Singularity University and the uniqueness of the challenge.

What was the challenge? To conceptualise and present “the biggest world changing idea”.

Their solution:
a low cost smartphone and a safe transaction record system powered by blockchain, to tackle financial and digital exclusion for remote, rural communities.

5 years on, we are an award-winning technology provider, creating digitisation solutions that integrate remote farming communities into global supply chains.

our vision

Combating poverty by providing millions of smallholder farmers with digital tools that empower them to achieve economic inclusion so they, their families and their communities can prosper and thrive.

we are on a
mission

At AgUnity, we are deeply committed to influencing the issues that drive poverty in rural and remote communities worldwide, commonly known as the 'Last Mile'.

Access to mobile-money, credit and insurance are considered key avenues to foster broad economic growth and lift millions of people out of poverty.  How do we solve financial inclusion at scale? With digital inclusion.

“Farmers and fish folk in remote communities are resilient, intelligent people that will jump at the opportunity to improve their lives and of their families. Let’s create opportunity. “

David Davies
Founder

our values

impact

As a company, our goal is to have a positive impact on people’s lives  — the lives of those who use our technology, of partners and clients , and of our own team. 

our solution

Technology that Builds Bridges

Our platform is designed to cater to the needs of both farming communities and the organisations and businesses - in a wide range of sectors - that need a technological avenue to connect with them.

Leveraging our technology diminishes the operational risks of transacting with rural communities and improves the efficiency of implementing projects in emerging markets. Lesser risk for the demand side leads to better pay for the farmers. Ultimately, ‘last mile’ communities gain improved means to control their livelihoods, partnerships and finances.

The end-game: better business that creates Impact.

Our unique approach - No Assumptions.
We learn directly from the end users, designing and testing our solutions on site, in real conditions. This participatory design process is key to the success of our application and projects.

Can a smartphone provide digital and financial inclusion?

AgUnity’s smartphone can.

the 4 pillars of agunity

Blockchain

Our app  ensures that all transactions by both our users and clients are permanently and securely recorded on a dedicated, immutable Blockchain ledger.

Partnerships

We deliver through excellent collaborations with Service Providers, Commodity Buyers /Traders and development agencies implementing SDG related programs serving the ‘last mile’.

Network

Our robust platform is designed to provide seamless transactional services regardless of available telecom network services in the ‘last mile’

Framework of Trust

Our user friendly interface and intuitive app architecture are specifically designed to provide a framework of trust around integrated services, applicable for rural communities and their service providers.

UN Sustainable Development Goal No.1
No poverty

According to the UN, ethical business and investment are essential to achieve transformational change that will ensure peaceful, stable societies. AgUnity has pledged to sustainable and fair business practices, but our technology can do much more.

A simple smartphone powered with AgUnity’s operative system and super- app can lift a family out of poverty, prevent corruption in the supply chain and promote gender equality. Poverty is surmountable. And with our technology, it can become an issue of the past.

We partner with organisations focused on delivering on the UN SDGs objectives, but any business can deploy our technology to develop sustainable and fair trade practices.

"We thank AgUnity for providing our member farmers with mobile phone with AgUnity App and new technology. This technology transfer which helps us to improve our living standard through using the App, substituting paper receipt during coffee transaction. We used previously for coffee transaction paper receipt.

The mobile phone records transaction and avoid missing and damaging of paper receipt. Now the transaction of coffee will be recorded on the mobile phone with the help of AgUnity App. The phone have also learning, saving and shopping which are very useful to us. Again we thank you very much all AgUnity team."

Tahir Aba Biya
Chairman
Kotta Coffee Producer Primary Cooperative Union

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meet the team

AgUnity has a brilliant and diverse team with extensive experience in technology, sustainable development, community outreach and field operations.

leadership

DAVID DAVIES

CEO

Founder of 2 successful startups, David Davies has more than 10 year in senior roles in global investment banks (Goldman Sachs, Lehman Bros, Standard Chartered).

ANGUS KECK

COO

8 years in ICT leadership roles and over 10 years in the food retail sector and sustainable development programmes.

STEFAN BARRETT

CTO

20+ years' experience in financial solutions. Former Vice President at Nomura & Lehman banks, designing enterprise-grade transaction platforms.

Peter Horsten

Chief Growth Officer

Amazed by technology, Peter studied electronics; inspired by people he graduated as a sociologist.

Jean-François Chénier

CPO

30+ years of international corporate and small business experience leading process re-engineering, custom IT solution, and media projects.

NURVIT KRISTOFIKOVA

Program Director

More than 15 years of experience consulting for international development agencies and NGO’s for large scale projects.

DAVID DAVIES

CEO

Founder of 2 successful startups, David Davies has more than 10 year in senior roles in global investment banks (Goldman Sachs, Lehman Bros, Standard Chartered).

ANGUS KECK

COO

8 years in ICT leadership roles and over 10 years in the food retail sector and sustainable development programmes.

STEFAN BARRETT

CTO

20+ years' experience in financial solutions. Former Vice President at Nomura & Lehman banks, designing enterprise-grade transaction platforms.

Jean-François Chénier

CPO

30+ years of international corporate and small business experience leading process re-engineering, custom IT solution, and media projects.

NURVIT KRISTOFIKOVA

Program Director

More than 15 years of experience consulting for international development agencies and NGO’s for large scale projects.

Peter Horsten

Chief Growth Officer

Amazed by technology, Peter studied electronics; inspired by people he graduated as a sociologist.

Business development

Alex Mckillop

BDM & PM

Electrical Engineer experienced in Project Management. Extensive involvement in start-ups and boards.

Kwesi Folson

BDM Manager

Business development professional experienced in the entire food chain, FMCG / food retail industry and agri-sector.

Harrison Byrnes

Data Analyst

Strategy & data analyst, developer of models to inform key business decisions.

Miranda Jones

Grants Researcher

Background in Exercise Sports Science, a passion for bringing hope to the world in the grant research team.

Aysegul Kayahan

BDM

A Bachelor of Science and a Graduate Master of Arts majoring in Ethicc with over 30+ years of sales, marketing and change management experience. Committed to business ethics and social justice and passionate about contributing to the social and environmental good

Alex Mckillop

BDM & PM

Electrical Engineer experienced in Project Management. Extensive involvement in start-ups and boards.

Kwesi Folson

BDM Manager

Business development professional experienced in the entire food chain, FMCG / food retail industry and agri-sector.

Harrison Byrnes

Data Analyst

Strategy & data analyst, developer of models to inform key business decisions.

Miranda Jones

Grants Researcher

Background in Exercise Sports Science, a passion for bringing hope to the world in the grant research team.

AYSEGUL KAYAHAN

BDM

A Bachelor of Science and a Graduate Master of Arts majoring in Ethicc with over 30+ years of sales, marketing and change management experience.

communications

Carmen Van Zyl

Head of Marketing

Bachelor of Law and Psychology with Honours. Diverse background with specialisation in impact marketing and complex project management.

neil ismail

Media Production Specialist

Bachelor of Digital Media and Creative Arts. Years of experience in media production and passion for social impact projects.

Rivan Sigarlaki

Digital Marketing Specialist

10+ years of Creative & Digital Marketing expertise. Self-taught for problem solving through a set of design skills.

Jade gunn

Editor

Communications professional with boundless enthusiasm for the written word. Passionate about the role of art and design in visual communication, the psychology of effective conversations, and the importance of impact marketing for a progressive world.

Eira Prameswari

Marketing Officer

A Bachelor of Communication, with major in Advertising and Marketing Communication

Carmen Van Zyl

Head of Marketing

Bachelor of Law and Psychology with Honours. Diverse background with specialisation in impact marketing and complex project management.

neil ismail

Media Production Specialist

Bachelor of Digital Media and Creative Arts. Years of experience in media production and passion for social impact projects.

RIVAN SIGARLAKI

Digital Marketing Specialist

10+ years of Creative & Digital Marketing expertise. Self-taught for problem solving through a set of design skills.

Jade gunn

Editor

Communications professional with boundless enthusiasm for the written word.

Eira prameswari

Marketing Officer

A Bachelor of Communication, with major in Advertising and Marketing Communication

Operations

renata hawkins

Admin Manager

Over a decade of experience in Admin & Business operations for a variety of organisations.

devang garg

Accountant

Master of Management (Accounting) from The University of Melbourne with strong academic foundation in International Tax and aspiring CPA.

Ida Ayu Grhamtika Saitya

Program & Operation Officer

Experienced in various industries from journalism, legal tech, and sustainability. Master of Arts in Development Studies at EUR, The Netherlands.

Sunil Kumar

Executive Assistant

Graduate in Humanities from Delhi University, 19+ years of  experience as a Executive Assistant for top officials.

Sunil Abbaraju

Technical Project Manager

Expertise as a Technology Manager/ Engineering manager and holds a 'people first' mindset at work.

RENATA HAWKINS

Admin Manager

Over a decade of experience in Admin & Business operations for a variety of organisations.

DEVANG GARG

Accountant

Master of Management (Accounting) from The University of Melbourne with strong academic foundation in International Tax and aspiring CPA.

IDA AYU GRHAMTIKA SAITYA

Program & Operation Officer

Experienced in various industries from journalism, legal tech, and sustainability. Aside from her law degree, she completed her M.A. in Development Studies at EUR, The Netherlands.

Sunil Abbaraju

Technical Project Manager

Expertise as a Technology Manager/ Engineering manager and holds a 'people first' mindset at work.

Sunil Kumar

Executive Assistant

Graduate in Humanities from Delhi University, 19+ years of  experience as a Executive Assistant for top officials.

technology

Mark Tsang

Head of Data

Bachelor degree in electrical engineering, experienced in IT and its intersection with sustainable development.

Trilok Chebrolu

QA Developer

Quality analyst who has worked at Infogix, where he  has tested various products for the clients from end to end. 

Gabe Augustin

Senior Developer

Multidisciplinary with dual Masters of Computer Science & Engineering and Mechanical Engineering.

Kingsley Elochukwu Abia

Developer

Seasoned software engineer with 4+ years of experience and a passion for scalable systems.

Babtunde Ahmed

Developer

Seasoned programmer with major experience in the financial services industry which heavily depends on the Microsoft stack.

Ikechi Anya

Developer

Frontend developer with 4+ years software development experience in financial and banking industries.

Nikhil Seth

Developer

Self Taught Frontend Engineer, Linux and Open Source Enthusiast who has been shaping the web for the past four years across Education and FinTech sectors.

Aqeel Sahi

Developer

Front end developer with PhD in Information Technology. Experienced in web and mobile apps development.

Rui Li

Developer

Software engineer in designing and coding for modules and conducting performance optimizations. Had worked across different industries, with a lot of people around the world are using his products.

Stella Sikhila

Developer

Graduate from Kenyatta University with a degree in computer science.

Kaled Aljebur

Developer

Software Engineer and currently working as an IT Teacher.

Denis Brandao

QA Developer

Software Quality Assurance Engineer in continuous professional development.

Ayush Paliwal

Senior Frontend Developer

A full-stack developer with in-depth experience in front-end development. Lifelong learner and loves to code, read, and find new possible ways to enhance his coding skills.

Mark Tsang

Head of Data

Bachelor degree in electrical engineering, experienced in IT and its intersection with sustainable development.

John Bowden

Head of Front End Development

Software engineer with 20 years experience in a variety of applications and platforms.

Trilok Chebrolu

QA Developer

Quality analyst who has worked at Infogix, where  he  has tested various products for the clients from end to end. 

Gabe Augustin

Senior Developer

Multidisciplinary with dual Masters of Computer Science & Engineering and Mechanical Engineering.

Kingsley Elochukwu Abia

Developer

Seasoned software engineer with 4+ years of experience and a passion for scalable systems.

Babtunde Ahmed

Developer

Seasoned programmer with major experience in the financial services industry which heavily depends on the Microsoft stack.

Ikechi Anya

Developer

Frontend developer with 4+ years software development experience in financial and banking industries.

Aqeel Sahi

Developer

Front end developer with PhD in Information Technology. Experienced in web and mobile apps development.

Nikhil Seth

Developer

Self Taught Frontend Engineer, Linux and Open Source Enthusiast who has been shaping the web for the past four years across Education and FinTech sectors.

rui li

Developer

Software engineer in designing and coding for modules and conducting performance optimizations. Had worked across different industries, with a lot of people around the world are using his products.


Stella Sikhila

Developer

Graduate from Kenyatta University with a degree in computer science.

Denis Brandao

QA Developer

Software Quality Assurance Engineer in continuous professional development. 

Kaled Aljebur

Developer

Software Engineer and currently working as an IT Teacher.

product & Program

Jerbos Teshome

Field Manager

Masters in Agriculture, 22+ years experience as a senior manager and focus on implementation of new technologies.

Nur E Hasin

Business Analyst

IT Business Analyst, majored in Digital Innovation in her master's degree, a passion for human-centric technology solutions.

Monicah Rapando

Field Officer

Community development specialist focusing on community empowerment and development through Value chain approach for improved livelihoods of the rural and disadvantaged. 

Denny F Halim

Program Coordinator

An experienced researcher in private and development sectors with diverse grassroots communities in Ethiopia, Uganda, and Indonesia, including  smallholders farmers and fishermen. Collaboratively finding solutions through innovative tools such as immersive studies and Human Centred-Design (HCD).

Samuel B Osei

Field Officer

A bachelor in Chemical Engineering with a demonstrated history of working in the international non-profit and community development industry.

Aline G Rocha

UX Designer

Experienced in working with start-up companies and putting out new products from start to launch. Based in Alberta, Canada, and joined AgUnity in August 2021

Jerbos Teshome

Field Manager

Masters in Agriculture, 22+ years experience as a senior manager and focus on implementation of new technologies.

Nur E Hasin

Business Analyst

IT Business Analyst, majored in Digital Innovation in her master's degree, a passion for human-centric technology solutions.

Monicah Rapando

Field Officer

Community development specialist focusing on community empowerment and development through Value chain approach for improved livelihoods of the rural and disadvantaged.

DENNY F HALIM

Program Coordinator

An experienced researcher in private and development sectors with diverse grassroots communities in Ethiopia, Uganda, and Indonesia.

SAMUEL B OSEI

Field Officer

A bachelor in Chemical Engineering with a demonstrated history of working in the international non-profit and community development industry.

ALINE G ROCHA

UX Designer

Experienced in working with start-up companies and putting out new products from start to launch. Based in Alberta, Canada, and joined AgUnity in August 2021

advisory

Neville Wood

Strategy Advisor

Several decades experience in introducing new technologies and business change to large and small companies across a wide range of industries in the private and public sector.

PETRA SCHNEIDER

Communications Advisor

Former Founder/CEO of the largest domestic NGO in Indonesia, with 30 years in sustainable development

neville wood

Strategy Advisor

Several decades experience in introducing new technologies and business change to large and small companies across a wide range of industries in the private and public sector.

PETRA SCHNEIDER

Communications Advisor

30+ years in grassroots sustainanable development, communications and impact media; founder large​ Indonesian NGO.

awards and Accolades

Publications

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