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.

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 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).

STEFAN BARRETT

CTO

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

KEITH NIELSEN

CPO

25+ years working in Tier-1 Investment Banking and large-scale projects. Successful founding member of previous FinTech start-ups. 

PETRA SCHNEIDER

CCO

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

ANGUS KECK

COO

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

Jay Jayeshwaran

CRO

Over 15 years of senior management and board level experience in strategy, business development and capital raising across multiple industries.

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).

STEFAN BARRETT

CTO

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

KEITH NIELSEN

CPO

25+ years working in Tier-1 Investment Banking and large-scale projects. Successful founding member of previous FinTech start-ups.

PETRA SCHNEIDER

CCO

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

ANGUS KECK

COO

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

Jay Jayeshwaran

CRO

Over 15 years of senior management and board level experience in strategy, business development and capital raising across multiple industries.

NURVIT KRISTOFIKOVA

Program Director

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

Business development

Phillipe Okalla

Head of Business Development

MBA entrepreneurship & corporate sustainability, social platform and service integration design.

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.

Fiona Brydon

Grants Manager

5+ years of international experience consulting in energy and engineering. Studying a BSc in Environmental Management

Miranda Jones

Grants Researcher

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

Phillipe Okalla

Head of Business Development

MBA entrepreneurship & corporate sustainability, social platform and service integration design.

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.

Fiona Brydon

Grants Manager

5+ years of international experience consulting in energy and engineering. Studying a BSc in Environmental Management

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.

eszter ullar

Graphic Design Specialist

Masters in International Marketing, Senior design consultant, expert in branding and implementation of the strategic vision.

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.

eszter ullar

Graphic Design Specialist

Masters in International Marketing, Senior design consultant, expert in branding and implementation of the strategic vision.

Operations

Elizabeth chin

Head of Operations

15+ years experience in the food industry: projects, product development and entrepreneur. MSc. Food Innovation & Health.

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.

Elizabeth Omol

People and Culture Manager

Qualified Advocate of the High Court of Kenya, Bachelors in Laws and LLLM in International Business Law.

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.

Elizabeth chin

Head of Operations

15+ years experience in the food industry: projects, product development and entrepreneur. MSc. Food Innovation & Health.

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.

Elizabeth Omol

People and Culture Manager

Qualified Advocate of the High Court of Kenya, Bachelors in Laws and LLLM in International Business Law.

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.

John Bowden

Head of Front End Development

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

Rajesh James

QA Developer

Senior Front-End Developer, 19+ years of experience building and maintaining UI products.

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.

DANIEL RAMEZANI

Developer

Front end developer with a PhD in Engineering, experienced in coding, programming, web and mobile apps.

Aqeel Sahi

Developer

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

Jopet Lambinicio

Developer

Experienced software developer from the Philippines and exposed with several ERP systems.

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.

Rajesh James

QA Developer

Senior Front-End Developer, 19+ years of experience building and maintaining UI products.

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.

DANIEL RAMEZANI

Developer

Front end developer with a PhD in Engineering, experienced in coding, programming, web and mobile apps.

Jopet Lambinicio

Developer

Experienced software developer from the Philippines and exposed with several ERP systems.

product & Program

Dinuka Llangamage

Head of IT Operations

Honours in Psychology and experienced in IT service management, project management and operations.

Nur E Hasin

Business Analyst

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

Irene Musoke

Senior Business Analyst

Computer Scientist, MBA, postgrad Dip. in Financial Management. Experienced in scaling IT projects and more.

Vishal Bachani

Product Owner

3+ years experience in Product Management in the Blockchain space, with experience of working for different sectors.

Jerbos Teshome

Field Manager

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

Anton Skrobotov

UX Developer

Years of UX design and consultancy experience within leading digital agencies, Australian Government and blue-chip technology organisations.

Lennart Heitzhausen

Program Coordinator

International business & management with focus on sustainability, business modelling and supply chain management.

Dinuka Llangamage

Head of IT Operations

Honours in Psychology and experienced in IT service management, project management and operations.

Nur E Hasin

Business Analyst

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

Irene Musoke

Senior Business Analyst

Computer Scientist, MBA, postgrad Dip. in Financial Management. Experienced in scaling IT projects and more.

Vishal Bachani

Product Owner

3+ years experience in Product Management in the Blockchain space, with experience of working for different sectors.

Jerbos Teshome

Field Manager

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

Anton Skrobotov

UX Developer

Years of UX design and consultancy experience within leading digital agencies, Australian Government and blue-chip technology organisations.

Lennart Heitzhausen

Program Coordinator

International business & management with focus on sustainability, business modelling and supply chain management.

special projects

Aysegul Kayahan

Founding 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).

STEFAN BARRETT

CTO

Former Vice President at Nomura & Lehman banks, designing enterprise-grade transaction platforms.

KEITH NIELSEN

CPO

Over 25 years working in Tier-1 Investment Banking and large-scale projects. Successful founding member of previous FinTech start-ups. 

PETRA SCHNEIDER

CCO

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

ANGUS KECK

COO

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

Jay Jayeshwaran

CRO

Over 15 years of senior management and board level experience in strategy, business development and capital raising across multiple industries.

NURVIT KRISTOFIKOVA

Program Director

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

Neville wood

CSO

Over 50 years of experience in strategic technology implementation.

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