Catalpa is a reflection of the smart, motivated and talented individuals that work within it.

We’re a diverse team of experienced development practitioners, sector specialists, researchers, data analysts, digital designers, systems and interaction specialists, software engineers, communicators, and other related specialisations.

Recognising the interconnectedness of development goals and digital tools, this unique multidisciplinary team works collaboratively, efficiently and flexibly to solve complex challenges.

We combine our personal expertise with a passion for continuous improvement, enabling us to be flexible and creative in our approaches, and ensuring we are continually learning from others.

Our people

Rebekah Ilave

Program Coordinator

Joy Havak

Bilum Project Officer

Sónia Simões

Project Leader

Dickri Prima Yudha

Frontend Engineer

Raphael ‘Rapha’ Merx

Head of Governance & Transparency

Junior Indart

Product Lead

Elli-Jayne ‘EJ’ Willard

Frontend Engineer

Christine Boude

Team Leader, Bilum Program

Joshua Brooks

Backend Engineer

Arlindo (Carlito) dos Santos


Wicher Minnaard

Principal Software Engineer

Juliet Horihau

Country Coordinator, Solomon Islands

Noah Mawe

Senior Program Coordinator

Meggan Turner

Frontend Engineer

Joanico ‘Niko’ Barros

ICT Officer

Sérgio Esteves

Frontend Engineer

Sharon Edington

Program Quality Manager

Roberto Maurizzi

Software Engineer

Nicole Johnston

Communications Lead

Kara Chesal

Head of Education & Gender

Juliana Teixeira

Head of Digital Design

Rosalinda Mercuri

eLearning Officer

Keren Gifford

People & Culture Manager

Sarah Narayan

Graphic Designer

Tanya Apana

Finance & Operations Officer

Vanessa Risyam De Jesus

Administration Officer

Grasinda do Rosario

Office Assistant

Pedro Almeida

Production Manager

Isabel Pereira

Project Coordinator

Ligia Guterres

Education Technology Manager

Amjad Al Taleb

Backend Engineer

Anders Hofstee


Artila Devi

Education Consultant

Onarina Umu

Partnerships Coordinator

Mário Alves Pinto

ICT Officer

Sara Afonso

Finance Officer

Brian Francisco


Paula Rita Viana

Project Coordinator

Bri Olewale

Senior Program Coordinator

Pauna Kule

Project Officer

Peter Coward

Head of Engineering

Kate Michelly

Head of Programs

Onorio ‘Ony’ de Jesus Afonso

ICT Officer

Karen Hill

Partnerships & Growth Manager

Mariano ‘Ano’ de Deus

ICT Officer

Andrew 'Andy' Wapling

Senior Design Consultant

David Roach


Ruwel Kumar

Finance and Operations Senior Coordinator


Our kind of people

We attract passionate, motivated individuals who understand that no matter how committed we are, we are not the owners of the problems we seek to solve. We know that our commitment will never outlast those within the systems that are seeking to change it. Rather, we succeed by listening and supporting others. We are curious, creative, pragmatic and kind. Sound like you?

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