Our research experience
Our field survey experience started long ago, most notably with the establishment in 2002 of EDI, a data-collection, research and consultancy house headquartered in Tanzania. EDI also operates in Uganda and is now East-Africa’s leading research and data-collection firm , with EDI the preferred partner for organisations that are serious about the quality of their surveys. EDI are increasingly being seen as experts in the conducting of intricate CAPI projects. See www.edi-global.com
The research we conduct in East Africa using our software encompasses the premise that academic rigour and policy relevance are compatible. EDI’s research, while motivated from policy significance, is of sufficient quality to be published in top peer-reviewed development economics journals.
EDI collaborates with acknowledged researchers to achieve this excellence. Recent journals in which work from EDI has been published include: Journal of Development Economics, World Development, Economic Development and Cultural Change and American Journal of Agricultural Economics.
History of surveybe
A UK arm of EDI was subsequently founded in 2007 with the express intention of developing the market leader in mobile survey software to meet the needs of researchers in all fields. Surveybe is the result of our endeavours.
Surveybe continues to be developed and tested by researchers in response to the need for a robust, accessible and easy to use CAPI software that eliminates the need to enlist the services of computer programmers to design and create electronic, CAPI questionnaires; it was developed to be applicable across a range of sectors and by a wide spread of users with varying levels of technical ability. From the beginning our goal has been to provide the research community with an easy to use tool for both survey managers and interviewers.
Countries with surveybe deployment
Fluent languages spoken at EDI
EDI Software data collection instances
EDI Office locations
Co-Founder and Executive Chair
As Founder and Executive Chair, Louise spent 12 years as Managing Director, developing and growing EDI in Tanzania, from just a 2 man operation to a globally respected research and survey organisation known for its high emphasis on quality and rigorous techniques. She has also spear-headed the growth of EDI in the UK and the development of Surveybe software and services, such that it is now deployed in over 45 countries worldwide and combined the Group employs around 180 staff at any one time.
Louise is a finance professional and a Fellow of CIMA. She has had 20 years professional and commercial experience across a number of sectors, advising senior ministers, international development partners and grass-roots organisations alike.
Through her current role as Executive Chair Louise now leads the strategic direction of EDI and ensures that she remains closely involved in the continued development of the EDI Group including Surveybe to ensure innovation, growth and continued excellence in the products and services we offer.
Dr. Joachim De Weerdt
Co-Founder and Non-Executive Director
Joachim, Co-Founder and Non-Executive Director at EDI, is a highly experienced researcher and survey manager, with a thirst for new ideas and technologies to improve the speed, cost and quality of surveys.
It was Joachim who realised that the market did not provide appropriate software for the kind of surveys we typically implement and consequently embarked upon a journey to solve this problem; a journey which ultimately led to the creation of surveybe. Joachim has been instrumental in both the conceptual and practical design of surveybe. His
skills, knowledge and experience combined with his natural flair for devising efficient data collection systems mean every aspect of surveybe is scoped to ensure what we offer is of optimal use to data managers and field teams alike. Joachim has directed dozens of surveys in rural areas, but also remains active as an academic researcher, with publications in top peer-reviewed economic and biomedical journals. He recently assumed a teaching post at the Institute of Development Policy and Management (IDB) at the University of Antwerp.
Mike brings to surveybe and EDI his wealth of experience directing and managing successful business oriented SME companies, both in the UK and overseas, working in the international development sector.
He is an experienced Programme Director and Training and HRD consultant with over 30 years’ experience working in the developing world, particularly on the African continent.
Mike has extensive capability in directing, managing and coordinating project work programmes aimed at building management capacity at senior level within government institutions and in particular the change management aspects of institutional strengthening and development.
He is an experienced rural development practitioner with experience in facilitation and coaching both at senior and grassroots level in the field and planning and conducting workshops and monitoring performance in many areas including community development, sustainable livelihoods, small farmers, fisher folk, women in development and gender roles.
Steven has vast commercial experience, both from an operational, management, directorial and capex development project basis. He has worked for several large FTSE 100 companies in the UK with substantial remits and multi-million pound budget responsibility.
In addition Steven spent over seven years living in East Africa where he successfully developed his own client-focused business in the foreign market before choosing to realize the value of the company in order to turn his attention to EDI.
Steven holds an MBA with Distinction from the Edinburgh Business School and his background in client facing roles, launching products to market and building commercial enterprises to reach their full potential is integral to the expansion and continued success of EDI.
Steven leads the commercial activities at EDI and in addition he oversees the Surveybe software development team; providing strategic insight in aligning our products and services to the requirements of our clients.
Dr. Matt Wiseman
Matt is responsible for the day to day running of our UK operations overseeing all administration, human resources, finance and logistical functions. He is a vital link between the UK and African operations at EDI, as evidenced through his trio of roles as a Director of our operations in the UK, Tanzania and Uganda.
Matt brings to our wider teams over seven years’ experience in the design and implementation of large scale research and consultancy assignments and he has honed his skills for organising and mobilising resources within survey projects through numerous engagements with our clients.
He also has extensive consultancy experience in Public Sector Management, HR Management and project evaluation.
Business Development Officer
Samantha holds a Bachelor’s degree in Geography and a Master’s degree in Disaster Management for Environmental Hazards both from the University of Glamorgan. Her Master’s thesis focused on community perceptions of landslide occurrence in the Bududa District of Uganda.
Samantha has been working in the international development sector since graduating in 2012. Before joining EDI, she worked as a project coordinator on education, community legal services and social protection projects with donors including, DFID, AfDB, CDB and EBRD.
As Business Development Officer, Samantha works closely with, and supports, the Operations Director to coordinate business generation activities, monitors market trends and business opportunities. She also works closely with the Commercial Director to engage with the client and user communities through project insights and the use of engaging content to ultimately maintain a range of external partnerships.
Senior Technical Architect
First Line Software Support Consultant
Artee holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Information Technology and an MBA with Distinction, both from Buckinghamshire New University. She joined EDI originally through an internship program in 2010 and soon became a highly-valued member of our team as she joined permanently following the cessation of her internship.
Over the years, Artee has gathered extensive experience in the testing of our software to ensure a high quality product is released after every stage of the surveybe development. She also works closely with the EDI Research Team and has become an expert in questionnaire building with surveybe. Moreover, she is involved in documenting surveybe materials such as user manuals and provides technical support to surveybe users.
Hailing from Mauritius, Artee is fluent in English, French, Hindi and Creole. Her attributes are reflected in her position within the commercial environment as her previous experience in handling client requirements means that she delivers consistently high levels of service to our clients.
Dr. Johanna Choumert Nkolo
Head of Research
Johanna is a highly experienced researcher in Economics. Being of African heritage (Cameroon and Mozambique) and having broad fieldwork experience, she is dedicated to providing evidence-based research on development issues.
For the past 10 years, she has specialized in environment and natural resources management in developing and emerging countries.
Johanna has extensive experience in conducting academic and policy-oriented research with publications in top peer-reviewed economic journals. Prior to joining EDI, she was Associate Professor of Economics at CERDI-University of Auvergne.
She holds a PhD in Economics from the University of Angers, a post graduate Diploma (DEA) in Environmental Economics from the Paris I Pantheon-Sorbonne University and a master’s degree Diploma in International Economics from Paris Dauphine University.
Senior Research Officer
Nathan holds a Bachelors degree in Economics from the University of East Anglia and is due to receive a Masters in Impact Evaluation for International Development from the same institution. His interest in social research and rigorous program evaluations comes from working in Autism research. Pursuing his Masters degree allowed Nathan to combine his background in economics and social research with his interest in development issues.
Throughout his academic studies Nathan has focused heavily on labour markets, youth unemployment and education within a Sub-Saharan African context and has worked as Monitoring and Evaluation fellow for Educate! Uganda in Kampala. In this role he helped to implement a sizeable student survey throughout Uganda and led enumerator training courses. He also conducted a baseline analysis of a large Impact Evaluation of the Educate! Experience program across multiple regions of Uganda.
From his Academic qualifications and professional experience, Nathan is trained in using statistical software, such as STATA, and experienced in conducting social and economic research – from developing research questions to data collection and analysis.
Senior Research Officer
Koen Leuveld is a development economist with a passion for using CAPI technology to provide high-quality data, both for academic and policy oriented research. Koen has years of experience in organizing surveys, in various countries in Africa.
Koen’s research focuses on the interplay between institutions and behaviour in fragile contexts. For this Koen has organized behavioural experiments in various African countries. Topics researched include the effect of conflict on competitive behaviour in Sierra Leone and the effect of market access on trust in Cameroon. Furthermore, Koen has extensive experience in managing large scale impact evaluations. He worked on the MFS II evaluations in the Democratic Republic of Congo, part of the largest-ever impact evaluation of Dutch development aid.
For his PhD dissertation, Koen evaluated six development projects in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. For this, Koen organized five rounds of data collection. A fundamental part of this process was working together with local partners to build capacity in the use of cutting-edge evaluation methodology and state-of-the-art CAPI technology.
Callum holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics and Development Studies, and a Master’s degree in Development Economics, both from the University of Sussex. These degrees focused on the use of economic and quantitative analysis to inform development policy and decision-making whilst affording him the opportunity to train in using Stata, and develop excellent research skills.
His keen interest in trade and migration led to him working extensively on these topics and writing two dissertations on the subject of remittances and economic development. During his Bachelor’s, Callum spent a year on student exchange at the National University of Singapore, and his Master’s was supported by a scholarship from the Ryoichi Sasakawa Young Leaders Fellowship Fund.
Callum previously worked as a Business Development Analyst at Ingeus, a leading provider of services aimed at helping disadvantaged people to reach their full potential. In between his degrees he spent two years working as an English teacher at an elementary school in Seoul, S. Korea.
In his spare time he enjoys travelling, listening to music, and playing and watching sport. He is a big fan of Bruce Springsteen, East Asian cuisine and (unfortunately) Newcastle United F.C.
Marie holds a Bachelor degree in Economics and a Research Master degree in Development Economics from the Centre for Studies and Research on International Development (CERDI -University of Auvergne) in France. She also spent one semester at the Drake University with a focus on Political Science and International Economics.
Passionate about microeconomic development issues, her expertise covers a broad range of topics and tools such as survey design and impact evaluation methods.At CERDI, she has developed excellent quantitative skills especially in econometrics, data analysis and statistics. She wrote her master’s thesis on spatial spill overs from fiscal policies in Central and Eastern European Countries using spatial panel econometric models with STATA software.
Previously, Marie has worked as a project officer at the CEEA, a state agency promoting local development and business support in Auvergne. She conducted a survey of companies to analyse and investigate networks within the local industrial sector. On top of her research profile, she has also acquired management skills by handling the organization of a Business Convention for the car industry.
Maria is an economist with expertise in environmental and development policy. She has solid experience in designing and implementing surveys with a keen interest in evidence-based research to inform development and environmental policy.
Maria holds a PhD in Environmental Policy and Development from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). Her research focused on applications of off-grid solar energy in Guinea Bissau. She used choice modelling and other econometric techniques to analyse household energy adoption choices and energy use patterns, as well as the market potential for solar home systems. Maria’s research involved primary data collection; including the design and implementation of household surveys.
Maria also holds a BSc in Economics from the University of Athens, an MSc in International Affairs from Columbia University, and an MSc in Environmental Policy and Regulation from the London School of Economics and Political Science.
In addition, Maria has worked as an Energy Analyst for the private sector and as a consultant for the Overseas Development Institute, where she focused on issues related to climate finance, energy access and green growth.
Assistant Research Officer
Luca’s academic background is in economics, earning his Bachelors degree in Economics and Social Sciences at Università Bocconi in Milano, Italy. He then decided to continue his education with an MSc in the same field, focusing his studies mainly in quantitative economics and impact evaluation.
During his studies, he developed a strong passion for impact evaluation techniques applied to development topics, especially in the field of Regional, Urban and Environmental Economics. Consequently, Luca spent one semester at the Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, Spain, with a focus in applied Econometrics and Political Science. Luca’s previous work experience has been in the public sector, working for the Municipality of Milan in the Work and Economic Development Department. Further afield Luca’s professional experience includes a 4 month period of time with BRAC as a Research Assistant in Uganda. Whilst there he worked mainly on projects related to micro-credit issues; studying the effect of flexibility in financial contracts for small businesses in poor and disadvantaged areas.
Luca made the most of the opportunity to train in using Stata as well as to work extensively in the field; travelling and dealing independently with local researchers and managers of BRAC branches. After his experience in Uganda, Luca decided to focus his career in data collection and analysis in East Africa, joining EDI as Assistant Research Officer in 2018.