Steffen Tengesdal leads BAO Systems’ strategic planning, business operations, and high-level solutions development. He has been working in the field of health information systems for over 10 years. Prior to that, Steffen developed, provided technical leadership, and served as senior IT management in designing, developing, and supporting systems for more than 16 years. Steffen has worked on projects with USAID, WellPoint, WHO, the Department of Health & Human Services, PSI, and other government, NGO, commercial and international agencies. He holds a BS in Decision Sciences and Management Information Systems from George Mason University and is based in BAO’s Washington, DC office.
Lars Helge ØverlandPrincipal
Lars Helge Øverland has been the lead developer of the DHIS 2 platform since its start in 2005. He has been responsible for designing and implementing the DHIS 2 software as well as building up the development team which today produces the DHIS 2 standard releases. Lars has worked as a consultant for multiple major development organizations, including WHO, USAID, DANIDA, NORAD and MSH, and is leading the software development process for the global PEPFAR reporting system. He holds a Master of Informatics degree from the University of Oslo.
Dan leads the systems team and is responsible for BAO’s hosting services, keeping our clients’ DHIS 2 servers secure and reliable. With over five years of DHIS 2 experience he also works closely with clients and the DHIS 2 Development team to ensure smooth upgrade paths and development of future features. Having extensive experience in both the public and private sectors, he has been exposed to a variety of clients such as The Census Bureau,The National Education Association, and Orbitz. He holds a BBA in Systems Analysis from the University of Wisconsin and is now based in Washington, DC, where you can usually find him riding around the city on his bike or coaching his twins’ hockey team.
Dr Adebusoye Anifalaje(PhD) Principal (Director of Services)
Adebusoye is a seasoned informatics professional specialising in resource-constrained contexts. As head of the services team, he provides strategic oversight, staff mentoring and solution design for large-scale DHIS 2 implementation. Since 2009 Busoye has worked exclusively in leading the deployment of DHIS 2 for various ministries of health and international NGOs in countries such as Nigeria, South Africa, Namibia, Afghanistan, Haiti, Sierra Leone, Jordan, DRC, Kenya, USA and UK. He holds two masters degrees – Information Systems and Organisation Research – and a PhD from The London School of Economics. His research interest lies in understanding the role of information systems in improving governance structures for public health delivery. Busoye lives in Cambridge, UK and enjoys classical music (especially baroque) and West End musicals.
Kenneth White is a security architect and engineer with over 20 years experience developing systems for public health and clinical research. He has lead the design, security, and operations of several safety- and business-critical global applications for clients including commercial pharma, NIH, CDC, Medicare, numerous NGOs, DOD, and the U.S. Treasury. Kenn’s work on network security and forensics and been cited by media including the Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Reuters, CNN, Wired and Nature. He has served as a technical reviewer for the Software Engineering Institute, and is a co-founder and director of the Open Crypto Audit Project which has performed security reviews for widely-used software including TrueCrypt and OpenSSL. Kenn holds a Masters from Harvard and is a PhD candidate in neuroscience and cognitive science, with applied research in real-time classification and machine learning. He went online August 4th, 1997, and became self-aware at 2:14 a.m. Eastern time, August 29th. Kenn resides in the U.S. under the watchful eye of his family and three large, fuzzy German Shepherds.
Sarah SearleProject Implementation Manager
In her role as Project Implementation Manager, Sarah works with clients and the BAO team across the globe to manage the iterative design and roll-out of DHIS 2. She is passionate about building systems that empower people to access and utilize high-quality data to make decisions. Sarah’s background is in health systems strengthening in low- and middle-income settings, particularly in the areas of reproductive, maternal, and newborn health, and she brings this global health lens to her work at BAO. Her work experience spans large NGOs, academic institutions, and small companies, and she holds a masters degree in public health. Sarah speaks Spanish and basic French and is based out of BAO Systems’ Washington, DC office.
Nicola HobbyDirector of Service Delivery
As the Director of Service Delivery, Nicola manages the global services team, ensuring that our clients project are implemented with the highest quality of technical support. She works closely with clients to develop scopes and define high-level business process needs. Nicola has worked in over 20 countries in Asia, Africa and Latin America leading or managing system strengthening initiatives. Since 2012, she has managed large scale DHIS 2 deployments and her 11 years of international public health work at an NGO, makes her uniquely suited to understand the business requirements of our clients. Nicola speaks French and has an English and French Bulldog, which you might just hear snoring on a call. She is based in Washington, D.C.
Chuq YangSystems Administrator
Chuq’s primary role on the systems team is managing various implementations and versions of DHIS 2 for US Government clients. He has nearly two decades of Linux administration experience. Based in Washington DC, he enjoys scuba diving, fly fishing, and alpine skiing. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Computer Science from the University of Rochester and speaks Korean.
David HuserDHIS 2 Support Specialist
In his role as a DHIS 2 Support Specialist, David works with our clients on technical configurations of global DHIS 2 instances. He implements, manages and advises the process of extraction / transformation / loading of complex metadata with development of additional software.
David holds a Bachelors in Computer Science from University of Applied Sciences in Northwestern Switzerland – before joining BAO, he has worked with Swiss NGOs in the field of health information systems.
In his free time, he enjoys diving into strange and beautiful electronic music and publishing a magazine with friends on this topic. David speaks German and basic French which can help to show tourists the way in his small hometown in Lucerne, Switzerland.
Dr Esunly Medina(PhD) DHIS 2 Systems Analyst
In her role as DHIS 2 Systems Analyst, Esunly works with clients and the BAO Services team on implementations and configurations of global DHIS 2 instances. She manages the configuration process of our client projects, developing software tools to improve the efficiency and quality of the implementations. She also provides technical and end user support. Esunly holds an MEng in Telecommunication Engineering, an MSc in Engineering and Management, and a PhD in Computer Science. Esunly’s previous academic experience as a lecturer and researcher as well as her strong technical background bring a particular focus to her work at BAO, where she is passionate about high-quality and robust technical solutions that at the same time are easily understandable and engaging for users. Esunly speaks English and Spanish and is based in Barcelona, Spain. She enjoys cooking for relatives and friends and long walks on sunny days.
Josephine Mungurere-BakerSenior M&E Manager
Josephine is User Engagement Lead, providing support and technical assistance to end user in the use of DATIM, a PEPFAR Data for Accountability, Transparency and Impact System and PEPFAR Panorama, an analytic tool for DATIM. For the last 15 years she has been working in global health issues focusing on Health System Strengthening – Health Information Systems, Survey and Surveillance, Monitoring, Evaluation and reporting with organizations spanning from the office of Global AIDS Coordinator, NGOs, USAID, CDC, DOD, HRSA, Global Fund, WHO, UNAIDS and Governments Ministry of Health. She has worked and lived in USA, Tanzania, Zambia, South Africa, Uganda, Guyana and currently resides in Germany. She holds a BA in International Relations and Economics and Masters of Business Administration. She enjoys Spoken word, Jazz and hiking. She speaks fluent Swahili, basic French and German.
Sarah LinneganDHIS 2 Analyst
As an Associate Analyst at BAO Systems, Sarah supports the Systems Analysts in the implementation and configuration of global DHIS 2 instances. She also provides technical and end user support. Sarah is a recent graduate from the University of Cambridge where she studied Geography. Here she gained a keen interest in the configuration and utilization of Geographical Information Systems. After graduating in June 2015, she spent time developing her technical skills by completing several IT courses and, most significantly, completing an online Computer Science course from the Massachusetts institute of Technology. Working with BAO enables Sarah to combine her geographical skills with her enthusiasm for all things technical. Sarah is originally from Northern Ireland but now lives in Cambridge, UK. She enjoys playing the drums and spending time with close friends.
Blake HansenProject Implementation Manager
Blake forms the interface between clients and the BAO team to drive forward the implementation of DHIS 2 according to client needs. He is passionate about delivering fit-for-purpose systems that enable high quality data collection, reporting, and decision making processes. With BAO, his experience is in seeing the little tasks that build the big picture from discovering and understanding client needs through to user training and system roll-out. He holds a Masters in Biochemistry from the University of Cambridge, the city of the UK where he now lives. Outside work Blake is often found being dragged around by his poorly-trained spaniel, serving up culinary delights in the kitchen, and watching as much cricket as is humanly possible.
Nina LangliBusiness Operations Analyst
Nina supports BAO day-to-day operations and coordinates with the Senior Management on establishing and following through on corporate strategic goals. She recently graduated from Copenhagen Business School and is passionate about international business, innovation, and reporting on company performance. In her role as Business Operations Analyst at BAO Systems she is able to utilize her skills in analyzing and assessing the performance of BAO initiatives. She holds a bachelor in Business Administration and Commercial Law and a masters in International Business and Politics from Copenhagen Business School. Nina is originally from Norway but is based in Washington, D.C. She enjoys painting, pad thai, and hanging out with friends.
Muhammad SalihuDHIS 2 Support Specialist
Muhammad works with clients and the BAO team to configure, test and improve DHIS 2 instances. He also provides end user support to clients. Muhammad is a biochemist and has a Masters’ degree in environmental health management (public health). He has expertise implementing DHIS 2 for health systems and has worked in several health systems
strengthening roles with international non-governmental organisations and ministries of health. He is currently based in the Lagos, Nigeria.
Motunrayo OjoDHIS 2 Associate Analyst
Motunrayo works with Systems Analysts in BAO to configure and implement DHIS2 instances across the globe, and also provides technical support to end users. She has worked 3 years for the public health sector in Nigeria, with focus on Health Management Information Systems and Monitoring and Evaluation of Public Health Programs. Motunrayo holds a Degree in Management Information Systems (MIS). Motunrayo used to live in a slow-paced, quiet town, now she’s adjusting to working and living in the bustling Lagos. She speaks English and Yoruba fluently and know few phrases in French. She enjoys good food and Music.
Folajimi OlaniyanDHIS2 Associate Analyst
Folajimi works with Systems Analysts in the implementation and configuration of DHIS 2 instances, in addition to providing technical and end-user support. Folajimi holds a BS in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from the University of Lagos. Before joining BAO Systems, he worked as a Software Engineer, building mobile applications on the Android, Blackberry and Mobile Web platforms. His long-term interest is in the area of Machine Learning in Health Informatics. In his spare time, he improves his technical and Arabic Language skills. He has lived in Lagos for the most part of his life and currently works from the BAO Systems Lagos office.
Timothy HardingSr Systems Analyst
Tim brings a keen eye for detail to BAO. He has 10 years’ professional experience burying his nose in Excel sheets, Access databases, aggregate collection forms, and ETL software of many stripes. Since joining BAO he has worked on myriad DHIS 2 implementations for many different countries, provided onsite trainings, and is currently a primary developer on the PEPFAR project. Additionally, he is a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer from Vanuatu, where he spent more than three years providing IT education to the young and old alike. During his time abroad, he worked with the WHO and Ministry of Health as they transitioned their HIS systems to DHIS 2. Training end users both in the capital and on remote islands, he was an essential part of growing the HIS competency of the host country nationals. Before his service in the Peace Corps, Tim worked as an ETL specialist for an insurance company, playing a vital role in bringing new business through automated, secure data exchange. He speaks Bislama and holds a BS in Business Administration from Oregon State University.
Ed DyerDHIS 2 Analyst
As a DHIS 2 Analyst based in Kosovo for the past two years, Ed supports clients worldwide, reporting and analyzing health data. In addition, he assists BAO Systems with web content and design. Ed holds a B.A. in Media Arts & Design from James Madison University. Prior to working with BAO Systems, he worked for over 15 years in the IT industry as an engineer and project manager. Ed is scheduled to be in Bolivia through 2019, based there with his family and silver tabby and Rhodesian Ridgeback. Ed enjoys travel, cooking, and outdoor adventuring. He is conversant in basic French and can barter for a taxi ride in Nepali and Albanian.
Adam BrotmanDirector of Federal Services
As Director of Federal Services, Adam’s primary focus is serving as the technical architect for the PEPFAR DATIM Data Warehouse; the data warehouse behind one of the largest implementations of DHIS 2. Adam is responsible for the structure, performance, and data that is loaded into the warehouse. He has over 15 years of experience in software engineering and technical project management working for both public and private clients. Adam holds a bachelors of science in chemistry and physics from James Madison University and completed graduate coursework in computational physics at San Diego State University. He speaks fluent English and is based in Wilmington, NC.
Adrian AcostaHelp Desk Manager
As the BAO Systems helpdesk manager, Adrian answers helpdesk support tickets, or makes sure they get where they need to go. He works closely with the rest of the BAO Systems team to make sure the client experience is pleasant and effective. Adrian has over 10 years experience supporting enterprise class software and hardware for business and government organizations across the globe. In addition to support, Adrian has also taught workshops designed to help STEM students learn to work using cloud-based applications.
Alan IveySystem Administrator
As the System Administrator at BAO Systems, Alan leads systems engineering for the PEPFAR DATIM hosting platform and manages the BAO fleet of servers, used in over 60 countries. Alan has 10 years of experience in systems administration for clients ranging from federal agencies to nonprofits and social advocacy organizations. He has experience in designing and supporting scalable, highly-redundant, and high-performance systems built on open-source software. Alan actively contributes and manages multiple open-source projects, including Homebrew-PHP. He holds a B.P.S. in Computer Network Security from the University of Mary Washington.
Germine SeideDHIS 2 Support Specialist
As a DHIS 2 support specialist, Germine works with clients in the BAO services team mainly to provide end-user trainings. She also participate in implementation and configuration of global DHIS 2 instances and provides technical and end user support.
Germine received a Master of Science in Mobile network from the Polytechnique Montreal at Montreal, Canada and a Master of Science in Ubiquitous network from the Japan Advanced Institute of Science in Technology (JAIST) at Nomi Shi, Japan. She holds a B.A. in Computer Science from Ecole Superieure d’Infotronique d’Haïti (ESIH) in Port-au-Prince, Haïti where she is a member of the Faculty as a Lecturer in mobile application programming. Germine has academic experience in participating in academic research (JAIST) and in some USAID funded research projects (ESIH). She has experience with DHIS 2 training, customization, and implementation. She has expertise in mobile health application development, testing, and preparation of capacity building trainings for end-users. Before joining BAO, Germine was focused primarily on developing information system and on supporting their use. Germine speaks French and basic Japanese, enjoys listen to musics, traveling and volunteering and many technology activities and fairs.
Jason KnueppelDeployment Manager
As the Deployment Manager, Jason has been supporting the expansion and development of OGAC’s (Office of Global AIDS Coordination) data collection and reporting systems, focusing on leveraging interoperability. He brings 15 years’ experience designing, leading and implementing IT solutions in a wide cross-section of institutions and industries, working in cloud based solutions and improving business processes and data governance. Prior to joining BAO Systems, he worked for CDC in Mozambique where he coordinated and led multi-agency and partner health information system projects.
Jhonson CharlesDHIS 2 Senior Analyst
As a DHIS 2 Senior Analyst, Jhonson supports the set-up and deployment of DHIS 2-based information systems to gather data and to support program monitoring and evaluation (M&E) for strategy and planning in both health and non-health contexts. Jhonson has experience with DHIS 2 training, customization, and implementation, as well as with tracking and monitoring client DHIS 2 issues to provide technical support. He has 12 years of experience working in various sectors (health, agribusiness, customs, and education) in a variety of countries (Haiti, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ivory Coast, and Niger). Jhonson speaks French and enjoys biking, snorkeling and motor sports.
Tara RichardsResearch Analyst
As an Assistant to a team that spans the globe, Tara works closely with Senior Management and clients to support DHIS 2 implementation by administering the organization of internal projects. She demonstrates initiative while collaborating with team members to achieve common goals. Prior to joining BAO Systems she was a member of the Small Island Developing States Unit at the United Nations. Tara is experienced in program management, policy analysis, proposal writing, and performing analytical research on sustainable development topics. She holds a Masters in International Development from the University of Edinburgh. She speaks French and is based in BAO Systems’ Washington, D.C. office.
Thomas ZempImplementation Analyst
As an Implementation Analyst, Tom supports the Services Team with the implementation and configuration of DHIS2 systems. He helps craft customized solutions both on the small scale (with custom scripts and forms) and the large (integrating multiple DHIS2 instances). Tom also provides general troubleshooting and end-user training and support. Prior to joining BAO, Tom graduated from Brown University and qualified as a Fellow of the Society of Actuaries. He has worked with some of the largest US health insurers to wrangle and make sense of chaotic data. Tom is temporarily based in Washington, DC while en route to Oslo, Norway. Tom enjoys biking, trees, learning languages, and hacking furniture.
Thomas HancockDHIS 2 Support Specialist
Thomas provides support and technical assistance to end users in the use of DATIM, a PEPFAR Data for Accountability, Transparency, and Impact System and for PEPFAR Panorama, an analytic tool for DATIM. He holds a degree from the University of Wisconsin. Outside of supporting DHIS 2 he enjoys music and djing, creating and looking at visual art, and bicycling.
Scott JacksonSenior Analytics Solutions Strategist
Scott is an expert in data analytics, statistical capacity building, business intelligence, management & strategy, and international development. Prior to joining BAO Systems, he was a Senior Consultant at PwC Public Sector where he led analytics solutions for clients across the public sector, including Department of Labor, Ginnie Mae, Department of Homeland Security, Department of State, Department of Justice, and the United Nations. Scott also led PwC’s international initiative to support countries and the UN in the roll-out of the Sustainable Development Goals and the 2030 Agenda, interfacing with PwC, UN, and country leadership in Africa, Southeast and Southern Asia, the Middle East, and Europe. Scott also led efforts to establish the first International Development Analytics practice at PwC.
Scott has also consulted social entrepreneurs in testing and scaling financially self-sustainable innovations to address childhood obesity, preventable diseases, access to sustainable finance, extreme poverty and hunger, and climate change. He performed research on social entrepreneurship at the U.S. Congressional Research Service, performed social network analysis and due diligence support for a Bay-area foundation, consulted hospitals across the U.S. as an associate with the Advisory Board Company (Gartner), and continues to provides freelance analytics and strategy consulting to nonprofits and local governments in the U.S. Scott is an expert in SAS, SQL, R, Tableau, IBM Cognos, Oracle (OBIEE), and Excel VBA. Scott and his wife, Holly, live in Kensington, MD and have a bold two year old daughter, two dogs, and another baby girl on the way.
Frode Nagel DahlCommunications Specialist
As a communications specialist, Frode works with clients and the BAO team to produce and manage creative content such as video, text and newsletters for use on websites and other platforms. He also assists in the planning and carrying out of various marketing initiatives. He is passionate about innovation in customer outreach, implementing tools such as social media and videography in his work. Prior to joining BAO Systems, Frode worked as a journalist for several newspapers and news sites in his native country of Norway. He holds a BA in Journalism from Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences as well as a BA in Languages from the University of Bergen. Frode enjoys concerts, soccer and learning new languages. He is based in Oslo, Norway.
Dr Yemisi BokinniDHIS 2 Associate Analyst
In her role as a DHIS 2 Analyst, Yemisi works within the BAO services team on implementations and configurations of global DHIS 2 instances. She qualified as a medical doctor at King’s College London, and also holds a Bachelor’s degree in Human Genetics. She has core expertise in public health research & planning in a number of low and middle-income countries in Africa and Asia. Her core interests lie in public health promotion, with a focus on non-communicable diseases in urban settings.
Matthew PinardiSenior Test Lead
Matt has over 10 years experience in all things testing automation with a primary focus in performance testing. He has created automation for over 20 products using a wide variety of tools and programing languages. Working with either off the shelf solutions such as LoadRunner (ALM) or proprietary self made tools. He enjoys writing very little about himself.
Andrew WestdorpExecutive Director, Federal Services
Andrew Westdorp serves as Executive Director for Federal Services, providing strategic direction and overall management for BAO Systems’ Federal clients. He brings over 25 years of experience delivering innovative and cost effective IT solutions for agencies across the federal government (Including: HHS, DOJ, DHS, VA, USAID, and the Executive Office of the President). Originally trained as a biomedical engineer with a focus on computer simulations and data analysis, Mr. Westdorp holds a BS degree from the Johns Hopkins University with graduate training at Tulane University and as an IRTA fellow at the National Institutes of Health. He also holds a PMP certificate from the PMI institute.
Joseph AsuquoSystems Administrator
Joseph is a systems administrator with over 6 years of experience in Systems Administration, Deployment, support and Backup Solutions. He has worked with Etisalat Nigeria and Huawei Nigeria as a Systems Administrator and Datacenter Admin. He provides Windows Support for the PEPFAR Windows related projects. He holds a BSC in Computer Science From Covenant University Nigeria. He Loves travelling, Football (Barcelona is his favorite club)and also plays the Saxophone.AREAOFEXPERTISEAREAOFEXPERTISEAREAOFEXPERTISE
Jim EdmistonSenior Software Engineer
A technologist with over 25 years of experience in the private, commercial and government sectors focusing on the field of health information systems including clinical trials and pioneering building one of the first hardware/software perioperative point of care system to be used in a nationally ranked 40 operating room hospital. He has achieved serial success by focusing simultaneously on vision and execution – leading multiple areas which includes development and implementation teams at a detailed level while retaining focus on long-term goals and critical business objectives. Jim combines a strong business and financial acumen with ability to lead technology teams through complex processes of development, deployment and integration that has resulted in the the sale or public offering of three start-up companies. Jim holds a Bachelors of Science in Chemistry from the Washington University of St. Louis and a Masters in Management of Information Systems from George Washington University.
Jennifer Jones ArnesenSenior Software Engineer
Jennifer recently joined BAO as a senior frontend web developer, located in Oslo, Norway. She has 20 years experience in software development, in such industries as environmental consulting, education, and media streaming. At BAO she will be focusing on building analytics apps for the core DHIS2 platform. She holds a BA in biochemistry from the University of Colorado. In her free time, once she manages to get off the couch, Jennifer enjoys outdoor endurance activities including running, mountain biking and cross country skiing.
Maereg SorriSoftware Developer
Her Core Capabilities includes contributing to all phases of the software development lifecycle (SDLC), analyzing user requirements and producing system designs, Selecting efficient methodologies, technologies and resources for development, generating high-quality code on time for multiple platforms, maintaining existing software by prioritizing bug fixes and application enhancements. She holds Bachelor’s degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Mekelle University. Additionally, she have completed on-campus studies and currently taking distance education courses to complete her Masters Degree in Computer Science from Maharishi University of Management.
Bolade Ola-OjoSenior Systems Analyst
Bolade Ola-Ojo has over seven years of Business Analyst experienced. Joined BAO systems in 2018 as a Senior Systems Analyst supporting the Pepfar-DATIM team. Bolade previously worked at DHS-CBP but before that he worked with Leidos for about 3 years who supported similar projects as
David KatuscakSenior Software Engineer
David holds a Master’s degree from Applied Informatics from Masaryk University in Brno and has more than 6 years experience in software development, 4 of them in Java software development. He is curious in algorithms, backend development, distributed systems, machine learning, big data, real-time data. He loves challenges and solving problems. He also likes different sports, but mostly soccer, ice hockey, squash, biking and handball (watching), and being out in the nature. David speaks English, Slovak and Norwegian. He is located in Oslo office.
Samuel GarmanSenior Analyst
Sam specializes in data science and analytics covering the full data science life cycle from business understanding to modeling/visualizing to deployment and acceptance. He has over 15 years of experience spanning information systems analysis and development, applied economic research, and data management and information use.
Before joining BAO, Sam was the program manager driving the initial adoption of DHIS 2 by Médecins Sans Frontières (Doctors Without Borders) Operational Center Brussels; therefore, he brings to all his projects first-hand understanding of the information needs and implementation challenges of clients. Sam holds a Master of Philosophy in Public Policy and Management from Carnegie Mellon University where he also reached the all but dissertation stage of his PhD before family life brought him to Europe. His peer reviewed research has appeared in the International Journal of Forecasting and the Proceedings of the International Conference on Information Systems and has been presented at numerous conferences and universities. Sam is based out of Brussels, Belgium where he lives with his wife and two sons.
Damien ZuffereySoftware Developer
Damien Zufferey has over six years of experience in software engineering and data science, including Java EE development, web development, mobile development, machine learning, data mining, statistical modelling and big data. He has worked in the research lab at a university in Switzerland, partnering with hospitals and healthcare companies worldwide. He also spent a year as a Visiting Scholar at the Oregon Health and Sciences University. He obtained his Master’s in Computer Science, and is the recipient of a Swiss National Science Foundation award.