WHO WE ARE

Headquartered in Sierra Leone, iDT Labs is a social enterprise leveraging technology to solve problems of financial and economic exclusion in the West African region. We were established in 2013 with a vision of using the tremendous potential of technology to create access where there is none, reduce information asymmetry and scale solutions to tackle big challenges in the region.

At our core we are business and tech nerds. Our first hand knowledge of the West African context and our commitment to the principles of Human Centered Design leads to highly relevant solutions which have won us numerous international awards.

OUR CORE COMPETENCIES

1. FINANCIAL TECHNOLOGIES THOUGHT LEADERSHIP

  • We are the strategic knowledge and technology partners to commercial banks, community banks, and micro-finance institutions, providing core banking systems, mobile financial services, digital payments facilitation, payroll management and other value-added services to these institutions.

  • We work with the Sierra Leone Microfinance Association to migrate MFIs to an open source loan management system

  • We advise and help implement financial inclusion strategies for traditional financial institutions who are interested in providing access to the financially excluded.

  • We were the guest panelists at the 2016 Malaysia World Bank Symposium on Payments & Remittances

  • Our work in creating a payroll processing and biometric verification for Ebola Response Workers has been featured as a Best Case Practice for an innovative implementation of financial inclusion during a disaster by the Better than Cash Alliance (BTCA). Read the full report here.

  • We are currently serving as the chair and as major sponsors of the Sierra Leone Fintech Association

  • During the Ebola outbreak in 2014, we mobilized a team of 35 mobile verification officers for carrying out biometric registration and payment distribution to 30,000 health workers. View the complete project here

  • We have worked with IBM Research Africa to carry out the proof of concept and pilot evaluation for EPiC, an infectious disease surveillance system. View the complete project here

  • We have experience in creating and running Human Centered Design based iterations, surveys and focus group studies.

  • We have conducted the first ever large-scale SMS based survey in Sierra Leone for the World Bank, building both the software system to conduct the survey via SMS and implement it as well.

2. DATA COLLECTION AT SCALE

3. CLOUD COMPUTING

  • We find ourselves at the fore-front of helping West African governments realize the economies of scale, vendor independence, future proofing and tremendous cost savings that adopting cloud computing and open source technology results in.

  • We have helped deploy government payments systems, judiciary case management systems, and large scale document management solutions to the cloud.

  • We developed and operate a cloud based SaaS platform to help West African small and medium sized enterprises enjoy the efficiencies of automating but avoid the costs and pitfalls of off-the-shelf proprietary systems. Learn more

  • We have worked with the National Ebola Response Centre (NERC) and the UNDP for the biometric verification and payment processing of 30,000 Ebola Response Workers

  • We have managed large scale core-banking system migration efforts for several financial institutions.

  • We have managed payroll and human resource information development and data migration for banks, telecoms, and large mining companies with workforces of a several thousand.

4. PROJECT MANAGEMENT

5. COMMUNITY EMPOWERMENT

  • We run a series of free training programs throughout the year for imparting ICT skills to recent graduates and SME owners.

  • We are currently providing technical and project management support to Code for Sierra Leone, a citizen led grass root initiative that is using open source technologies to improve the delivery of services in the public sector in the country.

  • We sponsor and provide leadership to the Fintech Association of Sierra Leone

MEET OUR TEAM

CTO / Co-Founder

Salton Massally

Salton Massally is a self-taught software programmer and entrepreneur who grew up in Freetown. He specializes in the rapidly growing intersection between scalable low-cost technologies and international development challenges. He is a pioneer in the use of cutting-edge technology to drive social change in West Africa. He works closely with leading techies around the globe, including from East Africa, to design open source solutions.

Chairman

Joe Abass Bangura

Board Member

Paul Szkiler

Branding & Communication Advisor

Ritchie McDonald

Strategy Adviser

Jack Ovens

Compliance & Administrative Advisor

Marjie Sutton

Admin and Operations Manager

Donaldson Bangura

Donaldson oversees the operations of the company and enjoys the daily challenge of managing a growing organization. He has a Higher Diploma in Electrical & Electronics Engineering, and is renowned within the organization for high-quality logistics management.

Microfinance Technical Services Lead

Francis Guchie

Francis is a developer specializing in open source SQL databases. He works at the intersection of technology and the Microfinance Industry, supporting growth and financial inclusion.

When not working he can be found tinkering with car and bike engines, earning him the name GuchieTech the Biker!

Research & Development Lead

Usman Khaliq

Usman is a senior member of the technical team and currently heads the development of our iDT core banking software for micro finance organizations. He is also the lead of our research and development wing, responsible for conducting human centered design sprints on our in-house project prototypes in the fintech, healthcare and labour market sectors. He has a bachelors in Computer Engineering from GIK Institute, Pakistan

Careers.sl Lead

Sylvester Johnson

Johnson manages iDT Labs’ incubation Careers.sl and is responsible for overseeing its daily operations. Through Careers.sl, Johnson is helping make labor markets more inclusive, innovative, flexible, and transparent. He has a BA in History and Sociology.

Branding & Communication Lead

Mahrukh Murtaza

At iDT Labs, Mahrukh Murtaza works with multiple teams and ensures that all products and services are being communicated about in an authentic, consistent and innovative way, both online and off.
Mahrukh has a Bachelors degree in Communication Design from the Indus Valley School of Art and Architecture in Karachi, Pakistan.

Web Developer

Sheku A. Koroma

Sheku handles all web development projects at iDT Labs and is trained and certified in Cisco and Microsoft Certifications.

Junior Programmer

Francis Bangura

Francis is part of iDT Labs’ mentorship program that provides work experience to high-potential programmers as they pursue their B.Sc in Computer Science. Francis is part of the honors program at Njala University. Francis enjoys spending time with his PC, learning, solving problems and sharing ideas with people.

Junior Programmer

Samson Paul Jnr.

Training & Support Specialist

Reginald Campbell

Reginald is in charge of all our client and end user trainings, as well as for developing documentations for our projects and products. He has a BA in Linguistics from Fourah Bay College, University of Sierra Leone.

Senior Accountant

Lansana Sesay

Data Researcher & Blogger

Sanah Mara

Sales Representative

Mabel Ironn Sky Turay

Customer Support

Margaret Kallon

IT Support

Lyndon Johnson

Community Initiative Lead

Leonard Vibbi

Android Engineer

Rajan Maurya,

WE ALWAYS WELCOME FRESH TALENT

We are always on the lookout for brilliant talent to join our team

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