Volunteer Online Doctors

About us

WE ARE YAPILI

Volunteer Online Doctors

Volunteer Online Doctors

YAPILI delivers health@hand – offering new opportunities for many Africans to connect to local and western health professionals in an efficient and confidential way. In the societies, where professional health advice is hard & expensive to get, YAPILI offers affordable, anonymous and secure channel to seek medical care in case of pregnancy & family planning, diabetes & hypertension, HIV & sexual health, mental health and generic health questions.

OUR STORY

YAPILI was started in November 2014 by a group of four young entrepreneurs who met in East Africa through the startup incubator, Ampion. Eventually our team grew to include skills ranging from front-end development to public health and policy expertise.

Numerous of sleepless nights invested in YAPILI to have:
 Technical roll out of online platform including the Android App
 Legal framework in place for (cross-border) health advice and data privacy
1000 users matched to 100 doctors – 300 cases open & 3000 messages exchanged
 Strong team governed by Advisory Board & extensive partner network
… and €0 salaries paid and three babies delivered

We continue to mobilize quickly to push our project forward. Our team is international, dynamic and committed to make YAPILI happen.

CORE TEAM

Enya Seguin

Enya Seguin

Chief Execution Officer

Gained experience at The Novartis Foundation and The Swiss Red Cross, with focus on digital health novation in low resource settings. Graduate in Governance, Economics and Development, with immense affinity for the healthcare industry. Leading the team, project and operations.

Sherzel Smith

Sherzel Smith

Chief Health Officer

Consultant within several research projects with organisations working in human resources for health (HRH) and use of mHealth for diagnostics/user satisfaction in healthcare. Graduate in Global health and policy research. Leading doctor activation, platform content and analytics.

Igne Degutyte

Igne Degutyte

Chief Technology Officer

Software developer with companies, such as Groupon and Homify. Experience with ruby on rails, Java development, Javascript (JQuery, AngularJS) development, Redis data storage, Elasticsearch data storage. Graduate in Applied Science in Computing and Media. Leading software and IT developments.

Fred Nnaji

Fred Nnaji

Chief Operations Officer

Fred brings his experience as DevOps Engineer and Architect. Areas of competence include Identity Management and Service Oriented Architecture with a focus on High Availability. Responsible for YAPILI operations, backend and infrastructure engineering as well as for privacy and security.

Tshegofatso Rakgati

Tshegofatso Rakgati

Botswana Health Officer

An experienced Professional Registered Nurse with extensive network in medical community, worked for various organizations of Health both public and private sector in Botswana as well experience at the Ministry of Health as a Health Information Officer.

Rorisang Mokgwathise

Rorisang Mokgwathise

Botswana Market Activator

An enthusiastic and professional Marketing Communications, Brand Management Officer and Public Relations personnel with a Bachelor of Business Administration Marketing and experience in marketing and brand management as well as research and data analysis.

Crystal Watley Kigoni

Crystal Watley Kigoni

Kenya Health Officer

Seasoned development and research professional and passionate advocate for social change and transformation. with significant experience in healthcare and technology. Graduate in International Health and Development living in East Africa for more than 11 years.

Doreen Olang

Doreen Olang

Kenya Market Activator

Experienced in marketing research, creation of new markets, developing early stage start-ups, customer relations and market development. Has great interest in innovation, technology and emerging markets. Previously involved in developing the leading online portals in Kenya.

Samantha Gatwiri

Samantha Gatwiri

Kenya Market Activator

Biologist and enthusiast of tech with a passion for enhancing access to healthcare through digital health. Graduate in Biology with a specialty in Microbio and Biotechnology. Experience in Research and Development at Kenya Medical Research Institute.

Joseph Eton

Joseph Eton

Nigeria Market Activator

Managed programme development and implementation in health and social systems with focus on social workforce strengthening to support orphans and vulnerable children. Led customer support in telecommunication services. Leading market activation in Nigeria.

CO-FOUNDERS & ADVISERS

Mindo Kaziulis

Mindo Kaziulis

Co-Founder

Experienced Marketing and Product Manager. MSc in Business Engineering and Financial Management, focus on and passion for inclusive business models and development economics. Built YAPILI core team, developed product roadmap and rolled out the pilot programme. Advising YAPILI on product roadmap and project management.

Derk Statema

Derk Statema

Co-Founder

Experienced international business developer, assisting companies to expand to new markets. MA in entrepreneurship and new business venturing. Previously involved with a solar energy startup that was acquired by the largest electricity retailer in Australia. Advising and helping secure strategic partnerships.

Michiel van Veelen

Michiel van Veelen

Adviser

Emergency Physician, Dipl Trop Med & Hyg, is a Lecturer in Emergency Medicine at the University of Botswana and vice-president of a non-profit society Outdoor Medicine. Michiel is interested in innovative ways to deliver (pre hospital) care in limited resource settings. His focus is on medical education to improve health care delivery in a sustainable way.

Guus ten Asbroek

Guus ten Asbroek

Adviser

RN(np), MSc, PhD, is Senior Program Manager at AHTI. He has background in nursing, health sciences, epidemiology, health services research and education. He has worked for MSF as project coordinator in South Sudan, for Erasmus University Rotterdam as research coordinator in Nepal and as lecturer in Ghana for the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

Thabo Theron

Thabo Theron

Adviser

Finance, tech and project management specialist with extensive experience, including articles with a big 4 audit firm and over 20 years in the Banking, ICT and Public sectors. Passionate about youth entrepreneurial development initiatives and actively seeks out opportunities to provide mentorship to those who wish to specialise in Innovation and Technology.

We are always on the lookout for new partners and advisers!

We are always on the lookout for new partners and advisers!

If you believe your expertise and drive can help us grow, send us a message on team@yapili.com.

PARTNERS

Volunteer Health Africa
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