Heike Winschiers-Theophilus

Lead Reasearcher

Software Design Professor at Namibia University of Science&Technology

Her research focus is on cross-cultural issues in human-computer-interaction (HCI), cultural appropriation of design and evaluation concepts and methods, representation and retrieval of indigenous knowledge. She has established the community-based co-design research cluster in 2008 as well as the Namibia Knowledge Portal project in 2013.

Uaraieke Mbinge

Community co-designer / Elder

Mr Uariaike Mbinge is one of our prominent research community co-design members. Mr Mbinge is well respected in his community for his vast knowledge about his OvaHimba tribe customs and traditions. He was part of Ohandungu (village about 10 km from Opuwo) community members that performed the first 3D graphics evaluation that was simulated as part of the initial Crowdsourcing activity. He proposed most icons used for the IKDC tablet application for preserving knowledge about plants used for healing in Kunene region.

Gereon Koch Kapuire

Associate Reasearcher

Computer Science Lecturer at Namibia University of Science and Technology

Gereon Koch Kapuire has been involved in a number of projects such as the Namibian Corridor Economic Impact Database (NCEID), Monocle Intelligent Funding Agent/DB, and implementation of a Document Management System. He grew up in the rural Omaheke region, in Namibia, and his research focuses on ways of applying Information Technology appropriately in rural contexts. In the current project he is designing the conceptual model for a video-based indigenous knowledge management system.

Colin Stanley

Associate Reasearcher

Lecturer at Namibia University of Science and Technology (NUST)

Colin Stanley has been involved in projects such as the Bush Encroachment Decision Support System for farmers in Namibia, Namibian Corridor Economic Impact Database, and Data Record System for the House of Solidarity (, Italy. His current research interests are Crowdsourcing, Open Source Development, Data Mining & Data Warehousing. Mr Stanley is doing a PhD on Community Crowdsourcing solutions for rural communities in developing countries.

Kasper Rodil

Associate Researcher

Assistant Professor in Architecture, Design and Media technology, Aalborg University, Denmark

Kasper Rodil's main research topics are Indigenous Knowledge Management Systems, HCI, cross-cultural interface design, Participatory Design, 3D visualization for Communication and Localization of Design.

After obtaining his B. Sc and M.Sc. in Medialogy at Aalborg University he took a position as Post Graduate Research Fellow at the Namibia University of Science and Technology.

Following this position Kasper wrote a PhD based at Aalborg University in collaboration with NUST entitled:

Co-Designing Digital Technologies for Cultural Heritage Preservation with Indigenous Communities in Namibia

In 2017 Kasper was employed at Aalborg University as Assistant Prof. specializing in Design for Diversity.

See his University profile page here: AAU profile


The Four Elders

Community co-designers / Elders





We describe the four elders (seen in the picture) individually as they have become the most important participants and co-designers having been continuously involved since 2009.


Gerard Kazorondu

Gerard is an elder and a pensioner who resides in the village called Erindiroukambe. He has been actively involved in the project since its inception. He has always been an active participant in all visits by the researchers. He has seen the importance of preserving the knowledge from the elders and that has motivated his participation. As he knows the culture very well, his stories and insights have been recorded. Gerard wants the youth to learn both the urban and rural ways of doing things.


Job Ujava

Job grew up in Erindiroukambe and has never lived elsewhere. He only attended a small portion of primary school and then went back to the village. In representing viewpoints, Job has been influential in the project. He has participated as he wants to send a message to the youth and others on the importance of knowing your roots first before going to do something else. For him, it is important that others know what survival techniques and food there are in the village as our existence depends on it


Alex Kamaze

He is one of the most talented elders when it comes to using his hands to make something out of nothing, for example, when given spare parts of a broken television, he can use the parts for other things like a radio. Alex used to be a soldier before returning to the village where he has been living since then. He has been helpful in the study as he at least understands a bit of English. Alex is best known for his humor. His favorite statement (in English) has been “I know what I do and I do what I know”.


Veheha Katjangua

Vehaha has lived in Erindiroukambe all his life. During discussions with other community members, he openly and freely shared his experiences and knowledge. He is one of the community members upon whom the project really depended. His critical reflection based on fundamental questions was honestly conveyed. He has been the one who tested tools extensively and provided critical reflections on the technology.


† Gerard sadly passed away in January 2015. In memoriam

Peter Gallert

Affiliated Researcher

Wikimedia Researcher and Lecturer at Namibia University of Science and Technology (NUST)

Indigenous communities' knowledge has to pass through a long series of transformations before Wikipedia accepts it.This is thanks to the Identifying Reliable Sources (IRS) guideline which excludes the normal source of such knowledge: Take for example a village elder telling tales. What he narrates at the fire is being noted down, translated, selected,abstracted from, commented on, edited and finally published---Why do we regard such endless game of Chinese Whispers as reliable while denying.

Edwin Blake

Affiliated Researcher

Professor of Computer Science at the University of Cape Town

His work focuses on the relations of people to computers in the context of a developing country. His schooling and undergraduate education was obtained in South Africa and his PhD in Computer Science at Queen Mary College, London University. He was subsequently senior researcher Interactive Systems at the Centre for Mathematics and Computer Science (CWI) in the Netherlands. His main research focus has been ICT4D, User Experience in Games and VR. His research outputs range from reflections on policy issues to methods for Community-Based Co-Design.

Tariq Zaman

Affiliated Researcher

Postdoctoral fellow at the University Malaysia Sarawak

His research focus are directed towards understanding the social and cultural framework of indigenous and rural communities, Human-computer interaction, indigenous knowledge preservation and digitalization, as well as community-based co-designing of ICT's. His projects and research publications equally reflect the multiple voices of indigenous wisdom and cultural understanding by converging local, scientific, traditional and cultural knowledge.

Kasper Løvborg Jensen

Affiliated Researcher

Entrepreneur, Developer, Consultant and HCI Researcher

His research is focused on solutions to real world problems for people through mobile technology. His work with indigenous communities and mobile technology started during his tenure as deputy director/associate professor in the Department of Software Engineering at the Namibia University of Science and Technology where he was heading the Mobile Future Lab. Before moving to Africa he worked as an assistant professor at Aalborg University, Denmark, where he also got his M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees, and as a freelance mobile developer in Melbourne, Australia.