About Us

We love what we do.

We love what we do.

Catalpa International is a human-centered design and technology agency which provides innovative, simple and effective solutions in a development context.

Launched in 2010, Catalpa builds tools to assist governments, NGOs, communities and donors to make decisions to improve the delivery of aid and services.

Catalpa focuses on how technology can be used to improve the management of information in various sectors, including health, agriculture, finance, enterprise, governance, telecommunications services and advocacy. We combine innovative technologies with projects that improve the lives of individuals. We believe that technology can be an agent for change.

We believe that technology can be an agent for change.

Catalpa draws on a wide range of experiences and seeks to continually broaden its capabilities by working with partners who are invested in developing better outcomes for communities.

Over the past two and half years Catalpa has established strong relationships with the Timor-Leste Ministry of Health, Ministry of Agriculture and the donor community including USAID, AusAID, World Bank, World Health Organisation, International Labor Organisation and The Asia Foundation.

Nice people work here.



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David Roach

Director & Co-founder

David Roach has been working as a project manager and front-end web developer for over 8 years. During this time, he has managed and implemented large scale technical projects with UNICEF, WHO, UNDP, The European Commission, the Asian Development Bank, USAID funded health projects and a range of other local government ministries and international organisations. David also speaks fluent Tetum. And in his spare time, he really enjoys writing about himself in the third person.

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Anders Hofstee

Director & Co-founder

Anders has been working for 15 years in the field of database-driven web application development and information science. As well development programs in rural Timor-Leste since 2003 serving as the Co-ordinator for the clinic at the St. Bakhita Centre in Timor’s mountain region of Era-ulo. Anders endeavours to bring the benefits of information technology to grass-roots development. When he isn’t thinking in Python, he’s exploring the languages of Tetum and Mumbae.

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Kate Williams

Project Manager

Kate has a background in law and public health and has worked for government and local and international NGO’s in Australia and overseas with a focus on the rights of vulnerable and marginalised populations. Since moving to Dili in April 2013, Kate has worked on advocacy programs with people living with HIV in Timor-leste and conducted research into health equity with the University of New South Wales and the National University of Timor-Leste. Kate is the program Manager for Catalpa's Liga Inan Project. On weekends she can be found scouring the markets of Dili for obscure items.



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Frederico Estrela

Software Engineer

Frederico graduated in Information Security and has an MBA in Software Management. Over the last seven years, he has worked on over 40 software development projects with a strong focus on open standards and best practices. Fred led the development of the biggest Brazilian healthcare insurance scheduling application. More recently, he has worked on projects for the International Labour Organization, handling big data and meaningful information analysis. When he is not working, which rarely happens, he is reading, watching movies and hanging around with friends. Although Brazilian, he does not like football or samba!

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Peter Coward

Software Engineer

Peter studied Mathematics at Durham university in England. He went on to be self-employed making website content management systems for musicians in South London using PHP and mySQL before getting a job at Lionhead Studios making websites to support their game releases such as The Movies and the Fable franchise. Lionhead were bought by Microsoft Studios so he retrained in C# and ASP.NET and made web services, sites and internal game development support tools. He has most recently been integrating web services and Xbox LIVE functionality into Lionhead Studios Xbox games using C++. Now he is diving into the uncharted waters of Linux, Python and Django. He enjoys reading anything, making and flying model airplanes and trees. Trees do not fly very well though.

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Joaquim DeBrito

Design & Usability

Kim has been working in the field of Interactive Design and Multimedia since 2002. In this time, his main focus has been on the development and implementation of accessible communication platforms, strategies and training programs for people with special needs and the organisations that support them. Kim believes that the key to successful Design lies in learning from and understanding the target audience, and involving them in the development process. He has been living and working in Timor-Leste since 2009. Kim has a Master of Arts in Interactive Multi-Media at the University of the Arts, London. In his spare time he can be found underwater, photographing fish.



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Alex Cullen

Lead Researcher

Alex first visited East Timor in 2004 conducting a research project that collaborated with local communities to map resource access and land tenure claims. Since then he has returned numerous times to work with local and international NGOs specifically in the arenas of microfinance, environmental sovereignty and local governance. He is currently a completing his PhD at the University of Melbourne examining the political ecology of land tenure in newly designated conservation zones in Timor Leste.

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Nicolas Hoibian

Software Engineer

Nicolas worked for over 5 years for the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) in Geneva, Switzerland and was the main developer of a database-driven application designed to simultaneously monitor and record many thousands of devices running the Large Hadron Collider and it’s accelerator chain. To aid the deployment and monitoring of the running application instances, he created and used tools in Python. He now uses Python to help government ministries and donor organisations record and understand their data.