Hi, I'm

Ray Besiga


Technical Product Manager.

I am a tech entrepreneur and founder based in Kampala, Uganda. Currently searching for product-market fit with Opareta.

I'm also a consulting product manager, designer and software engineer. I help organizations with the design, development and management of digital products that move them closer to their objectives and key results.

Clientele

Some of impact-driven organizations I've worked with over the years:

World Bank Group, MTN Group, UNHCR Innovation, Ensibuuko, UNICEF Uganda, Clinton Health Access Initiative, Starkey Hearing Foundation, RTI International, University Research Company, Bboxx Capital, Maxwell Stamp, Mango Tree Uganda, Uganda Bike Safaris, Ihato, R2 Social, Enventure Enterprises among others.

Latest projects

Some of the latest projects I've worked on.

Opareta
A mobile app and platform tools to supercharge access to financial services for mobile money agent businesses in sub-Saharan Africa.
The Safe
A narrative-driven web experience for a spirit & wine aficionados members club.
MTN Mobile Money Open API
Design, development & documentation of the Open API and Developer Portal for MTN Mobile Money.
SOQONI
A minimal, clean experience as you shop unique products From Africa's emerging brands and makers.
Uganda Bike Safaris
A fresh high conversion aesthetic for an exciting overland travel company.
UNHCR Innovation Service
Improved site reliability, search engine optimization and usability for the website and publications.
Ihato
A flagship ecommerce store for a contemporary jewel brand for the modern African lady.
Ensibuuko
User research for VSLA groups and SACCOs in Uganda for the Mobis software applications.

Work highlights

A few highlights from my career.

2019
Exploring opportunities in digital financial services as an Entrepreneurship in Residence with Hover Developer Services.
2018
Working with various stakeholders at World Bank CGAP and MTN Group to deliver the MTN Mobile Money Open API in time.
2016
Moving to Timor-Leste to join Catalpa in building the country's first m-health project, Liga Inan, a maternal and child health initiative.
2014
Working with Starkey Hearing Foundation gloabl team to build a mamagement platform for hearing aid missions. Got to visit Madagascar!
2012
Joining UNICEF's Technology for Development unit to work on Edutrac and U-Report, early projects that were instrumental to UNICEF's work with school-going childen and youth.
2011
Accepted into Global Health Corps Fellowship, a movement for global health equity, that introduced me to the Global and Public Health Sector.
2009
Joining MIT iLabs Africa at Makerere University. Learned a lot about using open source software to improve the pedagogical experience for students in African universities. Met peers and made friends at University of Dar es Salaam, Obafemi Awolowo University, and Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Elsewhere

Connect with me via Email, Twitter, Instagram, Github and LinkedIn.