André Baart

Bolesian BV, the Netherlands


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André Baart is a researcher and professional in the field of ICT for Development and Artificial Intelligence. He obtained a master’s in Information Science at VU Amsterdam, the Netherlands. He worked as an ICT4D researcher at the University of Amsterdam and as a guest lecturer at VU Amsterdam. In his research he carried out various field-based technology innovation projects for communities in West (Mali, Burkina Faso) and East Africa (Rwanda). As an independent consultant he is involved in the design and deployment of decentralized Fair-ecosystem voice-based trading platforms in local African languages. He is specialized in design of information systems for low resource environments. He was the chief developer of “Kasadaka”, a decentralized, voice-based ICT platform for African farmers, for which he received the Amsterdam High Potential Innovation Prize in 2018.