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Irene Westra

Irene Westra

YEP period 2019 - 2021, batch 17

Young Expert at - Kenya

First position after YEP

Data Analyst at DPG Media, the Netherlands

YEP Role

Akvo is a nonprofit foundation working to bring data and digitalization to the forefront of the development sector. Our impact areas are Safe water for all and Sustainable smallholder farming. Our team provides data consultancy, tech solutions, and local knowledge to our partners worldwide.

My role focuses on understanding how data and technology can be used as means to support our partner's needs. My day to way work involves activities like data analytics, project management for custom technical solutions, training, data collection. I am part of the Akvo East Africa hub and based in Nairobi, Kenya.


Data science, Project Management, Analytics, Training



  • Nationality: Dutch
  • Education:
    Bachelor of Science – Sociology, Utrecht University
    Master of Science – Data Science: Business and Governance, Tilburg University


Experience before YEP

2018  -  Freelance Data Consultant
Congo Call Center – Kinshasa, Congo

2017 – 2018  -   Data Consultant | Data Scientist
Ynformed – Utrecht, Netherlands

2015 – 2017  -  Executive Secretary | Project manager
Utrecht Data School – Utrecht, Netherlands


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