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The iCOMMS Team

The iCOMMS Team is led by Professor Ulrike Rivett and is comprised of multi-disciplined researchers who are truly dedicated to their fields of interest. The team sets out to invoke positive change within the communities they reach out to. This is achieved through the implementation of various projects within the ICT4D sector, utilising open source technologies, mobile phones, apps, and other tools that assist in the acquisition and interpretation of large scale data-sets.


iCOMMS founder and Team Leader. Professor Rivett graduated from the Technische Universität München, Germany, with a Dipl.-Ing.univ in Land Surveying. She received a scholarship for her PhD studies in the Geomatics Department, at the University of Cape Town... more.



Carl completed a Bsc in Civil Engineering, an MCom in Information Systems and is currently doing his PhD with iCOMMS at the University of Cape Town under supervision of Prof. U. Rivett. He has a passion for photography, music, design, and minimalism... more.



Musa graduated with a B.Sc. in Computer Science and then an M.Sc in Computer science and Information Technology in. In 2014, Musa joined iCOMMS research group to pursue his PhD ​at University of Cape Town. His current research is on ICTs in the water sector... more.



Gordon Holds a BSc (Hons) Mathematics degree and an Msc (Mathematics) degree from the Kwame Nkrumah University. He served as Teaching and Research Assistant in the Department of Mathematics and as Research Scientist and Programmer at the National Institute for... more.



Brendon is a PhD Candidate in the Information Systems Department at the University of Cape Town. Brendon is researching 'The Implications of a Mobile Application Implementation for Professional Work Practice​'... more.



In 2006, Tapfuma graduated at Midlands State University with a B.Sc. (Hons) in Mathematics. Thereafter, he worked as High School Mathematics teacher for two years. In 2011, he graduated with a MPhil Degree in... more.



Fiona holds an MSc.(Information Systems) degree from London South Bank University (UK) and a BSc. in Computer Science from Makerere University (Uganda). She is also a lecturer at... more.



Haji holds a master’s degree in Mobile Computer Systems (Mobile Computing) from Staffordshire University in United Kingdom. His bachelor degree is in Computer Science, he has undertaken in... more.



After two years working at Eskom as a candidate civil engineer, Bianca joined iCOMMS with Prof. Rivett as her supervisor. She completed her secondary education in 2005 at Brackenfell High School, in the Western Cape. Bianca enrolled for Geomatics at UCT in 2006 and... more.



Shamiso graduated in 2012 with a Bsc in Civil Engineering from the University of Cape Town. Her research interests are in the dynamic interplay between social sciences and civil engineering. Shamiso's joined the iCOMMS research team to pursue a Master's in Civil Engineering... more.



Runyararo holds a BA Social Work Degree and an Honours in Social Development. In 2014 Runyararo joined iCOMMS at the University of Cape Town to pursue her Masters Degree. Her research is about... more.



Megan completed her Honours in Information Systems part-time through UCT whilst working as an IT Business Analyst. Her Honours topic focused on Gamification and earned her the class medal, the Keswick Award for... more.



Edina holds a BSc. Hon. and Master’s degree in Information Systems from Women’s University University in Africa (Zimbabwe) and the University of Cape Town. Edina has worked as an IT manager and as a lecturer. Her PhD revolves around understanding... more.



Neidy holds a BSc. in Computer Science from ISCTEM (Mozambique). And joined ICOMMS in 2016 to pursue her B.Com Honours in Information Systems. Neidy has a special interest in Design Thinking for Software Development... more.