About Us - Apps for Good

Our Vision

We help young people make their future with new technology.

Apps for Good unlocks the confidence and talent of young people through creative learning programmes, in which students use new technologies to design and make products that can make a difference to their world.

Education systems are needlessly wasting talent. Many young people are demotivated by traditional teaching methods which leave them ill prepared for the real world. Technology is advancing apace, exciting the imagination of young people, who want to use it to make, play and share. Yet traditional schooling lags well behind, missing this opportunity to engage, especially those students most disaffected with standard lessons. Teachers who want to use technology to create more exciting ways to learn feel frustrated they cannot do more.

That is why we decided a new approach was needed. We want to bring schools to life with creative programmes where young people work hard and have fun while learning. Teachers act as their guides through the programme, connecting them to developers and experts outside school to get real world insight.

Apps for Good equips students to research, design and make digital products and take them to market. But apps are not the point of what we do. Our goal is to produce more able, self-confident, collaborative young people, ready to make a difference to their world. Most children are consumers of technology; we want them to become makers using technology.

We are building a new model of education.

Once we have proven our approach with schools and smartphones in the UK we plan to create a global platform for creative learning, where keen learners and imaginative teachers can find courses from a multitude of developers, supported by a thriving community of peers and mentors, technologists and corporations. We will adopt other technologies as exciting new tools become widely available.

The communities that come together on our platform will create hundreds of courses and millions of vibrant conversations. We are part of a global movement to use technology to enable young people to learn in more exciting and productive ways.

Our roots lie in the favelas of Brazil where our parent CDI started computer based learning programmes in the 1990's. Our future is to become a global platform for creative learning through technology.

We help young people make their future through new technology.

We hope you'll join us.

Read about what we've achieved in our 2013/14 Impact Report and 2013/14 Annual Report.

Meet the team

Iris Lapinski

Iris Lapinski, Founder & co-CEO

Iris is the founder and co-CEO of Apps for Good, overseeing the organisation’s strategic expansion. During 2009, Iris led the initial feasibility study that resulted in the creation of Apps for Good. In 2012 the Observer and Nesta named Iris as one of Britain's 50 New Radicals for her work with Apps for Good. Iris has a background in commercial digital media and telecoms consulting, and running business planning and strategy projects, particularly in sub-Saharan Africa and the Middle East for Ovum. She dropped out of an electronic engineering degree but then completed a undergraduate degree in cultural studies in Germany and a master’s degree in Human Rights from the London School of Economics. Iris has 2 young daughters and now lives in Berlin, Germany.

Debbie Forster

Debbie Forster, co-CEO

Debbie Forster is the Co-CEO of CDI Apps for Good, Debbie led the roll-out of the programme in the UK, helping the programme to grow from 50 students in London in 2010 to being delivered in over 400 centres and to over 20,000 young people across the UK. Prior to joining CDI, Debbie was Head of Education at e-skills UK, advising on education policy and strategy and acting as the organisation’s education spokesperson. Debbie has 20 years of educational experience in a range of secondary schools in the US and the UK and was recently named by Computer Weekly as one of the "25 Most Influential Women in UK IT" for 2014.

Rob Rankin

Rob Rankin, Head of Product and Platform

Rob is a self taught technologist with a passion for teaching others how to use technology to solve problems. Rob leads on the development of the Apps for Good course, teacher training resources and also oversees strategy for the development of the Apps for Good learning platform. He joined Apps for Good in October 2011 from the Citizenship Foundation where he developed online tools to engage young people with the issues around the economic crisis.

Heather Picov

Heather Picov, Head of Communications & Communities

As Head of Communications & Communities, Heather leads Apps for Good’s communications strategy and oversees the team that works with Apps for Good’s Education Partners, Experts and Fellows, as well as contributing to the strategic direction of the Apps for Good online platform. Prior to joining Apps for Good in 2013, Heather had led social innovation and education campaigns for Unilever, Coca-Cola and the Mayor of London and worked in policy development and issues management.

Natalie Moore

Natalie Moore, Senior Education Community Manager

Natalie joined the Apps for Good education team in January 2013. Prior to this role she worked for the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games as the International Education Programme Coordinator for the Education Team. While in this role she managed an international school linking programme as well as supporting, developing and building relationships with schools that were part of the Get Set network. Natalie is particularly passionate about using education and new initiatives to create an environment that allows young people to be inspired and to achieve.

Emily Thorburn

Emily Thorburn, Education Community Officer

Emily joined Apps for Good in November 2014. Originally from Scotland, Emily is a recent graduate from the University of Aberdeen and is passionate about education and helping young people to reach their potential. Whilst at university, Emily volunteered at a local primary school promoting literacy programmes while also taking an active role in student media. During her university holidays, Emily spent 10 weeks in Siem Reap, Cambodia, teaching English in a local preschool. As a relatively new Londoner, Emily enjoys exploring and finding new and exciting things to do in the capital, and tweeting about her adventures along the way.

Sophie Ball

Sophie Ball, Business Development

Sophie joined the Apps for Good Business Development Team in August 2013. Having spent her childhood in Oxfordshire, she has now lived in London for over four years whilst studying for a degree in History and French at UCL. With a strong interest in education and a passion for writing, Sophie enjoys applying her creativity and communication skills at Apps for Good to initiate and develop partnerships as well as working to bring about change. Out of the office, Sophie loves to go to the theatre and find new places to eat in London as well as finding time for regular runs around the city.

Ruth Pennington

Ruth Pennington, Office Manager

Ruth joined Apps for Good in July 2015. Prior to this she worked for a Systems Integration company providing office and administrative support. In her spare time, Ruth enjoys exploring London and other cities, experimenting with different recipes in the kitchen and attempting to keep fit with swimming, running and yoga.

Maxim Baczynski

Maxim Baczynski, Business Development Executive

Maxim joined Apps for Good as a member of the Business Development Team in November 2014. After working as a teacher on his year abroad in Russia, Maxim developed a strong interest in the future of education and particularly how technology can transform learning. Prior to joining Apps for Good, Maxim worked in project development for a charity in Madagascar, mainly focusing on fundraising from trusts, foundations and national funding bodies. He is excited to play a part in transforming education with Apps for Good.

Freddie Norton

Freddie Norton, Expert Community Manager

Freddie joined the Apps for Good team in November 2014 as the new Expert Community Manager. After leaving school, Freddie worked as a freelance Entertainment & Features Researcher for Channel 4, the BBC and ITV, before going back into education to study ancient history. While gaining a 2:1 in history at Birkbeck College, University of London, Freddie also worked for the behavioural change company SHIFT, helping to launch and then scale the online archiving platform Historypin.com. Outside Apps for Good, Freddie's passions are the history of late antiquity, music and good food but not necessarily in that order!

Noreen Aldworth

Noreen Aldworth, Communications & Events Manager

Noreen joined the Apps for Good team in November 2014 as Communication & Events Officer. Prior to joining Apps for Good Noreen was based in Brussels where she undertook a number of events and comms roles with MedTech Europe - a pan-European trade association. Prior to this she completed a traineeship within the European Parliament in Luxembourg. Noreen has a BA in European Studies and French and an MA in Gender, Globalisation and Rights. Originally from Ireland, Noreen is a newcomer to London and enjoys exploring the city in her free time!

Amy Schumacher

Amy Schumacher, Fellows Community Manager

Amy is growing our Fellowship, which offers continued experience to Apps for Good students. Previously, she developed youth-engagement programmes for BeatBullying and the music education charity Sound Connections. With support from Royal Bank of Scotland, Amy launched the Wired4Music Leadership Programme incubating young creative entrepreneurs. Before Apps for Good, Amy was at UnLtd building an international network for social entrepreneurship supporters. A former educator herself, Amy taught vulnerable young people in New York City and ran teacher-training initiatives in Ghana. She’s a classically trained saxophonist, and has traveled to almost 40 countries.

Verity Williams

Verity Williams, Finance Manager

Verity joined Apps for Good in November 2015. Prior to this she had worked for GE Healthcare for 16 years where she held a number of senior finance positions. Verity is a School Governor for a school close to her home, where she holds the position of Christian Link Governor and also Chairs the Finance & Resources committee. Verity has two young children and a dog and in her spare time likes to explore the countryside with her family.

Donna Hay

Donna Hay, Education Content Manager

Donna joined Apps for Good in July 2015. She has a degree in Computer Science and worked for HSBC for 13 years in a variety of roles including Project Manager, Systems Analyst and Programmer before retraining as a secondary school teacher in 2005. She was a Subject Leader for Computing for five years prior to joining Apps for Good, and has also worked with student teachers as part of the Bath Spa University PGCE team. Originally from Manchester, Donna now lives in Weston super Mare. She has three daughters and is ‘geeky grandma’ to three grandchildren.

Fergus Knight

Fergus Knight, Business Development Executive

Whilst completing an undergraduate degree in Philosophy and Cultural Studies, Fergus developed a strong interest in the relationship that digital technology has with society. As a result, he became interested in the tech start-up world straight out of university and worked at a mobile health start-up from pre-funding to commercial release between early 2014 and the end of 2015. Fergus joined the Business Development Team in January 2016 with the goal of using his newly found skill set within a third-sector organisation, with an emphasis on access to technology. When not at work, you'll most likely find Fergus cooking or catching up with film and TV.

Meet the board

Rodrigo Baggio

Rodrigo Baggio, Founding Chairman
Founder CDI Global

In 1995, Rodrigo was a technology consultant from Rio de Janeiro who had a dream about poor children using computers to discuss their realities and solve their problems. Motivated by his dream, he set out to make it a reality. He founded the Committee for Democracy in Information Technology, now CDI, and opened the first school. Rodrigo has been named by the World Economic Forum as one of “100 Global Leaders for Tomorrow” and by Time Magazine as one of the 50 leaders in Latin America that will make a difference in the third millennium. As Founding Chairman, Rodrigo acts as a spokesperson for CDI Global and CDI Apps for Good.

Charles Leadbeater

Charles Leadbeater, Elected Chairman
Leading writer on education and innovation

Charles' theories on innovation have compelled some of the world's largest organizations to rethink their strategies. A business reporter by training, he was previously an editor for the Financial Times, and later, the Independent, where, with Helen Fielding, he developed the "Bridget Jones' Diary" column. In 2005 Charles was ranked by Accenture as one of the top management thinkers in the world. He wrote the first British report on the rise of social entrepreneurship and worked as advisor to the UK Department for Educations Innovation Unit on future strategies for more networked and personalised approaches to learning and education. As Elected Chairman, Charles is responsible for overseeing governance and strategy for CDI Apps for Good.

Reinhard Gorenflos

Reinhard Gorenflos, Treasurer
Former Managing Partner Europe, Kohlberg Kravis Roberts; founder Tua Res Foundation

Reinhard joined Kohlberg Kravis Roberts (KKR) in 2001 and oversaw KKR’s energy activities in Europe until 2013. Prior to this, he was CFO at ARAL AG and held senior management positions in German industry. Reinhard has been named by the World Economic Forum as one of “100 Global Leaders for Tomorrow”. After leaving KKR, Reinhard has dedicated his time investing in girls’ education in Africa. As treasurer of CDI Apps for Good, Reinhard advises the board on the financial implications of strategic plans, operational plan and annual budget.

Gi Fernando

Gi Fernando, Trustee

Gi’s career began at 21 when he sold his first entrepreneurial project. His most notable success came when he co-founded Techlightenment with Ankur Shah in 2007. Techlightenment became a global leader in providing products and services in social technology for brands, and was acquired by Experian plc in 2011. In 2012 Gi founded Freeformers with a mission to use accelerated learning techniques to teach young minds faster and capitalise on the innovative and creative heritage of the UK. He wants to get 100,000 of the UK’s one million unemployed youngsters into work by 2015. Gi is passionate about the tech industry’s opportunity and duty to be inclusive.

Valerie Hannon

Valerie Hannon, Trustee
Board Director, Innovation Unit

Valerie Hannon is a member of the Board of Directors of the Innovation Unit UK of which she is Co-Founder. Valerie’s focus is on supporting and sustaining radical innovation in public services. With a background in leadership of education systems, research, teaching, and capacity building, she is now an established thought leader in the field of education innovation. She is a regular keynote speaker and facilitator at international conferences and workshops. Valerie’s publications include Learning A Living: radical innovation in education for work (Bloomsbury, 2012) as lead author; and Redesigning Education: shaping learning systems around the globe (Booktrope, May 2013) which she co-authored.

Rebecca Moody

Rebecca Moody, Trustee

Rebecca started her career at Lowe Howard-Spink, working on cars and supermarkets. In that time she was proud to be a member of the team that created the IPA Grand Prix winning ‘Every Little Helps’ TV campaign for Tesco. In 2000 she joined AMV•BBDO. There, Rebecca planned on Sainsbury’s (winning an IPA Effectiveness Award for her paper ‘Jamie Oliver: A Recipe for Success’) and the BBC. At Red Bee, she continued her relationship with the BBC helping to develop channel identities for the BBC youth portfolio: THREE, CBBC & CBeebies. She spent 5 years working at Euro RSCG as Head of Planning, notably helping win the £60m global Dulux account in 2009 (Let’s Colour), and joined adam&eveDDB in 2012 to work on John Lewis and Unilever. She arrived at O&M in January 2014 to take up the role of Chief Strategy Officer running the London department of 30 planners.

Andrea Sinclair

Andrea Sinclair, Trustee

Andrea is an experienced internet entrepreneur and angel investor. Her background is originally in strategy consulting with McKinsey & Company. Since 1999, she has been working in internet start-up businesses, starting with Global Freight Exchange (GF-X) building an online booking system for the air cargo industry from a prototype concept to a global business. Andrea is now mainly focused on angel investments in technology start-ups, as well as on supporting social entrepreneurs, particularly as a member of the Ashoka Support Network and Pilotlight. She is a Non-Executive Director at Great British Chefs, Loco2 and the Homeless World Cup Supporters Club, as well as a Trustee at Pilotlight, Fight for Peace International and CDI Apps for Good. Since 2014 she is also co-owner and director of Husky, a commercial and domestic refrigeration business.

Mohima Ahmed

Mohima Ahmed, Trustee

Mohima Ahmed completed the pilot Apps for Good course for schools in 2011 where her group created Transit – a Bengali-English translation app specific for parent teacher conferences. Since then, her app has been discussed on several media outlets including BBC London radio and used by many schools across Tower Hamlets. She is currently studying Biomedical Engineering at Imperial College London where one project she is working on involves designing a machine to enhance the squat performance of Paralympic swimmer Andrew Mullen (whose left leg is half the length of his right leg).

Larry Hirst

Larry Hirst, Special Adviser

Until his retirement from IBM, after 33 years, in July 2010, Larry Hirst was chairman of IBM Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA). He represented IBM to the European Commission and other authorities such as NATO and the EDA on issues of international public policy and business regulation. He has been Chairman of the Transition to Teaching Committee and a Commissioner for the Governments Employment and Skills Council. Chairman of the UK Trade and Investment Executive Board. Chairman of e-skills the Sector Skills Council from 2003-2010. He is a non-executive director and Chair of the Remuneration Committee of ARM Holdings Plc and the Senior Independent Director of MITIE Group plc, the facilities, property and asset management company. He is an adjunct Professor and Chairman of the Data Sciences Institute at Imperial College, an ambassador to the Everywoman company and Black British Business. He is a member of the Government Cyber Research Council. From 2009-2014, he was a private sector Business Ambassador appointed by the Prime Minister.

Chris Moss

Chris Moss, Special Adviser

Chris has created at least three billion dollar brands – Virgin Atlantic, Orange and 118118. Working with Richard Branson as Marketing Director in the 1980's to create Virgin Atlantic, Chris has been building, branding and marketing billion dollar businesses in Europe and the USA. As CEO of 118 118 he built the brand to becoming a household name. Other business successes include ICO, Orange, Virgin Atlantic, ITV Digital, KGB in the USA, merging the brands of Lloyds TSB, building European brands such as 118 218 in France. Chris’ mission for CDI Apps for Good is to help our award-winning apps reach at least one million downloads.

Katelyn Donnelly

Katelyn Donnelly, Special Adviser

Katelyn Donnelly is a Managing Director at Pearson where she leads the Affordable Learning Fund, a venture fund that invests in early-stage companies serving low-cost schools and services to schools and learners in the developing world. Katelyn is also a published author and speaker on topics of education, technology and system change, as well as a consultant to governments on goal setting and delivery. She serves as a non-executive director and strategic advisor to several start-up companies across Europe, Asia and Africa. Previously Katelyn was a consultant at McKinsey and Company.

Martha Lane Fox

Martha Lane Fox, Special Adviser

Martha Lane Fox co-founded Europe’s largest travel and leisure website lastminute.com with Brent Hoberman in 1998, they took it public in 2000 and sold it in 2005. Martha was appointed a crossbench peer in the House of Lords in March 2013. She is currently chair of Go On UK, a coalition of public and private sector partners that are helping millions more people and organisations online. In March 2014 she was appointed Chancellor of the Open University. Martha co- founded and chairs LuckyVoice, revolutionising the karaoke industry. She chairs MakieLab and Founders Forum for Good. She is a Non-Executive Director at Marks Spencer and the Women’s Prize for Fiction. In 2007 Martha founded her own charitable foundation Antigone.org.uk and also serves as a Patron of AbilityNet, Reprieve, Camfed and Just for Kids Law. In 2013 Martha was awarded a CBE.

Craig Crawford

Craig Crawford, Special Adviser

A dynamic, enthusiastic and collaborative IT strategist, Craig Crawford has 30 years experience in global fashion brands. A creative within IT, Craig is often referred to as "the right brain of IT", making decisions that change the face of Information Technology with improved business connectivity through digital innovation that differentiates brands, driving momentum and growth. For the past seven years as Burberry's VP IT Strategy, Architecture, Relationships, he united C-level executives in Marketing, Creative, Merchandising/Planning, Supply Chain and Information Technology driving Burberryís digital transformation internally and at retail. Prior to his UK relocation, Craig provided turnkey technology solutions for New York based brands Tory Burch, Liz Claiborne, and the Gap. Craig attended the University of Virginia and holds a Double Degree: B.A. English Literature and B.A. Rhetoric and Communications Studies.

Jim Knight

Jim Knight, Special Adviser The Rt Hon Lord Knight of Weymouth

Jim Knight is the Managing Director of Online Learning at TES Global Ltd, where he has built an online teacher development platform. He is a member of the House of Lords and a visiting Professor at the London Knowledge Lab of the Institute of Education. As a minister his portfolios included rural affairs, schools, digital and employment. He attended weekly Cabinet 2009-2010, before joining the Lords after the 2010 General Election. Jim is also involved in developing solar powered digital projectors for wireless use with iPads in schools in Africa and Asia, and on malaria diagnosis using smartphones. He is chair of the Tinder Foundation and deputy chair of the Nominet Trust.


Apps for Good is an award-winning and fast-growing charity that is powering young people to change their world with technology. Since our launch in 2010, we’ve reached over 75,000 students in 1500 schools globally, helping young people learn to turn bright ideas into real technology products.

With offices based near Old Street in Central London, we are a charity with a start-up mindset. Whilst our ambition is great and we now have team members working remotely across the UK, Europe and the US, we remain a close-knit, friendly and energetic company who all believe passionately in our mission and values.

If you believe in the power of technology and education, then you will be the perfect fit within our team.

Find out more about what it’s like to work at Apps for Good and hear from team members Liam and Antonella.

Positions we're currently hiring for:

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UK Managing Director

Location: Shoreditch, London
Renumeration: £50-60k
Start Date: January 2017
Closing Date: 9 October 2016

Flexible working, healthcare, childcare vouchers, cycle to work scheme + we give you your birthday off!

As we continue to grow in the UK and internationally, we’re looking for a skilled leader to join us as UK Managing Director to help us build on our success and take Apps for Good forward into its next chapter in the UK.

The UK is our first home, where we launched with 2 centres and 50 students in 2010 and now reach more than 20,000 students every year. With this strong foundation in place, we are looking for a talented individual to join us to help lead the next phase of growth and innovate on our successful programme. You will have strong support from the co-CEOs, our global support team and our Trustees, as well as a skilled and passionate UK team.

As UK Managing Director, you will be responsible for our UK operations, leading a team of eight people to ensure the sustainable growth and impact of our programme in the UK. You’ll also be a member of the AFG global senior team, where you’ll contribute to our overall strategic direction to help us thrive as a global organisation.

If you believe in the power of technology and education and relish the challenge of leading a talented team, then you will be the perfect fit for us.

Your responsibilities:

  • Fully responsible and accountable for all aspects of UK operations, working closely with the co-CEO and the Board of Trustees
  • Ensure the effective and sustainable growth and impact of the organisation in the UK through business planning, financial security and effective team leadership
  • Set bold and meaningful team objectives and strategies that motivate and inspire growth
  • Ensure AFG continues to be a thought leader in the tech, charity and education sector
  • Serve as a member and key driver of the AFG global senior team

We would like you to have:

  • Proven experience as a leader and manager who inspires and empowers a team
  • Demonstrable experience in developing strategic and business plans and successfully executing them in a fast-moving environment
  • Excellent organisational and leadership skills
  • Excellent communication, interpersonal and presentation skills
  • Outstanding analytical and problem-solving abilities
  • Experience of a start-up, private and/or third sector environment experiencing rapid change
  • Enthusiasm for both education and technology
  • The ability to make a great cup of tea or coffee!

Opportunity Details:

For more detailed information on the role, please see our Full Job Specification.

If you are excited about changing technology education forever and want to help us take Apps for Good forward in the UK, we’d love to hear from you.

To all recruitment agencies: Apps for Good does not not accept agency resumes. Please do not forward resumes to us or to our team.

If you like us, then please let us know! Email us your CV and a cover letter to jobs@appsforgood.org explaining why you are the right person to join our team as the new UK Managing Director and we look forward to getting to know more about you.

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Finance & Admin Assistant – Part Time 3 days per week

Location: Shoreditch, London, UK
Renumeration: £18-£20k adjusted for pro rata
Start Date: 1st November 2016
Closing Date: 07th October 2016

We’re looking to welcome a new Finance and Admin Assistant to support the Finance Manager and the wider UK team on a part-time basis working 3 days per week.

As our Finance and Admin Assistant, you’ll be at the heart of our dynamic office, working closely with our Finance Manager. With your professionalism, initiative and attention to detail, you’ll make sure that the office runs smoothly, our financial processes are executed effectively and the team have the support they need.

Your responsibilities:

  • Finance Administration: Collaborate with Finance Manager to effectively manage the purchase ledger/sales ledger and payroll functions
  • HR Administration: Updating employment contracts, maintaining staff records and assisting with recruitment
  • IT Support: Coordinate IT contract and manage records for hardware
  • General Office Management & Administration: Assist with travel arrangements, event logistics, maintain office supplies, manage incoming calls and general emails received

We would like you to have:

  • Experience of purchase ledger/sales ledger and payroll
  • High level of expertise with Microsoft Office, including Excel, Word and Powerpoint.
  • Self- starter with ability to work with minimum supervision
  • Excellent organisational abilities
  • Ability to juggle multiple priorities and to deliver under pressure
  • Attention to detail
  • Excellent written communication skills
  • Team Player
  • Interest in education and technology
  • Experience of Xero accounting software and Payroll
  • Familiarity with Google Drive and Google Docs

Opportunity Details:

Interview Dates: First round week commencing 11th Oct 16

If you like us, then please let us know! Email us your CV and a cover letter to jobs@appsforgood.org explaining why you are the right person to join our team as the new Finance & Admin Assistant – Part Time 3 days per week and we look forward to getting to know more about you.

Contact us

Office and registered address:
Apps for Good
5 Bath Street
London EC1V 9LB
0208 150 6908