top of page
Brazilian street vendor during COVID pandemic
Hair saloon in container in South Africa
Payday loans signs
Top
A social research company

At Decodis, we believe that actively giving people the space to express themselves as they wish – in their own language, in their own dialect, in their own voice – elevates our understanding of their lived experiences and opinions. We realize this principle by offering impact investors, private corporations, donors, thinktanks, NGOs and governments nuanced insight into the perspectives of the populations they serve. We use methods that are high-powered, scalable and low-cost; and have proven to be effective in helping organizations understand and better serve their target populations.

Our Story

by Dr. Daryl Collins, CEO and Founder

I've been doing research on vulnerable populations for over twenty years, but something has been increasingly troubling me. I get the feeling that people have just been telling us what they think we want to hear.
 

The stories I was hearing were far too simple. Only if I spent a longer period of time interviewing them, such as with the Financial Diaries research method I co-innovated as the basis of Portfolios of the Poor, did I achieve a real understanding of their experiences and opinions, which were messy and complicated. But lengthy fieldwork is frustratingly expensive, onerous to execute and not scalable. I heard similar experiences from peers in different parts of the globe who struggled to make quality social research with increasing constraints.
 

I founded Decodis to solve that problem. Using proven technologies in innovative ways, our team at Decodis is creating tools to access even deeper understandings than I could with Diaries, but in a more agile, cheap and scalable way.


Join us in reimagining social research.

Our story-inpage
team

Meet the Team

Daryl Collins

Daryl Collins

CEO and Founder

Dr. Daryl Collins is Decodis' CEO and Founder. She is a pioneer working at the intersection of finance and human vulnerability.

Derry Moore

Derry Moore

Lead Linguist

Derry Moore is the Lead Linguist at Decodis and uses his unique capabilities in understanding the cross between social engagement and language as a foundation to our methods.

Marcia Almeida Mendes

Marcia Almeida Mendes

Director of Storytelling

Marcia is a storyteller and handles Decodis' outputs and oversees our media and communications projects.

Nicki Smith

Nicki Smith

Director of Finance and Administration

Nicki is a natural problem-solver and she sees to the financial, compliance and operation needs of our company.

Roda Muthoni Nyamai

Roda Muthoni Nyamai

Finance and Administrative Associate

Roda is a Finance and Administrative Associate at Decodis and she uses her passion for making sense of numbers and her extensive experience to ensure our smooth operations. She is also a CPA in Kenya.

Adrija Battacharya

Adrija Battacharya

Data Analyst

Adrija is a Data Analyst at Decodis and she supports the data team and the project management team by managing and overseeing our survey executions.

Dhanashri Sawant

Dhanashri Sawant

Data Analyst

Dhanashri is a Data Analyst at Decodis and highly capable of working on our complex databases of multiform projects.

Maria Pia Torres

Maria Pia Torres

Project Manager

Maria Pia is a Project Manager and uses her cross-sector experience and her unique analytical skills to lead multi-country research projects at Decodis.

Pravarakya Reddy Battula

Pravarakya Reddy Battula

Director of Data Analytics

Prava is a Natural Language Processing (NLP) specialist who started his career as a Software Engineer and later pivoted to analytics and data science with focus on NLP.

Rafat Haameem

Rafat Haameem

Junior Machine Learning Engineer

Rafat is a Junior Machine Learning Engineer at Decodis. With his solid background in Natural Language Processing, he's dedicated to developing effective Pattern Recognition models to increase the overall efficacy of our complete approach.

Bamzi Banchiri

Bamzi Banchiri

Project Manager

Bamzi uses her extensive non-profit sector and communications experience to manage projects across the African continent, having done work in Kenya, Nigeria, Ghana and the United States.

Leona Mathias

Leona Mathias

Data Analyst

Leona is a Data Analyst at Decodis and, being an excellent problem-solver, she is fundamental at helping the team manage, analyze and visualize data.

Michelle Carrasco

Michelle Carrasco

Communications Associate

Michelle is Communications Analyst at Decodis. With her expertise in corporate communications, she manages our company's social media presence and supports storytelling efforts.

Rohini Roy

Rohini Roy

Project Manager

Rohini is a Project Manager at Decodis and brings her multidisciplinary background and her experience and passion for creative research methodologies to her role.

bottom of page