Founded in 2009, Gobee Group is a 100% minority-owned company created to address complex social issues by working across sectors and using human-centered design. We’ve worked work with leading organizations to address social issues in over 25 countries and across the United States.
We build partnerships in the private, public, and social sectors to create products, services, and organizations with impact.
We believe that impact begins by asking the right questions.
We help partners uncover the underlying perspectives that influence their work.
We apply our team’s diverse expertise to build innovative solutions with long-term sustainable impact.
We believe in the power of diversity to generate unique perspectives and solutions.
At Gobee Group, we are a diverse team, and we consult diverse voices in all of our projects.
We believe creativity is the engine that drives our work at Gobee Group. We encourage imagination and innovation in our team members’ work and personal lives.
We believe in honoring the cultures we work with.
We respect cultural differences and firmly believe in following the leadership of our partners, because they are the experts in their respective cultures.
As Gobee Group, we work with you to understand the context of your design problem and customize our approach to reach a solution.
Mahad’s primary focus is technology and information management with an emphasis on strategy, policy and information equity. Through Gobee, he and his teams consult extensively with clients on their mobile products and business models for emerging markets. He is using his experience with information equity in Africa to help lead Gobee’s involvement in the Vote4Africa initiative. For Gobee, he conducts workshops for global leaders on pertinent topics and is responsible for overseeing the roll out of many of our clients projects. Prior to Gobee, as a Fulbright scholar, he researched the development of better policy mechanisms to increase the utility of government-run public access technology centers in Egypt. He received his PhD and Master’s degrees from the University of California, Berkeley and his Bachelor’s degree from Cornell University. He speaks Arabic, English, Portuguese, and Somali.
Jaspal’s primary focus is on human-centered design for technology and service innovation in global public health. Through Gobee, he and his teams consult international organizations on various issues related to the design and usability of technology to improve population health. In 2009, he was selected as one of three iSpot Award winners by the Mayo Clinic Center for Innovation. He has designed a globally unique graduate public health innovation course and teaches at the School of Public Health at the University of California, Berkeley. Prior to Gobee, he worked with the Mongolian Ministry of Health to research the design of mobile health information systems as a Fulbright scholar in rural Mongolia. He received his PhD from the University of California, Berkeley, and his Master’s and Bachelor’s degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He speaks Punjabi, Spanish, Mongolian, and English.
Olivia is the Senior Design Strategist with Gobee, leading teams through the human-centered design process to uncover assumptions, co-create with users, develop strategy with clients and rethink how solutions can be developed and implemented. She specializes in designing for low-resource settings both globally and domestically. Prior to Gobee, she co-founded a design-build social enterprise in Tanzania focused on entrepreneurial opportunities using solar energy in unelectrified communities. She previously also worked as a Program Officer of Philanthropy at the Community Clinics Initiative, a joint project of Tides and The California Endowment. Her grantmaking programs covered health information technology systems, cross-sector collaboration to address social determinants of health and green building improvements at community health centers. Olivia’s work has been featured in publications such as BBC World, Le Monde, Fast Company and PopTech. She received her M.B.A. in Design Strategy from California College of the Arts and her B.A. in Classical Civilization from UCLA.
Biruk is the innovation strategist at Gobee where he evaluates and manages projects and finances, logistics coordination, and business development. He started working at Gobee as a Design Researcher, conducting field work and synthesis for projects requiring cultural translation and embedded understanding to help his team translate insights into action. Prior to Gobee, Biruk worked as an Environmental Health Specialist with a working focus in health and safety project management, and health risk investigation at the University of California, San Francisco Medical Center, and all of the UCSF campus departments. He also worked as a solutions consultant, where he partnered with an assisted living home in Kingston, Jamaica to help find ways to increase nutrition and maximize meals on a fixed budget for the senior residents of the home. He received an MPH from the School of Public Health at the University of California, Berkeley. He also holds a B.S. from UC Berkeley in Molecular Environmental Biology. Biruk was born in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia and speaks fluent Amharic.
Michael is a Program Associate with Gobee Group with more than 6 years as a trained anthropologist with experience in working with local communities such as the Seminole Tribe of Florida and local Jewish and Arab communities in Israel. He has extensive experience in literature and participant research, landscape analysis, data evaluation and synthesis, data visualization, typesetting, and research design. With Gobee, Michael applies his anthropological and research training in order to synthesize data collected from the field in order to inform Human-Centered Design products. Aside from Gobee, he also consults on heritage and history projects, doing archival and genealogical research, site evaluation and analysis, and documentation. He received his B.A., with honors, in Liberal Arts from New College of Florida, and recently finished his M.A. with the Jewish History Department at the University of Haifa. He speaks English, Spanish, and Hebrew.
Ifunanya Dibiaezue is a second year DrPH student at UC Berkeley. She is a public health professional with over 7 years of experience in maternal and child health, communicable and non-communicable disease prevention, nutritional awareness and training programs, and public health policy development. She holds a BSc degree in Biomedicine from the University of East Anglia, Norwich, UK, and a Master of Public Health (MPH) from the University of York, UK. She is particularly interested in human-centered design to increase adolescent family planning use in sub-Saharan Africa.
Elana is an MPH candidate at UC Berkeley, with a concentration in Health and Social Behavior. She also holds a Bachelors of Arts in Sociology from Occidental College. Throughout her career, Elana has been involved with work related to food justice, mental health, early childhood, violence prevention, and youth health education. Prior to attending UC Berkeley, she conducted research and evaluation for programs aiming to prevent and address childhood adversity. In this role, Elana partnered with program teams to design and implement evaluation plans in order to best serve families. Today, Elana has a continued passion for prevention, health equity, systems thinking, and social innovation, and believes that community voices must always be centered. Elana is also passionate about the arts and nature. In her spare time, she can be found working on a creative project, riding her bike, or on a quest to find a new scenic view.
Interested in a career in human-centered design? Gobee is currently looking for the following positions:
Junior Design Strategist
Click the link below to apply to these positions. If you don’t see a position open, use the form below to send us your name, contact info, and resume, and if there is a fit, we’ll be in touch!
We seek candidates who are:
Interested in applying design to real world public health challenges
Flexible and excited to work on domestic and global health issues
Excellent communicators with team collaboration skills
Innovative, self-motivated, and self-directed thinkers
Serious about doing good work while also keeping a sense of humor
Interested and qualified candidates should email a resume, two references, and an expression of interest in the position to firstname.lastname@example.org. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.