Umesh (uMe) Pandya
Co-Founder at Wayfindr


Umesh (uMe) Pandya is driven by using design and technology to solve problems that matter, he has been working as a practitioner in the digital sector for over 19 years, conceiving and launching inclusive, human centred, digital products, services and ventures.

Co-founder of Wayfindr, a multi-award-winning, social tech, not-for-profit that empowers vision impaired people to navigate the world independently. Umesh also has led the product design and development of a couple of well-received FinTech products that have improved the banking experience for older people and people with physical and/or cognitive impairments. For many people, this was the first time they were able to access their money independently.

Over the last few years, he has been bringing tools, process and methodologies from the design and start-up sectors and adapting them to help accelerate product and service innovation in the social tech sector. He developed the Social Venture Canvas, a free to use tool to support social tech entrepreneurs on their journey in creating purpose-driven, impact lead, sustainable businesses.