About Upwelling

Upwelling Knowledge Consultants is a network of consultants specialized in web management, knowledge management, e-learning and editorial support for all kinds of communication and knowledge sharing.

Upwelling has long term contractual relationships with several UN agencies – UNICEF, UNITAR, UNEP, UNAIDS – as well as for Universities, NGOs and governmental agencies in France, Greece, the Netherlands, Norway, Senegal and Switzerland.

Upwelling offers an unique combination of a team of specialists in media and web communication and of a skilled development team based in Romania and India.

We are thus able to attend to meetings with UN professionals in New York, Geneva and Dakar, with one consultant always designated as the point of contact, available for on-site meetings and responsible for quality control.

We are simultaneously able to offer the services of a very skilled development team proficient with Drupal, Joomla, Wordpress and other industry standard CMS, with a highly competitive price structure.

Our role

It has proven crucial to the success of web communication projects to have an expert translating the needs of management into specifications for technical teams and vice versa: we have had to reverse engineer recently developed platforms so they can meet client requirements in terms of usability, accessibility, ease of maintenance, visual identity and reporting.

Furthermore, out of experience, client units / services / people may have fluctuating agendas and experience huge variation in their availability to maintain or develop their own communication material. Flexibility has been key to the success of many of our projects, and key to flexibility was our extensive network of experts able to intervene very quickly on urgent projects (see References). 

Our development team has got strong expertise on a wide range of IT related matters including database design and programming, server-side programming, CMS admin and super-admin, as well as in graphic arts using the whole Adobe Creative suite (including Flash-based applications and video publishing, InDesign for publications and visual identity development, Dreamweaver for microsites, etc.).

What we do on top of technology is more than project management : we bridge the gap between IT and Communications or Knowledge Management.

Latest Projects

Integrare online presence overhaul

The Barcelona-based social cooperation institute “Integrare” is a well-positioned research institute that provides a..


UNITAR online booking portal

The UNITAR Website and Intranet are integral parts of the UNITAR communications strategy to disseminate information to p..


#actioncounts campaign

The United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20) in June 2012 and subsequent MDG events in 2013 and 201..



UNICEF gathers development professionals and governement officials in conferences about specific topics. More often than..


UNICEF West and Central Africa

When multilingualism meets legacy content management systems, and workarounds developed over several years to cope with ..


Social media

Brice Lalonde, Executive Coordinator of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20) realized that one-way comm..


Media 1

Public personalities do not necessarily hire a whole communication team, apart when preparing an event or an election. H..


Editorial in climate change

Climate change negotiations need strong scientific background and environmental Conferences impose tight deadlines on co..


Editorial - GEF

Volunteers on the field have lots to say. But they are often practitioners, engineers, medical, and they do not necessar..


Adoption of KM tools

In the context of a country office with very variable computer literacy and limited resource and personnel, implementing..


Editorial - UNEP

The United Nations Environment Programme's Regional Office for Europe had been struggling for several years to get suffi..