Leadership

Our board

President

Heather Leson is a community builder, project leader, and idea hacker for global open source projects and communities. Some of the organizations she had lead include the Crisis Mappers Network, Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team, Open Knowledge Foundation, Ushahidi, Random Hacks of Kindness, Mozilla and more. Heather has over 15 years of experience in technical incident management, software life-cycle development, customer care, and Internet communications.  Heather is a Programme Manager at Qatar Computing Research Institute. In HOT Heather is focused on community engagement, organizational development and fundraising. She blogs at http://textontechs.com and tweets @heatherleson. Imagine this world if we all lent a digital hand.

Vice President
Secretary

With her background in social and educational studies Jorieke is a bit of an exception in the OpenStreetMap-world. Yet with her interest in social-spatial issues, the Humanitaran OpenStreetMap Team, quickly became like a second family to her. The past few years she was active in several African countries and Bangladesh to map, promote and train local and international actors on OpenStreetMap. Consequently she has a big heart for local OpenStreetMap communities. Currently she is living in Mali and working for the Belgian Development Agency.

 

Treasurer

Jaakko is native Finn and a consultant on geo things and using technology in the field and considers himself a mapping generalist. He is passionate about the possibility of OpenStreetMap, Open Data, Open Source tools and the general Open Paradigm helping level the global playing field. He has worked with international development for over ten years. Jaakko got more involved with OpenStreetMap and HOT in the response to the Haiti earthquake of 2010 and ended up living in Haiti for three years. He is currently based in Nicaragua. He contributes to OSM under username jaakkoh.

Board Member

Nama brings with him a unique blend of experience from government, nonprofit, and academic sectors. Nama is the Executive Director of Kathmandu Living Labs. He plays a critical role in developing an OpenStreetMap community and creating an ecosystem around open data in Nepal.

Board Member

Severin is qualified in archaeology, geography and GIS. He has broad experience from HOT's field work since 2011. And has been active in many HOT field projects in Haiti, Mongolia and various countries in Africa with outreach, teaching, data collection, as well as remote Crisis Activations, translation, methodologies, database imports and conferences. He contributes to OSM under username sev_hotosm.

Dale Kunce leads the international GIS team at the American Red Cross where he is responsible for the adoption and creation of open source software such as OpenMapKit, open data standards and OpenStreetMap to supercharge the work of the American Red Cross. Dale is a geospatial engineer and urban planner with more than ten years of experience working directly with communities throughout the world. He and his team support programs and projects for both international disaster response and long-term programs. Kunce’s past work has taken him from community organizing in the California Central Valley and developing analytics for pandemic response in Uganda to helping astronauts capture high-resolution imagery from the International Space Station. He has helped coordinate the Red Cross response efforts for the last couple of years, working closely with HOT. He is a founder of Missing Maps and a frequent contributor OSM under the username dkunce. Dale is a current board member, elected during the June 2015 Special Election.

Executive director

Tyler is HOT's Interim Executive Director. Prior to HOT he has led diverse, people-focused, technology-enabled projects across the public, private, non-profit, and international humanitarian sectors.

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