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==Current Board==
 
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----'''Tobias Knerr ''' fell in love with OpenStreetMap in 2008, and has been contributing as a mapper and software developer ever since. He's a long-time advocate for free software and open content, and has been promoting OSM through mapping parties, as a speaker and organizer for conferences, and at industry events. Tobias has joined the board in 2018, and is currently employed as a research assistant at the University of Passau, Germany.
'''Kate Chapman''' (Director) began contributing to OSM in 2009. She is a cofounder of the Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team (HOT), a non-governmental organization dedicated to helping support communities, governments and humanitarian responders in their utilization of OpenStreetMap in crisis response and contingency planning. She joined the OpenStreetMap foundation in 2009 and was elected to the OSMF board in September 2013. Kate is employed as the Chief Technology Officer of the Cadasta Foundation and also serves on Cadasta's Board of Directors.
 
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* [https://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/User:Tordanik user: Tordanik on the wiki]
 
* [http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/User:Wonderchook User:Wonderchook on the wiki]
 
   
 
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'''Frederik Ramm''' (Director) is a long-time OSM contributor and coder of editors and utilities, co-author of the first ever OpenStreetMap book, founder and acting director of Geofabrik, and an active participiant on most OSM mailing lists and help forums. He was voted onto the board at the 2012 AGM. He lives in Karlsruhe, Germany.
 
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'''Mikel Maron''' is a programmer and geographer working for impactful community and humanitarian uses of open source and open data. He started with OSM in 2005. He was elected to the OSMF Board in 2015, and previously served from 2007-2012. He currently works at Mapbox, leading the Community team. He is co-founder of the Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team, of GroundTruth Initiative, and of the Map Kibera project. He’s travelled widely, organizing mapping projects in India, Palestine, Egypt, Swaziland, and elsewhere.
   
* [http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/User:Frederik_Ramm User:Frederik_Ramm on the wiki]
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* [http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/User:Mikel User:Mikel on the wiki]
   
Other directorships held: Managing Director, Geofabrik GmbH; Member of the Board of Directors, FOSSGIS e.V.
 
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----'''Rory McCann ''' discovered OpenStreetMap in 2008, as a long time fan of free software/open source and maps, the entire thing just clicked, and has been active ever since. As well as regular mapping, and hacking on OSM projects, they'll can be found at community events, or trying to teach new people about OpenStreetMap.
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They're originally from Dublin, Ireland, but currently lives in Karlsruhe, Germany working at the OpenStreetMap consultancy firm Geofabrik. While not at a computer, they like hiking and cycling in the nearby Black Forest, which provide options for mapping for OSM.
   
 
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'''Paul Norman''' (Director) joined the board in 2014. He develops and maintains key parts of rendering software. As well as being a developer he works map styles and cartography and tracking and resolving edits with problems in OpenStreetMap. He works for CartoDB as a software developer.
 
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Ambassador (retired) '''Allan Mustard''' is a member of the Advisory Board of the Caspian Policy Center, a Washington, D.C.-based think tank. He was sworn in as U.S. Ambassador to Turkmenistan on November 25, 2014 and retired from that position in June 2019 after almost 38 years of public service. He previously served as an agricultural officer at U.S. Embassies in New Delhi, Mexico City, Moscow, Vienna, and at the American Consulate General in Istanbul. He managed the computer center for the Foreign Agricultural Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, 2000-2002. He speaks fluent Russian, basic German and very basic Spanish. He delivered the keynote address at the [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_t5DxV7cXgQ&list=PLQNy8KsDknCr92fIXYcOKL42U35wRAV9Y&index=3 2016 SOTM] and the [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JpHLulm-Wq4 banquet speech at the 2019 NACIS] conference on use of OSM in mapping Turkmenistan. Ambassador Mustard resides in Falls Church, Virginia, United States.
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* [http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/User:Apm-wa User:Apm-wa on the wiki] | [https://www.openstreetmap.org/user/apm-wa User:apm-wa OSM Profile]
   
 
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'''Mikel Maron''' (Director) is a programmer and geographer working for impactful community and humanitarian uses of open source and open data. He started with OSM in 2005. He was elected to the OSMF Board in 2015, and previously served from 2007-2012. He currently works at Mapbox. He is co-founder of the Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team, of Ground Truth Initiative, and of the Map Kibera project. He’s travelled widely, organizing projects in India, Palestine, Egypt, Swaziland, and elsewhere.
 
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'''Paul Norman''' joined the board in 2014. He develops and maintains key parts of rendering software. He also volunteers on the Operations Working Group, Membership Working Group, and used to volunteer on the Data Working Group, Legal Working Group, Engineering Working Group and Management Team. He is currently employed as a software development engineer at Amazon in Seattle.
   
* [http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/User:Mikel User:Mikel on the wiki]
 
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----'''Guillaume Rischard ''' from Luxembourg maps as [http://hdyc.neis-one.org/?Stereo Stereo], which is easier to [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L4U_bVf9xFE&t=53s pronounce]. When he discovered OpenStreetMap in 2008, there were only a few main roads displayed around him. He didn’t take the project seriously. In 2011, he ran into it again, and saw that the map had become a lot more detailed. He spotted a missing name, and when he saw it displayed on the map when he refreshed right after saving it, he was hooked. When he uploads a changeset, he still likes to open that place in his browser while it still hasn’t rendered, open the same URL in a new tab a few seconds later, then switch between the tabs.
   
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He works as a freelance data consultant, and was the technical lead and helped drive strategy on the [https://data.public.lu/en/ Luxembourg Open Data Portal], where one success was getting the addresses, orthoimagery and [https://data.public.lu/en/datasets/bd-l-tc-version-2008-1/ official map data of Luxembourg] released.
'''Ilya Zverev''' has been mapping since 2010, but got tired, joined OSMF and moved on to other tasks: writing an OpenStreetMap news blog, recording podcasts, developing apps and plugins, and so on. He remembers when the motto of OSM was "have fun", and devotes his time to make the project more fun for regular mappers. Mappers have elected him to the Board in 2015, which made him the first Board member not from Western Europe or North America. He works for MAPS.ME, helping make the best OpenStreetMap-based mapping application.
 
   
* [http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/User:Zverik User:Zverik on the wiki], [http://ilya.zverev.info/ a website]
 
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The most significant thing he’s written recently is probably [https://openstreetmap.lu/MWGGlobalLogicReport20181226.pdf the Membership Working Group report on the 100 suspicious signups]. Guillaume and his co-author Steve Friedl were honoured to receive the [https://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/OpenStreetMap_Awards/2019#Influential_Writing_Award OpenStreetMap award for influential writing] for it at the State of the Map conference in Heidelberg.
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He is a member of the Data Working Group and Membership Working Group, and occasionally contributes to the OSM Weekly.
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----'''Joost Schouppe ''' started mapping in 2012 and joined the board in 2018. He is a mapper and an OSM community organizer. He is a co-founder of the OpenStreetMap Belgium Local Chapter and as such co-organizer of meetups, mapathons, conferences and outreach activities. He is part of the osm-science initiative. Joost works as a geospatial data-analyst for local government.
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* [https://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/User:Joost_schouppe user: Joost_schouppe on the wiki]
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All board members are "directors" in the sense of the UK Companies Act. Even the person we designate "secretary" is not a "secretary" in the sense of the UK Companies Act.

Latest revision as of 14:41, 7 February 2020

We have a small team of board members of the foundation. Here is a bit about each of them, including declarations of any other directorships and any substantial shareholdings.

Current Board


Tobias Knerr fell in love with OpenStreetMap in 2008, and has been contributing as a mapper and software developer ever since. He's a long-time advocate for free software and open content, and has been promoting OSM through mapping parties, as a speaker and organizer for conferences, and at industry events. Tobias has joined the board in 2018, and is currently employed as a research assistant at the University of Passau, Germany.


Mikel Maron is a programmer and geographer working for impactful community and humanitarian uses of open source and open data. He started with OSM in 2005. He was elected to the OSMF Board in 2015, and previously served from 2007-2012. He currently works at Mapbox, leading the Community team. He is co-founder of the Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team, of GroundTruth Initiative, and of the Map Kibera project. He’s travelled widely, organizing mapping projects in India, Palestine, Egypt, Swaziland, and elsewhere.


Rory McCann discovered OpenStreetMap in 2008, as a long time fan of free software/open source and maps, the entire thing just clicked, and has been active ever since. As well as regular mapping, and hacking on OSM projects, they'll can be found at community events, or trying to teach new people about OpenStreetMap.

They're originally from Dublin, Ireland, but currently lives in Karlsruhe, Germany working at the OpenStreetMap consultancy firm Geofabrik. While not at a computer, they like hiking and cycling in the nearby Black Forest, which provide options for mapping for OSM.


Ambassador (retired) Allan Mustard is a member of the Advisory Board of the Caspian Policy Center, a Washington, D.C.-based think tank. He was sworn in as U.S. Ambassador to Turkmenistan on November 25, 2014 and retired from that position in June 2019 after almost 38 years of public service. He previously served as an agricultural officer at U.S. Embassies in New Delhi, Mexico City, Moscow, Vienna, and at the American Consulate General in Istanbul. He managed the computer center for the Foreign Agricultural Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, 2000-2002. He speaks fluent Russian, basic German and very basic Spanish. He delivered the keynote address at the 2016 SOTM and the banquet speech at the 2019 NACIS conference on use of OSM in mapping Turkmenistan. Ambassador Mustard resides in Falls Church, Virginia, United States.


Paul Norman joined the board in 2014. He develops and maintains key parts of rendering software. He also volunteers on the Operations Working Group, Membership Working Group, and used to volunteer on the Data Working Group, Legal Working Group, Engineering Working Group and Management Team. He is currently employed as a software development engineer at Amazon in Seattle.


Guillaume Rischard from Luxembourg maps as Stereo, which is easier to pronounce. When he discovered OpenStreetMap in 2008, there were only a few main roads displayed around him. He didn’t take the project seriously. In 2011, he ran into it again, and saw that the map had become a lot more detailed. He spotted a missing name, and when he saw it displayed on the map when he refreshed right after saving it, he was hooked. When he uploads a changeset, he still likes to open that place in his browser while it still hasn’t rendered, open the same URL in a new tab a few seconds later, then switch between the tabs.

He works as a freelance data consultant, and was the technical lead and helped drive strategy on the Luxembourg Open Data Portal, where one success was getting the addresses, orthoimagery and official map data of Luxembourg released.

The most significant thing he’s written recently is probably the Membership Working Group report on the 100 suspicious signups. Guillaume and his co-author Steve Friedl were honoured to receive the OpenStreetMap award for influential writing for it at the State of the Map conference in Heidelberg.

He is a member of the Data Working Group and Membership Working Group, and occasionally contributes to the OSM Weekly.


Joost Schouppe started mapping in 2012 and joined the board in 2018. He is a mapper and an OSM community organizer. He is a co-founder of the OpenStreetMap Belgium Local Chapter and as such co-organizer of meetups, mapathons, conferences and outreach activities. He is part of the osm-science initiative. Joost works as a geospatial data-analyst for local government.


All board members are "directors" in the sense of the UK Companies Act. Even the person we designate "secretary" is not a "secretary" in the sense of the UK Companies Act.