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==Current Board==
 
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===Tobias Knerr===
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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''' 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.
 
 
* [https://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/User:Tordanik user: Tordanik on the wiki]
   
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===Mikel Maron===
* [http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/User:Wonderchook User:Wonderchook on the wiki]
 
 
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:Mikel User:Mikel on the wiki]
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'''Frederik Ramm''' 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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===Amanda McCann===
* [http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/User:Frederik_Ramm User:Frederik_Ramm on the wiki]
 
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Amanda 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, she can be found at community events, or trying to teach new people about OpenStreetMap.
   
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She's originally from Dublin, Ireland, but currently lives in Karlsruhe, Germany working at the OpenStreetMap consultancy firm Geofabrik. While not at a computer, she likes hiking and cycling in the nearby Black Forest, which provide options for mapping for OSM.
Other directorships held: Managing Director, Geofabrik GmbH; Member of the Board of Directors, FOSSGIS e.V.
 
   
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''(documents before mid-2021 use Amanda's old name which started with “R”)''
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'''Paul Norman''' 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 as a freelance software developer, contracting with companies who need open source geospatial expertise.
 
   
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* [https://www.openstreetmap.org/user/%E1%9A%9B%E1%9A%90%E1%9A%8B%E1%9A%90%E1%9A%85%E1%9A%87%E1%9A%90%E1%9A%9C%20%F0%9F%8F%B3%EF%B8%8F%E2%80%8D%F0%9F%8C%88 OpenStreetMap.org account] • [https://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/User:Am%E1%B5%83%E1%B5%96anda OSM Wiki page]
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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 serves as the Chair of Voting Members for HOT (a procedural role). 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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===Allan Mustard===
* [http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/User:Mikel User:Mikel on the wiki]
 
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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, as well as similar boards for three commercial startups unrelated to cartography or data management. 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, and has written articles for both Wikipedia and the OSM wiki. He delivered the keynote address at the [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_t5DxV7cXgQ&list=PLQNy8KsDknCr92fIXYcOKL42U35wRAV9Y&index=3 2016] and [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AeY6yU8uYPc 2020 SOTM], the [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JpHLulm-Wq4 banquet speech at the 2019 NACIS] conference on use of OSM in mapping Turkmenistan, and the keynote address to the [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r6JYUTvRsMw OpenStreetMap US: Connect 2020] virtual conference. He was also interviewed for a [https://thegeomob.com/podcast/episode-29 GeoMob podcast] in Summer 2020 on the OSMF, and again in [https://thegeomob.com/podcast/episode-63 Spring 2021 on the 2021 community survey]. 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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===Guillaume Rischard===
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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.
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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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===Eugene Alvin Villar===
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Eugene Alvin Villar is from the Philippines and has been mapping in OSM as [https://osm.org/user/seav/ seav] since 2007. Eugene has grown up loving maps and cartography (one of his favorite childhood books was a Grolier world atlas) and when he [https://www.vaes9.com/posts/osm_does_the_philippines learned that OSM was a crowdsourced project to map the ''whole'' world], he was immediately hooked. Aside from mapping, Eugene has also worked to collaborate with other Filipinos in building the local mapping community in the Philippines (which is one of the most active in Asia) by planning events, giving presentations, facilitating workshops, and organizing local conferences. He has been a member of the Foundation since 2016 and a member of the [[Local Chapters and Communities Working Group]] (LCCWG) which he chaired from 2019 until his election in 2020.
   
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Eugene currently works as a senior software engineer for a [https://getmagic.com/ Silicon Valley-based startup] and before he got elected worked part-time doing OSM mapping for Kaart, a Bronze [[Corporate Members|Corporate Member]] of the Foundation. In his free time outside of OpenStreetMap, Eugene is also a [https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Special:CentralAuth/Seav very active contributor] the the Wikimedia projects such as the English Wikipedia, Wikidata, and Wikimedia Commons.
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'''Martijn van Exel''' is an OpenStreetMap contributor, community organizer and local Chapter leader since 2007. He has served on the OpenStreetMap United States Board of Directors from 2011 to 2017. He also contributes to OpenStreetMap as a mapper and developer. He works for US based Telenav as OSM project lead. He lives in Salt Lake City with his wife.
 
   
* [http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/User:mvexel User:mvexel on the wiki]
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* [https://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/User:seav user: seav on the wiki]
   
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===Jean-Marc Liotier===
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Jean-Marc Liotier took a wrong turn on his bicycle in 2009 on an African track and stumbled upon Openstreetmap - a great excuse to indulge his vice of staring at orbital imagery. He is based in Paris, where he spent the last 20 years managing information systems projects for large telcos - but that's really just a way to finance his mapping addiction.
'''Peter Barth''' is an addict, interested in almost everything related to OSM and OpenSource. He joined OpenStreetMap in 2007. Besides mapping and development, he is a regular speaker on conferences and events, works with the Data Working Group, Communication Working Group, the Wochennotiz – the German weekly OSM news – and helps to translate for WeeklyOSM. He's been a member of the OSM Foundation since 2012 and joined the board 2015 with the goal to make the OSMF more transparent and appealing to the general community. Peter lives near Munich with his wife and three kids. He works for Continental, totally unrelated to OpenStreetMap.
 
   
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Jean-Marc is currently on a full-time salaried position at SFR, a subsidiary of Altice Europe, where he is an employee representative, member of the UNSa COM union. His ownership of bicycles has also led to rumors that he might be a card-carrying member of the cycling lobby.
* [http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/User:Peda User:Peda on the wiki]
 
   
 
* [https://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/User:Liotier user: Liotier on the wiki]
----'''Heather Leson''' is an idea hacker, community builder focused co-creating open organizations. As a technologist, she strengthens community collaboration via humanitarian technologies and social entrepreneurship. She builds partnerships, curates digital spaces, fosters volunteer engagement and delivers training while inspiring systems for co-creation with maps, code and data. She has been an active OSM supporter since 2010, a past-board member of Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team (2013-2017), and OSMF member since 2013. She co-wrote a chapter on Open Communities as part of the Open Organization Workbook as well as articles the power of open data and digital literacy for the World Economic Forum and Civicus Datashift. Heather is from Canada and currently lives in Switzerland.
 
* [https://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/User:HeatherLeson user: HeatherLeson on the wiki]
 
   
 
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Latest revision as of 16:00, 27 June 2021

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

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

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.

Amanda McCann

Amanda 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, she can be found at community events, or trying to teach new people about OpenStreetMap.

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

(documents before mid-2021 use Amanda's old name which started with “R”)

Allan Mustard

Ambassador (retired) Allan Mustard is a member of the Advisory Board of the Caspian Policy Center, a Washington, D.C.-based think tank, as well as similar boards for three commercial startups unrelated to cartography or data management. 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, and has written articles for both Wikipedia and the OSM wiki. He delivered the keynote address at the 2016 and 2020 SOTM, the banquet speech at the 2019 NACIS conference on use of OSM in mapping Turkmenistan, and the keynote address to the OpenStreetMap US: Connect 2020 virtual conference. He was also interviewed for a GeoMob podcast in Summer 2020 on the OSMF, and again in Spring 2021 on the 2021 community survey. Ambassador Mustard resides in Falls Church, Virginia, United States.

Guillaume Rischard

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.

Eugene Alvin Villar

Eugene Alvin Villar is from the Philippines and has been mapping in OSM as seav since 2007. Eugene has grown up loving maps and cartography (one of his favorite childhood books was a Grolier world atlas) and when he learned that OSM was a crowdsourced project to map the whole world, he was immediately hooked. Aside from mapping, Eugene has also worked to collaborate with other Filipinos in building the local mapping community in the Philippines (which is one of the most active in Asia) by planning events, giving presentations, facilitating workshops, and organizing local conferences. He has been a member of the Foundation since 2016 and a member of the Local Chapters and Communities Working Group (LCCWG) which he chaired from 2019 until his election in 2020.

Eugene currently works as a senior software engineer for a Silicon Valley-based startup and before he got elected worked part-time doing OSM mapping for Kaart, a Bronze Corporate Member of the Foundation. In his free time outside of OpenStreetMap, Eugene is also a very active contributor the the Wikimedia projects such as the English Wikipedia, Wikidata, and Wikimedia Commons.

Jean-Marc Liotier

Jean-Marc Liotier took a wrong turn on his bicycle in 2009 on an African track and stumbled upon Openstreetmap - a great excuse to indulge his vice of staring at orbital imagery. He is based in Paris, where he spent the last 20 years managing information systems projects for large telcos - but that's really just a way to finance his mapping addiction.

Jean-Marc is currently on a full-time salaried position at SFR, a subsidiary of Altice Europe, where he is an employee representative, member of the UNSa COM union. His ownership of bicycles has also led to rumors that he might be a card-carrying member of the cycling lobby.


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.