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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.
'''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.
 
 
* [https://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/User:Tordanik user: Tordanik on the wiki]
   
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===Mikel Maron===
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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.
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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:Mikel User:Mikel on the wiki]
 
* [http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/User:Mikel User:Mikel on the wiki]
   
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===Amanda McCann===
----'''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.
 
 
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.
* [https://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/User:Tordanik user: Tordanik on the wiki]
 
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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.
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''(documents before mid-2021 use Amanda's old name which started with “R”)''
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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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===Allan Mustard===
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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.
----'''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.
 
* [https://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/User:Joost_schouppe user: Joost_schouppe on the wiki]
 
   
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===Eugene Alvin Villar===
----'''Guillaume Rischard ''' <br>
 
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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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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. He previously served as Agricultural Minister-Counselor at the U.S. Embassy in New Delhi, India. A widely recognized authority on agricultural and food aid policy, he has broad experience in guiding economic reform assistance throughout Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union.
 
   
 
* [https://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/User:seav user: seav on the wiki]
Previously, Ambassador Mustard served as <br>
 
(2008-2011) Agricultural Minister-Counselor, Embassy Mexico City, Mexico ;<br>
 
(2003-2008) Agricultural Minister-Counselor, Embassy Moscow, Russia ;<br>
 
(2002-2003) Fellow, Senior Seminar in Foreign Relations, Department of State ; <br>
 
(2000-2002) Assistant Deputy Administrator, Foreign Agricultural Affairs, Foreign Agricultural Service ;<br>
 
(1996-2000) Agricultural Counselor, Embassy Vienna, Austria ; <br>
 
(1992-1996) Deputy Director, Emerging Democracies Office, Foreign Agricultural Service ;<br>
 
(1990-1992) Deputy Coordinator, Eastern Europe and Soviet Secretariat, Foreign Agricultural Service ; <br>
 
(1988-1990) Agricultural Trade Officer, Consulate General Istanbul, Turkey ; <br>
 
(1986-1988) Assistant Agricultural Attaché, Embassy Moscow, USSR ; <br>
 
(1982-1986) Agricultural Economist, Foreign Agricultural Service. <br>
 
   
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===Jean-Marc Liotier===
Prior to this, Ambassador Mustard worked as a social worker in Seattle resettling Soviet emigres (1979-1980) and as a guide-interpreter on the U.S. International Communication Agency’s exhibit “Agriculture-USA” in Kishinev, Moscow, and Rostov-na-Donu, USSR (1978-1979). Ambassador Mustard earned an A.S. at Grays Harbor College, Aberdeen, Washington in 1975; B.A.s in Political Science and in Slavic Languages and Literature from the University of Washington, Seattle, Washington in 1978; and a M.S. in Agricultural Economics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, Illinois in 1982. Mr. Mustard studied Russian at Leningrad State University in Summer 1978 under the auspices of the Council for International Educational Exchange. He is the recipient of five Presidential Rank Awards; USDA’s highest award, the Distinguished Service Honor Award; USDA’s second-highest award, the Superior Honor Award, twice; the Grand Golden Medal of Merit of the Republic of Austria, the highest award Austria can award to a foreigner; and numerous other Department of State and USDA performance awards. 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.
 
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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.
   
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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.
----'''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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* [https://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/User:Liotier user: Liotier on the wiki]
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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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.