Board Member Bios

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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

Steve Coast (Director, Chairman) is the founder of OpenStreetMap. Steve has worked in many heavy lifting computing applications before co-founding a web consultancy firm with Nick Black in 2006. In 2008 this became CloudMade after investment by Sunstone Capital.

Other Directorships held: Cloud Made Ltd
Other substantial holdings: Cloud Made Ltd


Henk Hoff (Director) is an IT consultant with a focus on neogeography. He lives in the Netherlands. Henk discovered OSM in the spring of 2006 and is an active contributor as mapper and speaker. He joined the OSMF board in 2008.

Other Directorships held: GlobePlotter bv, Stichting OpenGeo and Junior Chamber International (local chapter)
Other positions: Member of city council of the city of Assen, the Netherlands


Mikel Maron is a software developer specializing in web mapping and collaborative tech. He’s based in San Francisco, but is not there very much. Mikel started with OpenStreetMap in 2005, is currently serving his third year on the board, and advocates free and open mapping in the developing world. Mikel is currently a co-director of Ground Truth Initiative, which has implemented Map Kibera. He is also President of the Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team.

Other Directorships held: Ground Truth Initiative LLC, Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team (President)
Other substantial holdings: Ground Truth Initiative LLC


Simone Cortesi (Director) is a IT Business Consultant based in Italy. He has been part of several Open Source project, most notably PHP. He has been involved in OpenStreetMap since 2005, first as a contributor, then starting 2008 as a member of the OpenStreetMap Foundation Team.

Other Directorships held: None
Other substantial holdings: None


Iván Sánchez Ortega is vocational computer scientist, currently working as a GIS developer, based in Spain. A FLOSS advocate since the year 2000, he gained interest in neogeography and OSM in late 2006. He has been promoting OSM through Spain since then. His aims include OSMF local chapters, data imports, and promote OSM usage in mapping agencies.

Other Directorships held: President of Asociación OpenStreetMap España
Other positions: Member of the OSGeo Spanish chapter, member of the Spanish SDI Working Group.


Oliver Kühn (Director) Oliver is co-founder of skobbler, a company building software solutions based on OpenStreetMap. He works in the digital mapping industry for 6 six years while his expertise is rather on the commercial than the technical side. He has joined the OpenStreetMap Foundation in 2009 and has been elected as member of OSMF board in August 2010.

Other Directorships held: skobbler GmbH, Germany
Other positions: None


Emilie Laffray