Board Member Bios
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Previously, Ambassador Mustard served as
(2008-2011) Agricultural Minister-Counselor, Embassy Mexico City, Mexico ;
(2003-2008) Agricultural Minister-Counselor, Embassy Moscow, Russia ;
(2002-2003) Fellow, Senior Seminar in Foreign Relations, Department of State ;
(2000-2002) Assistant Deputy Administrator, Foreign Agricultural Affairs, Foreign Agricultural Service ;
(1996-2000) Agricultural Counselor, Embassy Vienna, Austria ;
(1992-1996) Deputy Director, Emerging Democracies Office, Foreign Agricultural Service ;
(1990-1992) Deputy Coordinator, Eastern Europe and Soviet Secretariat, Foreign Agricultural Service ;
(1988-1990) Agricultural Trade Officer, Consulate General Istanbul, Turkey ;
(1986-1988) Assistant Agricultural Attaché, Embassy Moscow, USSR ;
(1982-1986) Agricultural Economist, Foreign Agricultural Service.
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.
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.
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.