The HOT board

Vice President

“Love and Compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them humanity cannot survive”. - Dalai Lama

Ahasanul Hoque, is working as a Remote Sensing, GIS and Open Data consultant in World Bank Bangladesh. Geospatial technology is his passion and he's been working with it nationally and internationally for 13 long years. He was involved with OpenSource GIS.During his Master’s Degree in Asian Institute of Technology. After coming back to Bangladesh GFDRR’s collaborative open city project gave him the chance to work actively with OpenStreetMap. He has vast working experience with World Bank, American Red Cross, IFRCS, PMTC, DFID, Water Sanitation for Urban Poor (WSUP), BRAC, Water AID, UNDP, FAO, SAVE THE CHILDREN INTERNATIONAL, WFP. A few years back, all of Bangladesh was almost BLANK in OSM. As a GIS geek and supporter of free and opensource projects, he realized the huge potential of OSM in developing Bangladesh, a country with regular disaster threats and top listed for climate impacts. He started to disseminate this knowledge among people, building a strong OSM community involving academia, government and non government organizations, youth communities, youth entrepreneurs and the local level low-tech community. Voluntarily he facilitated more than 35 OSM trainings and coordinated many more mapping parties in Bangladesh. People hire him for conventional GIS mapping, he introduces OpenStreetMapping; that’s how OSM is spreading among the agencies in Bangladesh. He often writes about opendata and OSM in his personal blog(www.ahasanulhoque.com/category/blog/)

 

He is a current Board Member, Voting Member of HOT, founder of OSGeo Bangladesh and active memeber of Bangladesh Environmental Graduate Association. He believes that to be involved with HOT is a noble work what will serve the community for a long time with a very minimum effort. He is campaigning to create more use cases for the OSM data, since "Data have no meaning if there is no use". He thinks, we shouldn’t wait for disaster to use OSM data only; we need to use the OSM data in research and innovation. He tweets as ahasan4u.

President

Dale Kunce leads the international GIS team at the American Red Cross where he is responsible for the adoption and creation of open source software such as OpenMapKit, open data standards and OpenStreetMap to supercharge the work of the American Red Cross. Dale is a geospatial engineer and urban planner with more than ten years of experience working directly with communities throughout the world. He and his team support programs and projects for both international disaster response and long-term programs. Kunce’s past work has taken him from community organizing in the California Central Valley and developing analytics for pandemic response in Uganda to helping astronauts capture high-resolution imagery from the International Space Station. He has helped coordinate the Red Cross response efforts for the last couple of years, working closely with HOT. He is a founder of Missing Maps and a frequent contributor OSM under the username dkunce. Dale is a current board member, elected during the June 2015 Special Election.

Kuo-Yu Chuang (a.k.a. slayer) has worked on Location-Based Service (LBS) and disaster response with ICT for years. His current focus is the young social enterprise, GeoThings, which based in Taiwan and provides an integrated ICT platform for Communities, NGOs, and Government Agencies on disaster management. He is also working with various international organization such as OGC, GEO, ITU, and actively joined the open communities like Open Street Map (OSM) and Crisis Mappers. With those collaborations, Kuo-Yu really look forward to a greater impact for disaster response with an idea he called “Humanitarian ICT”.

Secretary

Melanie is a Geography Master student and research assisstant at Heidelberg University who first joined the HOT community as OSM and HOT Mapper. She soon combined her passions, mapping, humanitarian aid and research, through her work with disastermappers heidelberg and in the disaster management department at HeiGIT (GIScience Research Group at Heidelberg University). 

 

Being positioned at the intersection of research, application development, OSM interested data consumers and the HOT and OSM community, she is now supporting the HOT Board by building a bridge between researchers, developers, the data consumers and the HOT and OSM community- to address our questions and challenges within and with the community and to raise more awareness in the international world of academia and disaster management about the potentials of HOT and OSM.

Treasurer

Pete was a big fan of OSM as a user first (OSMAnd when travelling) and then as a mapper when he found HOT.

 

Pete is interested in innovation, project management, mapping, community building, communications and operations. He also loves a bit of carpentry when he has time!

 

Pete works at Medecins Sans Frontieres  as Medical Innovation Officer. Previously, he launched and coordinated the Missing Maps Project, also for MSF.

 

As a member of the HOT board, he will try to ensure that real impact for humanitarian organisations and local communities is at the heart of everything we do.  He tweets from @pedrito1414