New Member Nominations 2019

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The Charter Member nomination (part of the Election 2019) will be open from 2019-09-23 to 2019-10-20 (4 weeks). This list of nominees is maintained by the Chief Returning Officer ( This page is write protected and can only be edited by SysOps.

# Nominee Name Country Positive attributes Nominated by
1 Daniel Silk New Zealand I would like to nominate Daniel Silk as a Charter Member of OSGeo. Building on a history of professional engagement with open geospatial through his work with LINZ, Daniel has played a crucial role in establishing OSGeo Oceania and the FOSS4G SotM Oceania conference series over the last 2 years. As conference chair this year, he has demonstrated a strong work ethic, great teamwork skills, and empathy, effectively bringing together an engaged team. He's an exemplary leader, and will be an asset to OSGeo. John Bryant
2 Narcélio de Sá Brazil Narcélio is a Geographer, Open Source Geek, QGIS Brazil Community Coordinator, enthusiast and volunteer mapper OpenStreetMap, having contributed to many projects/disasters. He has been a great supporter and promoter of Open Source GIS in Brazil through his blog, youtube and presentations at events. Fernando Quadro
3 Felipe Sodré Barros Brazil Felipe is a geographer and Open Source GIS enthusiast through his support of the QGIS Brazil Community, GeoCast a GIS YouTube channel, as well as supporting both the reorganization of the Brazilian chapter and the initiative to bring FOSS4G Global 2021 to Argentina. Fernando Quadro
4 Seth Girvin Ireland Seth is a member of the MapServer PSC and has been very active in the community for a number of years now and is also very active in the Irish chapter of OSGeo. He has presented and a number of FOSS4G events and is both an excellent advocate for OSGeo and just a generally excellent person too. Michael Smith
5 Antonio Cerciello Netherlands Antonio is very enthusiastic about promoting the use of free and open source geospatial software and has been active in the FOSS4G community, for almost 3 years now. During this time, he has contributed with his coding skills to Geonetwork, Geoserver, OpenGeoportal and to the OSGeo Live image. He has attended many code sprints and has presented talks and workshops in FOSS4G events around the world. Joana Simoes
6 Pēteris Brūns Latvia Peteris and his company SunGIS [1] is long term supporter of FOSS4G . In Latvia, they are building environment for further usage of FOSS4G in the public sector as well as business. Peteris is already valid member of OSGeo and it would be great to have him as Charter member too. [1] Jachym Cepicky

8 Tom Armitage UK Long-term Scottish QGIS user group co-chair and co-chair of FOSS4GUK 2019, Tom has many years' experience teaching and training QGIS in academic institutions. He also freely shares material via, and actively encourages inclusivity and diversity at geo-events. Under his joint chairing, FOSS4GUK 2019 made a huge step up in diversity from previous years, with only one out of four keynotes a white man, and the offer of on-site childcare and childcare grants, all explicitly backed by a major sponsor. Tom is also a great speaker, giving perhaps the best talk at FOSS4GUK 2017 in the cartography stream, and has run FOSS4GUK workshops in the past. He will be a great advocate for FOSS4G as a charter member of OSGeo. Tom Chadwin
9 Carmen Tawalika Germany Carmen jumped into "cold water", when she agreed to take over the organisation of the workshops for FOSS4G 2016, and undoubtedly she did a great job. After several contributions (workshops and talks) at FOSSGIS conferences (the local german speaking FOSS4G-conference), she held her first talk on a FOSS4G this year in Bucharest. In her job, Carmen is an active contributor to several Open Source Geo-projects (check out her Github profile), at least she is one of the main contributors to the OSGeo community project "actinia". In my eyes, there is no doubt, that Carmen believes in the general goals of our foundation and also is willing to continue to contribute positively towards our goals, as she already did in the past. Having Carmen as a charter member will also benefit OSGeo's diversity. Till Adams
10 Dan Ormsby UK As Operations Manager at Astun Technology, Dan has been hugely influential in increasing enterprise adoption of open source products across UK local and central government, by promoting and improving integration with cloud-based solutions such as AWS- in particular the adoption of QGIS over appstream. He would be a great Charter Member as he would be able to raise the profile of and champion the use of open source technologies in business and government. Dan has demoed and spoken about running QGIS in the cloud at numerous workshops, usergroups, and most recently the FOSS4GUK 2019 event in Edinburgh. Jo Cook
11 Dennis Bauszus UK Dennis has attended all global and UK FOSS4G events since 2016 and given talks and/or organized workshops at each event. He has used Openlayers and Leaflet since their first versions and is active within the community both on stackoverflow (where he has more than 1000 reputation related to OSGeo projects) and GitHub. Dennis organised a FOSS4G code sprint at the Geolytix (his current employer) offices after the 2018 FOSS4GUK event. Over the last few years he has worked almost exclusively on a project which he hopes to propose as an OSGeo community project later this year. Matt Walker
12 Robert Coup UK Robert is a long time collaborator and contributor to open source geospatial projects across many libraries and tools, including as a GDAL committer and contributor to Mapnik, GeoDjango and a number of other OSS projects. He has been heavily involved in improving the state of Open Data in New Zealand via community initiatives and working directly with Government through his company Koordinates. He has helped to refine and improve the OGC API - Features (formerly WFS3) specification. He has attended and spoke at several FOSS4G and SoTM conferences, and was on the organising team for the 2010 conference in Wellington. And also mentored & coordinated Google Summer of Code projects for several years for GDAL & Mapnik. Even Rouault
13 Edoardo Neerhut Australia I would like to nominate Edoardo Neerhut as a Charter Member of OSGeo. Edoardo has been heavily involved in developing FOSS4G SotM Oceania and OSGeo Oceania since day 1, always bringing a well-reasoned and insightful perspective to every discussion, and playing a leadership role in critical areas. As someone with strong engagement with the OSM community, and with strong teamwork skills, he plays an important role in knitting the community together. I believe that Edoardo is an asset to the OSGeo community. John Bryant
14 Ross McDonald Scotland This year Ross has chaired the committee for the UK FOSS4G conference in Edinburgh. His enthusiasm for open source geospatial was clear in the effort he put into the event, and his contribution was one of the key factors in its success. He has also spoken at many open source and more general scientific and geospatial meetings, and organised QGIS UK User Group meetings in Scotland. Furthermore in his work capacity he switched a Scottish local council to Open Source, introducing QGIS, PostGIS and Geoserver. Ross is an asset to open source, to OSGeo, and will make a great charter member. Barry Rowlingson
15 Ivana Ivanova Australia Ivana Ivanova is a senior lecturer at Curtin University in Perth (Australia) and Research Fellow at the Cooperative Research Centre for Spatial Information Australia. Since 2000 she has been very active in the FOSS4G world, especially in the Education frame. Here some few examples: * She designed, developed and tutored (to date 3 editions) blended learning course on ‘Developing standard compliant geo-web applications for service-based spatial data infrastructure’ (FOSS4G tools used in the course). * She developed a distance course on Open Standards and Open Source Web Mapping for EuroSDR educational series (EduServ10) – resulted in an invitation to present at the GeotTech Centre Professional Educators Webinar Series. * In the frame of UN OpenGIS, she was coordinator and tutor of 6 editions of the PostGIS course. * Moreover, she is currently one of the UN OSGeo challenge mentors. * She regularly supervises student projects developed with open-source for geo tools – e.g. OpenLayers, GeoServer, GeoNode, PostGIS. * She is member of Geo4All. * She presented the UN OpenGIS initiative at the UNWGIC 2018. Besides her activity with Open Source, she is working on Open Standards and she is the Co-chair of Open Geospatial Consortium’s Data Quality Doman Working Group – where the focus of interest includes the use of open access and standards to geodata. Maria Brovelli
16 Ana Leticia Ma USA I met Ana at FOSS4G2019 where she was a volunteer. Her company didn't paid for the travel from the USA so she had to take unpaid leave and bought the ticket by herself. This proves her determination to attend the event and be part of our community. She helped a lot with the event recordings. She also attended FOSS4G NA 2019. I'm sure Ana made many friends at those event that can join me demonstrate that she is part of our community and shares our values. I believe she will make our community even more lively and colorful :) Nicolas Roelandt
17 Ionuț Ungurianu Romania Ionuț is working as a Sr. GIS Consultant for a Romanian company active in the field of telecommunications, cadaster and remote sensing. Ionuț is a co-founder of the NGO Timisoara GIS Community (, where he serves as President. The NGO tries to promote open source GIS solutions though local projects or by providing mostly QGIS trainings. At FOSS4G2019, during the OSGeo Community Sprint Ionuț became a contributor to the OSGeoLive project as a Romanian translator. He is part of the very active Romania Local Chapter. Ionuț will be a great advocate for FOSS4G as a charter member of OSGeo especially in his local region Timișoara. Astrid Emde

18 Dimitris Karakostis Greece Dimitris works in the World Food Programme and he is very active in the GeoNode community. He promotes many of our projects in World Food Programme and UN. Dimitris attended the last FOSS4G, joined the OSGeoLive translation team during the code sprint and started contributing. I know Dimitris for some time now and he is really passionate about Free and Open Source Geospatial Software. I believe Dimitris would be a very good addition to our charter members list. Angelos Tzotsos
19 Julia Wagemann Italy Julia is a strong advocate of open geospatial data and open-source geospatial technologies, and a strong believer that data standards and FOSS4G are vital building blocks to build bridges between different user communities. Julia has played a huge role in raising awareness about open geospatial software in the meteorological / climate communities. She regularly engages with user communities, as a key organiser of the OpenDataHack @ECMWF and current coordinator the ECMWF Summer of Weather Code - an online coding programme that promotes the development of weather-related open-source software. She is also the co-founder of Women in Geospatial, a rapidly growing network that aims to increase diversity at geo events and the geospatial community in general. I’ve known Julia for some years now through working on OGC standards, open geospatial software and petascale data collections. I believe she supports the goals of OSGeo and will be a fantastic asset to the organisation for many years. Adam Steer
20 Andrea Trovant Argentina She's been with the Osgeo Argentina Local chapter for three years now, collaborating with everything from social media to cashier at events and to help people get involved in the community, specially students at our University just starting their careers. She represents our younger side, bringing more and more energy everyday, but also working tirelessly in any task she is presented with. She is board member and part of the founders of the Geolibres NGO, that gives a legal framework to the local chapter. Malena Libman
21 Hennessy A. Becerra Ayala Mexico I am proud to nominate Hennessy Becerra for charter member of OSGeo. I knew about Hennessy for the first time, last year during the First Mexican Reunion of QGIS users. That is where I found out that he is one of the organizers of that reunion and not only that, also that he is the founder of the QGIS users group in México. Very eager to make things happen, like for example, having international speakers in the Reunion, organizing workshops, and taking care of all the details that an event implies. The Reunion was a success, and this year he is also organizing and promoting the Second Mexican Reunion of QGIS users. This second event is the one that made me think of nominating Hennessy as he is showing a commitment to continue with this task: - he cares about the users, - he cares to spread the knowledge of open source for geospatial. Me, as a developer, I really appreciate this kind of work and caring, as the software we develop is for users to use. In my opinion his addition to the charter member of OSGeo community will enrich our organization. Vicky Vergara
22 Cécile Le Calvez France Cécile is part of the OSGEO community and she is very active here. She is part of the OSGeo-fr board as secretary. She is involved in the organization of incoming events of the local chapter. Cécile shares the OSGeo values and will make a great charter member. Nicolas Roelandt

23 Daniel Santillan Austria Daniel has been attending and presenting at various FOSS4G conferences like the last one in Bucharest ( Daniel is a long time user but also contributor to Open Source Software, for example with graphly ( and plotty ( Stephan Meißl
24 Sylvain Beorchia France Sylvain is a long time supporter of OSGeo. He is a geospatial web and python developper and a talented graphical designer. He has been authoring many designs for FOSS4G-EU, FOSS4G-FR, QGIS French user, PGConf, etc... Lately, he authored the PROJ6 project logo. He has very special skills of extrem wisdom and kindness in any project he gets involved in. Régis Haubourg
25 Romel Vázquez Rodríguez Cuba Romel is an enthusiast of Open Geospatial Technologies working in particular with R in his position as professor in the Centre for Computing Studies (Universidad Central "Marta Abreu" de Las Villas). He is making strong efforts in promoting the use of open tools in his country, Cuba, as he did it outside his country, especially in Ecuador. His election as a charter member will benefit inclusion and diversity. Sergio Acosta y Lara
27 Saber Razmjooei UK Saber has been a great supporter of FOSS for more than a decade. He has given a number of talks on OSGeo software in UK and elsewhere. He has been active especially within QGIS community. Through his role as the director of Lutra Consulting, he is supporting development of QGIS and other FOSS projects, as well as providing migration, support and training to larger organizations for greater adoption of FOSS. Martin Dobias
28 Ji Yoon Kim South Korea He is an passionate open source developer and a geospatial businessman in Korea. He has contributed much to geospatial open source community not only in Korea but in Asia as well. As a developer he appears regularly at OSGeo Korean chapter’s meetup and shares much of his knowledge and experiences with other community members. He is a regular speaker of many of community events and also a core member of QGIS translation in Korea. As a businessman he’s sponsored many conferences such as International FOSS4G Seoul, FOSS4G Asia, and FOSS4G Korea. I believe his passionate and unique view toward open source community could give fresh insights to our community. Sanghee Shin
32 Mahdi Farnaghi Iran Mahdi Farnaghi has a strong academic background in GIS (expert in Geospatial Web Services; PhD from K. N. Toosi University of Technology, Tehran). He is a researcher at Centre for Geographical Information Systems (GIS Centre), at Lund University, Sweden. I work with Mahdi in an European project in Central Asia. I also know him and Lund GIS Centre people for their active participation in AGILE. As a researcher, Mahdi develops and evaluates algorithms and workflows for many research projects he his involved all around the world. Having a solid researcher as Mahdi as a member of our community will make it more stronger. Soon as I invited Mahdi, he promptly reply and offer himself to participate in the coming OSGeo activities. Jorge Rocha
33 Cristina Vrînceanu Romania Cristina is an important member of the Romanian Local Chapter of OSGeo - - for many years now. She has been actively volunteering to all our activities, by giving talks and workshops at the seminars we organize yearly in Romania. Even more, together with the other members of our community, she has been promoting cartography and geospatial education as an Acting Secretary of the Romanian Cartographic Association. Furthermore, Cristina was part of the FOSS4G 2019 Local Organizing Committee where she has done a wonderful job promoting the conference and also being the one-person-to-go-for-help at the venue Info Point. Cristina has worked with the European Space Agency as a Young Graduate Trainee for Earth Observation Data Applications and now she is pursuing a PhD in Engineering Surveying and Space Geodesy at the University of Nottingham with a thesis on the automatic detection and characterization of hydrocarbon seepage in the on-shore and off-shore environments using multiple satellite sensors. Thus, I strongly recommend Cristina to be included in the OSGeo Charter Member community, as I believe she has all the qualities required. Codrina Maria Ilie
34 Ion Nedelcu Romania It is a great honor for me to nominate my colleague, Ion Nedelcu as a OSGeo charter member. Ion is an active member of OSGeo Romania[1] ( since 2011. From this position participated as organizar or participant to numerous FOFSS4G events (international, regional and local). Ion was part of the FOSS4G2019 Bucharest Local Organizing Committee and he was the chair of the FOSS4G EO Data Challenge[2]. With his extensive experience in the geospatial field, Ion will be a great addition to our group of charter Members. Vasile Craciunescu
35 Marius Budileanu Romania It is my plasure to nominate my colleague, Marius Budileanu as a OSGeo charter member. Marius is an active member of OSGeo Romania[1] ( since 2011. Marius was a key person in the organization of our national FOSS4G conferences (24 editions to date) and of FOSS4G-CEE 2013. Marius was part of the FOSS4G2019 Bucharest Local Organizing Committee, he was the chair of the Volunteer Committee and the person responsible for our great FOSS4G2019 Pub Race. Marius passion for open source geospatial makes him a great candidate for our group of charter members. [1] Vasile Craciunescu
36 Olimpia Copăcenaru Romania Olimpia joined the Romanian OSGeo Local Chapter while she was still at the University of Bucharest. She participated to all seminars, first as a participant and then actively contributing by presenting her own work and giving workshops. Olimpia is very efficient and dedicated to the cause, skills that she has proven to the full as part of the Local Organizing Committee for FOSS4G 2019, where she has been heavily involved in the Travel Grant Program, as well as the workshops committee. Olimpia has also very well managed all VISA requests received from participants to FOSS4G 2019 and she did a wonderful job assisting all of them. Her day job is at a Romanian based company as a GIS Analyst and she is also pursuing a PhD at the University of Bucharest using free satellite imagery in assessing the land fragmentation processes in Romania in the post-communist period. I believe Olimpia should be an OSGeo Charter Member as she has fully proven her adherence to the goals and principals of OSGeo foundation. Codrina Maria Ilie
37 Andi Lazăr Romania Andi has joined the Romanian OSGeo Local Chapter in 2016 and ever since he has been participated and contributed to all our initiatives. He was part of the FOSS4G 2019 Local Organizing Committee, volunteering his time and experience, being pro-active and supporting all that needed help to bring the FOSS4G 2019 to life. Andi is a research assistant at the Romanian Space Agency and he has a MSc degree in Geomorphology and Cartography with Cadastre elements from the University of Bucharest. He is a power user of open source solutions for geospatial and a very active promoter of the OSGeo values within the Romanian and European context. Therefore, I would like to nominate Andi to be an OSGeo Charter Member. Codrina Maria Ilie
38 Fiona Hemsley-Flint Scotland I know Fiona through her involvement in the QGIS user groups held in the UK and more recently as a fellow member of the local organising committee for Foss4guk that was held in Edinburgh. As the event co-ordinator Fiona worked tirelessly to make sure everything went to plan. She is a great motivator and understands the importance of the osgeo and helps by spreading the word. She will be a great addition to our community as a charter member is osgeo. Matt Travis