New Member Nominations 2021

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The Charter Member nomination (part of the Election 2021) will be open from 2021-11-01 to 2021-11-14 (2 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 Enock Seth Nyamador Ghana Enock is an OSGeo Advocate already. He is in the African Local Chapter and is promoting the OSM and the OSGeo organisation and software at many events. He is the Co-Chair of the Marketing Committee and he is in the PSC of the OSGeoLive project.  Enock is a great value for our community. It would be great to welcome him as OSGeo Charter member. Astrid Emde

2 Maia Williams Australia I would like to nominate Maia Williams. Maia has been a passionate and energetic open geospatial community organiser in Perth for the last couple of years, this year leading the comms team for FOSS4G Perth. She works selflessly as part of a team, shows leadership where it's needed, and truly has the best interests of the community at heart. She volunteers as a mentor to new Australians wishing to establish their GIS careers here. She believes in the OSGeo mission and is a great asset to this community. John Bryant

3 John Duncan Australia I'm pleased to nominate John Duncan. John is an excellent advocate for open source geospatial through his teaching and research work at the University of Western Australia, He's actively involved in open geospatial projects in Tonga and elsewhere in the Pacific, and he presented some of his work at FOSS4G 2021 with a colleague. He has been a big part of the organising team for FOSS4G Perth over the last two years. He's passionate about sharing open source with the community, and would be a great addition to the OSGeo charter membership. John Bryant

4 Amin Mobasheri Germany I would like to nominate Amin Mobasheri for OSGeo charter membership. Amin is an experienced researcher with a strong GIS background. His main area of expertise is in data quality assessment and enrichment focusing on open geospatial datasets such as OpenStreetMap. During his PhD studies Amin has contributed to several European and German research projects including CAP4Access ( and IntrinsicOSMQuality ( He is a true advocate for Open Science and has published his research mainly in Open Access publishing venues. Furthermore, since 2018, he has collaborated in many special issue projects with several existing OSGeo chart members, aiming to support and extend open source GIS research and application in various application domains such as [1], [2], and [3]. He is also collaborating on the most recent version of another special issue collection entitled: "Open Source Geospatial Science, Software and Education" [4]. I believe Amin would make a great OSGeo charter member. [1]: [2]: [3]: [4]: Maria Antonia Brovelli

5 Peter Rushforth Canada Peter is a positive addition to the GeoServer community championing the MapML standard and earning committer status in 2021. We would love to recognize Peter's direct participation in this OSGeo project. Jody Garnett
6 Fernando Mino Ecuador Fernando is an enthusiastic participant in the Open Source GIS community. He has been an active contributor to both the GeoTools and GeoServer projects since 2018. In that time, he has helped maintain the MongoDB and AppSchema extensions and implemented a proposal that improved the core GeoTools render performance when dealing with icons, among many other things. In May of this year, Fernando achieved GeoTools core committer status, reflecting his dedication to the project. Torben Barsballe
7 Julien Cabièces France Julien has been in the GIS industry for years. As a senior developer, he is strongly involved in GIS development and especially QGIS core development. He is now a QGIS core committer, and has implemented various features and improvement to the codebase. He regularly talks at conferences ( FOSS4G, OSXP, Journées QGIS). Vincent Picavet
8 Loïc Bartoletti France Loïc has been advocating free software and GIS for years, during its multiple and various experiences. He focus on CAD, topography, urbanism with its favorite platform being QGIS. He is a QGIS core committer, contributes to PostGIS ( SFCGAL) ,member of OSGEO SAC, talks at various conferences on FOSS4G, and implemented a bunch of very useful QGIS plugins as well. And last but not least, he is a FreeBSD contributor looking to port the OSGeo stack to BSD systems. Vincent Picavet

9 Ashish Kumar India Mr. Ashish Kumar is an active OSGeo Open Source contributor. He contributed to the pgRouting project under OSGeo umbrella as a Student Developer during Google Summer of Code 2020 and 2021. Currently, he is working on the VRPRouting branch of pgRouting and I feel he would be able to motivate and inspire new contributors to join our OSGeo community. I find great pleasure in nominating Ashish to be an OSGeo Charter Member. Rajat Shinde
10 Stefan F. Keller Switzerland Prof. Dr. Stefan F. Keller is an active member of our community since many years already and joined conferences as speaker and guest many times. He is professor and leader of IFS He is active in the german language local chapter FOSSGIS e.V. and hosted the FOSSGIS conference twice in Rapperswil at his institute and also the Swiss PGDay. He runs the Geometa Lab at OST Campus Rapperswil ( He is an active member of OpenStreetMap and organized many Hackatons. Stefan invented an OSgeo lab at his Campus many years ago. At his Institute he offers courses covering Open Source-Software like PostgreSQL/PostGIS, QGIS & more. The wiki offeres a nice overview on the activities There would be much more to say about Stefan and his activities. It would be great to welcome him as OSGeo Charter member. Astrid Emde
11 Linda Kladivová Czech Republic Ms. Linda Kladivová is an active OSGeo Open Source contributor. Linda contributed to the GRASS project under the OSGeo umbrella as a Developer during Google Summer of Code 2020 and 2021. She also participated in the FOSS4G 2021 and presented her work in the conference. Being a 2-times GSoCer with OSGeo, I feel she would motivate and inspire new contributors to join our OSGeo community. I find great pleasure in nominating Linda to be an OSGeo Charter Member. Rajat Shinde
12 Nick Bearman UK It gives me great pleasure to nominate Nick as an OSGeo Charter Member. Nick has been an active Open Source supporter in the UK for a number of years, helping to organise and running workshops at FOSS4G UK 2018 (London) and FOSS4G UK 2019 (Edinburgh). He provides GIS training using QGIS and R/RStudio, and is a QGIS Certified Training Provider. He recently succeeded me as OSGeo:UK Chair and is looking forward to help coordinate the next FOSS4G UK Conference and also help progress the recently developing OSGeo and R Spatial community links. Jo Cook

13 Adrien André France Adrien André is an active member of both the OSM and OSGeo communities. Living in French Guyana, he animates both local communities and advocates there about FOSS4G and Open data. Nicolas Roelandt

14 Nicolas Rochard France Nicolas Rochard is a very active person in the FOSS world. He animates the OpenSuse French community and takes an active part of the OSGeo-fr activities. Nicolas Roelandt
15 Malika Gunawardana Sri Lanka Malika is an active contributor to the Sri Lanka OSGeo community for several years and involved in organizing the first Sri Lanka OSGeo activity in 2014 also. I first met him as a post-graduate student in my open source web-mapping unit many years ago and now he is teaching the same module and many more involving FOSS4G tools, promoting them among a large number of GIS professionals in Sri Lanka. With his capacity as an independent GIS consultant, he is advocating FOSS GIS technologies in government, NGO and corporate sectors. He volunteers his time and energy as the secretary of the OSGeo Sri Lanka local chapter, leading and organizing local events passionately. I am very happy to nominate Malika as a Charter member. Nimalika Fernando