Humanitarian OSM Team/Board Elections 2021
Humanitarian OSM Team Board elections 2021
Current Board of Directors
The current HOT Board of Directors are: Miriam Gonzalez (President), Felix Delattre (Vice President), Ben Abelshausen (Secretary), Rob Baker (Treasurer), Gertrude (Trudy Hope) Namitala (Member-at-Large), Maning Sambale (Member-at-Large), and Kate Chapman (Member-at-Large). See 'Board' page on the HOT site for descriptions. Board Meeting Minutes can be reviewed here
|Nominations||1st September 2021 at 00:00 UTC - 12th September 2021 at 23:59UTC|
|Question Submission||1st September 2021 at 00:00 UTC - 12th September 2021 at 23:59UTC|
|Bylaw proposals with "second"/Ballot Initiatives deadline||12th September 2021 at 23:59 UTC|
|Final Questions Shared with Nominees||No later than 14th September 2021 at 23:59 UTC|
|Candidate Answers to questions Due to Election Commitee||No later than 21st September 2021 at 23:59 UTC|
|Discussion Period||22nd September 2021 at 00:00 UTC - 28th September 2021 at 23:59 UTC|
|Ballots distributed and voting period begins||29 September 2021|
|Voting period ends||5th October 2021 at 23:59UTC|
|Annual General Meeting (AGM)||7th October 2021 at 13:00UTC|
|Announcement of results||Within 24 hours of AGM|
Board Election Results
|Candidate||Votes||Percentage of Vote|
Bold indicates newly elected board members
Nominations for Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team Board of Directors
NOMINATIONS ARE NOW CLOSED
This election, five seats are up for election. These seats are occupied by Board members whose current terms are ending: Miriam Gonzalez, Ben Abelshausen, Rob Baker, Maning Sambale, and Kate Chapman.
The nomination period for the Board of Directors will close at 23:59 on 12th September 2021
Thinking of nominating someone (or yourself) for a Board position? Read the HOT Board Primer first, and add your nominees below.
The nomination period opens at 00:01 UTC 1st September 2021 and will close at 23:59 UTC 12th September 2021.
|Candidate Name||Nominator /
|Why are they an excellent choice?||Candidate statement|
|Kate Chapman||Matt Gibb /Heather Leson / Yantisa Akhadi / Jess Beutler||USA/USA||I have spent the past 6 months on the HOT board, I feel like I'm just getting my feet under me. I would be honored to continue to support the HOT mission. My experience I've gained in non-profits since my time as Executive Director I think makes me a helpful addition to the HOT board.||
HOT began on a path of transition with the award of the Audacious Grant. The difference in the organization since I was a staff member has been amazing. With HOT’s current growth trajectory the board should continue to move from an operational board to a strategic board (much as already been done in this area, but there is still more to do). In my role if elected I would provide the governance and oversight required of the position and support the HOT community in development of the next three year strategy.
Currently I work for the Wikimedia Foundation where I have had the opportunity to better understand how other aspects of the free knowledge movement operate and can be supported by organizational structures. My role is as Director of Architecture and I view architecture as turning strategy to technology. I hope to use this experience to support the tech team in this work at HOT.
Prior to my team at Wikimedia I spent 15 years working in the geospatial industry in a variety of positions at start-ups, large corporations and NGOs. I also am a board member of two other non-profits currently Software Freedom Conservancy and Nature Nurture Farmacy (a local community based health organization). I have previously been on a few other NGO boards and I think my varied board experience is an asset to HOT.
I elected would be honored to continue to serve HOT and the OpenStreetMap movement.
|Shoaib Burq||self / Jorieke Vyncke /Heather Leson||Australia/Germany||I currently serve on the HOT Risk Committee. This has given me some insight into the challenges HOT expects to tackle in the coming years. The goal of empowering communities across the planet to map their surroundings inspires me today just as it did 12 years ago when I ran the first mapping party in Canberra. From that day on I have continued to participate in OSM and HOT, both as a mapper but also as an advocate. I helped spread the word about OSM in the Australian Government when I worked as a public servant at Geoscience Australia. That advocacy work led to some of the early examples of public sector partnering with the OSM community to collect data. E.g. AIFDR's mapping of Indonesia. I continued this work upon moving to Berlin, e.g. when presenting at MSF's Humanitarian Congress.
I am also passionate about the power of maps in helping save lives. In 2009 after the worst recorded bushfires in Australia I worked in a team of mapping volunteers to assist search and rescue efforts on the ground.
By profession I'm a geospatial software developer and entrepreneur and also contribute to open source projects such as PostGIS.
Though, I am pretty sure there are many others who are better suited to be on the board, if elected, I would enthusiastically work with the board in helping HOT achieve the ambitious goals it has set for itself. If you have any questions for me please do reach out to me at firstname.lastname@example.org
|Courtney Clark||self / Jorieke Vyncke/ Heather Leson / Rory Nealon/ Chad Blevins / Jess Beutler||USA/USA||HOT has grown and changed in so many positive ways since I first met the organization in 2014. I have spoken with many current and former board members, HOT staff, and community members, and I have a strong understanding of HOT’s current opportunities and challenges. I care deeply about this organization and believe wholeheartedly in its mission and impact, and I would serve as a dedicated and enthusiastic board member who also represents the interests of the voting membership.||I have been involved with HOT since 2014, when I mobilized many of my fellow Peace Corps Volunteers, who had recently been evacuated from living in West Africa due to the Ebola epidemic, to add their knowledge of their host countries to OpenStreetMap. Across 2015 and 2016, I founded and led an open mapping initiative for international development projects within the U.S. Peace Corps, leading to hundreds of thousands of edits to OSM and the launch of over 120 community development projects incorporating OSM data. I also helped lead the OSM Institutions Working Group, through which I assisted in bringing together geographers and others from the US government and multilateral institutions to advocate for increased use of OSM and additional collaboration among our organizations. During this time, I also became a voting member of HOT.
|Kuo-Yu slayer Chuang||Eugene Alvin Villar /
Taichi Furuhashi / Yantisa Akhadi / Heather Leson
|Taiwan||I was the board member of HOT back in 2017 and it's my pleasure to participate the strategic planning of HOT at that time. I'm running a social enterprise as CEO these years, also constantly participating UN-GGIM (Disaster WG) and UN Open GIS. I do hope my experience can still contribute to the board this time!||With the passion to community and my working experience together with various humanitarian organizations, I helped to organize State of Map Taiwan in 2017, promote HOT in MSF event in Taiwan at 2018, and actively promote/use OSM data in disaster response sector for the recent years. I believe that mapping can be helpful to the preparedness & in-time response against disaster, that's why I took participation to the community. To algin with the audacious goals, my connections to those stakeholders including responders, government agencies, and regional development organizations, could be a good plus to make our mapping results smoothly delivered and well leveraged, so we can validate the outcomes from end-user's perspective.
|Nate Smith||self / Can Ünen / Heather Leson||USA / Indonesia||For the last 10 years with HOT I have been leading mapping projects or developing new technology partnerships to strengthen the development of our tools. As I have transitioned from being a HOT staff to working in the private sector in the past two years, I am looking to bring a new perspective back to the HOT board. I will bring a unique perspective to the board as I currently work in Asia for one of the biggest technology companies in the region and will look to help broaden how HOT can continue to grow and have an impact.||This is an important year for HOT. The Audacious Project has set the organization on a high growth trajectory. The current trajectory HOT is on is targeting significant impact to the communities we operate in and will strengthen the humanitarian OSM community for years to come. While HOT is in the initial years of the grant, there is a need to continue that trajectory through forward-looking planning and strategic thinking. As a board candidate and someone who has constantly worked to develop the right solutions to meet user needs, I believe I can bring a forward-thinking mindset to help continue the current growth trajectory.
|Joshua S Campbell||self / John Crowley / Matt Gibb / Shadrock Roberts||USA / USA||My experience with HOT goes back to its founding days, and I’ve been involved with many of the policies, technologies, and organizations that have contributed to its growth and success. This background with HOT combined with the development of MapGive, my fiduciary and governance experience with other non-profits, network in the broader humanitarian community, and working history and academic training in open source technology and geographic information science, make me well positioned to support HOT as a Board Member during this critical period of its growth.||I have been involved with HOT since its inception after the 2010 Haiti Earthquake. Much of my engagement has been working alongside HOT, having supported the early development and evolution of the Tasking Manager, feature development for the Export Tool, and most importantly on the development of imagery sharing processes related to the Imagery to the Crowd and MapGive projects that I developed while at the Humanitarian Information Unit at the U.S. State Department. Working in conjunction with HOT, MapGive has provisioned over 200 individual imagery web services in support of humanitarian mapping, and helped catalyze the OSM community to produce over 5.5M edits, including over 4M buildings and 100,000 km of roads (Missing Maps leaderboard) Since becoming a member in 2014, I have worked with several government and commercial organizations engaged in the HOT technology ecosystem and as part of the World Bank GFDRR Labs team that built the OpenDRI and Open Cities projects. This experience has given me a broad perspective on the utility of OSM data within government and corporate enterprises, the tools needed to facilitate its adoption, and the policy adaptations needed to engage with a non-profit organization.
|Nicolas Chavent||Amadou Ndong
|France||My OpenStreetMap journey is two fold. First, I co-founded the Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team (HOT) concept in 2008, I co-founded of HOT US inc in 2010, I served the org as a Board member (2010-2014) and as its de facto Operations Manager for Haiti and Sub-Saharan Africa (2010-2013). Second, I co-founded the French associations Projet Espace OSM Francophone (ProjetEOF) and Les Libres Géographes (LLG) which supported technically and organizationally at grassroot level the growth of autonomous OSM collectives in Haiti and French-speaking Africa from 2014 to date. I developed a span of skills and experiences fit to serve at the HOT US Inc Board and help the organization in its willingness to reflect, change, localize, decentralize and implement its activities in a way more respectful of the OSM way and especially OSMF policies, jurisprudence and practices. Through the inner human, technical and organizational knowledge I had built over time in these Francophone countries, I think I can help the organization.|Strikethrough indicates candidate has withdrawn
Member questions for board nominees
QUESTIONS ARE NOW CLOSED
|Arnalie Vicario||What is/are the impact/s of the shift from global to regional structure of HOT on voting members?
Conversely, how do you think the voting members should interact (e.g. what is their role) with the Regional Hubs?
|Matt Gibb||How can we support HOT volunteers who may experience burnout as we work towards HOT's Audacious goals (including Voting Member and non-Voting Member volunteers), while the number of HOT paid staff grows?|
|Heather Leson||What are the most important things the HOT board should be doing for the 1. membership 2. board 3. staff 4. global OSM community?|
|Heather Leson||What are your views on an operational versus strategic board for HOT?|
|Jorieke Vyncke||HOT is traditionally not much focussed on the mapping of places where people are sufferring from violence and conflict, eg Yemen, Ethiopia, etc. Since many humanitarian organisations working in these places to serve the population could benefit a lot from better map data, should this become a bigger focus of HOT?|
|Mikel Maron||The basics of HOT’s governance model were set 10 years ago in very different circumstances (nominated membership, board members selected from and voted by membership). What are the strengths and weaknesses of HOT’s governance model in 2021, and what would you advocate changing?|
|Mikel Maron||As HOT’s budget and staffing increases rapidly, what are the most important roles for the Board to take?|
|Mikel Maron||What is working well in HOT? What is not working well in HOT?|
|Election Committee||How have you contributed to HOT's efforts over the past year?|
|Election Committee||What are your thoughts on building a welcoming space for communications around humanitarian mapping and OSM as a whole? As such, how would you address conflicts arising between HOT affiliated people/organizations and members of the broader OSM community (eg OSMF members, Local Chapters, individual mappers in an area)?|
|Election Committee||With Audacious now in its second year, what do you think of HOT's current goals? What do you believe could be improved/what is missing from HOT's priorities?|
|Election Committee||Do you see any potential conflicts of interest with you being elected to the Board/Chair position?|
|Election Committee||How will you ensure that Audacious continues to be implemented with community as its focus?|
|Election Committee||What do you see as the greatest challenge the organization is facing strategically, and as a board member, how do you plan on approaching these challenges?|
Chair Election Results
|Candidate||Votes||Percentage of Vote|
Previous Chairperson for the Voting Members
The current Chairperson is Matthew Gibb. Membership Meeting Minutes can be reviewed Humanitarian_OSM_Team/Meetings#Meetings_of_the_Voting_Membership
Nominations for Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team Chair
NOMINATIONS ARE NOW CLOSED We elect one person for the Chair for the Voting Members. The nomination and the election of the Chair will follow the schedule of the Board as detailed above.
|Candidate Name||Nominator /
|Why are they an excellent choice?||Link to blog or OSM diary
with candidate statement
|Chad Blevins||Matt Gibb / Courtney Clark||USA/USA||Chad has been an extremely active voting member, most recently as a member of the Data Quality and Assurance working group. Having played a large role in the founding of YouthMappers, he has helped foster relationships with many current Voting Members. I believe he would bring the necessary skills to support the Voting Membership as Chairperson.||Over the years I have seen HOT grow from a small team of passionate mappers into a unique and impactful humanitarian organization. Mapping efforts organized by many of the HOT founders following the 2010 Haiti earthquake made me realize different ways to harness the power of people in a digital environment. At the time I was a volunteer for my local fire department and the concept of working with volunteers around the world was a new and one that I really took a liking with. As a Geographer who dealt with the Y2K scare during college it was almost unfathomable to believe how much more accessible and connected the world is through OSM.
See the main page of HOT Board Elections for information on past elections.