Humanitarian OSM Team/Board Elections September

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Humanitarian OSM Team Board Vacant Seat Elections 2020

Current Board of Directors

The current HOT Board of Directors are: Miriam Gonzalez, Ben Abelshausen, Gertrude "Trudy" Hope Namitala, Rasauf A Baki Billah, Rob Baker, and Felix Delattre. See 'Board' page on the HOT site for descriptions. Board Meeting Minutes can be reviewed here


Step Dates
Nominations September 14, 2020 - September 25, 2020 at 23:59 UTC
Discussion (Question and Answer) period

(A candidate forum will be organized by the Board of Directors during this period)

September 26, 2020 - October 9, 2020 at 23:59 UTC
Ballots distributed and voting period begins October 10, 2020
Voting period ends October 16, 2020 at 23:59 UTC

Full Procedures

Board Election Results

Candidate Votes Percentage of Vote
Maning Sambale 86 76.79%
Pro Joel E. Umeuduji 22 19.64%
Abstain 4 3.57%

Bold indicates newly elected board member

Nominations for Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team Board of Directors

With Pete Masters stepping down from the board, there will be a need to fill this vacancy for the remainder of this term, due to expire at the Annual General Meeting in 2020

The nomination period for the Board of Directors will close at 23:59 on 25th September 2020

Thinking of nominating someone (or yourself) for a Board position? Read the HOT Board Primer first, and add your nominees below.

The nomination period begins on September 14th, 2020 and will close at 23:59 UTC 25th September 2020.

Candidate Name Nominator /
Why are they an excellent choice? Candidate statement

Maning Sambale

Mikko Tamura (@mapbeks)

Mikel Maron

Feye Andal (@feyeandal)

Arnalie Vicario

Russell Deffner

David Garcia (@mapmakerdavid)


Because he has proven himself to be a CHAMPION for diverse communities (fisherfolk, farmers, LGBT, women, mental health, bikers, IP). If we wish to accomplish to our targets for the Audacious Project, I believe that we need someone who has the ethos, heart, the grit, and the technical expertise to push forward our mission and vision.

OSM Diary

Prof Joel E. Umeuduji

Victor N. Sunday

Victor Chukwuma Ezugwu


Joel Umeudui is a HOT Voting Member  and a member of Unique Mappers OpenStreetMap Nigeria Community. He has the necessary competency to contribute positively at HOT Board. He has supported and contributed to the growth and expansion of OpenStreetMap in Nigeria. As a nominee from the academic, he will bring the rare values of professional, research and public service experience to the board.

Member questions for board nominees

Member name Question
Arnalie What are your opinions on a board member applying for a staff position, and a previous staff applying for board position?
Arnalie How will your election to the board eliminate racism or support anti-racism in geospatial work/narratives related to HOT (projects, publicity materials, etc)?
Enock What's your take on HOT overwriting local OSM commuities with existing volunteer efforts before a project by creating HOT <City/Country>; and how do you envision the structure of new local/country chapters to be created as part of the Audacious project?
Enock How would you address conflicting issues arising between HOT <Country> vs OSM <Country>?
Pete Having been a board member, I know that there are a lot of competing issues for the board's attention (especially now with Audacious happening). Also, there are almost always community members who think the board should be doing more (and this may be true). Additionally, candidates rightly identify areas of work that they want to focus on personally as a board member. To deliver on all of this potentially leads to a massive time and energy commitment from the board as volunteers. So, question for the candidates: how would they approach prioritisation of board work / duties?

Past Elections

See the main page of HOT Board Elections for information on past elections.