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Rupert Douglas-Bate, Chairman
- USA & UK charities
Rupert has been an aid worker since 1989
when he went to live and work in East Africa. Since then he
has worked all over the world, developing a responsive and
multicultural style of leadership, based on mutual respect
coupled to systematic decision-making.
Aid workers by definition have to be flexible,
for example he has been a water and sanitation engineer, a
shelter coordinator, an agricultural supplies officer and
During 1994 in Bosnia, he realised there was a critical need
for maps to help:-
- aid workers find the victims
- victims find the aid
- make the outside world accountable towards helping in
a humanitarian context (this also being an issue to do with
So he set up Aid for Aid, which has now been
transformed into the successful British non-government organisation
known as Map Action. It rapidly and successfully deploys specialist
map-makers from the UK, in event of a disaster.
In 2003 he went to Stanford University and
together with some friends, built a technology for capturing
humanitarian data and making maps, in near-real time and the
project won a prize, all credit to his team. Afterwards
his team encouraged him to set up Global MapAid.
Global MapAid is a non-government organisation,
registered as a charity in the United States (as 501 c3),
as well as in England & Wales. It's central mission is
to train local personnel in their own countries to make humanitarian
maps. These local personnel make maps of poverty issues before
a disaster and are also able respond in the event of a disaster.
GMA has developed a method of making these teams financially
Here are some references awarded against
contracts that Rupert carried out before the humanitarian
mapping buzz took over.
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Michael Fleishman, Director Finance
and Administration - USA charity
Michael earned a BS degree in geophysics
from UCLA and an MS degree in geophysics from Stanford University.
As an undergraduate he published results of research on the
near-Earth space environment, and his NASA-supported Master's
thesis focused on radar satellite observations of Earth's
crust. While at Stanford he joined Global MapAid and utilized
his background in GIS, GPS, and satellite imagery in helping
develop GMA's prototype mobile mapping system. The project
won a top prize in the Business Association of Stanford Entrepreneurial
In recent years Michael has assisted GMA with hardware/software
purchasing, recruiting, finances, incorporation in California,
and obtaining federal 501c3 non-profit status.
Jeffrey Tew, Director Technology -
Jeff is a Technical Fellow and Group Manager
of the Global Manufacturing Strategy and Planning Group, in
the Manufacturing Systems Research Lab of General Motors.
As a senior executive, he specializes in Research and Development
for manufacturing logistics.
Exploiting mathematics, Jeff saves organizations
time, money and materials. He has strong international connections
in academic and corporate sectors, including Consolidated
Freightways, Schneider Logistics, Georgia Tech University,
Oregon Graduate Institute, Stanford and Tsinghua University
in Beijing.Prior to General Motors, he was the director of
Logistics Engineering at Schneider Logistics, Inc. Earlier,
he was a Senior Systems Engineer at Consolidated Freightways,
Inc. and an Adjunct Associate Professor of Computer Simulation
at the Oregon Graduate Institute.
Jeff was also a member of the faculty in
the Industrial and Systems Engineering Department at Virginia
Polytechnic Institute and State University in Blacksburg,
VA. In recent years, he has been an Adjunct Professor of Supply
Chain Management at Georgia Tech University and a Visiting
Professor of Industrial Engineering at Tsinghua University
Robin Sheehan, Director Geographic Information Systems - UK charity
Robin, proudly pictured here with his one
and only son Sebastian, is a Scotsman born in Dunfermline
in the Kingdom of Fife in 1961. He has 28 years experience
in the geospatial industry, both as an end user and in the
For the last 15 years of those 28, Robin has been engaged
commercially in a variety of overlapping geospatial and civil
market sectors. These include: municipalities; transport and
local infrastructure; 3D-cities GIS; water and utilities;
defence; crisis management and contingency planning; environment;
and business intelligence.
Latterly, Robin was Small and Medium Enterprise Director with
Bentley Systems, covering Europe, Middle East and Africa for
Geospatial and Civil industries. Prior to that he was Northern
European Business Manager for Cadcorp, after moving there
from Genaware where he was Managing Director for Europe Middle
East and Africa. His commercial career started however in
1995 with Laser-Scan (now 1Spatial) where he rose to be Global
Business Development Manager, and secured his MBA from the
His career began in 1983, as a climatologist and environmental
scientist with the UK Met Office, where he was engaged in
climatology, agricultural meteorology and epidemiology. From
there, he progressed naturally into the Environmental and
Space Systems Group of Software Sciences (now IBM Data Sciences),
working on undersea cabling technology, environmental satellite
systems for ERS-1, and also establishing one of the first
independent GIS consultancy teams in the UK. The British Oceanographic
Data Centre was Robin’s next stop, as an environmental
scientist, climatologist, and recognised GIS expert, where
he created some of the first ever digital thematic marine
atlases, and championed coastal zone management applications
of GIS, and researching 4-D aquatic data structures.
Today, outside of Global MapAid, Robin has a focus on Forest
Schools teaching and learning for all age groups, and outdoor
experience training for management individuals and teams.
Robin is a triathlete, and has led small expedition teams
on charitable adventures. As a GIS expert, climatologist and
oceanographer, he was invited to participate as a field manager
for the Ice-Warrior Expedition in 2003, supporting expeditions
on the Arctic polar ice cap. Robin is also a director and
founder member of two theatre art companies, a dedicated martial
artist and musician.
Robin who is married to Bridget, expresses their core values
thus: “We only get so many years in this world; some
good, some bad. But occasionally we may be in a position to
make someone else’s time in this world a little better
and more hopeful than it might be right now. Times when we
can give something back.”
Doug Eamer, Director Map Production - UK charity
Doug has been involved in Digital Mapping
and GIS all his working life, beginning at the Ordnance Survey
GB. He has witnessed and adapted to considerable changes in
technology for map production; from the drawing pen (double
bladed and hand sharpened!) to the mouse (or is it finger
Having worked in both public and private
sectors, Doug has been in the roles of general management,
sales and marketing, project management, consultancy and training.
He has considerable expertise in GIS and digital mapping technology
and services. He has travelled widely on business to support
distributors and promote to end user clients in Europe, Middle
East, USA and North Africa.
Doug has a considerable number of contacts
in the GIS industry and has been active in several associations
including AGI (association for Geographic Information), BCS
(British Cartographic Society) and IMTA (International Map
His current role is European Sales &
Marketing Manager for a geospatial services company based
in southern India and the travelling still goes on.
Doug worked with Robin Sheehan during his days at Laser-Scan
(now 1Spatial) and early in 2011, contacted Robin to express
interest in GMA and the next thing he knew, was supervising
the production of UK poverty maps. He is thrilled at having
the opportunity to help GMA in the battle against poverty
through the use of intelligent mapping.
Leslie Mukwedeya, Director
of Field Mapping - UK charity
Leslie qualified in Digital Cartography and
Geographic Information Systems at the Sir Sandford Fleming
College (Natural Resources, Applied Sciences & Technology),
Ontario, Canada in 1990. Since then he has set up and run
Integrated Spatial Resources Pvt. Ltd (ISP), in Harare, Zimbabwe.
In the role of founder and Business Development
Director, he managed user requirement analysis for SMEs and
Corporate sectors. ISP worked for Anglo-American Pvt. Ltd
on a geological classification system involving a full data
capturing, querying, plotting, data maintenance and data management
effort. Further to that ISP also worked for Ashanti and Unilever
on commercial GIS projects, where he managed project life
cycles from design to implementation. Designs have included
an intranet application for access by remote fieldworkers.
Recently Leslie emigrated to the UK where
he was on a short contract for a GIS company called Dotted
Eyes Limited, from the West Midlands, where he ran a GIS contract
for the National Health Service. He now works permanently
for British Telecom as a Government Sector Account Manager.
He is married with a little boy.
Hans-Jurgen Meuser, Director
of Field Mapping - UK charity
Hans is a highly experienced cartographer
and mapper, with over 35 years of experience with commercial,
public sector and charities. He is an expert in Bentley Microstation
and has a Cartographic Diplome from Germany. In his early
days he worked for the Survey Production Centre, at NATO,
in Mönchen Gladbach, Germany, on military map production.
Later he emigrated to Sweden where he worked for Kjessler
& Mannerstråle, Stockholm on their road construction
For many years he mapped the entire Swedish
landmass, introducing the digitization of mapping to Sweden
to create the Swedish National Atlas. In 1992 he moved to
Harare, Zimbabwe and founded Integrated Spatial Resources,
which proceeded to make maps for mining and geological purposes
for Ashanti Mines. Then followed an Unilever project to create
commercial market maps for the whole of Zimbabwe. At present
he lives in Harare, Zimbabwe, where he works for Global MapAid.
Jonathan J. Sury, Director
of Field Mapping - USA charity
Jonathan is a Project Coordinator at the
National Center for Disaster Preparedness, Columbia University,
Mailman School of Public Health. He recently completed a master’s
degree in public health in Environmental Health Sciences with
a concentration in Environment and Molecular Epidemiology
from the Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University.
He has a keen interest in Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
and their use in disaster preparedness and recovery. Additionally,
he has a focus in the use of GIS in combination with wireless
data collection methods in the field with centralized server
applications. Jonathan has been involved with Global MapAid
since mid 2008 soon after which he embarked on his mission
to Nepal to assess the possibilities of a Global MapAid Nepal
Presently, he contributes to a variety of
disaster-related research at the National Center for Disaster
Preparedness, including evaluating the unanticipated consequences
of pandemic flu, determining racially and ethnically appropriate
emergency messaging, analyzing the long-term resiliency and
recovery issues in the Gulf Coast following Hurricane Katrina,
the measurement and mapping of social vulnerability and the
role of place and space in disaster recovery.
Jessamin Kaur Roothman,
Director of Website Development- UK charity
Jessamin is a young entrepreneur who currently
runs her own web development agency that services clientele
from South Africa and internationally. She is also a volunteer
web developer for Global MapAid. Prior to starting her own
business in 2006, Jessamin ventured to Cape Town and worked
in the multimedia and marketing industry there for three years.
She began her career in the multimedia industry
after successfully graduating in Multimedia Production with
1st Class Honours from SAE Institute / Middlesex University.
She later pursued a business degree in Hotel and Resort Management
from Southern Cross University.
Jessamin is an individual who is independent,
enthusiastic and dedicated in accomplishing tasks. She enjoys
interactions with people and takes her own initiative to get
things done. Her mature and caring nature makes her a natural
leader and mentor to her peers.
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