Meet the Team


Rupert Douglas-Bate


Introducing Global MapAid volunteers, a short message from the founder, Rupert Douglas-Bate:

The volunteers and associates that constitute MapAid are the vital key to its success and may be found all across the world, on our Meet the volunteers map. They come from all walks of life and it is a pleasure to introduce them. Their loyalty, determination, kindness, and skill make it all possible!


I founded MapAid in 2003 after a mapping fellowship at Stanford University. My career has spanned over 20 years of experience in project management in both development and disaster relief, and I’ve specialised in water supply, agriculture, and micro-economic development, in places like Ethiopia and Bosnia.


Looking ahead, it is my dream that MapAid can serve the world, and in particular small farmers in Africa who are often at the bottom of the global economic pyramid.


Let’s make it happen!



Irina Maslennikova

Irina is the volunteer coordinator lead at MapAid. Click here for more.


Archbishop Desmond Tutu


The late Archbishop Desmond Tutu was our Patron.


Desmond Tutu was a South African Anglican cleric who became one of the central leaders of the global peace movement, beginning in South Africa “the rainbow nation”. An outspoken defender of human rights and campaigner for the oppressed, no matter their background, tribe, religion or colour, Desmond’s eloquent advocacy and brave leadership significantly supported a relatively peaceful end to South African apartheid in 1993 and the installation of Nelson Mandela as the nation’s first black President.


The Archbishop dedicated his life to reshaping conversations about peace, equality and forgiveness among people everywhere. In 1984, he earned the Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts as a global peace maker and in later years devoted his time to the Desmond and Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation and the Desmond Tutu Peace Foundation with the goal of teaching youth the powerful role and voice they play, in creating a more compassionate and peaceful world.


It was with considerable sadness that in late 2021, we marked the passing of a great man, our Patron, Archbishop Emeritus & Nobel Peace Prize winner, Desmond Tutu.


He is a reminder of the human capacity for solidarity & political action with a tremendous streak of compassion and humour, and we love him.


Desmond Tutu, October 7th 1931 – December 26th 2021