Meet the Team

Patron

Archbishop Desmond Tutu

Patron

Archbishop Desmond Tutu is 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 Tutu’s eloquent advocacy and brave leadership led to the end of South African apartheid in 1993 and the installation of Nelson Mandela as the nation’s first black President.

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

Board of Directors

Rupert Douglas-Bate

Founder

Rupert is an aid worker with over 20 years of experience of project management in both development and disaster relief. His specialisations are water supply, agriculture and micro-economic development, in places like Ethiopia and Bosnia.

In 2003 he founded Global MapAid (GMA) after a fellowship at Stanford University. As a social enterprise, Global MapAid builds maps that show where charities and other gallant responders are working and the gaps in provision where they may like to work. All of which means that donations can be more easily raised and better spent.

Since the UK lock-down, he has brought together a team that has built some amazing maps, to help front line hero responders working on the UK Covid-19 response and help them raise funds to do their work, as they look after patients and others affected by the virus.

Looking ahead, it is Rupert’s dream that out of the Covid-19 pandemic, Global MapAid can help make maps across the world to benefit humanity and disaster prevention.

Volunteers

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Justin Saunders

Justin is an international geospatial and recently drone pilot with over 30 years’ experience in GIS, mapping, and database integration. He is a visionary GIS expert with extensive international experience in 28 countries of which 17 have been in Africa. Justin’s passion for drone mapping has hatched Africa Bees a start-up using low cost drones to empower local drone mapping pilots in Africa communities to carry out surveys within the development sectors for infrastructure, surveying, agriculture and mining. Justin also founded emapsite.com in 2000 that hosts the largest selection of digital mapping data in the UK with an annual turnover in excess of £6 million.

As Justin couldn’t travel back to Africa during lockdown, he jumped at the opportunity to put his mapping skills to assist the volunteers at Global MapAid. Using open source software, open data and other simple tools we have been able to produce several amazing interactive maps linking local organisations such as schools making PPE with local frontline health workers in response to the Covid-19 pandemic. Now, post Covid-19, Justin is keen to focus on other issues like youth unemployment, training and other activities to improve peoples lives in the UK and Africa.

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Emma Triggs

Emma is a Project Manager and works at a community development charity based in East London. The focus of her work is to work alongside marginalised communities. The aims are to empower people through social action, to live and manage their health in a more effective way.

Through the development of the global pandemic, Emma now is able to work in a more flexible way, and she has been able to use the additional time to offer voluntary support to other organisations.

Emma has supported Global Map Aid by bringing together social research data to support the UK’s response to the Covid-19 Pandemic, including the ‘Great Big UK Hope Map’. Specifically assisting with collating data relating to the response to the Pandemic from UK Football clubs, which shows the way in which they have supported front-line staff and their local communities.

Emma’s skills and interests include research, project management, communications, community development, creating change through social action, public health, football, photography, and art.