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 has been an aid worker (including water and sanitation engineering, shelter coordinator, agricultural supplies officer and logistician) since 1989 when he went to live and work in East Africa. Life has come full circle, and in 2020 he is working again in East Africa, contributing to a project developing AI for shallow bore hole irrigation, being led by local water technologists.
During his career, he has developed a responsive and multicultural style of leadership, based on mutual respect coupled to systematic decision-making.
In 1994, while working in Bosnia, Rupert realised there was a critical need for maps to help in a humanitarian context, so he set up Aid for Aid, now the successful non-governmental organisation MapAction. MapAction rapidly deploys specialist geographical information systems (GIS) professionals to post-disaster areas during the early critical stages of recovery. Here is a short history of the early days.
In 2003, while at Stanford University as a Fellow with the Reuters Digital Vision Program, he led a team to develop a prize-winning new technology — an integrated mapping and communications system, to capture and map disaster information in real time, using Iridium satellite, ArcGIS running on Linux Redhat and a Compaq Ipaq 3650 PDA. Global MapAid was set up shortly after and is currently supporting and leading projects in Ethiopia (credit mapping), Nepal (mapping to support sustainable enterprise) and the UK with regard to encouraging NEET employment opportunities. Rupert was awarded a fellowship to Stanford University to research Humanitarian Mapping Technology, and holds an Executive MBA from Henley Business School (Thesis explored the role of mapping the drivers underpinning sustainable development and small-scale capitalism), an MSc in Irrigation Sciences, a BSc in Agricultural Sciences and has received training in strategic leadership with the Royal Navy.
Jonathan J. Sury
Jonathan is a Senior Research Coordinator at the National Center for Disaster Preparedness, The Earth Institute, Columbia University. His expertise on a variety of disaster-related research and training-related activities at the National Center for Disaster Preparedness, includes: evaluating the unanticipated consequences of pandemic flu; healthcare worker willingness to work during a disaster; determining racially and ethnically appropriate emergency messaging; analysing 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.
He is currently leading the communications and research activities on a project to enhance the resilience of child-serving agencies at the institutional level. Jonathan has a keen interest in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and their use in disaster preparedness, response and recovery. Additionally, he runs his own GIS & technology consulting business with a focus on the use of field-based mobile data collection methods. Jonathan has been involved with Global MapAid since 2008, when he undertook a needs assessment trip to Nepal to determine GMA involvement in the region. Jonathan holds an MA in Public Health with a concentration in Environment and Molecular Epidemiology from the Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University and is certified in public health by the National Board of Public Health Examiners.
Pasky is a lawyer and environmental scientist who has spent his career at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency building computational models and investigating how law uses scientific evidence.
As a modeler, he is primarily interested in how data in all its forms—from web sites, satellite images, and documents—can be culled from multiple sources and integrated with tools such as neural networks and Bayesian statistics. He also focuses on how data and model results can be visualized to communicate their information to a non-technical audience. He has applied his skills to analyzing poverty, water quality, public health, Facebook posts, and baseball.
As a lawyer, he has published numerous papers on how courts evaluate the credibility of scientific evidence. Within EPA, he lead a team of managers to develop a strategy to minimize the legal risks associated with regulations based on computational models.
In recognition of his globally-recognized expertise, the U.S. National Academies of Sciences invited him to prepare an educational module on using models for policy-making and to conduct a presentation on evidence-based decision-making. He was awarded a U.S. State Department Science Fellowship to investigate climate change in the Philippines and has been consulted by scientists in the European Union to integrate water quality models across the Union’s member states.
Harsh (AWS, Agilist, PMP, GISP) is a dad, and works as a certified management consultant, Head of Engineering, and a senior Cloud architect at NASA in the Washington DC Metro; implementing large-scale Cloud and Machine Learning solutions for clients, making sure they work as desired and with each other.
Harsh has been in the tech industry for nearly two decades helping federal customers where he implemented and managed end-to-end enterprise-class Business Intelligence (BI) solutions and their integration. His experience is with the U.S. federal government, project management and Cloud as it relates to aid; Artificial Intelligence; fraud, waste and abuse; health and research; and hazard, floodplain and land-use. His strengths are in implementing and balancing Commercial Off-The-Shelf (COTS) software with open source software, and having expertise in the full stack to create an end-to-end solution.
A graduate of the University of Virginia, previously, he served as the chairperson of the American Planning Association’s (APA) Technology Division, and launched websites to link technology professionals with volunteers. His current focus with GMA on its Board of Directors is on leveraging emerging technologies for aid work, and on fund-raising to expand the USA charity and volunteerism.
Robin is a Scotsman with 28 years experience in the geospatial industry, both as an end user and in the commercial environment. For the last 15 years, 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. In industry since 1983 as an environmental scientist, and before eQe, his current role, he was most recently a Director of Europe, Middle East and Africa for a $0.5Billion multinational software company, and is an experienced MBA-qualified senior manager with a special focus on strategy. He has held Director or Senior Manager positions since 1998.
Robin has an extensive professional background. He first worked as a Met Office Climatologist and Agricultural Meteorologist, before working on environmental applications and systems for environmental monitoring from space (Environmental & Space Systems Group of Software Sciences, now IBM Data Sciences), working on undersea cabling technology, environmental satellite systems for ERS-1, and establishing one of the first independent GIS consultancy teams in the UK. Following this, Robin worked at the British Oceanographic Data Centre, specialising in Coastal Zone Management where he implemented the first UK Digital Marine Atlas, championed coastal zone management applications of GIS, and researched 4-D aquatic data structures. Robin holds an MBA, an MSc in Natural Environments and a BA in Environmental Science.
Doug has extensive experience in Digital Mapping and GIS, from previous work at Ordnance Survey, Infoterra and DSM Geodata to his current role as European Sales & Marketing Manager for a geospatial services company based in southern India.
Having worked in both public and private sectors, Doug has held roles general management, sales and marketing, project management, consultancy and training. This includes securing a major consultancy contract with Irish Land Registry for development of a multi-million Euro GI mapping solution and a £1.2M data revision contract with OSNI plus over £200K in contract extensions.
Doug has travelled widely as a GIS professional to support distributors and promote end user clients in Europe, Middle East, USA and North Africa. With Global MapAid, Doug has been instrumental in the production and management of UK poverty maps.
Bridget Sheehan is a qualified Speech Therapist and Primary School teacher with an Masters in Counselling. She is a BACP registered member, is on the Accredited Voluntary Register and has over 20 years’ experience of working with staff and pupils in inner city schools in the North West of the UK. In 2006, Bridget Sheehan received the Play Therapy International Award. She is also the creator of the Th.Inc.Room® (Therapeutic Inclusion Room) model which is widely recognised, and is implemented in over 80 UK schools. Bridget also set up the Alf Morris Centre in 2002 as a Primary Learning Support Unit funded by Excellence in Cities, with the brief to provide a ‘therapeutic’ provision for pupils in surrounding primary schools who were failing to access school fully for emotional reasons. As a qualified teacher and therapist, Bridget was able to combine educational and therapeutic approaches to produce a unique intervention.
Bridget grew up in East Africa where her parents were missionaries. She is married to Robin Sheehan and proud mother to their son Seb. Through her childhood in east Africa, and subsequent years of work in inner city areas of the North West of England, she is familiar with the long-term impact of poverty and the scars it can leave on individuals. She believes passionately in the importance of empowering individuals to reach their full potential, in having long-term vision, and in using creative methods to achieve personal aims. She holds an MA, a PGCE and a BSc from the University of Manchester.
Dave is our main administrator and brings a good grounding in the nitty-gritty of practical work and team leadership.
He works as a Senior Quantity Surveyor for a large national construction company focusing on the retail sector. He has also project managed his own building developments, whilst running a company specialising in domestic building refurbishments.
Dave has worked the construction industry for eighteen years and has gained extensive practical and technical experience within his field of expertise. His qualifications include a BSc Honours in Quantity Surveying and Commercial Management and earlier an NVQ level 2 in Roof Slating and Tiling, and an HNC in Construction.
David has a deep belief in helping other people to achieve their dreams and ambitions, to see poverty eradicated, young people given security and opportunities, and for all people to live full and happy lives.
Aside from GMA, in his spare time he is busy taking care of his family, or keeping fit by playing rugby or circuit training with friends in the local park.
A quirk of destiny may have led him to Global MapAid, his name “Rutter” is the ancient Scottish Gaelic for the navigator for the highland Chiefs boat – a man who leads by the knowledge and map in his mind…