Moderator: Rob Baker, Director of Operations | Ushahidi
Rob Baker is Director of Operations for Ushahidi, a global software company creating mobile and geospatial application for crowdsourcing, and a consultant for the World Bank's GFDRR program. His twelve year career as a developer and project director has focused entirely on the intersection of cutting edge technology with humanitarian response and has included time as a White House Presidential Innovation Fellow implementing open data strategy at USAID, membership with the Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team, a delegate of the U.S.-Russian Bilateral Presidential Commission for Media, and several NGOs.
Nithya Raman, Director | Transparent Chennai
Nithya V. Raman is an urban planner who has been working in India for nearly a decade. Her research and writing has focused on urban governance, slums and access to land and services, and transparency. In 2010, she founded Transparent Chennai, which creates maps and information about neglected civic issues to support advocacy by and for the urban poor. The team’s research is cited widely, and has informed public discourse and decisionmaking on urban policies in India.
Cristiano Ferri Faria, Director | Hacker Laboratory, Brazilian House of Representatives
Cristiano Ferri Faria is the developer of projects in the field of democratic governance, such as e-Democracy Program, open data policy and hacker marathon at the Brazilian House of Representatives. As senior official of its House for 21 years, he has built expertise in lawmaking, committee work, parliamentarian advisory, electronic democracy, parliamentary informatics, collaborative transparency, innovation in public sector and quality of law (legistic). Faria is a research associate from Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation, Harvard Kennedy School and PhD in sociology and political science at the Institute for Social and Political Studies, State University from Rio de Janeiro. He also holds a MSc in public policy from Queen Mary's College, University of London. He is currently of the Hacker Laboratory, an institutional body of the Brazilian House of Representatives.
Mikel Maron, Co-founder | GroundTruth Initiative
Mikel Maron is a programmer and geographer working for impactful community and humanitarian uses of open source and open data. He is co-founder of Ground Truth Initiative, and of the Map Kibera project. He’s formerly on the Board of the OpenStreetMap Foundation, and President and Founder of the Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team, having helped to facilitate the OSM response to the Haiti earthquake. He’s travelled widely, organizing projects in India, Palestine, Egypt, Swaziland, and elsewhere. Previously to this, he co-founded Mapufacture and worked on collaborative platforms, geoweb standards, and various applications, with a wide spectrum of organizations from UN and government agencies to anarchist hacker collectives.
Noel Sta. Ines, Senior Procurement Specialist | World Bank
Noel Sta. Ines is a Senior Procurement Specialist in the Bank’s East Asia Pacific Region. He has over 29 years of working experience in the Philippines including a number of EAP countries more than 17 years of which in Bank projects in relation to procurement for different sectors as power, water, health, education, rural development, environment, mining, urban and transport including disaster rehabilitation. Since 1997 much of his work is on helping the Philippine Government to build capacity and improve procurement in Bank-financed projects. He is mainly responsible for introducing geotagging in 2009 into a CDD type project in Mindanao, and which is now widely used as a transparency tool in many Bank projects in the Philippines. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering and Master’s Degree in Engineering Management.