YouthMappers Regional Ambassadors help the network grow and thrive

Selected for their demonstrated leadership, YouthMappers Regional Ambassadors recruit highly motivated students to organize, create, and formally establish university-based YouthMappers chapters around the world. They provide local support to chapters through in-person, technical training to ensure data quality in OSM data creation and directly contribute to the growth and sustainability of the YouthMappers network. As regional facilitators, they carry the unique opportunity and responsibility to elevate students' voices and contributions to open mapping for enhancing community resilience.

Read their blog posts and follow them on social media to connect with them and other YouthMappers in your region!

Africa

Chomba Chishala, 2019-2021

ZAMBIA
 

Chomba Chishala is currently an undergraduate student at The University of Zambia. He is a former President for the YouthMappers chapter at the University of Zambia (UNZA), the former chairperson for astudent-led environmental network at the UNiversity of Zambia called Umodzi, and a 2018 YouthMappers Research fellow. Chomba Chishala is a purposeful and goal-driven, empathetic, creative, hardworking and honest person with great social and communication skills. His dream is to lead people; more especially the youth who have the power and energy to change the world. He desires to see more youth take a keen interest in what is happening in their community, voice out their opinions, and effect change through their mapping.  Follow Chomba @chombacc

Read Chomba's blog posts Three Years of Being Part of YouthMappers; How YouthMappers are Contributing to 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (co-written with Yusuf Suleiman); Three years of being a YouthMapper

Dennis Irorere, 2019-2020

NIGERIA

Dennis is a final year student at the Federal University of Technology Akure, with a major in Meteorology. He has a passion for open data, open mapping, and technology with a specific focus on building sustainable architecture for interoperability and efficient data use toward building solutions to problems across sectors - Human, Social, and Environmental. He believes that when access to knowledge is democratized, we see meaningful social development because it takes a brilliant mind from a disadvantaged background to create transformational solutions that solve problems within their community. This is why he believes so much in the YouthMappers slogan “We don’t just make maps, we build mappers” and the opportunities YouthMappers is providing Youths across the world. Follow Dennis @Denironyx

Read Dennis' blog post #ThrowbackThursday: SOTMUS 2019

Erneste Ntakobangize, 2020-2021

RWANDA
 

Erneste Ntakobangize a Rwandan Geographer working as a GIS Specialist at Charis UAS ltd. He is the student-representative of the Rwanda YouthMappers chapter at the University of Rwanda and a representative of OSM Rwanda. Erneste is currently pursing a Masters at the University of Rwanda's faculty of Geographic Information Science for Environment and Sustainable Development. Erneste is 2019 YouthMappers Leadership Fellow, an OpenStreetMap Foundation (OSMF) Member and an advanced mapper who won the YouthMappers Women Connect Challenge in collaboration with the Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team (HOT). He is passionate about geospatial technology and an open source enthusiast.

Read Erneste's blog Mappers Under One Roof: An Experience Story From YouthMappers

(co-written with the winners of the YouthMappers Women Connect Challenge); The process of making Rwanda YouthMappers more gender inclusive; Rwanda Radient Earth Foundation Geospatial Training

 

Ingrid Kintu, 2019-2021

UGANDA
 

Ingrid Martha Kintu is a YouthMapper from Makerere University in Uganda and currently a YouthMappers Regional Ambassador aiming at recruiting students to establish new university-based YouthMappers chapters in Eastern Africa. Her professional background is in land management and geomatics with specific interest in remote sensing and leveraging earth observation to inform sustainable development. She was honored to receive a YouthMappers Research Fellowship in 2018, during which she assessed the resilience of refugees in Kyaka II Refugee Settlement using open data. She is currently a Research Assistant on a joint research project between Makerere University and the University of Dundee using geospatial technologies to quantify the extent of environmental degradation in two refugee settlements in Uganda. An industry thought leader and technological evangelist, Ingrid intends to create awareness about the power of open geospatial technology and the myriad of obstacles it can overcome especially in low and middle-income countries. Follow Ingrid @IngridKintu

Read Ingrid's blog post Silent Disasters; Community Flood Mapping Activity in Bwaise and Kalerwe, Uganda

Kwame Odame, 2019-2020

GHANA


Hello! My name is Kwame Odame and I am with the UCC YouthMappers  chapter at the University of Cape Coast in Ghana. Apart from being a Ph.D. student in Geography and Regional Planning, I also work with the National Disaster Management Organization. The opportunity to deploy simple tools in my pursuit to make a difference is a responsibility I have embraced. In addition to improving visibility of the unmapped, this community has offered me the platform to engage local leaders in solving some challenges confronting local farmers and agro-processors in Ghana. I am excited to be a YouthMapper and can’t wait to extend our footprint to other parts of Ghana. Let's connect and see how we can collectively harness the power of the youth and technology. My handle on Twitter and OSM ID is @pkodame. Let's talk!

Read Kwame's blog Diary of a Regional Ambassador: Travel and Work Flow; Feeding Ghana through the eyes of female farmers

Laura Mugeha, 2019-2021

KENYA


Laura is a Geospatial engineer, a YouthMappers alumni, and is a 2019 YouthMappers Leadership Fellow. She is passionate about achieving sustainable development, both locally and regionally, and is keen on redefining the use of open data and open source technology to solve challenges faced on a day to day basis. She has previously presented on the use of Geospatial technologies in achieving sustainable development at the State of the Map Tanzania (2017), the global State of the Map  2018, FOSS4G 2018, and Geoweek 2018. With an interest in leadership and elevating youth voices, Laura has worked and volunteered with YouthMappers and the African Union's Office of the Youth envoy, where she has been able to support work that is mainly focused on these topics. Laura is also passionate about diversity and inclusivity of all, especially women and girls, and has previously organized for LetGirlsMap campaigns to address these challenges. Through this work, her blog was one of the 2018 Best YouthMappers blogs. Annually, she helps manage the African Women In Tech and Women in Analytics conferences that aim to connect, empower, and educate women in STEM.  Follow Laura @laura_mugeha

Read Laura's blog post 3 years, 3 Stories, 3 Lessons Learnt

Ndapile Mkuwu, 2020-2021

MALAWI
 

Ndapile is a certified drone pilot, geospatial and tech enthusiast currently working with the African Drone and Data Academy, where using geospatial data and open source platforms is a big part of her job. She was one of the 2019 YouthMappers Leadership Fellows, who served under the Chancellor College YouthMappers chapter as a member for 2 years. In 2019, she completed her Bachelor of Science degree in Geology from the University of Malawi. Her professional interests include using drones for good and harnessing the power of geographical information to mitigate natural disasters. She strongly believes in female inclusivity and is working towards bringing this to the STEM sector in her community. Ndapile believes that spatial data used to its full potential brings about vital information for decision makers. Her goal is to engage the youth to become the creators of this vital information.

Read Ndapile's blog post COVID-19 Youth Challenge

Raya Idrissa Ahmada, 2020-2021

TANZANIA
 

Raya Idrissa Ahmada is a graduate of Msc. In Telecommunication at the Technical University of Denmark. She is an Assistant Lecturer at the State University of Zanzibar (SUZA). She is very passionate about data science and is researching in the areas of open source GIS tools and data analysis. She is also keen in mentoring the students to come up with innovative ideas to solve existing problems in the community. She has worked with students in several development projects such as the STEM for Success Project Zanzibar, as a technical assistant with Kiokit (a digital classroom technology), and with the Resilience Academy as an internship coordinator to help equip the youths with the tools, knowledge and skills to ensure resilient urban development. She is also the faculty mentor for the SUZA YouthMapper’s chapter. She has also proposed to initiate Mshauri STEM Initiative with the aim of helping young girls to be willing to take STEM careers. Connect with Raya on Linkedin, Twitter, Facebook.

Read Raya's blog post State University of Zanzibar inaugural YouthMappers training

Stellamaris Nakacwa, 2019-2021

UGANDA

Stellamaris (W) Nakacwa is geomatics graduate, and a 2017 YouthMappers Leadership Fellow. She is extremely enthusiastic about geospatial technology and how it can be used to benefit development. She has aligned herself to understanding the integrity and quality requirements towards proper data management. She has expedited growth and inclusion of fellow youths into open and humanitarian mapping through her team leading roles and is continuously supporting this cause. Currently, she is a Regional Ambassador which is extremely exciting to grow as well as link people to the geospatial resource. On the side, Stella does hold a deep interest in the fundamental aspects of spatial data and database management as well as leadership to engage in the mobilization for community participation. She is determined to bring to the exploitation of geospatial technology apt for land management because land is at the center of any country’s development especially in Africa. Follow Stella @Stella_Wava

Read Stella's blog SHARING IS CARING – How to ensure diversity inclusion among YouthMappers: Post-COVID-19; Mapping a bridge across the Atlantic Ocean (co-written blog post)

Tommy Charles, 2020-2021

SIERRA LEONE
 

Tommy Charles is a Geography graduate from Fourah Bay College, University of Sierra Leone. He is a mapping enthusiast and has interests in data science. In  2017, he was a scholar at the global State of the Map conference where he made a presentation about the inclusion of small and new OpenStreetMap communities. Since then, he has been helping to build the OpenStreetMap community in Sierra Leone by training students, establishing YouthMappers Chapters and establishing ties with humanitarian organizations. He is also a member of the OpenStreetMap Africa community and a voting member of the Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team.

Read Tommy's blog The Journey of A YouthMapper

 

 

Yusuf Suleiman, 2019-2021

NIGERIA

Yusuf is a human-centered designer and Geo enthusiast who is very passionate about the environment, climate change, and public policy. He was a YouthMappers Leadership Fellow and he has gained extensive experience in research and data analysis. He has lead several advocacy campaigns that leverages on open data and technology to raise awareness about environmental and sustainability issues. There’s a huge difference between people talking about change, transition and sustainability and people doing it. Yusuf fits the last description. What describes him best is an innovative catalyst in each part of the process. He lives and breathes sustainability, instead of talking about it. And he’ll make it happen, whatever is required. Currently a UN Sustainable Development Solution network fellow, Yusuf is helping to localize the SDG 9a agenda in his city. His project is helping to rethink data as infrastructure, and bringing key stakeholders into the open data revolution; building and embedding a data culture in his city, and empowering citizens to make a difference. Tweet at him @el_useful

Read Yusuf's blog How YouthMappers Are Contributing to 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (co-written with Chomba Chishala); Learning from State of the Map Africa

Asia

Airin Akter, 2020-2021

BANGLADESH


Airin Akter is currently working as a Senior Research Associate in Capacity Building Service Group (CBSG), Bangladesh, a research and survey-based organization. She completed her Masters and Bachelor of Science in Geography and Environment, University of Dhaka. She has been with YouthMappers Dhaka University Chapter since the first step of it in 2016. She achieved YouthMappers Research Fellowship,2018 award fully funded by USAID and YouthMappers. She has skills in implementing research methodology, assisting in data management, and analyzing the results of the research. Her educational background and experiences reflect a commitment and ability to plan, design, and implement research activities, training management, mapping project, and communication with local level people. Her interests include Disaster Risk Management, Gender, climate and climate resilience, sustainable development, and humanitarian mapping. Follow her @Airinnila.

Ataur Rahman Shaheen,  2019-2021

BANGLADESH


Ataur Rahman Shaheen has been volunteering OSM community and engaged with YouthMappers  since 2016. He is one of YouthMappers Regional Ambassador from 1st cohort and also 2019 YouthMappers Leadership Fellow. He has completed his Bachelor’s on Statistics from Dhaka College and served as President of YouthMappers Dhaka College chapter for 2019 session. Under his leadership, YouthMappers Dhaka College chapter was awarded with ‘YouthMappers Mapping Metrics Award’ and won ‘HOT Microgrant 2019’ for ‘Map the Dumps’ project. He was nominated for HOT Volunteer Recognition 2019. He has completed HOT Data Quality Internship and now serves as HOT voting member. In his journey with OSM, he has contributed to several local and international mapping projects and has developed expertise in remote sensing, field data collection, team coordination, data level QC, data management & geospatial analysis. In 2017, he was ranked as the top Mapper in the HOT World Malaria Day Mapping Competition and is currently ranked 17 in the Missing Maps global leaderboard. He loves to explore new places and taste the local food. Follow Ataur @A_R_Shaheen

Read Ataur's blog Inspiring New Ways

Bruce Maldy Pratama, 2019-2020

INDONESIA
 

Bruce Maldy Pratama is a map activist. He completed his bachelor of science in the Faculty of Geography, Muhammadiyah University, Surakarta. He is also the head of the SpaceTime Team who won the Uni Battle Mapping competition organized by HOT Indonesia. Bruce also founded the YouthMappers Chapter at his University. Currently, he works at the Indonesian National Disaster Management Agency. He has been involved with OSM from 2017 to the present. In his journey, Bruce learned a lot about participatory mapping and spatial data quality assurance and its use in various fields. Making maps has been a hobby of him since childhood. He believes that maps can help us to overcome various problems. So he wants to invite all people to be more active in building spatial data together and for the common good.

Dinnah Feye Andal, 2020-2021

PHILIPPINES

Dinnah Feye Andal is a masters degree student in Geography from the University of the Philippines Diliman. She co-founded the University of the Philippines Resilience Institute YouthMappers (UPRI YM), the 2nd local YouthMappers chapter in the Philippines. She is currently working as a Senior Project Officer under the Education Office of University of the Philippines Resilience Institute (UPRI)  and is also working for Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team – Philippines as the country’s Technical and GIS Specialist. She is a strong advocate of open data and free and open-source software for geospatial applications (FOSS4G). She has also been doing volunteer mapping for OpenStreetMap Philippines since 2013 and has been to different provinces across the Philippines to train students, local government offices, non-government organizations, and other stakeholders on how to use OpenStreetMap and other free and open-source geospatial applications. She believes that youths are a powerful force to create social change through open mapping. As a Regional Ambassador of YouthMappers, she is determined to invest her efforts in building and strengthening the skills of the students and chapters not only in mapping, but also their interpersonal skills, which are also significant for communicating and working with people and various groups, expanding their reach to the local communities, and developing and fostering strong working relationships with the people.

Maliha Binte Mohiuddin, 2019-2021

BANGLADESH

Maliha Binte Mohiuddin is continuing her role as a Regional Ambassador and her regional focus on Asia. She has engaged with YouthMappers as a leadership fellow from 2017. She was also worked as a 2020 YouthLead Ambassador under YouthPower Learning, a project funded by the USAID.She has represented YouthMappers to the 2019 Prosper.Net Leadership Program on "Engineering Approaches to Disaster Risk Reduction and Management towards Sustainable Development in the Asia Pacific” organized by the United Nations University.

In 2019, Maliha also presented her paper,” Elevating the Skills of Youth Through the Humanitarian Remote Mapping with the Growth of YouthMappers Network”, as one of the keynote speakers at the 3rd International Conference on Natural Hazards and Disaster Management, held in Japan. Previously, she has represented YouthMappers in the National NGO Programme on Humanitarian Leadership (NNPHL) and Building Better Response (BBR) workshop organized by Concern Worldwide, Harvard Humanitarian Initiative, and International Medical Corps in 2018. Follow her @MohiuddinMaliha

Read Maliha's blog post Unwavering Passion Towards YouthMappers Network

Saurav Gautam, 2019-2021

NEPAL


Saurav is currently working as Deputy Head of the Department of Civil and Geomatics Engineering at the Institute of Engineering, Pashchimanchal Campus in Pokhara, Nepal. In 2017, he completed his Bachelor's Degree in Geomatics Engineering and, as a student, served as President of GESAN, one of the inaugural YouthMappers chapters. That same year, he was one of the YouthMappers Leadership Fellows and facilitated YouthMappers at SOTM Asia 2017. In 2018, he received the YouthMappers Best Alumni blog award. He is currently a member of FIG Young Surveyors Network and ISPRS Student Consortium. He likes to leverage open geospatial technologies for sustainability. As a YouthMappers Regional Ambassador, he is determined to increase the awareness of youths in his region towards open mapping tools and technologies. He believes youths throughout the world need to act together mindfully and sees Youthmappers progressively acting on that path. Follow Saurav @zillionaaire

Read Saurav's blog The Joy of Sharing

Sawan Shariar, 2020-2021

BANGLADESH

Sawan Shariar is currently working as a deputy coordinators & validation lead of Bangladesh Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Operational Team; known to all as Team BHOOT, as well as deputy volunteer coordinators for OpenStreetMap Bangladesh Foundation. He is one of the voting members of Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team (HOT) and member of OpenStreetMap Foundation (OSMF). He has been involved with OSM activities over 5 years, which starts with the Data4Action project initiated by American Red Cross in 2015. He was the founder president of YouthMapper Dhaka College Chapter. He has been very instrumental in community & volunteer coordination for OpenStreetMap Bangladesh Community. He is currently listed as the top contributor on MissingMaps Global Leaderboard. He is one of the champions of 2019 Global YouthMappers Challenge and one of the visiting fellows of HOT Summit and SotM 2019 in Heidelberg, Germany. He was the administrative associate and volunteer coordinator of SotM Asia 2019 in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Since the very early stage, He has been involved in strengthening local capacity and supporting mapping initiatives. In the journey with OSM, He has developed expertise in community engagement, team coordination, project management, remote sensing, field data collection, and local volunteer organization. He has conducted more than 35 OSM training and facilitated youth engagement in several educational institutes, local communities, NGOs and The Bangladesh Red Cross/Crescent Society. He believes with proper support & Guidance the local enthusiastic OSM communities have the capacity to catalyze the development and growth of OSM around the world. Follow him @sshariar1991

Latin America

Karen Martinez, 2019-2020

PANAMA


Karen is in her final year at the University of Panama pursuing a degree in Alternative Tourism. She started as a YouthMappers volunteer in 2016, where she learned about the use of geospatial technologies, awakening her interest in maps. She is the president of the YouthMappers Panama chapter and was selected for the 2019 YouthMappers Leadership Fellowship. She was part of the digital transformation of the University of Panama with the Smart University project. Through this project, she gained experience with new technologies and methods that she hopes to share with young people in Panama with the goal of generating culture and knowledge so that everyone, collectively, can help the world, through the use of maps to better decisions and protect our communities. She is very grateful for the contribution that YouthMappers has made in her life because it has allowed her to grow personally and professionally. Follow Karen @karenmartinez_m

Read Karen's blog post La Geografía está de moda

Maria Fernanda Peña Valencia, 2019-2021

COLOMBIA


Maria Fernanda recently graduated as a biologist at the University of Antioquia in Medellín - Colombia. In 2015, she joined the ELICE research group in her university's biology institute, where she started working with ecology of coastal marine ecosystems and GIS applied to biology. While working in the research group she stressed the importance of working together with the different communities that inhabit a natural area, and this is how in 2017 she started volunteering for the YouthMappers chapter of the University of Antioquia called GeoLab UdeA. Then, in 2018 she was selected as one of the 2018 YouthMappers Research Fellows. Her interests include social-ecological systems, resilience, ecosystemic and conservation ecology, sustainability and humanitarian mapping. Follow Maria @MariaFernandaP4

Read Maria Fernanda's blog post El mundo es un pañuelo/The World is a handkerchief;

YouthMappers un gran aliado

Natalia da Silveira Arruda, 2019-2021

BRAZIL; COLOMBIA

Natalia da Silveira Arruda is from Porto Alegre, Brazil, and lives in Medellin, Colombia since 2014. Graduated in Architecture and Urbanism at the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS - Porto Alegre, Brazil), with practical experiences in architectural and urban planning offices, an academic exchange at the École Nationale Supérieure d'Architecture Paris La Villette (ENSAPLV - Paris, France), and a Master of Science in Territorial, Urban, Environmental and Landscape Planning at Politecnico di Torino (Turin, Italy). Natalia got involved with HOT in 2014, when she started to develop and coordinate a mapping pilot project of an informal community in the city of Cartagena de Indias. She works as Professor at Universidad de Antioquia (UdeA), where she helped found, in 2016, the UdeA YouthMappers’ chapter, which since then coordinates, that evolved into a research group called GeoLab. Her interests include urban planning, sustainable mobility, collaborative and humanitarian mapping. Follow Natalia @NataliaSArruda

Régia Estevam Alves, 2020-2021

BRAZIL

 

Régia holds a PhD in Geography and Territory Planning with specialization in Environment and Natural Resources from the New University of Lisbon, Portugal and a master's degree from the Federal University of Goiás (UFG) in Brazil. Her studies mainly focus on the following themes: land degradation, desertification and soil erosion.

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