[OSGeo-Discuss] Board of Directors nomination: Anne Ghisla

Anne Ghisla a.ghisla at gmail.com
Sat Jul 28 01:45:18 PDT 2012

On Fri, 27 Jul 2012 14:56:27 +0200
Margherita Di Leo <dileomargherita at gmail.com> wrote:

> Hi all,
> We would like to nominate Anne Ghisla (from Italy) to the Board of
> Directors.

Hello all,

thanks Margherita and Stefano for the nomination, and Italian chapter
for support! I am honored for it, and also understand that this role
deserves dedication and commitment.

My goal as Board member would be to understand how OSGeo is seen and
developed outside its home countries, which challenges is facing, and
what can be done to strengthen connections around the world.

From my experience with FOSS user groups and women lists I am part of,
I have understood that speaking about the positive aspects is not
enough. Often, some issues that seem small to me were actually
perceived as limiting to the audience. By further discussion, I managed
to find more decisive answers for the specific context and be a more
successful ambassador. 
I plan to bring this experience to the Board, so that OSGeo message
gets disseminated more effectively.

I am Italian, with Belgian origins, but I intend to join the Board
with a broader international perspective. I also look forward for
more nominations from currently under-represented but locally active
corners of the world.

I'm open to suggestions and comments, especially from long-time OSGeo
members, to improve my understanding of worldwide issues. Putting
together many points of view, I'll have a more accurate picture of the
current status of OSGeo, and will be able to make more informed

Kind regards,

> Anne is very active within the OSGeo community. Among others, We
> would like to mention some of her activities:
>    -  OSGeo Google Summer of Code administrator in 2011 and 2012;
>    -  Member of Italian chapter GFOSS.it since September 2007,
> follower of Francophone chapter too;
>    -  Member of QGIS Release Team, Documentation Team and Ecology
> Toolbox Interest Group;
>    -  GRASS GIS core developer;
>    -  Co-founder of OSGeo Women Chapter.
> Some of the above items highlight that Anne has a strong commitment
> to the empowering of OSGeo, not only from a strict technnical point
> of view. We know her personally and can say she's a very reliable and
> helpful person. We really see her as an optimal candidate for the
> OSGeo Board of Directors.
> Currently she speaks several languages, such as Italian, French,
> Englishand a bit of German. She has worked in South Africa for a
> while and participated to several OSGeo meetups across Europe. Hence
> she has a quite international background, that allows her to mediate
> among different points of view of people coming from around the globe.
> Her skills and experience could contribute to make OSGeo organisation
> more international and diverse, in sync with the community.
> Kindest regards,
> Margherita Di Leo & Stefano Costa
> on behalf of the Italian OSGeo Local Chapter
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