[OSGeo-Discuss] [Election 2015] Board Nomination for Venkatesh Raghavan

Suchith Anand Suchith.Anand at nottingham.ac.uk
Tue Sep 8 01:40:56 PDT 2015

I would like to second this excellent nomination. Venka's years of experience and contributions to OSGeo and Geo4All will be great asset to the OSGeo Board and our global community. As the chair of Geo4All Asia , he has been working tirelessly to expand geoeducation opportunities to students across Asia.

Thanks to Venka for accepting this nomination to stand for OSGeo Board election.


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Subject: [OSGeo-Discuss] [Election 2015] Board Nomination for Venkatesh Raghavan

Forwarding Venkatesh Raghavan nomination to the board of directors by
Sanghee Shin, Markus Neteler and Jeff McKenna.

CRO 2015

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Subject: Nomination for Venkatesh Raghavan
Date: Mon, 7 Sep 2015 17:53:34 -0300
From: Jeff McKenna <jmckenna at gatewaygeomatics.com>
To: cro at osgeo.org <cro at osgeo.org>
CC: Markus Neteler <neteler at osgeo.org>, Sanghee Shin
<shshin at gaia3d.com>, Venkatesh Raghavan <raghavan at media.osaka-cu.ac.jp>

It is our pleasure to nominate Venka Raghavan
(http://wiki.osgeo.org/wiki/Venkatesh_Raghavan), from Japan, for the
OSGeo Board.  It is hard to put into (few) words, Venka's influence on
FOSS and geo.  The 2012 winner of the Sol Katz Award, he created the
term “FOSS4G” back in 2004, using it as the name of an international
event in Thailand, and since then he has promoted FOSS4G all over the
globe.  He was also one of the organizers of the recent FOSS4G-Asia
event this past December.

Venka has also been directly involved in OSGeo since its inception, in
fact he was on the first OSGeo Board of Directors from 2006 to 2007.  He
is also a long-time board member of the OSGeo Japan chapter.

A professor at Osaka City University in Japan, Venka constantly
encourages his students to leverage FOSS4G in all of their research.
His influence in Asia wide reaching, being easily the most influential
FOSS4G leader there.  Venka also helps organize the GIS-IDEAS Symposium
every 2 years in Vietnam, which is always FOSS4G-based.

Venka is enthused to be a part of the OSGeo Board again, helping a
foundation that he helped form at the beginning.  We could not be more
please and honoured to nominate Venka for the Board of Directors.

Sanghee Shin, Markus Neteler, & Jeff McKenna

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