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

Dirk Frigne dirk.frigne at geosparc.com
Tue Sep 8 03:01:40 PDT 2015

I second the nomination of Venka.

On 08-09-15 10:04, Vasile Craciunescu wrote:
> Forwarding Venkatesh Raghavan nomination to the board of directors by
> Sanghee Shin, Markus Neteler and Jeff McKenna.
> Best,
> Vasile
> CRO 2015
> -------- Forwarded Message --------
> 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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Yours sincerely,

ir. Dirk Frigne

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