[OSGeo-Discuss] Fwd: Nomination for Nimalika Fernando

Suchith Anand Suchith.Anand at nottingham.ac.uk
Thu Sep 10 12:44:51 PDT 2015

Thanks to Venka and Jeff for this excellent nomination . Nimalika Fernando not only established Geo4All lab in SriLanka at her institution but also  very active contributor to Geo4All community in Asia. I am sure she will be a great asset to the OSGeo Board and also bring perspectives from the developing world.

Best wishes,

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Subject: [OSGeo-Discuss] Fwd: Nomination for Nimalika Fernando

Forwarding Nimalika Fernando nomination to the board of directors by
Jeff McKenna and Venkatesh Raghavan.

CRO 2015

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Subject: Nomination for Nimalika Fernando
Date: Wed, 9 Sep 2015 12:29:22 -0300
From: Jeff McKenna <jmckenna at gatewaygeomatics.com>
To: cro at osgeo.org <cro at osgeo.org>
CC: nimalika fernando <nimalikaf at gmail.com>, Venkatesh Raghavan
<raghavan at media.osaka-cu.ac.jp>

It is our pleasure to nominate Nimalika Fernando
(http://wiki.osgeo.org/wiki/User:Nimalika), from Sri Lanka, for the
OSGeo Board.  Nimalika is very active in FOSS in her local area, giving
training, and in fact launched a local GeoForAll lab at her institution
(Sri Lanka Institute of Information Technology - SLIIT).  She also
played a large part in organizing the first FOSS4G-Sri Lanka event in
early 2014.  More recently she was active at the FOSS4G-Asia event this
past December in Thailand, and she is looking forward to the big FOSS4G
coming to Asia next week.

Actually in messages with Nimalika this week she summarized her
nomination reaction with very thoughtful input: "South Asia is still to
reap the benefits of FOSS GIS and I think passing the message to the
next generation is the most effective way while convincing policy makers
also is a priority. The idea of "openness" is missed much here and may
be due to long lasting social issues our nations have faced. I will
continue my work irrespective of the results, of course."

We strongly feel that Nimalika would be a great asset to the OSGeo
Board, and a strong representation for the South Asia region.  Please
welcome Nimalika to the Board of Directors.

Venka Raghavan & Jeff McKenna

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