[OSGeo-Discuss] Fwd: Board nomination: Venkatesh Raghavan

Jeff McKenna jmckenna at gatewaygeomatics.com
Sun Oct 8 09:21:26 PDT 2017

Forwarding nomination of Venkatesh Raghavan by Angelos Tzotsos. The 
Board Nominations page has been updated: 

-Jeff & Vasile
CRO 2017 Elections

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It is my pleasure and honor to nominate our President Venka Raghavan[1], 
from Japan, for re-election for the OSGeo Board of Directors. Venka's 
contributions to FOSS and FOSS4G are inspiring to our community. He is 
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.

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. He has 
served the OSGeo community for the last 2 years with great commitment 
and passion from the position of the President.

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 happy to be a part of the OSGeo Board again, helping the 
foundation that he helped form at the beginning. So please welcome back 
Venka to the Board of Directors.

[1] https://wiki.osgeo.org/wiki/Venkatesh_Raghavan

Angelos Tzotsos, PhD
Charter Member, Board of Directors
Open Source Geospatial Foundation

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