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Max Adoko

Current Designation: Map Maker Advocate and IT Specialist

Max Adoko is a System Administrator working with Uganda Telecom one of the internet Service Providers. He is  a graduate of Makerere University, With a Bachelor of Scince in Computer Science. He has worked as a Support Engineer in Several Districts around the country fixing Telephony, Mobile and Internet Links. He is also a Google Map Maker Advocate since March 2011.

Byron A. O. Anangwe

Current Designation: RCMRD Marketing Executive

Profession: Geomatics

Key Qualifications: More than 9 years working experience in the field of Remote Sensing, Geographic Information Systems and land surveys.

Education; 2011 Manchester Metropolitan University, Manchester, UK - PGD Geographical Information Systems and Management. 2009 ITC Enschede, The Netherlands & CGIS-NUR, Rwanda - Certificate in Use of Low Cost Earth Observation Data in Environmental and Climate Monitoring Applications; 2008 ITC Enschede, The Netherlands & Makerere University, Uganda, Certificate in Decision Support Systems; 2005 MAPS Geosystems GmBh; Sharjah, U.A.E., Certificate in PromptGeo Image Processing System; 2004 ITC Enschede, The Netherlands & UCLAS Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania; Certificate in Active Sensor Principles and Applications; and 2001 The Kenya Polytechnic University, Nairobi/KE - Land Surveying with GIS.  

Professional Record:  (1) Regional Centre for Mapping of Resources for Development in Nairobi Kenya, since 2008, as Product Development & Marketing Executive; (2) 2005–2007 at RCMRD - Geo-spatial Data Management Officer (3) Technician in Land Surveys 2002– 2004

Dr. Robert Arnot

Current Designation: Physician and international humanitarian

Dr. Bob Arnot is a physician and international humanitarian with a hunger for knowledge and a desire to introduce audiences to important issues and exotic locations around the world. From the genocide in Darfur to the crises in the Middle East, Arnot has seen it all and guides audiences through a firsthand look at major international issues.

Arnot is one of the most recognized names in medical and health professions, having served as the former chief medical editor and special foreign correspondent for NBC News. As a special correspondent, Arnot has covered numerous world-changing events, including the Gulf War, Iraq War, and wars in Somalia, Sudan, Rwanda, and Kosovo. He has reported on epidemic diseases from Ebola in Central Africa to AIDS in Zimbabwe, Botswana, and Malawi, to cholera in Bangladesh, Somalia, and Turkey. He has also reported from Pakistan prior to the United States' military response to the September 11 terrorist attacks. He has reported extensively on the threat of terrorism and strongly believes in humanitarian campaigns against terror as a way to break down worldwide terrorist organizations, their cells, and military training camps.

Arnot is devoted to educating audiences about international humanitarian issues. He believes that by traveling the world and exposing viewers to foreign conflicts and human devastation, audiences will be inspired to become humanitarians themselves. Arnot serves on the board of directors of both Save the Children and the United States High Commission for Refugees, and uses his work with these organizations to educate and influence world leaders and average citizens, in the hopes that they will contribute to humanitarian efforts.

For his work in the media, Arnot has won an Alfred I. DuPont Award for his insider's look at the use and abuse of crack cocaine for the program 48 Hours on Crack Street, and an Overseas Press Club Award for NBC's team coverage of the floods in Mozambique.

A native of Boston, Massachusetts, Arnot received a Bachelor of Science degree from Dartmouth College in 1972 and a medical degree from McGill University.

Dr. Hussein Farah

Current Designation: RCMRD Director General

Profession: Land Surveyor

Credentials: More than 19 years experience in land surveying, remote sensing and GIS. Successfully implement many projects involving cadastral surveys and natural resource mapping using field surveys, remote sensing and GIS techniques. Also carried out teaching assignments at university level.

Education: (1) PhD Water resource surveys using remote sensing 2001 (2) MA specializing in remote sensing and GIS- University of Waterloo, Canada-1989 (3) Bachelor of Science in Surveying and Photogrammetry-university of Nairobi-1985

Professional Record: (1) Regional Centre for Mapping of Resources for Development, Since February 2005, as Senior Surveyor, in Nairobi, Kenya. Currently the Director General since 2008; (2) Moi University Department of Civil Engineering- From 1993-2005 as senior lecturer and consultant in private practice, Eldoret, Kenya Activity: Teaching, Research, Consultancy and Project management; (3) Survey of Kenya, Ministry of Lands and Settlement, Kenya -From 1985-1993, as surveyor Activity: Land surveys, resource mapping and projects management.

Jonathan Hutson                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         

Current Designation: Director of Communications for the Enough Project

J.D. is Director of Communications for the Enough Project, where he leads media relations and strategic communications efforts for the anti-genocide group, based in Washington, DC. In 2010, Jonathan led successful negotiations to launch the Satellite Sentinel Project (SSP), which blends technology, human rights advocacy, and field research to deter civil war in Sudan. SSP -- the world's first open-source human rights and human security early warning system -- is a first-of-its-kind collaboration between Not on Our Watch, the Enough Project, the United Nations, Google, DigitalGlobe, Harvard University, and Internet strategy firm Trellon, LLC. Prior to joining Enough, Hutson served as Chief Communications Officer at Physicians for Human Rights in Cambridge, MA. He has held the position of Communications Director at several national NGOs, including Amory Lovins' Rocky Mountain Institute in Snowmass, CO, and Public Justice, a national public interest law firm in Washington, DC. Hutson created and led Dialogues Online: Racial Healing in Your Hometown, a public/private partnership between America Online and the Western Justice Center Foundation. He co-authored Bridging the Racial Divide: Interracial Dialogue in America. He took a Master's in French Language and Literature from Michigan State University and earned his J.D. from New York University School of Law.

Dr. France Lamy

Current Designation: Program Manager

Dr. France Lamy is an agricultural engineering by training. Her professional interests lie in the leverage of technology to make geospatial data more easily and widely available for informed decision-making. As part of the team, she helps develop and optimize rapid-deployment protocol to enhance emergency preparedness and response. She manages many of Google’s partnerships with international players in the disaster and humanitarian space. Before joining Google, she worked for several years for the United Nations.

Faris Hadad-Zervos

Current Designation: Acting Director of the Fragile and Conflict-Affected Countries Group of the World Bank

Prior to this he served as the World Bank's representative for Iraq, and its Deputy Director for the West Bank and Gaza. Between 2008 and 2009, he took a leave of absence to serve as Deputy Head of Mission for the Office of Quartet Representative for the Middle East peace process, Tony Blair. Faris Hadad-Zervos is a Mexican and Greek national.