The Sahana Software Foundation structure includes a Board of Directors, Foundation Members, Executive Committees and Project Management Committees who coordinate the voluntary efforts of our global community of contributors. Our community is more than 200 members strong, with volunteers on all continents save Antartica. As with all organizations, our strength is our diverse team of contributors, who come from industry, academia, non-governmental humanitarian relief organizations and government agencies.
Our leadership team has dozens of years of experience in disaster response and the application of technological solutions in austere environments:
|Brent Woodworth (Chair of Board of Directors): Brent is an world renowned International Risk and Crisis Management expert with over 30 years experience working with government agencies and private sector companies in preparedness, mitigation, response, and recovery efforts. He has responded to over 70 major crisis events in 49 countries. Brent is currently the President and CEO of the Los Angeles Emergency Preparedness Foundation, and sits on the Board of Directors of the National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program, the National Institute of Building Sciences, and serves as Chair of its Multi-Hazards Mitigation Council.|
|Martin Thomsen (Vice-Chair of Board of Directors): Martin is a Lieutenant Colonel within the Danish Emergency Management Agency, Danish Ministry of Defence. At present he is the Deputy Head of College at the Emergency Services College in Denmark. He also serves as a consultant to the United Nations, Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UN/OCHA) as a member of the United Nations Disaster Assessment and Coordination team (UNDAC) since May 2003. He is a trained EU High Level Coordinator at the European Commission within the European Commission, Community Mechanism for reinforced Cooperation in Civil Protection Assistance Interventions (EU/MIC) since March 2004, as well as a Civilian Response Team (CRT) member of the same organisation since March 2006. He has contributed to Sahana as a member of its leadership team since 2005 and served on its Board since its inception.|
|Mark Prutsalis (Director, President & CEO): Mark has over 20 years of operational disaster response and emergency management experience following major natural and man-made disasters in the United States and over 20 other countries. He has experience working a consultant to the US Department of Defense, USAID, the Center of Excellence in Disaster Management and Humanitarian Assistance, UN agencies UNICEF and UNHCR, IBM, Refugees International and other international charitable organizations. Since 2000, Mark has applied his experience in disaster relief towards improving disaster response capabilities through the application of collaborative information management technologies. The Founder and President of Globaliist Inc., an emergency management and disaster response consulting company, he is also a member of the International Association of Emergency Managers (IAEM), the National Emergency Management Association (NEMA), and the Humanitarian Logistics Association (HLA).|
|Michael Howden (Director, Secretary): Michael is Managing Director of AidIQ, a social enterprise that provides intelligent business solutions to the humanitarian and development community with the Sahana Eden platform. AidIQ, a major financial and in-kind donor to the Sahana Software Foundation, has delivered or is working on projects based in Sahana Eden to the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) in the Asia Pacific Region (the Resource Management System), the Asian Disaster Preparedness Center (DRR Projects Portal), the City of Los Angeles (Give2LA), the Helios Foundation (HelioShare) and other organizations. He is originally a software developer from New Zealand who worked for many years with humanitarian organizations in Indonesia, Pakistan, Uganda, India and the UK. He has served as a member of the Sahana Eden Project Management Committee and the Sahana Community Development Committee for several years, and leads our facilitation team for our SahanaCamp™ program. In the past, Michael has also served as the Sahana Eden coordinator for the Sahana Google Summer of Code Progam (2010-11) and as SSF Coordinator of the Sahana Google Code-In Program (2010/11 & 2011/12). He also volunteers as SSF’s Community Call Coordinator.
|Louiqa Raschid (Director, Treasurer): Louiqa is a Professor at the University of Maryland and a Distinguished Scientist of the ACM.. Her research has made significant contributions towards solving the challenges of data management, integration, and performance for applications in the life sciences, health sciences, social media, financial cyberinfrastructure, Web data delivery, and humanitarian IT applications. She has published approximately 150 papers in the leading academic conferences and journals. Her work has received multiple awards including over 25 grants from the NSF and DARPA. She is member of the Sahana Software Foundation and serves on the Board; she was the Founding Chair of the Sahana Board (2007-2009).|
|Francis Boon (Chair of the Sahana Product Development Committee): Fran Boon has spent 15 years working for Oxfam GB, providing technology solutions for their international operations. This included work in Haiti, Iraq, Yemen, Jordan, Pakistan, India, Indonesia, Kenya, Thailand, Sudan, Ethiopia, Tanzania, Uganda, Senegal, Ghana, Burkina Faso, South Africa, Zambia, Malawi, Zimbabwe, Cambodia, and Vietnam. He has also done work with NetHope, Tactical Technology Collective, Inveneo and Asterisk. Fran is the founder of Sahana Eden and chair of the Sahana Product Development Committee. He is also a member of the Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team.|
|Nuwan Waidyanatha (Chair of the Sahana Standards and Interoperability Committee): Nuwan is a LIRNEasia Research Fellow working collaboratively with multiple national and international stakeholders applying his academic and industrial experience designing and developing early warning systems and interoperable emergency information exchange platforms. Nuwan has been with Sahana since 2006 and now serves as a member and the Chair of the Standards and Interoperability Committee. Nuwan works closely and advises the Sarvodaya Shramadana Movement, Sri Lanka’s largest humanitarian NGO. He is a founding and board member of the volunteer group: Community Focused Disaster Response that has served the 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami, 2009 Haiti Earthquake, and War Veterans in USA. Previously, worked as a Software Architect/Operation Research Analyst for Infocraft Limited, Business Analyst for Sri Lanka Institute of Information Technology, Analyst Programmer for APS Healthcare (USA), Operations Research Lecturer at the University of Montana (USA) and an Analyst Programmer at the Montana World Trade Center (USA).|
|David Bitner (Director, Chair of the Community Development Committee): David is a certified GIS Professional (GISP) who has been working with GIS and remote sensing technologies since 1997. A Director of the Sahana Software Foundation who serves as SSF’s Google Summer of Code Administrator, David also contributes to several open source GIS projects including MapServer, PostGIS, and OpenLayers. Currently David is the GIS Coordinator for the Metropolitan Airports Commission – an airport authority for seven airports in Minneapolis. David also runs dbSpatial – providing GIS, internet, and spatial database consultancy services. David is currently chair of the Public Geospatial Data project of the Open Source Geospatial Foundation (OSGeo) and sits on the Geospatial Architecture, Standards, and Emergency Preparedness Committees of the Minnesota State GIS advisory board.|
|Chamindra de Silva (Director): Chamindra is the Head of Strategic Initiatives at Virtusa, a software engineering company serving many Fortune 500 firms. He contributes to multiple FOSS projects and forums including One Laptop Per Child (OLPC), Apache, UNDP IOSN and AsiaOSS. He is a member of the Open Source Initiative (OSI). He has been in the Sahana leadership since the Tsunami. He also co-founded the Humanitarian-ICT and a W3C group on Emergency Interoperability standards. He is the concept founder of H-FOSS and is on the advisory board of the H-FOSS project. He also on the of IEEE-CS and ISSA chapter boards in Sri Lanka. He is a recipient of the MIT INDUS Technovator award. He graduated from Oxford University.|
|Leslie Hawthorn (Director): An internationally known community manager, speaker and author, Leslie Hawthorn has over 10 years experience in high tech project management, marketing and public relations. In March 2012 she joined Red Hat, Inc., where she is responsible for Community Action & Impact on the company’s Open Source and Standards team. Prior to Red Hat, she served as Outreach Manager at Oregon State University’s Open Source Lab and as a Program Manager for Google’s Open Source Team, where she managed the Google Summer of Code Program, created the contest now known as Google Code In and launched the company’s Open Source Developer Blog. When not focusing on all things open source and community at Red Hat, Leslie is in the “save the world business” and works on side projects that make the world a better place. She was recently invited to be a member of ConvergeUS’ 2012 Council of Innovation Advisers, a mentor for The Outercurve Foundation and a Scout for Mozilla’s WebFWD program. She also serves as a Board Member/Advisor to the following organizations: CASH Music, the Humanitarian FOSS Project, the Sahana Software Foundation and the Technology Innovation Management Review.|