New OSGeo President and Updated Board of Directors

News Date: 
2 Feb 2016

New President

The OSGeo Board of Directors selected Venkatesh Raghavan as its new President. The previous president, Jeff McKenna, has stepped down, and the OSGeo community is extremely thankful for his years of service.

Venkatesh Raghavan (Venka) is a celebrated representative of the OSGeo community who coined the FOSS4G acronym in 2004. He is also one of the founders of OSGeo, is active in OSGeo communities in Asia and with the currently incubating ZOO-Project. Venka is on Advisory Board Geo for All (the OSGeo educational outreach initiative). In recognition of his deep passion and commitment to Open Source Geospatial, Venka has earned our highest honor, the Sol Katz award.

The OSGeo Board of Directors recognizes that being President is a heavy responsibility, time and travel commitment. To promote closer and easier interaction with regional communities and share duties, the Board took the decision to appoint two Vice-Presidents.

The first Vice-President, from North America, is Helena Mitasova. She was awarded the Sol Katz Award in 2010 for her long standing contribution to the OSGeo Foundation and pioneering role in the GRASS community. She is a champion of OSGeo's Geo for All education outreach.

The second Vice-President, from Europe, is Dirk Frigne. Dirk is an entrepreneur serving OSGeo as Charter Member and member of geomajas PSC. He is involved in the INSPIRE Committee and received the Award for excellence in geo-information technologies.

Updated Board of Directors

Dirk Frigne received widespread support of Charter Members during the last elections. Dirk has accepted our invitation to the board to complete the remainder of Jeff McKenna's term.

Your updated board consists of:

  • Massimiliano Cannata
  • Vasile Craciunescu
  • Dirk Frigne
  • Jody Garnett
  • Anita Graser
  • Helena Mitasova
  • Venkatesh Raghavan
  • Sanghee Shin
  • Michael Smith

About the Open Source Geospatial Foundation

The Open Source Geospatial Foundation (OSGeo) is a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to foster global adoption of open geospatial technology by being an inclusive software foundation devoted to an open philosophy and participatory community driven development. The foundation provides financial, organizational and legal support to the broader open source geospatial community. It provides an independent legal entity to which community members can contribute code, funding and other resources, secure in the knowledge that their contributions will be maintained for public benefit.

OSGeo also serves as an outreach and advocacy organization for the open source geospatial community, and provides a common forum and shared infrastructure for improving cross-project collaboration. The Foundation's projects are all freely available and useable under an OSI-certified open source license.