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Quiénes somos

 

La Fundación Land Portal se estableció para crear, conservar y difundir información sobre la gobernanza de la tierra mediante el fomento de un panorama de datos inclusivos y accesibles. En el último decenio, paso de ser un simple portal de información para convertirse en un intermediario de conocimientos, una base de recursos, una vibrante comunidad de usuarios y usuárias en línea y una voz de confianza dentro de la gobernanza mundial de la tierra. Esto es lo que somos.

 

 

  • Equipo central
  • Red de participación sobre conocimientos locales
  • Junta Directiva
  • Grupo Asesor de Políticas
  • Grupo Asesor Técnico

En los bastidores del Land Portal se encuentra un equipo interdisciplinario de expertos comprometidos con el mejoramiento de la gobernanza de la tierra mediante el acceso abierto a los datos y la colaboración intersectorial. La combinación de nuestros conocimientos, experiencia y pasión significa que estamos en una posición única para aprovechar el potencial de los datos abiertos para construir un ecosistema de información democrático e inclusivo sobre el tema de la tierra. Este es nuestro equipo:

 

Laura Meggiolaro  (Team Leader)
Rome, Italy

Laura Meggiolaro, Land Portal Coordinator

Laura is a specialist in information and  knowledge management for development with a passion for Open Data. She has substantial program management experience and during the last fifteen years, she has been responsible for kicking off, implementing and leading a range of data, information and knowledge management initiatives focused on land rights. Prior to joining the Land Portal, Laura worked for the Food and Agriculture Organization, ActionAid International and the International Land Coalition among others. Laura holds Master’s degrees in Communications Science and on Economics for Development.

 

 

Neil Sorensen (Communications Specialist)
Paris, France

Neil Sorensen, Communications Specialist

Neil has extensive experience in leading communications for international organizations and of building relationships between civil society, donors, intergovernmental agencies, the media and the private sector. Before joining the Land Portal, Neil worked for the International Fund for Agriculture Development, the International Land Coalition and the International Federation of Agricultural Producers among others. Neil has a Master’s degree in Global Diplomacy and a Bachelor’s degree in German and Sociology. Neil was born and raised in Minnesota (US) and has lived for 12 years in Paris, France.

 

 
 

Stacey Zammit  (Communications Officer)
Montreal, Canada

Stacey Zammit (Communications Officer)

Stacey is a communications specialist with particular experience in natural resource management and peace-building processes. Prior to joining the Land Portal, Stacey worked for the International Land Coalition and the Food and Agriculture Organization. Stacey is currently a graduate student at the School of Oriental and African Studies.

 

 

 

Silvina Rusinek  (Web Manager)
Barcelona, Spain

Silvina Rusinek, Web Manager

Silvina is a specialist in computer sciences, communications and graphic design with over 20 years experience of working on a range of web design, development and management initiatives. Silvina has a bachelor’s degree in computer science and has completed courses in graphic design, social communication, audiovisual communication, librarianship and photography. Silvina is originally from Argentina, she speaks six languages and currently resides in Barcelona.

 

 

Erik Bennema  (Finances Officer)
Groningen, Netherlands     

Erik Bennema  (Finances Officer)

Erik is a finance specialist providing support and advice to various organizations and associations. He has a particular interest in land and agriculture, and provides legal advice on agricultural tenancy issues, landowners and tenanted farmers. Erik has a Master's degree in history and Bachelor's degree notarial law from the University of Groningen.

 

Konrad Hentze  (Data Analyst)
Bonn, Germany     

Konrad Henzte

As a Geographer with an interdisciplinary focus on research and management of land and resources, Konrad has been active in these fields for more than 10 years. He has sucessfully implemented solutions of land administration and resource management together with partners from private, public, and state sectors with on ground experience in Europe, the Carribean, Southern and Eastern Africa and South East Asia. He is passionate about spatial data, visualisation and research, facilitating the understanding and comminucation within the diverse land community. He holds a German Diplom and PhD in Geography. 

 

 

Adam Sánchez  (Technology Officer)
Grenoble, France     

Adam Sánchez  (Technology Officer)

Adam is a specialist in semantic web technologies, server administration, database administration, management of containerized applications, Big Data management, GIS and web development. He is a software engineer at the University of Grenoble Alpes, France and a PhD candidate in Computer Science. He has been a consultant for several projects and universities in Europe and Latin America over the last 10 years. Adam is originally from Peru and currently lives in France. 

 

 

Romy Sato  (Local Knowledge Engagement Network Coordinator)
Freiburg, Germany     

Romy Sato, Knowledge Engagement Coordinator

Romy has over 15 years of experience as a communications officer, researcher and policy advisor in various topics within rural development. For more than 5 years she has coordinated activities of the Global Donor Working Group on Land and managed the Land Governance Programme Map, a database of donors’ projects in land governance worldwide. She has worked for GIZ, FAO, CIFOR, Embrapa, amongst other organizations. Romy is original from the Brazilian Amazon and holds a Bachelor degree in Journalism and a Master in Environmental Governance.

 

Rick de Satgé  (Country Research & Engagement Consultant)
Cape Town, South Africa

Dr. Rick de Satgé

Rick was born in Zimbabwe and lives in Cape Town. Rick has over 40 years of experience in the land sector working in South Africa, Zimbabwe and Botswana. He is a former Director of Research and Collaborative Learning with Phuhlisani NPC, a leading South African land NGO, to which he remains affiliated as a Senior Research Associate. He currently curates www.knowledgebase.land  providing news and research links on land issues. He holds a PhD from the University of Cape Town. 

 

 

Daniel Hayward  (Country Research & Engagement Consultant)
Bangkok, Thailand     

Daniel Hayward (Local Knowledge Engagement Coordinator)

Daniel Hayward works as an international development researcher, focused on land relations, agricultural value chains, gender, and migration. As well as working for Land Portal, Daniel is the project coordinator of the Mekong Land Research Forum at Chiang Mai University, and consultant for a variety of local and international NGOs and research institutes. He is from the UK, and presently moves between the Netherlands and Thailand.

 

 

 

Anne Hennings (Country Research & Engagement Consultant)
Germany, South Africa, Sierra Leone

Anne Hennings (Local Knowledge Engagement Coordinator)

Anne Hennings has worked on land and resource related issues for over 10 years and holds a PhD in Peace and Conflict Studies. She conducted extensive ethnographic fieldwork in Sierra Leone, Cambodia, and Ethiopia with emphasis on contested land deals, community mobilization, gender and post-conflict dynamics. In addition to working for the Land Portal, Anne is a postdoc research fellow at the Peace Academy Rhineland-Palatinate and speaker of the working group “Nature, Resources, Conflicts”. Anne is from Germany, and presently commutes between Europe, South Africa and Sierra Leone.

 

 

Amanda Martinez (Local Content Associate)
Recife, Brazil

Amanda Martinez (Local Content Associate)

Amanda is a PhD Candidate in Urban Development at the Federal University of Pernambuco, Brazil. Her areas of research are based on urban socio-spatial segregation, gender and urban planning, land rights and decolonial studies related to space production in Latin America. 

 

 

Sandra Apaza Lanyi (Local Content Associate)
Madrid, Spain

Sandra Apaza Lanyi (Local Content Associate)

Sandra is a communications specialist with focus on land and human rights. She is responsible for communications and knowledge management for International Land Coalition Latin America and the Carribean (LAC) and has worked with various public institutions, CSOs and research centers. She holds MA degrees in Socio-Cultural Analysis of Knowledge and Communication, and in Democratization and Development.  Originally from Peru with current residence in Spain, she speaks Spanish and English.

 

 

Vittoria Ruggiero (Content Associate)
Rome, Italy

Vittoria Ruggiero

Vittoria works as programme officer at the Italian Red Cross, specialized in organizational development and volunteers engagement. She previously worked in Colombia as coordinator of rural development projects in the Nariño and Cauca department, focusing on sustainable agricultural practices, environmental conservation, youth and community engagement. Vittoria started working as intern for the Land Portal in 2014. She holds MA degrees in European and International Studies and Global Governance. Vittoria is Italian and she is now living in Rome. She speaks Italian, English, Spanish and French.

La Fundación Land Portal está supervisada por una junta directiva. La junta está compuesta por expertos(as) destacados en derechos a la tierra y la propiedad, y gestión de la información, que ofrecen voluntariamente su tiempo para apoyar en el trabajo de la fundación. Esta es nuestra junta:

 

Timothy Fella  (Chair)
Washington DC, US     

 
Timothy Fella  (Treasurer)

Timothy Fella has over 12 years of experience of working on land tenure and land administration issues around the world. He is currently the Global Business Development Manager at the geographic information systems company ESRI, having previously worked at Indufor and USAID among others. Mr. Fella has a Master degree in Social Sciences for International Development and Bachelor degree in International Relations.

 

 

 

Prof. Jaap Zevenbergen  (Treasurer)
Enschede, The Netherlands     

 
Jaap Zevenbergen

Prof. Jaap Zevenbergen is a land surveyor and and a land lawyer who specializes in land tenure security and land administration. He co-authored many publications on those topics and acts as reviewer and editor for relevant papers as well. After many year at the Delft University of Technology he moved to the University of Twente in 2010, from where he sat on the board of the Global Land Tool Network (GLTN) and Cadasta Foundation, next to his teaching and supervision. His MSc and PhD students come from all over the world, esp. from Africa and South-East Asia.

 

Magdalena Anna Kropiwnicka (Director)
Kingston, Jamaica

 
Magdalena Kropiwnicka, Director

Magdalena Kropiwnicka is a food systems, land policy and women’s rights advisor with experience in governance, advocacy and multi-stakeholder partnerships. Before founding the independent consultancy Food and Climate, Ms.  Kropiwnicka has been a chair of the EU Working Group on Land, EU negotiator for VGGTs and  has for many years led ActionAid’s office in Rome.  She has worked on natural resources’ rights in Africa and Latin America, speaks five languages and holds M.A. International Relations / International Law and B.A. in Economics and in Political Science. She is currently based in Jamaica.

 

 

Dr. Ritu Verma  (Director)
Bangkok, Thailand     

 
Dr. Ritu Verma photo

Dr. Ritu Verma is an anthropologist, international development expert and civil engineer with over 20 years of research focussed on indigenous knowledge, socio-cultural relations, human wellbeing and natural resource management. Dr. Verma is a senior researcher at the Tarayana Foundation and adjunct professor at the College of Language and Culture Studies. She has previously held senior research positions at CIAT, ICIMOD, PLAAS, CBS, RTC, and conducted work on land rights, pastoralism, natural resource management and gender equality for UNDP, FAO, IDS, among many others.

 
 

Chris Addison  (Director)
Brussels, Belgium     

 
Chriss Addison

Chris Addison is a freelance development consultant  He has worked in the ICT and knowledge management for development sector for over 20 years. He has helped various development organizations in online knowledge management. He is co-author of the Agriculture chapter of the OpenAIRE report. Most recently at the Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA) he ran the blockchian and Data4Ag projects building evidence on the impacts of digitalisation for smallholder farmers. While at the International Food Policy Research Institute, he oversaw publishing the Global Hunger Index data as a linked open data and the development of the online data portals. He is British and currently based in Brussels.

 

Dr. Elizabeth Daley  (Director)
Brisbane, Australia     

 Elizabeth Daley

Dr. Elizabeth Daley is a tenure specialist with a strong track record of research, publications and technical advisory work on land policy and administration. She is both a freelance consultant and a Principal Consultant of Mokoro Ltd, and leads Mokoro’s WOLTS project, focused on developing and testing strategies to strengthen gender-equitable land governance among mining-affected pastoralist communities. Dr. Daley has worked extensively on issues around large-scale land investments, customary tenure, and gendered aspects of land rights. She holds a BA(Hons) in Politics, Philosophy and Economics from Oxford University, and an MSc and PhD in Development Studies from London University's School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS).

El Grupo Asesor de Políticas del Land Portal, compuesto por representantes de los donantes y las organizaciones fundadoras, proporciona continuidad y estabilidad a nuestra organización. Estos son nuestros asesores:

 

Chris Penrose Buckley (Advisor)
London, United Kingdom

Chris Penrose Buckley, Senior Land Policy Lead, United Kingdom's Department for International Development (DFID)

Chris is Senior Land Policy Lead at the UK’s Department for International Development and holds an MSc in rural development and agricultural economics from Imperial College London. Chris is an agriculture and rural development specialist with 19 years’ experience in smallholder agriculture, market development and natural resource management in Africa, Asia and Latin America.

 

 

Ward Anseeuw (Advisor)
Rome, Italy

 Ward Anseeuw

Dr Ward Anseeuw, a development economist and policy analyst, is a research fellow at the Agricultural Research Centre for International Development (CIRAD). He is presently seconded to the International Land Coalition as a Senior Technical Specialist responsible for “Knowledge, Learning, Innovation and data”. For the last 12 years, he was seconded to the University of Pretoria, as a senior research fellow to the Post-Graduate School of Agriculture and Rural Development and as the co-director of the Center for the Study of Governance Innovations (GovInn) – which he founded in 2012. Ward is originally from Rwanda and currently lives in Italy.

 

 

Harold Liversage (Advisor)
Rome, Italy

Harold Liversage

Harold Liversage is the Lead Land Tenure Specialist for the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD). He has 30 years of experience in land and natural resource governance policy formulation and implementation. Before joining IFAD in 2004, he worked for a land rights NGO and then as a Land Reform Programme Coordinator for government in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa in the 1990s. Subsequently he worked as a Land Tenure Adviser in Mozambique from 1998 to 2002. From 2002 to 2004 he worked for the Government of Rwanda / UK DFID as a Land Policy Adviser. Harold is a South African currently based in Rome.

 

 

Andreas Lange (Advisor)
Eschborn, Germany

Andreas Lange

Andreas is a Senior Adviser for Land Governance in the Division for Climate Change, Rural Development, Infrastructure in GIZ. He has more than 15 years of experience working on land tenure, land use, and local governance in Africa and Asia. He graduated from the University of Leipzig with a MA in Political Science and earned his PhD from Humboldt University of Berlin. Before joining GIZ in 2007, he has been working as a lecturer and researcher with Humboldt University and the University of Leipzig.

El equipo del Land Portal está guiado y apoyado por un Grupo de Asesoramiento Técnico, compuesto por especialistas en diversos campos. Estos son nuestros asesores:

Tim Davies (Advisor)
Portsmouth, United Kingdom

Tim Davies (Advisor)

Tim Davies is co-director of Practical Participation, research coordinator on open data for the World Wide Web Foundation and contributes to the AidInfo program at the International Aid Transparency Initiative. Tim has a Bachelor’s degree in Politics, Philosophy and Economics from Oxford University, a Master’s degree in Social Science of the Internet from Oxford Internet Institute, and is currently undertaking a PhD in Web Science at the University of Southampton, focused on the democratic impact of open data.

 

 

Mike Powel (Advisor)
Alnwick, United Kingdom

Mike Powel (Advisor)

Mike Powell is an independent consultant focusing on establishing effective intermediaries between technology developers and ICT users in the development sector. Mike was formerly director of the IKM Emergent program, working on knowledge management in development.

 

 

Valeria Pesce (Advisor)
Rome, Italy

Valeria Pesce (Advisor)

Valeria Pesce is currently Semantic Web Specialist at the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and was previously project manager at the Global Forum on Agricultural Research and Innovation (GFAR) for 13 years. She is also an Ambassador for the Global Open Data for Agriculture and Nutrition (GODAN) initiative.
She has worked for more than 15 years in the areas of information management, semantic web, data sharing, data standardization and more recently data policies, especially concerning agri-food data. She has coordinated work packages and activities in international projects on agri-food data standardization.

 

 

Marcello De Maria (Advisor)
Reading, United Kingdom

Marcello De Maria, advisor

Marcello De Maria is a Postdoctoral Researcher based at the School of Agriculture, Policy and Development - University of Reading. He defended his PhD thesis titled 'Essays on the Economics of Large-Scale Land Acquisitions' and joined the TradeHub. He worked for a decade as freelance researcher and data analyst with a variety of NGOs, research institutes, national and international organisations. He is interested in land, institutional, trade and environmental economics. He is originally from Italy and resides in UK.

La Fundación Land Portal es una organización de beneficio público (ANBI) registrada en los Países Bajos (RSIN# 854330045), establecida el 8 de septiembre de 2014. Más información.

 

 

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