Ivan Buendia Gayton worked for 13 years with Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), primarily in the field in various roles including logistician, project coordinator, head of mission, emergency coordinator, and cleaner. Additionally, he worked in several HQ roles including Humanitarian Affairs Advisor focusing on migrants, and GIS and Technological Innovation advisor focusing on gadgets, maps, and collaborations with the tech community. Ivan co-founded the Missing Maps initiative while working at MSF-UK’s Manson Unit in 2014, and continues to be involved with this initiative. He now works in the tech sector and divides his time between British Columbia’s Okanagan Valley and West Africa.
Rupert Allan A film industry designer, craftsman and field-mapping coordinator/MSF Logistician by profession. Rupert has used his expertise in crisis technologies, maritime self-sufficiency and cultural diplomacy to teach, implement and support technical solutions on the ground in Africa for MSF and Missing Maps communities, as well as some internationally-renowned film projects. His itinerant life is anchored in the ancient mountains of Wales, but he has project bases in Africa, London, and the USA (live-aboard). Rupert is also a research associate with Displacement Studies at Plymouth University, and his AHRC research scholarship into ‘Situated Techno-Cultural Knowledges of Mobility in Precarious Settings’ is practice-led.His personal blog is here.
Randy Jones is new to the world of mapping, contributing project management skills from his background of diverse experience. He has been a self-employed landscaper and builder, a community television director, producer and host, a youth counsellor, a designer and facilitator of experiential learning curriculums. His love of Africa stems from his years spent in Tanzania as a child, his travels to Ghana and recent experience consulting on a construction project in Kenya.
Dr Ed Monk is a Junior Doctor from the UK, graduating from University of Cambridge Medical School in 2013, with a keen interest in infectious diseases, epidemiology and global health. Since gaining an MSc in Tropical Medicine and International Health from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine in 2016, Ed has been developing a portfolio for working in low- and middle-income countries alongside his UK-based posts to attain Alternative Certification of Core Medical Competency for further training in infectious diseases and microbiology. His latest post was a four-month voluntary position at Nixon Memorial Hospital in Sierra Leone where he worked closely with staff to improve record-keeping and implement a surveillance dashboard, tailored to the hospital’s needs and catchment-area by software engineer Ka-Ping Yee.
Richard Bockarie is from Sierra Leone, and has a degree in computer science and has 4 years professional experience in Computer System Development, Data Collection, Management, Analysis and Mapping. Richard has facilitated several mapping exercises in Sierra Leone, Liberia, Ghana, Togo, and Kenya. He is part of the international data team for Slum Dwellers international (SDI), headquartered in Cape Town South Africa. Richard is the head of data collection for SDI affiliate in Sierra Leone with ability to use several data collection platform/tool. He joins the field team from his home in Freetown.
Ka-Ping Yee (he goes by Ping) hails from Manitoba Canada and was a founding member of the Google Crisis Response Team. He was sent by Google to Haiti after the 2010 earthquake where he helped pioneer programming that allowed data visualization to be used quickly and effectively in humanitarian crisis situations. He has previously worked with MSF on health information projects for Ebola response and malnutrition, and joined the West Africa Motorcycle Mapping team on the ground in July 2017.
Alberta W Abu holds a BSc in Banking and Finance, and is currently a Crew Leader with WAMM while working part time on her MBA in Marketing. She has had previous surveying experience, working for the Sierra Leone Red Cross Society as a Communication Officer during the Ebola crisis. “I like working for humanity—especially the children.”
Stanley Bockarie is an experienced Field Leader, with previous experience working for MSF, Unicef and Kenema City Council. He is a graduate of Community Development Studies, Leadership Certificate Course, and Computer and Business Studies at Caritas Institute. He is currently a Crew Leader for WAMM, and also an elected Zonal Chairman to represent his community. “I’m committed to making a quality survey.”
Nigel Gordon is a GIS analyst at the British Red Cross and graduate of SOAS, where he read International Studies and Diplomacy. He has a love of communications and regularly works to promote projects with an emphasis on Africa, human rights and education. Away from the office, Nigel writes a fashion blog and creates bespoke business suits.