Ann-Kristin ‘Anki’ Sjöberg, Ph.D., joined GMAP in June 2011 as President. She has a varied experience from armed conflict, security, gender, and humanitarian issues, including mine action. Since 2004 she has occupied a variety of positions within Geneva Call, a humanitarian NGO focusing on humanitarian engagement of armed non-state actors, where she is currently Senior Programme Officer in charge of Latin America. She received her Ph.D. in International Relations with a specialization in Political Science from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva and her MA at Södertörns Högskola, Stockholm, Sweden. Her research and operational work has focused on armed non-state actors with an emphasis on civilian protection. She has also worked extensively on issues related to gender, armed conflict and security sector reform in Colombia, Nepal, South Sudan, and West Africa.
Olivier Cottray is the Operations Manager for iMMAP, a Non-Governmental Organisation that provides Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Information Management (IM) support to the humanitarian community during large-scale emergencies. He is in charge of designing and overseeing IM/GIS operations and development projects. Prior to joining iMMAP, Olivier spent four years as the UN Joint Logistics Centre's GIS Coordination and Development Officer where he headed the development and deployment of transportation and logistics GIS standards in humanitarian emergencies. He started his career in humanitarian GIS in 2002 when he helped found the NGO MapAction, a rapid response organization that provides immediate IM/GIS support during the first few weeks following a crisis. He has set up and run emergency GIS cells in a number of countries including Pakistan, Lebanon, Colombia, Haiti, Sudan, DRC and Ethiopia.
Olivier completed a Bachelor of Science degree in Geography and Economics at the London School of Economics in 1998, then a Masters degree in GIS and Remote Sensing at the University of Cambridge in 1999. After graduating, he worked as geographic data analyst and aerial photographer for the British Antarctic Survey for three years before joining the humanitarian community.
He has lectured in operational applications of GIS at the University of Cambridge, Anglia Ruskin University, Hanken University, Harvard, MIT and Tufts. Olivier co-authored two chapters of Dr. Firoz Verjee's GIS Tutorial for Humanitarian Assistance and is currently writing a number of technical papers based on his operational experience.
Martin Damary (1962) combines an interest for entrepreneurial work and humanitarian causes. Currently working in a family business dedicated to helping small entrepreneurs start and run their businesses, he also has worked for a number of humanitarian organisations, most notably the ICRC. It was however while at Geneva Call, a small NGO specialized in advocating humanitarian norms towards armed non-State actors, that he became especially sensitized to the issues of gender in humanitarian action, and it was therefore with pleasure that he agreed to co-found, and become the treasurer, of GMAP.