Board Member Bios

We have a small team of board members of the foundation. Here is a bit about each of them, including declarations of any other directorships and any substantial shareholdings.

Current Board


Matt Amos (Director) is an engineer and general code-monkey, and has been involved in OpenStreetMap since 2004. He has contributed to the rails site/API, JOSM and the OWL monitoring system. He works as a code-monkey for MapQuest and lives in London, UK.


Henk Hoff (Director) is a freelance IT consultant. He lives in the Netherlands. Henk discovered OSM in the spring of 2006 and is an active contributor as mapper and speaker. He joined the OSMF board in 2008.

Other directorships held: GlobePlotter bv


Oliver Kühn (Director, Treasurer) is co-founder of skobbler, a company building software solutions based on OpenStreetMap. He has been working in the digital mapping industry for the last 6 years while his expertise is rather on the commercial than the technical side. He joined the OpenStreetMap Foundation in 2009 and has been elected as member of OSMF board in August 2010.

Other directorships held: skobbler GmbH, Germany


Dermot McNally (Director) was voted onto the board at the 2011 AGM.


Simon Poole (Director, Chairman) is best known for two successful Internet startups that he co-founded and manged as CEO in the 90s and 00s in Switzerland. After studying physics at Zürich University, he worked for a short period of time for the Swiss university computer network SWITCH and then moved on to co-found the first commercial ISP in Switzerland. He contributed a number of patches to the minix operating system in 1989 before coming to the conclusion that it should really be rewritten from scratch (which somebody else did later on).

Other directorships held: Swiss OpenStreetMap Association


Frederik Ramm (Director, Secretary) is a long-time OSM contributor and coder of editors and utilities, co-author of the first ever OpenStreetMap book, founder and acting director of Geofabrik, and an active participiant on most OSM mailing lists and help forums. He was voted onto the board at the 2012 AGM. He lives in Karlsruhe, Germany.

Other directorships held: Managing Director, Geofabrik GmbH; Member of the Board of Directors, FOSSGIS e.V.


Kate Chapman (Director) is a cofounder and Acting Executive Director of the Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team (HOT), a non-governmental organization dedicated to helping support communities, governments and humanitarian responders in their utilization of OpenStreetMap in crisis response and contingency planning. Kate has worked in the geospatial industry for the past 12 years in a variety of technical positions. She joined the OpenStreetMap foundation in 2009 and was elected to the OSMF board in September 2013.