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Conveying Real-Time Information - Panelist Bios & Photos

Conveying Real-Time Information

Andrew Turner (Moderator) - GeoIQ

Andrew Turner is the co-founder of Mapufacture, acquired by GeoIQ in August 2008. Andrew is actively involved in open-data projects such as OpenStreetMap and VoteReport, as well as open-source projects like Mapstraction and GeoPress. He has consulted with companies such as MapQuest, the BBC, and the UN in developing their geospatial and community components, and he regularly speaks at conferences on the benefits of open-source software and geospatial standards. Andrew wrote the O'Reilly shortcut "Introduction to Neogeography" and "Trends in Where2.0" business report. He is also published in MacTech and Make magazine on his home-automation hacking. Andrew received his Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering and Computer Science from the University of Virginia and his Master of Science from Virginia Tech.


Paul Shinkman - WTOP

Paul is reporter and digital editor at WTOP where he covers news and features, and helps manage the social media presence. Paul’s reporting has appeared in The Washington Post, The Washington Examiner,,, Politico, The Hill Rag, and the Voice of the Hill, among other publications.


Nancy Choi - Development Gateway

Nancy Choi is the Director of Products and Operations at Development Gateway, a non-profit organization that delivers information solutions to people on the front lines of international development work.  She oversees DG’s product offerings and public goods, with a focus on strategic planning, coordinating product teams, and optimizing impact.  Prior to joining the organization in 2006, Nancy served as a senior information specialist at USAID. Nancy holds a master's degree from the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University, and a bachelor's degree in anthropology from Harvard University.


Ahmed Shihab-Eldin - The Stream (Al Jazeera)

Ahmed is digital producer and co-host of “The Stream” ­ a new online community with a daily TV show on Al Jazeera that taps into the extraordinary potential of social media and the democratization of media to help us understand the world's untold stories.Before joining Al Jazeera, he worked as a reporter and producer for PBS’s award-winning documentary series Wide Angle,  The New York Times, and The Doha Film Institute. He has also worked as a freelance reporter in New York, Lebanon, the UAE, Kuwait, Qatar, and Jordan. 


Chris Damsen - Netvibes

Chris joined Netvibes in 2007 and is responsible for managing its business in the Americas and strengthening the leadership position for its dashboard publishing platform for enterprises, agencies and brands. Netvibes' clients include government agencies, top global enterprises and marketing firms: Department of Energy, Department of Defense, Coca-Cola, L'Oreal USA, Hewlett-Packard, Symantec, BNP Paribas, Lufthansa, Sage, McCann Worldgroup, Digitas, Edelman, Ogilvy PR and Goodby Silverstein. Prior to his appointment at Netvibes, Chris spent over six years at IAC/ and was a key principal in establishing and building its search distribution business, growing annual revenues from $5 million to in excess of $200 million. Chris graduated with a degree in Economics from the University of California at Davis.

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