Patrick Fitzgerald holds a Bachelor of Science (Geographic Information Science) completed with 1st class Honours at Curtin University of Technology. Patrick's Honours thesis investigated the use of Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) web services to estimate carbon stocks in forestry plantations, with real-time updates to the Western Australia Land Information Authority (Landgate) registry for use in national carbon trading. This honors thesis was awarded the 2008 Spatial Student Award at the Asia-Pacific Spatial Excellence Awards.
Since this time Patrick has gained 10+ years experience building spatial data and reporting platforms using Open Standards to support decision-makers in various contexts including forestry, health, humanitarian, e-commerce as well as in the establishment of Spatial Data Infrastructures (SDI) for governmental agencies.
Currently, Patrick is the iMMAP Project Lead in Ethiopia managing teams on 2 projects funded by CDC and OFDA that support Humanitarian decision makers in the Horn of Africa, Democratic Republic of Congo and Lake Chad regions. Patrick is also the creator and lead of ReportHub, the partner reporting platform that provides visibility on humanitarian projects in real-time based on the requirements of the OCHA Humanitarian Reporting Cycle (HPC). ReportHub currently has 740 active users and is implemented in Afghanistan, Malawi, Nigeria, and Ethiopia covering 12 sectors.