Philip Frost is the Head of GIS and Remote Sensing for iMMAP’s Middle East and North Africa office, based in Amman, Jordan. He joined the team in July 2019.
As GIS Coordinator, Philip is entrusted with managing the GIS/Remote Sensing (RS) unit along with conserving all data and products furnished by the unit. Philip has also been tasked with the development of an overall iMMAP strategy centralized on the collection, analysis, and visualization of Earth Observation data in support of various humanitarian sectors.
Since 2000, Philip has immersed himself in the realm of geospatial data applications working for various agencies in his native South Africa, including renowned institutions such as the Agricultural Research Council and the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR).
In his roughly 20-year career in the GIS/RS field, Philip has played an instrumental role in the development of significant and valuable mechanisms, namely the Umlindi Agricultural Drought Monitoring System and the Wide Area Monitoring System (WAMIS). Notably, Philip has received widespread recognition for his contributions to the Advanced Fire Information System (AFIS), a tool that provides wildfire predictions, detections and assessments for fire managers the world over.
Philip holds both a Bachelor of Science in the Environmental Studies of Geography and Botany and a Bachelor of Science Honours degree in GIS from the University of Pretoria, plus a Master of Science in Remote Sensing from the University of Johannesburg. He has also authored and co-authored over 20 publications, including two book chapters.