Virtual Event: “Technological Innovation to Empower Community Engagement“

iMMAP is excited to invite you to "Technological Innovation to Empower Community Engagement"!

This virtual event aims at promoting the use of innovative technologies to advance community engagement and the impact of humanitarian action.

Community engagement is a vital aspect of effective humanitarian work, which involves the inclusion of local knowledge from affected communities, enhances accountability of humanitarian actors, and ensures sustainable solutions. Through the use of technology, communities can be empowered to participate in humanitarian efforts and have more control over their own well-being.

This event will showcase the practical applications of technology in the field of humanitarian work, such as the use of mobile devices and online platforms to collect feedback and data from communities, support community-led initiatives, disseminate information about response efforts, mobilize advocacy, and improve decision-making at the community level.

Join us to learn about the latest advancements in technology and how they can be leveraged to empower communities in humanitarian efforts. By bringing together professionals, organizations, and individuals interested in the intersection of technology and humanitarian work, this event aims to foster collaboration and innovation in advancing community engagement and humanitarian action.

The event will be held online from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. COT and will be accessible in English and Spanish through instant translation services.

Don't miss this opportunity to be part of a growing movement towards a more connected and engaged global community.






Rania is a transformational leader with a 20-year strong multi-sectoral track record in the international development and humanitarian field. She has an unwavering commitment to driving social change, particularly intentional institutional change that drives and delivers community engagement work within public sector and non-governmental institutions. In her various capacities, she is a systems thinker, focused on practical ways for all actors – multilateral, government, bilateral, private sector to play a part in building communities and institutions that improve the lives of women, children, and communities. Rania is a seasoned global expert in social development that is equitable in water and sanitation, education, early childhood development, child protection, climate change and gender equality. Rania possesses strong interpersonal communication, negotiation and coordination skills with multi-sectoral partners and stakeholders to influence policy level and decision-making processes to translate to grassroots level actions.


Tech for good project manager, veteran humanitarian relief worker and expert in humanitarian open data sharing frameworks currently heading the Humanitarian AI meetup groups in Cambridge, San Francisco, New York City, London, Toronto, Montreal, Paris, Berlin, Geneva, Zurich, Bangalore and Tokyo and producing our podcast series. humanitarian AI Today. Humanitarian AI is a hybrid meetup community and open source initiative launched to cross-connect AI developers and humanitarian actors and carry out backend research and development work advancing humanitarian uses of artificial intelligence technology.


Using data to make things happen, not just measure what happened, is the next frontier for international development. Analytics and M&E should not be firewalled from implementation - it should be embedded into everything we do and directed towards outcomes. At Premise, I help our partners make this a reality. Premise is a crowdsourced insights company. Our technology mobilizes communities of global smartphone users to source actionable data in real-time, cost-effectively and with the visibility you need. In 137 countries and 37 languages, we find Data for Every Decision.


He studied physics at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and has a master's degree in security and strategic studies from Tel Aviv University. He is the founder and CEO of, he was also the co-founder and President of Vioozer for 4 years 9 months.


Dr. Andrew Schroeder is the Vice President of Research and Analysis for Direct Relief. He leads Direct Relief’s work in GIS mapping, epidemiological analysis and humanitarian informatics. His work has been published or featured in publications including Science, The Lancet, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Fast Company, Motherboard Vice, Wired, The New Humanitarian, Prehospital and Disaster Medicine, and the International Journal of Cancer. He has worked in a consulting and advisory capacity for the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and the World Food Programme (WFP). Dr. Schroeder is the co-founder, along with colleagues at Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health, of the Covid-19 Mobility Data Network, a global network of infectious disease experts and public health responders dedicated to real-time digital epidemiological analysis during the Covid-19 pandemic and future health emergencies. He is also the co-founder and Board President of the global nonprofit, which builds local capacity in robotics applications for humanitarian aid, development, and global health in 30 countries around the world. Dr. Schroeder earned his Ph.D. in Social and Cultural Analysis from New York University and his Masters of Public Policy (MPP) and certification in Science, Technology and Public Policy (STPP) from the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy at the University of Michigan.


Lance Pierce is the CEO of NetHope, a consortium of more than 60 leading global nonprofits representing over 60% of the world's aid funding delivered through NGOs annually. NetHope is united with over 50 major technology companies and international funding institutions to design, fund, implement, adapt, and scale innovative approaches to solve some of the world’s most complex humanitarian, development, and conservation challenges. Founded as an intentional partnership between Silicon Valley and the world's leading impact organizations, NetHope celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2021. Lance has been a strategic advisor and executive with companies and nonprofit organizations; building new ventures and partnerships for sustainable finance and investing, climate change, corporate social responsibility, sustainable supply chains, international development and policy. Lance's NGO executive roles include President of CDP North America, the world's largest platform for investors, corporations and cities to share data, manage performance and build action programs on climate change, energy, water, forests and supply chains, and Executive Director/Chief Operating Officer of pioneering sustainability organization, Ceres, where he oversaw public policy, programs and strategic planning, launched signature program initiatives and co-founded the $22 trillion Global Investor Coalition. In CSR and corporate public affairs he served Director, Corporate Issues Management for former Fortune 11 food and consumer goods company, Altria Group, leading teams focused on human rights, marketplace issues and economic impact in value chain sourcing and manufacturing communities.





She has a degree in International Relations from the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro and a Master in Social Innovation. During her career has been able to have academic publications related to socio-environmental governance, and in the private sector has co-created projects involving the Sustainable Development Goals of UN and coordination of corporate social responsibility activities.


"Alejandro started his career in the development sector, supporting low-income communities across Mexico, Colombia, and the USA. But driven by a desire to impact an organization substantially, he transitioned into working with socially-driven for-profit enterprises in his home country of Colombia. Three continents and seven years later, Alejandro has worked with startups across multiple sectors, helping them scale while finding their niche in their respective markets. As Mawingu's Chief Commercial Officer, Alejandro's primary role is to help the company achieve its mission of bridging the connectivity gap by growing the customer base. You will likely find him on a trail run in rural Kenya when not occupied thinking about connecting more people to the internet."


"Fridon joined iMMAP in 2008 and he is currently the country representative for Ukraine based in Lyviv. Prior to his current position, he was the country representative for iMMAP in Yemen. Fridon also provided information management support to different humanitarian emergencies such as the United Nations Mine Action Service in Libya and OCHA in the Philippines for the response to the natural disaster caused by the typhoon Haiyan. Fridon spent one and a half years in Iraq to provide support to WHO for Early Warning Response Systems and improvement to the health sector information management capacity in the country. In 2015, Fridon supported FAO in strengthening the IM capacity of the food security cluster."


Sophie Gagne’s professional experience began in 2014. Since then Sophie has changed 6 companies and 6 roles. Currently, Sophie Gagne works as a GIS Community Mapping Officer at Canadian Red Cross.


Steve is from the buffalo clan, is Anishinaabe/Saulteaux and a member of the Ebb and Flow First Nation from Manitoba. He is the co-founder, director and past president of the Firelight Group. Steve founded the annual Indigenous Mapping Workshop. Steve is an award-winning Anishinaabe professional and entrepreneur with expertise in mapping and geographic information sciences, business development, natural resources management, and project management. He has applied his expertise to lead Indigenous Knowledge and use studies for numerous Indigenous groups affected by large-scale energy developments. Since 1998, Steve has mentored Indigenous practitioners, conducted risk assessments, built decision-support systems and monitoring tools, supported land claims, developed best practices, established consultation processes, facilitated community engagement and planning approaches, and supported negotiations between Indigenous communities, governments and industries. Steve is an international speaker and presents at numerous conferences, university lectures and events.





Christopher Hoffman began in the humanitarian industry in 1999. He is currently the Managing Director of Humanity Link (, a corporate to humanitarian brokerage firm that links innovative companies with humanitarian agencies to meaningfully engage and partner in complex environments. By fostering and developing innovative partnerships between the corporate sector, academia, and humanitarian actors he advises a number of organizations and companies on how to develop effective technology towards creating impactful humanitarian programming. He has a solid track record for fundraising and partnership building that has been proven over time, and across five continents.


Marino Córdoba is a native of the Riosucio region, in northwestern Colombia, in 1991 he was one of the key leaders for the recognition of Afro-Colombians in the 1991 constitution and since then his fight for the defense of the rights of the afro community has been constant and tireless and has obtained numerous achievements in the process. We are proud of the nomination of Marino Córdoba and his recognition among the finalists along with David Ravelo Crespo and Doria Yanett Bautista; This is the result of a lifetime of dedication to the community and political advocacy work that has successfully reached abroad.


Diana Díaz is an anthropologist from the National University of Colombia, a specialist in Virtual Learning Environments and an expert in new learning technologies; with more than 23 years of experience looking for permanent education to be a living right in rural communities; She is the author of different methodologies for social innovation in strengthening the individual and organizations. She is the director of Rural Diversity, an organization that provides education with cell phones in rural communities. In 2020, his organization Diversidad Rural was nominated for the "Connecting the Disconnected" award from Impact Engineering and is currently nominated at the "Flower Center" as a finalist for the 2023 Flourish awards for the delivery of the 17 awards for the best published cases. with our history of innovation "ICT in rural areas of Colombia / TIC in rural areas of Colombia"


Advertising professional, specialist in business development and social management. Expert in public relations and institutional articulation and management of food safety projects.