The Land Portal Technical Advisory Group (LPTAG) plays an important role in providing independent technical expertise on Information and Communication Technology for Development (ICT4D) and link the Land Portal Foundation with open knowledge communities. The LPTAG is composed of individuals with varied expertise and a common inclination towards innovation and social change, and support the Land Portal Foundation Board and Team to ensure continued development and innovation of the platform.

The LPTAG is an informal group that is consulted together and individually with regard to operations, strategy and technical development of the Land Portal. Group members hold no legal responsibilities to the Land Portal Foundation, but play a key role in ensuring its continued success. 


Claudia Schwegmann

Claudia SchweggmannClaudia Schwegmann has been working in development cooperation for the past 20 years, particularly in the field of planning, monitoring, evaluation and organizational change. She is the founder of OpenAid, which lobbies for access to aid information and citizen participation in development cooperation in Germany and other European countries.

Claudia is a leading figure with regard to open aid data and has played a key role in the International Aid Transparency Initiative (IATI) with government agencies, parliament and NGOs in Germany and other European countries. She plays multiple advisory roles for international initiatives, including as a member of the Technical Advisory Group of IATI and a board member of the Open Knowledge Foundation Germany, which promotes the release and the use of open data.


Tim Davies 

Tim DaviesTim Davies is co-director of Practical Participation Ltd through which he operates as an independent consultant. Amongst other projects, he is research coordinator for the World Wide Web Foundation's 'Exploring the Emerging Impacts of Open Data in Developing Countries' program, and works on the AidInfo program supporting the use of data from the International Aid Transparency Initiative (IATI). Tim graduated from Oxford with a first class degree in Politics, Philosophy and Economics in 2006, has an MSc in Social Science of the Internet from Oxford Internet Institute (2010) and is currently undertaking a PhD in Web Science at the University of Southampton, with studies focusing on the democratic impacts of open data.

With the IKM Emergent program Tim started exploring the application of linked data in international development in 2010, and has worked on open and linked data projects with DFID's Research for Development portal, Young Lives, and the Institute for Development Studies. For AidInfo, Tim is also coordinator of the Open Knowledge Foundation's open-development working group, working to build a community of practice around inclusive and open approaches to data and development. 


Victor de Boer

Victor De BoerVictor de Boer, PhD. is a computer science researcher at the Web and Media Group of the VU University Amsterdam. He is currently working on a number of ICT4D projects, including the EU-VOICES project, investigating voice-based access to information in rural Africa.

Victor has extensive experience in working with Linked (Open) Data and semantic technologies, working with open data from the Institute of Development Studies (IDS) and the International Aid Transparency Initiative (IATI). He is the co-organizer of the Downscale and Linked Data 4 Development workshops and currently supervising a MSc. Project focused on open data on the Land Portal.


Mike Powell

Mike Powell is former director of the IKM Emergent program, focusing on knowledge management in development, and now works as an independent consultant on ICT4D. His work focuses on being an effective intermediary between technology developers and users of information and communications systems at all levels in the development sector. This involves action to relate the technical choices that have to be made as ICT systems are developed to the intended relationships and information needs of those who want to use the result as a resource for development.  

Mike has championed action research work to understand the impact of emerging technologies such as linked data, noting that when new practices such as the use of linked data are being introduced, their impact on development dynamics is very often overlooked and underfunded.


Christophe Guéret

Christophe GueretChristophe Guéret is a Senior Software Engineer at the BBC. Previously, Christophe served as a researcher at the digital preservation institute Data Archiving and Networked Services (DANS) from the Dutch Royal Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW). H did his postdoc in the Department of Artificial Intelligence at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. His research interests focuses on decentralized knowledge systems, heuristic-based reasoning and network analysis.

Christophe is co-founder of the Linked Data for Development community group of the W3C, and brings a strong experience of data sharing, linked data, and linked data in developing countries to the Land Portal. 


Valeria Pesce

Valeria PesceValeria Pesce is the web architect and information systems specialist at the Global Forum on Agricultural Research (GFAR), focusing on issues related to information exchange, information flows and open data. GFAR collaborates with other international partners on issues related to the opening of information under the Coherence in Information for Agricultural research for Development (CIARD) initiative.

Valeria’s fields of expertise include information management and information technology in general, as well as web content management, semantic technologies, Linked Data, exchange formats and protocols, vocabularies and authority data.


Giannis Stoitsis

Giannis Stoitsis is a partner and the Chief Operations Officer (COO) of Agro-Know. He has received a Diploma in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki in 2002, and a MSc. and a Ph.D. degree in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Patras and National Technical University of Athens in 2004 and 2007, respectively. 

Giannis is an expert in developing and delivering technologies for data sharing, data aggregation and managing, discovering and visualizing data to support research and decision making in the agricultural and food sector. He has worked in several EU-funded, national and international initiatives that are related to the design and set up of data management, data processing and data sharing solutions. Giannis is also actively involved in global open data initiatives such as the Global Open Data in Agriculture and Nutrition (GODAN) and the Open Data Institute Athens Node.