The Land Portal Foundation believes that access to information is crucial to achieve good land governance and to secure land rights for landless and vulnerable people. 

Read more about how the Land Portal Foundation works to improve access to information


Legal Status of the Foundation


The Land Portal Foundation is registered as an ANBI (a Public Benefit Organisation) in the Netherlands under the RSIN number 854330045 since September 8th, 2014.

The post address is:

Land Portal Foundation
Postbus 716
9700 AS Groningen - The Netherlands

The Foundation is hosted by:

University of Groningen
Oude Kijk in ‘t Jatstraat 26
9712 EK Groningen - The Netherlands

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Board of Directors

Leon Verstappen - Chair

Founded the International Alliance on Land Tenure and Administration (IALTA,, and leads a team of researchers working on land tenure, mainly focusing on land law...

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Magdalena Anna Kropiwnicka

Food and land policy advisor experienced in governance, advocacy and multi-stakeholder partnerships and projects. In 2010, she founded Food and Climate Consulting...

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Terry Parnell

Has more than 30 years of experience in development and humanitarian relief programs, including more than 20 years in Southeast Asia, most of that in Cambodia...

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Annette Jaitner

Expert in programme development and implementation, guided by high ethical standards and integrity, and she is passionate about land governance...

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Timothy Fella

He comes to ESRI with 12 years of experience with land tenure and land administration issues from across the globe...

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Dr. Ritu Verma

Anthropologist, international development expert and civil engineer with over 20 years of research experience in East and Southern Africa and the Buddhist Himalayas...

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Johannes Keizer

Is responsible for partnerships in Global Open Data for Agriculture and Nutrition (GODAN) secretariat and works in the project coordination of the H2020 Project eROSA on roadmaps for eInfrastructures in Agricultural Research and Development...

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Land Portal Team

Laura Meggiolaro

Land Portal Coordinator

Neil Sorensen

Communications and Resource Mobilization Specialist

Nicholas Tagliarino

Research Analyst


Marcello Demaria

Data Analyst

Jules Clement

Technology Officer

Carlos Tejo Alonso

Data Officer

Lisette Mey

Administrative Officer & Librarian



Annual reports


Foundation plans & policies

The main focus areas of the Land Portal Foundation are:

  • Improving knowledge, communication and dialogue around land rights and land governance worldwide, with a particular emphasis on those most at-risk due to insecure land rights and great vulnerability to landlessness;
  • Creating and maintaining a system, known as "The Land Portal", that facilitates the collection, sourcing, and searching of otherwise fragmented and inaccessible data and information on land governance and land use from diverse sources, produced by governments, academia, international organizations, indigenous peoples and non-governmental organizations;
  • Encouraging social information exchange, debate and networking;
  • Establishing and maintaining a web-based data system that builds its strong foundations as the online destination for land information by combining public data, published information, and first-hand knowledge. 


Policy / Business plan


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