Faces of NetHope: Jonathan Palmer

By Kristin Kalning“Technology shouldn’t be led by technologists,” says Jonathan Palmer, NetHope Board member and secretary. This may sound counterintuitive, considering that Palmer is also Executive Director of Strategic Technology at the New York-based Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), but he says this is one of the biggest lessons learned at his organization, which employs 3,000 … Continued

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Faces of NetHope: Former refugee shares expertise, experience

By Kristin KalningLeila Toplic spent many years working in technology, first at Adobe Systems in Seattle, which she joined after graduating from Wellesley College, and then at Microsoft, where she spent 11 years. But Leila got her first taste of computers in a rather unexpected place: A refugee camp in southern Hungary, where she and … Continued

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Faces of NetHope: Rami Shakra

By Kelli HoganEditor’s Note: Kelli Hogan, a marketing manager at Google, was a member of the 12-person NetHope Team K deployment to Greece and its official mission storyteller.Lagadikia, Greece — “Everything boils down to soft skills,” says Rami Shakra, NetHope’s Director of Field Connectivity. Rami meets new people effortlessly: He’s friendly, funny and, a deft … Continued

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Faces of NetHope: Isaac Kwamy

By Kristin KalningIsaac Kwamy came to NetHope at the beginning of 2016 because he wanted to use his skills in humanitarian operations to make an impact.“I wanted to play a role in the humanitarian sector to position access to information as a basic need, on par with food, water, shelter and health,” he says. “I … Continued

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Faces of NetHope: Dagbjartur Brynjarsson

By Kristin KalningDagbjartur Brynjarsson (“Dag”) got the call to help NetHope on his birthday: October 7, 2015. His friend (and NetHope’s former Emergency Response Director) Gisli Olafsson, asked if he would be willing to help coordinate NetHope’s efforts to establish Wi-Fi connectivity for refugees arriving in Europe.“Gisli told me it would just be two to … Continued

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Faces of NetHope: Mohammad Abdul-amir

By Molly WelchFor Mohammad Abdul-amir, working with NetHope was an opportunity to help mitigate a crisis that feels personal to him.  “Fundamentally, I wanted to lend a hand in helping people,” he said. “In a small way, I can empathize: I understand what it’s like to be forced to leave a country that is inhospitable.”A … Continued

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Faces of NetHope: Dominik Hetzer

By Molly WelchVolunteer support helps fuel our work at NetHope, and we’re lucky to have volunteer teams from our donor partners on many of our missions.Dominik Hetzer, a Solutions Architect at Cisco, helped lead our May deployment of eight networks in refugee camps across in northern Greece. For Dominik, who is based in Zurich, the … Continued

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Faces of NetHope: David Tagliani

By David TaglianiRelationships energize me. That’s why I love working with NetHope as an emergency responder.I came to work for NetHope in late 2014 while I was in West Africa with Mercy Corps. I had just finished my assignment when NetHope called about a project connecting relief workers in Sierra Leone during the Ebola crisis. … Continued

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Faces of NetHope: Kevin MacRitchie

By Kevin MacRitchieI spend much of my time in the field, whether I’m implementing connectivity projects around the world as NetHope’s Director of Global Programs for Connectivity and Infrastructure or I’m back home herding the buffalo on my Michigan ranch. Either way, I love working in tight-knit teams that make good things happen in challenging … Continued

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