Designing Disaster: An interview with Gisli Olafsson

Gisli Olafsson (standing to right) is a Humanitarian Advisor at NetHope and has been responding to disasters for the past 25 years. He is the main designer behind the NetHope Disaster Preparedness Training simulation held in Panama July 18-28. Below is an interview where he explains his process for designing the simulation and the expectations … Continued

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Remembering Manu Bhardwaj

Last week, our hearts were broken by the news of the passing of Manu Bhardwaj.  A respected colleague, dedicated public servant, and passionate humanitarian, Manu has been a good friend to NetHope for many years.We first got to know Manu through his work with the World Economic Forum while he served with the State Department … Continued

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Medair “melts hearts, inspires minds” as they dream of digital solutions

This is the third post in a series focusing on the first networking group of NetHope members participating in IDEA (Ideate, Deliver, Execute, & Assess), a broad umbrella for digital transformation processes offered to NetHope members through The Center for the Digital Nonprofit. The first IDEA implementation pilot is based on Dream, Design, Deliver, a … Continued

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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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