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Laura Meggiolaro - Team Leader

Laura Meggiolaro, Land Portal Coordinator

Over the last 6 years Laura has been responsible for the overall management, implementation and expansion of the Land Portal contributing to the process that has seen the Land Portal evolving from a project into an independent organization: the Land Portal Foundation. She leads the team who contributed to transforming the Land Portal from a simple provider of information into one of the leading Open Data initiatives that seeks to promote transparency through promoting sector standards and data infrastructure.  
Laura holds a master’s degree in communications science and a master’s degree in economics for development. She has been working in the land sector for 14 years. Prior to coming to the Land Portal Foundation she has been collaborating with UN agencies and civil society organizations, including the Food and Agriculture Organization, the International Land Coalition at IFAD and ActionAid, specializing in information knowledge management for land rights.



Neil Sorensen - Communications Specialist

Neil Sorensen, Communications and Resource Mobilization Specialist

Neil has led communications at the Land Portal Foundation since October 2015. He has wide-ranging experience leading communications and knowledge management platforms for international organizations over the past 16+ years. Neil also served as a Governing Bodies Officer and Strategic Adviser to the Secretary of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), a United Nations agency and international financial institution. Moreover, his experience includes managing communications for the International Land Coalition, the International Federation of Agricultural Producers (IFAP) and the International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements (IFOAM). He holds a Master’s degree in Global Diplomacy from the University of London School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) as well as a Bachelor’s degree with a double major in German and Sociology from St. Cloud State University.



Carlos Tejo Alonso - Data Officer

Carlos joined the Land Portal as Data Officer in January 2016. He is a Linked Open Data specialist with wide knowledge and expertise in semantic web technologies, computer science, software design and development, human computer interaction, productivity and networking. He has previously worked for Previously the Fundación CTIC as a researcher of the Semantic Technologies Unit, and has taken part in several national and European R&D projects and initiatives. He holds a Masters of Science in Engineering and Computing Science from the University of Oviedo.



Lisette Mey - Information Management Officer

Lisette Meij, Administrative Officer

Lisette joined the Land Portal Foundation as its Administrative Officer and Information Management Officer in April 2015, and is based in Amersfoort, the Netherlands. She has a masters in in Constitutional and Administrative law from the University of Groningen. She has completed internships and consultancies at UN-Habitat, the International Land Coalition (Land Portal) and the Global Land Tool Network. 



Stacey Zammit - Communications Officer

Stacey has been a communications consultant for the Land Portal since June, 2017 and is currently a graduate student at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), with a specialism focusing on natural resource management and thesis work looking at women's management of natural resources and the potential linkages to peace building processes in the Occupied Palestinian Territories (OPT). Prior to joining the Land Portal, Stacey was working as a communications consultant for the International Land Coalition (ILC) and the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) in Rome. 


Silvina Rusinek - Web Manager

Silvina joined the Land Portal as Web Manager in March 2019. She has a degree in Computer Science and has take courses at university level on graphic design, social and audiovisual communications, librarian studies as well as photography. She has worked in the fields of web design, development and  management for over twenty years. Her specific experience is in the computer sciences, communications sciences and digital graphic design issues.



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