Laura Meggiolaro - Team Leader
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 and Resource Mobilization Specialist
Neil joined as Communications and Resource Mobilization Specialist in October 2015. He has extensive experience leading communications for international organizations and developing relationships with civil society, donors, intergovernmental agencies, the media and the private sector. Previously, Neil worked for the International Fund for Agriculture Development (IFAD) as a Governing Bodies Officer and Strategic Adviser to the Secretary of IFAD. He has also led 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.
Nicholas Tagliarino - Research Analyst
Nicholas joined the Land Portal in September 2016 as a Research Analyst. Previously, he worked at the World Resources Institute, where he assessed the land tenure security of indigenous and community lands for LandMark, a global platform of community lands. Nicholas has also worked for the Law Reform Commission of Liberia in Monrovia and Oxfam India in New Delhi, where he conducted legal research related to land tenure and local governance. He has a Bachelor's degree in Economics and Political Studies as well as a Doctor of Jurisprudence (JD). Currently, he is pursuing at PhD at the University of Groningen Faculty of Law. His dissertation will focus on whether national expropriation, compensation, and resettlement laws are adopting international standards designed to secure tenure rights and ensure responsible land governance.
Marcello Demaria - Data Analyst
Marcello joined the Land Portal in July 2015 as a Junior Researcher and Data Analyst. Previously, he worked at the Italian National Institute of Agricultural Economics (CREA, ex-INEA) for more than three years as data analyst on issues related to sustainable agriculture in the context of both National and EU-funded projects. While obtaining an MSc in Agricultural and Development Economics at the University of Reading, where he was awarded with the Faculty Prize for the Best Master Dissertation, global land issues became his main research interest. In February 2015 he was awarded with the PM Italia Campus - Empowering Research Award. In June 2015, he successfully defended his PhD thesis on Large-Scale Land Acquisition at the University of Bari (Italy) - a previous version of which was presented at the 2015 World Bank Conference on Land and Poverty. In October 2015, he started his second PhD at the School of Agriculture, Policy and Development at the University of Reading (UK). Marcello is strongly interested in land issues and he joined the Land Portal Foundation with the belief that improving land governance globally is one of the main challenges that the world is facing today.
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 joined the Land Portal Foundation as its Administrative Officer in April 2015, and is based in Groningen, the Netherlands. She is a recent law graduate from the University of Groningen, where she specialized in Constitutional and Administrative law. During her studies, she had several legal jobs, including three years as a court clerk in the Criminal Court of Groningen. In the summer of 2013, she completed an internship at the Urban Legislation Unit at UN-Habitat in Nairobi, Kenya, where she became familiar with the issues around land and development. Subsequently, she served as an intern for the Land Portal Coordination Unit in Rome, Italy, providing support to the Land Portal Coordinator. During the last months of her studies, she worked as an independent consultant for a collaborative project between the University of Groningen and the Global Land Tool Network, focusing on electronic information sharing and learning, as well as designing a GLTN-research program for graduate students.
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.