Ankur Shah

83 Lost Meadow Lane, Sequim, WA 98382 USA


Nov 2010 Welthungerhilfe Sierra Leone, WAPFOR project Freetown, Sierra Leone
International development organization working with GofSL to protect 180 km2 Forest Reserve

Consultant, Facilitator, and Trainer

* Presented on participatory mapping techniques, including the IFAD approach and OSM-style mapping parties

* Trained WHH staff and partners in operation of GPS units and community mapping

* Organized on-site mapping party in local village

* Trained GIS personnel in integrating data with Qgis, PostGIS, OpenStreetMaps and Google MapMaker

Aug – Dec


Population Services Int’l; Concern Worldwide; Samaritan’s Purse Monrovia, Liberia
International organizations working across development sectors

GIS Consultant

* Developed open-source internet-independent GIS stack with written training materials and technical documentation

* Trained field and office staff in GPS operation, survey integration, and mapping concepts

* Trained monitoring officers in QGIS for data visualization, analysis and integration (PostGIS, Excel, Access)

Jul – Aug


Welthungerhilfe Liberia, Urban and Peri-Urban Agriculture (UPA) Project Monrovia, Liberia
Project designed to train vulnerable urban farmers in sustainable food production for consumption and sales

Sustainable Agriculture Consultant

* Researched, wrote, and designed 10 illustrated manuals according to firm deadlines for sustainable vegetable production in the local environment

Jul – Dec


Bentley Consumer Media Group Washington D.C.
SEO/SEM start-up

Programming and Algorithmic Consultant

* Wrote Javascript and PHP scripts for web-mining data collection and analysis

* Designed formulas to measure similarity and relevance of web queries



Worked with Gandhian service organizations across India

* Wrote and published Sometimes We Walk Alone – account of a pilgrimage in the footsteps of Mahatma Gandhi

* Organized cooking group for widows in large slum (Manav Sadhana – Gujarat)

* Taught workshops on creativity and community-building for rural teachers (Samvad – Maharastra)

* Led groups of Indian-American youth on exploratory journeys of India, development, and self (Inspire – North India)

Jul 2007 Global Routes

* Led a group of high-school students on a one-month community-building and exploratory journey to Costa Rica

Aug 2004 –

Mar 2005

O Bigode

* Co-founder of gift-economy restaurant and community in Bahia, Brazil

* Wrote and published Cooking com Bigode – recipes and stories designed to teach the “jazz” of cooking

Sep 2002 –

Jun 2003

EDonkey2000 New York City
Peer-to-peer file-sharing start-up (closed-source)


* Overhauled back-end PHP/MySQL system for data management, advertising, and subscriptions

* Managed builds, releases and NSIS installer; fixed core bugs in C/C++

Jun 2001 –

Dec 2001

Amadeus France Nice, France
International airline ticketing software

Programming Intern

* Designed and implemented automatic web-application development tool in Javascript and ASP

* Documented technical and functional aspects of tools for the use of future programmers and operators

Sep 1997 –

Jun 2001

Stanford University
* B.S. in Mathematical and Computational Sciences

* Honors in Interdisciplinary Studies in the Humanities

  * Languages: English (native), Spanish (fluent), Portuguese (advanced proficiency), Gujarati (advanced proficiency), French (intermediate proficiency), Hindi (working), Arabic (beginning)

* Facilitation: Trained as a interfaith chaplain, led workshops in meditation

* Programming languages (C, Java, Javascript, PHP), databases (MySQL, PostGreSQL, PostGIS), OS’s (Linux, Windows, Mac)

  * Classical Indian flute, baritone ukulele, painting, organic farming, horticulture, vegetarian cooking, and travel