Ankur Shah

83 Lost Meadow Lane, Sequim, WA 98382 USA

email: ankurbhai@mangolandia.org

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE
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

2010

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

2010

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

2010

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

2006-

2009

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)

Programmer

* 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

   
EDUCATION
Sep 1997 –

Jun 2001

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

* Honors in Interdisciplinary Studies in the Humanities

 
SKILLS
  * 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)

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