Empowered. Talented. Driven. Meet the team behind DFS

Who We Are

Born out of the Nepal earthquake of 2015, Data Friendly Space (DFS) provides trustworthy digital tools and actionable data for social impact organisations to fulfil their mission. We believe that the international community holds not just the knowledge, but also the responsibility to utilise emerging technologies and data to better prepare for and respond to humanitarian needs, support the achievement of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and accelerate climate action.

Our Values

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Ecosystem-first approach
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Adaptable and agile
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Ethical and inclusive

Our Team

Meet the people that drive change every single day.
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Management and Operations

Hélène Pélisson
Project Manager
Yelisha Dhakal
Finance and Administration Assistant
Shweta Khatri
HR and Community Manager
Doug Smith
Director of Operations
Corey Dickinson
Project Manager
Jemimah Ndugwa
Project Manager
Karin Maasel
Executive Director

Natural Language Processing & Machine Learning

Linda Ratz
NLP/ML Engineer
Nicolo Tamagnone
Senior NLP/ML Engineer
Derya Sever
NLP & Machine Learning Lead
Ahmed Magdy
NLP & Machine Learning Engineer
Fabio Pernegger
NLP/ML Engineer

IT Development

Moses Anzagi
DevOps Engineer
Scott Turnball
Chief Technology Officer
Arun Shekar
Senior Backend Engineer
Nayid Orozco
DEEP Product Manager
Camilo Palacio
Senior Frontend Developer


Valeria Andreolli
Digital Content Specialist
Damilare Adekunle
UX/UI Designer
Madigan Johnson
Communications and Digital Content Manager


Tiina Turk
Humanitarian Analyst
James Sparkes
Senior Lead Data Analyst
Jose C. Cobos Romero
DEEP Outreach & Capacity Building Lead

Board Members

Zineb Bhaby
Board Member
Jakob Harbo
Board Member
Laura Bowser
Board Member
David Oglethorpe
Board Member
Charlie Wells
Board Member
Valeria McFarren
Board Member
P. Bradley Robb
Board Member