Petya is an open source advocate, community facilitator and a strong advocate about inclusion and diversity in the tech sector. She is passionate about the impact of open mapping and using technology as the enabler for people in supporting their communities.

She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics and International Development from the University of Sussex and an MSc in Economics (Development) from the University of Bath, UK. She started her career working for the UK’s Economic and Social Science Research Council (ESRC), leading a portfolio of research programs in international development. She then transitioned into the world of open data and fell in love with it and especially the people and communities there! Over the past five years, she has worked for the International Aid Transparency Initiative (IATI) where she provided direct support to many developments and humanitarian organizations in publishing open data, managed various open tech products, and organized training and community workshops in Senegal, Nepal, and Tanzania.

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