Knowledge and Information Management specialist with over 18 years experience working in numerous countries in North America, Europe, Latin America, Africa, and Asia on macro and micro level appropriate information technology transfer initiatives.
Thomas advises national governments, international and national non-governmental organizations, and united nations agencies in building information management systems for spatial and statistical data and information collection, analysis, and dissemination. Thomas has advised and overseen the implementation of numerous global, regional, national, and sector-specific information system such as early warning systems, food security and nutrition, livelihoods, health information systems, project and program management, amongst other areas. He has also been involved in establishing effective field-based monitoring systems using cutting-edge tools with an appropriate technologies approach.
Previous experience includes co-founder of the successful web development company, Neptune Web Inc. USA, which continues to service small and mid-sized businesses and institutions with internet technologies. Most recently, Thomas managed the information management team within the Food and Agriculture Organizations in Somalia where he setup remote data capture systems for security, livelihoods monitoring, and other critical humanitarian information needs. From 2006, Thomas was involved with analyzing and advising agriculture and livelihoods-based information systems for the governments of Macedonia, Tanzania, Kenya, and Georgia. He helped establish numerous strategy and methodological framework documents to help establish or improve existing humanitarian information systems. In 2010, Thomas was commissioned by the Committee on World Food Security (CFS) to research national food security and nutrition actions mapping systems. His work was presented at the Global Forum (CFS 2011).
Thomas holds Masters’ degrees in International Development with a focus on geographic information systems (GIS) in developing countries as well as a Master’s degree in English Literature.
Language proficiency includes English, French, Spanish, Italian, and a spattering of Swahili.