Gaurav Shumsher Thapa is the Regional Project Manager of the Secondary Cities Asia Hub, a field-based initiative of the Office of the Geographer (U.S. Department of State) to map for resiliency, disaster management and emergency preparedness. He completed his Honours Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Toronto, Canada and his Master’s of Applied Geography from New Mexico State University, USA. As the Geographer of Kathmandu Living Labs, Gaurav leads a young team that is pioneering the use of OpenStreetMap (OSM) tools in the developing world. His current work has led him to help establish OSM communities in several other local bodies throughout Nepal and abroad (Bali Indonesia, Indore, India, Thimphu, Bhutan).
Regional Project Manager, Secondary Cities Asia Hub