Michael Montani has a Master of Science in Geoinformatics Engineering at Politecnico di Milano. He works as Geographic Information Systems Consultant at the United Nations Global Service Center (UNGSC), where he is the coordinator of the crowdsourcing activities of Unite Maps.
Formerly he has been co-founder of PoliMappers, the first European YouthMappers chapter, and YouthMappers Research Fellow, for which he conducted a research project in Senegal to fight schistosomiasis with OpenStreetMap data.
He is an active contributor to the map and OSM communities in Africa since 2016.
In the last years, with UN Mappers we delivered trainings to different local communities in African countries like Somalia, Mali, Uganda, Cameroon, Mauritania.
Unite Maps, a program led by the United Nations Global Service Center, is leveraging OpenStreetMap data to deliver geoservices and cartographic products to UN Peacekeeping missions in Africa. The initiative supports peacekeepers in their operational efforts (as navigation and security) in areas torn by conflict. Unite Maps contributes to the extraction of OSM data as well as community support and capacity building of OSM communities under the umbrella of the UN Mappers network.