Rudo Kemper

GIS & Digital Storytelling Manager

Rudo is a geographer with the Amazon Conservation Team (ACT) who works with indigenous and other traditional communities in South America on participatory mapping and storytelling projects. For the past three years, Rudo has been working with the Matawai Maroons in Suriname to map their ancestral lands and record oral history storytelling about historically and culturally significant places in their territory. In the context of this project, Rudo is leading the development of an offline-compatible geostorytelling platform called Terrastories, which is open-source and available for communities anywhere in the world to document their place-based storytelling using maps and media-rich content. Rudo also partakes in a range of other projects including building and managing ACT’s digital storytelling initiatives, conducting remote sensing and high resolution imagery analysis, and supporting ACT’s field staff and indigenous partners in the use of innovative spatial data collection and monitoring tools.

Rudo’s academic background includes an M.A. and Ph.D. research in Anthropology from UNC-Chapel Hill, as well as an M.A. in International Administration from the University of Miami. His professional interests include participatory and indigenous mapping, emerging technologies in interactive storytelling, and the history and anthropology of African-descendant communities in the Amazon. Rudo has worked with traditional communities in Suriname, Brazil, Colombia, and Costa Rica, and is passionate about helping communities achieve their own vision of buen vivir.