Rudo Kemper

Position: 
GIS & Digital Storytelling Coordinator

As a geographer and anthropologist by training and the Amazon Conservation Team (ACT)’s GIS and Digital Storytelling Coordinator, Rudo partakes in a wide range of activities relating to mapping and community storytelling. These include coordinating participatory mapping fieldwork with indigenous and other traditional communities, managing ACT’s community and digital storytelling initiatives, developing digital resources enabling communities to preserve and access their own cultural knowledge, designing effective and attractive maps in both static and interactive digital formats, and supporting field staff in the use of GIS and data collection methodologies. Rudo has been conducting fieldwork research in Suriname since 2012, and his working relationship with ACT’s Suriname program dates back to 2013. Currently based in Washington DC, he serves as a liaison between the ACT Headquarters and ACT Suriname office in Paramaribo, where he works for several months per year.

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 mapping of indigenous ancestral lands and local knowledge, participatory and qualitative GIS methodologies, web and online GIS, Maroon history and anthropology, human geography of the Guianas and Northeast Amazon, and open source software and tools.