Eric Gundersen

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Eric is the president and co-founder of Development Seed where he leads mapping, open data, data visualization, and data collection projects for some of the largest international development organizations in the world.


Eric works closely with our development team on projects. In recent months, he helped build the new version of ReliefWeb.int, a leading information source for the humanitarian relief community; Data.WorldBank.org, a site that opened up data on over over 2,000 development indicators; and PakistanSurvey.org, a data visualization that maps public sentiment and drone strikes in the FATA tribal region of Pakistan. Eric also has done significant data work around recent elections in Afghanistan, including the AfghanistanElectionData.org project. In the past year his work has brought him to countries like Nigeria, Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Sudan.


Eric is a recognized expert on open data and open source software and has been featured in publications including the New York Times, Nightline, NPR, Federal Computer Week, and others. He is frequently invited to speak on topics including open data, web-based mapping tools, knowledge management, and open source business models and has presented at conferences such as SXSW, Web 2.0, Where 2.0, GOSCON, and DrupalCon. Eric was also a winner of the Federal 100 award for his contributions to government technology in 2009 and last year chaired a roundtable discussion at the United Nations Private Sector Forum on technology’s role in improving education.


Eric earned his master’s degree in international development from American University in Washington, DC, and has dual bachelor’s degrees in economics and international relations. He co-founded Development Seed while researching technology access and microfinance in Peru. Before starting Development Seed, Eric was a journalist in Washington, DC writing on the environment and national security.