Senior Technology Advisor to the Mayor of the City of Los Angeles
The City’s Deputy CIO and assistant general manager
Jeanne Holm has extensive experience in education, innovation, and government service. She has served as the Evangelist for Data.Gov (an open government flagship project for the White House), and built and led communities with the public, educators, developers, and international and state governments in using open government data. As the Digital Strategy Program Manager at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, she drove innovation through social media, virtual worlds, gaming, and collaborative systems, including the award-winning NASA public portal (www.nasa.gov). She has created pioneering knowledge architectures within the U.S. Department of Defense. She has been a consultant with the World Bank creating open data roadmaps in Russia, India, and Uganda. She is a Fellow of the United Nations International Academy of Astronautics, a Distinguished Instructor at UCLA, and Chair of the W3C eGovernment Group, and has more than 130 publications on technology, open data, civic innovation, and knowledge management.
Jeanne is a graduate of Claremont Graduate University and UCLA, where she is an instructor in the U.S. and China in big data, community transformation, knowledge management, and collaborative systems. She has worked at Disney, in television and radio, and helped to found several technology and civic start ups. She has been awarded numerous honors, including the NASA Exceptional Service Medal for leadership (twice), Distinguished Instructor of the Year at UCLA, a Fed 100, three Webby’s from The International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences, Top 50 Women in Tech, three best practice awards from the APQC, and led NASA to an unprecedented four global Most Admired Knowledge Enterprise (MAKE) awards.
Dr. Sangeeta Mahajan is a staff anaesthetist at Guys Hospital/St Thomas in London. After attending a Ganda Foundation charity dinner in London on 10.10.10, she was so taken by the Foundation’s work at Kawolo Hospital that she offered her services to travel to Uganda and become involved on the ground on various projects, such as giving technical talks to staff at Kawolo Hospital.
An important visit by Dr Mahajan to the Childrens Cancer Institute at Mulogo Hospital in Kampala, Uganda, resulted in the Foundation becoming directly involved with funding the treatment for a young boy with lymphoma cancer, a project that produced a number of very moving video documentaries. The young boy, Denis, unfortunately passed away eight months later from malaria, but the Foundation’s intervention had undoubtedly extended the young boy’s life considerably, even though his father had been diagnosed with HIV/AIDS during this same period.
Mrs. Meena Jasani is the chairwoman of the Lioness Club of London Golders Green & CarEducation Trust. As organiser of the very well-attended African night fun raising dinners at the VIP Lounge in Edgware in 2010 and 2011, which featured presentations of the Ganda Foundation’s work, Mrs Jasani’s generosity resulted in generous donations being directed to the Foundation’s work in Uganda.
UK based, but born and raised in Uganda, she has been an excellent supporter and personal donor for educational materials for the Ganda Foundation. Her work with the Lions Club for the disabled children at the Metropolitan Police grounds for two years running featured musical performances by the Ganda Boys, raising awareness of the Ganda Foundation’s work in Uganda.