About Gapminder

Anna Rosling Rönnlund


Together with Hans Rosling and Ola Rosling, Anna Rosling Rönnlund founded Gapminder in 2005. Gapminder’s mission statement is to fight devastating ignorance with a fact-based world view everyone can understand.

She designed the user-interface of the famous animating bubble-chart tool called Trendalyzer, used by millions of students across the world, to understand global development trends. The tool was acquired by Google, and Anna worked at Google in Mountain View, CA as a Senior Usability Designer 2007 to 2010. At Google Anna improved search results for public data, developed data exploration tools for Public Data and made a bubble tool gadget (Motion chart) in Google Spreadsheets. In 2010 Anna came back to Gapminder to develop new free teaching material. Anna is now Vice President and Head of Design & User Experience at Gapminder. She also sit in the Gapminder Board. Anna holds a Master’s Degree in Sociology and a Bachelor’s Degree in Photography.

Anna founded Dollar Street, the biggest systematic image bank with representative home documentations based on data. At the moment we have almost 30 000 photos and 10 000 video clips, which are free to use under Creative Common license.

Together with Ola and Hans, Anna wrote the Factfulness book, launched in April 2018.

Anna likes to lecture about Factfulness, Dollar Street and data story telling.

Anna is fluent in Swedish and English.


Twitter: @AnnaGapminder

Contact: [email protected]

Ola Rosling

Ola Rosling is President & Co-Founder of Gapminder Foundation which he founded together with his wife and his father. Since 1999 Ola lead the development of the Trendalyzer software, which was acquired by Google in 2007. At Google Ola and his team delivered the Motion Chart as part of Google Spreadsheets. As Product Manager for Google Public Data Ola then helped democratized access to Public Statistics by developing the infrastructure needed to make official statistics part of Google Search results. Ola & Anna came back to Gapminder in 2011 to develop free teaching materials for a fact-based worldview. In 2014 Ola coined the term Factfulness, which Gapminder is now promoting in order to make the education about Sustainable Development less ideological and more fact-based.

Together with Anna and Hans, Ola wrote the Factfulness book, launched in April 2018.

Ola is fluent in Swedish and English and can communicate in Spanish.


Twitter: olarosling

TED Talk: How not to be ignorant about the world

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Fernanda Drumond

Fernanda Drumond is the Head of Operations at Gapminder. She holds a Master of Science degree in Development Studies, with background in International Relations. Demography and frame analysis are her main interests and she believes that understanding global trends is the key to a sustainable future!

Fernanda likes to lecture about Dollar Street, showing how people really live across different income levels. She also talks about the mega misconceptions that skew people’s worldview in lectures and workshops to companies, universities, schools and non-profits.

Fernanda is fluent in English and Portuguese, communicates well in Spanish and can speak basic Nepali and Swedish.


Twitter: @fecaroldrumond

TEDx Talk: Remember: most people live in the middle

IIMBUE 2018: Understanding Societies Better

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Jasper Heeffer

Jasper is an inquisitive traveler and a lover of logic and language, responsible at Gapminder for the architecture and implementation of their data visualization (Vizabi) and data harmonization (Open Numbers) projects. His drive is that learning, in the broadest sense of the word, is key to a better world and that the power of IT to educate effectively through interactive experiences should be available to anyone, from true IT wizards to his own mum. Before starting at Gapminder, Jasper freelanced to support his studies towards a MSc degree in Human Computer Interaction and Design. During this time he got to design and code company websites, interactive museum exhibitions, mobile applications, a baby-kick simulator for expecting daddies, a robot companion for diabetic children and an interactive outdoor playground. When not behind a laptop, you’re likely to find him in a kitchen or in nature.

Jasper enjoys giving technical presentations about Gapminder’s data model.

Jasper is fluent in English and Dutch, proficient in German and speaks basic Swedish and French.


Twitter: @jasperheeffer

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Angie Skazka

Angie is a communication designer and data graphics developer, working since 2015 with Gapminder Foundation in Stockholm, Sweden, where he is responsible for the integration of the various software efforts around gapminder.org/tools and developing the new data pictures. Previously designed and developed data-intense visualisations for oil platform safety monitoring (ABB Research, Sweden), user interfaces for online payment aggregator (Robokassa, Russia), control systems and operator user interfaces for the ore processing factory (Realtime Software, Russia). Holds academic degrees in Human computer interaction and design (2014), Innovation and Entrepreneurship (2014), Industrial Automation and Control Systems (2011), and a title of a Ph.D. drop-out. Angie has a Russian-Swedish origin, speaks almost four languages and is 27 years young. His free time activities are climbing, alpinism, skiing, downhill mountain bike, data art, photography, complaining about number formats and not using Oxford comma.

Angie likes to give technical presentations about Gapminder’s visualisation tools.

Angie is fluent in English, Russian and Swedish, and can communicate in some German.


Twitter: @angieskazka

Contact: [email protected]

Helena Nordenstedt

Helena is an epidemiologist, resident in internal medicine, assistant professor of global health at Karolinska Institutet and lecturer for Gapminder. She has done three missions working as a physician for Doctors Without Borders, in the eastern part of the Democratic Republic of Congo (2012), in Liberia (2014) and Guinea (2015) in Ebola Treatment Centers. Helena coordinates a Massive Open Online Course “An Introduction to Global health”, launched in 2016, and has recently recorded the TED Talk: Minorities and global health

Helena is fluent in Swedish and English.


Twitter: @helenastukul

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