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Amazon Names GIS Veteran Dhakal to Senior Program Manager Role

“I am very excited about this move to one of the most innovative companies globally and can’t wait to start making an impact on a global scale,” Shital Dhakal told Techwire.

Shital Dhakal, an IT professional with deep experience in geographic information systems (GIS) management, business, strategy, governance and innovation, has been named senior program manager for geospatial data by Amazon.
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Shital Dhakal

“I am very excited about this move to one of the most innovative companies globally and can’t wait to start making an impact on a global scale,” Dhakal told Techwire.

Dhakal, a Sacramento resident, joins Amazon from the city of Vallejo, where he was a GIS specialist. Dhakal has worked in both the private and public sectors, with his previous government service including being a consultant GIS coordinator for the city of Pittsburg, Calif. His private-sector experience includes various GIS-related positions with Taborda Solutions, Bootcamp GIS, Yantrasoft Inc. and Sohum Inc.

He has also been affiliated with multiple education institutions in various roles including the Boise Center Aerospace Laboratory, Kantipur International College of Engineering and Management, and CNRS (Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique). He is an alumnus of Kathmandu University, where he received his bachelor of engineering degree in geomatics engineering; Universite de Nice-Sophia Antipolis; the University of Virginia; and Boise State University, where he received a graduate certificate in GIS and his master of science degree in hydrologic sciences, GIS, remote sensing and random forest (machine learning).

In addition, Dhakal serves as chair of the Solano Regional GIS Consortium (Solano ReGIS), a cooperative of 15 local government agencies and a federal agency within Solano County that are working together to share spatial data, pool resources, and provide GIS expertise to its members.
Dennis Noone is Managing Editor of Techwire. He is a career journalist, having worked as a reporter and editor at small-town newspapers and major metropolitan dailies in California, Nevada, Texas and Virginia, including as an editor with USA Today in Washington, D.C. He lives in the Northern California foothills.