Mahatma Gandhi Kashi Vidyapith
Rob vende Velde
Cloud Storage, Google
VML, SEA & India
Vanessa Lawrence CB
Senior Strategic Global Geospatial Advisor, Governments and Inter-Governmental Organisations, UK
Director & Founder
For more information on the Global Advisory Board, contact Annu Negi, COO, Geospatial Media and Communications.
Chris Gibson currently serves as senior vice president responsible for Trimble’s regional development in Latin & South America, Russia, India, China and Africa. Mr. Gibson also oversees emerging markets, key accounts and major project capabilities across the company, and is responsible for the company’s corporate marketing functions. From 2012 to 2015, Mr. Gibson served as vice president for Trimble's Survey, Geospatial, Geographic Information System (GIS), Infrastructure, Rail, Land Administration and Environmental Solutions businesses. Mr. Gibson joined Trimble in 1998 as European finance and operations director. In 2009, he was appointed to serve as vice president responsible for Trimble's Survey Division, and in December 2010, those responsibilities were expanded to include oversight of geographic regions and divisions, including Building Construction, Construction Tools, and the Hilti joint venture.
From 2008 to 2009, Mr. Gibson served as the general manager for the Survey Division, and from 2005 to 2008, he was general manager for the Global Services Division. Prior to Trimble, Mr. Gibson's business experience includes a number of financial management roles with Tandem Computers, and financial analyst roles with Unilever subsidiaries.
Peter brings Omidyar Network more than 25 years of experience in the international property rights space as an entrepreneur, business leader, and technologist. In his current role, Peter invests in Property Rights in emerging markets. Prior to joining Omidyar Network, Peter was the founder and CEO of International Land Systems until its recent acquisition by Thompson Reuters. Post acquisition, Peter was vice president for global business development and strategy for the tax and accounting government division at Thomson Reuters. He began his career implementing some of the earliest GIS/LIS into metropolitan government in the United States in the 1980s. Over the next decade, he translated this experience into innovative applications for international development as director of GIS/LIS at PADCO. Peter graduated from the University of Miami with a bachelor’s degree in economics and geography, as well as a master’s degree in geography.
Rob vende Velde
Rob van de Velde is director of Geonovum, the Dutch National SDI Executive Committee. Making the Government work smarter when it comes to location, is the common thread in his work in the public sector. Graduated as a human geographer, he started his career in geospatial technology when joining the National Planning Agency in 1985, the first Governmental Agency in the Netherlands to acquire GIS technology. Later he joined the National Institute of Public Health and Environment and in 2000 he joined the Ministry of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality heading the GIS Competence Center. Since 2007 Rob is director of Geonovum. Rob is furthermore member of the Board of Directors of the Open Geospatial Consortium and is connected with the Spatial Information Laboratory of the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.
Nigel joined OS in June 2015, bringing extensive experience of international software, mobile telecoms and services including complex joint venture and public sector enterprises. He has previously been Chief Executive of Procserve Holdings Ltd, Micro Focus International, Symbian Software Ltd, Tertio Telecoms and Glasgow Royal Infirmary University NHS Trust. In addition he has held senior roles within Cable & Wireless and BT Group Plc. Nigel has a Geography degree from Cambridge and is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors. In his spare time Nigel enjoys the great outdoors being an enthusiastic traveller, runner and hill walker.
Asia Pacific, Esri
Mr. Brett Dixon joined Esri in 2012 and is currently the company’s General Manager for Asia Pacific. His role sees him interact with many customers from across the region, providing him a unique insight into regional geospatial trends and challenges across many industries. Mr. Brett Dixon is a former Australian Army officer who has worked in the geospatial intelligence domain for the past 20 years. Previously, the Australian Defense Force, providing strategic and operational advice on future Defense geospatial intelligence and C4ISR capabilities, engaged him as a senior consultant. For this work, he was awarded a Chief of Defense Force Commendation in 2012. Mr. Dixon has contributed to the development of enterprise geospatial strategies and concepts, as well as managing the implementation of systems, which realize those objectives. He has worked closely with organizations in National & State Government, Public Safety and Utilities.
Mr. Dixon completed his Master of Engineering Science at the University of New South Wales focusing on Geographic Information Systems and Remote Sensing.
Dorine Burmanje is chair of the Executive Board of the Netherlands' Cadastre, Land Registry and Mapping Agency, in short: Kadaster. Her main focus is to position Kadaster at national and international level as partner in property-related issues and geographic information; in close cooperation with stakeholders from the academic institutes as well as the public and private sector. Her main areas of responsibility include the general management of the organisation, the positioning of Kadaster as a non-departmental public body, the promotion of Kadaster as a player in the GEO sector as well as further development of innovation. Mrs Burmanje is an advisor to various associations in the field of spatial information; she is a member of the Advisory Board of the Netherlands Space Office. Besides, she is a Board Member of the Dutch Centre of Geodesy and Geo-informatics. Prior to her current position at Kadaster, Mrs Burmanje was the director of the Rijn and IJssel Waterboard. Kadaster plays a key role in safeguarding legal certainty in the property market. Ever since Kadaster was founded in 1832, it has been collecting information about the owners and locations of parcels of land. It makes this information available to citizens, companies and public sector agencies. Kadaster delivered about 19 million digital products of information in 2013 as requested by notaries, local authorities, businesses, financial institutions, individuals and other interested parties. In addition, Kadaster has an active role in issues of land planning and demands regarding specific geo-information. The total turnover of Kadaster was € 226 million in 2013. The organisation employs approximately 1700 FTE’s.
Oracle Server Technologies
Jim Steiner is Vice President of product management in the Oracle Server Technologies Division. He has been responsible for the direction of Oracle’s spatial technologies for over 15 years and currently heads product management and strategy of Oracle’s Spatial, Graph, Semantic, and database Multimedia technologies as well as a number of Oracle’s Big Data technologies. Mr. Steiner joined Oracle in 1995 as Director of Product Management and Marketing for the Rdb database products. Prior to that he was at Digital Equipment Corporation. He was graduated from Brown University.
Chief Marketing Officer Kristin Christensen began her tenure with Hexagon in 2010 as vice president of corporate communications, a role she assumed following Hexagon’s acquisition of Intergraph. Christensen joined Intergraph in 2004. She has more than 20 years of marketing management experience in the technology sector and has held various leadership positions with large-scale software companies in the areas of brand management, product marketing and market research. Christensen earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Delaware and holds a Master of Business Administration degree in marketing from Kennesaw State University.
An innovator and a visionary, Rakesh quit a successful career of 12 years in USA to return to India in early 90s and founded CE Info Systems, now popularly known as MapmyIndia. Rakesh, a first generation entrepreneur, started this monumental effort of digital map product making at a time when nobody had the vision that digital maps specifically, and data and software products generally, would become a critical value proposition in the information technology space. MapmyIndia pioneered and revolutionized the business model in India by launching India’s first internet mapping portal.
MapmyIndia.com, in 2004 and also the first and till date, bestinclass, GPS navigation system, MapmyIndia Navigator, in 2007. Through his efforts, MapmyIndia as a brand has become synonymous with navigation, digital maps and location technologies in India and has received many awards and recognition from media, institutions, and industry. NASSCOM showcased MapmyIndia for its IT Innovation in 2004 by NASSCOM and GPS Business News elected Rakesh as the World’s GPS Business Man in 2007. Rakesh was also nominated to the National GIS Core Group of the Planning Commission of the Government of India in 2012, and serves as the President of the Survey and Mapping Association (SAMA) industry body whose charter is to help Indian government, business and society to progress and benefit from maps. Rakesh’s inspiring entrepreneurial success story has been featured in the book ‘BITS of Success” which featured 50 BITSian achievers over last 50 years of BITS Pilani (19642014). Rakesh obtained a Bachelors of Engineering from BITS Pilani, India in 1972, and an MBA from Eastern Washington University, USA in 1979. Rakesh has over 40 years of wide operations and management experience in different industry verticals, including leading companies such as EDS (General Motors, USA). Rakesh is married to Rashmi and together they founded MapmyIndia. They have two children who are well settled. Rakesh loves travelling and lives with his wife in New Delhi
Cloud Storag, Google
Sandeep leads Google Cloud Storage (Blob), Persistent Disk (Block), and Cloud SQL (Database) Storage -- the foundation enabling enterprises to move to the cloud. Previously, he led the Internet Explorer web platform group (IE11) and the Windows Networking group (accomplishments included Hyper-V Network Virtualization, DirectAccess, Branch Cache). Prior to Microsoft, Sandeep was co-founder and CTO of ReefEdge Networks, a pioneer in wireless LAN security, mobility, and management products. Sandeep was Chief Architect and Senior Technical Staff Member for IBM's Pervasive Computing Division, responsible for IBM's WebSphere Everyplace suite of mobile connectivity, middleware, server, and application products for enterprises and carrier customers. As a Research Staff Member for IBM’s T.J. Watson Research Center, Sandeep defined the role of real-time collaboration in the enterprise, leading to the Lotus Sametime product line. Sandeep began his career as a software engineer for NASA and IBM.
Sandeep has served on advisory boards for the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), the National Research Council, and European Commission defining long-term research direction in cloud computing and networked entertainment. He chaired numerous standards bodies, including within the Wireless Application Protocol (WAP) Forum. Sandeep's credits include 81 issued patents and dozens of publications, including three books. Sandeep holds M.S. and Ph.D degrees in Computer Science from Stanford University, as well as B.S. degrees in Computer Science and in Mathematical Sciences and a B.A. in Mathematics from Johns Hopkins University.
Valrie Grant is the founder and Managing Director of GeoTechVision, an ICT and Spatial Technologies company in Kingston Jamaica and Georgetown Guyana which is focused on delivering value through innovative solutions. With over 15 years of experience as a Geospatial Analyst, GIS Manager, Technical Instructor, Spatial Technologies and Policy Consultant with engagements spanning several territories across the Caribbean region. Valrie is helping government and corporate entities develop data driven solutions to address organizational challenges and meet corporate goals.
Valrie pioneered the formation of the Caribbean URISA Chapter and is the current president. She serves as a member of the GIS Management Institute (GMI) Committee, is a director of URISA International and has affiliations and memberships with several other geospatial bodies including GSDI, Land Information Council of Jamaica (LICJ) and Jamaica GIS Society (JAMGISS). Valrie currently serves on the Technical Committee for the United Nations Global Geospatial Information Management (UN-GGIM): Americas, Caribbean Geospatial Project. Her geospatial expertise is well respected across the Caribbean and Latin American region as well as within the international community. She is the immediate president of WENC-Guyana chapter and is the chairman of the Small Business Council (Guyana).
Her academic background includes: a BSc. Degree in Geology from the University of West Indies and a MSc. in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Environment from the Manchester Metropolitan University and studies in Entrepreneurship. She is also a certified GIS Professional (GISP) and an Accredited WINC Infodev/WorldBank AP Facilitator for the Caribbean. As a WINC AP facilitator and the Commonwealth Business woman Ambassador she is very involved in helping entrepreneurs. Her Flagship initiative dubbed FundRiseHER™ during her tenure as commonwealth Business woman Ambassador is geared towards fostering capital access for women entrepreneurs in the Caribbean.
Willy Govender originates from Durban, South Africa and has over 30 years experience in the technology, property and consulting related sectors. He is an accomplished entrepreneur having founded over 8 start-ups in his career and has a vast amount of international experience especially in South Africa, India, UK, USA and China. Started Data World in 1994, Data Matrix in 1999, Cityworks in 2003, Bizworks in 2004, Evaluations in 2005, Xcallibre in 2008, Convergence in 2010 and Eduworks and Smartmatic Africa in 2013. Willy started out in the mapping industry, and initially built his career around spatial technologies, before branching out into software development, consulting and property valuations.
He has a penchant for innovation and has won numerous awards including the coveted Ernst & Young World Entrepreneur award in 2009 as well as the International Award by the IAAO. As a director on several company boards, he provides excellent leadership and strategic direction, especially through the use of technology to innovate and make companies more efficient.
Mr. Pirondini is co-founder and CEO of Deimos Imaging, a Spanish company part of the UrtheCast group, operating and marketing the Deimos-1 and Deimos-2 EO satellites. An Aerospace Engineer with almost 20 years of experience in the space sector, in his career he covered all facets of the Earth Observation value chain, encompassing technical aspects, business development, strategy and management. After an experience at the European Space Agency in Germany, in 2001 he co-founded Deimos Space, which is now one of Europes leading space companies. Until 2010, as Head of the Earth Observation Mission Analysis division at Deimos Space, he was responsible for the mission design and analysis of more than 20 Earth Observation missions. As CEO of Deimos Imaging since 2011, he led the expansion of the company into becoming one of the leading providers of satellite imagery. In 2014 he co-founded the PanGeo Alliance of EO satellite operators.
Chief Executive Officer
VML, SEA & India
Tripti has been with VML Singapore since 2005, and has led the agency as Chief Executive Officer since early 2008. Tripti has been a driving force behind VML’s expanded capabilities in digital and mobile, and has driven her team to become a top integrated marketing agency in Southeast Asia & India. Her presence has even helped VML expand in the region by the opening of offices in Mumbai, New Delhi and Jakarta.
In her executive leadership role, Tripti consults on client businesses including Kelloggs, ICICI, 3M, Wendy’s, Revlon and Castrol. Regularly sought for opinion on all matters digital, Tripti judges award shows and speaks at diverse conferences including keynotes at ad:tech and CrowdSourcingWeek Global.
Tripti has worked extensively in Asia, the Middle East and in the US, leading teams and helping client businesses to harness the power of the digital medium.
A graduate from the Birla Institute of Technology, Mesra, with a Bachelor's of Engineering in Electrical and Electronics, Tripti spends her free time with her husband and their two children. She enjoys reading, running and yoga.
Johannes Riegel Jr
Chief Marketing Officer
Johannes Riegl, Jr. has been the Chief Marketing Officer of RIEGL Laser Measurement Systems since 2012. His responsibilities include marketing the RIEGLbrand worldwide and public relations, as well as developing the company's international distribution and partner network. As such, a new RIEGL China office, based in Beijing, was established in 2014. Mr. Riegl also serves as a member of the Board of Directors for RIEGL USA, based in Orlando, Florida. His position reflects a unique role within the company, to include the responsibility for the coordination of sales, business development, and marketing efforts between the international RIEGL locations. Johannes Riegl, Jr. holds a Master's degree in Business Management from the University of Applied Sciences in Vienna.
Maryam Obaid Almheiri
Director - GIS Department
Director of GIS Department of Dubai Municipality, responsible of Geospatial integration and interoperability development in Dubai, Director of “GRASF” The Middle East Regional scientific Conference. She also managed the local committee JURSE 2017 the international urban remote sensing conference. She is currently conducting a strategic plan to increase the level of maturity and geo smartness towards spatial enterprise level. She previously held a position as the Director of spatial division in Abu Dhabi Municipality where tremendous development and innovation took place, some of which were unique world wild such as transactional update, leaded Abu Dhabi Municipality Contracts & auctions Committee to achieve reliability between expenditure and significance using spatial analysis and geo analytics. She took a lead in improving the Dispatch Center in RTA (Roads & Transport Department of Dubai).
Her previous carrier with GIS Center in Dubai Municipality varied between Head of GIS Operations Unit and GIS Database Administrator & Geodatabase designer and performance tuner. With educational back ground in software engineering and MBA she was honored for the Award from Dubai Ruler for the Best Technical Project for Dubai e-Government in UAE, 2005, also was awarded for Special Achievement in GIS Excellence in GIS Implementation - ESRI User Conference 2011 ; Enterprise GIS Infrastructure Excellence in GIS Implementation - GISWORX 2013; Innovation in Land Development, Engineering, and Management Geotechnical Information Management System (GIMS) ; Excellence in GIS implementation (EGI) - Distinction in the Maturity in GIS achievement, and also got an Award of geospatial innovation 2015 for the best GIS engineering solution (Bonyan)
Vanessa Lawrence CB
Senior Strategic Global Geospatial Advisor Governments and Inter-Governmental Organisations, UK
Dr Vanessa Lawrence CB is currently working internationally as a senior advisor to governments, inter-governmental organisations, including the World Bank, and large private sector organisations.
In addition, she is a Director of Location International which provides strategic advice and full operational capacity globally, to the public and private sector, as to how to gain from improving their own use of location information to enhance their decision-making and to meet the ever changing needs of their customers and stakeholders.
She is a Non-Executive Director of the Satellite Applications Catapult who promotes innovative use of satellite data, on the Advisory Group of the Urban Big Data Centre and holds Visiting Professorships at Southampton University and Kingston University.
From 2000-2014, she held the post of Director General and CEO of Ordnance Survey and from 2011-2015, she was a founding co-chair of the United Nations Committee of Experts on Global Geospatial Information Management (UN-GGIM).