Advancing Role of Geospatial Knowledge Infrastructure in World Economy, Society and Environment

Wednesday 8 July 2020 1130 – 1330 hrs UTC


As the world adjusts to new ways of working, living and operating, people across the globe are increasingly valuing the power of ‘where’ or geospatial knowledge. It is this geospatial knowledge that enables governments to make data-based decisions at scale and determine the type of interventions required for different programs, it helps businesses make strategic decisions and plan resource allocation intelligently. Geospatial Knowledge has touched the lives of billions of people across the globe making it more connected and comfortable. What then is the growth trajectory of Geospatial Knowledge? How does the new-age technology, including AI, Big Data Analytics, Cloud Computing, Robotics and Drones influencing Geospatial adoption across user segments? Are governments and businesses ready to scale up geospatial adoption for supporting diversified programs, business outcomes and development goals? What is the paradigm shift required to look at this critical infrastructure from a new light, so that the process of its enmeshment within the digital infrastructure is pervasive?

Geospatial Media and Communications has embarked on a journey with the United Nations Statistics Division and a host of partner organisations from different contexts to define, develop and help countries establish a Geospatial Knowledge Infrastructure. The project aims to bring out the value proposition of Geospatial Knowledge​, forecast its relevance and connectivity with fundamentals of next generation economy and society​ and to redefine the role of stakeholders: government, industry and civil society​. The campaign launched in January 2020 is titled, “Advancing Role of Geospatial Knowledge Infrastructure in World Economy, Society and Environment”.

As part of the outreach activity of the project, Geospatial Media and its partner organizations presents a two-hour intensive webinar to uncover three key topics that will develop your understanding on Geospatial Knowledge Infrastructure.


1130 – 1140 hrs Welcome and Remarks on Geospatial Knowledge Infrastructure

Sanjay Kumar
Sanjay Kumar

Chief Executive Officer
Geospatial Media and Communications

1140 – 1200 hrs Presentation on Geospatial Knowledge Infrastructure: Components, Value and Relevance

John Kedar
John Kedar

Strategic Advisor - Geospatial Infrastructure
Geospatial Media and Communications

1200 – 1230 hrs Integration of UN-IGIF and Geospatial Knowledge Infrastructure

Dr Derek Clarke
Moderator Dr Derek Clarke

World Geospatial Industry Council

Rolando Ocampo
Rolando Ocampo Alcantar

Statistics Division
Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean United Nations

Dr Zaffar Sadiq Mohamed-Ghouse FRGS FSSSI

Executive Director – Strategic Consulting & International Relations, Spatial Vision, Australia

François Robida
François Robida

Deputy Head of Division, Information Systems and Technologies, French Geological Survey (BRGM)

1230 – 1300 hrs Spatial Dimension to Data Ecosystem: Foundation to Geospatial Knowledge Infrastructure

Greg Scott
Moderator Greg Scott

Inter-Regional Advisor
UN-GGIM, United Nations

Michael Lutz
Michael Lutz

Digital Economy
Joint Research Centre

Tan Boon Khai
Tan Boon Khai

Chief Executive
Singapore Land Authority

Carl D. Shapiro
Carl D. Shapiro

Ph.D., Director
Science and Decisions Center, U.S. Geological Survey

1300 – 1325 hrs Collaborative Approach Towards Building Geospatial Knowledge Infrastructure

Anamika Das
Moderator Anamika Das

Vice President – Professional Geospatial Market
Geospatial Media and Communications

Basanta Shreshtha
Basanta Shreshtha

Director of Strategic Cooperation
International Center for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD), Nepal

Albert H. Anoubon Momo

Vice President & Executive Director
Emerging Market and Funded Projects, Trimble, USA

Paul Janssen
Paul Janssen

Geo-standardisation Expert
Social Engineering
The Netherlands

1325 – 1330 hrs Closing Remarks