Geospatial Knowledge Infrastructure Summit

Theme: Mapping our way to 4IR

24 – 25 February 2021 | 0700 – 1100 (EST)

About the Event

A two-day intensive “Geospatial Knowledge Infrastructure Summit” will uncover the concept of Geospatial Knowledge Infrastructure (GKI) - next-gen infrastructure and the evolving role of all stakeholders in powering the future of ‘knowledge services on demand’. It will delve upon the key questions that arise today:

  • What is the growth trajectory of Geospatial Knowledge and future of geospatial infrastructure?
  • Are governments and businesses ready to scale up their geospatial adoption?
  • How does the geospatial community reach into new partnerships across the growing digital world?
  • How does 4th IR influence Geospatial industry and its adoption across user segments?
  • What are the partnership models to deliver the data and geospatial knowledge?
  • What are the paradigm shifts required to enmesh within the wider digital infrastructure?


Understand the global directions of the Geospatial Industry and growing need for transformation

Discuss innovative approaches to solving global challenges

Recognize fresh approach to multi-stakeholder partnership models that foster innovation and building better infrastructure together

Gain your thoughts on the Geospatial Knowledge Infrastructure

Who to Attend

Digital businesses
4IR technology companies
National Mapping and Spatial Data Infrastructure Agencies
Cadastre, hydrographic, geological agencies
Earth Observation/Space companies and agencies
Government geospatial and digital policy makers
Global Development Organizations
Research and Education sector
Civil Society organisations
Representatives from Key Economic Sectors
Geospatial Industries


0700 - 0800 Opening Session: Why GKI? Setting the context

Conversation between:

Stefan Schweinfest

Director, United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD), Department of Economic and Social Affairs

Sanjay Kumar

Geospatial Media and Communications


Moderator Rob van de Velde

The Netherlands

John Kedar

Advisor – Geospatial Infrastructure
Geospatial Media and Communications

Greg Scott

Inter-regional Advisor

Albert H. Anoubon Momo

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

Paloma Merodio Gomez

Vice President, National Institute of Statistics and Geography (INEGI), Mexico

Maree Wilson

Branch Head, National Earth and Marine Observations, Geoscience Australia


Co-founder and Partner

0800 - 0805 Break
0805 - 0900 Panel 1: 4IReady Geospatial platforms and services
Moderator Carl D Shapiro

Ph.D., Director
Science and Decisions Center

Mark Korver

Worldwide Tech Leader – Geospatial
Amazon Web Services

Huang Zhongwen

Director, Digital Planning Lab
Urban Redevelopment Authority

Cathrine Armour

Director of Customer Division, The United Kingdom Hydrographic Office (UKHO)

Tyler Dahlberg

Geo Data Scientist

0900 - 0905 Break
0905 - 1000 Panel 2: Data Partnership and Sharing Key to GKI
Moderator Michael Lutz

Digital Economy Unit
Joint Research Centre

Barbara Ryan

Executive Director, World Geospatial Industry Council (WGIC)

Joseph Seppi

CMS, PMP, Senior Vice President
Geospatial Sector, Woolpert, USA

Yana Gevorgyan

Senior International Relations Specialist
National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration

Carrie Stokes

Chief Geographer and Director – GeoCentre

Roberto Gigotti

Director e-Geos

1000 - 1005 Break
1005 - 1055 Panel 3: Integrated Policy Framework
Moderator Ivan DeLoatch

Executive Director at FGDC

Thalia Baldwin

Geospatial Commission

Mark Reichardt

National Geospatial Advisory Committee (NGAC)

Dr. Zaffar Sadiq Mohamed-Ghouse FRGS FSSSI

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

1055 - 1100 Closing Remark of the Day

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