Geospatial Seminar Speakers

Charles D. Regan
Jr. Vice President & MD
National Geographic Maps
United States
Charles Regan is Vice President and General Manager of National Geographic Maps. Mr. Regan is responsible for day-to-day operations of National Geographic Maps and expanding its presence in existing markets, such as the outdoor retail industry and the reference and education arena, as well as through new digital and print products and a broad, global distribution. Regan also leads the development of products and applications for the digital marketplace and integration of content with mapping interfaces across multiple platforms. Mr. Regan has extensive experience within the mapping, education, and publishing markets. Prior to joining National Geographic in 2007 as Vice President of Digital Maps, Regan spent ten years with, where he was responsible for business development, creating strategic partnerships and leading the business strategy development team. Regan has also worked for the National Geographic Society previously, serving its education programs as Geography Education Program Analyst; Manager, Canadian Education Initiative; and Manager, Special Outreach Programs.
Prof. Abbas Rajabifard
Dr Abbas Rajabifard is President of the Global Spatial Data Infrastructure Association (GSDI). He is Director of the Centre for SDIs and Land Administration at the Department of Geomatics, The University of Melbourne. He is also a member of Victorian Spatial Council, Australia and is a member of Spatial Data Standard Commission-International Cartographic Association (ICA). Abbas was Vice Chair of Spatially Enabled Government Working Group of the UN supported Permanent Committee on GIS Infrastructure for Asia and the Pacific (PCGIAP).
Elemide Oyebola Adebola
Senior Lecturer
Federal College of Agriculture
ELEMIDE oyebola adebola , is Senior Lecturer in the federal college of Agriculture along oba -ile road Akure ondo state Nigeria affiliated to National Institution of Research council of Nigeria. He is a researcher in soil and water conservation Engineering specialize in water management in Drainage and Irrigation. He is member of Nigerian society of Engineers , member Nigerian Institution of Agricultural Engineers , member America Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE) for seven years,A paper presenter in many international conference such as World climate conference
Dr. Derek Clarke
Chief Director - Surveys and Mapping
Department of Rural Development & Land Reforms
South Africa
Dr. Derek Clarke holds the position of head of the national mapping organization of South Africa. He is registered as a Professional Land Surveyor and a Professional Geoinformatics Practitioner. He holds a bachelor degree in surveying, a diploma in datametrics and a masters degree in executive public management. He did his PhD, on researching the implications of map literacy in development planning. He has been engaged with promoting geo-spatial information utilization for over 20 years and played a leading role in getting GIS going in South Africa.

Kaushik Dutta

GISP, IT Program Manager
Maryland Transportation Authority
Division of Information Technology (DoIT)
United States
Kaushik has more than TWELVE years of experience in GIS and over SEVEN years of Project Coordination. He currently holds two post graduate degree – Masters of Business Administration (Finance) from Loyola University, Maryland and Masters of Technology (Geology) from Indian School of Mines.

Dr Piero Boccardo

Piero Boccardo, Associate Professor of remote sensing at Politecnico di Torino and Director, Information Technology for Humanitarian Assistance, Cooperation and Action (ITHACA), holds a PhD degree in Geodesy and Geomatics from Politecnico di Torino in 1994 focusing on the geometric and radiometric processing of scanned images. Since 1995 he has been in charge for remote sensing and GIS design and implementation courses at the Politecnico di Torino. He is chair of the ISPRS working group VIII/1 on the usage of remotely sensed data for disaster management. and is -author of more than 100 national and international publications.
Nguyen Duc Tue
Director of Center of Survey and mapping Data
NGUYEN DUC TUE was born on 12, December, 1953 at Duc Tho - Ha Tinh. Presently he is serving as Director of Center of Survey and mapping Data in DOSMVN, Vietnam. He is a Master of Business administration and did his Graduation at Engineering University, Bulgaria in 1978. Previously he has worked for: Topograhpy Board, State Bureau of Survey and Mapping. Interpreter for the Vietnamese team in Irac; Chief of Qualitative Control Office, Mapping Center; Director of Publishment Center, Catographic Publishing House.
Dr. Parth Sarathi Roy
Outstanding Scientist, Dean , IIRS and Associate Director (Capacity Building), NRSC.
Director, Centre for Space Science and Technology Education in Asia and Pacific Affiliated to United Nations
Dr P.S.Roy has vast and varied experience in the field of Remote Sensing and Geoinformation ,in executing operational projects, in training & educational institution, institution building and management of scientific national/ international institutions/ organizations. He has published more than 115 papers in peer reviewed national and international journals, edited 4 books and contributed 29 chapters in different books.
Bob Mankowski, P.E.
Senior Director, Software Development
Bentley Systems
United States
Based in the USA, Mr. Mankowski is a registered professional engineer with over 15 years experience in software development. At Bentley, Mr. Mankowski is responsible for leading the development of the geospatial, civil, and hydraulic and hydrology product lines. In this role, he has been instrumental in introducing new geospatial products to market, the integration of geospatial capabilities into Bentley’s civil design products, and the continuing development of Bentley’s water modeling solution. Mr. Mankowski was the Chief Technical Officer at Haestad Methods, a pioneer in object-oriented hydraulic modeling software, when the company was acquired by Bentley in 2004.

Kumaran Narayanaswamy
kCube Consultancy Services
Kumaran is a highly passionate Open Source GIS evangelist with around 11 years of experience in designing, implementing and managing Geospatial and Open Source Solutions. He co-founded kCube Consultancy Services in 2006 to provide Geospatial solutions using Open Source GIS tools. He is an active promoter of Open Source and has been heading various Open Source GIS initiatives at Academic institutions, NGO's, Private and Government Organizations.

Dr. T.V. Ramachandra
Centre for Ecological Sciences
Indian Institute of Sciences
Dr. Ramachandra has Ph.D. in energy and environment from Indian Institute of Science. He has made significant contributions in the area of energy and environment. His research area includes wetlands, conservation, restoration and management of ecosystems, environmental management, GIS, remote sensing, regional planning and decision support systems. During the past fifteen years he has established an active school of research in the area of energy and environment. He teaches principles of remote sensing, digital image processing and Natural resources management. He has published over 258 research papers as well as 14 books. He is a fellow of Institution of Engineers (India), Senior member, IEEE (USA) and many similar institutions.Details of his research and copies of publications are available at

Arnulf Christl
United States
Arnulf Christl works as Systems Architect in the spatial domain since the late nineties. His core competencies are distributed spatial data infrastructures, metadata, agile development and Free and Open Source Software methodology, deployment and business models. He is president of the Open Source Geospatial Foundation (OSGeo) which he co-founded in 2006. He is member of the Open Source Geospatial (OGC) Architecture Board coordinating international standard development. He contributes to the European INSPIRE process through his company Metaspatial providing consulting for international SDI projects. He currently works as technical coordinator of the eContent+ project ESDIN, a consortium of 20 European National Mapping and Cadastre Agencies, private industry and academia headed by EuroGeographics.

Dr Markus Neteler
Fondazione Edmund Mach
Research and Innovation Centre
Markus Neteler received his MSc degree in Physical Geography and Landscape Ecology from the University of Hanover in Germany in 1999. He worked at the Institute of Geography as Research Scientist and teaching associate for two years. From 2001-2007, he was a researcher at FBK-irst (formerly ITC-irst), from 2005-2007 also at Centro di Ecologia Alpina. Since 2008 he is employed at Fondazione Edmund Mach (FEM), Trento, Italy, as coordinator of the GIS-Remote Sensing unit. His main research interests are remote sensing for environmental risk assessment and Free Software GIS development. He is author/co-author of two books on the Open Source Geographical Information System GRASS and various papers on applications in GIS. He is founding-member of the GRASS Anwender-Vereinigung e.V. (Germany) and the Open Source Geospatial Foundation (, USA). In September 2006, he was honored with the Sol Katz Award for Geospatial Free and Open Source Software (GFOSS). In 2010, he obtained the the degree of a Doctor of Natural Science (Dr. rer.nat) in Physical Geography. Markus Neteler is head of the GIS and Remote Sensing Unit at Fondazione Edmund Mach
Prof. (Dr.) H.S.Rai
Dean Testing and Consultancy
Guru Nanak Dev Engg. College
Dr. H.S Rai is an early adopter and promoter of Open Source Software. He is Civil Engineer with specialisation in Structural Engineering. He obtained his Ph.D from Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Roorkee (India), and has twenty one years of experience of teaching at various prominent Engineering Institutes of Punjab (India). Presently, He is Professor of Civil Engineering at Guru Nanak Dev Engineering College, Ludhiana (Pb) India and Dean Testing and Consultancy. His other interests are promotion of sustainable development is and use of Geo-graphical Information System (GIS).
S Narendra Prasad
Senior Principal Scientist & Head
S Narendra Prasad is an ecologist with more than three decades of experience in Forest, wetland ecosytems of India. Published over 100paaers and scientific reports, Also been involved in harnessing modern spatial technology tools , especially free and open source geospatial technology tools in conservation and in ecological research. I.have offered consultancy services to a wide ranging users in government, academic, developmental organizations and NGOs in environment, ecology and in developing geospatial information systems. At the National Level, Presently involved with work of several committees of Ministry of Environment and Forests, relating to conseravtion assessment and evaluation.
Dr. K S Rajan
Associate Professor, IIIT
Dr. KS Rajan is an Associate Professor at IIIT, Hyderabad, one of India’s top ranked research institutes, and leads the institute’s Lab for Spatial Informatics (LSI). Dr. Rajan’s major academic and research interests lie in the field of (Geo-)Spatial Technologies - GIS and Remote Sensing;and in multi-disciplinary research focused on environmental modeling. His work in Geospatial technologies include working on developing new algorithms, techniques, and solutions in GI Systems and Science for a wide variety of scientific and commercial applications. While in environmental modelling, it includes the integration through analysis of the multi-disciplinary fields of science and engineering and agent based modeling of the Human-Land–Water-Energy linkages and their interactions for impact studies and national and global level policy initiatives. Furthermore, Dr. Rajan is the lead author of the Urbanization Knowledge Module of the Global Energy Assessment, an effort similar to IPCC, focused on the entire gamut of Energy issues. He has more than 60 publications in Books, Journals and Conferences and has given close to 50 invited talks. He is the founder member and treasurer of the OpenSource Geospatial Foundation of India (OSGeo-India), a Hyderabad headquartered nonprofit organisation with the mission to support, foster, enhance, and promote the development of open geospatial technologies, data, and education in India. Also, an Executive Committee Member of FSMI – Free Software Movement of India.
Dr Venkatesh Raghavan
Osaka City University
Prof. Venkatesh Raghavan (aka Venka) has been involved in OSGeo ( since it's inception in 2006. He was one of the Member in the first OSGeo Board and is currently a Charter Member. He am actively involved in OSGeo Local Chapters in Asia. Presently based in Japan as Professor of Geoinformatics at the Graduate School for Creative Cities, Osaka City University. His research interest include distributed geo-processing, sensor network and remote sensing for change detection. Recently, he is working on ZOO WPS Platform ( and goGPS Projects (
Dr. Harish Chandra Karnatak
National Remote Sensing Centre
Dr. Harish Chandra Karnatak is PhD in Computer Science and working as a Scientist at National Remote Sensing Centre, ISRO Hyderabad, India. Dr. Karnatak has more than 10 year experience in Remote Sensing and GIS applications for natural resource management and disaster management at national level. His research areas includes DSS/SDSS development, web GIS, Enterprise GIS, spatial database management system, geospatial modeling and analysis and data mining. He has worked in more than eight national level programmes of Government of India and developed more than 15 geospatial solutions/ products for various operational activities at national level. He has more than 25 research/ technical publications in International and National peer reviewed journals and 12 project/research reports to his credit.
Dr. V. Ravi Kumar
Retd. Director
Believes that Free andOpen Source Software (FOSS) is a boon for India, and it's usage canbring in a digital revolution far more potent for Indian society thanwhat exists now. A Passionate evangelist of FOSS GIS, with blogsthat can be seen on the web by just searching 'Vundavalli + FOSSGIS'. Presently concentrating on introducing FOSS GIS in domainshitherto vary of using GIS, like municipal administration etc. Besides being a FOSS GISteacher, has more than three decades experience as a professionalGeologist employed in The Geological Survey of India (GSI).Experience runs from Himalayan Glacier expeditions in Sikkim, landsurvey for mineral exploration in Orissa to marine geologicalsurveyes for polymetalic nodules in the central Indian Ocean Basin,seabed mapping of Indian Exclusive Economic Zone and placer mineral investigation in the territorial waters.
Peter ter Haar
Director of Products
Ordnance Survey
Great Britain
Peter ter Haar is Director of Products at Ordnance Survey. Peter is responsible for all aspects of product management including product marketing, licensing, research, engineering, cartography and supply. Peter has over 20 years experience in product management and business development in both the public and private sectors in GI, location-based services and mobile technology. His previous roles include senior product and technical management roles in Geodan, Autodesk, Intergraph and the City of Amsterdam.
Assocaite Director
National Remote Sensing Centre ISRO
Dr. Vinay Kumar Dadhwal was born on 9th April 1957 in Delhi. He currently holds the position of Outstanding Scientist & Associate Director, National Remote Sensing Centre (NRSC), Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), Hyderabad since April 2010. His areas of speacialistion include Crop modeling, Remote Sensing Applications in Agriculture, Terrestrial Carbon Cycle, Land Cover Land Use Change Modelling, Land Surface Processes. Previously he has worked as Scientist/Engineer SC through SF 1983-1998, and Head, Crop Inventory & Modelling Division, 1998-2004, Space Applications Centre (Indian Space Research Organisation, ISRO), Ahmedabad. He was also associated as Dean, Indian Institute of Remote Sensing (IIRS), Dehradun 2004-2010; Concurrently, Deputy Director 2005-06, Director-in-Charge 2005-06, 2009(Dec) – 2010(Aug) of UN Centre for Space Science and Technology Education in Asia Pacific (CSSTE-AP), Dehradun. He has received ISCA Young Scientist Award, 1987; INSA Young Scientist Medal, 1989; Indian National Remote Sensing Award, 1999; Hari Om Ashram Prerit Dr Vikram Sarabhai Award, 1999; ISRO-Astronautical Society of India Award 2005; ISRO Merit Award, 2006. He was also associated as Corresponding Member, International Academy of Astronautics, 2010. Editor: Journal of Indian Society of Remote Sensing, Vice President: Indian National Cartographic Association, Science Panel Member: Terrestrial Carbon Observation (TCO) of FAO, Rome. He holds a PhD degree.