Dates: 25-26 May 2016

Recently, the United Nations and the member states adopted the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) that succinctly encapsulate issues that need immediate attention for creating an environment for sustained socio-economic progress worldwide, targeting issues such as poverty, food security, inclusive education, sustained management of water resources, green and clean energy, building resilient infrastructure amongst others. The global GDP that stands at USD 77301.96 billion today is projected to reach USD 98115.59 billion by 2020 and the major contributing sectors to the global GDP bouquet include some of the same sectors, that UN has targeted in its SDGs, like agriculture, mining, construction, transportation, electricity, water, oil and gas and healthcare. Considering the significant role that geospatial data and solutions play in these sectors, the social and economic impact produced by the application of geospatial information on these sectors is tremendous, thereby greatly influencing modern living and national economies as well. In the past one decade, a number of studies have been conducted that have tried to assess the economic impact created by geospatial information on national economies of Australia, New Zealand, USA, Canada, Ireland, England and Wales, India and others. These studies have brought to light how geospatial information has been utilised by different vertical industries, the factors that have aided the increased adoption and the economic value resulted thereafter. Such studies help not only to consolidate the position of geospatial information, but also validate the role of the data providers in creating a positive impact on society and economies.

The extent to which geospatial information continues to positively impact society and economy will greatly depend on the strength and initiatives of geospatial content producers and ability of users in utilising the data and solutions. The developing economies can benefit from this evolution by leapfrogging in their capacities of production and adoption of geospatial information, thereby further boosting socio-economic growth.


In its pursuit to strengthen the role and relevance of geospatial information in various end user vertical industries and connecting the stakeholders of geospatial industry to boost the business of geospatial content and solutions, Geospatial Media and Communications is organising an exclusive International Symposium on Impact of Geospatial Information on Society and Economy with heads of over 100 national mapping, cadastral, earth observation and SDI agencies, who are the primary custodians of geospatial content on the economic impact these agencies make on their national economies. The key objectives of the symposium are to:

  • Bring out the specific cases which highlight the social and economic impact created by national geospatial information agencies
  • Understand the connection between work done by these agencies the social life of citizens and national economies
  • Understand how this connection is estimated and communicated to other stakeholders
  • Deepen understanding of the role and relevance of national geospatial agencies for various sectors of economic significance


Wednesday, 25 May, 2016

Introduction and Overview
Geospatial Media will deliver a presentation based on a white paper developed on the topic Impact of Geospatial Information on Society and National Economies. The paper has assimilated a number of such studies and produced a derivative of the studies. This presentation will set the tone for the discussions to be held over the next two days.

Geospatial impacting Society and Economy: Consultants perspective
Few consultancies have done impact assessment studies on value of geospatial technologies on national economies. This session will invite presentations on their studies, methodologies and insights.

Role of Geospatial Information in attaining Economic Growth
The day’s presentations will highlight in specific how geospatial information have helped establishing stronger economic impact for countries/regions through contribution to sectors such as agriculture, electricity, building and construction, telecom etc.

Thursday, 26 May, 2016

Role of Geospatial Information in attaining Sustainable Development Goals
The day’s agenda will include case studies substantiating the role of national geospatial information agencies in achieving the SDGs like healthcare, safety and security, improved governance, education etc.


25 May 2016 0900 - 0930 hrs
Megha Datta Industry Manager - NGIO
Geospatial Media and Communications
MATT DELANO Business Area Director
Land Administration Solutions
Trimble Navigation
25 May 2016 0930 - 1100 hrs
David Jevons Partner
Oxera Consulting
United Kingdom
Bagrat Bayburtian Deloitte Advisory Director
Deloitte Transactions and Business Analytics LLP
Ed Kennedy Senior Associate
Hickling Arthurs Low Corporation
Dr Zaffar Sadiq Mohamed-Ghouse Director - NSW Business Development, Research & International Relations
CRC for Spatial Information
25 May 2016 1300 - 1500 hrs
Dr. Shailesh Nayak Distinguished Professor
Ministry of Earth Sciences
Government of India
Bengt Kjellson Director General
Swedish National Land Survey
Susanne Schnorr-Baecker Head of Unit Regional Statistics, Indicator Systems
Federal Statistical Office of Germany
Dr. Priyadi Kardono Head of Geospatial Information
Geospatial Information Agency
Geoff Sawyer Secretary General
25 May 2016 1600 - 1730 hrs
Steven Brandwood Head of Engagement
United Kingdom
Denise McKenzie Executive Director, Communications and Outreach
United Kingdom
Damascene MUNYANGAJU Deputy Registrar of Land Titles
Rwanda Natural Resources Authority
Michael Tischler Director - National Geospatial Program
United States Geological Survey
Alessandra Tassa ESA
26 May 2016 0900 - 1100 hrs
Dr. Kumar Navulur President
DigitalGlobe Foundation
Greg Scott Inter-Regional Advisor
UNGGIM Secretariat
Prof Bruce Banoeng-Yakubo Chief Director
Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources
Barbara Ryan Secretariat Director
26 May 2016 1130 - 1300 hrs
Ivan DeLoatch Executive Director
Federal Geographic Data Committee (FGDC)
Ingrid Vanden Berghe Director General
National Geographic Institute (IGN)
Simon Hodson Executive Director
Moschos Vogiatzis Director of Forest Mapping & Natural Environment
National Cadastre & Mapping Agency S.A.
26 May 2016 1400 - 1530 hrs
Sr. Ahamad Zakaria Director of Surveying and Mapping
Department of Survey and Mapping (JUPEM)
Yasushi Shimoyama Principal Researcher for New Survey Technology
Geospatial Information Authority
Derek Clarke Chief Director
Department of Rural Development and Land Reform
South Africa
Hoang Ngoc Lam Deputy Director General
Department of Survey and Mapping