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Welcome Message

It is my pleasure to invite you to the Netherlands from 2nd-4th April, for the very exciting Geospatial World Forum. We’re glad to be co-hosting it this year and are thrilled that the forum is coming back to our country. The importance of geospatial technology in the world of today and tomorrow will be presented to you in a surprising, visual and interactive way during the 3-day event. There will be a lot of knowledge and experiences to share and exchange during the event. The forum is going to be ‘the’ place for inspiration and interaction.

See you in Amsterdam!

Dorine Burmanje Chair of Executive Board, Kadaster
Co-host, Geospatial World Forum 2019

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About Geospatial World Forum

Geospatial World Forum is a collaborative and interactive platform, which demonstrates collective and shared vision of the global geospatial community. It is an annual gathering of geospatial professionals and leaders representing the entire geospatial ecosystem. This comprises of public policies, national mapping agencies, private sector enterprises, multilateral and development organizations, scientific and academic institutions, and above all end users from government, businesses, and citizen services. With Geospatial Media and Communications as the primary driver, Geospatial World Forum is conceived, designed and managed by a partner network of about 50 organizations...


#geospatialbydefault – Empowering billions!

The Fourth Industrial Revolution is bringing significant attention to geospatial technology and expanding its reach to larger masses of society. Simplifying utility and value of geospatial knowledge for consumers became a determining factor for successful business models. While disruption gets to be the new normal, geospatial is becoming ubiquitous, pervasive, and ‘default’ in our daily lives. Join the #geospatialbydefault movement at Geospatial World Forum 2019 as we strive to make geographic information a common language for 7 billion people around the world!

Plenary Speakers

ModeratorSTEFAN SCHWEINFEST, Director, Statistics Division, United Nations
Statistics Division
United Nations
ModeratorDORINE BURMANJE, Chair of Executive Board, Kadaster, The Netherlands
ModeratorDORINE BURMANJE Chair of Executive Board
The Netherlands
ModeratorSanjay Kumar, Chief Executive Officer, Geospatial Media & Communications,
ModeratorSanjay Kumar Chief Executive Officer
Geospatial Media & Communications
ModeratorPaul Tullis, Independent Journalist, Author: The World Economy Runs on GPS,  USA,
ModeratorPaul Tullis Independent Journalist
Author: The World Economy Runs on GPS
Alain De Taeye, Board Member, TomTom, The Netherlands
Alain De Taeye Board Member
The Netherlands
Christopher De Preter, Chief Sales Officer, Hexagon Geospatial, Belgium
Christopher De Preter Chief Sales Officer
Hexagon Geospatial
Keynote AddressJACK DANGERMOND, President, Esri, Chairman, WGIC, USA
Keynote AddressJACK DANGERMOND President, Esri
Chairman, WGIC
Keynote AddressSTEVE BERGLUND, President and CEO, Trimble, USA
Keynote AddressSTEVE BERGLUND President and CEO
Keith Masback, Former President, USGIF, Owner & Principal Consultant, PLUM RUN LLC, USA
Keith Masback Former President, USGIF
Owner & Principal Consultant, PLUM RUN LLC
Keynote AddressAnna Wellenstein, Director, Strategy and Operations, The World Bank, USA
Keynote AddressAnna Wellenstein Director, Strategy and Operations
The World Bank
Andreas Gerster, Vice President, Global Construction BIM-CIM, FARO, Germany
Andreas Gerster Vice President, Global Construction BIM-CIM
Mohamed Mezghani, Secretary General, International Association of Public Transport, Belgium
Mohamed Mezghani Secretary General
International Association of Public Transport
Nadine Alameh, Chief Executive Officer, Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC), USA
Nadine Alameh Chief Executive Officer
Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC)
Sybilla Dekker, Honorary Minister of State, Former Minister of Housing, Spatial Planning and the Environment, The Netherlands
Sybilla Dekker Honorary Minister of State
Former Minister of Housing, Spatial Planning and the Environment
The Netherlands
Frank Pauli, Chief Executive Officer, CycloMedia Technology, The Netherlands
Frank Pauli Chief Executive Officer
CycloMedia Technology
The Netherlands
William Priest, Chief Executive, Geospatial Commission, Cabinet Office, United Kingdom
William Priest Chief Executive, Geospatial Commission
Cabinet Office
United Kingdom
B.V.R. MOHAN REDDY, Executive Chairman, Cyient, India
B.V.R. MOHAN REDDY Executive Chairman
DOMINIK ROZKRUT, President, Statistics Poland, Poland
Statistics Poland
Anantha Sayana, Chief Digital Officer, Larsen & Toubro, India
Anantha Sayana Chief Digital Officer
Larsen & Toubro
Dr. Virginia Burkett, Chief Scientist, Climate and Land Use Change, Geological Survey, USA
Dr. Virginia Burkett Chief Scientist, Climate and Land Use Change
Geological Survey
Hon. BENITO OWUSU-BIO, Deputy Minister of Lands and Natural Resources, Ghana,
Hon. BENITO OWUSU-BIO Deputy Minister of Lands and Natural Resources
Malcolm Johnson, Deputy Secretary-General, International Telecommunication Union, Switzerland
Malcolm Johnson Deputy Secretary-General
International Telecommunication Union
Lt. Gen. Girish Kumar, Surveyor General, Survey of India,
Lt. Gen. Girish Kumar Surveyor General
Survey of India
Jeff Glueck, Chief Executive Officer, Foursquare, USA
Jeff Glueck Chief Executive Officer
Ambassador Venu Rajamony, Indian Ambassador to The Netherlands,,
Ambassador Venu Rajamony Indian Ambassador to The Netherlands

Carola Verschoor, Chief Digital Officer, Royal HaskoningDHV, The Netherlands
Carola Verschoor Chief Digital Officer
Royal HaskoningDHV
The Netherlands
Wim Herijgers, Group Director, Digital Innovation & Technology, Fugro, The Netherlands
Wim Herijgers Group Director, Digital Innovation & Technology
The Netherlands
Simonetta Di Pippo, Director, United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs, United Nations
Simonetta Di Pippo Director
United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs
United Nations
1500+ professionals
500+ organizations
70+ countries
250+ speakers
1000 sqm exhibition space

Most Talked About Geospatial Industry Platform

Countless hours of learning, one location

Raising geospatial community’s profile

Recognizing the growing role of geospatial community in addressing larger development agenda and governance, the forum works towards raising the profile of the geospatial industry amongst political and administrative leaders. Ministerial segments along with senior executives of multilateral organizations will share their perspectives at the event.

Networking and Receptions

All work no play is not our motto! Get ready to put your best tux on to attend our special networking receptions. Get ready to party cause that is also serious business! If you’re into delicious food, exciting crowd, and culture, our *Gala Dinner is the place to be.
*Gala dinner is by invitation/paid basis only

Thought Leadership

Conferences can help you develop valuable new relationships, build influence in your space through speaking and thought leadership content, and even challenge you to think differently and push yourself to grow as a leader. GWF is the apt platform for that.

Technology Expo and Showcase

We don’t expect you to just listen. Get hands-on experience and live it up with the vibrant display of inventive technology and engaging training sessions by subject matter experts at the exhibition.

Connecting User Communities

The forum aims to establish thematic symposiums focusing on major industry segments such as SDGs, Smart Cities, Environment and Climate Change, and others. These will be organized in partnership with major professional societies associated with the above-mentioned user industries, facilitating connectivity between geospatial community and respective user community, enabling pro-active engagement and furthering the value proposition of geospatial offerings.

Community Engagement and Interactive Discussions

Businesses today are all about collaboration. Find the right partners for your business ideas. Join the event and network with the participants and start collaborating.

Discover Amsterdam

Amsterdam is the capital and most populous municipality of the Netherlands. The city has a population of 851,373 within the city proper, 1,351,587 in the urban area, and 2,410,960 in the Amsterdam metropolitan area. It is located in the province of North Holland in the west of the country. The metropolitan area comprises much of the northern part of the Randstad, one of the larger conurbations in Europe, with a population of approximately 7 million.