Plenary 4: Power of Sharing: Geospatial Knowledge Infrastructure Building Sustainable Economies

With implementation of the sustainable development agenda gaining momentum and becoming more urgent; countries and multi-stakeholders of the development community are beginning to understand the significance of geospatial information and technologies as fundamental inputs in building a sustainable world. A robust geospatial knowledge infrastructure can assist to bridge the geospatial digital divide through regional and global geospatial knowledge network initiatives. Top-level executives from national geospatial agencies and development communities will deliberate the power of data sharing and its impact in building new and sustainable economies, and discuss how to ensure that the geospatial data revolution reaches the grassroots and is actionable at all levels.


ModeratorSTEFAN SCHWEINFEST, Director, Statistics Division, United Nations
Statistics Division
United Nations
Keynote AddressAnna Wellenstein, Director, Strategy and Operations, The World Bank, USA
Keynote Address
Anna Wellenstein
Director, Strategy and Operations
The World Bank
William Priest, Chief Executive, Geospatial Commission, Cabinet Office, United Kingdom
William Priest Chief Executive, Geospatial Commission
Cabinet Office
United Kingdom
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
Lt. Gen. Girish Kumar, Surveyor General, Survey of India,
Lt. Gen. Girish Kumar Surveyor General
Survey of India
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