DE& I for Greater Good


1330 - 1345 Fireside Chat: Warrior Speaks


Albert H. Anoubon Momo

Co-founder and CEO
GeoDEV International

Clinton G. Johnson

Racial Equity and Social Justice

1345 - 1430 Panel: Unconscious Bias

Session Highlight

'Unconscious Bias' is a pre-conceived notion or judgement against a particular group or person. This could lead to a decision influenced by false beliefs or assumptions. Sometimes it's also called 'stereotyping'. Such biasness are on the basis of the colour and gender, Language/ Religion and Cultural background. Instutional racism is one big by-product of unconscious Bias.

This is observed and practised unknowingly or unrealisingly at various level:
  • Workplaces: Hiring and Retention
  • Educational Institutes
  • Society as a whole


Clinton G. Johnson

Racial Equity and Social Justice

Feye Andal

Geospatial Analyst/Project Manager
YouthMappers Regional Ambassador

Maaike Verbeek

Adviseur Environment Social Governance
The Netherlands

Elnaz Neinavaz

Assistant professor
ITC, University of Twente
The Netherlands

Salil Goel

PhD, Assistant Professor
Department of Civil Engineering (Geoinformatics), Department of Aerospace Engineering (Adjunct), IIT Kanpur

1430 - 1500 Panel: The Art of Balancing: Uniqueness of Women

Session Highlight

Beyond being a matter of social justice, empowering women has profound economic implications.

Recognising women's unique challenges in balancing career and family responsibilities, organisations can implement flexible work policies that accommodate diverse needs. Providing options such as remote work, flexible hours, and parental leave supports women and creates a more inclusive work environment for all employees.

Mentorship and sponsorship programs can be crucial in nurturing the next generation of women leaders. Organisations can inspire others to pursue leadership roles and shatter glass ceilings by showcasing successful women as role models.

Access to quality education and skill development is a cornerstone of women's empowerment. Organisations can play a role by providing learning and development opportunities that empower women to acquire new skills and stay competitive in an ever-evolving job market.


Ibrahima Cisse

Regional Director
Humanitarian OpenStreetMaps Team (HOT)- West Africa

Lyndsey Hofmann

M.S., Education & Professional Development Coordinator

Gopika Suresh

Chief Strategy Officer (CSO) and Co-Founder, Head of Products and Strategy
Marble Imaging

Hannah Brocke



With the world going through the various forms of transition, geospatial industry is also moving at fast pace to disrupt the world economy. Considering the scenario, it is imperative to create a society which collectively yields progress, growth and is better equipped to respond to the challenges.

Adoption of DE&I policy at workplaces through the lenses of race, ethnicity, ability, gender, sexual orientation, neurodiversity, and beyond, is talked about at large lengths, it has been acknowledged that the companies that are diverse, equitable, and inclusive are placed much better in the marketplace. However, there are still some loopholes on the adoption and actual implementation of DE&I framework, which arises the need to adopt for a systematic and coherent strategy.


Geospatial World Forum 2024 shall host a special session on Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI), which will highlight the initiatives that are in place to create a more diverse, equitable and inclusive industry, discuss the areas where improvements are required, and identify the actionable steps to make progress.

SUBMIT INTEREST TO SPEAK Submission Deadline | 15 October 2023

Session Highlights

  • How geospatial industry catching up with the transformation with DI&E framework
  • How can organizations foster an inclusive workplace
  • Strengthening Inclusive Leadership in a Hybrid Environment
  • Accepting Disabilities in Hiring, Retention, and Promotion
  • DEI initiatives that make the greatest impact: Case studies
  • Measures to strengthen leadership accountability and capabilities
  • Plans to center diversity and inclusion in the business strategy
  • Women in lead: Challenges and Opportunities

Missed the Abstract Submission Deadline? No Worries! It's not too late to be a part of this transformative event. Reach out to us at papers@geospatialworldforum.org.


CDOs and C-Level executives Vice Presidents and Directors of:

  • Strategy
  • Diversity & Inclusion Programmes
  • Talent Management
  • Human Resources

Professionals with responsibility for:

  • Diversity & Inclusion
  • Organization Culture
  • Leadership Development
  • Employee Engagement
  • Learning
  • Succession Planning
  • Learning and Development
  • Employee Relations

Organizations and NGOs working towards:

  • Women Empowerment
  • Rights for disabled community
  • Fight against racism