National Mapping Summit Theme: Geospatial Knowledge Infrastructure for Global Economy

15-16 May 2024


Geospatial information, technology, and applications have become ubiquitous in modern life, offering businesses a competitive advantage and evolving into a daily necessity for digitally connected individuals. Users in various economic sectors are increasingly integrating geospatial technology and information into their workflows to amplify their sector-specific outcomes and therefore contributing to global economy. As geospatial technology adoption grows across sectors, there's an opportunity for the geospatial ecosystem to evolve towards providing the sought-after geospatial knowledge. To meet the escalating need for geospatial content, National Geospatial Agencies (NGAs) need to persist in updating their geospatial strategies and workflows. This evolution should enable them to accommodate the growing demand while ensuring effectiveness and cost-efficiency.

Advancements in Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) technologies have revolutionized the process of capturing, managing, and generating geospatial data. A growing number of entities within various industries are actively involved in generating geospatial content. This ongoing contribution serves to broaden the geospatial value chain and its wider ecosystem. Sharing and collaboration around national data and downstream applications and services will not only create value but also forge new business models, benefiting both NGAs and the industry at large. Collaborative efforts between geospatial, digital, and user industries can co-create enhanced geospatial knowledge services tailored to user demands. Therefore, Geospatial Knowledge Infrastructure involves not only traditional geospatial stakeholders but also participants from digital and user ecosystems.


0930 - 1030 Session 1: Role and Relevance of Geospatial Knowledge Infrastructure (GKI) in National Development

Session Highlight

  • What are knowledge-focused national geospatial infrastructures, and how can countries move up the knowledge value chain?
  • Role of knowledge-focused geospatial infrastructures in meeting national development mandates
  • Adoption and integration of geospatial knowledge in critical economic sectors
  • Socio-economic impact of knowledge-focused national geospatial infrastructures, and geospatial knowledge integration in critical economic sectors

Keynote Address

Zaffar Sadiq Mohamed-Ghouse

Director, Advisory and Innovation
Woolpert Asia-Pacific

Sile Martin

Senior Policy Adviser
UK Geospatial Commission

Markus Jobst

Chief Information Officer
Federal Office of Metrology and Surveying

David Henderson

Chief Geospatial Officer
Ordnance Survey

Alejandro Guinea de Salas


Dheeraj Kumar

Dy. Director and Project Director

1030 - 1130 Session 2: 4IR Transforming Geospatial Knowledge Creation & Management

Session Highlight

  • Implications of emerging technologies on data processing and knowledge generation
  • Cutting edge technologies (AI, ML, IoT etc.) and their integration into national mapping operations
  • IT strategies for NGAs enabling development of enhanced knowledge products and services through adoption of emerging technologies
  • Stakeholders of the future geospatial ecosystem and knowledge creation value chain

Vikrant Nashine

Global Delivery Head - GIS
Tech Mahindra

Chris Williams

Head of Digital Mapping
British Geological Survey

Brenda Alejandra MUNOZ De Luna

Head, Department of Geosystems
National Institute of Statistics and Geography (INEGI)

Jasmin Catic

Senior Expert for Spatial Data Infrastructure Geoportal
Federal Administration for Geodetic and Real Property Affairs
Bosnia & Herzegovina

1330 - 1500 Session 3: Roles and Mandates of Contemporary National Geospatial Agencies (NGAs)

Session Highlight

  • Trusted and authoritative foundation data and its importance in development of geospatial knowledge products and services
  • Development of future-ready geodetic infrastructure to meet diverse user needs
  • Positioning infrastructure for the future digital and autonomous society
  • User demand identification and development of demand-driven knowledge
  • Beyond data collection - Evolving mandates of NGAs
  • Digital transformation and modernization of NGAs


Sallie Payne Snell

Secretary General and Executive Director

Keynote Address

Nicholas Brown

Head of Office
United Nations Global Geodetic Centre of Excellence

Eric Loubier

Director General
Canada Centre for Mapping and Earth Observation Canadian Mapping Agency

Nichola Smith

Senior Digital Specialist
British Geological Survey

Muh Aris Marfai

Badan Informasi Geospasial (BIG)

Darko Vucetic

Head of Centre for Geospatial Information Management
Republic Geodetic Authority

1600 - 1730 Session 4: Earth Observation as a service for National Mapping

Session Highlight

  • National Mapping Agencies as users of earth observation - business and collaboration models
  • Earth Observation enabling enhanced national mapping operations
  • Earth observation augmenting national geospatial infrastructures
  • Space imaging aiding development of geospatial knowledge products to support national development mandates


Mark Cygan

Director - National Mapping Solutions

Gopika Suresh

Co-founder, CSO and Head of Products and Strategy
Marble Imaging A.G.

Haico van der Vegt

The Netherlands

Mari Khardziani

Head of International Relations Service
National Agency of Public Registry

0930 - 1130 Session 5: Digital Consumers of the Future Geospatial Ecosystem

Session Highlight

  • Next-gen geospatial content for digital consumers
  • Features that define next-gen geospatial content (real-time data, interactivity, 3D mapping, AI-driven insights)
  • Importance of user-centric design and seamless integration of geospatial content across platforms
  • Standards for integrated geospatial knowledge creation and management

Keynote Address

Kaustav Nag

Additional Director General (Exploration), Directorate General of Hydrocarbons
Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas
Govt. of India

Laura D'heer

Product Owner Expert
Digitaal Vlaanderen

Geraldine Nolf

Product Owner Metadata, Data Publicatie & Teamcoach Data management
Digitaal Vlaanderen

Loes Deventer

Business Analyst
Digitaal Vlaanderen

Craig Sandy

Surveyor-General of Victoria
Department of Transport and Planning

Yuri Tsubaki

Deputy Director for Urban Policy
Ministry of land Infrastructure Transport and Tourism

Nazri Othman

Johor State Director of Survey and Mapping
Department of Survey and Mapping Malaysia (JUPEM)


Senior System Analyst/Programmer (ITU Focal Point For Geospatial Information Management)
Terrestrial Service Department Radiocommunication Bureau

Chiranjit Guha

General Manager
Foundation for Ecological Security

1200 - 1300 Session 6: Evolving Business and Collaboration Models for Co-creating Knowledge-focused Geospatial Infrastructure

Session Highlight

  • Leveraging geospatial industry expertise in integration of emerging technologies and development of next-gen geospatial content
  • Collaborations between NGAs and other entities (users, other government agencies, policy makers, private sector, research organisations and academia)
  • Business models and revenue streams associated with next-gen geospatial content
  • Case studies demonstrating successful partnerships and their impact on knowledge derived from geospatial data

Jani Kylmaaho

Director of Development and Digitalization
National Land Survey of Finland

Amy Rose

Technical Director
Overture Maps Foundation

Emilio Lopez Romero

National Center for Geographic Information (CNIG)

Sara Taibo

Client Manager
National Agency for Geospatial Development

1400 - 1500 Session 7: Integrated National Geospatial Strategy and its Role in Powering the National Economy

Session Highlight

  • Components of integrated geospatial strategies and their significance in national development
  • Alignment and integration of geospatial and wider national digital policies for delivering better knowledge services to users
  • Sectoral geospatial strategies and their role in enhancing geospatial knowledge integration in workflows
  • Role of national geospatial agencies, geospatial industry, and sectoral users in the development and implementation of integrated national geospatial strategies


Abigail Page

Head of Geospatial Market Policy
Geospatial Commission, Cabinet Office

Piotr Perz

Manager - Geoportal Division, Department of Informatization
Head Office of Geodesy and Cartography

Ruud Van Rossem

General Programme Manager DiS / Policy Coordinator Geo-information
Ministry of Interior and Kingdom Affairs
The Netherlands

Clinton Heimann

Deputy Director General Spatial Planning and Land Use Management
National Department of Agriculture Land Reform and Rural Development
South Africa

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National Geospatial and Digital Policymakers
National Topographic Mapping Agencies
Hydrographic Agencies
Geological Agencies
Spatial Data Infrastructure Agencies
Earth Observation Agencies
Land and Cadastre Agencies
Geospatial and Digital Technology Providers
Users from Critical Economic Sectors
Research and Academia