Speaker Bio & Abstract

ModeratorDr Vanessa Lawrence CB Senior Strategic Global Geospatial Advisor
Governments and Inter-Governmental Organisations
United Kingdom

BiographyDr Vanessa Lawrence CB is currently working internationally as a senior advisor to governments, inter-governmental organisations, including the World Bank, and large private sector organisations. In addition, she is a Director of Location International which provides strategic advice and full operational capacity globally, to the public and private sector, as to how to gain from improving their own use of location information to enhance their decision-making and to meet the ever changing needs of their customers and stakeholders. She is a Non-Executive Director of the Satellite Applications Catapult who promotes innovative use of satellite data, on the Advisory Group of the Urban Big Data Centre and holds Visiting Professorships at Southampton University and Kingston University. From 2000-2014, she held the post of Director General and CEO of Ordnance Survey and from 2011-2015, she was a founding co-chair of the United Nations Committee of Experts on Global Geospatial Information Management (UN-GGIM).