David Early, Principal at PlaceWorks, is renowned throughout California as an expert on smart growth and sustainable development, with nearly 30 years of experience in the fields of comprehensive planning, plan implementation, public participation, urban design, transportation planning, and environmental review. Mr. Early is an expert facilitator, and he has helped numerous groups achieve consensus on difficult development and conservation issues. He also has extensive knowledge of GIS planning concepts and has overseen the application of GIS on numerous projects.
Manager, The Nature Conservancy
Zach Ferdana is the Lead Coastal Resilience Manager of The Nature Conservancy. He supports U.S. and international projects in ecosystem-based management, climate adaptation, and marine spatial planning. He leads the Coastal Resilience program, an array of projects using online decision support tools to promote the role of coastal habitats in hazard mitigation, restoration and resilience planning. As part of the Conservancy's Global Marine Initiative Zach provides planning, spatial analysis, project management and geodesign expertise to the organizations' Climate and Disaster Risk Reduction strategy.
He received his degree in Environmental Studies at The Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington, with concentration in Landscape Ecology and Marine Mammal Biology in 1994. He then went on to earn an advanced technical degree in GIS at the University of Washington in 1998. He joined The Nature Conservancy in 2000.
Henk J. Scholten studied Mathematics and Geography at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam and obtained his Ph.D. on the subject of models for housing allocation at the Faculty of Geography of the University of Utrecht (NL) in 1988. Since 1990, he has been a professor in Spatial Informatics at the Faculty of Economics at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam and the Director of the Spinlab (www.spinlab.vu.nl).
In addition, Prof. Scholten is founder and CEO of Geodan, one of the largest European companies specialising in Geospatial Information Technology in the European Union. (www.geodan.nl).
In July 2009, Prof. Scholten received the ‘Lifetime Achievement Award,’ given to him by Jack Dangermond, president and founder of Esri. This award is given to a person who has contributed significantly to advancing the science and technology of GIS throughout his career.
In 2015, Manchester University gave Prof. Scholten the title of honorary Doctor of Science from the Faculty of Science and Engineering for his extensive contributions to GIS. In May this year during the GeoSpatial World Forum, Prof. Scholten was given the Life Time Achievement Award.
Professor Scholten has written many articles about GIS for publication in international books and journals
Professor of Landscape Architecture and Planning, Harvard University
Carl Steinitz is the Alexander and Victoria Wiley Professor of Landscape Architecture and Planning, Emeritus, at Harvard University Graduate School of Design. In 1967, Steinitz received his PhD degree in City and Regional Planning, with a major in urban design, from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). He also holds the Master of Architecture degree from MIT and a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Cornell University. In 1965 he began his affiliation with the Harvard Graduate School of Design as an initial research associate in the Laboratory for Computer Graphics and Spatial Analysis. He has been Professor of Landscape Architecture and Planning at the Graduate School of Design since 1973.
Professor Steinitz has devoted much of his academic and professional career to improving methods to analyze large land areas and make design decisions about conservation and development. His applied research and teaching focus on highly valued landscapes that are undergoing substantial pressures for change. Professor Steinitz has directed studies in as wide ranging locales as the Gunnison region of Colorado; the Monadnock region of New Hampshire; the Snyderville Basin, Utah; Monroe County, Pennsylvania; the region of Camp Pendleton, California; the Gartenreich Worlitz in Germany; Muskau in Germany and Poland; the West Lake in Hangzhou, China; the Upper San Pedro River Basin in Sonora and Arizona; Coiba National Park in Panama; the regions of La Paz and Loreto in Baja California Sur, Mexico; Cagliari, Italy; the Tajo River and Henares River corridors in Spain; and the regions of Castilla La Mancha and Valencia in Spain.
Professor Steinitz has lectured and given workshops at more than 140 universities. In 1984, the Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture (CELA) presented Professor Steinitz with the Outstanding Educator Award for his “extraordinary contribution to environmental design education” and for his “pioneering exploration in the use of computer technology in landscape planning, especially in the areas of resource management and visual impact assessment.” In 1996 he received the annual “Outstanding Practitioner Award” from the International Society of Landscape Ecology (USA). In 2002, he was honored as one of Harvard University’s outstanding teachers.
Professor Steinitz is author of A Framework for Geodesign (Esri press, 2012) and principal author of Alternative Futures for Changing Landscapes (Island Press 2003). He has received several honorary degrees. Professor Steinitz is currently the External Academic Adviser to the European Union funded LE:NOTRE program to rationalize landscape education in Europe and Honorary Visiting Professor at the Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis at University College London.
Director, Spatial Sciences Institute
John Wilson is the founding Director of the Spatial Sciences Institute as well as a Professor of Architecture, Civil & Environmental Engineering, Computer Science, and Sociology at the University of Southern California.
Dr. Wilson’s research and teaching focus on the modeling of environmental systems with the general goal of improving our knowledge and understanding of the factors linking society, the environment and human health. He received his LLB Honors (Law), BSc Honors and MSc in Geography from the University of Canterbury in New Zealand and PhD in Geography from the University of Toronto in Canada. He has held several visiting appointments in environmental studies, geography, and planning at the Australian National University, University of Canterbury, University of Utrecht, University of Waikato, and most recently, in the Institute of Geographical Sciences and Natural Resources Research at the Chinese Academy of Sciences.
Dr. Wilson founded the journal Transactions in GIS in 1996 and has served as Editor-in-Chief since its inception. He is a Fellow of the University Consortium for Geographic Information Science and currently serves as the Editor-in-Chief for the Geographic Information Science & Technology Body of Knowledge 2.0 project. He is also an active participant in the UNIGIS International Association, a worldwide consortium of 10 institutions which collaborates on the development and delivery of online geographic information science academic programs. His research has been funded by the National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health as well as many state agencies, not-for-profits, and for-profit companies.
Arjan van Timmeren
Professor,TU Delft, Department of Urbanism, Chair Environmental Technology & Design
Arjan van Timmeren (Groningen, 1969) is full professor at TU Delft, Department of Urbanism, Chair Environmental Technology & Design.
Besides of that he is Scientific Director of the Amsterdam based, joint initiative by TU Delft, MIT and Wageningen UR: the AMS Institute.
Over the years Arjan van Timmeren has played a significant role in the integration of the concept of sustainable development and environmental technology in the field of architecture and urbanism in both practice and academia. His research focuses on environmental innovation, industrial ecology, urban metabolism, sustainable area development, CE, self-sufficiency and ’smart cities’.
With both his research group at the TU Delft and the AMS Institute he is involved in many large international research projects and building projects in and outside the Netherlands, varying from individual (clusters of) buildings, to large ‘climate neutral’ city districts, infrastructures and regional plans. He received several (inter)national awards for his work and has seats in several national and international advisory boards, scientific committees, steering groups and quality teams.
Associate Professor, Peking University
Li Dihua, associate professor, having a multiplied backgrounds of academy and landscape planning practice; devoting himself to the field of urban and Rural ecology, landscape sociology research and education, trying to promote the application of ecological knowledge and approached in urban studies and landscape planning.
He has involved in more than 30 projects related, 5 of them prized, over 30 papers and 9 books published; He is active in diverse academic fields.
Manager Port Planning, Port of Rotterdam
As the biggest Port of Europa, the Port of Rotterdam has an ambition to grow in a sustainable context.
This ambition is however restricted by spacial, environmental and hinterland access requirements.
Plus, the Port is facing with future uncertainties caused by changes of the global economy and transition of energy demands.
Important is to direct the development of the port regarding these restrictions and uncertainties.
The program Growing within limits is supporting the Port in its decision making process for making the port future proof.