Deirdre Dalpiaz Bishop is chief of the Geography Division at the U.S. Census Bureau, where she leads a staff of over 200 employees in the development of a national geospatial database. This database of addresses, roads, and boundaries creates the foundation used to support the 2020 Census and ongoing surveys.
Deirdre began her career in the New York Regional Office, where she was a program coordinator for geography, surveys, partnership, automation, and space and leasing. She moved to the Census Redistricting Data Office at headquarters where she was instrumental in obtaining congressional and legislative district information for all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico in advance of the 2010 Census. Next, she served as geographic adviser within Geography Division where she coordinated efforts for the 2010 Census and the Geographic Support System. Prior to her current role, Deirdre served as chief of the Decennial Census Management Division, where she implemented the 2020 Census Research and Testing Program and completed the 2020 Census Operational Plan three years ahead of last decade. The operational plan outlines the design of the 2020 Census and provides details about the thirty-four 2020 Census operations.
Deirdre received her master's degree in public administration from New York University and her bachelor's degree in urban studies from Lehigh University. She is a graduate of the Department of Commerce's Senior Executive Service Candidate Development Program and was three times honored with the Census Bureau's Bronze Medal Award. Deirdre is the President of the U.S. National Section of the Pan American Institute of Geography and History.
Joined Esri in 1983. Since then, Clint has been responsible for managing all Esri product releases in use today in hundreds of thousands of organizations worldwide. Clint manages a division of hundreds of GIS analysts, app programmers, writers, and test analysts.
Clint’s Product Engineering teams work closely with the Esri Software Development teams managed by Scott Morehouse, Esri’s Visionary and Sud Menon, Esri’s Chief Architect for ArcGIS. They work with these software developers to define and build the ArcGIS platform. Product Engineering teams focus on user scenarios, product functionality, testing, documentation, and the release management of all Esri software products.
In addition, over the past three decades Clint has done hundreds of presentations on GIS implementation and concepts at numerous conferences and meetings worldwide. He has written extensively about GIS, contributing to several books, white papers, and presentations on GIS. Clint’s work includes significant contributions to many Esri Press books, ArcNews, Arc User, Esri Training, Esri websites, and ArcGIS user’s guides.
Clint is particularly passionate about defining and capturing GIS methods, best practices, and key concepts. Most recently, the explosion of Web GIS is generating huge new opportunities for how GIS can be applied more broadly across organizations and communities.
1981 to 1983. Before coming to Esri, Clint served as IT coordinator and biostatistician for National Wildlife Refuge planning for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in Anchorage, Alaska. Work there included coordinating the development of GIS methods and databases for master planning of sixteen national wildlife refuges covering more than 70 million acres of land and much of the coastal areas in Alaska. Clint’s duties included training, coordination with federal and state agencies, land use planning, and implementing GIS technology for refuge planning mandated by the U.S. Congress. In this work, Clint participated in the implementation of one of the first GIS-based planning systems.
1978 to 1981. Clint served as a biostatistician with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in Fort Collins, Colorado, working on procedures for the estimation of environmental impacts on fish and wildlife resources. Clint contributed to the development of the Habitat Evaluation Procedures (HEP) used throughout the Service. HEP is a geographic accounting system for evaluating the impacts to fish and wildlife of alternative land use plans. Clint also supported scientists on the development of habitat suitability, as well as economic and human use models for fish and wildlife habitat characterization.
1976 to 1978. As a graduate student assistant, Clint performed research at the Institute of Statistics at Texas A&M University. In that role, he applied statistical and computer programming techniques to environmental management and natural resource information. His academic focus was on stochastic modeling, simulation, and non-linear regression modeling.
Dorine Burmanje is chair of the Executive Board of the Netherlands' Cadastre, Land Registry and
Mapping Agency, in short: Kadaster. Her main focus is to position Kadaster at national and international level as partner in property related issues and geographic information facilitating society; executed in close cooperation with stakeholders from academic institutes, the public and private sector.
Her main areas of responsibility include the general management of the organisation, the positioning of Kadaster as a non-departmental public body, the promotion of Kadaster as a partner in the GEO sector as well as further development of innovation. Mrs Burmanje is also engaged in various associations in the field of spatial information; she is a member of the Advisory Board of the Netherlands Space Office. Besides, she is a Board Member of the Dutch Centre of Geodesy and Geo-informatics. Prior to her current position at Kadaster, mrs Burmanje was the director of the Rijn and IJssel Waterboard.
Kadaster plays a key role in safeguarding legal certainty in the property market. Ever since Kadaster was founded in 1832, it has been collecting information about the owners and locations of parcels of land. It makes this information available to citizens, companies and public sector agencies. Kadaster delivered about 26,4 million digital products of information in 2016 as requested by notaries, local authorities, businesses, financial institutions, individuals and other interested parties. In addition, Kadaster has an active role in issues of land planning and demands regarding specific geo-information. The total turnover of Kadaster was € 279,5 million in 2016. The organisation employs approximately 1640 FTE’s.
Nigel Clifford, CEO of Ordnance Survey, joined OS in June 2015, bringing extensive experience of international software, telecoms and services including complex joint venture and public sector enterprises. He has previously been Chief Executive of Procserve Holdings Ltd, Micro Focus International, Symbian Software Ltd, Tertio Telecoms and Glasgow Royal Infirmary University NHS Trust, in addition he has held senior roles within Nokia, Cable & Wireless and BT Group Plc.
Alongside his business expertise Nigel has a Geography degree from Cambridge and is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, so is perfectly positioned to make significant impact at this time of great opportunity for a business at the forefront of the geo-services market.
In his spare time Nigel is an enthusiastic traveller and hill walker.
Olaf Forte was named Head of the Cartography Division in August 2008. After earning his cartography diploma and gaining first professional experience at the Technical Institute in Munich, Olaf Forte joined Kümmerly + Frey in Switzerland in 1992. Until 1999 he assumed various line functions and was a member of the management board. From 1999 to 2007 he was head of the Profit Center at Ringier Print in Zofingen, and project manager at Swissprinters. In 2008 Mr Forte was head of steering and development of the product acquisition at Swiss Post.
Pekka Halme (Mr.)
Helsinki University of Technology, 1984 M.Sc. Eng. (Cadastre, Surveying, Mapping)
Helsinki School of Economics, 2004–2006 MBA (International Program)
Director of Strategic Development, National Land Survey of Finland, Dec 2012 -
Involved in the monitoring of the Multi-Donor Land Management and Administration Project LMAP in Cambodia and later the Cambodian Land Administration Sub-Sector Programme (LASSP) during the years 2006–2012, commissioned by the Finnish Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Survey Counselor, 2005–2007, Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry
Deputy Director General, 2003–2005, National Land Survey
Chief Engineer, 1995–2003, 2008–2012, National Land Survey
Cadastral Land Surveyor, 1984–1995, National Land Survey
Prof. Dr. Ir. Hasanuddin Z Abidin, M.Sc. Eng
Head of Badan Informasi Geospasial – Badan Informasi Geospasial (BIG)
Pak Hasanuddin Abidin is a renowned geodesy expert in Indonesia. He was entrusted to lead Indonesia’s Geospatial Information Agency – locally known as Badan Informasi Geospasial (BIG) - in December 2016.
BIG has a strategic role in assessing national policies, developing basic geospatial information, and in guiding various surveying and mapping activities. It also plays a key role in developing the country’s geospatial information infrastructure and network.
Prior to his role as Head of BIG, Pak Hasanuddin has been working at ITB (Institut Teknologi Bandung) as the Dean of the Faculty of Science and Technology of Earth. Prior to this, he was the Vice Rector of Communications, Partnerships and Alumni for five years, and Chairman of the Scientific Group of Geodesy at ITB for six years.
Pak Hasanuddin has been awarded numerous national and global accolades throughout his career as a lecturer and a scientist.
He holds a Bachelor’s degree from the Department of Electrical Engineering, ITB, Indonesia. In addition, he also holds a Master’s and Doctorate degree from the Department of Surveying Engineering, University of New Brunswick, Fredericton, Canada.
David Henderson joined Ordnance Survey Great Britain in 2003 and today serves on the Executive Team where he is the Managing Director for all aspects of OS's business with Government and the delivery of OS's Public Task. David leads the development of OS's product strategy, new product development and the day to day management of Ordnance Survey's world class portfolio of geospatial content and services. He has responsibility for Ordnance Survey's participation in market innovation programmes and is the executive sponsor for the much respected Geovation and Ordnance Survey's OpenData programmes. He is responsible for leading OS's support for the network of 400 licensed commercial partners.
David is an active Council member of the UK's Association for Geographic Information (of which he was Chair in 2015 and 2016) and the Management Board of Eurogeographics. He leads the UK's delegation to the UN's Committee of Experts on Global Geographic Information Management (UNGGIM) and since 2015 is the industry external examiner for the GeoSciences School at Edinburgh University.
Hugh is a qualified business, marketing and technical professional with over 25 years of relevant public and private sector experience. He is a strong advocate for using the best available data as an aid for better decision making in business, with a particular focus on importance of location information.
Lawrence Modise practices as a strategist with over 20 years’ experience in GISc and Remote Sensing. A recipient of Ruth First Scholarship, Lawrence obtained an MSc in Geo-Information for Development at Durham University in the UK in 1996. Prior to that, he completed his studies in Geography, Development Planning, Psychology and GIS at the University of KwaZulu-Natal. His professional career started at the CSIR in 1996 as a GIS Specialist, followed by various professional and managerial roles at Department of Rural Development & Land Reform, State IT Agency, Telkom, Intergraph, Esri-SA and his own consultancy, Marang Geo-Solutions. Lawrence is a registered Professional GISc Practitioner with the South African Geomatics Council and represents Stats SA in the Committee for Spatial Information which is entrusted with coordinating and overseeing matters relating to geospatial information across the South African government. Currently a Chief Director of Geography at Stats SA, Lawrence heads a division of 72 staff members responsible for the provision of geospatial information frames, geospatial tools and geo-statistical end-user support.
Dr. Bolaji Taiwo an accomplished international technocrat, world renowned spatial scientist/location intelligence expert, large-scale project management expert and new business development champion.
Bolaji has over 28 years work experiences starting as a public servant later gyrating into a technical expert career with the United Nations organizations in several countries including Cambodia, East-Timor and Afghanistan. Admirably renown as veteran of conflict prone regions!
A calculated risk taker with deep geo-spatial and demography knowledge. Bolaji has championed the transformation of Population and Housing Censuses from using traditional methods (using paper) to state-of-the-art techniques (paperless) over two decades.
Working in close collaborations with national governments, national statistics agencies, national spatial data infrastructures, international donor agencies and notable research institutions. Bolaji has designed, developed and advocated problem solving solutions for the conduct of seamless censuses & surveys in several developing countries.
While embracing the core values of integrity, innovation and growth, Bolaji, consistently learns and engages in intellectual discussions with professional peers around the world on ‘cost-effective, sustainable and result-driven approach’ to solve real life challenges in the geographic and demographic information industry.
Bolaji holds a PhD from Charles Darwin University in Australia. He is a certified professional of the Spatial Sciences & Surveying Institute, Australia; certified GIS professional of the GIS Certification Institute, USA and an associate member of the Open Geospatial Consortium amongst others. Bolaji received the coveted ESRI International Special Achievements in GIS award, in 2008.
He is happily married with children and well-travelled.
Mr Tan Boon Khai is the Chief Executive of Singapore Land Authority (SLA). SLA is the agency responsible for safeguarding and optimizing the use of state land and assets in Singapore. As the national authority for land ownership, it plays a key regulatory function in ensuring an accurate and definitive land titles registry, and a reliable cadastral survey system to support title registration, development planning and land administration. In its role as the leading geospatial agency, SLA spearheads the use of geospatial information and technology through a national collaborative environment to foster innovation, knowledge, and value creation for the Government, enterprises and community.
Prior to joining SLA, Mr Tan was with CapitaLand Limited, one of Asia’s largest real estate company. From 2011 to 2014, he was Regional General Manager (Singapore and Malaysia) for The Ascott Limited, the world’s largest serviced apartment owner and operator. He is a lawyer by training, and was previously with the Singapore Legal Service. Mr Tan holds a Bachelor of Law with First Class Honours from the University of Nottingham, United Kingdom.
Mike Thomson, Surveyor General of British Columbia is responsible for the operation of the Surveyor General Division of the LTSA and is the Boundary Commissioner for BC on the Alberta-BC Boundary Commission. Mike and his team of professional land surveyors ensure the quality of the land survey structure of the Province. They work with land survey professionals to establish survey standards, address property boundary issues and approve survey plans of public and certain private lands following prescribed performance standards.
The LTSA has developed ParcelMap BC, a single, complete and trusted visual representation of all lands within a parcel and its relationship to adjacent lands. Completed in June, 2017 ParcelMap BC represents a complete visual representation of the 2.4 Million parcels that make-up the cadastral fabric of British Columbia.
Mike was born, raised and educated in British Columbia and earned a Diploma of Technology from BCIT in Land Surveying in 1979 (magna cum laude) and earned his commission as a British Columbia Land Surveyor in 1983, receiving the gold medal for highest honours.
Mike has been involved in the land surveying industry since 1976. From 1983 to 1993, he was in private practice as a B.C. land surveyor in the Lower Mainland region of British Columbia. The principle area of practice involved surveys of commercial and industrial lands for a variety of development purposes.
In 1993, Mike moved to the public sector, employed by the City of Vancouver, becoming the Assistant City Surveyor in April 1994 and was appointed the City Surveyor in October 2000, where he remained until September 2007.
In September 2007, Mike joined the Land Title and Survey Authority of BC as the Surveyor General and Boundary Commissioner for the Province.
Mike is also a member of the Board of Management of the Association of BC Land Surveyors, appointed as the government's representative as prescribed by statute.
While maintaining his role as the Surveyor General and Boundary Commissioner, Mike also functions as a senior executive officer of the Authority.