Geospatial World Leadership Awards announced, to be given away at GWF 2019

26 March of 2019: Geospatial Media and Communications has announced the winners of the XNUMX Geospatial World Leadership award, which is meant to felicitate Geospatial industry leaders who have introduced innovation in their area of operation and disrupted the existing market. The nominees were selected by an eminent jury chaired by Greg Scott, the UN's Inter-Regional Advisor on Global Geospatial Information Management Geospatial World Leadership award 2019, which pretend to congratulate the leaders of the geospatial industry who have introduced innovation in their area of ​​operation and significantly influenced the existing market. The nominees were selected by an eminent jury chaired by Greg Scott, United Nations Interregional Adviser on Global Geospatial Information Management.

The Geospatial World Leadership award 2019 Geospatial World Leadership award will be presented on April 2nd during the Gala Dinner at World Geospatial Forumin Taets Art And Event Park, Amsterdam – Zaandam, The Netherlands.


Here’s the award categories and list of winners

Lifetime Achievement Award - HE Dr. Khalifa Al Romaithi

Lt Gen (Retd) Dr. Khalifa Al Romaithi has been instrumental in advancing the geospatial profession in the Middle East and is regarded as the «"Father of the Geospatial Community"»In the United Arab Emirates and the region. Having served as head of Military Survey, it was his leadership that facilitated the establishment of NSDI in the UAE; thanks to his inspiration and support for similar initiatives in the region since 2004. Recognizing the increasing value and demand for geospatial information for governance and development, Dr. Khalifa defended the availability of geospatial data through civil organizations such as Bayanat LLC. The Space Agency of the United Arab Emirates was also established under his direction, which gave impetus to the field of infrastructure and space policies in the region. While pursuing his mission to create institutions, Dr. Khalifa has provided leadership as President of the Space Recognition Center, an organization responsible for the development of space applications for development and security.

Geospatial Ambassador of the Year - Keith Masback

A former US Armyman, Keith Masback is a leading international authority on geospatial intelligence and was the CEO of United States Geospatial Intelligence Foundation until recently. Over the years, he led USGIF from the front in its mission to promote the geointelligence tradecraft to develop a stronger GEOINT community among government, industry, academia, professional organizations and individuals. Masback has been a true ambassador of geospatial technology, as he worked towards involving the next generation through various programs and focused on building a strong base for geospatial education in American universities.

Geospatial Business Leader of the Year - Jeff Glueck

Jeff Glueck has been instrumental in Foursquare’s transformation in recent times. Under his leadership, Foursquare shed off its image of a long forgotten consumer app to emerge as one of the foremost companies in location intelligence, which helps brands locate, message and measure their own consumers. Foursquare technology powers location data for Apple, Uber, Twitter, Microsoft, Samsung and 150,000 other developers.

Techruptor of the Year - Dr. James Crawford

An expert in artificial intelligence and space systems, Dr. James Crawford utilized his long experience of working in NASA to lead the foundation of Orbital Insight way back in 2013, when commercialization of space for earth observation was still on the cusp of a new era. He was a pioneer in leveraging the power of Artificial Intelligence to create a whole new system of spatial information for understanding and characterizing earth observation for socio-economic purposes at global, regional, and hyper-local scales.

Geospatial Woman Champion of the Year - Ingrid Vanden Berghe

Ingrid Vanden Berghe is a pioneer of GIS implementation in Belgium. Berghe has also led the implementation of the European law on environmental impact studies. Throughout her career in various capacities — often at some of the top positions in the geospatial domain for Belgium government — Ingrid has been a tireless champion of technology for betterment of the society in the country and Flanders region.

Enabling Public Policy & Infrastructure - Ethiopian Geospatial Information Institute

The Ethiopian geospatial sector is evolving with the times. And leading this initiative is the Ethiopian Geospatial Information Institute. The result of a structural reform, the organization was set up in October 2018 by vesting powers and duties given to both the Geospatial Information Agency and the Information Network Security Agency, to support the growth and transformation agenda of the country by providing quality geospatial information to stakeholders. Mandated to implement the National Spatial Information and Technology Policy, the institute has already collected and processed larger GSD photogrammetric data covering 43% of Ethiopia’s landmass, and produced large scale topographic, thematic and cadastral maps. In addition to its vision to work with international partners to build its technical capacity, its implementation of national spatial data sharing geoportal with service 24 hours a day, seven days a week to make country’s geo data open and free is most commendable.

Geospatial Research Institute of the Year - Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology

Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology has supported the advancement of the geospatial sciences by integrating the subject throughout several curricula. Its unique mixture of a geospatial and mathematical program, and proactive and innovative outlook attract scores of students every year, thus helping churn out industry-ready professionals. Further, the institute’s belief that diversity is the cornerstone of quality is exemplary and is reflected in its high quality research and faculty.

Geospatial Startup of the Year - IMGeospatial

IMGeospatial leverages artificial intelligence and location-based and remote sensing data in a unique manner to extract actionable intelligence for businesses. Within a few years of its existence, the company has already worked with and provided solutions to well renowned agencies such as The World Bank, the European Space Agency, Affinity Water, and the UK Space Agency. Still a bootstrapped startup without VC investment, IMGeospatial caters to a myriad of industries providing simple yet effective solutions that drive down costs and project duration.

About the World Geospatial ForumGeospatial World Forum will take place on April 2-4 in Amsterdam. The event is a collaborative and interactive platform, which demonstrates collective and shared vision of the global geospatial community. It is an annual gathering of geospatial professionals and leaders representing the entire geospatial ecosystem. This comprises of public policies, national mapping agencies, private sector enterprises, multilateral and development organizations, scientific and academic institutions, and above all end users from government, businesses, and citizen services.

For further inquiries contact: Anusuya Datta, Executive Editor, Media and Public Relations, Geospatial Media and Communications Anusuya@geospatialmedia.net Contact No. - + 91 9999108798

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