KEYNOTE SESSIONS

This years' programme is supported by high level presentations in seven keynote sessions on topics within the overall theme 'Smart surveyors for land and water management - challenges in a new reality'. These specially invited keynote speakers share insights into their own experience and pitfalls and present their vision and predictions covering the subtheme from each conference day.
 
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MONDAY 21 JUNE 2021

The Impact of COVID 19 on the Profession

11:00 13:00 19:00 04:00 08:00
MONDAY 21 JUNE 2021

The Challenges for Smart Surveyors in a New Reality

15:30 17:30 23:30 08:30 12:30
TUESDAY 22 JUNE 2021

A Decade of Fit-for-Purpose Land-Administration: Key lessons and future directions

11:00 13:00 19:00 04:00 08:00
TUESDAY 22 JUNE 2021

Integrated geospatial information for transformational change

18:00 20:00 02:00 11:00 15:00
WEDNESDAY 23 JUNE 2021

Making the land and property sector sustainable and resilient: Ensuring Diversity and Inclusion

06:30 08:30 14:30 23:30 03:30
WEDNESDAY 23 JUNE 2021

Digital Twins | How can DT support legal certainty?

11:00 13:00 19:00 04:00 08:00
THURSDAY 24 JUNE 2021

Success - a Continuous Journey

15:00 17:00 23:00 08:00 12:00


The Impact of COVID 19 on the Profession

Chair: Kate Fairlie, Land Administration Specialist, Former Chair of FIG Young Surveyors Network

Are we still talking about covid-19? How we could not?! There is no question that the global pandemic has fundamentally changed the geospatial industry worldwide – whether it be the way we work, the growth of digitalisation and the ever-growing ubiquity of geospatial. But what permanent changes from our profession’s pandemic response will we take forward? And what have we learned to tackle tomorrow’s problems, before they happen?

Benjamin Davis, Director, Inclusive Rural Transformation and Gender Equality Division

Benjamin has extensive experience in social protection, social policies and agricultural economics.

He previously served as Strategic Progrmme Leader, Rural Poverty Reduction and Deputy Director of the Agricultural Development Economics Division at FAO and he was team leader of the From Production to Protection (PtoP) project. He has also worked as Social Policy Advisor for the UNICEF Regional Office in Eastern and Southern Africa and as a Research and Post-Doctoral Fellow at IFPRI.

He holds a PhD in Agricultural Economics and a Master’s in Public Policy from UC Berkeley

Steven Ramage, Head of External Relations at Group on Earth Observations (GEO)

Steven Ramage leads external relations (communication and policy teams) at the Group on Earth Observations (GEO) Secretariat in Geneva, Switzerland. He is on the Governing Board of Digital Earth Africa, Digital Earth Pacific and is a member of the UK Space Agency Earth Observations Advisory Committee.

Steven was an owner/Director of 1Spatial for 10 years working with national mapping and cadastre agencies globally. He then joined the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) as Executive Director before becoming Managing Director at Ordnance Survey International. He joined GEO in 2016.

Steven is Visiting Professor at the Institute for Future Cities, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow and a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society (RGS). He tweets as @steven_ramage
www.linkedin.com/in/stevenr

Léa Bodossian, Secretaire Generale Directrice Executive EuroGeographics

Léa Bodossian was appointed Secretary General and Executive Director of EuroGeographics in 2020. She has a passion for geography, political sciences and European affairs.

She spent a large part of her carreer with a number of high-level representation, communication and management positions within the European Commission, in an EU Agency or in membership association, mostly in the field of aviation. Léa has extensive experience in European representation. This includes presenting technical challenges and concerns into policy hearings and meetings at the European Parliament, and contributing to consultations and expert groups,

Léa holds Master’s degrees in geography urban planning and in political sciences – European affairs. She is also an invited lecturer for several French universities and a sought-after conference moderator.

Kate Fairlie, Land Administration Specialist, Former Chair of FIG Young Surveyors Network

Kate Fairlie is a land administration specialist with Land Equity International, with a key interest in urban land issues, technology, youth and environment. She is the Project Director for the UK Aid (FCDO) Papua Spatial Planning project in Indonesia, and has broad-ranging experience providing strategic institutional and systems-level advice to governments through projects for the World Bank, UN-Habitat, MCC, FAO and national governments. She has co-authored a number of land administration tools, including most recently the State of Practice White Paper on Land Information and Transaction Systems and decision-tool for land IT system investment with the Millennium Challenge Corporation.

With a long history of engagement with the FIG, Kate is a former Chair of the Young Surveyors Network, and has supported activities under a number of Commissions, Task Forces and initiatives, including the International Land Measurement Standard (ILMS) Standard Setting Committee. 


The Challenges for Smart Surveyors in a New Reality

Founder and President of Esri - Environmental Systems Research Institute, Jack Dangermond,, talks with FIG President Rudolf Staiger on the impactful latest trends in GIS software technology, how they impact surveying and the FIG community as well as thoughts and considerations on the future of the profession.

Jack Dangermond, Founder and President Esri - Environmental Systems Research Institute

A landscape architect by training, Jack Dangermond founded Environmental Systems Research Institute (Esri) in 1969 with a vision that computer mapping and analysis could help us design a better future. Under Dangermond's leadership, that vision has continued to guide Esri in creating cutting-edge GIS and Geodesign technologies used in every industry to make a difference worldwide.

Dangermond fostered the growth of Esri from a small research group to an organization recognized as the world leader in GIS software development.

Esri employs more than 4,000 people worldwide. Many who shared his passion for GIS in the early days are still with the company and remain dedicated to helping the users to be successful.

Rudolf Staiger, FIG President, Professor at the University of Applied Sciences Bochum, Dept. of Surveying Engineering and Geoinformatics

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Rudolf Staiger is teaching Surveying Engineering at the University of Applied Sciences in Bochum (Germany). His areas of special interest are instrumentation and calibration of geodetic sensors, Laser scanning and data analysis. He studied Geodesy in Karlsruhe (Germany, University of Karlsruhe) and in Paris (France, ENSG). The subject of his doctoral thesis is “close range triangulation with theodolites for coordinate measuring purposes”.

Rudolf spent 6 years in industry with KERN and Leica-Geosystems (both in Switzerland) as Systems Engineer, Product Manager and Software Developer. From 1994 to 2005 he was teaching Surveying Engineering at the University of Essen (Germany). Since then he teaches in Bochum where he also served as Vice-President of the University for Research & Transfer (2009-2016). Rudolf is very active in FIG. He was the Chair of Commission 5 (Positioning and Measurement) and is currently acting as Vice-President. His language abilities are German, French and English.


A Decade of Fit-for-Purpose Land-Administration: Key lessons and future directions

Chair: Jaap Zevenbergen, Head of Department of the Urban and Regional Planning and Geoinformation Management University of Twente ITC Faculty

It’s already well recognised that well organised land administration systems can support countries achieving sustainable development goals. They can support responsible land policies and land management strategies, assist land dispute reduction, enable fair investment opportunities, support social and spatial justice, and overall good governance. However, a large number of people-to-land relationships (read: tenures) are unaccounted for in formal land administration systems, especially in the developing countries. This undermines equity, equality and the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). For many reasons, conventional surveying approaches have been proven not to be efficient when it comes to scaling and completing land administration systems. Fit for Purpose approaches challenge the paradigm: seek lower costs, less recording time, and appropriate spatial data qualities. With FFPLA having now being formally on the FIG agenda for almost a decade, this session will reflect the successes, challenges, and future directions of the FFPLA approach.


Emmanuel Nkurunziza, Director General of the Regional Centre for Mapping of Resources for Development (RCMRD)

Dr. Emmanuel Nkurunziza is the Director General of Regional Centre for Mapping of Resources for Development (RCMRD) – an intergovernmental organization with 20 contracting Member States in Eastern and Southern Africa. He took up this position early this year after an 8 year tenure as the Director General of Rwanda Natural Resources Authority, a position he held concurrently with that of Chief Registrar of Land Titles. Dr. Nkurunziza provided the technical and strategic direction to the development and implementation of Rwanda's land reform programme that managed to bring all land in the country under registered title and established a modern land administration system. The titling programme in Rwanda pioneered full-scale implementation of what are now generally referred as fit-for-purpose land administration techniques and approaches.

Dr. Nkurunziza's academic background is in Land Surveying but holds a masters degree in Urban planning from the University of Wales (Cardiff) and PhD in Public Policy from the University of Birmingham (UK). He began his career in the academia, having worked in various roles as Research Fellow and Lecturer in the Universities of Makerere (Uganda) and Birmingham (UK). He has undertaken research and published on urban land delivery systems as well as livelihoods.

Stig Enemark, Honorary FIG President, Senior Consultant and Professor Emeritus of Land Manaement, Aalborg University Denmark.

Stig Enemark is Honorary President of the International Federation of Surveyors, FIG (President 2007-2010). He is a Senior Consultant and Professor Emeritus of Land Management, Aalborg University, Denmark, where he was Head of School of Surveying and Planning for 15 years. Before joining the university, he was a licensed surveyor in private practice. He is a well-known international expert in the areas of land administration systems, land management, and spatial planning, and related issues of education and capacity development. He has consulted and published widely within these areas. For a full list of more than 400 publications.

Amy Coughenour, CEO of Cadasta Foundation

Amy Coughenour, CEO of Cadasta Foundation, oversees a global team advancing land and resource rights. Cadasta has grown its impact to over 5 million people with 77 partners in 36 countries. Amy was the COO of International Programs at the National Cooperative Business Association-CLUSA, leading the resilience, food security, and cooperative portfolio in 20 countries. Amy was Deputy Executive Director, Pan American Development Foundation; Deputy Director of the Americas Program, Center for Strategic and International Studies; and has held senior roles and board positions in various social sector organizations for three decades. She holds an M.A. in International Policy Studies from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies and a B.A. in German from Central College

Jaap Zevenbergen, Head of Department of the Urban and Regional Planning and Geoinformation Management University of Twente ITC Faculty

Jaap Zevenbergen is Head of Department of the Urban and Regional Planning and Geoinformation Management department of the Faculty ITC of the University of Twente. He studies and consults on cadastral and land (information) management issues, and capacity development on those topics, in a wide range of countries. He has (co) supervised 25 completed and 12 ongoing PhD studies, and acted as external examiner to almost 50 others. He currently is the Editor-in-Chief of the journal Land Use Policy and is (co)author of 100 peer reviewed papers in the field. He served and serves on several boards within the land sector, currently of the Land Portal Foundation, and before of Cadasta Foundation and Global Land Tool Network.

He studied both land surveying and real-estate law in the Netherlands and combined the two in his PhD study on systems of land registration, during which he got involved in early cadastral projects in Eastern Europe, while also consulting on Dutch projects linked land information management. More recently the focus has been mainly in Africa, as well as in South-East Asia and Latin America.


Integrated geospatial information for transformational change

Chair: Anders Sandin, Director, Lantmäteriet The Swedish mapping cadastral and land registration authority

The Integrated Geospatial Information Framework (IGIF) was adopted in 2020, and provides a basis and guide for developing, integrating, strengthening and maximizing geospatial information management and related resources. The IGIF focuses on location information and are important for a nation's development priorities and the Sustainable Development Goals. The purpose of the session is to present the current status of the development of IGIF, and what steps and actions are needed by member states for the implementation of IGIF. FIG has an interest to encourage the implementation and creation of country level action plans.


Greg Scott, Inter-Regional Advisor, UN-GGIM Environment Statistics and Geospatial Information Branch United Nations Statistics Division Department of Economic and Social Affairs

Greg Scott joined the United Nations Statistics Division in 2012 with the specific task of establishing the United Nations Committee of Experts on Global Geospatial Information Management (UN-GGIM) and growing its relevance and status with Member States and related International Organizations involved in national, regional and global geospatial information management. In his role as Secretariat, Greg provides strategic policy advice and leadership, and guides the development, coordination and implementation of the substantive content for the Committee of Experts.

Greg previously spent 25 years in Geoscience Australia in several key roles delivering Australia’s national topographic mapping and derivative geospatial programs, and providing independent scientific analysis and advice in the use of geospatial information for environmental management, emergency management, and critical infrastructure protection. Greg possesses formal qualifications in Cartography and Survey Mapping from New Zealand, a Graduate Diploma in Geography from the Australian National University, and a PhD in Geomatics Engineering from the University of Melbourne.

Rosamond Carter Bing, Chief Executive Officer for the Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources for the Government of the Kingdom of Tonga

In her role as Chief Executive Officer, Ms. Bing is responsible for the executive oversight of six divisions – leadership and policy, land administration, surveying is responsible for the executive oversight of six divisions – leadership and policy, corporate services, land administration, survey services, natural resources, land and geographical information systems and the national spatial planning office.
Ms. Bing is the current Chairperson of the Pacific Geospatial and Surveying Council, a Co-Chair of the Extended Bureau of the United Nations Global Geospatial Information Management and a board member of the UNGGIM Asia Pacific Extended Bureau. She is also a member of the UNGGIM’s working group on land administration and management and the expert group on legal and policy frameworks.

Ms. Bing’s interests are in constitutional and administrative law and natural resources management.

Anders Sandin, Director, Lantmäteriet The Swedish mapping cadastral and land registration authority

Anders Sandin is managing the Geodata Division within Lantmäteriet. This involves managing the cooperation between Lantmäteriet as the main government body and the Swedish municipalities at the local level. The division also has the overall responsibility of the National Spatial Data Infrastructure NSDI and the contribution to the Swedish implementation of INSPIRE. Mr. Sandin is an advisor to the chairman of the Swedish Geodata Advisory Board. Mr Sandin has a Bachelor of Science from the University of Gävle.

On an international level Mr. Sandin has been representing Sweden and Lantmäteriet in the establishment of the United Nations initiative on Global Geospatial Information Management (UN-GGIM): Europe. He has also been engaged in the work with UN-GGIM since 2013 on a global level, and as member of the Working Group on Geospatial Information and Services for Disasters since it was established. He has also been engaged in the work with Integrated Geospatial Information Framework (IGIF) and he is now one of the co-chairs in the UN-GGIM High Level Group IGIF.


Making the land and property sector sustainable and resilient: Ensuring Diversity and Inclusion

Chair: Diane A Dumashie, FIG Vice President; Director Dumashie Ltd; Trustee Lionheart Benevolent Fund.

Attracting new young professionals is an imperative to foster resilience in our sector. To attract the best people we need to demonstrate that our sector and practices are truly diverse and inclusive business environments that respects all human differences in the widest sense. There are increasing calls to recognize and actively implement D&I. A key part of this D& I conversation is to do more to increase the number of women in our professional world of land, construction and real estate. This panel brings together exceptional women leaders to listen to their experience, their vision and hear their discussions on what we can all do now to explore how to achieve better outcomes.


Narelle Underwood, Surveyor-General of NSW, Australia

Narelle Underwood was appointed the 25th Surveyor-General of NSW in 2016 - the youngest person in over 200 years and the first female to hold the position.

A major role within State Government she is responsible for the leadership and regulation of the land and mining surveying profession and plays a key advocacy role in the geospatial industry. Leading a team of 70 she is responsible for delivering technical projects, policy and legislation and digital transformation. She is the president of the Board of Surveying and Spatial Information (BOSSI), Chair of the Geographical Names Board (GNB), and the NSW Surveying Taskforce Working in a profession where the average age is 52 and women account for only 3%,

Narelle is passionate about women in leadership and improving the diversity of her profession and other STEM based careers. As a Superstar of STEM and brand ambassador for the Get Kids into Survey program, she is working to increase the public visibility of women in STEM to encourage the next generation, including the promotion of surveying in schools. She is also an energetic mentor for young professionals.

Chitra Weddikkara, Dean, Colombo School of Construction Technology Colombo Srilanka

As Managing Director of Q Serve Pte Ltd .Professor Chitra Weddikkara’ contribution to the construction sector is remarkable and counts well over 40 years of experience in the design and the construction industry both in Sri Lanka and abroad.

Her professional experience encompasses fields of Architecture, Quantity Surveying, International construction Management Dispute resolution, Construction auditing, Loop hole Engineering, Risk management, value Management, Project management and Claims preparation. She also works as an Arbitrator, Adjudicator and is a member of number of Government advisory bodies in Srilanka She was also a member of National Procurement Commission.

Currently she is the Dean of the Colombo School of Construction Technology (CSCT) During her services as the Dean of the Faculty of Architecture in the University of Moratuwa she successfully established a unique identity for the Department of Building Economics of the University. Her academic direction helped earning accreditation among reputable professional bodies such as RICS, PAQS, and AIQS etc. Being widely traveled in the Europe, Americas, Australasia and the Middle Eastern countries, she is a frequent guest speaker at construction related professional venues. She has received many awards in the construction industry for her contribution in her professional services to the country & abroad. Her contribution as a woman to construction industry is worth recognizing.

Apart from the academic & professional expertise, Prof. Weddikkara is the President of Women In-Construction Forum Sri Lanka which was established as an idea of her, in order to network and discuss issues relating to the women in construction sector in Sri Lanka. The main objective is to empower women in construction of all classes from professional, trade and skilled, giving them education in such areas and to provide with opportunities for professional development, education, networking, leadership training, public service and more for the women involved in the field from skilled to unskilled.

The WIC-Forum SL, in collaboration with the Ceylon Institute of Builders and Community Concerns an NGO conducted training program in skill training to empower suburban and rural women.

Paul Olomolaiye, Pro Vice-Chancellor - Equalities and Civic Engagement at Univercity of the West of England

“I am a Professor of Construction Engineering and Management and currently  Pro Vice-Chancellor for Equalities and Civic Engagement at UWE Bristol. I Chair the Cabot Learning Federation - a Multi-Academy Trust of 21 Schools in and around Bristol, and a Non-Executive Director of Avon and Wiltshire NHS Mental Health Trust. I hold a PhD from Loughborough University in Civil Engineering and widely published with over 200 journal and conference publications and authorship of 2 major books on Construction Productivity and Stakeholder Management. I am passionate about the experiences of the more than 3000 staff and 30000 students at UWE-Bristol and our collective responsibility as a Civic University in our region and beyond. I am happily married with 3 grown-up children and active in the community in various charitable activities and organisations.”

Victoria Stanley, Senior Land Administration Specialist at World Bank

Ms. Stanley is a Senior Land Administration Specialist at the World Bank. She has worked in more than 20 countries across Africa, Eastern Europe, Central Asia, and Latin America. She has worked across a wide range of land issues including land reform, administration, governance and policy. She also has experience in the areas of rural and municipal development, gender analysis and inclusion, information technology, public service delivery, institutional reform, and strategic planning and budgeting.

Prior to joining the World Bank Ms. Stanley worked for several NGOs on research and development issues, and for the US Department of the Interior in administration and budgeting. Ms. Stanley has a Master of Public and International Affairs from the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School for Public and International Affairs and a Bachelor of Arts from Cornell University.

Chair: Diane A Dumashie, FIG Vice President; Director Dumashie Ltd; Trustee Lionheart Benevolent Fund.

Dumashie Ltd was established to support public sector client organisations in the UK, Africa and Caribbean in complex projects involving land management, spatial planning and economic development.   Helping clients to frame those difficult conversations, Diane coordinates and delivers strategic projects that have a clear social, economic livelihood agenda linked to land. Accredited to CEDR, Diane also mediates public and privates sector disputes

UK projects involve managing land and infrastructure regeneration schemes.  Internationally Diane is an independent and innovative country project leader increasingly oriented to institutional development and training, she has undertaken consultancies for UN Habitat, World Bank, the Commonwealth Secretariat, and partnered with FAO.  An expert in the areas of African land issues her work has seen her involved with Ministries in Ghana, Mozambique, Tanzania/Zanzibar and Kenya and establishing and operating a pan- African FIG Regional Capacity Development Network, working with land professionals across fourteen African countries.

A passionate ambassador of societal equitable access to land and resources, Diane has led on gender equality initiatives and land tools.  In 2012 Diane established ‘Leadership 4 Change’ dedicated to designing and facilitating participatory knowledge transfer programs to assist African professionals.

She holds a Doctorate in Land Policy Planning & Integrated Coastal Area Management; bringing together the needs of coastal communities, economic and industry users and physical dimensions  


Digital Twins | How can DT support legal certainty?

Chair: Pauline de Wilde

Sustainable development and management of both the built en living environment, integrated spatial planning above- and below the surface, has to tackle many major social challenges, such as: housing shortage, climate change, energy transition and limited natural resources. Here, the concept of a Digital Twin plays an important role. The question we ask ourselves is ”How can Digital Twin support to increase legal certainty?” and, is there a role for FIG to play? The Triple Helix model of innovation between Government, Business and University helps making policy. Together we’ll discuss their roles, interactions and solutions.

Frank Tierollf, Chair Executive Board Kadaster

Frank is Chairman of the Executive Board of the Netherlands’ Cadastre, Land Registry and Mapping Agency, in short: Kadaster. His focus is to position and represent Kadaster at national and international level. Main areas of responsibility are Strategy and Policy, Finance and Governance, Human Resources and Facility Management. He is a promoter of Kadaster as a partner in the GEO sector and emphasizes the relevance of innovation. Frank is a strong ambassador of partnerships between the academic, private and public sector.

After studying Law in Maastricht, he started his career in the banking sector. Shortly afterwards, he continued his career at Kadaster as policy and legal advisor. Since 2006, Frank has held several senior management positions. Prior to his recent role as Chair, he was a member of the Executive Board for 5 years and responsible for land registry, surveying, land reform, mapping and IT.

Sisi Zlatanova, Professor, Head of GRID, Faculty of Built Enviroment, UNSW Sydney

Sisi Zlatanova is a professor and head of GRID at the Faculty of Built Environment, UNSW Sydney. Sisi has been conducting research in many aspects of 3D geoinformation: data representation, structuring, analysis and BIM/GIS integration. Her recent research concentrates on 3D Indoor modelling and navigation. She is author and co-author of more than 400 papers and 23 books.

She has been involved in the work of several internationa organisations. She is the president of ISPRS TC IV on Spatial Information science, the treasurer of UDMS and a co-chair of OGC SWG IndoorGML.

Noud Hooyman, Chief Geo-information Officer Directorate for Spatial Planning Ministry of the Interior and Kingdom Relations Netherlands

Noud Hooyman studied applied mathematics and information technology at the Technical University of Delft, the Netherlands. Until recently he was head of the department for geo information within the Ministry of the Interior and Kingdom Relations (Home office), which is the coordinating Ministry in the field of geo information in The Netherlands. At the moment he is the chief geo-information officer and therefore responsible for the development of geo-information policies in The Netherlands.
Important programmes for which Noud is the senior responsible owner are:
Open geodata, 3D and digital twinning in the e-Government.

Henk Scholten, Director Research and Innovations Geodan Netherlands

Professor dr. H.J. Scholten is co-founder and Director Research and Innovations at Geodan, one of the largest European companies specialised in Geospatial Information Technology.
Since 1990 he is professor at the Faculty of Economics and Business Administration, holding the chair of Spatial Informatics.

Professor dr. H.J. Scholten has 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 in 1988.

He has edited or authored numerous books on different aspects of GIScience and published over 100 book chapters, journal papers and other publications. He has supervised 15 PhD dissertations and numerous MSc theses. In his role as director of Geodan, professor Scholten has been supervisor on a large number of national and international GIS projects and has been advisor for several ministries in different countries.

Since 2017 professor Scholten is Lead Scientist at the Joint Research Centre (JRC) to develop novel CAS (Centre for Advanced Studies) projects on Digital Transformation – Machine Intelligence and Human Behaviour. In this function, he establishes project plans contributing to high profile scientific results.

He was honoured in 2016 with the Lifetime Achievement Award by Geospatial Media and Communications for his contribution to the overall development of GIS/geospatial community worldwide.

In 2015, he received the title of honorary Doctor of Science from the Manchester Metropolitan University for his extensive contributions to GIS.  Professor Scholten received in 2009 the ‘Lifetime Achievement Award’ by Jack Dangermond, 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 2005, professor Scholten received a Royal Decoration for his significant contribution to geo-information, both on a national and international level. 

Jan Bruijn, Condultant at Geonovum

Jan Bruijn is director at SVB-BGT, the foundation of source-holders of the Key Register of Large Scale Topografy. In the past eight years he led the transition of 400 sourceholders to build and maintain this Key Register in collaboration with geobusiness. By this year Jan founded Nest4Innovation to bring knowledge and people together to work on innovative concepts and build partnerships and teams to make innovation happen and create business value. Last Year he worked at Geonovum with a team on the proposal for a National Infrastructure of Digital Twins in collaboration with the triple helix. Jan Bruijn studied information technology at the Technical University of Twente and obtained a Master in Business Administration at the Twente School of Management.  


Success - a Continuous Journey

Katriona Lord-Levins, Chief Success Officer, Bentley Systems, joins us in this special key-note session on success. What is success? Success can be seen in many ways, personal, your work place, your customers and clients, your closer team etc. What is success for you? Get inspired...


Katriona Lord-Levins, Chief Success Officer, SVP at Bentley

Enabling proven, strategic business outcomes through people, process and technology. Kat leads User Success and Education at Bentley Systems with a relentless focus on creating loyal users by helping them realize their business value, making Bentley their solution of choice. Kat has a solid track record of building and running world class success organizations through a very hands-on approach to engaging and leading teams. Before joining Bentley, she worked for two decades at Autodesk in several roles, including, most recently, focusing on building and leading the construction business unit customer success team. Prior to Autodesk Kat worked at Alias Research in Toronto, a software company that produced high-end 3D graphics software.

Kat earned a degree in computer science from the University of Toronto. ​

Paula Dijkstra, Director a.i. of Kadaster International - co-conference director e-Working Week 2020

As Director a.i. of Kadaster International Paula is responsible for the coordination of Kadaster’s international activities and international cooperation projects. Kadaster International provides worldwide advisory services in the domain of land administration, e-governance, geo-information services and SDI. Paula is working for the international department since 2011. She obtained a Master degree in Social Geography and a grade in cadastral data acquisition and 3D modelling.   In addition to the above Paula has been appointed as the co-conference director for the e-Working Week of the International Federation of Surveyors (FIG) hosted by the Netherlands and originally planned in 2020 (postponed to 2021 due to COVID-19). She is also chair of the FIG taskforce on the Sustainable Development Goals, as well as Working Group 7.2 on Fit For Purpose Land Administration Implementation.

Louise Friis-Hansen, FIG Director

Louise has worked for FIG since August 2009. With a background as MSc in Economics and Business she loves and appreciates working together with surveyors from all over the world which is inspiring, rewarding, very instructive – a whole new and exciting world has opened up - and also time consuming!  The international environment has always been an inspiration with longer stays in both Germany and the US and previous International experience such as organising larger international events e.g. MBA Fora. Louise has previously worked in an organisation for Business Economists and is used to working with volunteers and was during her studies also volunteer in the same association; for other organisations she has worked with market analyses, organising further education in leadership and management, has an extra degree in web-writing and editing, and has for several years been web-editor before starting working in FIG.