President of the International Society for Photogrammetery and Remote Sensing
Dr Altan is a graduate of Istanbul Technical University and has been Head of the Division of Photogrammetry at the Istanbul Technical University from 1989 to present.
He is member of the American and German Societies for Photogrammetry and Remote sensing, and several national and international societies among others corresponding member of the Bavarian Academy of Sciences.
He is a member of the UN expert group of the ad-hoc Committee of the UN Entity, SPIDER (Space-based Information for Disaster Management and Emergence Response) and chair of the JB GIS ad hoc Committee on Risk and Disaster Management. He worked as "Guest Professor" in Stuttgart, Berlin, Munich Technical Universities (Germany) and ETH-Zurich (Switzerland). In the ISPRS Congress in Amsterdam he was elected as the Congress Director of the ISPRS Congress in 2004 in Istanbul. At the Congress in July 2004 he was elected as the Secretary General of ISPRS for the period 2004-2008. In the last ISPRS Congress in Beijing he was elected as President of ISPRS for the period 2008-2012. He has published more than 160 papers in Turkish, German and English in Domestic and International Journals. He is editor and co-editor of more than 16 International Books.
Incoming president of the International Association of Geodesy
Chris Rizos is a graduate of the School of Surveying, The University of New South Wales(UNSW), Sydney, Australia; obtaining a Bachelor of Surveying in 1975, and a Doctor of Philosophy in 1980 in Satellite Geodesy. Chris joined the academic staff of the School of Surveying in 1987, and was promoted to Professor in 2001. Chris is currently the Head of the School of Surveying & Spatial Information Systems, UNSW. Chris has been researching the technology and high precision applications of GPS since 1985, and has published over 400 journal and conference papers.
Chris established the Satellite Navigation and Positioning Lab at UNSW in the early 1990s - Australia's premier academic R&D group for GNSS and wireless positioning technology and applications. He is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Navigation, a Fellow of the International Association of Geodesy (IAG), and is currently Vice President of the IAG. He is a member of the International GNSS Service (IGS) Governing Board. He is also Science Manager of Program 1 "Integrated Positioning & Mapping Systems" of the Cooperative Research Centre for Spatial Information.
President of the International Cartographic Association
William Cartwright is Professor of Cartography and Geographical Visualization in the School of Mathematical and Geospatial Sciences at RMIT University, Australia. He joined the University after spending a number of years in both the government and private sectors of the mapping industry. He is President of the International Cartographic Association. He is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, a Fellow of the British Cartographic Society, an Honorary Fellow of the Mapping Sciences Institute Australia and an Honorary Fellow of the Surveying and Spatial Sciences Institute.
He holds a Doctor of Philosophy from the University of Melbourne and a Doctor of Education from RMIT University. He has six other university qualifications - in the fields of cartography, applied science, education, media studies, information and communication technology and graphic design. He is the author of over 300 academic papers. His major research interest is the application of integrated media to cartography and the exploration of different metaphorical approaches to the depiction of geographical information.
Past President of the International Federation of Surveyors
Professor Stig Enemark was born 1943 in Copenhagen. He studied at the Royal Academy of Agriculture in Copenhagen and obtained the degree of M.Sc. in Surveying, Planning and Land Management in 1966. In 1970 he was licensed for cadastral surveying and he worked for ten years as a consultant surveyor in private practice, specializing in cadastral surveying and land management.
Since 1980 he has been employed at Aalborg University where he is currently a full Professor in PBL (Problem Based Learning) and Land Management. For fourteen years (1991-2005) he was Head and Managing Director of the School of Surveying and Planning.
He was the President of the Danish Association of Chartered Surveyors (DdL) 2003-2006. In 1984-1994 he was chairman of the professional committee, and during 1994-2003 he served as Vice-President of the association being responsible for educational strategies and international affairs. He is an Honourable Member of DdL.
He has consulted widely to the Danish National Survey and Cadastre and he played a key role in implementing the Danish Cadastral Reform. He has also worked as a consultant for the EU and the World Bank especially in Eastern Europe, Sub-Saharan Africa and Latin America on the establishment of appropriate land administration systems and related issues such as capacity building, education, and training.
He has been active in FIG since 1984 as the Danish national delegate to Commission 2 (Professional Education). He served as chairman of Commission 2 (1994-1998) and he was chair of the FIG Task Force on Mutual Recognition of Professional Qualifications (1998-2002). In 1999 he was appointed an Honorary Member of FIG. He was elected Vice-President of FIG 2005-2006 and President 2007-2010.
He has more than 300 publications to his credit in the areas of cadastre, land administration, land management and spatial planning, and in the areas of professional education and capacity building. He has presented invited papers at more than 75 international conferences. 2009 is among others author of the book Land Administration for Sustainable Development. A full CV and a full list of publications is available on www.land.aau.dk/~enemark.
Chief Land & Tenure Section - UN Habitat
Chief of the Land, Tenure and Property Administration Section, Shelter Branch, Global Division, in UN-HABITAT. They are the key driver of the Global Land Tool Network, focusing on the development of innovative pro poor land tools. The Network has over 42 international and regional partners, including multi-laterals such as the World Bank and FAO, bilaterals such as Norway and Sweden the key funders, professional organizations, such as the International Federation of Surveyors, Commonwealth Association of Surveying and Land Economy, Federation des Geometres Francophone, Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, training and research institutions and international civil society and civil society organizations such as SDI, Huariou Commission.
Dr Augustinus was previously Senior Lecturer, School of Civil Engineering, Surveying and Construction, University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, focusing on Land Management. International consultant on land management and administration from an institutional perspective. She is the author of 3 chapters in books, and over 44 papers and holds a Ph.D in Social Anthropology on customary and informal land tenure in an informal settlement in Africa.
For more information on the Global Land Tool Network, visit http://www.gltn.net/
Ed Parsons is the Geospatial Technologist of Google, with responsibility for evangelising Google's mission to organise the world's information using geography, and tools including Google Earth, Google Maps and Google Maps for Mobile.
Ed was the first Chief Technology Officer in the 200-year-old history of Ordnance Survey, and was instrumental in moving the focus of the organisation from mapping to Geographical Information.
Ed came to the Ordnance Survey from Autodesk, where he was EMEA Applications Manager for the Geographical Information Systems (GIS) Division. During his tenure, he helped Autodesk to become one of the key providers of GIS software.Earlier in his career he was a Senior Lecturer at Kingston University, where he helped establish Europe's first undergraduate course in GIS.
He earned a Master degree in Applied Remote Sensing from Cranfield Institute of Technology and is a fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, London.
Vice President, Trimble
Bryn Fosburgh joined Trimble in 1994 as a technical service manager for surveying, mining, and construction. From 2002 to 2005, Fosburgh served as vice president and general manager of Trimble's Geomatics and Engineering business area, with responsibility for all the division-level activities associated with survey, construction, and infrastructure solutions. In January 2005, he was appointed vice president and general manager of the Engineering and Construction Division.
In December of 2010, Fosburgh's responsibilities were realigned to include the heavy and highway construction business, Caterpillar-related joint ventures and the majority of the Mobile Solutions segment. He has held various engineering, research and operational positions for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Defense Mapping Agency. Fosburgh received a B.S. in geology from the University of Wisconsin in Green Bay in 1985 and an M.S. in civil engineering from Purdue University in 1989.
Chief Surveyor General, Department of Rural Development and Land Reform
Mmuso Riba graduated with a BSC in Surveying from UCT and qualified as a Professional Land Surveyor soon after. He is currently the Chief Surveyor General of South Africa as well as the Surveyor-General of Bloemfontein, in charge of Free State and Northern Cape. He is also a member(Alternate) of Geoscience’s Council Management Board, member of South African Council of Professional and Technical Surveyors (PLATO), member of FIG COMMISSION 3 (Spatial Information Management) and a standing member of Free State Townships Board.