John Kedar

John Kedar is a versatile and pragmatic director-level geospatial professional with 25 years international experience in implementing geospatial approaches to decision-making.  Experience has been developed through a wide range of appointments in government, including in high-pressure environments such as Afghanistan, through major charitable Board vice-chairmanship and within Ordnance Survey, UK’s national geospatial data agency.  John has directed and managed a US$35m pa government geospatial organization, developed Government geospatial policy and strategic direction and has played a key role in furthering UK global geospatial reputation.  A ‘geospatial’ champion he advises governments across the World at ministerial and senior executive level, including land/geospatial agency chief executives.  As a thought leader he stimulates new thinking, has been core to the development of the United Nations Integrated Geospatial Information Framework which is being adopted globally, and regularly chairs and speaks at major international conferences.

With strong belief in the ‘Power of Where?’, he brings an in depth understanding on how geospatial knowledge enables social, economic and environmental benefits. His strategic advice incorporates his experience and the United Nations Integrated Geospatial Information Framework, providing a multi-facetted approach to realising these benefits. Working from strategic to operational, governance to delivery, his brings vision, insightfulness, commitment, consensus building and communication. 

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Kaspar Kundert

Kaspar has over 30 years of experience working with Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and holds an MSc in Geography and Computer Science.  In 1992 he founded Esri Switzerland with a staff of three; he managed the company for 18 years and grew it to a successful GIS company with a staff of 40 and a yearly turnover of US$ 12.5 million.

Following his time at Esri Switzerland, Kaspar used his practical experience deploying Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and building Spatial Data Infrastructures in countries such as Germany, Kenya, Rwanda, Burundi, DR Congo, Republic of Congo, Lesotho and Djibouti.

In summer 2010 Kaspar moved to Kigali, Rwanda to establish Esri Rwanda Ltd.  Nine years later, in July 2019, he handed over – as planned – to Rwandan Management the company is now well-established company with a professional staff of eight.  Kaspar continues engaging with members from the public and private sector in Rwanda as well as with development partners in Sub-Saharan Africa.  His key strengths are his ability to establish effective partnerships,  work in multi-stakeholder environments, and retains a strong focus on the economic viability and sustainability of projects when consulting clients on the use of IT, innovative mapping, managing (vs. losing) data, making it open, and turning it into useful information.

Having worked globally, Kaspar understands communication is key when working with differing cultures.  He has the ability to adapt to changing priorities as required in consultation with the customer and uses his excellent analytical and organizational skills in high-pressure environments, often with frequently changing deadlines.

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Joep Crompvoets

Dr Joep Crompvoets is Associate Professor at KU Leuven Public Governance Institute (Belgium) holding the chair on ‘information management in the public sector’.  He is also the secretary-general of EuroSDR – a European spatial data research network linking national mapping agencies with research institutes and universities for the purpose of applied research in the domain of geospatial information management, and he chairs the EuroSDR Commission on Business Models and Operation.

Joep has held faculty positions at Wageningen University (The Netherlands) and Melbourne University (Australia), and was employed by CSIC IRNAS research institute in Seville (Spain).  He has been involved in numerous (inter)national projects related to spatial data infrastructures, GIS, public sector innovation and e-governance.  His work has been supported by UN Statistics Division (UN-GGIM), World Bank, European Commission, BELSPO Federal Public Planning Service Science Policy (Belgium), Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO), Flemish government, IWT Agency for Innovation by Science and Technology, and numerous national governments around the world.

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Robert Ward

  • Hydrographic survey
  • Capacity building
  • Regional hydrographic development
  • Hydrographic data standards
  • Teaching and training
  • Technical editing

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Robert Ward is a hydrographic surveyor.  He was born in England and now resides in Sydney as an Australian citizen.  He has a wide practical experience in hydrographic and oceanographic surveying around the world.  He also served for a short time as a deck officer in the british Merchant Navy.  Ashore, his experience has included the training of hydrographers both in the UK and as the Head of the Royal Australian Navy Hydrographic School in Sydney. He retired from the Royal Australian Navy as the Deputy Hydrographer of Australia in 2007.

After a naval career of 37 years, over 20 of which was spent in ships, including in command, Robert Ward was elected as one of the three co-Directors of the Secretariat of the International Hydrographic Organization, based in Monaco, where his principal responsibility was the direction of the technical program of the Organization.  At the end of his first five-year term of office, he was overwhelmingly elected by the IHO Member States as the Secretary-General.  His term of office as IHO Secretary-General ended in 2017.

Robert Ward has a long history of active involvement in hydrography and the work of the IHO and related intergovernmental organizations particularly in relation to capacity building and regional hydrographic development, and the development and implementation of the international standards and regulations for digital hydrographic data.

Peter Cridland

Peter is an innovative local authority manager with recent consultancy experience. He has a wide range of expertise in the geographic information and property information fields, and has a forward looking and positive outlook. He has specialised knowledge of geographic information and its application to local authority processes, specifically in address management, including street naming and numbering and the maintenance of BS 7666 compliant address and street gazetteers.

With very strong interpersonal skills, Peter demonstrates qualities of diplomacy, personal authority, influence, professionalism and vision. He is able to command the respect and confidence of politicians and fellow senior officers through effective networking, and close work with leaders in partner organisations. Peter has a practical and logical leadership style, leading and motivating teams to delivered the required goals.

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