Speaker's Biographies & Abstracts

Dr. Rishiraj Dutta Technical Specialist (Climate Risk Management), Asian Disaster Preparedness Centre, Thailand

Dr. Rishiraj works as technical officer focusing on climate risk management in the Climate Change and Climate Risk Management department. He previously worked as senior geographic information system coordinator and technical officer (GIS) in ADPC's duty station in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Previously, Mr. Rishiraj has worked with the CGIAR research program on climate change, agriculture and food security. He has also served as visiting researcher and consultant for several international organizations under Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research. Dr. Rishiraj is an external referee for the National Research Council of Government of Romania and a reviewer for several international journals. He has published several papers in reputed journals internationally. Dr. Rishiraj holds a Bachelor's Degree in agriculture, a Master's Degree in geoinformatics and Ph.D. in applied geoinformation and earth observation.

kim cohen Team Leader (Building Assets & Services) & Manager Geospatial Information, Sydney Airport, Australia

Kim Cohen has been in the building industry for nearly 40 years, starting as a drafting assistant with Australia’s largest telecommunications company Telstra and moving through all disciplines of construction from survey, mechanical electrical and architectural.

After 15years with Telstra, Kim worked with multiple architectural and shop fitting firms on a variety of projects. This experience has given Kim a broad understanding of the Industry. Now working with Australia’s largest International Airport, Kim leads the team in Building Assets and Services and for the past 4 years has been developing a GIS platform.

Manan Patel President, Special Operations Solutions, USA

Manan Patel founded Special Operations Solutions, LLC (SOS) in 2008 to provide aerial surveillance solutions. SOS has grown to support key U.S. government, commercial, and international customers. SOS has been named to the Inc500 list of America’s fastest growing private companies from 2012-2014.

Prior to SOS, Mr. Patel worked with the U.S. government as an Electronics Engineer where he received the NVESD Technical Achievement Award, U.S. Army Commanders Civilian Medal, and Global War on Terrorism Medal for his efforts. During this time, Mr. Patel was instrumental in the development, enhancement, and implementation of innovative and critical technologies for U.S. forces.

Kumar Navulur President, DigitalGlobe Foundation, USA

Dr. Navulur has over 23 years of experience in the Geospatial industry. He is the Sr. Director of Global Strategic Programs at DigitalGlobe. He obtained his doctorate from Purdue University in US. He is the author of the book entitled “Multi-Spectral Image Analysis Using Object Oriented Paradigm”. He is adjunct professor at the Universities of Denver and Colorado. Dr. Navulur recently took on the responsibility of President of DigitalGlobe Foundation.

Dr. Ahyani Raksanagara Head of Information & Communication, City of Bandung, Indonesia

Dr. Ahyani Raksanagara graduated from Universitas Indonesia specializing in public health. She has more than 29 years experience in health science. Since 1988 until 2004 she worked as a doctor and became a head in primary health care. Since 2011 until 2017 dr. Ahyani became a head of health agency. During her time in daily activities she is also member of road safety team specially for health data and information. In 2017 she became a head of communication and informatics agency that responsible for smart city and open data.

Gopal Valecha Asst. Vice President – Business Development (IT),Delhi Integrated Multi-Modal Transit System (DIMTS),India

Mr. Gopal Valecha is currently working with DIMTS (Delhi Integrated Multi -Modal Transit Systems Ltd, a JV of Delhi Govt.) as Asst. Vice President (IT) Business Development. He has a vast experience in working with Government bodies/Departments at state and central level , Industry associations & corporates . He has been advising them on adoption of various technologies like RFID, GPS, Barcoding, AFCS, e-tolling, digital payments, data analytics and global best practices & standards in urban transportation and supply chain.

He has been instrumental in driving various national level e-governance initiatives. Prior to joining DIMTS he was working with BCIL, GS1 India, Ministry of Commerce, T-Mobile in England & Scotland and various other leading companies.

He has over 19 years of experience with more than 15 years in Business Development & Consulting. He has done B.Tech in Electronics & Telecommunications, MBA in Sales & Marketing and Supply Chain Management certification from IIT Delhi.

Dr Zaffar Sadiq Mohamed-Ghouse Director - NSW Business Development, Research & International Relations, ANZ CRC for Spatial Information, Australia

Dr Zaffar Sadiq Mohamed-Ghouse is currently the Director (NSW) - Business Development, Research & International Relations at CRC for Spatial Information (Australia's peak research organisation for Spatial) and is also the President-Elect of the Surveying Spatial Sciences Institute (SSSI), Australia. He has 19 years of experience in client management, strategic consulting studies, business development, project management, systems review and integration for Utility Industry and Government, design, development and management of spatial databases, review data framework policies, develop spatial analyses techniques and technology including GIS applications development for major clients in Australia, New Zealand, Indonesia and India. He has lead several Multi-Million Dollar National Mapping projects for State and Federal governments in Australia. Zaffar has published research papers at International and National levels focusing on GIS applications to support such areas as: spatial data infrastructure, data quality, groundwater management, water resources, rural administration; asset management; field data capture; public health management and disaster management. He holds a pivotal role as an adviser to various National and International spatial organisations. He is also a member of several boards and technical committees in Australia and overseas. Zaffar on behalf of Standards Australia contributed to the ISO 19157 Spatial Data Quality Standards. Zaffar is a recipient of the “Young Professional Award” by the Surveying Spatial Sciences Institute, Australia. He is also a recipient of the Australian Cooperative Research Centre for Spatial Information’s full Doctorate Scholarship.

Jason Hutchings Senior Design Director, Atkins, Hong Kong

Jason‘s 30 years in the architectural business has seen him work for leading design practices such as Atkins, RMJM, Aedas, Rocco and Arup Associates. He has been responsible for commercial, hotel, transportation, infrastructure and mixed-use redevelopment projects in Europe, the Middle East and throughout the Asia Pacific region. Completed work such as The Landmark (Hong Kong Land) and Hong Kong Station (MTR), allow Jason to bring practical on-site experience into the design of subsequent mega-projects like Doha Metro, the 1-million sqm Sands Casino, Macau (Parcel 7&8) and Admiralty Station. Jason specialises in combining commercial and transportation building types through Transport Oriented Development (TOD). Jason has been invited to speak on many occasions on the topic of TOD and innovative architecture, including high profile conferences in Hong Kong, China, Singapore, Malaysia, India, Indonesia and Australia.

Wilfred Lau Director, Arup, Hong Kong

Wilfred Lau is an Arup Fellow and a Director of the global consultancy firm Arup. He has over thirty year experience in managing and delivering large-scale multidisciplinary projects in Asia. He led Arup's consulting activities across East Asia and was Arup Global Transport Planning Leader from 2001 to 2016. He was the Chairman of the Association of Consulting Engineers of Hong Kong. In recent years, Wilfred focuses on development of cities in Asia, advising governments on development and delivery of future generation of cities and new towns. He developed the smart green resilient planning philosophy and is author of the book “Smart Green Resilient”.

Robert Toba Siahaan Head of Geoscience Data, Group Technical Data, PETRONAS, Malaysia

Wilfred Lau is an Arup Fellow and a Director of the global consultancy firm Arup. He has over thirty year experience in managing and delivering large-scale multidisciplinary projects in Asia. He led Arup's consulting activities across East Asia and was Arup Global Transport Planning Leader from 2001 to 2016. He was the Chairman of the Association of Consulting Engineers of Hong Kong. In recent years, Wilfred focuses on development of cities in Asia, advising governments on development and delivery of future generation of cities and new towns. He developed the smart green resilient planning philosophy and is author of the book “Smart Green Resilient”.

Ryan Lee Director, IFEZ Smart-City Integrated Operation Center, Korea Abstract Cities are getting smarter than ever before

Technology enables National or City governments around the globe to improve various aspects of daily life. Smart-City is currently the next urban model for most of countries in the world. For the developing countries, Smart-City can be the most effective tool model to solve urban problems because of the uncontrolled fast urban population growth and for the developed countries, Smart-City can be the model for next economic growth and energy efficient. Smart-City platform is the system to collect data and information from all around city and to provide these data and information in exact time and exact people with the form of service or solution. (1) how to collect many different data and information; (2) how to store and manage data and information and how to transform those to service; (3) how to provide service to citizens. And for better service, cloud, IoT, big-data and other cutting-edge technology will be important. IFEZ, Korea’s renowned Smart City, shows you the answer by embedding the innovative technologies to build intelligent and connected communities.

Dr Teoh Chin Chuang Deputy Director, Farm Mechanization Program, Malaysian Agricultural Research & Development Institute, Malaysia

Dr. Teoh Chin Chuang has obtained his Bachelor of Engineering (Agricultural) in 1998 and PhD (GIS and Geomatic Engineering) in 2005 from Universiti Putra Malaysia. He is the Deputy Director of Engineering Research Centre at Malaysia Agricultural Research and Development Institute (MARDI). His research areas of interest are remote sensing, image processing and analysis and computer vision system. Currently, he involved in the research related with precision farming for mechanized rice production.

Naser Jaafar Chief Operating Officer, Agensi Inovasi Malaysia (AIM)

Naser Jaafar is the Chief Operating Officer at Agensi Inovasi Malaysia (AIM). His team is responsible for creating wealth through innovation via strategic equity investment in game changing and high impact innovative start‐ups and commercialization of innovations from public and private universities and research institutes as well as from the industry. Naser is also responsible for the collaboration between industry and academia via Steinbeis Malaysia Foundation.

Naser also heads the team at AIM, which is the joint secretariat with The National Science and Research Council for the Investment Committee of Public Funds (ICPF). This team is responsible for the monitoring, evaluation, development of KPIs and Performance Management of all the public funds for Research, Development and Commercialization (R,D&C) in Malaysia.

Prior to joining AIM, Naser was with Bank of America Merrill Lynch Malaysia for 22 years, of which from 2002 to 2012, as the Chief Executive Officer. Naser has served various positions at the Bank in Malaysia, Singapore and Jakarta.

Naser received his Masters of Business Administration from North Texas State University, USA in 1987.

Ton van Helvert Manager Geo-Information, Kadaster, The Netherlands

Mr Van Helvert is currently working as a manager at the Geo-Information department of the Dutch Cadastre (‘Kadaster’). He has obtained broad experiences in geo-related business, and has been working on different national and international projects within Europe and South-America. Nowadays his areas of interest are innovation and improvement of geo-related business models and (production) processes.

He has a University degree Physical Geography at University of Amsterdam, extended with postgraduates at Wageningen University and ITC Enschede (The Netherlands).

Abstract The customers’ role in the improvement of topographic information

The Cadastre, Land Registry and National Mapping Agency of the Netherlands (in short: Kadaster) is responsible for the Topographic Map of the Netherlands in the scale ranges from 1:10.000 to 1:1.000.000. The quality of these geo-data sets has been improved seriously over the past four years.

This was initiated by vast process adjustments: The data actuality has been increased from four years to about one year. Business results (like costs, efficiency and customer satisfaction) also developed in a positive way. The introduction of a LEAN-methodology and the increase of customer-relationship and involvement were the key-issues in the adjusted production processes. (Technical) innovation led to automatic generalisation to small scaled visualisations, which resulted in a complete topographic family of different scales within the same 1-year-actuality range.

The success of this process-improvement has led to an awareness of the stakeholders on different levels, ranging from Ministries to common citizens, and is now used as a blueprint for other departments within the organisation.

Lim Liyang Senior Manager, GeoSpatial Planning & Development, Singapore Land Authority, Singapore

Liyang heads the geospatial planning and development department responsible for delivering the geospatial data policies, programs and mechanisms for Singapore's National Spatial Data Infrastructure. His diverse portfolio includes carrying out geospatial master-planning, strategic workforce planning, driving data sharing, to implementing capacity building and geospatial innovation programs. He has also been invited to speak at the Master of Public Policy program at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy; and for the Centre for Liveable Cities, Singapore. Liyang graduated with a MBA at the Singapore Management University in 2016 and is a recipient of the SMU’s scholarship for community impact.

Sr Khairul Faizi B Mohd Taib Head of Geospatial Data, Group Technical Data, PETRONAS, Malaysia

Sr. Khairul Faizi B Mohd Taib has been the Head of Geoscience Data for Data Management: Geosciences, Group Technical Data since September 2015.

Geospatial Data section is functioned to manage the execution of Geospatial data operations, technology and services to PETRONAS domestics and international by providing quality geospatial database, geomatic technical expertise, leveraging technologies, delivery of best practices and producing staffs of high technical capabilities in order to ensure geospatial data integrated and to be used by PETRONAS in effective way for business growth sustenance and reduce project risk.

He was previously involved with Geoscience Data industry since beginning his career started with:
● 1997 as Digital Cartographer / Hydrographic Surveyor with Fugro Geomatics (Malaysia) Sdn. Bhd.
● 2007 as Senior Geoscientist (Geomatics) with PETRONAS Carigali Sdn. Bhd.

Antonio Della Pelle Managing Director, Enerdata Asia-Pacific, Singapore

Antonio Della Pelle is the Managing Director of Enerdata and a chartered chemical engineer working in the oil, gas, coal, electricity, renewables and emissions sectors. A recognised energy professional with over 20 years of worldwide experience particularly in refining, petrochemicals, power, gas and LNG, in South East Asia, North Asia and Oceania. Antonio has been involved in Energy Smart Cities projects and IoT & Utilities projects. He is also a board member of the IChemE Energy Centre (UK).

Abstract Smart-Energy Cities and Future Energy Demand Drop

Smart Cities allow to have more efficient way to generate, distribute and use the energy within the city. It must be said, certain cities are as big as “countries”, and local planning started to diverge from National Planning. The urban customer behaviour is very different from the rural customer behaviour and this is reflected on how energy is used and consumed. Enerdata will transport us to the future, look at 10-20 years from now and what will be the new customer energy behaviours and why energy demand is set to drop.