Plenary Sessions and Keynote Speakers

Plenary Session 1: Monday 18 May at 11.00-12.30

The Surveyors’ Response to Changing the City Management

Next generation Smart Cities - the role of Geomatics

Prof. em. Dr. Armin Gruen, Chair for Information Architecture, Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) Zurich.

Prof. Dr. Armin Gruen was since 1984 Professor and Head of the Chair of Photogrammetry at the Institute of Geodesy and Photogrammetry, Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) Zurich, Switzerland. Since 1 August 2009 he is retired and is now with the Chair of Information Architecture, Department of Architecture, ETH Zurich. Currently he is acting as a Principal Investigator on the Simulation Platform of the SEC-FCL (Singapore ETH Centre - Future Cities Laboratory) in Singapore.
He graduated 1968 as Dipl.-Ing. in Geodetic Science and obtained his doctorate degree 1974 in Photogrammetry, both from the Technical University Munich, Germany. From 1969 to 1975 he worked as Research and Teaching Associate, and until 1981 as Chief Engineer at the Institute of Photogrammetry and Cartography, Technical University Munich. From 1981 to 1984 he acted as Associate Professor at the Department of Geodetic Science and Surveying, The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio, USA.

Combination of public and private interests in the process of territorial planning – challenges for the Bulgarian local authorities

Ms. Valentina Bakalova, Lawyer, Bulgaria

Acting lawyer with more than 20 years of experience, specialized in the field of territorial planning, territorial focusing of investments, organization of the investment process and legal statute of the properties. Lecturer in „Administration and urban planning“ at the Univerity of Architecture Civil Engineering and Geodesy – Sofia. Lecturer at the Architecture department at the Varna Free University (2009-2014) and the Legal studies department of Plovdiv university (1998 - 2001). Lecturer at seminars and trainings for the application of the Territorial Planning Law and the Cadaster and Property Register Law at the Public Administration, „Krastio Tsonev“ Lawyers training center, etc. In 1992-1999 a legal advisor and head of legal section of Sofia municipality – „Architecture and town planning“ division. Member of Sofia Bar association as of 1999 . Author of numerous publications in the field of town planning and cadaster. Graduate of the Law Faculty of the Sofia University in 1987.

Modern Cartography

Prof. Georg Gartner, Proessor, Technical University Vienna, Austria

Mr. Georg Gartner is a Full Professor for Cartography at the Vienna University of Technology. He holds graduate qualifications in Geography and Cartography from the University of Vienna and received his Ph.D. and his Habilitation from the Vienna University of Technology. He was awarded a Fulbright grant to the USA and several research visiting fellowships. He is Dean for Academic Affairs for Geodesy and Geoinformation at Vienna University of Technology. He is Editor of the Book Series “Lecture Notes on Geoinformation and Cartography” by Springer and Editor of the "Journal on LBS" by Taylor & Francis.
He serves currently as President of the International Cartographic Association.

Plenary Session 2:  Tuesday 19 May at 9.00-10.30

The Surveyors’ Response to Pro-Growth Land Management.

World Bank support to Pro-Growth Land Management

Mr. Daniel Roberge, Senior Land Administration Specialist, World Bank, United States

Mr. Roberge holds a bachelor degree in Geodesy from Laval University, Canada and a graduate diploma in International Administration from the Ecole Nationale d’administration Publique, Quebec, Canada. After carrying out several large-scale projects in the private sector, he joined Québec’s Government, where he held many managing positions, namely as Head of the Cadastral registration service, Director of the Office of the Surveyor General of Quebec, and Director of the Digital Economy. During this period he namely led the implementation of the Québec’s new cadastre, the conception, development and implementation of the Register of the Domain of the State and the online managing system of the Archives of the Surveyor general of Quebec.

Mr. Roberge has been involved in FIG for many years, namely as the Canadian delegate of Commission 7 (Cadastre and Land Management) and as chair of this Commission from 2011-2014. He is member of the Board of the Champlain Branch of Canadian Institute of Geomatics since 2004 and co-chaired two editions of the very successful GeoConference in 2007 and 2014. Since 2013, he is working for the World Bank as Senior Land Administration specialist and is involved on many land related projects worldwide, namely in Romania, Russia, Kosovo and Palestine.

Land Administration Reform for Pro Growth Land Management

Dr. Clarissa Agustinus, Global Land Tool Network, UN-Habitat, Kenya

Clarissa Augustinus is founder and Lead on the Global Land Tool Network, a network of over 60 international partners (2004- to date) and Unit Leader of Land and Global Land Tool Network, UN-Habitat based in Nairobi, Kenya (2003- to date). She is the focal point for urban land in the United Nations system.

Ms. Augustinus holds a Ph.D. in Social Anthropology from Rhodes University (South Africa) on the conversion of land from tribal to informal settlement and a change model of Zulu tenure (1995). She started her career in land administration with a South African land industry grant to understand what the industry would need to do to be prepared for a new government. She then became a senior lecturer in the Department of Land Surveying in the School of Engineering, Surveying and Construction at the University of KwaZulu Natal with focus on land management and cadastral reform (1994-2000).
She was involved with a wide range of consultancies at global, regional and country level for a wide range of governments and organisations on range of issues associated with land.
Moreover she is the author of a number of journal publications and book chapters in pro poor land management.

The challenging role of surveyors in the land management issues related to growing economies

Mr. Ionut Savoiu, member of Parliament in Romania and former Managing Director of Blom, Romania

IIonut Savoiu is member of The Romanian Parliament – Vice-president of IT&C Commission. Between 2005-2012, he was country managing director of Blom Romania, Romania and international consultant in Blom International. During the Blom Romania period, Ionut Savoiu was in charge of business development, sales and projects in Romania and countries in East Europe. Further Ionut was responsible of mapping and GIS production for Blom Group. In 2004, he was appointed as Deputy General Manager of National Agency for Cadastre and Land Registration (NACLR), Romania. He is honorary advisor to the Board of the Romanian Surveyors Association.

Ionut Savoiu graduated from Faculty of Geodesy – Technical University for Construction Bucharest, Romania. His diploma was prepared at Institute for Photogrammetry – Hannover University, Germany. He holds an MBA at IEDC - School of management Bled, Slovenia.

Plenary Session 3: Wednesday 20 May at 9.00-10.30

Global and Regional Professional and Institutional Reforms

UN GGIM from a Global and a Regional Perspective

Mr. Bengt Kjellson, Director General and Executive Chief, Lantmäteriet, Sweden

Bengt Kjellson was appointed as the Director General and Executive Chief of Lantmäteriet in July 2011, and before his appointment to head the authority, Bengt was Head of Lantmäteriet´s Division for Land Registration. Lantmäteriet is the Swedish mapping, cadastral and land registration authority. He has also been involved in international matters related to Land Administration.

Other assignments

  • Chairman of UN GGIM Europe Executive Committee, 2014--
  • Member of board and vice president of Eurogeograhics, 2012—2014
  • Member of the Swedish e-Government delegation
  • Chairman of Credit- and Real Estate Market Advisory board
  • Chairman of high level advisory board, Geodatarådet
  • Faculty of Law, Uppsala University. Chairman of the Institute of Real Estate Legal Research, 2005 —, member of board since 1999.
  • Chairman of board for EULIS
  • Chairman of UN ECE Working Party on Land Administration (2001-2005), and Bureau member 1999—2005.

Bengt got his law degree from University of Uppsala, Sweden.

Global and Regional Professional and Institutional Reform, some actions of the CLGE

Mr. Maurice Barbieri, President, CLGE, Switzerland

Maurice Barbieri was graduated in 1986 as Dipl. Kulturingenieur at the Technical School of Zurich (ETH). After passing the Surveyor’s Federal State exam in 1988, he became Publicly Appointed Surveyor. He owns the companies Géodétec (Surveying office) and SIT-Conseil (GIS office). His companies are active in Switzerland and abroad.
Since 1998 he is member of the Ex-Board of IGS (Ingenieur-Geometer Schweiz, Surveyors Association of Switzerland) and President since 2009.
Since 2011, he is vice-President of SOGI Switzerland (Swiss GI Association) and member of the Ex-Board of EUROGI since 2014.
Between 2010 and 2015, he was Chair of CLGE / IG PARLS (Interest Group of Publicly Appointed Surveyors of the European Council of Surveyors).
Since 2015 he is President of CLGE (the Council of Geodetic European Surveyors).

Professional Geodetic Education in Bulgaria – Condition, Problems and Perspectives

Assoc. Prof. Todor Kostadinov, Bulgaria.

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Eng. Todor Kostadinov has been a professor at the University of Civil engineering, Architecture and Geodesy in Sofia since 1987. He has graduated from the Higher Institute of Civil Engineering, Sofia, in 1980 with a Master’s degree in “Geodesy, Photogrammetry and Cartography”. He has defended his Ph.D. thesis in the Moscow Institute of Geodesy, Cartography and aerial images in Moscow, Russia. He is the Head of Department Applied Geodesy and is teaching course lectures on the topic “Geodetic works in designing infrastructure and complex projects” to the students from the Faculty of Geodesy, Applied Geodesy specialization.
He has been a member of the Chamber of Engineers in Investment Design since 2006 and a member of the Management Board of the abovementioned Chamber since 2009. Since 2011 he has been Vice Chairman of the national department "Geodesy, Applied Geodesy" and a member of the Board of the Union of scientists in Bulgaria – Technical section "Surveying and Land Management" since 2010.