Keynote Speakers

Mark Crosweller AFSM
Head, National Resilience Taskforce, Australian Government Department of Home Affairs
Mark Crosweller is the Head of the National Resilience Taskforce at Australian Government Department of Home Affairs. Previously, he was the Director General of the Emergency Management Australia, the national body involved in bringing together the normal endeavours of government, voluntary and private agencies in a comprehensive and coordinated way to deal with the whole spectrum of emergency needs including prevention, preparedness, response and recovery.
Professor Michele Acuto
Professor of Global Urban Politics, The University of Melbourne
Professor Michele Acuto is Professor of Global Urban Politics at the University of Melbourne. An expert on urban politics and international urban planning, he is also a non-resident Senior Fellow of the Chicago Council on Global Affairs and a Senior Fellow of the Bosch Foundation Global Governance Futures Program. Before joining the Melbourne School of Design, Michele was Director of the City Leadership Lab and Professor of Diplomacy and Urban Theory at University College London, having previously worked as Stephen Barter Fellow of the Oxford Programme for the Future of Cities at the University of Oxford.
Greg Scott
Inter-Regional Advisor, United Nations Global Geospatial Information Management
Greg Scott is the Inter-Regional Advisor on Global Geospatial Information Management in the United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD). UNSD is mandated to provide Secretariat support to the United Nations Committee of Experts on Global Geospatial Information Management (UN-GGIM), an inter-governmental mechanism created by the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) in July 2011.
Anna Wellenstein
Director of Strategy and Operations, The World Bank
Anna is a key member of the World Bank’s SURR GP senior management team that sets strategy for analytics and financing in areas such as disaster risk reduction, urban renovation, and geospatial technology. She also oversees partnerships with bilateral, UN, and regional organizations. Anna has over 20 years of experience in urban development. She’s led efforts to design and finance investments, facilitate policy reforms and build capacity to help developing countries reduce poverty and boost equity.



Dr Mika-Petteri Törhönen Lead Land Administration Specialist The World Bank, USA
Nasrollah Jahangard Deputy Minister, Innovation and Technology Ministry of Information and Communications Technology, Iran
Reza Bagheri Asl Board Member, Information Technology Organisation Ministry of Information and Communications Technology, Iran
Craig Sandy Surveyor General Land-Use Victoria, DELWP, Australia
Ian Ireton CEO Land-Use Victoria, DELWP, Australia
Dr Amor Laaribi UN Retiree – International Independent Consultant Geospatial Information/Statistics, USA
Robert Jensen Senior Managing Director STRAT3, USA
Mark Allan Program Manager Planning and Design City of Melbourne, Australia
Shaik Mohamed Zaffar Sadiq Mohamed Ghouse President Elect Surveying & Spatial Sciences Institute (SSSI), Australia
Mr Michael Giudici Surveyor-General Tasmanian Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water & Environment, Australia
Dr Victor Khoo Senior Deputy Director Land Survey Division, Singapore Land Authority, Singapore
Andrew Rowlands Lead, Monitoring & Assessment Centre Victoria Police, Australia
Prof. Anne Steinemann Professor of Civil Engineering University of Melbourne, Australia
Prof. Bob Stimson Professor of Geography University of Melbourne, Australia
Prof. Arun Kumar Honorary Professorial Fellow Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT) and the University of Melbourne, Australia
Dr Chi-hsiang Wang Research Scientist Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), Australia
Dr Minh Nguyen Research Scientist Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), Australia
Prof. Stephan Winter Professor of Geomatics University of Melbourne, Australia
Dr Michael Rigby Researcher Australian Urban Research Infrastructure Network (AURIN), Australia
Assoc Prof Takako Izumi Director Association of Pacific Rim Universities (APRU) Multi-Hazards Program, Tohoku University, Japan
Dr Jennifer Day Senior Lecturer of Urban Planning University of Melbourne, Australia
Assoc Prof Cheryl Desha Head of Civil Engineering Griffith University, Australia
Ged Griffin Inspector Victoria Police, Australia