Chief of the Positioning & Community Safety Division, Geoscience AustraliaAndy Barnicoat is currently Chief of the Positioning and Community Safety Division with responsibility for Geoscience Australia’s programmes in geodesy, seismic and nuclear test monitoring, community safety (including the National Earthquake Alerts Centre) and observatories and laboratories. Prior to assuming this role, Andy was Chief of the Minerals and Natural Hazards Division. Andy joined GA in 2003, leading the Science programme of the Predictive Mineral Discovery CRC after a career in academia and consultancy in the UK. In 2018, Andy was elected as President of the Regional Committee of United Nations Global Geospatial Information Management for Asia and the Pacific (UN-GGIM-AP).
Deputy Head, Australian Space AgencyMr Anthony Murfett is the Deputy Head of the Australian Space Agency. Anthony reports to Dr Megan Clark AC and is responsible for performance of the organisation and has oversight of strategy, policy and operations.
Prior to this role, Anthony was the Minister Counsellor (Industry, Science and Education) at the Australian Embassy in Washington DC. Anthony’s role was to develop and implement strategies to strengthen Australia’s engagement with the industry and innovation, science, research and education systems in the US and Canada. Areas of focus include the space industry and policy, innovation ecosystems, the digital economy, and resources policy.
Previously, Anthony was the General Manager of the Growth Centres Branch within the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science. His key responsibility was advising the Australian Government on the policy, design and implementation of the Industry Growth Centres Initiative (a key program focused on lifting the competitiveness of growth sectors in Australia). Anthony has also been the General Manager of the Productivity and Competitiveness Branch and the Precincts and Coordination Branch. In these roles he was responsible for advising the Australian Government on matters such as sectoral policy, IP policy and strategic industry policy. He has also been responsible for Australia’s Cooperative Research Centres program, which is focused on supporting medium to long term industry-led research.
Anthony has also worked across a number of areas within the industry and innovation portfolios within the Australian Government. These include the Australian Research Council and IP Australia (Australian Patent Office).
Anthony is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and has completed the Senior Executive Fellows Program at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. He also has a background in biotechnology and immunology.
Brent A. Jones, PE, PLS
Global Manager, Cadastre/Land Records, EsriBased in Washington D.C., Brent Jones oversees Esri’s worldwide strategic planning, business development, and marketing activities for land records, cadastral, surveying, and land administration. As a recognized innovator, Jones specializes in modernizing existing land administration systems and designing new GIS-based cadastral management systems for small and large governments globally. He is a member of the URISA board of directors, past president of the Geospatial Information and Technology Association and a current member of the United Nations Committee of Experts on Geospatial Information Management sitting on the Expert Group on Land Administration and Management. Established in 1969, Esri creates systems that drive all components of land and cadastral administration, including addressing, registration, taxation/valuation, planning, and development.
Chief Executive and Secretary General, International Federation of Reproduction Rights Organisations (IFRRO)Caroline has been Chief Executive and Secretary General of the International Federation of Reproduction Rights Organisations (IFRRO) since November 2016. Prior to that, she was the General Manager of Copyright Agency responsible for managing Copyright Agency’s relations with licensing clients, including education and government sectors. Caroline also managed VISCOPY, the Australian collective management organisation for visual arts.
Caroline is the past President of the Copyright Society of Australia (2006-2014). She was also Chair of the International Federation of Reproduction Rights Organisation’s (IFRRO), Asia Pacific Committee, and chair of IFRRO’s Legal Forum. Prior to her appointment as CEO, she was deeply involved in the work of the IFRRO community for many years.
Caroline has a BA and LLB from Sydney University and an MBA from the Australian Graduate School of Management (AGSM).
Head of the National Positioning Infrastructure Branch, Geoscience AustraliaGary Johnston is the Head of the National Positioning Infrastructure Branch at Geoscience Australia.
He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Applied Science (Surveying and Cartography) and a Masters Degree in Applied Science (Information Systems and Technologies).
Gary’s professional career has focused on Geodetic Surveying, particularly the application of the Global Positioning System (GPS) to measuring the changing shape of the Earth.
In 2014 Gary was elected to the chair of the International Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) Service (IGS) Governing Board. The IGS is a technique service under then International Association of Geodesy. This service aims to produce GNSS related products and services for the global science community and society more generally. It is a collaborative service with participants from over 200 organisations globally.Gary is also the co-Chair of the Sub-Committee on Geodesy under the United Nations Global Geospatial Information Management Committee of Experts. This Sub-committee aims to enhance the quality and sustainability of the Global Geodetic Reference Frame by improving the participation of UN Member States from around the world. The Global Geodetic Reference Frame underpins all Mapping and Spatial data, as well as many Earth Monitoring programs, including efforts to monitor the long term variation in Sea level.
In Australia Gary oversees the Positioning for the Future Program. This program aims to provide positioning accuracies of several centimetres anywhere across Australia from GNSS technologies to support improved efficiency and safety in many industries, enhanced environmental management, and innovative societal applications.
Inter-Regional Advisor, UN-GGIM, United Nations Statistics Division, Department of Economic and Social AffairsGreg Scott joined the United Nations Statistics Division in early 2012 with the specific task of establishing the United Nations Committee of Experts on Global Geospatial Information Management (UN-GGIM) and growing its role and relevance with Member States and related International Organizations involved in national, regional and global geospatial information management. In his role as Secretariat, Greg provides strategic policy advice and leadership, and guides the development, coordination and implementation of the substantive content for the Committee of Experts, including its High-Level Forum’s, international technical capacity development workshops, and other international fora.
Prior to joining the United Nations, Greg previously spent 25 years in Geoscience Australia in several key roles delivering Australia’s national topographic mapping and derivative geospatial programs and providing independent scientific analysis and advice in the use of geospatial information for environmental management, emergency management, critical infrastructure protection, and lifeline network functionality.
Greg possesses formal qualifications in Cartography and Survey Mapping, has a Graduate Diploma in Geography from the Australian National University, and is now completing a PhD at the University of Melbourne’s School of Engineering.
Dr John Dawson
Section Leader, Positioning, Geoscience Australia (GA)Dr John Dawson leads the Positioning Section at Geoscience Australia (GA). John is responsible for the development of Australia’s Satellite-Based Augmentation System (SBAS) that will improve the performance of GPS in the region. John is a satellite geodesist and was involved in some of the earliest measurements of glacial motion in Antarctica using GPS. His PhD research, undertaken at the Australian National University, was the first to observe and characterise Australian earthquakes from space using satellite interferometry.
Dr Karen Joyce
Senior Lecturer, Remote Sensing and Spatial Sciences, College of Science and Engineering, James Cook University & Education Director, She MapsKaren has a a PhD in Geographical Sciences from the University of Queensland (2005) where she focused on mapping live coral cover using remote sensing. Using her remote sensing expertise, she has since worked as an Engineering Officer in the Australian Army, developed models to map recreation opportunities across New Zealand’s conservation estate, and integrated remote sensing into all phases of the disaster management cycle. She is heavily involved in developing workflows for integrating drone technology into remote sensing practice and has been working with drone based image analysis for five years.
While the environmental target may vary from marine and coastal through to savanna ecosystems, my common approach is to optimise remote sensing and spatial models for rapid quantitative information extraction and communication purposes. She is a Senior Lecturer in Remote Sensing and GIS at James Cook University in Cairns, Australia as well as the founder and Education Director of She Maps – an initiative designed to bring diversity to what we think of as science (i.e. it’s not just lab coats and test tubes!) and who engages with science as a career path (i.e. we need more women!).
Dr Keith Clifford Bell
Senior Technical Specialist, Global Land / Rural / Geospatial Unit, The World BankDr. Keith Clifford Bell joined the World Bank in 2003 and works globally advising on land administration and geospatial technologies. He is a Licensed Surveyor and Professional Engineer (Civil). He has considerable experience working in conflict and fragile states, as well as leading post-disaster reconstruction – including advising then UN Special Envoy for Tsunami Recovery, Clinton. Prior to the World Bank he worked for 25 years in the Australian public sector and army, including as Victorian Surveyor-General 1999-2003 and head of land information for the ACT1996-99. Dr. Bell is co-author of the FIG flagship publication “Fit-for-Purpose Land Administration” (2013). He is a Fellow of the Institution of Surveyors Victoria, the Institution of Engineers Australia and the American Society of Civil Engineers.
Principal Surveyor and Business Unit Leader, Melbourne Survey Team, SpiireKellie is a leading advocate in the surveying and geospatial industry determined to enhance the profile and diversity of the surveying profession. Recently appointed as President of the Institution of Surveyors Victoria (ISV), Kellie brings a unique perspective based on her leadership experience in multidisciplinary consultancy businesses and involvement in some of Victoria’s most iconic property developments. She is also a member of the Women in Surveying Sub-Committee that is building a support network for women in the profession. This is an exciting chapter for both ISV and Kellie who currently heads up the surveying business in Spiire’s Melbourne office.
Manager of Geodesy and Positioning, Queensland Department of Natural Resources, Mines and EnergyMatt Higgins is Manager of Geodesy and Positioning in the Queensland Department of Natural Resources, Mines and Energy. He is a Member of the U.S. Position, Navigation and Timing Advisory Board, which advises the U.S. Government on GPS. He Co-Chaired a Working Group of the UN International Committee on Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS) and is past Vice President of the International Federation of Surveyors. Within Australia, Matt is President of the IGNSS Association, a Member of Australia’s National Positioning Infrastructure Advisory Board and an Honorary Fellow of Surveying and Spatial Sciences Institute.
Director Heritage Branch, Parks, Wildlife and Heritage Division, Department of Tourism and CultureHistorical Tour
Michael has degrees in Architecture, and Urban and Regional Planning. He has worked for the Heritage Branch since 2003, and has been Director of the Branch since 2005. He has lived in Darwin for most of the last 25 years.
Head of the Geodetic Infrastructure Department, Lantmäteriet & Elect-Vice President, International Federation of Surveyors (FIG)Mikael Lilje is elect-vice president of the International Federation of Surveyors (FIG) for the period 2017-2020. He has been involved in FIG for more than two decades with a focus on issues related to reference frames, GNSS, positioning and navigation. He is also one the initiators to the Reference Frame in Practice seminars. He is also involved in the UNGGIM Subcommittee on Geodesy where Sweden sits in the Bureau. He is chairing the working group on Education, Training and Capacity Building. His daily work is though as the head of the Geodetic infrastructure department at Lantmäteriet in Sweden. Lantmäteriet is the Swedish mapping, cadastral and land registration authority.
NSW Surveyor General & Director Survey OperationsNarelle Underwood was appointed the 25th Surveyor-General of NSW in 2016 – the youngest person in 200 years and the first female to hold the position. A major role within state government responsible for the leadership and regulation of the land and mining surveying profession. She is the President of the Board of Surveying and Spatial Information (BOSSI), Chair of the Geographical Names Board (GNB) and the Surveying and Mapping Industry Council.
Mrs Underwood is a strong advocate within the surveying and spatial information field, particularly for its future development as it intersects with innovation and emerging technologies. She is also an energetic mentor for young men and women entering the profession.
Dr Tom Lewis OAM
Military HistorianTopic: The great air race in 1919 and how they navigated 18,000 km from England to Australia
A naval officer for 20 years, Dr Lewis served in Baghdad at the height of the Iraq war. Originally a high school teacher, he lectured at the Royal Australian Naval College and ADFA, and is in popular demand for radio, television, documentaries and public speaking. Awarded the Order of Australia Medal for services to history, he was the historian for commemorations of Albert Borella VC’s WWI service, and the 75th anniversary of the Top End air raids. The author of 14 books, his most recent – The Empire Strikes South – a study of Japanese aircrew casualties in WWII, is being joined by current research on USAAF service.
Manager, MSIA Heritage ProgramHistorical Tour
Trevor Menzies graduated in surveying from the Western Australian Institute of Technology in 1971 and was registered as a Licensed Surveyor in 1972. He completed a Post Graduate Diploma in Photogrammetric Engineering at the International Institute for Aerial Survey and Earth Sciences (ITC) in Enschede, The Netherlands, in 1974.
He was employed by government survey and mapping agencies in the Northern Territory of Australia for 32 years holding successive appointments as Land Surveyor; Manager of Photogrammetry and Aerial Survey ; Assistant Director of Mapping and Land Information; and Surveyor- General.
He served as National President of the Institution of Surveyors, Australia in 1990/91; and National President of the Mapping Sciences Institute, Australia, from 2007 to 2009. He is an Honorary Fellow of the Mapping Sciences Institute, Australia (MSIA), and a Fellow of the Surveying and Spatial Science Institute (SSSI). He is currently Manager of the MSIA Heritage Program with the task of promoting Australia’s cartographic heritage.
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