Geospatial challenges
and opportunities for a sustainable future

Our expert panel will discuss the challenges relating to people, processes, technology and data in readying geospatial information for emerging solutions.

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Meet the panelists

Jamie Leach

CEO, Open Data Australia 

Jamie Leach is the Regional Director for Australasia of the global association FDATA, the founder of Open Data Australia and a Data Technologist. Her corporate background is diverse, ranging from strategy and project management, creating high-performing teams, corporate and investment banking, defence, spatial, economics, and leading development and data/technology companies through capital-raising and global expansion. Jamie regularly advises and represents the public sector and private clients on data strategy, privacy and protection, governance practices and data quality. As a technical expert for the UNCDF on digital finance and financial inclusion, Jamie performs research, advice and advocates for developing nations to ensure advances in strategic technology adoption, the eradication of poverty and the promotion of responsible fiscal policy. A frequent speaker and author on the transformative potential of data, Jamie is passionate about sharing global best practices and international trends.

Martin Brady

Director, Location Insights - Information, Australian Bureau of Statistics 

Martin Brady has a long history working domestically and internationally, to integrate statistical and geospatial information so that it can be used effectively in analysis and decision making.  Martin has worked for the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) for over 20 years, including secondments working with Geoscience Australia, the Queensland Government and the Office for National Statistics in the United Kingdom.  He has had a strong involvement and interest in Australia’s Population Census and has worked on each once since the 1991 Census.  He has also worked on a range of other statistical, analytical and geospatial projects with the Australian Bureau of Statistics. Martin currently leads ABS's Location Information Section, which delivers ABS geospatial information and capability internally and externally.  Martin has also been the co-chair of the UN Expert Group for the Integration of Statistical and Geospatial Information (UN EG-ISGI) and lead the international development of the Global Statistical Geospatial Framework – a career highlight.

Kate Fairlie
Land Admin Specialist, Land Equity International

Kate Fairlie is a land administration specialist with Land Equity International, with a key interest in urban land issues, technology, youth and environment. She is the Project Director for the UK Aid (FCDO) Papua Spatial Planning project in Indonesia and has broad-ranging experience providing strategic institutional and systems-level advice to governments through projects for the World Bank, UN-Habitat, MCC, FAO and national governments. She has co-authored a number of land administration tools, including most recently the State of Practice White Paper on Land Information and Transaction Systems and decision-tool for land IT system investment with the Millennium Challenge Corporation. Kate has a long history of engagement with the surveying and spatial profession internationally, including a number of roles with the FIG and as a member of the International Land Measurement Standard (ILMS) Standard Setting Committee.

Dr Jagannath Aryal
Senior Lecturer, Infrastructure Engineering, The University of Melbourne 

Dr Jagannath Aryal is currently a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Infrastructure Engineering, Faculty of Engineering and Information Technology (FEIT) at The University of Melbourne.

His research contributions are well documented in the optimal utilisation of Earth Observation, geo-information, geo-statistics in advancing Geospatial science and location intelligence and developing new methods in this domain. These novel methodological innovations are applied in modelling and mapping various landscapes ranging from modern urban land administration, natural disasters, precision agriculture, and urban systems taking sustainability and resilience of the considered system into account.

His current focus is on fusion and utilisation of Earth Observation, imaging technologies and AI in establishing digital thread, managing digital twin for various applications, and developing near real time decision support systems. His research collaboration on Earth Observation, geospatial engineering, and spatial analytics extend to the prominent UK/European universities (including the University of Cambridge; CNRS, France; University of Salzburg; University of Twente).

Mark Allan (Chair)
Director Greenline, City of Melbourne

Mark Allan is a registered architect and qualified urban planner with a Master’s degree from the Melbourne Business School.  With a career spanning 30 years in sustainable urban development and major urban renewal projects, Mark has played key roles in the planning and design of Federation Square, Melbourne Docklands and the Queen Victoria Market Precinct Renewal.  In his current role at the City of Melbourne he is Acting Director City Design where he leads Council’s City Design Studio. Mark has previously held senior roles in architectural practice and at Mirvac, VicUrban and the former Melbourne Docklands Authority. He is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Architects and the Planning Institute of Australia and an Honorary Fellow of the University of Melbourne’s Infrastructure Engineering Department.  Mark has expertise in urban renewal projects and the design of sustainable precincts.               

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