The Open Digital Earth Foundation Board is made up of five globally recognised experts. The board is supported by a secretariat.
Jo was appointed General Manager to the Open Digital Earth Foundation in November 2014. She was previously a member of the Senior Executive Service in the Australian Public Service from 2000 to 2014 in a number of departments including those responsible for environment, industry and climate change. During this period Jo’s responsibilities included coordination of Australia’s national climate change science effort, management of partnerships to build climate resilience across small island states in the Pacific, and work to build domestic adaptation capability. This included facilitating nationally consistent modelling and mapping of coastal inundation risks from the sea, and establishment of the National Elevation Data Framework.
Jo has a Bachelor of Science from Murdoch University, and she is a Doctor of Philosophy candidate at the Institute for Governance and Policy Analysis, University of Canberra.
Dr Peter Woodgate Chair
CEO of the Australia and New Zealand Cooperate Research Centre for Spatial Information
In June 2003, Peter was appointed to the position of CEO of the Cooperative Research Centre for Spatial Information (CRCSI). Peter is currently Co-Chair of the Australian Governments Space Cross-Sectoral Interest Group; Chair of the Global Spatial Network; Board member of AUCOPE; and Board Member of the UNESCO International Centre on Space Technologies for Natural and Cultural Heritage based in China.
Peter was previously CEO of RMIT University’s Geospatial Science Initiative where he was responsible for a number of initiatives that included helping establish Spatial Vision Innovations Pty Ltd; the Risk and Community Safety Research Centre; and RMIT’s Global Sustainability Institute.
Peter’s most recent research has concentrated on factors that operate to accelerate innovation across organisations. He has a Doctorate in Business Administration from RMIT University, a Masters of Applied Science (Remote Sensing) from the University of New South Wales and a Degree in Forest Science from the University of Melbourne. He is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Dr Swarna Subba Rao Member
Surveyor General of India, Survey of India
Dr Swarna Subba Rao is the Surveyor General of India and has held this position since 2010.
Dr Rao obtained a Bachelor Degree in Civil Engineering from Osmania University, Hyderabad in 1980 and completed a Masters Technical in Transportation Engineering from REC, Warangal in 1983. Subsequently Dr Rao obtained PhD from Andhra University in GIS.
In 1983 Dr Rao joined the Survey of India (SOI) as a Deputy Superintending Surveyor, holding various positions. He has worked across topographical surveys, fair mapping, digital cartography and GIS related activities. Dr Rao has also executed the survey of 540 kms pipeline for M/s GAIL India Ltd from Guna in Madhya Pradesh to Dadri in Uttar Pradesh.
As Surveyor General of India Dr Rao has initiated 1:10K mapping of the entire country of India and many other projects. These activities are seen to underpin Digital India and create Smart Cities projects to contribute to the development of the country. He has also contributed to International Boundary issues of India in last four years. Dr Rao has promoted a number of GIS Events nationally and is one of the most active members of the country to promote GIS as a technology that can reform India for its current and futuristic growth.
Dr Rao is a Fellow of Andhra Pradesh Science Academy, President of Indian National Cartographic Association, President of India Chapter of OS Geo, Member of Indian Meteorological Society, Member of Institution of Engineers along with other professional bodies.
Mr Steve Jacoby Member
Executive Director Land & Spatial Information Department of Natural Resources and Mines Queensland
Steve is the Executive-Director in the Department of Natural Resources and Mines, responsible for spatial data, systems, services and infrastructure. In his present role since 2009, he chairs the Queensland Spatial Information Council and represents Queensland nationally on a number of peak bodies.
Commencing in the Victorian Lands Department as a trainee, Steve went on to lead its Land Information Group for 7 years. In 2003, he moved to Queensland as CIO for the Department of Natural Resources and Water.
Steve has a Bachelor of Applied Science (RMIT) and a research Masters from Melbourne University and is currently an Adjunct Professor with the Institute for Future Environments at QUT.
In the 2014 Queen’s Birthday Honours Steve received the Public Service Medal for services to land and spatial information.
Dr Zaffar Sadiq Mohamed-Ghouse Member
Director – NSW Business Development, Research & International Relations with the Cooperative Research Centre for Spatial Information
With 17 years experience, Zaffar has worked across client management, business development, project management, consulting studies, 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.
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 is a member of several boards and technical committees in Australia and overseas including; Surveying Spatial Sciences Institute, Locate Conferences, International Journal for 3D Information Modelling and the International Society of Digital Earth. Zaffar previously held the role of Senior Principal Consultant Spatial & IT with GHD.
Zaffar is an Australian representative on the ISO Technical Committee 211, Geographic Information and Geomatics. He is also a recipient of the “Young Professional Award” by the Surveying Spatial Sciences Institute, Australia. And holds an Honorary Senior Fellow appointment at the Department of Infrastructure Engineering, The University of Melbourne, Australia.
Johan Bang Member
Managing Director/CEO with Future Position X , Europe’s leading cluster for innovative and expanding use of geographical information.
Johan has 20 years of experience in international innovation and high tech start-ups along with building new national innovation systems and cluster initiatives.