Overview

The World Geospatial Industry Council is an association of companies representing the entire ecosystem of geospatial industry.

WGIC endeavors to:

  1. Enhance the role of the geospatial industry and strengthen its contribution in global economy and society.
  2. Facilitate exchange of knowledge within the geospatial industry and co-creation of larger business opportunities for the geospatial industry.
  3. Represent business interest, share perspectives of the geospatial industry and undertake policy advocacy and dialogue with public authorities, multilateral agencies and other relevant bodies.

Genesis

In a world where disruption is fast becoming the new normal, geospatial information and technologies have become ubiquitous, pervasive and by-default in our daily lives. With the world on the cusp of a Fourth Industrial Revolution driven by Artificial Intelligence, Big Data and Internet of Things, geospatial industry is gaining momentum with the mainstream; adding spatial dimension and locational context to digital infrastructure, interconnected systems and business processes.

Return on investments are getting bigger, boosting the economic impact of geospatial market in world economy — currently estimated to be US$2 trillion in 2017, growing at a CAGR of 20%. The global geospatial industry is projected to grow at a CAGR of 13.6% to reach US$ 439.2 billion by 2020 owing to the democratization of geospatial information and its integration with IT.

Proliferation of location-based technologies has further raised the demand and accelerated the development of applications for user-based needs. With location technology going into chipsets, cars, drones, and every other kinds of business process, collaborations are becoming essential.

To accentuate relevance and the value the industry offers to world economy and society, the geospatial industry has to essentially reorient itself to new business processes and work with national governments to redefine policy frameworks. Besides, the industry needs to adapt itself to system of systems to consciously meet the needs of its stakeholders today and evolve and scale to sustain those stakeholders into the future.

An independent survey has found that majority of industry leaders feel that with the geospatial ecosystem undergoing a transformation with innovation and disruptions caused by rapid advances in the digital space and the Fourth Industrial Revolution, the lack of awareness among users and collaboration is the biggest challenge.

There is an urgent need for collaboration within the industry for complete solutions, and with mainstream innovators to help realize the true potential of geospatial technology. Further, with policy restraints limiting private sector participation / commercialization, it is also imperative to raise awareness among policymakers, and pitch for enabling environment and investments in the geospatial sector.

In this background, the World Geospatial Industry Council was co-founded by leading companies representing the entire ecosystem of geospatial industry to become a shared voice for enabling engagement and collaboration within the industry and outside, educating policymakers and users alike about the long-term benefits of technology adoption.

Purpose

WGIC is envisioned as a high-level forum for advancement of geospatial industry globally and deepen its contribution to the world economy and society by focusing on the following overarching themes:

Stakeholders and focus areas

Governance

WGIC will have a multi-tier governance structure with representation of leaders from the geospatial industry.

Patrons

Chairman
JACK DANGERMOND

Founder & President
Esri

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Vice Chairman
ALAIN DE TAEYE

Member of Management Board
TomTom

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Patrons

B.V.R. MOHAN REDDY

Founder & Executive Chairman
Cyient Ltd

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DANIEL JABLONSKY

President
DigitalGlobe

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EDUARDO FALCON

Executive Vice President & Group General General Manager
Topcon Positioning Systems

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JAMES VAN RENS

Senior Vice President
Riegl International

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JUERGEN DOLD

President
Hexagon Geosystems

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K.K. SINGH

Founder & CEO
Rolta Ltd

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LISA CAMPBELL

Chairman Autodesk Foundation & Senior Vice President
Autodesk

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RAJESH ALLA

Chairman & Managing Director
IIC Technologies Ltd

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STEVEN W. BERGLUND

President & CEO
Trimble

STEVEN HAGAN

Vice President
Oracle

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SUNIL KUMAR

CEO
GroundTruth

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Executive Board

President
AMY MINNICK

Senior Vice President and General Manager (Commercial and Civil Government)
DigitalGlobe

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SECRETARY GENERAL & CEO
SANJAY KUMAR

CEO - Geospatial Media and Communications

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treasurer
STEPHEN MCCARTHY

Chief Financial Officer
GroundTruth

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Committee Chairs

Policy Development & Advocacy
RONALD BISIO

Vice President
Trimble

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Partnerships & Industry Engagement
VALRIE GRANT

Founder & Managing Director
GeoTechVision

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Finance & administration
JOHN RENARD

President – Utilities and Geospatial BU
Cyient Europe Ltd.

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marketing & communications
THEO AGELOPOLOUS

Director – Infrastructure Strategy & Marketing
Autodesk

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Members

ANDREAS GERSTER

Vice President – Construction - BIM
FARO

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ANNU NEGI

Chief Operating Officer
Geospatial Media & Communications

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ARNOUT DESMET

Vice President – Maps
TomTom

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DEAN ANGELIDES

Corporate Director – International/Alliances/Partners
Esri

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EWOUT KORPERSHOEK

Director
Topcon Europe Positioning BV

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JOHANNES RIEGL JR

President
Riegl International

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JUERGEN DOLD

President
Hexagon Geosystems

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MARK FREEBURN

CEO
AAM

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Massimo C Comparini

CEO
E-GEOS

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PREETHA PULUSANI

President – International Operations
Rolta International

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RAJAN AIYER

President
Association of Geospatial Industries

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STEVEN HAGAN

Vice President
Oracle

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STEVEN SAWDON

Managing & Operations Director
IIC Technologies Europe

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TED LAMBOO

Senior Vice President
Bentley Systems

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WILLY GOVENDER

CEO
Data World

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