The Committee of Experts on Global Geospatial Information Management (UN-GGIM) as per its terms of reference (Annexed to the Economic and Social Council resolution 2011/24 of 27 July 2011) is mandated to provide a forum for coordination and dialogue among Member States, and between Member States and relevant international organizations on enhanced cooperation in the field of global geospatial information. Given this mandate and noting that the 2030 Agenda calls for stronger public-private partnerships in order for new data sources and technologies to be harnessed, the Committee at its 6th Session in August 2016, adopted decision 6/101 agreed to the establishment of the Academic Network and the Private Sector Network. This aids in the recognition of the valuable contributions, to the work, growth and development of the Committee and the commitment to Member States provided by international organisations, academia and the private sector. These networks are augmented by the Geospatial Societies and United Nations System Network, as the means for the Committee to collaborate and inform on geospatial information within the international geospatial information organisations and the United Nations system respectively.

The UN-GGIM Geospatial Societies is a coalition of the Presidents, Secretaries-General or equivalent office bearers or their nominees that lead recognized international organizations involved in the coordination, development, management, standardization or regulation of geospatial information and related matters.

Executive Body

Prof. Rudolf Staiger, President, International Federation of Surveyors (FIG)

IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Society (GRSS)
International Association of Geodesy (IAG)
International Cartographic Association (ICA)
International Federation of Surveyors (FIG)
International Geographical Union (IGU)
International Map Industry Association (IMIA)
International Society of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ISPRS)
International Society For Digital Earth


The UN-GGIM Academic Network is a coalition of recognized universities and research and education centers involved in research, development and education on geospatial, land information and related matters, run on a volunteer basis. Its primary objective is to support the aims and objectives of Committee of Experts by facilitating access globally to research and education capabilities for UN-GGIM and its affiliated members in order to identify and respond to challenges and opportunities for UN-GGIM and related UN offices.

The UN-GGIM Academic Network aims to assist with the development and management of global geospatial information and promote its use to address key global challenges. We encourage universities, academic institutions or research centers with geospatial information research and/or education to join the UN-GGIM Academic Network. For more information regarding membership requirements please review the UN-GGIM Academic Network's Terms of Reference (ToR) available on the website:

Executive Body

Prof. Maria Antonia Brovelli, Politecnico di Milano, Italy

Deputy Chair:
Prof. Songnian Li, Ryerson University, Canada

Dr. Ivana Ivánová, Curtin University, Australia

Advisory Board:
Prof. Abbas Rajabifard Head, University of Melbourne, Australia (Immediate Past Chair)
A/Prof. Cheryl Desha, Griffith University, Australia
Prof. Georg Gartner, Vienna University of Technology (TU Wien), Austria
Prof. Jonathan Li, University of Waterloo, Canada
Prof. Huayi Wu, Wuhan University, China
Prof. Menno-Jan Kraak, University of Twente, The Netherlands
A/Prof. Michael Starek, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, USA

Chair of UNGGIM-AN Regional Bodies:
Africa - Prof. Serena Coetzee, University of Pretoria, South Africa
Americas - Prof. Rosario Casanova, University of the Republic, Uruguay
Asia-Pacific - Prof. Huayi Wu, Wuhan University, China
Europe - Prof. Joep Crompvoet, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (KU Leuven), Belgium

How to join?
For more information on how to join the UN-GGIM Academic Network please visit the website:


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The UN-GGIM Private Sector Network (PSN) is intended to facilitate a direct connection and communication for the private sector to work with Member States towards achieving success in global geospatial initiatives. The PSN shall facilitate an ongoing dialogue for collaboration between and amongst members of UN-GGIM and participants of the PSN to develop, build and extend the world's capacity to benefit from geospatial information, enabling countries to build capacity in geospatial information, technologies and services.

Private Sector Network Board

Private Sector Network
Mr. Sanjay Kumar, CEO, Geospatial Media and Communications

Vice Chair:
UN-GGIM Private Sector Network Secretariat
Ms. Anamika Das, Vice President, Geospatial Media and Communications, India

Private Sector Network Representatives to UN-GGIM Regional Entities/Committees

Vice Chair:
Private Sector Network: UN-GGIM Asia Pacific
Mr. Mark Freeburn, CEO AAM Group, Australia

Vice Chair:
Private Sector Network: UN-GGIM Europe
Mr. Andrew Coote, CEO, ConsultingWhere, Ltd, United Kingdom

Vice Chair:
Private Sector Network: UN-GGIM Africa
Mr. Willy Govender, Founder and Director, Data World, South Africa

Vice Chair:
Private Sector Network: UN-GGIM Americas
Ms. Valrie Grant, Managing Director, GeoTechVision, Jamaica

Private Sector Network Representatives to UN-GGIM Working- and Expert Groups

Vice Chair:
Private Sector Network - UN-GGIM Expert Group on Integration of Statistical and Geospatial Information
Mr. Charles Brigham, Esri Inc. United States of America

Vice Chair:
Private Sector Network, UN-GGIM Expert Group on Land Administration and Management
Prof. Dr. Dieter Fritsch, Hexagon Geosystems, Switzerland

Vice Chair:
Private Sector Network, UN-GGIM Working Group on Geospatial Information and Services for Disaster Management
Mr. Kaushik Chakraborty, Vice President, Bentley Systems Asia, Singapore

Vice Chair:
Private Sector Network, UN-GGIM Working Group on Legal and Policy Frameworks
Mr. Mark Reichardt, Open Geospatial Consortium, United States of America

Vice Chair:
Private Sector Network, UN-GGIM Working Group on Trends in National Institutional Arrangements in Geospatial Information Management
Mr. Peter Ter Haar, Ter Haar Geoinnovation, United Kingdom

Vice Chair:
Private Sector Network representative to the Group on Earth Observations
Dr. Kumar Nuvulur, President, Digital Globe Foundation, United States of America.


The United Nations Geospatial Network is a coalition of entities within the United Nations System which engage in geospatial information management activities. The Network mission is to strengthen the coordination and coherence of geospatial information management within the United Nations system, including its overarching trends, technology, practices, data, needs, capacity building, and partnerships. The Network is composed of designated representatives, nominated by United Nations system entities. Representatives are to be considered as the most senior geospatial professional within their entity and are supported by a nominated alternate representative.

The United Nations Geospatial Network was established by UN-GGIM (decision 7/115) at its seventh session in August 2017. The Network's Terms of Reference were endorsed (decision 8/115) by UN-GGIM at its eighth session in August 2018. The establishment of the leadership, Steering Group and Network was agreed by UN-GGIM at its ninth session. For further information, find the presentation of the Network, its role and Members.

Mr. Alexandre Caldas, United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)

Vice Chairs:
Mr. Toby Wicks, United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)
Mr. Lorant Czaran, United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)

Steering Group

UN Secretariat
Office of Legal Affairs (OLA)
Department of Safety and Security (DSS)

Regional Commissions
Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC)
Economic Commission for Europe (ECE)
Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP)
Economic Commission for Africa (ECA)

Funds, Programmes, research and others
United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat)
United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR)

Specialised Agencies and related organizations
International Telecommunication Union (ITU)
Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO)


Annual sessions


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