Keynote Speakers

Collaboration of Geospatial Information Communities through the UN Open GIS Initiative

Mr. Hidenori Fujimura

Hidenori Fujimura is the lead of optimal vector tile project of the United Nations Open Geographic Information System Initiative (UN Open GIS Initiative). As a geospatial digital service enthusiast inside the government, since 2013 he has managed GSI Maps, a product of Geospatial Information Authority of Japan (GSI) to provide its geospatial data following the governmental Open Data policy, making full use of Open Source software. In 2017 he moved to the United Nations Geospatial Information Section, and initiated a project to mainstream basemap vector tiles within public organizations. He believes in the power of performance and interoperability.


Dr. Sanjiva Weerawarana

Sanjiva is the Founder, Chairman and Chief Architect of WSO2. WSO2 was founded by Sanjiva in 2005 with a vision to reinvent the way enterprise middleware is developed, sold, delivered and supported through an open source model.

Prior to starting WSO2, Sanjiva worked for nearly eight years in IBM Research, where he focused on innovations in middleware and emerging industry standards. At IBM, he was one of the founders of the Web services platform, and he co-authored many Web services specifications, including WSDL, BPEL4WS, WS-Addressing, WS-RF and WS-Eventing. In recognition for his company-wide technical leadership, Sanjiva was elected to the IBM Academy of Technology in 2003.


Dr. K.S. Rajan


FOSS4G for looking at Planets, Moon, Asteroids and Comets

Dr. Alessandro Frigeri

¬†Alessandro Frigeri is a researcher at the Institute for Space Astrophysics and Planetology, of the National Institute of Astrophysics (INAF) in Rome, Italy. He works on remote sensing data delivered by scientific missions to the Solar System’s bodies. Currently, he is a member of the scientific team of experiments onboard the NASA/Dawn mission to Vesta and Ceres and the forthcoming ESA’s ExoMars mission to Mars. Before his work at INAF, he has been working on geological and geophysical data acquisition and analysis. In 2006 Alessandro earned a doctorate in Earth Science from the University of Perugia, Italy.
He holds two Nasa awards, two ESA awards and a medal from the Italian Ministry of Interior for his volunteer work during the seismic crisis of 1997. He enjoys and advocates the use of Free and Open Source Software in research and supports its developments.


Bringing Business into FOSS4G and FOSS4G to Business!

Mr. Sanghee Shin

Mr. Shin is a founder and CEO of Gaia3D, Inc., an open source geospatial company in Korea. He has been involved in various open source activities around the world for more than 10 years. He established OSGeo Korean Chapter in 2008 and was elected as a Charter Member of OSGeo Foundation in 2011. He organized an international FOSS4G Seoul 2015 conference as a chair person and has served as a board member of OSGeo Foundation for 2 years. He is an active promoter of open source, open standard and open data. His major interests include open source, GeoBIM, climate technology.