Keynote Speakers

Collaboration of Geospatial Information Communities through the UN Open GIS Initiative

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.


Learning and Building Open Source Software – Sharing our experience

K.S. Rajan

KS Rajan is an Associate Professor at IIIT Hyderabad and leads the institute’s Lab for Spatial Informatics.

He is a multi-disciplinarian, with interests in Geo-Spatial Technologies; Land use modelling and Environmental Policy. He works in the gap-areas between computer science and GIS, on topics like spatio-temporal data mining, Web-GIS, OBIA and time-series analysis for satellite imagery.

A founding member of OSGeo-India and an active member of other Free and OpenSource groups in India. His Lab released two Open Source tools – LSIViewer and

Has over 135 publications in Books, Journals and Conferences and given close to 100 Expert lectures and invited talks in a range of topics.

He was awarded the Indian National Geospatial Award 2013 by Indian Society of Remote Sensing.


FOSS4G for looking at Planets, Moon, Asteroids and Comets

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!

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.


Empowerment of Civil Society with Geospatial Information – Removing Barriers

P.M.P. Udayakantha

Currently working as Surveyor General in Survey Department of Sri Lanka which is the National Mapping and Geospatial Information Management Agency. Master’s Degree holder in Geodetic Science from The Ohio State University USA.
Pioneer member of the National Spatial Data Infrastructure Initiative.
Extensively involved Geospatial information capture including LiDAR Surveys. Presently also working as the chairman of the taskforce on Registering Property connected with improving the ease of doing business index of Sri Lanka and engaged in developing a parcel fabric based citizen services to improve performance of Colombo Municipal Council .


Opportunities and Challenges in promoting open source technologies in Sri Lanka

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.



The principle behind open sourcing and how relevant it is for poverty  alleviation


Ms. Samadanie Kiriwandeniya is the Chairperson of SANASA Development Bank, Sri Lanka. She completed her academic education in Year 2000 at the University of Saskatchewan, Canada and obtained an MA in Sociology. Her thesis was on the topic: “Emancipatory Potential for Women in Credit Cooperatives”. Ms. Kiriwandeniya has senior level management experience in the field of Participatory Development, Gender, Micro finance and Conflict Resolution.

Prior to her posting as the Chairperson, she served as the Deputy General Manager, International Relations- SDBL – responsible for the improvement of the local and international recognition of SANASA Development Bank and SANASA Movement through partnerships with international Co-operative banks, Development Banks and other organizations.

She is a Board Member of Ceylon Chamber of Commerce, member of GIZ FLICT Steering Committee and the National Committee on Re-integration of Ex-Combatants. She has served numerous organizations in various capacities and has awarded many national awards in recognition of her outstanding contribution to the banking sector as well as to humanity.



Dhammika Dayawansa

Dr. N.D.K. Dayaawansa is former secretary GISSL ( Geo-Infomatics Society of Sri Lanka) and a Senior Lecturer attached to the Department of Agricultural Engineering, Faculty of Agriculture, University of Peradeniya. She graduated from the Faculty of Agriculture, University of Peradeniya with specialization in Agricultural Engineering. Dr. Dayawansa obtained her M.Sc. from Asian Institute of Technology , Thailand in Remote Sensing and GIS. Her Ph.D. is on Agricultural Pollution Modelling obtained from University of Newscatle upon Tyne, United Kingdom. Her major research interests are applications of remote sensing and GIS technology in natural resources management.