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Keynote Speakers

Dr. Orhan Ercan
FIG Vice President
Dr. Orhan Ercan was born in Turkey at 1959. He had his BSc at 1983, MSc at 1988 and PhD at 1997.
He has worked for the Turkish Government for almost quarter century and realized many cadastre and land administration works. Besides, he has been involved in many geodetic and surveying infrastructure projects; namely, CORS-TR, NSDI, Land Information System, etc. in Turkey.
Parallel to his practitioner engagements, he was also active in academic and research institutions and a part-time lecturer at the university. After retiring from the Turkish General Directorate of Land Registry and Cadastre, he has been working in the private sector for several years. Thus, he gained his private sector experience as well and widened his professional spectrum successively. In course of his private sector engagements, he has realized diverse national and international surveying, regional planning and agriculture projects.
He executed the World Bank`s MEER/MERLIS/Cadastre (maintenance and renovation) sub component include geodetic works and photogrammetric mapping (Marmara Earthquake Emergency Reconstruction Project) and ARIP/Cadastre projects (Agricultural Reform Implementation Project).
He worked as executive staff at `Turkish National Spatial Data Infrastructure Project (preparatory works) phase I and II` and Land Registry and Cadastre Information System (TAKBIS). He was the critical research staff worked at CORS-TR project group. Besides, he has been involved in various geodetic and surveying projects, regional/urban planning projects, agricultural reform, agriculture-based land use planning etc. in Turkey, Libya and neighbouring countries. He had published more than 30 papers for various academic publications.
He worked at private sector for 12 years as company manager and freelance.

Ph.D Eng. Ileana Spiroiu
Deputy General Director
Mrs. Ileana Spiroiu is, from July 2016, Deputy General Director of National Agency for Cadastre and Land Registration (NACLR), position which she held previously for 4 year (2006 – 2007 and 2009 – 2012). Between 2008 and 2016, Mrs. Spiroiu was appointed as director of the National Centre for Mapping. She is experienced with more than 20 years in land restitution activities in Romania and 7 years experience in the management for EU financed Projects such as LAKI I and II projects (Land Administration Knowledge Improvement) and CENTRIC project in the frame of Horizon 2020. Mrs. Ileana Spiroiu has BA and Ph.D. degree at the Faculty for Geodesy from Technical University for Construction of Bucharest. As well, she holds a BA degree in Law. Mrs. Spiroiu is an active Vice-president of Romanian Surveyors Association. Since 2007 she is associate professor at the Cadastre Department of the Agronomic Faculty from Craiova University. She is author of numerous articles and publications, co-author of Geodesy-Topography course.

Ionut Savoiu
President of UGR
Mr. Ionut Savoiu, is Director of Business Developemt at Molbak Proiect, Romania.
Between 2012 and 2016 Mr. Savoiu was member of The Romanian Parliament – Vice-president of IT&C Commission.
From 2005 to 2012, he was country managing director of Blom Romania and international consultant in Blom International. During the Blom Romania period, Ionut Savoiu was in charge of business development, sales and projects in Romania and countries in East Europe. Further Ionut was responsible of mapping and GIS production for Blom Group. In 2004, he was appointed as Deputy General Manager of National Agency for Cadastre and Land Registration (NACLR), Romania. He is honorary advisor to the Board of the Romanian Surveyors Association.
Ionut Savoiu graduated from Faculty of Geodesy – Technical University for Construction Bucharest, Romania. His diploma was prepared at Institute for Photogrammetry – Hannover University, Germany. He holds an MBA at IEDC - School of management Bled, Slovenia.
Starting with December 2018 Ionut Savoiu is the new President of UGR.

Dr. Chryssy A. Potsiou
National Technical University
of Athens, Greece
Dr. Chryssy Potsiou graduated from the School for Rural & Surveying Engineering, National Technical University of Athens (NTUA) in 1982.
During her graduate studies she has worked as teaching assistant at the NTUA in the fields of Photogrammetry, Cadastre, and Cartography.
Since 1992, she has been employed as Special Research and Teaching Scientist at the Lab of Photogrammetry, Topography Division, School for Rural and Surveying Engineering, NTUA, at a permanent position. At the same time, she has been working as a consultant in several research projects (15 of them at the NTUA) in the domains of: aerial photography of archaeological sites, cadastre and Land Administration, architectural photogrammetry, detailed photogrammetric restitutions of complicated monuments, digital photogrammetric documentation of castles, cartography and urban planning, GIS.
She was participating in organizing committees of many outstanding international scientific and professional events as chair or member (i.e. FIG Comm3, International Meeting of Commission VI of ISPRS, International Symposium of CIPA, etc.), and she had an active participation to various meetings of FIG Com3, ISPRS and C.I.P.A., WPLA, EuroGeographics.
Dr. Potsiou was member of Council of the Hellenic Society for Photogrammetry and RS, and served as Treasurer, for the period 1992-2003
She has been working as management advisor for educational and technical issues at the KTIMATOLOGIO S.A., agency responsible for the implementation of the Hellenic Cadastre, 1998-end of 2001
Dr. Potsiou presented and published 45 papers in various meetings and journals, give lectures at various organizations.
She has been Chair of FIG WG 3.3 "State of the Art of SDIs", 2003 – 2006, and FIG Comm 3 Chair, term 2007 – 2010.
Mrs. Potsiou is President of FIG , term 2015 – 2018.

Prof.Dr.-Ing. Hartmut Müller
FIG Commission 3 Chair
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Hartmut Müller is Chair of FIG Commission 3 Spatial Information Management for the term 2019-2022. Hartmut has diploma and doctorate in Geodesy, several years full-time activity in the fields of marketing, project management, software and system development in Germany and abroad, professor at Mainz University of Applied Sciences, Germany, for Geoinformatics, board member of research institute; regularly contributes to scientific publications in international journals, gives invited lectures at national and international scientific congresses, acts as expert for the accreditation of study programmes, as reviewer for national and international publicly funded research programmes, and for international scientific journals.

Prof.Dr. Jaap Zevenbergen
University of Twente, the Netherlands
Prof.dr. J.A. Zevenbergen, studied Geodetic Engineering 1984-1990 at the Delft University Technology and Law from 1987-1992 at the University of Leiden. In 2002 he defended his PhD on Systems of Land Registration at the former one.
From 1989 till 2003 he has been working in differernt academic positions at the Faculty (later Department) of Geodesy in Delft, and from 2003-2010 as associate professor in Geoinformation Management at the Research Institute OTB in Delft. Since 2008 he has been full professor at the now Faculty of Geoinformation Science and Earth Observation at the University of Twente. In addition to teaching at different programmes and supervising MSc and PhD theses (since 1991), he was been involved in consultancies in different continents on cadastre and land registration projects. Among the first was the registration of polutted soils in the Netherland and cadastre projects in the Republic of Moldova and Bulgaria (all in the 1990s).
He has published widely in the fields of land administration and geoinformatio management, esp. at FIG events and in several internotional journals. He currently is the Editor in Chief of the journal Land Use Policy. He was the lead editor of the books”Modeling Real Property Transactions” (DUP 2007) and ”Advances in Responsible Land Administration” (CRC 2015).
Earlier he sat on the International Advisory Board of the Global Land Tool Network for the academic cluster (2011-2015) and acted as co-chair of FIG commissions 7 working group on land administration and disaster (2010-2014). He currently sits on the board of Cadasta Foundation (USA), Lift Cities Foundation (NL) and Foundation FIG WW 2020.

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Ralf Schroth
Blom Deutschland GmbH
Dr. Ralf W. Schroth, born in Berlin in the year 1953, studied Geodesy and Surveying from 1972 up to 1977 at the University of Stuttgart. After the probationary period for the national surveying administration in the Land Baden-Wuerttemberg he got his degree as legal surveyor in 1979.
He worked as a scientific assistant at the Institute for Photogrammetry at the University of Stuttgart under the leadership of Prof. Fritz Ackermann till 1984. There he was active in the fields of research and development, giving lectures in Photogrammetry and adjustment theory, software development for aerial triangulation and photo-reproduction. In 1985 obtaining the degree of Doktor-Ingenieur.
From 1984 till 2008 he has been working with the company Hansa Luftbild in Muenster/Germany, where he was acting in different managing positions like as managing director and member of the board of the Hansa Luftbild Group.
From 2008 till 2017 Ralf Schroth has been working for the Norwegian Blom Group as managing director in Germany and Romania, business development director for Central and Eastern Europe and organizing the off-shore production at Blom International Operations SRL, Romania.
Since 2017 he is co-owner and managing director of the company Blom Deutschland GmbH and managing director of the Romanian companies Blom International Operations SRL and Blom Data Solutions SRL under the ownership of HEVECO SRL.
Ralf Schroth has many years of experiences in business administration and management, project management, Photogrammetry and Geo-Information Systems. Already in 1988 he was announced as a member of the management board at Hansa Luftbild GmbH and co-founded an international group of companies. He was also responsible for general contracting projects on the Arabian Peninsula. He was board member in several affiliated companies in Germany and abroad.
From 1991 he was for 24 years lecturer at the University of Hanover for business administration and management for surveying engineers. In 1997 he got the appointment as honorary Professor from the University of Hanover. From 2004 till 2008 he was also lecturer at the Institute of Geomatics at the Polytechnic University of Barcelona and from 2015 till 2019 at the Applied University in Stuttgart.
In the years 2003 till 2006 he was vice president at the FIG.

Sponsors presentation

Prof. PhD. Eng.
Cornel Paunescu
General Manager
Cornel & Cornel Topoexim
Mr. Cornel Paunescu is member of the Romanian Surveyors Union since 1990 and he was elected as President in 2014. He is Vice President of Association of private surveyors.
Starting with 1991 Mr. Paunescu is professor PhD. Eng. at the Faculty of Geology and Geophysics, University of Bucharest. During this period he was the author of several courses of geodesy, topography and GNSS.
He is General Director at Cornel & Cornel Topoexim SRL since 1994. He was involved in developing the works of national interest with National Agency for Cadastre and Land registration, CNCFR S.A, National Airport Company S.A., OMV Petrom S.A., Hidroelectrica S.A.