Plenary Sessions and Keynote Speakers

Plenary session 1: Knowledge and Technology Bridging the Gap between Cultures

Thursday 19 May 2011, 9:00-10:30
Chair: Mr. CheeHai Teo, FIG President, Malaysia
Rapporteur: Mr. Aziz Hilali, ONIGT President, Morocco

Mr. CheeHai Teo, FIG President, Malaysia
Bridging the Gap between Cultures
Mr. Aziz Hilali, ONIGT President
Introduction Address
Dr. Othman Skiredj, Morocco:
Theory of the Creation of the Universes: A Way to Reconcile the Scientific Knowledge and the Realities of Our Spiritual Inheritance

Dr. Othman Skiredj, born in 1940 in Settat in Morocco Dr. Skiredj has Doctor of Sciences in Material Sciences at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology,“MIT in 1963. He is a Permanent Member of “The Society Sigma Xi” dedicated to the promotion of the Scientific Researches in the USA in 1962.
His public functions include:
- Technical Director of the Office of Studies and Industrial Participations “BEPI” from 1963-1967.
- Professor, partial time, Solid State Physics and Thermodynamics and Kinetics at the Mohammedia School of Engineering from 1963 to 1967.
- Technical Advisor of the Personal Secretariat of His Majesty the King Hassan II from 1964 to 1967.
and private functions:
- Promoter and President-General Manager of the " Private Society of Economical Development “SPDE” from 1967 to 1977.
- General Manager of “MEDIHOLDING" for the Promotion and the Participation in Industrial Projects , Telecommunication and in Petroleum Research and Exploration from 1977 to 2006.
- Exceptional Order of Merit of the Kingdom of Morocco in 1967
- Commander of the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic in 1976.

Ms. Aida Opoku-Mensah, Director of the Division of ICT and Science&Technology, United Nation Economic Commission for Africa:
Concrete Leverage and Positive Outcomes in Geospatial Science and Technology in Bridging the Gap between Cultures in Africa

Aida Opoku-Mensah, of Ghana, has worked on information ICT for development (ICT4D) initiatives throughout Africa. She has worked for the Ford Foundation ‘s West Africa office in Lagos, Nigeria, and served as Regional Director of Panos Southern Africa, based in Lusaka, Zambia. She has written extensively on the media, ICTs and development in Africa. Her publications include: Signpost on the Superhighway: African Environment; Up in the Air: the state of broadcasting in Southern Africa, as well as Democratising Access to the Information Society, a theme paper for the African Development Forum '99 on Globalisation and the Challenges to Africa of the Information Age. She has also edited and contributed to the following publications: African Networking: Development Information, ICTs and Governance; African Media and ICT4D: Documentary Evidence; Benchmarking the Information Society in Africa: Implementing the WSIS Plan of Action; Twin Peaks WSIS from Geneva to Tunis and E-commerce Challenges in Africa: Issues, Constraints, and ICTs as Tools for Democratisation for African Women.

Chris Gibson, Vice President and Executive Committee Member, Trimble Navigation Limited:
Knowledge and Technology Bridging the Gap between Cultures

Chris Gibson has been with Trimble since 1998 in a variety of leadership roles including European finance and operations director, European managing director, division vice president for worldwide sales, general manager Global Services and most recently general manager for the Survey Division. In April of 2009, he was appointed to serve as vice president, responsible for the survey business, and executive committee member. In December 2010, his role was expanded to include a number of geographic regions and divisions, including building construction, cadastral, railway, construction tools, environmental and waste management as well as the Hilti joint venture.
Gibson worked for Tandem Computers for nine years based in both the UK and the Netherlands in a number of financial management roles and following the acquisition by Compaq he was the European Finance Director for the Tandem Business Unit.

Plenary Session 2: Governance and Regionalization

Friday 20 May 2011 9:00-10:30
Chair: Sr Abdel Alkharafi, President of the International Federation of Engineering Organizations, Kuwait
Rapporteur: Prof. Dalal S. Alnaggar, FIG Vice President

Mr. Saad Hassar, the State Secretary of the Ministry of Interior, Morocco

Mr. Saad Hassar, the State Secretary of the Ministry of Interior, began his career as head of the Inspection Service of the Department of Public Works. He was appointed Chief of the Division of Planning and programming in the same department. On January 1st, 1980 he was appointed Director of Development at the Office of Harbors Operation (ODEP) and also as the Director of Administration of Vocational Training and Management training.
He was Special Adviser to the Secretariat of His Majesty the King in supervising many projects such as AlAkhawayn University in Ifrane (1991), the international hospital and residential and cultural complex of Ifrane and the city of Sala AlJadida.
From January 1998 to 2002, Mr. Hassar was appointed Director General of the National Agency of Land Conservation, Cadastre, and Mapping. In December 2002, Mr Saad Hassar was appointed as Wali Manager of the Local Government Administrations.

Prof. Omar Azziman, the University of Law in Rabat, and Chairman of the Advisory Commission of Regionalization (RCC).

Omar Azziman, professor at the University of Law in Rabat and lawyer, is currently appointed as the Chairman of the Advisory Commission of regionalization (RCC).
Between 1993 and 1995, he served as Minister Delegate to the Prime Minister for Human Rights and had being appointed Minister of Justice between 1997 and 2002. He is a member of the Academy of the Kingdom of Morocco since 1996, and was appointed ambassador of Morocco to Spain in 2004.In March 2007 he was appointed honorary member of the Carlos III Foundation in recognition of his contribution and to the agreement between Morocco and Spain.
On 14 November 2006, he received the Spanish organization "Senior Forum," an influential forum for reflection and dialogue, under the patronage of King Juan Carlos of Spain first, the price "Master of Or "entitling access to this prestigious inner circle which includes nearly 650 opinion leaders in various fields ranging from politics to culture through the economy, business, University, Armed Forces and the Church Spain.

Univ. Prof. Dr.-Ing. Holger Magel, Full Professor and Director of Institute of Geodesy, GIS and Land Management at the Technische Universität München, Germany and Honorary President of FIG:
Governance and Regionalization: New Paradigms for Transparent Politics and Accountable Civic Engagement

Prof. Dipl.-Ing. Dr.-Ing. Holger Magel, born in 1944.
Since 1978 Acting with the Bavarian State Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Forestry in the Rural Development Department, in charge of building up the Bavarian Village Renewal Programme as well as establishing a new Method of Landscape Conservation and Regional Planning within Rural Development.
Since 1 Feb. 1995 Head of Department in the Ministry and Director General of the Bavarian Administration for Rural Development with a staff of about 2,000 engineers and technicians.
Since 1986 Lectures for geodesists, civil engineers and geographers at the Universität der Bundeswehr München (up to 1990) and the Technische Universität München.
In 1993 Appointment as an Honorary Professor for Rural Development at the Technische Universität München.
Since 1994 President of the Bavarian Academy for Rural Areas "Bayerische Akademie Ländlicher Raum e.V.".
In 1992/93 Advisor of the European Commission for Rural Development in Eastern Germany.
1984 - 1995 Chairman of the German Bund-Länder Team for Village Renewal; member of the board of the European Association for Rural Development and Village Renewal. Acting as an expert in Eastern- and South Europe as well as in Asia and South America.
More than 300 expert publications and books on academic education, landscape planning, village and rural development, land management etc.(.see
Since 1998 Full University Professor (Ordinarius), Head of the Chair of Land Management and Joint Director of the Institute for Geodesy, GIS and Land Management, Technische Universität München.
Since 2001 Programme Director of the Master's Programme Land Management and Land Tenure for professionals at the Technische Universität München.
2003 - 2006 President of the International Federation of Surveyors.

Plenary Session 3 – Environmental Issues and Sustainable Development

Saturday 21 May 2011 9:00-10:30
Chair : Prof: Mohamed Sadiki, President of the Institute of Agronomy and Veterinary Medicien, the School of Geomatic Sciences and Surveying Engineering, Morocco
Rapporteur: Prof. John Hannah, Chair of FIG Task Force on Surveyors and Climate Change, New Zealand

Professor Mohamed Sadiki, Executive Director of the Institut Agronomique et Vétérinaire Hassan II. He graduated from the same Institute in 1984. He got a Ph.D. in agronomy plant breeding and PhD in Quantitative Genetics from the University of Minnesota (USA) in 1990.
He served since 1986 as a head of the Laboratory for Research in plant Genetics and Agricultural Biodiversity at the IAV. From June 2005 to June 2009, he was elected Director of Scientific Research and Doctorate studies at IAV Hassan II. He conducted numerous international missions across the 5th continents scientific events, workshops, study meetings, event planning, consultation and expertise. He served as an expert for various international organizations and development agencies. He is member of several associations and societies at the national and international levels. He is Author of several books on scientific and technical themes.
Mr. Abdelkebir Zahoud, Secretary of State to the Minister of Energy Mines, Water and Environment, Morocco

Abdelkebir Zahoud is currently the Secretary of State to the Minister of Energy Mines, Water and Environment, in charge of water and environment. He had an engineering degree from the School Hassania of public works in Casablanca, he served from 1978 to 1995 as head of service organization and methods to the general Directorate of hydraulics, then Secretary General of the School Hassania of Public Works.

Mr. Kamel Ayadi, International Consultant in Science Engineering and Technology.

Mr. Kamel Ayadi served as a Secretary of State in the Tunisian government from 2004 to 2006 and as President of the Tunisian National Regulatory Authority of Telecommunications from 2001 to 2004.
Kamel Ayadi is the former President of the World Federation of Engineering Organisations (WFEO),Chairman of its Honorary Board, Founding Chairman of WFEO’s Anti-Corruption Standing Committee since 2007. After having served in leadership positions in numerous engineering societies, including President of the Tunisian Order of Engineers, he was elected in October 2003 as the president-Elect of the World Federation of Engineering Organisations then served as Executive President from 2005 to 2007.Prior to that he served as Vice President of the WFEO, Chairman of the standing Committee on ICT from 1999 to 2005.
He has written more than 50 papers and lectured in more than 60 congresses. He chaired more than 40 international events on science engineering and technology, including WEC2011 (Geneva), WEW 2010(Buenos Aires), WFEO Congresses India 2007, Kuwait 2009.

Prof. Stig Enemark, Professor in Problem Based Learning and Land Management, Aalborg University, Denmark and FIG President 2007-2010:
The Climate Change Challenge: the Role of Land Professionals

Prof. Stig Enemark, born 1943, Copenhagen, Denmark is the immediate Past President of the International Federation of Surveyors (FIG) and Professor in Problem Based Learning and Land Management, Aalborg University, Denmark (since 2003).
He has Master of Science in Surveying, Planning and Land Management 1966. License for private practice, 1970.
Professor Enemark has been Reader in Land Management, Aalborg University, Department of Development and Planning (1991-2003). Associate Professor and Senior Research Fellow, Aalborg University (1982-1991). Assistant Professor, Aalborg University (1979-81). Public Administration (1981-82). Consultant Surveyor in private practice (1968-1978).
Awarded the Danish Real Estate Prize 1991. Invited Fellow of RICS (Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, UK) since 1991. Appointed National Expert to the European Union in the areas of Land Management and Spatial Planning Systems, since 1993.
He has undertaken consultancies to the Danish National Government on Cadastral and Land Management issues, and to National Governments especially in Eastern Europe and Sub-Saharan Africa on the establishment of Land Administration Systems and related educational and capacity building issues.
He published several books, consultancy reports, and more than 250 articles on cadastre, land management and spatial planning, and on the interaction between Education, Research and Professional Practice. Invited papers presented to more than 60 International conferences.