Jan Meeuwissen is Senior Human Settlements Adviser of the UN Commission
on Human Settlements (UNCHS) (Habitat) Regional Office for Asia
and the Pacific in Fukuoka, Japan.
In that position he is responsible for the managerial and substantive
support to UNCHS (Habitat) development projects in Bangladesh, Bhutan,
Burma and East Timor.
He also co-ordinates the activities of the Campaign for Secure
Tenure in Asia.
Jan has worked for UNCHS (Habitat) since 1982 in a range of projects
and programs in Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Zambia, Bolivia, Bhutan and
Sri Lanka. Before joining the Fukuoka Office in 1997, he worked
for nine years at the UNCHS Headquarters in Nairobi, coordinating
a Training Program for Community Participation with projects in
Africa, Asia and Latin America. He has studied Architecture and
Urban Planning at the Technical University of Delft in the Netherlands.
Jan will speak on Re-establishing Land Administration in East Timor.
FREDERIC DE DINECHIN
Frederic de Dinechin is a land administration specialist at the
World Bank in the Latin American and Caribbean Region. He currently
manages or technically assists World Bank land administration projects
preparation and supervision in Central America. These operations
involve cadastre and registry modernization, private and public
land regularization, titling, indigenous land, protected areas and
natural resources management. He is member of the Land Policy and
Administration and the Geographic Information System (GIS) thematic
groups. He has a master in Regional and Town planning and a senior
survey engineer degree. Frederic will draw on his experiences on
many World Bank projects in many countries to speak to us about
Spatial Data Infrastructures and the World Bank.
Helge Onsrud is Senior Adviser with Norway's Statens Kartverk.
He leads the FIG Task Force on Sustainable Development, which was
established in 1998 to present FIGís policy in implementing UN Agenda
21 (from the Rio Earth Summit) and Global Plan of Action (from the
HABITAT II Conference, Istanbul).
The Task Force is also to review fields of surveying expertise
to develop FIGís own Agenda 21 to promote sustainable development
and undertake activities in furtherance of FIGís Memorandum of Understanding
with the UN Commission on Human Settlements (UNCHS). Helge will
speak on the recently released FIG Statement on Sustainable Development.
Steven W. Berglund was appointed President and Chief Executive
Officer of Trimble (the major Sponsor of the Congress) in March
1999. Prior to joining Trimble, Steve spent 14 years at Spectra
Precision and during his tenure as President, initiated the merger
of five companies to form the Spectra Precision Group, of which
he remained President. After joining Trimble, Berglund spearheaded
the strategic acquisition of both the Spectra Precision Group and
Tripod Data Systems, a leading developer of data collection software
and hardware for the land survey, construction and Geographic Information
System (GIs) markets. Those acquisitions position Trimble as the
world leader in advanced positioning technology, helping to define
and transform the way position-centric information is used. Stevenís
presentation will outline his vision of what the Engineering, Construction
and Survey Industry will look like in the coming years.
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