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Profiles of Judges (ASEAN Level)

Prof-James-Cheshire.jpegProf James Cheshire
Professor of Geographic Information and Cartography, UCL
James Cheshire is Professor of Geographic Information and Cartography and Director of the University College London Social Data Institute. He is co-author of the London: The Information Capital, Where the Animals Go and Atlas of the Invisible.

James has received a number of prizes for his work, most notably the Cuthbert Peek Award from the Royal Geographical Society and the Corlis Benefideo Award from the North American Cartographic Information Society.

Dr-Laxmi.jpgDr. (Mrs.) Laxmi. N. Goparaju
Scientific Advisor, Vindhyan Ecology and Natural History Foundation, India Regional Ambassador – ASIA, Women in Geospatial+

Dr. Laxmi. N. Goparaju is an Environmentalist and Scientific Advisor at Vindhyan Ecology and Natural History Foundation, India. She holds a doctoral degree in Environmental Science and Technology and was also a researcher at National Remote Sensing Centre of India.

Laxmi’s role as a Regional Ambassador in Women in Geospatial + has demonstrated team building, capacity development and women empowerment among various countries of Asia.

As a science communicator, founder of Geo Sakhi, (an online learning platform & community for geospatial women enthusiasts), Mentor at African Women in GIS, SC member at WiG+, Goparaju has encouraged a number of girls to pursue STEM. Her involvement in numerous events and lectures virtually has sparked interest in Space Science amongst children from all around the globe. Presently, she is a mentor in She leads and She inspires programme of Open Mapping Hub – Asia Pacific.

Mike-Tischler.jpegDr Michael Tischler
Director, National Geospatial Program, U.S. Geological Survey

Dr. Michael Tischler is the Director of the National Geospatial Program (NGP) at the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). The NGP provides the digital geospatial foundation for the United States, and is responsible for designing, planning, and executing the national topographic mapping program. Dr. Tischler provides management oversight and direction to the NGP including The National Map, the National Geospatial Technical Operations Center, the 3D Elevation Program, the National Hydrography Dataset, the US Topo Map Series, research activities performed at the Center of Excellence for Geospatial Information Science (CEGIS), and geospatial data and information in response to natural disasters.

Dr. Tischler holds a B.S. in Soil Science from North Dakota State University, a M.S. in Soil and Water Science from the University of Florida, and a Ph.D in Earth Systems and and Geoinformation Science from George Mason University.

DSC00117-1-scaled.jpgMr Mika-Petteri Torhonen
Lead Land Administration Specialist, World Bank
Mr. Mika-Petteri Torhonen is a Lead Land Administration Specialist at the World Bank based in Singapore. He leads the Bank’s land investment development in the East Asia Pacific and South Asia regions.

Mika has worked on tenure security and geospatial information frameworks for over thirty years globally. His current focus lies with the climate actions related to communal land rights, public lands, and infrastructure and energy investments.

He is a Finnish National and holds a Doctor of Science Degree from the Helsinki University of Technology.

Winnie-Tang.jpgDr Winnie Tang, JP
Founder and Chairman, Esri China (Hong Kong) Limited

Dr. Winnie Tang JP is an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Computer Science, Faculty of Engineering, Department of Geography, Faculty of Social Sciences and Faculty of Architecture at the University of Hong Kong (HKU). She is one of the local born IT entrepreneurs from Hong Kong. In the 1990s, Dr. Tang founded Esri China (Hong Kong) Limited to develop and promote Geographic Information System (GIS) software and solutions. She is also the Founder and Honorary President of Smart City Consortium. Over the years, she has been actively advocating the use of technology and sharing her views regarding the ICT industry, eHealth, environmental conservation, entrepreneurship and smart city through her services in government and non-government organizations in Hong Kong.

In recognition of Dr Tang’s work, she has been awarded the Honorary Fellow by Lingnan University in 2020, the Distinguished Alumni by the Faculty of Science, HKU in 2009, the Ten Outstanding Young Persons in 2006, the Women of Influence – Young Achiever of the Year Award by the American Chamber of Commerce in 2004 and the Ten Outstanding Young Digi Persons Selection in 2001.