Abhay Mittal
Abhay has 20 years’ of experience in geospatial industry. He has served in major geospatial multinational companies such as Intergraph Systems, Autodesk and DigitalGlobe, until recently he started his venture as Chief Executive Officer of SkyMap Global in Singapore. He holds Executive Masters in Business Administration from National University of Singapore and Masters in Exploration Geophysics from Indian Institute of Technology- Kharagpur.

Geospatial Information in Enabling Asia's growth
Cross Border Integration (Asean Economic Community, Trans Pacific Partnership) and increased accessibility to information (through smart phones, social media) will be two major drivers driving policy- both at governmental and enterprise levels. In todays inter-connected world, geospatial Information has the power to facilitate these two critical drivers for international growth, sustainable and equitable development. Cross border Geospatial information sharing and application would play a crucial role in enabling large scale Infrastructure Development, Sustainable Development, Environment and Climate Change, Natural Resources, Disaster Management and Citizen Welfare in Asia. Cross border infrastructure projects (such as highways), monitoring of rivers that transcend across many countries (such as Mekong River), monitoring of coastal and marine environment, cross border disaster management framework and monitoring (for cyclones, floods), urban development are some of the applications where geospatial information can contribute to increased regional co-operation and knowledge transfer in Asia. The challenge of increased urbanization which will dominate regions of China, India, South East Asia would require creation of innovative solutions and adoption of existing global practices. Used effectively, geospatial information can play a crucial role in enabling Asias growth.
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