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Deqing, China: Sanjay Kumar, CEO of Geospatial Media and Communications, was conferred with the ‘Global Geospatial Industry Ambassador’ Award by the UN-GGIM (United Nations Global Geospatial Information Management) on November 19 at the United Nations World Geospatial Information Congress being held in Deqing city in China.
The award recognizes his perseverance and untiring zeal to create awareness about geospatial technologies, his unwavering endeavors to connect the global geospatial industry with governments and other key stakeholders, building networks with private entrepreneurs, research institutes, governmental bodies and development organizations alike.
Sanjay is also the CEO of World Geospatial Industry Council which he helped found in 2018 in association with some of the top geospatial companies in the world.
Sanjay received the award from Stefan Schweinfest, Director, United Nations Statistics Division, and Dorine Burmanje, Co-Chair, UN-GGIM and Chair of the Executive Board of, Dutch Kadaster.
Recognizing his decades of unmatched contribution, Burmanje said, “The value of geospatial information and enabling technologies has only recently become more mainstream and better understood. One person has contributed significantly to this value for decades, exerting leadership and promoting tirelessly the need for place-related information.
“Leaders from the geospatial industry, governments and beyond are increasingly sharing his vision of bringing knowledge and technology together, based on awareness raising and partnerships,” she added.
Stefan Schweinfest, Director of United Nations Statistics Division, said, “At the UN, we endeavor to connect. We connect dots, we connect countries, we connect sectors. And Sanjay has been a great partner in helping us connect. He has global geospatial vision and helped us connect with the private sector.” It’s both a personal and a professional pleasure working with Sanjay Kumar for us at the UN Secretariat, Schweinfest added.
Expressing his gratitude after accepting the award, Sanjay Kumar said, “During my 20-year journey, I am blessed to have been helped, motivated and supported by a large number of people in pursuing my mission. I always like to be friends with people I work with and that friendship keeps me going”.
“Everyone has some mission in life and I thank all those who supported me and helped me in my mission of making a significant contribution and finding value around us,” he added.
Interestingly, the Award is also special and symbolic in its physical features. It embodies a fundamental cornerstone of place and space; the Greenwich Meridian – the imaginary line that divides the Earth into eastern and western hemispheres, and the point from which longitude is measured. It reflects the worldwide relevance of place and space, and enables precise positioning on the globe.
The United Nations Committee of Experts on Global Geospatial Information Management (UN-GGIM) is an initiative of the United Nations to foster the global development geospatial information. Led by United Nations Member States, UN-GGIM aims to address global challenges regarding the use of geospatial information, including in the development agendas, and to serve as a body for global policymaking in the field of geospatial information management
Geospatial Media and Communications works with a vision is to ‘Make difference through geospatial knowledge in world economy and society’ and is internationally recognized for its contribution in the geospatial domain since 1997. It facilitates collaborations among stakeholders, demonstrates value and benefits of geospatial technology for governance, businesses and people by delivering state-of-the-art conferences and research and consulting services, and runs the popular media platform under the brand Geospatial World.
About Sanjay Kumar
Sanjay Kumar is the founder and CEO of Geospatial Media & Communications and, World Geospatial Industry Council (WGIC). He also lends his time and experience to many organizations helping them to further the cause of increasing the impact of geospatial technology and its applications on a global scale. For more information, click here