Dr Zaffar Sadiq Mohamed-Ghouse joins Spatial Vision


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It is with great pleasure that we welcome Dr Zaffar Sadiq Mohamed-Ghouse to Spatial Vision as Executive Director, Strategic Consulting. 

Zaffar will join Spatial Vision’s management team with the objective of strengthening and developing our strategic consulting business.  

 “Zaffar has held senior roles in FrontierSI (the former Cooperative Research Centre for Spatial Information), GHD and Jacobs and we look forward to harnessing both his expertise and experience here at Spatial Vision.” said Glenn Cockerton, Managing Director.

 “I am excited to join the senior leadership team at Spatial Vision and look forward to working with Spatial Vision’s multicultural team with varied skills in spatial analyses, technology, strategy and policy formulation, and software development.” said Dr Zaffar Sadiq Mohamed-Ghouse. 

 Zaffar is a trusted adviser to many National and International spatial organisations. He has over 20 years of experience working in Government, Academic/Research and Corporate sectors in client management; strategic consulting studies; business development; project management; developing and reviewing spatial data infrastructures; systems review and integration for utilities and local government; design, development and management of spatial data models and databases; review of data framework policies and governance; developing spatial analytical techniques and technologies including GIS application development.

 Zaffar has led multi-million dollar projects for State and Federal government clients in Australia, New Zealand, Malaysia, Indonesia, India and Saudi Arabia.

 Zaffar has published research papers focusing on GIS applications to support such areas as:

·      spatial data infrastructure and data quality

·      groundwater management, water resources, and rural administration

·      asset management

·      field data capture

·      public health management

·      disaster management.

Zaffar has been a member of ISO TC/211 committee since 2010 and has contributed to the ISO 19157 Spatial Data Quality standard and is currently working on the BIM2GIS standards. He is also the founding member of the UN-GGIM[1] Private Sector Network. In 2015, Zaffar was an expert invitee at the UN-GGIM Arab States Forum held in Doha.

 Zaffar passionately mentors young professionals and new immigrants to Australia in the spatial domain. 

 Zaffar is a recipient of, "President’s Award - International Society of Digital Earth" and “Young Professional Award” by the Surveying Spatial Sciences Institute, Australia. He is also a recipient of the Australian Cooperative Research Centre for Spatial Information’s full Doctorate Scholarship. Zaffar is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and Fellow of the Surveying Spatial Sciences Institute.

 Zaffar currently holds the following leadership appointments:

·      President, Surveying and Spatial Sciences Institute

·      Chairman, Open Digital Earth Foundation

·      Vice Chairman, Board of Locate Conferences Australia Pty Ltd

·      Board Member, International Society of Digital Earth

·      Editorial Board Member, International Journal Big Earth Data, Taylor & Francis

·      Peer Reviewer, International Journal of Medical Informatics, Elsevier

·      Adjunct Associate Professor, Built Environment, University of New South Wales

·      Honorary Senior Fellow, Infrastructure Engineering, The University of Melbourne

Glenn Cockerton said “We look forward to the significant additional experience, expertise and capacity that Zaffar will bring to both our company and our Australian and international clients.”

 About Spatial Vision:

Spatial Vision is a leading specialist in spatial information and technologies. Our award-winning solutions assist our clients to better manage their natural and built assets, respond to emergencies, understand markets, target customers and deliver high-quality products and services. Integrating geographic and organisational data, we provide business systems, advanced spatial analyses, reliable planning systems and practical mapping applications to address some of the country's most pressing environmental, economic and resource issues.


[1] United Nations Committee of Experts on Global Geospatial Information Management (UN-GGIM)

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