Dr Suchith Anand ChairMember since: 01/15/2014 - 10:47
Dr. Suchith Anand is an internationally recognised expert in sustainable development and geospatial science, providing guidance and advice to governments and international organisations on data science, data ethics, open education, open data and open science policies. He has authored a wide range of publications; from journal papers, scientific reports, book chapters to international strategy documents. He currently works as an independent consultant in Data Science and Data Ethics. He previously worked as the Chief Scientist for the Global Open Data for Agriculture and Nutrition (2018-2022). He has a proven record of high quality university-level teaching. He has extensive research and teaching experience working in universities in UK and India (Indian Institute of Technology Madras, University of South Wales, Birkbeck University of London and University of Nottingham). He is an invited expert on Education for the World Economic Forum Expert Network. Dr Anand has mentored over 1000 emerging leaders in sustainable development programs and initiatives worldwide through GeoForAll. He serves on the editorial boards of scientific journals, is a member of numerous international scientific committees, and serves on the boards of international organisations. He has been an invited speaker at the United Nations and has served as the founding chair of the ICA Commission on Open Source Geospatial Technologies. He is also the founding chair of Geospatial IG of the Research Data Alliance (RDA), contributing to advancing geospatial data science. As well as supervising PhD, Masters and undergraduate students in geospatial science, Dr. Anand has been an external PhD examiner for UK and European Universities. He is leading open geospatial science through the establishment of Open Source Geospatial Labs/Research Centres in key universities worldwide as part of the GeoForAll initiative for bridging the geospatial digital divide. Dr. Anand co-founded GeoForAll with a vision to make geospatial education and digital economy opportunities accessible to all, enabling a better future for everyone. His leadership in GeoForAll is clear evidence of his commitment to the broader equality, diversity, and inclusion agenda. He is passionate about education enabling an inclusive society which supports a full commitment to equality, diversity and the public good. He has positioned his work to serve as a bridge between academia and the worlds of policy and practice. He is a UN SDG Volunteer and Advocate. His recent research has focused on ‘Leadership for a More Ethical, Equitable, and Just World’.