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Local Challenges to 
Global Action 
Global Market to 
Local Opportunities

Bridging the Gap…from Local to Global



Professor Abbas Rajabifard is a proud surveyor and is one of the world’s most influential and most cited experts in spatial data infrastructures, land administration and spatial information.

As an international leader in the application of geospatial science to solve society’s major social, economic, and environmental challenges, Abbas shares important scientific ideas with the wider public  through his extensive catalogue of scholarly publications. Throughout his career, he has collaborated with both government and industry in more than 60 countries.



The Surveying & Spatial Sciences Institute (SSSI) is very pleased to nominate Professor Abbas Rajabifard for the position of FIG President for the coming period 2023-26. We believe he is someone that is very well suited to the times as he is widely connected internationally, with senior links into the most important of the world’s institutions, including the World Bank, the Asian Development Bank, and the United Nations. He is equipped to leverage these connections to raise the profile of FIG and ensure engagement with major issues that would benefit from geospatial input. We believe geospatial science has never been more important, providing a unique opportunity to engage at the local and global levels with some of today's most complex challenges.

  • FIG today and into the future: embracing opportunities and challenges; rethinking our vision, values, mission, and strategic pathways

  • FIG's international influence: broadening our standing, values, and roles

  • Focus on economic growth, sustainability and improving resilience: expanding our surveying, land and spatial markets to improve quality of life

  • FIG diversity and inclusion: responding to regional needs, challenges and opportunities

  • FIG impacts: our role in and services to the wider community 

  • Capacity building: expanding both human and organisational capacity

  • Young surveyors and future members: delivering, mentoring, and supporting the digital surveyors and engineers of the future 

  • Women in surveying: increasing diversity within the profession

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