Executive Committee

The Executive Committee is made up of 9 seats. They are charged with the day-to-day management of the foundation (Article 8.4 of the Statutes).

Bruce McCormack, IRLOGI, Ireland

EUROGI Vice-President (till 2024 spring)

Current term: 2022-2025 (spring)

He has a consulting planning and spatial data service called Bruce McCormack Consulting. He is also currently Managing Director of AfricaScope Europe, a company which focuses on selling African data to European companies and providing spatially related analytical services.
He is currently the President of the Irish Organisation for Geographic Information (IRLOGI) and for the four year period up until May 2015 he was the President of EUROGI.
Bruce has considerable experience regarding promoting new ideas and initiatives, particularly through is years in the private sector where he has established and built five new companies (the largest having 36 staff), and his years as Presidents of both IRLOGI and EUROGI. Through his involvement in both EUROGI and IRLOGI he has extensive experience in networking through contacts in a wide variety of sectors and with people at all levels in the geospatial community.

Josef Strobl, AGEO, Austria

Current term: 2022-2025 (spring)

Josef Strobl holds degrees in Geography from the University of Vienna and currently is Head of the Interfaculty Department of Geoinformatics – Z_GIS at the University of Salzburg. Via the worldwide UNIGIS distance learning network, through successful residential MSc and PhD programmes in Geoinformatics and by initiating international curriculum development and mobility programs Prof Strobl has helped the growth of the GIS industry and fostered the careers of a generation of geospatial experts.

Josef Strobl has established the Research Studio ‘iSpace’ within the Research Studios Austria Gmbh, and as a full member of the Austrian Academy of Sciences (ÖAW) he led its GIScience Institute and now chairs the ÖAW Commission for Geographic Information Science. Prof Strobl is a former president of the Austrian Umbrella Organisation AGEO, serves on the boards of international geospatial organisations as well as conferences and scientific journals. As the founder of the annual AGIT / GI_Forum Geoinformatics symposia he always looks forward to meet friends and colleagues at these and other events!

Prof Strobl can be contacted on www.linkedin.com/in/josefstrobl and tweets as @GIStrobl

Alejandro Guinea de Salas, GEOGRAMA, Spain

Current term: June 2020 – June 2023

Alejandro Guinea de Salas is the manager of the Consultancy Department of Geograma. He graduated from the University of the Basque Country in Geomatics and topography engineering. In order to keep learning, he also studied a master in applied Geotechnologies, Urbanism and Architecture from the University of Salamanca.

He helps the clients to define the strategy of Geographic Information Systems, and to perform high specialization tasks like data collection, GI transform or development of geo-applications.

Besides, he belongs to Spanish working groups of the INSPIRE Directive. He is also a member of the Executive Committee of EUROGI (European Umbrella Organization for Geographic Information). His research interests include machine learning applied to geospatial processes.

Alejandro can be contacted on www.geograma.com

Monica Sebillo, AMFM GIS ITALIA, Italy

Current term: 2021-2024 (autumn)

Monica Sebillo is an Associate Professor at the Department of Computer Science, University of Salerno. She graduated (summa cum laude) in Computer Science and received her PhD degree in Applied Math and Computer Science from University of Salerno in 1998. Her research interests include geographic databases and information systems, Human-GIS interaction and geographic information engineering. On those topics she has published several scientific papers in international journals, contributed volumes, and conference proceedings. She collaborates with national and international research groups and companies, and has been involved in the scientific organization of many international events in the area of geographic information systems. She is the director of the Sistemi Informativi Geografici Laboratory. Since 2011 she’s been a member of AMFM GIS Italia executive committee and is currently president. She is also an ACM senior member and a member of the ICT Panel of Experts for the Italian Ministry of University and Research. Last year she worked as member of the UNI / CT 526 “UNINFO APNR-ICT” Commission and UNI / CT 526 / GL 04 working group (with AMFM / GIS Italia and Stati Generali dell’Innovazione) for the establishment of the “Professional Profile on Geographic Information”. The norm is published as UNI 11621-5:2018.

Francesca Piatto, EARSC

Current term: 2022-2025 (spring)

Francesca Piatto is a down-to-Earth professional who works at the intersection of EU policy and projects, community and technology. 

Since graduating with her Master in EU External Relations and International Migration from the University of Kent Brussels, Francesca has accrued a range of accomplishments ahead. She collaborated on EU projects with the Italian Chamber of Commerce in Rosario, Argentina, as well as  Business Bridge Europe, where she was a key part of the team that delivered the annual EU Space Conference. 

More recently, she has been engaged at the European Association of Remote Sensing Companies (EARSC). Here, she coordinates the European Commission’s flagship “e-shape” project, which develops and promotes European Earth Observation capabilities with and for the users. Her particular focus is supporting user uptake and managing institutional liaisons.  

Having a keen interest in cutting-edge technology policy, Francesca is also the Space Policy editor at Maggioli’s NEU, informing through monthly newsletters, the stakeholders and the public about the latest developments in this increasingly-important area for European affairs.  

When not at work, Francesca enjoys hiking; she aims to improve her sailing skills and hopes to someday write a children’s book about how satellite data helps the planet. 

Dr. Benedikt Gräler, DDGI, Germany

Current term: 2022-2025 (spring)

Dr. Benedikt Gräler is Managing Director of the 52°North Spatial Information Research GmbH. He is responsible for the research pursued at 52°North and keeps close contact with Universities and Associated Research Partners.

He represents the German Umbrella Organization for Geo-Information (DGGI) on the European level.

His research interest is devoted to Spatial and Spatiotemporal Data Science and the development of Research Data Infrastructures.

He completed his Diploma in Mathematics in 2009 and earned his PhD in Geoinformatics in 2014 at the Institute for Geoinformatics, University of Münster, Germany, researching Spatial and Spatiotemporal


In January 2016, he joined the Institute of Hydrology at the Ruhr-University Bochum as a Post-Doc.

Since May 2017, he works at the 52°North Spatial Information Research GmbH as a Research Associate and Consultant leading the Spatiotemporal Data Science Team and becoming one of the three Managing Directors in May 2021.

 György Szabó, HUNAGI, Hungary

Current term: 2022-2025 (spring)

György Szabó is an Associate Professor at the Department of Photogrammetry and Geoinformatics, Budapest University of Technology and Economics. He graduated in Civil Engineering and received PhD in Geoscience from the Budapest University of Technology and Economics. Beyond his academic work he has more than 30 years’ experience in applied research and development of national and international projects. He is the secretary general of the Hungarian Association for Geoformation (HUNAGI), an active member of the Hungarian Society of Surveying and Mapping, president of GIS commission, the Hungarian National Standardization Agency GIS Committee, the Hungarian Space Council and the John von Neumann Computer Society. As a private consultant he supported the early GIS developments in Hungary in the energy and info-communication sectors, and in the fields of water, traffic, urban and environmental management.

Maurice Barbieri, SOGI, Switzerland

EUROGI Treasurer (till 2024 spring)

Current term: 2022-2025 (spring)

Maurice Barbieri was graduated in 1986 as Dipl. Kulturingenieur at the Polytechnic School of Zurich (ETH). After passing the Surveyor’s Federal State exam in 1988, he became Publicly Appointed Surveyor. He owns the companies Géodétec (Surveying office) and SIT-Conseil (GIS office). His companies are active in Switzerland and abroad.
Since 1998 he is member of the Ex-Board of IGS (Ingenieur-Geometer Schweiz, Surveyors Association of Switzerland) and President since 2009. In 2010, he was elected Chair of CLGE / IG PARLS (Interest Group of Publicly Appointed Surveyors of the European Council of Surveyors).
Since 2011, he is vice-President of SOGI Switzerland (Swiss GI Association) and in charge of the International coordination. Since then, he has been representing SOGI Switzerland in EUROGI.
He is married and has four children, and in his free time he enjoys cooking, wine and cigars and practices skiing and basketball.