Senior Adviser on Spatial Data Infrastructure, United Nations Office of Information Communication Technology (OICT)
Suha Ulgen joined the office of the assistant secretary-general and chief information technology officer of the United Nations (UN) in October 2009 to support the UN Geographic Information Working Group's (UNGIWG) efforts to move the United Nations Spatial Data Infrastructure (UNSDI) initiative forward. Previously, he was the coordinator of the UNGIWG Secretariat in Geneva, Switzerland.
When he first joined the UN in 2005, Ulgen assumed the role of technical manager for the Field Information Services Unit of the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) in New York. In this capacity, he conducted a number of field information management assessment missions and simulation exercises. He taught at OCHA's Humanitarian Information Centre workshops.
Between 1985 and 1995, Ulgen worked for Los Angeles County in California, USA, where he held various information management posts with an explicit geospatial focus. Later, he headed a small socially responsible international consulting firm focusing on disaster management and public health applications of geoinformatics, which eventually led him to his UN post in 2005.
Ulgen received his graduate degrees at the University of California, in Los Angeles, where he studied urban and regional development planning as a Fulbright scholar.
Ulgen is a founding member of the International Geospatial Society, member of the editorial board of the International Journal of Information Systems for Crisis Response and Management, and cochair of the United Nations Geographic Information Working Group. His primary responsibility at KMS define?/Officer of Information Communication Technology (OICT) is the Centre of Excellence for UN Spatial Data Infrastructure project. He also supports the Crisis Information Management Strategy championed by the ASG Central Imagery Tasking Office (CITO) as one of the UN Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Private Public Partnership initiatives (Digital UN).