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40 Under 40, 2017: Paula Dijkstra

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AS A YOUNG GIRL, Paula dreamed of helping make the world a better place. Now she views it as privilege that—in her role with the Netherlands’ Cadastre Land Registry and Mapping Agency (in short, Kadaster)—she can contribute to achieving the sustainable development goals of the United Nations. Paula says, “Reliable and easily accessible geo-information will help society in many ways. Education is an important aspect.”

Paula was project manager of the GeoSkills Plus project, wherein eight partner organizations developed a cooperation model to address the mismatch between the needs of the geospatial sector and the education sec- tor. From 2012 until 2016 Paula had a leading role in building the global Young Surveyor Network commu- nity. As vice chair of the network she enjoyed working with young international colleagues, promoting open discussions about innovative approaches with new tools and technologies. Paula organizes meetings, helps shape next steps, and travels. She organized FIG Young Sur- veyors conferences and regional meetings in Lisbon, Kuala Lumpur, Sofia, Minneapolis, Christchurch, and Amsterdam.

Paula obtained an MS in social geography. At Ka- daster, she is responsible for international projects in the Central and Eastern European region and joint projects of Kadaster and the Global Land Tool Network, where she works with land administration agencies to under- stand and apply practical ways to provide secure land rights and records.

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