Richard Budden
Smart Cities Lead, Esri for West Asia, Middle East & Africa

Speaker Profile

Richard Budden is a Business Development Manager for Esri, focusing on smart cities, transport and infrastructure. He has more than 16 years of experience working with GIS and information management. Richard was educated in the UK and received a Bachelor of Science in Human and Physical Geography from the University of Reading in 2001. In 2002 he joined Atkins UK, providing GIS services, consultancy and advice to clients including the Ordnance Survey, London Borough of Islington and Crossrail. In 2011, Richard relocated to Dubai in the United Arab Emirates to lead the Atkins Middle East geospatial team, working on complex multidisciplinary projects for clients including the UAE Ministry of Public Works, Kuwait Municipality and Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council. In 2014 Richard joined Esri in Dubai where he leads smart cities business development for the West Asia, Middle East and Africa region. Richard has provided subject matter expertise and regularly speaks and presents on topics including enterprise GIS, smart cities, GIS and BIM, GIS for road safety, and aviation, with clients in the UAE, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Kenya, Ghana and Nigeria. He has worked with government clients and offered strategic advice that has contributed towards the development and implementation of national visions and smart cities.

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