Mapping the path: digital economy & Indigenous participation

Mapping the path: digital economy & Indigenous participation

Oct 21
Hear how one of Australia’s only Indigenous geospatial consultancies is bridging the digital divide and creating learning, training, and employment opportunities for indigenous communities, while pioneering new applications for world-class tech.
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Andrew Dowding, Managing Director, Winyama
Heath Nelson, Senior Manager, Indigenous Communities and Community Development , Fortescue Metals Group

Event Overview

Join CEDA at this special Trustee Roundtable and hear how one of Australia’s only Indigenous geospatial consultancies, Winyama, is bridging the digital divide and driving indigenous participation in the digital economy.
Through key partnerships, Winyama is not only creating learning, training, and employment opportunities for indigenous communities, it is pioneering new applications for world-class tech and contributing to the dynamism of Western Australia’s economy.

This briefing is by invitation only to CEDA Trustees. Trustees are senior leaders nominated by CEDA member organisations. At CEDA boardroom briefings Trustees hear from an informed, expert guest speaker in a private, small group setting. Invitations to boardroom briefings are a valued benefit of CEDA membership. Chatham House Rule applies.


Meet the speakers

Andrew Dowding
Managing Director, Winyama

Andrew’s role is to manage and guide Winyama, create opportunities for the team to grow into their roles and most importantly to generate work for the organisation to be sustainable. Andrew is from the Ngarluma traditional owner group and grew up between Perth, Sydney, and the Pilbara. Andrew has a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Sydney majoring in both Anthropology and History, and is a current PhD candidate in Indigenous Arts and Cultural Development at the University of Melbourne.  Andrew’s major professional roles have been in the fields of Native Title, ethnographic heritage survey and more recently in Indigenous mapping. Andrew is passionate about Indigenous mapping and the use of technology for cultural safeguarding. He co-founded Winyama in 2018 to provide more opportunity for Indigenous people to work in the geospatial industry and within the broader digital economy.

Heath Nelson
Senior Manager, Indigenous Communities and Community Development , Fortescue Metals Group

Heath is an experienced Community Development Manager with a demonstrated history of working in the mining & metals industry. Skilled in Procurement, Business Development, Community Development, Contract Management, and Project Management, he is a strong community and social services professional with a Bachelor of Economics focused in Economics from The University of Western Australia.

Meet the host

Paul Farrell
Managing Director, NGIS Australia

Paul has seen NGIS Australia grow from being a boutique map maker and digitising house to a complete provider of mapping and location technology solutions to large enterprises, working with globally recognised technology companies such as Google, Esri and CARTO.
Paul holds qualifications including a Bachelor of Science (Honours) and an Executive MBA from UWA (University of Western Australia); and a Postgraduate Diploma in Management from ANU (Australian National University). Paul is involved in many boards, including Pointerra, Frontier Si and the WA Regional Development Trust. He is a past National Chairman of SIBA (Spatial Industry Business Association) and was previously a board member for AIIA (Australian Information Industry Association).

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