Statistician General to keynote at Geomatics Indaba 2016

July 21st, 2016, Published in Articles: EE Publishers, Articles: PositionIT


Pali Lehohla

Pali Lehohla

Dr. Pali Lehohla, the Statistician General of South Africa, has agreed to be a keynote speaker at Geomatics Indaba 2016. He will be speaking on the topic of spatial data, place and addresses and the vital role that these can play in facilitating South Africa’s economic development and the well-being of its citizens.

Geomatics Indaba 2016 is hosted by the Geo-Information Society of South Africa (GISSA), the Institute of Mine Surveyors of South Africa (IMSSA), the South African Geomatics Institute (SAGI), and EE Publishers. The theme for Geomatics Indaba 2016 is “Geomatics skills and technologies: Growing professionals to secure our future”, and key geomatics industry representatives from across southern Africa will gather to discuss, debate and share knowledge pertaining to this theme.

Lehohla has been the Statistician General since November 2000.  He is also the chair of the Africa Symposium for Statistical Development (ASSD), a country led initiative established in 2006 which aims to put statistical evidence at the centre of policy in Africa.

Between 2005 and 2010, Lehohla has served in a variety of portfolios. He was chair of the United Nations Statistics Commission, chair of Statistics Commission Africa and also chair of PARIS21 a global partnership for statistical development in the 21st Century.  He is also the chair for the Sub-Group on Harmonization of Statistics in Africa

Lehohla has served as an advisor to in-conflict, post-conflict and fragile political environments.  In this regard he was chief advisor to the Monitoring and Evaluation Committee (MOC) of the 2008 Population and Housing Census of Sudan which was part of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement signed in 2005.

He has also served as a UN envoy to the Census of Cambodia in 1998.  He undertook a Population Census readiness mission in Afghanistan in 2008 and another in Iraq in 2009.  He is vice president of the International Statistics Institute (ISI) and led the hosting of the 57th Session of the ISI held in Durban South Africa in 2009.

Lehohla has also established partnerships with universities in South Africa in advancing tuition of statistical training, research and applications in state planning.  Of note is the establishment of the Centre for Regional and Urban Innovation and Statistical Exploration (CRUISE) at the University of Stellenbosch.  Under the auspices of the Africa Census Analysis Project (ACAP), he initiated a series of publications on the Demography of South Africa as primary tuition material for higher learning and advancing pan-African scholarship. The first book towards achieving this objective on the South African series was published in 2005.

He obtained his degree from the National University of Lesotho (NUL) with a double major in Statistics and Economics,  undertook  post-graduate studies in demography at the United Nations Regional Institute for Population Studies (UNRIPS) at the University of Ghana, and has completed the Senior Executive Programme at Wits and Harvard Universities. In December 2015, his alma mater, the University of Ghana recognised Lehohla’s contribution to statistics with an award, and the University of Stellenbosch has awarded him an Honorary Doctorate for his extensive contribution to global affairs.

Contact Clare van Zwieten, Geomatics Indaba, Tel 011 543-7000,


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