DGI 2018

January 22-January 24, 2018

Royal Lancaster London

44 (0) 207 368 9836

Our Speakers

Dustin Gard-Weiss
Dustin Gard-Weiss
Director
Office of National Geospaatial MAnagement NGA
Professor Mike Jackson
Professor Mike Jackson
Director, Geospatial Intelligence Institute
Nottingham University

Professor of Geospatial Science and Director of the Centre for Geospatial Science at Nottingham University, Mike has 30 Years commercial, government and academic experience in spatial data infrastructures (SDI), location-based services (LBS), geospatial intelligence, geographic information systems (GIS), computer-based mapping, and remote sensing. Appointed to Chair of Geospatial Science in 2005 he was previously Director of the Space Division at QinetiQ.

Ian Spencer
Ian Spencer
Director, Defence Geographic Centre, Joint Forces Intelligence Group
UK MoD
Ian Spencer is the senior civilian Geographer and Geospatial Analyst in the UK Ministry of Defence. A graduate of Royal Holloway and Bedford New College (University of London) he joined the Mapping and Charting Establishment (RE) as a Graduate Trainee in 1990. After an initial immersion in geographic information source evaluation, his early work was on product and standards development and he later represented the Ministry of Defence in the Defence Geographic Information Working Group (DGIWG), and the geospatial standards organisations within NATO, BSI, and ISO. In 2002 Ian achieved a distinction in the Master of Business Administration programme at the Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine. Concurrently he led a multi-disciplinary team in the then Defence Geospatial and Imagery Intelligence Agency, providing the agency-wide customer engagement for a major equipment programme. Ian joined the Defence Geographic Centre Management Team in 2004 and held a variety of roles including leading capability planning, delivery and integration; business and resource management and corporate planning; learning & development; information management; and geographic research. From 2008 Ian led the development of Human Geography concepts and capability, and championed the role of geospatial analysts in the development of wider Defence and Intelligence Community (IC) doctrine and ways of working. He chaired the UK Defence Human Domain Community of Interest and co-chaired an international Defence Human Geography working group. He also chaired the annual international conference on spatial socio-cultural knowledge at the Defence Academy. In October 2015 Ian was appointed as Director of the Defence Geographic Centre and Assistant Chief of Staff for Foundation Geospatial Intelligence within the Joint Forces Intelligence Group. In January 2017 the role evolved on the establishment of the National Centre for Geospatial Intelligence (NCGI) and became Deputy Head NCGI-Foundation. Ian is responsible for delivering all UK Defence requirements for geospatial information and services spanning the maritime, land, aeronautical and meteorology domains. He has command responsibility for two of the delivery organisations (Defence Geographic Centre and No1 Aeronautical Information Document Unit) and is custodian of the budget and service delivery agreements for the information and services provided by the UK Hydrographic Office and UK Met Office. Ian is a Chartered Geographer and Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society; a Chartered Manager and Member of the Chartered Management Institute; and a member of the British Cartographic Society
Todd S.  Bacastow
Todd S. Bacastow
Professor of Practice for Geospatial Intelligence
College of Earth and Mineral Sciences, Pennsylvania State University
Dr. Todd S. Bacastow is a Professor of Practice for Geospatial Intelligence in Penn State’s College of Earth and Mineral Sciences. His primary focus is teaching analysts serving with the U.S. Intelligence Community and business community. He maintains an active research program aimed at improving the training and education of the geospatial analyst. Todd is the author of the Massive Open Online Couse (MOOC) titled The Geospatial Revolution and Geospatial Intelligence, which was delivered to over 25,000 students in 190 countries. He has served as an expert witness in several patent infringement cases. Before joining Penn State in 1994, Dr. Bacastow retired from the United States Army as a major after serving in a variety of infantry, engineer, and geospatial intelligence assignments and positions. His first Army assignment was with the U.S. Army Berlin during the peak of the Cold War and included on occasion guarding Hitler’s Deputy Führer, Rudolf Hess. He was previously an Assistant Professor in the Department of Geography and Computer Science and an Associate Professor in the Department of Geography and Environmental Engineering at the US Military Academy. He holds a BS in Engineering from the United States Military Academy (1974), and a MS (1983) and PhD in Geography (1992) from Penn State University.
Lt Colonel Chuck Spurgeon
Commanding Officer
Canadian Forces Joint Imagery Centre
Pascal Legai
Director
EU Satellite Imagery Centre
Commander David Crossman
Naval Adviser, NATO Deputy Military Representative, Defence Attache
New Zealand Defence Force
Lt Colonel Michael Thomas
Lt Colonel Michael Thomas
Project Manager, USAF Communications and Networks Division
Naval Space and Warfare Centre (SPAWAR)
Dr. (LtCol) Michael L. Thomas is currently assigned to Naval Space and Warfare Center (SPAWAR) Charleston as a C4ISR Systems Engineer in the Communications and Networks Division stationed at HQUSEUCOM in Stuttgart,Germany. In this capacity he is responsible for the design; implementation and fielding of major network projects initiated by the Navy, sister services and other US government customers. His prior assignment with SPAWAR was in the Heidelberg Office supporting HQ USAREUR in Geospatial Engineering. He has been on detached special duty since being activated in March 2007, and has served a short tour at the Pentagon, served as a Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) LNO to the Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC), along with an assignment to the Air Force Institute of Technology (AFIT) as an instructor teaching Cyber war courses.
Gordon Campbell
Science, Applications and Future Technologies Department, Directorate of EO Programmes
European Space Agency
Commander Ruth Lane
Commander Ruth Lane
Commanding Officer, Naval Ice Center
US National Ice Center
Commander Ruth Lane was commissioned in 1998 from the U.S. Naval Academy after earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Oceanography with a German minor.

  Commander Lane earned her Surface Warfare qualification on USS WHIDBEY ISLAND (LSD 41) where she served first as Combat Information Center Officer and then as 2nd Division Officer. She completed a tour on USS HARRY S TRUMAN (CVN 75) as Combat Systems Division Officer before transferring to the Meteorology and Oceanography (METOC) community in 2002.

As an Oceanographer, Commander Lane's tours include Optimum Track Routing Division Officer, Assistant Operations Officer, and Senior Watch Officer at Naval Atlantic METOC Command; Protocol Officer and Aide to Commander SECOND Fleet; Oceanographer on USS IWO JIMA (LHD 7); Officer in Charge of Naval METOC Professional Development Detachment Atlantic; and Force Oceanographer to Commander Navy Expeditionary Combat Command. Most recently she served in the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations (OPNAV) as the Precise Time and Astrometry Requirements Officer for the Oceanographer and Navigator of the Navy (N2N6E) and then as an Information Warfare Operational Analyst in the Assessment Division (N81).

Commander Lane earned a Master of Science degree in Physical Oceanography from Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia and completed Joint Professional Military Education Phase I through Naval War College. Additionally, she completed Masters-level certificates in both Anti-Submarine Warfare and Space Systems through Naval Postgraduate School.

She earned her Information Dominance Warfare qualification in 2010. Her personal awards include Meritorious Service Medal, Navy-Marine Corps Commendation Medal (8), Joint Service Achievement Medal, Navy Achievement Medal (2) and various unit and service awards.
Colonel Graham Livesey
Colonel Graham Livesey
Head of Geospatial Policy. Joint Forces Command
UK MoD
Major General James Hockenhull
Major General James Hockenhull
Director, Cyber Intelligence and Information Integration (DCI3)
UK MoD
Major General Hockenhull was commissioned into the Intelligence Corps in 1986 His early postings were as a platoon commander with KORBR in Northern Ireland and in intelligence appointments in the UK, Cyprus and Berlin.  Between 1991 and 2003 he served for eight years on operations over three tours in Joint Support Group (Northern Ireland) as Detachment and then Company Commander and finally as Commanding Officer.  These tours were separated by attendance at the last Army Command and Staff College course and a tour in the Ministry of Defence as SO2 Long Term Plans in Army Resources and Plans.  He was posted in 2003 as the British Exchange Instructor at the United States Command and General Staff College in Leavenworth, Kansas; this tour included 6 months teaching at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California.  

In December 2005 he deployed to Headquarters Multi-National Force Iraq (HQ MNF-I) as Chief Campaign Plans and wrote the 2006 HQ MNF-I Campaign Plan and Campaign Assessment.  Returning to the Ministry of Defence as Deputy Director Force Development in August 2006 he was responsible for tri-service future force structure planning.  On completion of the Higher Command and Staff Course in early 2008 he was Chief Plans HQ ARRC and subsequently deployed to Afghanistan.  

In 2009 he promoted to Brigadier and assumed the appointment of Director ISTAR at Headquarters Land Forces, which later developed into Head Information Superiority. In September 2011 he returned to the Ministry of Defence as Head Military Strategic Planning and in June 2012 he promoted to Major General and deployed to Kabul as Director of the Ministry of Defence Advisory Group. After a 3-month spell in late-2014 as Deputy Chief of Defence Intelligence (covering this gaped civilian 2 Star billet as incumbents changed over) he took up post as Director Cyber, Intelligence and Information Integration (DCI3) in March 2015.  Honours and awards from his operational tours include the MBE, QCVS, OBE and the Bronze Star.
James Prain
James Prain
Principal
Information and Intelligence Group, DSTL

Mr Prain is a senior expert working at the UK’s leading defence research agency on geospatial capability development. He works closely with the GEOCORE consortium of leading academic and industry partners, led by Envitia, which was awarded a contract by DSTL to deliver applied research to the UK MoD for the rapid development and insertion of geospatial technology. Mr Prain is also very much involved in the Advanced Geospatial Information and Intelligence Services (AGIS) programme.

Talbot J. Brooks
GISP, UGP, Director, Center for Interdisciplinary Geospatial Information Technologies
National Geospatial Advisory Committee
Professor George Zalidis
Professor George Zalidis
Director of the Laboratory of Remote Sensing and G.I.S.
Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (AUTh)
Bret Rodgers
Geospatial Intelligence Directorate
US Marine Corps Intelligence Activity
Lt Colonel Andrew Page
Lt Colonel Andrew Page
Geospatial Officer, Intelligence Support
EU Military Staff
 Linda R.  Urrutia-Varhall
Linda R. Urrutia-Varhall
Director of Operations
National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency
Maj. Gen. Linda R. Urrutia-Varhall is the Director of Operations at the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency in Springfield, Virginia. General Urrutia-Varhall was commissioned in 1984 as a graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy. Following her initial assignments at Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska, she was selected to participate in the Professional Military Graduate Intelligence Program in Washington, D.C. After completion, she was the first Air Force representative to the National Military Intelligence Center. Her service at the Pentagon included executive support duty to three Secretaries of Defense and as an international politico-military affairs officer on the Somalia Task Force. The general has held command and staff positions in the wing, major command, headquarters and joint environments. In 1998, she was named to command the first Air Force Information Warfare Flight at 9th Air Force/Central Air Forces, Shaw AFB, South Carolina. She also deployed to Southwest Asia where she served as Chief, Analysis Division and an operations officer for the Joint Intelligence Center at U.S. Central Command Headquarters Forward. General Urrutia-Varhall also served as the Senior Military Assistant to the Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence and Senior Executive to the Director of National Intelligence. Prior to her current position, she served as Director of Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (J2) at U.S. Southern Command in Florida and then as Assistant Deputy Chief of Staff, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance on the Air Staff at the Pentagon, Washington, D.C.
Jeremy Morely
Chief Geospatial Scientist
Ordnance Survey
Guy Thomas
Guy Thomas
Security Science and Technology Subject Matter Expert, Maritime Domain Awar
US Department of Homeland Security
In the 21st century it is widely recognized that there are four global commons where all nations of the world meet and interact, thus all nations have a stake in seeing that there is order in them. Those four commons, in chronological order of creation, are: Maritime, Air, Space, and Cyber. Although most do not yet fully comprehend the fact, the leading edge technologies of two of those global highways, Space and Cyber, are rapidly converging and dramatically changing operations in many aspects of life on Earth. This is especially true in the original commons, the maritime domain. This paper lays out how unclassified space systems, starting with Satellite AIS (S-AIS), coupled with advancements in the handling and processing of large amounts of data in the cyber world, are providing the opportunity for substantially increased maritime situational awareness (MSA) for the good of all nations. As more and better Earth observation satellites are launched and data fusion / analysis systems capabilities expand, Space and Cyber have formed a very cost effective synergism. Intelligently applied it can make traditional terrestrial systems dramatically more effective, thereby saving substantial amounts of money. This is especially true in the maritime domain and while it remains to be fully established exactly how far these saving will outweigh the cost of employing the space systems, many of us who have studied the subject believe this will be the case and the savings and improved efficiencies will more than pay for the space systems by a significant margin. This hypothesis should be examined by the naval and national think tanks of the world as a matter of the first order. The payoffs should be huge.

Now with the US Department of Homeland Security Science & Technology (DHS S&T) as their subject matter expert (SME) for Maritime Domain Awareness and Commercial Earth Observation Space Systems, Guy is the former US Science & Technology Advisor for Maritime Domain Awareness (2003-2012) and creator of both space-based AIS & C-SIGMA, (Collaboration in Space for International Global Maritime Awareness). He also serves as the technical/academic advisor to the Multinational Maritime Security Center of Excellence. Guy has been involved in surveillance operations and systems in the Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard, industry, Johns Hopkins’ Applied Physics Lab (JHU/APL) as well as the Department of Homeland Security and its operational elements. A retired naval officer, he served in hostile areas in 3 cruisers, 2 submarines and 6 reconnaissance aircraft, leading the introduction of both the Navy’s EP-3E & then the Air Force's RC-135W Rivet Joint III, the first 2 aircraft with mission-system computers, becoming the first person in history to be authorized to wear both Navy and Air Force wings at the same time. Also one of the first designated Navy Space Operations sub-specialists, he was the first person in the history of the Navy to be quadruple qualified. A civilian at JHU/APL for nine years, he was its liaison to the Naval War College 2000-2003, leading their effort directed by President Bush on 9/11 (literally) to create what became the National Strategy for Maritime Security and the creation of Maritime Domain Awareness within the US. A Distinguished Graduate of the NWC, he also earned a dual MBA/MS (high honors) in Management and Computer Information Systems from Bryant University. He studied Systems Engineering at JHU. He was awarded the Distinguished Career Service Award in 2012, and the US Geospacial Intelligence Foundation’s Individual Achievement Award in 2015.
Adriano Baptista
Adriano Baptista
Head of Operations Division
European Union Satellite Centre

As Head of Operations for the EU Satellite Centre Adriano is best placed to update you on how the Satellite Centre provides a 24/7 IMINT/GEOINT support to EU External Action Services and Member States. 

He will explain how the centre focuses on Cooperation through partnerships in order to improve access to data and services, and innovation to enlarge users’ community with shared solutions in order to meet increasing security needs.

Dr Emlyn Hagen
Dr Emlyn Hagen
Senior Information Management Officer
iMMAP
Dr. Emlyn Hagen is presently leading the USAID Funded iMMAP Disaster Risk Reduction Program. He is the principal architect and manager of the Afghanistan Spatial Data Center (ASDC), the most comprehensive and advanced Geo-Information platform for Afghanistan. In December 2016 the ASDC was officially launched at the US Embassy in Kabul by the USAID Mission Director and the Minister of Disaster Management. The 8-staff program primary goal is to provide support the National Security Council, governmental institutions, UN agencies, NGOs and embassies.
 
Since 2007, Emlyn has supported the NATO CI Agency Geospatial Services unit as a scientist and consultant. He worked both in theater support specifically for Bosnia, Kosovo and Afghanistan as well as on various NATO GIS/RS internal research projects. The design and execution of the “Afghanistan Flood Hazard Map” project was highly visible. The work was nominated for the World Future Foundation (WFF) award 2011.
 
For 5 years Emlyn was the Lead Geographic Information Manager for the Shell Oil operations in Jordan. The 6-person unit provided Geo-services to 40 geo-staff located in Houston and Amman.  His work on "Communication Access and Proximity Maps" was nominated for the Shell CEO Global HSSE Award. This resulted into effective and safe operations for the 300 staff exploring on an area of 22,720 km2, the drilling of hundreds of wells and more than 4 million km driven without incidents in hostile desert environment. Additionally, he was the Geomatics Technical Adviser of a 1.2 Billion US$ project.
 
Since his initial research at the DLR (German Aerospace Center) and CRISP (Remote Sensing, Singapore), Emlyn has continued to provide innovative GIS solutions for Security and Disaster Management. He has published two books and multiple peer reviewed scientific papers.

Emlyn was born in Belgium and currently lives in Augsburg, Germany; he acquired his PhD at the NUS Singapore and MSc at the University of Munich.
Lt Colonel Nicky Bell
Lt Colonel Nicky Bell
Commander, 42 Engineering Regiment Joint Forces Intelligence Group,
UK MoD
Fabrizio Borgonovi
Chief Geospatial Officer
NATO SHAPE
Joe Ross
Joe Ross
Principal Scientist
Joint Intelligence Surveillance and Reconnaissance (JISR) Service Line at the NATO Communications and Information Agency (NCI Agency)
Joe Ross is a Principal Scientist in the Joint Intelligence Surveillance and Reconnaissance (JISR) Service Line at the NATO Communications and Information Agency (NCI Agency) in The Hague, The Netherlands. He is the JISR Technical Design Authority for the Agency, providing programme and project support for many NATO and Agency activities associated with development and implementation of interoperable ISR efforts in NATO and Coalition domains. He is responsible for interoperability among all NATO JISR related capabilities and the interoperability of those assets with other NATO and National assets.

He supports efforts associated with Intelligence Functional Services (INTEL FS), Core Geographic Information Systems (Core GIS), NATO Airborne Early Warning & Control (NAEW&C), and Alliance Ground Surveillance (AGS). He served as the Technical Manager for the nationally funded Multi-INT All-source Joint ISR Interoperability Coalition 2 (MAJIIC 2), and held that position for the predecessor Multi-sensor Aerospace/ground Joint ISR Interoperability (MAJIIC) project, and its predecessor, the Coalition Aerial Surveillance and Reconnaissance (CAESAR) project.

Mr Ross has worked for NATO since 1998; developing, testing, deploying and supporting interoperable systems, capabilities, processes and procedures that support NATO and Nations, which has included deployments to support operations in Kosovo and Afghanistan.

Prior to joining NATO, Mr. Ross spent 10 years with the MITRE Corporation as a system analyst, test engineer and flight test engineer during early stages of the Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System (Joint STARS) program. He went on to become the Study Director for the Joint STARS Cost and Operational Effectiveness Analysis (COEA) and deployed with the system to support Operation Joint Endeavour, which led to a position as a US subject matter expert at the SHAPE Technical Centre (STC) in The Hague, now part of the NCI Agency.
Robert B. Murrett
Former Director
NGA
Kari Craun
Kari Craun
Director, National Geospatial Technical Operations Center
US Geological Survey

Kari J. Craun is the Director of the U.S. Geological Survey, National Geospatial Technical Operations Center (NGTOC). This Center performs a wide range of functions in support of maintaining a seamless, current, nationally consistent coverage of base geospatial data for the United States, including development of digital and graphic products such as U.S. Geological Survey topographic maps. In addition, the Center manages several broadly-scoped contract mechanisms for acquisition of geospatial products and services through the commercial sector.



Ms. Craun is a Past-President of the American Society for Photo grammetry and Remote Sensing (ASPRS) and the Cartography and Geographic Information Society. She received a B.S.degree in Geology from the University of Missouri-Kansas City in 1984 and an M.S. degree in Photo grammetry from Purdue University in 1987. She is currently pursing a Master of Science degree in Geospatial Information Science through an on-line program at Northwest Missouri State University.

Luana Avagliano
Luana Avagliano
Head of Resilience Direct
UK Cabinet Office

Luana has worked in Digital Delivery of transactional services for 11 years. In her current role she works closely with the UKs Resilience Community this has resulted in the launch of ResilienceDirect Service which went live on 27 March 2014. This is the free service for our community that includes a multi agency mapping application. 

​Luana chairs the UKTEES Emergency Services Innovation Series and is regularly asked to present and participate in panel sessions across the Resilience arena. ​Luana chaired Ambition 2015 and will be doing so again this year, the event for the Emergency Preparedness Planning and Response. In previous roles her specialism was improving government services working on Directgov where all government information and key transactions were place in one place. She has also focused on youth engagement and innovation. 

Other specialist skills include working in a busy media centre, working with Ministers. Working in Government, Luana is a determined and diplomatic person with negotiating experience in the field of stakeholder and account management. ​Luana's reach has encompassed working in a busy media centre, working in Private Office, opening the first Dept of Health Public Enquiry Office to working on the Towards Cleaner Hospitals MRSA task force. 

​Luana encompass' 12+ years of stakeholder and change management, account as well as project management experience across UK government and she also speaks fluent Italian. ​Luana is always ready for a challenge and has worked in many crisis situations where she has handled angry members of the public to media frenzies and supported Ministers with their lines to take and managing press conferences.

Charalampos Paraschou
Chief Geospatial Intelligence Officer,
NATO Rapid Deployable Corps – Greece
Reece Biddiscombe
Senior Analyst
Australian Geospatial Intelligence Organisation (AGO)

Reece joined AGO in 1999 as a geospatial analyst and has since worked inand led teams that produce geospatial intelligence in support of the AustralianIntelligence Community and the Australian Defence Forces.


His work as an analytical team leader culminated in leading the AGOcontingent in the Middle East in 2012, himself working from Tarin Kowt,Afghanistan. Since returning, Reece has been assisting AGO to developorganisational and capability improvement, most notably contributing AGOsubmissions to the 2014 Force Structure Review and Defence White Paper.


He is currently the Integrated Project Manager for DEF799, theacquisition of ground station facilities to provide Australian Defence with thecapability to directly task commercial imagery satellite constellations.


Reece has been married for 19 years and is enjoying the challenge ofraising two children aged 14 and 11. 

David Grimes
David Grimes
President at United Nations World Meteorological Organization, Assistant Deputy Minister and head of Environment and Climate Change
Environment Canada
David Grimes is a Brock University graduate.  During his 38 year career in meteorology including his activities in various international forums for over 25 years, he has advanced weather forecast operations, climate services and science-policy development in Canada and abroad. Since July 2006, he has been head of Environment Canada's Meteorological Service (MSC), Principal Representative for Canada to the Group on Earth Observations (GEO) and Canada's Permanent Representative with the WMO.

In 2011, he was elected President of the WMO by the Sixteenth World Meteorological Congress in 2011 for a four-year term. During the First Extraordinary Congress of WMO in 2012, he led the development and adoption of the Global Framework for Climate Services’ implementation plan. He is recognized for his strategic and innovative thinking, effective problem solving and engaging leadership style. Recently he has been successful in launching a transformation and modernization of the MSC, including a realization of substantial investments in the Service during a period of fiscal constraint. His career has been supported by his dedicated, lifelong companion Karen, his three children, Chris, Allison and Kim and three lovely grandchildren.
Neil Thompson
Neil Thompson
Former Head Geospatial Intelligence Group
Canadian Armed Forces
Neil had a long and distinguished career in the Canadian Forces with more than 35 years in various command and staff positions in the defence, civilian and international intelligence communities. These included a secondment to the Privy Council Office and a Branch Chief on the International Military Staff at NATO Headquarters. He was the first Commanding Officer of the Canadian Forces Joint Imagery Centre and was a Defence Attaché in the United Kingdom. He completed his career as the Director of Geospatial Intelligence where he was responsible for all aspects of Geospatial Intelligence in the Canadian Armed Forces. In that capacity he was responsible for Military Mapping, Charting, Imagery (from space based, UAVs and handheld) and all Meteorology Services for the Forces. Neil was also one of the founding members of the Allied System for Geospatial-Intelligence (ASG), the Five Nation group formed by Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and the UK.

During his career, he was appointed as an Officer of the Order of Military Merit. He also received the Owen Kenyon Award and the United States of America National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency Medallion for Excellence and awards from the US Defense Intelligence Agency and other US Intelligence Agencies. Since he retired, Neil has remained active in the international Geospatial Community
Paul Peyton
Commander
Canadian Forces Intelligence Group
Jeff Bell
Jeff Bell
Director
National Center for GEOINT Standards, NGA
Martin Jones
Team Lead, UK Government Earth Observation Service, Chief Scientific Adviso
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA)
John Kedar
John Kedar
Director, International Business Development
Ordnance Survey
Currently working as the Srategic Business Development Director for Ordnance Survey International, John works extensively on strategic level advices, programme delivery and strategic business development in Middle East. Formerly a key leader in the ever-developing MOD geospatial and information superiority fields with a network of international contacts John is well placed to steer discussion at DGI once again in 2015.


Alan Hope
Branch Head, Space Systems Development Department
U.S. Naval Research Laboratory
Hal Moore
Chief Technology Officer
NORAD/NORTHCOM

Prior to his current role Mr Moore served as Maritime Science and Technology Division Chief to US NORTHCOM at SPAWAR, providing on-site scientific support, advocating capabilities to detect and deter emerging Maritime threats. Current responsibilities enable Mr Moore to speak to the technical challenges and solutions being considered by NORAD/NORTHCOM.

Monique Yates
Director
National Geospatial-Intelligence College
Anders C. Haavik-Nilsen
Commanding Officer, Military Technology and Engineering
Norwegian Armed Forces
Jim Hill
Jim Hill
Director Geospatial Intelligence Directorate
Marine Corps Intelligence Activity, USA

Jim is the Director of the Geospatial Intelligence Directorate (GID), Marine Corps Intelligence Activity (MCIA) located in Quantico, VA. He manages a staff of 100 professionals providing GEOINT support to the Commandant of the United States Marine Corps, Operational Marine Forces,and the Intelligence Community. Jim provides strategic direction, technical mentorship, resource management, and is responsible for fostering collaborative relationships within the international GEOINT community. He is currently providing oversight of geospatial reach back for Marine Corps operations in Afghanistan.

Lars Bromley
Lars Bromley
Head of Analysis for Humanitarian Missions
UNITAR
Colonel Steven Desjardins
Colonel Steven Desjardins
Senior Intelligence Officer J2, Canadian Joint Operations Command
Department of National Defence Canada
Colonel Steven Desjardins was born in the Sherbrooke Quebec in the Eastern Townships. He enrolled in the artillery in 1985 and served in Valcartier in a variety of functions with the different Arms. In 1990, at the rank of Sgt, he transferred to the Officer corps through the University Training Program for Non Commissioned Members where he obtained a bachelor's degree, Honors Political Science from Concordia University in Montreal.

From 1993 to 2003, Colonel Desjardins held the positions of G2 Ops, G2 Training, G2 Plans, J2 Plans and J2 at Secteur du Quebec de la Force Terrestre. From 2003 to 2008, Colonel Desjardins was the Area G2 for Quebec where he was responsible for Intelligence Force generation, force employment, regional liaison as well as overseeing the development of the CF’s PSYOPS and assuming the functions of project director for the creation of Joint Task Force East in Quebec. He assumed command of the All Source Intelligence Center in Kandahar Afghanistan between August 2007 and March 2008.

In summer 2008, he was selected to attend Joint Command and Staff Program at the Command and Staff College in Toronto Ontario. He was promoted to the rank of LCol in 2008 and assumed the function of Deputy Director Intelligence Operations within Chief Defence Intelligence at National Defence Headquarters in Ottawa. In the summer of 2010, he assumed the functions of G2 and Director Army Intelligence at the Canadian Army HQ in Ottawa where he led Land Intelligence modernization efforts. He was promoted to Col in July 2013, and subsequently posted to NATO SHAPE in Belgium. Upon his return to Canada in 2015, he was appointed to his current role as the J2 of the Canadian Joint Operations Command. He was awarded the MSM for his tour as CO ASIC Roto 4 OP ATHENA. He was also awarded a CLS commendation for his role in the Summit of the Americas in 2001 and a CANADACOM commendation for his role in CF transformation – Stand up of the Joint Task force Headquarters Quebec
Dan Visone
Dan Visone
Director, of the Systems & Acquisition Support Directorate Geospatial Acqu
US Army

Dan Visone has served as the Director of the Geospatial Acquisition Support Directorate (GASD) since February 2009. His directorate is responsible for providing geospatial engineering and domain support to the Army Acquisition Community for implementation of the Army Geospatial Enterprise(AGE). The GASD is directly responsible for developing and maintaining the AGE profile of geospatial standards and formats; creating and maintaining the Army Geospatial Data Model; developing and maintaining a DOD Architecture Framework-compliant AGE architecture; developing and maintaining a list of AGE-compliant Common Applications/Services; and establishing and maintaining AGE geospatial interoperability certification criteria. Mr Visone is among the most senior figures contributing to DGI in 2015 and we are delighted to host him at the event.

John Teufert
John Teufert
Branch Head, JISR Geospatial Services,
NATO Communications & Information Agency (NCI Agency)

John F. Teufert is a Principal Scientist in the Joint Intelligence Surveillance and Reconnaissance (JISR) Service Line at the NATO Communications and Information Agency (NCI Agency) in The Hague, The Netherlands.



He also serves as the Agency’s Geo-Officer as well as the JISR SL Geospatial Branch Head, leading a team of first class geospatial engineers and overseeing a substantial portfolio of geospatial projects. The geospatial portfolio touches most of NCI Agency’s customer bases and most significant contributions have been made to NATO operations.



Furthermore, he is also responsible to provide guidance on geospatial aspects to a large variety of other NCIA projects and programs, when needed. As the senior geospatial expert of NCIA his daily business includes personnel management, portfolio monitoring and execution, customer interactions, development of business plans, business development and last but not least to maintain a team of well trained and motivated experts. He grew the geospatial support portfolio from a 2 man team in 2003 to about 10 staff members and a dozen contractors in 2016.



John F. Teufert received the NATO meritorious service medal in 2014 as well as the NATO non article 5 medals for his support to the Balkans and ISAF (Afghanistan) missions. In 2009, he was selected by the Office of the US Secretary of Defence as the JCTD transition manager of the year and in 2009 he won the USGIF Geospatial Intelligence Award in the category “military”.



Prior to joining NATO, John F. Teufert spent several years with the Western European Union and the European Union as a researcher and operator in the fields of crisis response mapping and Imagery Intelligence.



John F. Teufert has been promoted to Colonel of the German Armed Forces (Res) in 2016. He has been assigned as the commander of the Multinational Geospatial Support Group, a NATO SMART defence initiative which provides exclusive support to NATO and EU lead operations. Once a year John is serving in uniform in this function. This assignment is a perfect match between his Agency duties and his military service and provides great synergies both ways.

Brigadier General Lars Corneliusson
Brigadier General Lars Corneliusson
Director of Intelligence
EU Military Staff
Brigadier General Corneliusson's current position is Director of Intelligence Directorate of the European Union Military Staff. His present duties are to provide leadership and management to ensure that the tasks and responsibilities of the Intelligence Directorate are executed professionally and efficiently.

He also supports the Director General and Deputy Director General in carrying out their mission and functions. Prior to assuming his current position Brigadier General Corneliusson was the Military Advisor to the Swedish Ministry of Foreign Affairs. In that capacity he contributed to Sweden's EU operational planning cycle and prepared key planning documents on behalf of the ministry. Brigadier General Corneliusson has served in the Swedish Armed Forces since 1978. After having graduated from the Swedish Coast Artillery School in 1983, he has not only been serving as a marine officer, acting as an instructor and commander within the Swedish marine forces, but he has also contributed as an author to leadership manuals and articles covering naval strategy.

Through missions and appointments in areas such as Europe, Central Asia and North America he has also gained a lot of international experience. Having served both within NATO and UN, he has a thorough understanding of operational environments.

This understanding constitutes the foundation of his intelligence experience expertise. Identifying and ensuring the operational need for purposeful and timely intelligence is a skill which he masters. Appointments within the Swedish Military Intelligence and Security directorate, lastly as Head of Intelligence Division, have also contributed to his extensive understanding of the intelligence branch. Brigadier General Corneliusson is a fellow of the Swedish Royal Academy of War Sciences and Royal Society of Naval Sciences.

He is married to Ingegerd (midwife) with whom he has two adult children: Emma and Jacob. The family has an extensive international network after their years abroad. In his free time, Brigadier General Corneliusson enjoys running and sailing.
Shawn Stith
Shawn Stith
Chief, National System for Geospatial Intelligence Capabilities and Integra
National Geospatial Intelligence Agency

Mr Stith concurrently serves as the Chief of National System forGeospatial-Intelligence (NSG) Capabilities and Integration and as the ActingDeputy Director of the Office of Geospatial-Intelligence Management.   On behalf of the GEOINT Functional Manager,the organization monitors GEOINT capabilities, programs, resources andactivities, leads the development and implementation of community-widepolicies, strategies, and planning guidance needed to maximize GEOINT programinvestments, and implements the NSG strategic management cycle as it supportsprogram build activities.  Prior tojoining NGA's civilian workforce in August 2004, Mr. Stith served as a careerMarine Corps intelligence officer, with emphasis on GEOINT activities.


Lt Colonel Damon Taylor
Lt Colonel Damon Taylor
Director, GEOINT
New Zealand Armed Forces
Lieutenant Colonel Damon Taylor joined the New Zealand Army in July 1998 and graduated from the New Zealand Officer Cadet School as a second lieutenant in the Royal New Zealand Corps of Signals in July 1999. In 2002, Lieutenant Colonel Taylor joined the New Zealand Intelligence Corps and was posted as the intelligence officer to the 2nd/1st Battalion, Royal New Zealand Infantry Regiment. During this posting Lieutenant Colonel Taylor completed a number of overseas courses, including the Singaporean Battalion S2 course, the Five Power Defence Arrangement Area Defence Course in Malaysia, and the Australian Defence Force Field Human Intelligence Course.

Lieutenant Colonel Taylor has completed a number of intelligence postings within the New Zealand Defence Force, including as the Senior Instructor, and later as the Chief Instructor with the School of Military Intelligence and Security (SMIS), as the intelligence officer with New Zealand’s Special Forces, and as an Assistant Director within the Strategic Intelligence branch of the Directorate of Defence Intelligence. In 2012 Lieutenant Colonel Taylor attended New Zealand Command and Staff College. Lieutenant Colonel Taylor has also spent time posted to Army General Staff, where he was the career manager for Combat and Combat Support officers within the New Zealand Army. Lieutenant Colonel Taylor’s operational experience includes deploying in 2003 to Afghanistan as the intelligence officer on Op CRIB 1, in 2006 to Bosnia-Herzegovina as the second-in-command of a multi-national intelligence Task-Group, and two deployments in 2009 and 2011 as the intelligence officer for a New Zealand Special Operations Task Force in Afghanistan.

Lieutenant Colonel Taylor assumed his current role as the Director of Geospatial-Intelligence New Zealand (GNZ) on the 31st of July 2015.
Aaron Tooke
Aaron Tooke
Deputy Director, Integrated Collection Office
NGA
Chris Rasmussen
Chris Rasmussen
Unclassified GEOINT Pathfinder PM
NGA
Lt Colonel C Bramma
Lt Colonel C Bramma
Commanding Officer, Mapping and Charting Establishment (MCE)
Ottawa Canada
Piotr Malinowski
Piotr Malinowski
Head of Service Development, Operational Division
Frontex
Piotr Malinowski has over 20 years of experience in the area of service development and information management in military and public domains. Initially with the Polish Armed Forces in 2001, he joined NATO's Joint Forces Command Headquarters (Netherlands) and later continued on various positions at NATO's Allied Command Transformation (USA) and NATO's Joint Warfare Centre (Norway), specializing in the development and implementation of various information exchange capabilities. In 2010, Piotr joined Frontex Situation Centre, taking responsibility for development of services related to information exchange and situation awareness in support of operational activities (including development of GIS capabilities). Currently, Piotr and his team is fully occupied with development of modern services under EUROSUR and Copernicus umbrella. Piotr has a Master's Degree from the University of Maryland.
Magali Stoll
Magali Stoll
Director of Space and Defence
IGN France
Marlene Meyer
Marlene Meyer
Chief Geospatial Branch
Danish Defence Acquisition and Logistics Organisation

Since 2008 Marlene Meyer has been employed by the Danish MoDat the DALO (Defence Acquisition and Logistic Organisation) as Chief of Geospatial Branch and Head of Defence Geospatial Organization. In addition to this role she is Coordinator of the Nordic Defence Geospatial Cooperation Group, steering group member of Geo data Forum for Geodata for Homeland Security, and a member of DGIWG PTSG. Occasionally Marlene lectures at the NATO School, Oberammergau, making her highly qualified to present and lead discussions at DGI in 2015.

Benedict Kite
Commander, Joint Forces Intelligence Group
UK MoD
Paul Nelson
Deputy Assistant Secretary General for Intelligence
NATO Headquarters
D R Cockwell
ACOS J5 Force Development and CRE Geo, Joint Forces Intelligence Group
UK MoD
Phillippe Arnaud
Director
BGHOM, France
Tomas Ries
Senior Lecturer
Swedish National Defence College
Friedrich Teichmann
Director
Geospatial Institute, Austria
Dave Pendall
G2 Intelligence Officer
US Army Europe
Chris Symonds
Principal
Royal School of Military Survey, UK MoD
Penelope Endersby
Penelope Endersby
head of Cyber and Information Systems Division
Dstl
Penny joined the predecessor organisation of DSTL - the Armaments Research and Development Establishment - in 1993. For 10 years she researched novel armour systems eventually becoming the UK expert on intelligent armours. In 2012 Penny took over leadership of the Information Management department, beginning the focus on cyber and C4ISR which led to her appointment as division head of Cyber and Information Systems Division in 2015.
Scott Herman
Scott Herman
VP Product Development
BlackSky Global LLC
Scott is driving several software development initiatives at BlackSky. He’s primarily focused on the BlackSky Global Intelligence Platform - a suite of on-demand web services for Satellite Imagery Management, Multi-Sensor Fusion, and Geospatial Analytics that will become the public face of BlackSky's constellation of 60+ remote sensing satellites. He is also incubating a series of “next-generation” sensor processing and rapid cloud migration concepts. Scott is a passionate Agile Development, Cloud Computing, and High Performance Computing evangelist. Scott is deeply involved in product management, software development, quality assurance, and production operations. But at any given moment Scott is also supporting strategic planning, concept incubation, business development, community outreach & evangelism, customer service, and investment activities. What a cool job! Scott has spent most of his career developing and deploying Imagery Analysis, Sensor Fusion, Knowledge Management, and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) for the U.S. Intelligence Community. Scott works at BlackSky in Herndon, VA and can be reached at SHerman@BlackSky.com
Robbie Schingler
Robbie Schingler
Co-founder and Chief Strategy Officer
Planet EU
Robbie Schingler is the Co-Founder and Chief Strategy Officer of Planet. Prior to Planet, Robbie spent 9 years at NASA, where he helped build the Small Spacecraft Office at NASA Ames and was Capture Manager for the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS). Robbie later served as NASA’s Open Government Representative to the White House; and served as Chief of Staff for the Office of the Chief Technologist at NASA. He received a MBA from Georgetown University, a MS in Space Studies from the International Space University, and a BS in Engineering Physics from Santa Clara University. Robbie was a 2005 Presidential Management Fellow
Andy Stephenson
Andy Stephenson
Senior Director International Defense & Intelligence Programs, Europe
Digital Globe
Andy joined DigitalGlobe 2007 and is responsible for International Defense & Intelligence Programs in the European region. Prior to that Andy has held a number of Executive Management positions with leading global telecom equipment manufacturers and leading independent service providers of network solutions for the wireless telecommunications industry, encompassing GIS & Location Based Software (LBS) applications and infrastructure equipment & services for wireless networks globally, as well as serving in the British Armed Forces. Andy holds an Engineering Degree in Telecommunications and a MBA degree from the University of Leicester in the UK.
Kenn Burnett
Kenn Burnett
Director of Special Projects
Spatial Networks
Mr. Burnett is a retired professional soldier, with over 25 years of experience solving the nation's hard problems in hard places. Mr. Burnett served in various SOF roles, including operations, communications, and intelligence. At Spatial Networks, Mr. Burnett translates his experience as a data collector, consumer and manager to the staff and customers. He takes on the projects needed to answer questions for customers around the world. This includes advice to analysts, engineers, data collection and management as well as content delivery. Mr. Burnett routinely travels to conduct training for collectors and customers, as well as community outreach programs.