DGI 2019

28 - 30 January, 2019

Royal Lancaster London

44 (0) 207 368 9836

2019 Speakers

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.

Colonel Graham Livesey
Head of Geospatial Policy. Joint Forces Command
Brigham Bechtel
Chief Strategist Intelligence Community and DoD

Brigham B. Bechtel is a 31 year veteran of the United States intelligence community having served for more than 26 years in the Central Intelligence Agency with experience in leading operations, and in analysis. Mr. Bechtel has tours in field leadership with experience coordinating the work of the intelligence community, law enforcement, and military partners. He has Washington-based leadership tours and experience working with Presidential and Congressional staffs. He spent six years in analysis with both near term and in-depth production. Mr. Bechtel began his career in the intelligence community as a Cryptologic Technician in the United States Navy before joining the CIA. Mr. Bechtel is a Truman Scholar from the State of Maryland for 1987; he is a 1989 graduate of St. John’s College of Annapolis, Maryland.

Major General James Hockenhull
Chief of Defence Intelligence

Lt 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. In 2018 Lt General Hockenhull was promoted to Lt General and appointed Chief of Defence Staff. Honours and awards from his operational tours include the MBE, QCVS, OBE and the Bronze Star.

Pascal Legai
European Union Satellite Centre

Mr. Pascal LEGAI has been the Director of the European Union Satellite Centre since 1st January 2015 and after four years as Deputy Director. Brigadier General LEGAI, was an intelligence officer in the French Air Force since 1988. He was appointed as a geographer in the French Air Force staff in Paris (1994-1999). He was also the Head of the French Imagery Intelligence Centre (2004-2006), Human Resources advisor of the French Air Force (2006-2008) and the Commanding Officer of the Air Force Base in Grenoble (2008-2010). He holds a PhD in International Relations, a law degree, a master degree in Imagery Processing and in British Civilization and an Engineer Diploma in the field of the geographic sciences.

Colonel Orest Babij
Canadian Forces Intelligence Group

Prior to becoming the Commander, Canadian Forces Intelligence Group Colonel Babij served as an intelligence officer with diverse experience at the tactical and strategic levels. Previous roles include troop commander in an Electronic Warfare Squadron, unit intelligence officer for The Royal Canadian Dragoons, All-Source Cell Platoon Commander in 2 Canadian Mechanized Brigade Group (2 CMBG) Headquarters as well as the Brigade G2 Plans and G2. 

Group Captain Colin Bruce
Chief of Staff, Head - Analysis
National Centre for Geospatial Intelligence

Group Captain Bruce has undertaken a broad variety of intelligence roles in the UK and deployed, including the leadership of intelligence production units and capabilities and intelligence support to joint, air and law enforcement operations.

Lt Colonel Albert Mannard
Commanding Officer
Canadian Forces Joint Imagery Centre

Lieutenant-Colonel (LCol) Albert Mannard joined the Canadian Armed Forces in 1997 and graduated from the Royal Military College of Canada in 2002. He served as an Armour officer in the Canadian Army before transferring to the Canadian Intelligence Corps in 2007. Over the course of his career, LCol Mannard has held a variety of command and staff appointments in the Canadian Army, the Canadian Forces School of Military Intelligence, and the Canadian Forces Intelligence Command. He is currently the commanding officer of the Canadian Forces Joint Imagery Centre (CFJIC) in Ottawa. The role of CFJIC is to provide accurate, timely and relevant defence imagery and imagery intelligence in support of the Canadian defence mandate. LCol Mannard has served in international military operations with deployed NATO forces in Bosnia-Herzegovina, in Afghanistan, and in Italy during the intervention in Libya. He holds Master’s degrees in defence studies and war studies from the Royal Military College of Canada and King’s College London. He is a graduate of the Canadian Forces College’s Joint Command and Staff Programme.

Lt Colonel Andrew Page
Geospatial Officer, INT/SPT
European Union Military Staff
Lt Colonel Charalampos Paraschou
Chief Geospatial Intelligence Officer
NATO Rapid Deployable Corps – Greece
Brigadier Chris Middleton
National Centre for Geospatial Intelligence

Chris Middleton joined the Royal Marines in 1996.  He served in a range of appointments as a junior officer in Commando Units, and as a specialist Landing Craft Officer. He deployed on operational tours in Northern Ireland and Iraq, and conducted training and advisory deployments across the globe including Malaysia, Oman, USA and Norway as member of either a UK or Netherlands Amphibious Task Group. As a Major he was Operations Officer in 40 Commando Royal Marines, attended ACSC in 2006-7, and completed sub-unit command in the Fleet Protection Group Royal Marines, which included nuclear security duties and Fleet boarding and protection tasks.  As OC S Sqn he developed and operationally fielded the Level 3 ‘Enhanced’ Boarding capability to assist in countering piracy off the Somalian coast, for which he was made an MBE.  In his final OF3 tour he returned to 3 Commando Brigade as SO2 G3 Operations in the headquarters and delivered the transition of the Brigade from Op HERRICK 9 to an emergency contingency force. Following promotion in 2010, as a Lieutenant Colonel he briefly returned to counter-piracy operations as ACOS CJ5 within the EUNAVFOR Op ATALANTA staff, before moving to MOD to undertake a role as SO1 Amphibious Joint Warfare in Navy RP.  He commanded 30 Commando (IX) Group Royal Marines between 2012-14; a period which was dominated by 3 Commando Brigade’s permanent return to a contingency posture, and included numerous amphibious deployments to the Mediterranean and the Gulf.  Thereafter he served on the Director Joint Warfare staff as Chief of Staff Joint User. On promotion to Colonel in 2015 he was appointed to Defence Intelligence in London as Deputy Head DI Operations.  He attended HCSC17, and following the course took command of the Joint Service Signals Organisation in Digby.   He assumed command of the Joint Force Intelligence Group on promotion to Brigadier in November 2018.

Lt Colonel Jamie Hopkins
Commanding Officer
MCE, Canadian Armed Forces

LCol Hopkins completed his Bachelor of Engineering (Civil) degree, from Ryerson, in 1994. After working for a civilian construction company, he joined the CF as a Direct Entry Officer in Jan 1997 as an Engineer Officer. Upon completion of BOTC, LCol Hopkins was briefly posted to 4 Engineer Support Regiment in Gagetown NB, where he deployed to Winnipeg on Op ASSISTANCE during the flood in 1997. During the summer of 1997 LCol Hopkins was posted to 1 Combat Engineer Regiment in Edmonton, where he deployed to Montreal during the ice storm of 1998 on Op RECUPERATION and to Bosnia-Herzegovina in 2000 as a part of the 3rd Battalion Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry Battle Group on Op PALLADIUM. In 2003 LCol Hopkins graduated with a Master of Engineering (Geomatics) degree from the University of Calgary and was posted to the Royal Military College of Canada for two years as the Geomatics Lecturer in the Department of Civil Engineering. LCol Hopkins has been posted to the National Defence Command Centre as a Senior Watch Officer, the Directorate of Geospatial Intelligence as the Production Manager and subsequently the Plans Officer, and was deployed on Op PODIUM, the CF contribution to the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics as J2 Geospatial Intelligence. LCol Hopkins has served at the Mapping and Charting Establishment as a Troop Commander, Unit Operations Officer, Officer Commanding Geospatial Support Squadron, and DCO. After leaving MCE as the DCO he was posted to ADM(IE) as the DPP Co-ord and then subsequently to CANSOFCOM as the Deputy Director of Special Operations. On 29 March 2018 LCol Hopkins was appointed as the Commanding Officer of the Mapping and Charting Establishment (MCE).

Lt Colonel Michael Thomas
Professor of Cyberwarfare Studies
US Air War College

Dr. (Lt Col Ret) Michael L. Thomas is currently assigned to the Air Force Cyber College as a Professor of Cyberwarfare Studies, stationed at Maxwell Air Force Base, AL. Immediately prior to the current assignment he was working ISR related projects for SPAWAR LANT in Charleston, SC. In this capacity he was responsible for the design, implementation and fielding of major network projects initiated by the Navy, sister services and other US government customers. From 2005-2016, he served in the SPAWAR Europe’s Office supporting EUCOM and HQ USAREUR in Geospatial Engineering. Activated in March 2007 to September 2010 he was on detached special duty and served tours at the Pentagon, as a Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) LNO to the Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC), and lastly was assigned to the Air Force Institute of Technology (AFIT) as an instructor teaching Cyberwar courses. He also currently serves as faculty at Penn State University World Campus teaching GeoInt Courses in the graduate school.

Lt Colonel Vyron Antonoiu
Head of Terrain Analysis Branch
MultiNational Geospatial Support Group (MN GSG)
Steve Pyatt
Deputy Director Policy Plans & Partnerships - GEOINT New Zealand (GNZ)
New Zealand Defence Force

A former member of the British military survey Mr Pyatt’s main responsibilities include setting GEOINT strategic direction, policy and standards, future projects and international GEOINT relationships.

Dan Scott
NGA College Director
National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency

Mr. Scott has 35 years of national security planning, intelligence operations, and foreign language education experience. A 1979 USAF Academy graduate, Mr. Scott began his career as an officer in airborne reconnaissance operations. He gained language and culture expertise as an Olmstead Scholar in Spain, and exchange officer to Venezuela and through duties in Japan, Saudi Arabia, Spain, Venezuela, and Qatar. Mr. Scott worked requirements planning, policy, legislative affairs, and strategic targeting on the Joint Staff and the US Strategic Command (USSTRATCOM). Because of his operational background, he was selected to be the Director of Targeting and the Deputy Director of Intelligence at US Central Command (USCENTCOM) for Operations Enduring and Iraqi Freedom. Subsequently, he served as the Assistant Commandant, Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center and led the way to increase DOD capability in foreign languages. His intelligence operations experience and foreign language expertise were key factors in his appointment to lead the Office of Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) Foreign Language Program Office. He also served as the Deputy Chief Human Capital Officer for the Intelligence Community. Currently on a Joint Duty Assignment from ODNI, Mr. Scott leads the National GeospatialIntelligence College in the Human Development Directorate of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA).

Adriano Baptista
Head of Operations Division
European Union Satellite Centre

Mr Baptista joined the EU SATCEN in 1997 after 15 years of service as an officer in the Portuguese Air Force (POAF). He has a vast experience in the IMINT and GEOINT fields particularly for Defence and Security purposes with more than 20 years of experience in imagery analysis including 6 years’ experience as an Intelligence Officer.

Captain Martin Jones
Head of Earth Observation, Geospatial Commission
UK Cabinet Office
Gary Dunow
Chief, International NGA Support Team to Europe & Canada
National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency
Lt Commander Niyazi Okan Coban
Exercise Staff Officer, Maritime Security Centre of Excellence-MARSEC COE
Turkish Navy
Colonel (ret’d) John Kedar
Director of International Engagement
Ordnance Survey
Colonel (ret’d) Neil Thompson
Former Head of 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.

Mick Cory
Secretary General
William Priest
CEO, Geospatial Unit
UK Cabinet Office

On 1 February 2018, William was appointed a Director in the Cabinet Office and CEO of the newly formed Geospatial Unit. In addition, he is a member of the Geospatial Commission, an independent, cross government agency that will set policy for, and drive the UK geospatial agenda, reporting up into senior government Ministers and the Cabinet Office Permanent Secretary. From April 2017 to January 2018, William was Interim CEO of Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK) and an acting Director in DCMS. He was accountable to the DCMS Secretary of State for the delivery of manifesto commitments to provide Superfast Broadband to 95% of UK premises by the end of 2017. In addition, the programmes to launch full fibre and 5G were also part of his mandate. He was a member of the DCMS Executive board, chaired by the Permanent Secretary. William joined the Cabinet Office and the Government Commercial Function (GCF) as a Crown Representative in September 2015. As such, he was a member of the GCF Commercial Relationships Board, and responsible for two of Government’s major IT suppliers, IBM and DXC. The latter is UK Government’s largest IT Services provider. Prior to taking up his role in the Cabinet Office, William has over 20 years executive experience in the IT and Telecoms sectors and has held senior leadership positions with a number of the leading global ICT Service Providers. Before this William worked for a number of leading management consultancies. William is a Chartered Civil and Water Engineer and has worked in many overseas countries on development projects for the World Bank and the CDC Group. William is also a non-executive director of the Royal Armouries International, a DCMS owned organisation, and an independent Board Member on the DCMS Major Programmes Board.

Tara Bradburn
AAA, National Geospatial Intelligence Agency

Ms. Tara P. Bradburn has been a career civil servant since 1998 and is currently the NGA Lead for Artificial Intelligence, Automation, and Augmentation (AAA) at the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA). As the NGA Lead for AAA, Ms. Bradburn is the Agency’s chief proponent for AAA activities to improve the speed at which NGA provides insight, the precision of assessments, and the scope of the mission. Ms. Bradburn’s efforts are establishing NGA’s AAA framework in coordination and alignment with the Department of Defense (DoD) and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI). Prior to her appointment as a Defense Intelligence Senior Leader (DISL) in August 2018, Ms. Bradburn served as the NGA Office of Eurasia and Africa Chief of Staff. Ms. Bradburn oversaw the business operations support for the Africa and Eurasia analytical mission. From June 2017 to April 2018, Ms. Bradburn was the Acting, GEOINT Mission Manager for Eurasia with responsibility for guiding strategy and priorities for GEOINT across the Eurasia portfolio. During her tenure Ms. Bradburn stood up the first ever Eurasia Mission Lead Team (MLT) that strengthened GEOINT efforts with partner nations. Ms. Bradburn has served two tours of duty in Afghanistan serving as the NGA Senior Command Representative to Special Operations Joint Task Force- Afghanistan (SOJTF-A) and NGA Chief of Operations to Combined Joint Special Operations Task Force –Afghanistan (CJSOTF-A). Prior to these assignments, she had NGA assignments at the NGA Office of Counterterrorism and Human Development Directorate. From 2006 to 2011, Ms. Bradburn served as the Chief of the Force Design Division within the Capabilities Development Directorate in support of a USSOCOM unit. From 2003-2006, Ms. Bradburn supported Headquarters, US Marine Corps (HQMC) family programs, serving as the Commandant of the Marine Corps’ inspector for worldwide family support programs. Ms. Bradburn began her federal career with the Department of Army in 1998, serving in a variety of family support programs. Prior to entering federal service, Ms. Bradburn was a teacher in the field of Special Education. 

Vice Admiral (ret’d) Robert B. Murrett
Former Director
National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency
Lt Colonel Jonathan Kerr
Centre for Intelligence Innovation
Joint Force Intelligence Group, UK MoD

Lt Colonel Kerr is responsible for leading key initiatives in the UK military community to drive the innovation agenda including engagement with internal and external partners.

Richard Elliot
Imagery Analysis Capability Lead
Defence Intelligence, UK MoD

Richard Elliott joined the Royal Air Force in 1991 and from 2001 executed numerous IMINT leadership roles for UK Defence and associated partners.  Imagery analysis responsibilities were principally COIN focussed, with significant provision of finished IMINT product support to Op BANNER (3 years) and Op HERRICK (4 years). In addition to overseeing continuous reachback product delivery, Richard was employed for several on years on Tactical IMINT Wing; developing nascent collection and PED capabilities in direct support to operations, both from the Basrah Contingency Operating Base, Iraq and Tornado Deployment in Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar.  Richard’s final RAF position was as the UK’s senior TLAM Weaponeer and Geopositioning Analyst, leading a joint integrated team in support of both contingency and operational tasking in North Africa and the Middle East. After retiring from military life, Richard joined the Ministry of Defence as a civil servant.  After initially undertaking a Target Systems Analysis function, he was quickly reassigned to the Dynamic Operations Mission Team and became the first senior analyst in the UK’s recently established Time Dominant Analysis Team.  In addition to supporting TDAT, Richard refocussed the wider mission team’s focus on Sub-Saharan Africa; this supported the development of the Operational Collection and Assessment Plan, a process that provided I&W to recently deployed UK troops. In early 2018 and, after a brief spell as a National GEOINT Officer within Defence Intelligence’s (DI) Middle East Mission Team, Richard was appointed as Head of Profession for UK Imagery Analysis and IMINT Capability Lead for DI.  Richard continues to work in close collaboration with UK partners (NCGI) and partners overseas (NGA, NATO, EUCOM) ensuring the UK’s IMINT focus on resourcing, training, productivity, standards and innovation continues to support both national and international allied priorities.

Omar Mahar
AI Patterns and Practices Lead
Dr. Hal Moore
Chief Technology Officer

Dr. Moore’s responsibilities are to lead and direct the Commander’s Science & Technology (S&T) technology endeavors, provide critical analysis and advise on S&T issues to the Commander, N-NC J8 Director, and Director N-NC S&T. This includes strategically monitoring, planning, and prioritizing S&T opportunities, coordinate internal and external S&T programs, facilitate and lead analytic study working groups, and provide oversight of science, innovation, and future capability initiatives at NORAD-USNORTHCOM.

John Waldock
GEOINT Analytical Modernisation Coordinator
Defence Intelligence, UK MoD

Jon served for 27 years in the Royal Air Force, initially as an Aerial Reconnaissance Photographer, then from 2001 as an Intelligence Analyst (Imagery) until retiring from the service in 2014. Serving in both the UK and abroad he deployed numerous times in support of operations to Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Kosovo and Afghanistan amongst others. He graduated from Cranfield University in 2005 with a Masters Degree in Geographical Information Management. Since joining Defence Intelligence in 2014 he has taken roles in developing IMINT policy, professionalisation of the IMINT discipline and most recently GEOINT Analytic Modernisation. In this current role he is responsible for the coordination of UK efforts in developing capabilities for the National Centre for Geospatial Intelligence in the areas of activity modelling (AM), structured observation management (SOM) and activity based intelligence (ABI). He sits as the UK Principal on several collaborative international groups with the focus on achieving greater interoperability of GEOINT data, policy, capabilities and analytical methods.

Norm Schoenhardt
Computer Scientist
US Naval Research Laboratory
Duncan Rose
Communication and Information Systems Design and Develop Team Lead
Joint Force Intelligence Group, UK MoD

Duncan has over 20 years experience in GEOINT, working in both Operations and CIS.  He has been Design and Develop Team Lead for three years and is focused primarily on the removal of information barriers.

Emmanuelle Villot
Defence Marketing Manager, Intelligence
Airbus Defence and Space
Jérôme Auger
Defence Marketing Manager
Intelligence, Airbus Defence and Space
Einar Bjorgo
Director, Division for Satellite Analysis and Applied Research Manager
UNOSAT, United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR)

Mr Bjorgo started working for the United Nations in 1999 when he joined the UN High Commissioner for Refugees to work on the integration of new solutions into UNHCR operations, including the use of GIS, GPS and satellite imagery. He joined the UNOSAT team in 2002.

Derrek Swannick
Director, IMaGE, Information and System Services
Joint Forces Command, UK MoD
Ferdinando Dolce
Project Officer for Space
European Defence Agency

Ferdinando DOLCE is Project Officer Space of European Defence Agency from 2017. He is an Aerospace Engineer who was Head of Aero-Space System Engineering Group of Flight Test Center of Italian Air Force and Head of the Italian SST Operational Centre. He got a PhD in Mechanical Engineering with a Master by research at University of Bath (UK) and a Master’s Degree in Advanced Communication and Navigation Satellite Systems at University of Rome Tor Vergata (IT). He supported from 2009 to 2016 the NATO Science and Technology Organization. He attended the 19th Joint Service Staff College in Rome before starting his mandate at EDA and he published several technical papers for national and international journals and conferences.

Glen Hart
Team Leader, Information Systems Division
Lt Colonel Anders C. Haavik-Nilsen
Commanding Officer Military Technology and Engineering
Norwegian Defence Materiel Agency
Robert Boettcher
Chief Geomatics Officer
Canadian Forces Warfare Centre
Scott Dewar
Australian Geospatial Intelligence Organisation (AGO)

Mr Dewar recently took over as the Director, Australian Geospatial Intelligence Organisation (AGO) in 2018. Previously he held the post of Deputy Secretary Strategic Policy and Intelligence, with stewardship of the Defence intelligence agencies, and lead responsibility for Defence’s strategic, international and industry policy.

Steve Latchem
Chief Architect and Head of Architecture, Information and System Services
Joint Forces Command, UK MoD
Talbot J. Brooks
GISP, UGP, Director, Center for Interdisciplinary Geospatial Information Technologies
National Geospatial Advisory Committee, Delta State University

Talbot Brooks has served as the Director of the Center for Interdisciplinary Geospatial Information Technologies at Delta State University since 2005.  In this capacity, he acts as the department chair, reporting directly to the Dean, College of Arts and Sciences.  Mr. Brooks teaches at the undergraduate and graduate levels, conducts sponsored research and development activities, performs service to the University and profession, and administers all aspects of the Center.  Moreover, Mr. Brooks is responsible for the creation of geospatially-oriented academic and training programs.  In this role, he has created the first master's degree program for geospatial technologies accredited as an applied science (Southern Association of Colleges and Schools).

Sean Brophy
VP of Government Sales

Mr Brophy is a technology sales and business development professional who has focused on the US public sector and private sectors supporting government agencies for the last 15 years with companies such as webMethods, Actuate, and Tableau.

Albert Momo
Director, Institutional Business Development
Bart Sweerman
Global Vice President, Industry Solutions
HERE Technologies
Charlotte Wim Havsteen
Head of Department, Joint GeoMETOC Support Centre
Danish Defence Forces
Commander Heather Quilenderino
Commanding Officer, Naval Ice Center, Director
US National Ice Center
Dave Birchett
Subject Matter Expert
National Geospatial Intelligence Agency
Elisabet Ressner
Technical Fellow GIS and ass. Product Leader
Training Simulators, Saab
Major Richard Tearle
Officer Commanding, 16 Geo Sp Sqn, 42 Engr Regt
Joint Force Intelligence Group, Defence Intelligence, UK MoD

Major Tearle is a former British Exchange Officer in USA. He is currently offering deployable Specialist Geographic Support to JFIG and wider defence, managing a team of 100. 

Colonel Roly Cockwell
Deputy Head - Deployable and Commander Royal Engineers (Geographic)
National Centre for Geospatial Intelligence (NCGI) UK MoD

Colonel Cockwell assumed his current appointment in August 2016 after nearly 4 years leading the Centre for Intelligence Innovation.  As ACOS J5 for Joint Forces Intelligence Group he is responsible for developing the Group’s long term strategy, medium and short-term plans and for oversight of innovation in Defence Intelligence.  As NCGI Deputy Head – Deployable and Commander Royal Engineers (Geographic) (CRE Geo) he has functional responsibility for all aspects of the Royal Engineer Geographic capability, including some 600 personnel employed across Defence and internationally.

Fran McConachie
National GEOINT Officer, Contingency Reachback, National Centre for Geospatial Intelligence (Analysis)
Defence Intelligence, UK MoD

Fran served 24 years in the UK Royal Air Force covering a number of UK and Multinational posts, predominantly in Imagery Analytic and Operational Intelligence roles.  Now in his 11th year with UK Defence Intelligence he is the Senior Geospatial Analyst for the Contingency and Reachback team at the National Centre for Geospatial Intelligence and is responsible for provision of Geospatial support to Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief Operations. 

Dr Steven Steven Hall
AAA lead for the Analysis Directorate NGA
Joint Forces Logo
John Cartwright
Deputy General Manager & Vice President, International Defense & Intelligence Division
Ionut Ovejanu
Imagery Analyst
European Union Satellite Centre
Jennifer Schnarre
Associate Director for Capabilities
National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA)

Ms Schnarre is responsible for defining the strategic direction of the agency and implementing that strategy.  She provides oversight, synchronization, guidance, and development of NGA, National System for Geospatial Intelligence, and Allied System for Geospatial Intelligence strategic direction, future resource programming, capabilities planning and acquisition, innovation, research, and the adoption of new technologies supporting GEOINT requirements.

John Day
Director International Government Business Development

Mr. Day has over 30 years of experience in defense and intelligence as both active duty military and as a defense contractor. His military service includes counter-terrorism activities in Northern Ireland, maneuver warfare in West Germany, and geospatial support within an operational NATO Corps headquarters. 

Jonathan Hill
Head of Tradecraft, NCGI(A)
Defence Intelligence, UK MoD

Jon joined the Royal Air Force in 1987, initially as an Aerial Photographic Processor 2 but joined the Imagery Intelligence trade in 2001. During his 22 years in the RAF Jon served on numerous operations overseas in both the Photographic and Imagery Analysis roles. On completion of his military service Jon joined the Civil Service as the Deputy Head of JARIC’s Tradecraft team in 2009. Jon is experienced in the application of the Defence Systems Approach to Training (DSAT); qualified in Internal Validation, External Validation, Assessments, Course Design and Training Needs Analysis. With almost 20 years experience in Defence Training environments Jon now leads the NCGI-A Tradecraft team of 11 IA and GA trainers delivering advanced Tradecraft skills to meet the needs of the NCGI-A analytical cadre.

Karen Thomas
Chief GIS Strategist
Harris Corporation

Karen joined Harris in 2012 to provide insight in establishing a geospatial data strategy. She was a key member of the pursuit team for National Geospatial Intelligence Agency (NGA) Foundation GEOINT Content Management contract which Harris was awarded contracts for geographic regions covering PACOM, NORTHCOM, AFRICOM, and SOUTHCOM. She was a also a key member of the pursuit team for the NGA JANUS contract which Harris was selected for contracts covering Geography, Geomatics: Imagery, and Geomatics: Elevation. In her role, she supports customer quality assurance and continued focus on delivering the best GEOINT tools for the NGA and the greater intelligence community. Prior to joining Harris, Thomas served the NGA as the Director, Foundation Based Operations Group and the Agency’s Senior Operations Executive to the National System for Geospatial-intelligence (NSG) and Allied System for Geospatial-intelligence (ASG) for geospatial data.  

Keith Barber
Vice President, Federal Strategic Partnerships

Mr Barber leads federal strategic partnerships at Planet. He brings over 30 years of military and government experience deploying and supporting combat operations, developing and deploying capabilities, and developing and implementing transformational strategies. He was previously President of Quaestor Federal Consulting, where he consulted clients in the US Army and Office of the Secretary of Defense. Prior to that he was an agency lead and director at the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency.

Lt Colonel Paul Hammett
Commanding Officer, 42 Engr Regt (Geo)
Joint Force Intelligence Group, UK MoD

Assuming command of 42 Engineer Regiment (Geographic) in August 2017, Lt Col Hammett is directly responsible for the majority of the soldiers and officers within NCGI-Deployable.  His principle remit is to generate the specialist geographic and geospatial capabilities required to support deployed commanders on operations, both the UK and overseas.  Since assuming command his soldiers and officers have deployed on eight operations and over 100 separate defence level exercises. 

Lt General Ilias Leontaris
Cypriot National Guard
Major Patrick Snow
Centre for Intelligence Innovation, Joint Force Intelligence Group
Defence Intelligence, UK MoD

Major Patrick Snow assumed his current appointment in August 2018 on completion of Intermediate Command and Staff College (Land).  He is responsible for demonstrating innovative solutions that could address Defence Intelligence problems.  He commissioned in 2008 and commanded a troop in Oman and Afghanistan with 39 Engineer Regiment (Air Support).  After completing the Cranfield MSc (GeoInt) he deployed to Afghanistan again as SO3 Geo to Task Force Helmand.  A stint as 42 Engineer Regiment (Geo) Operations Officer was followed by a role as a divisional GeoInt lead within the Ministry of Defence, responsible for support to current operations and for GeoInt capability development.

Major Paul Hurst
Senior Instructor, Geospatial Information Management Wing
Royal School of Military Survey, Joint Intelligence Training Group

Paul is a serving member of the Corps of Royal Engineers.  His career began in 1991 as a Field Surveyor and Data Technician, but in more recent years he has specialised in Geospatial information management and exploitation.  During his 27-year career he has seen active service in Bosnia, Macedonia and Afghanistan, with visits to various austere locations such as Sardinia, Falkland Islands, Madagascar, Oman, Svalbard, Norway and Egypt.  Academic study with the Open University led him to complete a Science Bachelors Degree with honours in 2008.  In 2010 he completed a Science Masters Degree programme in Information Systems and Computer Science at the University of Sheffield where he graduated with Distinction.  In January 2013, he had an academic paper published in the Journal of Information Science titled ‘Is it the end of the road for paper maps in the Digital Age?’.  Finally, in 2018 rounding of his most recent academic achievement he graduated from the University of Northampton after completing an MBA. Paul left the ranks after selection for Commissioning in May 2014 this was followed by an assignment to the Headquarters Allied Land Command (LANDCOM) based in Izmir, Turkey.  As the first Geospatial Officer at LANDCOM his principle responsibilities included the provision of Geospatial advice and products to the command staff and the many subordinate NATO Corps.  The defining experience of this assignment was realised through his development and delivery of geospatial ground assessments that contributed to the five NATO HQ approved Graduated Response Plans (GRPs).  More recently he completed the residential Intermediate Command and Staff Course at the Defence Academy in Shrivenham.  Currently Paul is the Senior Instructor of the Geospatial Information Management Wing at the Royal School of Military Survey where he oversees the design, delivery and assurance of specialist Geospatial training to Defence.

Markku Mylly
Executive Director
European Maritime Safety Agency
Dr. David Bray
Chief Strategy Officer
Dr. David Bray
Chief Strategy Officer
Shawn Stith
Director, Defense Intelligence Senior Executive Service
NGA Support Team to AFRICOM
Squadron Leader Chris Page
Advanced Geospatial Intelligence Mission Manager, National Centre for Geospatial Intelligence (Analysis)
Defence Intelligence, UK MoD

Mr Page was previously a British Exchange Officer in USA. He is currently responsible for Advanced Geospatial Intelligence and Contingency Reachback Missions at the National Centre for Geospatial Intelligence (Analysis), managing a team of 60. He is currently focusing on enabling advanced techniques to become part of the GEOINT analyst's toolkit.

Sean Corbett
Director of Security and Geo-intelligence Earth-i

Sean Corbett joined Earth-i as the Director of Defence, Security and Intelligence in May 2018, following a 30-year career as a Royal Air Force intelligence officer, where he attained the rank or Air-Vice Marshal.  He brings with him a wealth of operational experience, having served tours of duty in Northern Ireland, Iraq, Afghanistan, Somalia, the Balkans, Libya and Central America.  He commanded at every rank level, including a tour as Commander of the Joint Service Signals Organisation, as the Head of Intelligence at the UK’s Permanent Joint headquarters and as the Chief of UK Intelligence in Afghanistan. Sean has a strong NATO background, having held the influential roles of Principal Staff Officer to the Deputy Supreme Commander, Europe, and as the deputy UK Military Representative to NATO.  Continuing the theme of working closely with allies and partners, his last appointment in the military was two years in Washington DC as the first non-US Deputy Director of a major US Intelligence Agency. Outside of work, Sean is an avid fisherman, enthusiastic amateur photographer and still manages to complete the odd 10k run.                   

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