DGI 2018

January 22-January 24, 2018

Royal Lancaster London

44 (0) 207 368 9836

Our Speakers

Lt General  Ivan  Hooper
Lt General Ivan Hooper
Chief Executive Officer, ISS
UK MoD
Chief Executive Officer Information Systems and Services, Lieutenant General Ivan Hooper, is responsible for delivery of all information capabilities for Defence. Pending the appointment of a Defence Chief Information Officer later this year he is in the interim responsible for the full breadth of the CIOs role and responsibilities. Previously ISS’ Director Service Operations, he was responsible for the operation and cyber defence of the MoD’s global communications network. He has commanded at every level up to and including Brigade and in a variety of operational theatres. He has been an instructor at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, the College of Management and Technology and the Joint Services Command and Staff College. His staff posts in acquisition have included roles in the MoD Capability Directorate and Defence Equipment and Support. He is an alumnus of the Major Projects Leadership Academy and has participated in reviews of a number of major Government projects outside the MoD. General Hooper is married to Helen and they have two teenage boys. He is a keen and active mountaineer, skier, and offshore sailor and is President of the Army Mountaineering Association and Commodore of R SIGNALS Yacht Club. He remains an optimistic supporter of Bath Rugby Club.
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.
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.
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.
Professor  Penny  Endersby
Professor Penny Endersby
Division Head, Cyber and Information Systems Division
Dstl
Penny grew up in London, and gained her first research experience as a WISE scholar in her sixth form at GEC. She read Natural Sciences at Newnham College Cambridge. She joined the Royal Armaments Research and Development Establishment – a Dstl predecessor-in 1993 after a short stint researching fuel cells with British Gas. She spent ten years as a researcher into novel armour systems, ending as the UK expert on electric and intelligent armours. She led several groups in Dstl’s Physical Sciences Department before taking over as the department manager in 2009. During this time she was appointed a fellow of the Institute of Physics and served as a member of their governing council. In 2012 she transferred to lead 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. Penny holds a visiting professorship at Southampton University in Electronics and Computer Science. She is also honorary treasurer of Wiltshire Wildlife.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
Colonel (ret’d) Neil Thompson
Colonel (ret’d) 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
Ingrid Vanden Berghe
Ingrid Vanden Berghe
Head
NGI Belgium
Jonkvrouw (lady) Ingrid H.J. Vanden Berghe graduated as an agricultural engineer at KULeuven, specialized in soil science. She started as a researcher before joining the public service. She was advisor to the minister of Environment, Public Works, Town and Land Use Planning. and worked in the core of Belgian politics as director of the research center of the Christian Democrat parties and first advisor to the president of the party. In 2002 she returned to the world of geographical information as General administrator of the National Geographic Institute, a civil organization under the MOD. She is currently President of EuroGeographics and member of the board of several research organizations and is a part time lecturer at KULeuven. In her free time she runs her husband’s organic cattle farm since his death. She has 3 children aged between 27 and 19.
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
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.
Hansjoerg Kutterrer
Hansjoerg Kutterrer
President
BKG Germany
A scientist, academic and lecturer in the field of Geodesy, Hansjoerg served as the Director of the Geodetic Institute at Leibniz University in Hannover, President and Professor of the Federal Agency for Cartography and Geodesy and held various positions in national and international bodies such as EuroGeographics
Group Captain  Colin  Bruce
Group Captain Colin Bruce
Chief of Staff, Head - Analysis
National Centre for Geospatial Intelligence
A Royal Air Force officer, Colin 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. He is currently Chief of Staff and Deputy Head for Analysis at the UK’s National Centre for Geospatial Intelligence. He is also Director of the Joint Intelligence Operations Centre, aligning UK Defence requirements with collection and analytic capacity.
Brigadier General Paul Nelson
Brigadier General Paul Nelson
Deputy Assistant Secretary General for Intelligence
NATO Headquarters
General Nelson serves as the principal intelligence adviser to the NATO Chairman of the Military Committee. He is Chairman of the Military Intelligence Committee as well as Director of the NATO Intelligence Warning System. General Nelson graduated from the University of Minnesota's Air Force ROTC program as a distinguished graduate in 1987. He served as a squadron, group, and wing commander. His staff duties include tours at U.S. European Command, International Security Assistance Force (ISAF), Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Air Combat Command, and Air Force Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Agency. Prior to his current assignment, he served as the Director of Intelligence, U.S. European Command.
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.
D R Colonel Cockwell
D R Colonel Cockwell
ACOS J5 Force Development and CRE Geo, Joint Forces Intelligence Group
UK MoD
Colonel Cockwell assumed his current appointment in Joint Forces Intelligence Group (JFIG) in August 2016. He is responsible for developing the Group’s long term strategy, medium and short-term plans, training requirements, and for oversight of the Defence Intelligence Centre for Intelligence Innovation (CII). As Commander Royal Engineers (Geographic) (CRE Geo) he has functional responsibility for all aspects of the Royal Engineer Geographic capability and its personnel across Defence, including internationally.
Nigel Clifford
Nigel Clifford
Chief Executive
Ordnance Survey
Nigel joined OS in June 2015, bringing extensive experience of international software, mobile telecoms and services including complex joint venture and public sector enterprises. He has previously been Chief Executive of Procserve Holdings Ltd, Micro Focus International, Symbian Software Ltd, Tertio Telecoms and Glasgow Royal Infirmary University NHS Trust. In addition he has held senior roles within Cable & Wireless and BT Group Plc. Nigel has a Geography degree from Cambridge and is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society. In his spare time Nigel enjoys the great outdoors being an enthusiastic traveller, runner and hill walker.
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 and Asia Pacific regions. 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.
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.
Mick Cory
Mick Cory
Secretary General
Eurogeographics
Mick Cory is the Secretary General & Executive Director of EuroGeographics, the not-for-profit membership association of 63 National Mapping, Cadastre and Land Registry Authorities from 46 countries across Europe. He has worked internationally and for all three Ordnance Surveys of Britain and Ireland. As Chief Executive of Ordnance Survey of Northern Ireland, he led in the development of the NI geographic information strategy, and has led the development Sport, Museum and recreation policy as a senior civil servant in Northern Ireland. Mick is a Fulbright Scholar, holds a Postgraduate Diploma in Company Direction and a Masters in Land and Geographic Information Systems.
Joe Casas
Joe Casas
Missions Formulation Manager
NASA Marshall Space Flight Center (NASA MSFC)
Joe Casas is the Missions Formulations Manager for the Science and Space Technology Projects Office at NASA Marshal Space Flight Center. Dr Casas is also currently the NASA Project Manager and Office of Secretary of Defense Joint Capabilities Technology Demonstration Project Technical Manager for the Arctic Collaborative Environment (ACE) Project. He provides USA leadership among more than 12 federal agencies as the Interagency Arctic Research Policy Committee (IARPC) Lead for the Arctic Data Collaboration Team (ADCT) and is supporting major national activities in Arctic data collaboration, situational awareness, and implementation for the Arctic domain in support of both research and operational requirements for the DoD, International Arctic Council and the new Arctic Theme of the Climate Data Initiative projects and activities. He is also currently a NASA subject matter expertise providing support and technical participation to both unclassified and classified DoD science and technology studies and mission activities supporting the DoD S&T programs as well as several S&T activities within the Combatant Commands with particular emphasis on the use of small satellite and platform systems for remote sensing, ISR and communications.
Brigadier General  Christos Ninios
Brigadier General Christos Ninios
Head of GEO Directorate, Greek Army
Hellenic Armed Forces
My current position is Director of Geographic Corps Directorate in the Hellenic Army General Staff (HAGS). I am the head of a staff of 200 professionals providing geospatial support to the Chief of HAGS and governmental institutions. Furthermore, we are responsible for providing strategic direction, technical guidance and represent HAGS in geospatial conferences in NATO, Eurogeographics General Assembly, MGCP - TRex technical meetings and UN/Permanent Committee on Geographical Names meeetings. Most of my 30 year career was in the Hellenic Military Geographical Service (HMGS) - the steam engine of the cartographic production in Greece - where I became its commander at the end.
Lt Colonel Claire Bramma
Lt Colonel Claire Bramma
Commanding Officer, Mapping and Charting Establishment Canadian Armed Forces
Ottawa Canada
LCol Claire Bramma joined the CAF in 1998 and attended the Royal Military College where she earned a Bachelor of Civil Engineering in 2002. As a Royal Canadian Engineer (RCE) officer she has filled a variety of command, staff and operational appointments. In addition, she completed the UK Army Survey Course in 2006 (MSc in Defence Geographic Information) as well as the Joint Command and Staff Program in 2015 (Masters of Defence Studies). Her operational experience includes both expeditionary and domestic operations, completing two tours in Kabul Afghanistan as well as two disaster relief missions in Canada. She commanded 55 Support Squadron (5e Regiment du genie de Combat) from 2009-2011 and deployed to Haiti (Op HESTIA) following the 2010 Earthquake. Previously at the Mapping and Chartings Establishment (MCE) she fulfilled a variety of roles including Survey Troop Commander and Unit Operations Officer. She deployed as Deputy Chief Geospatial Officer at ISAF HQ in 2012 and comes back to MCE following a posting as Directing Staff at Canadian Forces College Toronto.
A. Lyston Lea II
A. Lyston Lea II
Defense Intelligence Senior Level (DISL), Principal Advisor
National Maritime Intelligence-Integration Office (NMIO)
Mr. Lyston Lea joined the National Maritime Intelligence-Integration Office (NMIO) in March 2014. In this position, he serves as the principal advisor to the Director, NMIO on Maritime Domain Awareness and intelligence issues focused on maritime security and intelligence integration challenges. As the senior civilian in the NMIO, Mr. Lea provides continuity to the organization as it improves interagency and international information and intelligence collaboration. A member of the Defense Intelligence Senior Level (DISL), he has worked in the US Intelligence Community (IC) for over 30 years as an analyst and manager. Prior to joining NMIO, Mr. Lea worked for the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI). He served in the Analytic Integrity and Standards Office working on comprehensive tradecraft evaluation programs to improve the accuracy of information, in support of reforms following the 9/11 attack and the Iraq WMD Commission report. To support senior policymakers with timely intelligence, he was part of Intelligence Today, successfully linking senior US policymakers to key IC finished intelligence. Mr. Lea also served on rotation to the Department of State’s Office of the Coordinator for Reconstruction and Stabilization. There he led coordinated IC analytical support of reconstruction and stabilization missions. He also worked on the ODNI’s National Intelligence Priorities Framework, responsible for integration and outreach programs. Before joining the ODNI, Mr. Lea worked in the Defense Intelligence Agency, as a Senior Briefer for the J2’s daily Intelligence Briefing to the Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff. He also served as Deputy Office Chief of the Defense Warning Office, guiding this 120-person strong production center. As Chief of the Futures Division, he directed the Department of Defense Futures Intelligence Program and also implemented the Disruptive Technology Innovations Partnership, focusing innovative science and technology analysis against disruptive threats.  Other prior positions included his appointment as Chairman of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO)’s Intelligence Working Group on NATO Enlargement, where he successfully led the integration of the military intelligence services of Poland, the Czech Republic and Hungary. Additionally, he was the first United States Deputy to the NATO Intelligence Board, in charge of NATO agreed intelligence production. Mr. Lea also served on the Arms Control Intelligence Staff, where he orchestrated U.S. bilateral programs with NATO Allies monitoring conventional arms control treaties in Europe.  Mr. Lea served in the United States Army Reserve as an Assistant Army Attaché, physical security and intelligence officer. He holds a Master of Science in National Security Studies from the National War College, a Master of Arts in Public Administration from Fordham University and a Bachelor of Arts in History from Washington & Jefferson College. He is also a graduate of the Defense Leadership and Management Program. Mr. Lea has numerous personal and unit awards, which are all a tribute to the civilians, Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines and Coast Guardsmen he has served alongside throughout his career.
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
Chris  Hewett
Chris Hewett
Assistant Secretary GEOINT Capability Development
Australian Geospatial-Intelligence Organisation
Chris joined AGO (then Defence Imagery and Geospatial Organisation) in 2003 as a trainee imagery analyst. He held several analytic positons focused on regional military capabilities. In 2007, and established the Maritime Security section, before being posted as the Deputy Liaison Officer (Operations) to the National Geospatial-intelligence Agency in Washington DC, USA. Since 2011, Chris has held leadership roles in GEOINT capability development, Counter Proliferation and support to military operations directorate. During this period he lead the national satellite imagery search for the missing Malaysian Airlines flight MH370, and coordinated the overnight GEOINT support to the Australian deployment to the Ukraine during the MH17 crisis. In 2016, Chris established the Collection Directorate in AGO, which gained Government approval for the first large scale investment in space-based GEOINT collection capability in Australia. Chris was promoted to the Senior Executive Service in July 2017, and is the Assistant Secretary GEOINT Capability Development. He is responsible for the planning, delivery and sustainment of GEOINT collection, production and dissemination systems. Chris has a Bachelor of Arts with Honours in Ancient History, and two Masters degrees in Strategic Studies and Space Operations respectively. He is married to Petra, and has a son and a daughter.
Colonel Dave Pendall
Colonel Dave Pendall
G2 Intelligence Officer
US Army Europe
Colonel David Pendall is the G2, Senior Intelligence Officer for the United States Army – Europe, and has been assigned as the G2 since August 2016. He is the former commander of the 66th Military Intelligence Brigade, also based in Europe and a former G2/J2 for ISAF forces in Eastern Afghanistan. He has served over 25 years as a career intelligence officer and has served across all levels of the US Army, the Joint Force and in Defense Intelligence. He was a Fellow with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Security Studies Program and has served in MIT Lincoln Laboratory as the Senior US Army Liaison. He is also a member of the International Institute of Strategic Studies and the Royal Institute of International Affairs (Chatham House).
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.
Colonel Paul  Peyton
Colonel Paul Peyton
Commander
Canadian Forces Intelligence Group
Colonel Paul Peyton was born and raised in Goose Bay Labrador, Newfoundland and joined the Canadian Army as an armour officer with Lord Strathcona’s Horse (Royal Canadians). He has served on regimental duty with reconnaissance and armour units both in Canada and abroad. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Military Arts and Science, a Master’s degree in Military Science, and a Master’s degree in Strategic Studies. Colonel Peyton’s operational experience includes tours with the United Nations Protection Force in the Former Republic of Yugoslavia, NATO Stabilization Force in Bosnia and Hercegovina, Operation ENDURING FREEDOM in Afghanistan, and Operation PROTEUS with the United States Security Coordinator in Jerusalem. He also participated in several domestic operations, including commanding a Battle Group responsible for evacuation operations in Kananaskis during Operation LENTUS 2013, the Canadian Armed Forces’ response to the catastrophic flooding in Alberta. Colonel Peyton has commanded at every level within his Regiment, culminating as Commanding Officer Lord Strathcona’s Horse (Royal Canadians) from 2012-2014. His staff appointments include J35-3 Canadian Expeditionary Forces Command, Land SOF Integration with Chief Force Development, Executive Assistant to Commander Canadian Army, and Chief of Staff Support Canadian Forces Intelligence Command. He has attended the Mubarak Al Abdullah Command and Staff College in Kuwait and the United States Army War College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. On 28 June 2017 Col Peyton was appointed as the Commander of the Canadian Forces Intelligence Group (CF Int Gp). Colonel Peyton is supported by his very patient and understanding wife and two exceptionally talented boys. When not following the exploits of his children or keeping up with his wife, Colonel Peyton enjoys running (slowly) and reliving his youth on his completely impractical motorcycle.
Dustin Gard-Weiss
Dustin Gard-Weiss
Director
Office of National Geospaatial MAnagement NGA
Dustin Gard-Weiss serves as the Associate Director for Enterprise at the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA). In this position, Mr. Gard-Weiss is charged with executing the Geospatial Intelligence (GEOINT) functional management mission and managing the Global GEOINT Enterprise, comprised of U.S. and international partners. Mr. Gard-Weiss joined NGA in October 2015 and is on assignment from the U.S. Navy. Mr. Gard-Weiss has a distinguished record of service in the U.S. Intelligence Community, previously serving in leadership positions across Naval Intelligence and the Defense Intelligence Agency. Mr. Gard-Weiss earned a BA in International Relations from Brown University and an MBA from Northwestern University's Kellogg Graduate School of Management.
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 Photogrammetry 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, an M.S. degree in Photogrammetry from Purdue University in 1987, and a Master of Science degree in Geospatial Information Science through Northwest Missouri State University in 2014. She currently resides in Rolla, MO, with her husband Jeff. She has two daughters, one a junior at the University of Southern California and one a M.S./B.S. student at the University of Colorado-Boulder.
Professor Todd S.  Bacastow
Professor 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.
Pascal Legai
Pascal Legai
Director
EU Satellite Imagery Centre
Mr. Pascal LEGAI is the Director of the European Union Satellite Centre, 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.
Lt Colonel Oliver  Maylandt
Lt Colonel Oliver Maylandt
Commander, IMINT Training Ceter
German Luftwaffe
Lt Colonel Maylandt entered military service in the German Luftwaffe and received weapon system training on the F-4F at Holloman Air Force Base, New Mexico, USA. He has piloted and trained various aircraft in both the US and Germany during his career. Just over 5 years ago he graduated with a Master of Military Operational Art and Science and now Commands the IMINT Training Center for the German Luftwaffe.
Terry Busch
Terry Busch
Chief of Integration and Analysis Division
Defence Intelligence Agency
Terry Busch serves as the Division chief for DIA’s Integrated Analysis and Methodologies Division within the Directorate for Analysis at DIA. Within his capacity Mr. Busch oversees the development of applied technologies to support innovation in analysis. Mr. Busch is one of DIA’s leading geospatial subject matter experts focused on applying GEOINT based solutions to all-source analysis.

Prior to this Mr. Busch served as a lead for an ODNI Hard Target Strategy from 2012 until 2014. Prior to his he served from 2005 until 2012 as a Senior Intelligence Officer at DIA. Mr. Busch has an extensive background as an intelligence analyst, program manager, and as a Geographer. Mr. Busch has an MS in Geography from George Mason University and lives with his family in Vienna, Virginia.
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.
Colonel  Armin  Fleischmann
Colonel Armin Fleischmann
Director of Planning
German Bundeswehr Cyber and Information Domain Service Command
Armin joined the Federal Armed Forces (Air Force) in July 1983 and was trained as an electronic warfare und reconnaissance Officer and IT-Officer. Holding increasingly senior roles until 2015 he became deeply involved in the build-up of the new cyber and information domain responsible for the new MOD Division for Cyber/IT in Berlin and Bonn. With the announcement of the new Cyber Information Domain Command in April 2017 in Bonn, Armin became the designated Division Head of the planning division.
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.
Payam  Banazadeh
Payam Banazadeh
Co-Founder & CEO
Capella Space
Payam Banazadeh is CEO & Co-Founder of Capella Space, a venture backed Silicon Valley company building satellites capable of imaging earth throughout the day and night in all weather and light conditions. Payam graduated Manga Cum Laude with a B.S. in Aerospace Engineering from The University of Texas at Austin and received the 2012 Texas Outstanding Scholar & Leader Award for his superior academic performance and exceptional leadership. While at NASA JPL he received the NASA Mariner Award for his leadership on two multi-million dollar missions and NASA Discovery Award for his outstanding performance in formulating new concepts and projects for NASA. After his career at NASA JPL Payam left to receive his graduate business degree from Stanford University with sponsorship from the National Science Foundation (NSF). While at Stanford Payam Co-Founded Capella Space with William Woods with the hope of monitoring our planet from space and providing transparency into different industries. Most recently Payam was selected to be on the prestigious “Forbes 30 under 30” list in 2017 and Capella has been recognized by New York Times, Bloomberg, and recently Inc magazine as one of the top 25 disruptive companies in the world.
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
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)
Leader of multiple centers of geospatial excellence in Greece and around Europe Professor Zalidis is a recognized leader in the global geospatial information community. Currently Council Member,Professor in the Laboratory of Applied Soil Science and Director of the Laboratory of Remote Sensing and G.I.S., at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Faculty of Agriculture Professor Zalidis also acts as Scientific Director, Inter balkan Environment Center (i-BEC) and Special Expert –Representative of the Special Secretariat for Water, Hellenic Republic,Ministry of Environment, Energy and Climate Change. His work at the InterBalkan Environmental Center focuses on integrated management and protection of both trans boundary watersheds and natural resources within the context of sustainable development, through innovative applications and more effective governance.
Lt Colonel Andrew Page
Lt Colonel Andrew Page
Geospatial Officer, Intelligence Support
EU Military Staff
Jeremy Morely
Jeremy Morely
Chief Geospatial Scientist
Ordnance Survey
Academic, scientist and technologist Jeremy is an expert on the evolution and application of geospatial information systems and remote sensing. He now leads Ordnance Survey’s geospatial science team and is a renowned subject matter expert on innovation in geospatial information.
Robert B. Murrett is a faculty member in the Department of Public Administration and International Affairs, and serves as the Deputy Director of the Institute for National Security and Counter terrorism (INSCT) at the University. In addition, he is a staff member at the RAND Corporation, and the Institute for Defense Analyses. Previously, Murrett was a career intelligence officer in the U.S. Navy, serving in assignments throughout the Pacific,Europe, and the Middle East through his thirty-four years of duty, retiring in the grade of Vice Admiral. His duty stations included service as Operational Intelligence Officer for the U.S. Pacific Fleet, Assistant Naval Attaché at the U.S. Embassy in Oslo, Norway. For the last ten years, he served as Vice Director for Intelligence on the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, Director of Naval Intelligence, and Director of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA). Murrett has been honored with a “Faculty Excellence in Teaching Award” by International Relations (IR) students at Syracuse University’s Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs. Each year IR students are asked by the Maxwell School to nominate a current member of the faculty who practices effective, innovative teaching in the field of international affairs.
Peter De Scheemaeker
Peter De Scheemaeker
HOS Special Tactics
Europol
Europol supports law enforcement agencies in EU member states in their fight against serious and organised crime and terrorism. The special tactics team focusses on covert investigational measures used by law enforcement. As a former member of the Directorate of Special Units of the Belgian federal police, Peter De Scheemaeker, was in charge of specialised covert surveillance operations in which technological and tactical use of geospatial data has an increasing importance. As subject matter expert, he is in close contact with the specialised surveillance units and networks in the Member States to develop specific operational tools that support law enforcement operations. Europol’s analysis capacity includes the processing of geospatial data in support of operations against organised crime groups and terrorism. Adding the analysis results to on-going cross border operations in real-time a key challenge for the special tactics unit.
Gordon Campbell
Gordon Campbell
Science, Applications and Future Technologies Department, Directorate of EO Programmes
European Space Agency
Gordon has been working for ESA since 1999 on defining and implementing actions to expand the uptake and use of Satellite Earth Observation data. This involved working on a range of public sector domains including environment, natural resources, law enforcement/ security and transport. He is also working to expand the use of satellite derived information in the International Development context in partnership with entities such as World Bank, Global Environment Facility and Inter-American Development Bank. At the same time, Gordon is working to effectively exploit new ICT developments (such as state of the art cloud based high performance computing capabilities with very large EO datasets) to effect a step change in the impact of using satellite derived information in Earth science and public policy support. Finally, Gordon has been working with countries as they join ESA to elaborate appropriate strategies for developing their national satellite Earth Observation capabilities, defining how these strategies fit with other national policies (e.g. environment, security, high technology development) and how to work within ESA Earth Observation programmes to complement other regional and international cooperation activities.
Michael  Hales
Michael Hales
Technical Expert
National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency
Michael Hales has served for the past 12 years under the U.S. National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency's (NGA) International Affairs directorate. During this time, Mr. Hales specialized in shaping NGA’s policies and partnerships to better utilize commercial remote sensing platforms and non-US sources of GEOINT. In 2013, Mr. Hales received the NGA Meritorious Civilian Service Medal for advancing NGA's international partnerships using a results-driven approach. Mr. Hales is currently stationed in Europe supporting a key multinational partnership for NGA. Prior to working at NGA, Mr. Hales was a Branch Chief at the U.S. Department of Commerce's National Oceanic and Atmospheric Agency, where he led and managed international satellite cooperation efforts between 2002-2006. For part of this time, Mr. Hales was also the Chief of the U.S. Commercial Remote Sensing regulatory program. Mr. Hales also served as an international desk officer at the White House from 1997-2002 where he represented a U.S. environmental science initiative involving more than 30 countries. Mr. Hales graduated from Johns Hopkins University with a MSc in Environmental Science.
Lars Bromley
Lars Bromley
Head of Analysis for Humanitarian Missions
UNITAR
Commander David Crossman
Commander David Crossman
Naval Adviser, NATO Deputy Military Representative, Defence Attache
New Zealand Defence Force
Commander Crossman is the former leader of New Zealand’s national geospatial intelligence team and now serves as Defence Attache for New Zealand in London to multiple European nations with senior reporting responsibilities into NATO too. A naval officer, expert on geospatial intelligence and highly respected leader, Commander Crossman returns to DGI for the 4th time in 2018.
Robert Ames
Robert Ames
Director for Government Strategy and Technology
Mapbox
Robert Ames is the Director for Government Strategy and Technology at Mapbox where he leads Mapbox's engagements with public sector organizations worldwide. Mr. Ames has made a career of driving innovation in government and public sector. He was formerly at In-Q-Tel where he led several practices, creating and executing investment strategies while building deep relationships with government leaders, technology startups and entrepreneurs. Through those activities, Mr. Ames has had a foundational role in modernizing big data architecture and analytics over the past decade. Prior to IQT, Mr. Ames was Director and Deputy CTO for IBM Federal, where he worked to apply innovations from IBM's Research and Development organizations to government missions, bringing advancements in Virtualization, Automation and the early days of Cloud Computing to the Government. IT is not Mr. Ames' first career. He started his professional life as an opera singer. As a former musician in IT, Mr. Ames is passionate about the value of alternative disciplines in delivering innovative approaches to complex problems. Mr. Ames is an active career mentor and an avid guitarist in his spare time.
Colonel Graham Livesey
Colonel Graham Livesey
Head of Geospatial Policy. Joint Forces Command
UK MoD
Dr Tomas Ries
Dr Tomas Ries
Senior Lecturer
Swedish National Defence College
Dr. Ries is Associate Professor in Security and Strategy at the Swedish National Defence University. His research focusses on: 1. The global security environment and future trends; 2. Analytical and practical challenges of the new security environment. 3. The essence of strategy and security; 4. European and Nordic security. During the Cold War he worked on the US-Soviet strategic nuclear relationship in the Arctic and Soviet military interests and grand strategy in the north. He has worked 20 years as a researcher in Norway, Finland and Sweden, and 10 years in management positions, as Director of the ITC and Deputy Director of the GCSP in Geneva, Switzerland, and as Director of the Swedish Institute of international Affairs.
Matt Roper
Matt Roper
Group Head, NATO Owned Systems Joint Intelligence, Surveillance & Reconnais
NATO Communications & Information Agency (NCIA)
Dr Gerhard Conrad
Dr Gerhard Conrad
Director Intelligence Centre and Situation Centre
European External Action Service
Charles  Beattie
Charles Beattie
Senior Imagery Analyst Officer
OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine
Employed in a variety of roles over the past 32 years for the Canadian Forces, Charles spent the last 19 as an intelligence operator. With operational experience around the world including in Somalia, China and Afghanistan Charles is an expert in imagery analysis, remote sensing, human intelligence, UAV operations and a variety of other specialist roles too.
Duncan Rose
Duncan Rose
Head Information Exploitation, DIFC Command Group
Joint Forces Intelligence Group
Manne Anliot
Manne Anliot
Vice President, Head of Marketing and Sales
Vricon
Manne Anliot joined Vricon in 2012, where he serves as Vice President of Global Marketing & Sales. Mr. Anilot’s responsibilities include both government and commercial markets. Prior to joining Vricon, Mr. Anliot was Managing Director of the Motion Analysis business at Image Systems, creating image-based test solutions for the defense and aerospace sectors. Mr. Anliot completed his MS in Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Linköping.
Brad Ward
Brad Ward
Senior Vice President, Geospatial Solutions
Hexagon US
Mr. Ward has more than 30 years experience in the geospatial industry, primarily in support of US Defense and Intelligence customers. He is currently Senior Vice President at Hexagon US Federal, the US subsidiary of Hexagon managing all geospatial software sales and services to the US Government. Since joining Hexagon in 2013, Mr. Ward has focused the business on building advanced solutions for cloud-based exploitation, automated cartography, and Activity-Based Intelligence (ABI). Mr. Ward has also focused on building a high quality, high capacity, and responsive geospatial data production team that provides critical support to US military operations. Prior to joining Hexagon, Mr. Ward managed the geospatial production and analysis operations at SAIC growing the business from less than $1M to over $100M. He managed programs that included developing the specifications and prototypes for a series of leading edge geospatial intelligence data products, optimizing IT strategies for the distribution and exploitation of large intelligence datasets, and building efficient data production and analysis systems. Mr. Ward holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering from the US Naval Academy and served as an officer in nuclear submarines. His duty assignments included serving as a staff officer at the Defense Mapping Agency (predecessor to NGA), responsible for defining requirements for US Navy digital mapping products.
Daryl Madden
Daryl Madden
Senior Vice President and General Manager
Textron Systems Geospatial Solutions
Daryl is an engineer by trade with over 30 years’ experience in software engineering at companies including SAIC, Titan, TRW and Overwatch before it became part of Textron Systems. Now Daryl is responsible for leading a global team of experts to develop new technologies for Textron Systems Geospatial Solutions.
Jeff  Moulton
Jeff Moulton
Executive Director
Stephenson’s National Center for Security Research and Training, Transformation Technologies and Cyber Research Center
Jeff provides strategic direction and leadership and is responsible for focusing research, business development, building technical teams, and coordinating information operations across the university and institute. Mr. Moulton has in-depth experience within the intelligence communities assessing and defining corporate-level and globally deployable network security solutions. He has been appointed to the ODNI/NSA Computational Cyber Security in Compromised Environments (C3E); the Secretary of the Air Force’s Cyber Vision 2025 (CV2025) Committee; the AFCEA International Cyber Committee, and the IEEE Homeland Security Technologies (Cyber Panel) Committee. In addition to a career in the Navy Jeff has held senior leadership positions at various innovative businesses and continues to contribute redefine the way intelligence is shared.
Jean Smith
Jean Smith
Assistant Director Research, Defence Geographic Centre, Joint Forces intell
UK MoD
Jean Smith has an MA in Geography and Psychology from Dundee University (Scotland), an MSC in Physical Geography from the University of Toronto, Canada and a postgraduate business diploma. She joined the MOD Mapping and Charting Establishment (now the Defence Geographic Centre) in August 1981 as a map researcher and has specialised in geographic research and terrain analysis among a number of posts during her career. She spent 7 years in York as a corporate planner and manager of a private business college between 1995 and 2002. She has led elements of DGC’s geographic research activities since November 2005 and has headed DGC’s Human Geography team since its inception in 2008, working closely with UK and international partners to develop human geography approaches to complement other foundation data. Jean is a Chartered Geographer, a member of the Institute of Management and was awarded an MBE in June 2009
Lt Colonel Anders C. Haavik-Nilsen
Lt Colonel Anders C. Haavik-Nilsen
GIS Officers
Norwegian Armed Forces
Lieutenant Colonel Haavik-Nilsen is an officer trained at the Norwegian Military Academy and the Norwegian Defence Command and Staff College, he has a Master of Science and Master of Management. Operations have taken him to north and south of Norway with one year in Afghanistan as Chief Engineer.
Susan Oakley
Susan Oakley
Director of Business Development
BAE Systems
Susan Oakley is the Director of Business Development for imagery science and analysis, advanced analytics, ISR and geospatial data analysis within the Intelligence & Security (I&S) sector of BAE Systems. Global Analysis & Operations is a community leader in the analysis, training and support to the operations market providing expertise and support to the U.S. military, Department of Defense, the Intelligence Community and the private sector. Susan joined the BD team in May of 2015 and brings over 17years of experience in the processing and analysis of imagery and geospatial data, technical training, business operations management, P&L management, and strategic business development. She is responsible for identifying opportunities and developing geospatial technical solutions. As a member of the BAE Systems Global Analysis & Operations leadership team for over 8 years, Susan has held various technical and business operations positions in support of customers across the DoD and Intelligence Community. Prior to joining BAE Systems, she was a manager and image scientist with McClendon L1 Solutions. During this time, Ms. Oakley excelled in hyperspectral data analysis, conducted field tests for experimental sensors, and provided consulting support to government customers. Susan holds a BA in Geology from College of Charleston and a MA in Remote Sensing and GIS from Boston University. She is President of the American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing – Potomac Region. Susan lives in the heart of Washington DC with her husband and three young sons.
Brigadier General Friedrich Teichmann
Brigadier General Friedrich Teichmann
Director
Geospatial Institute, Austria
Dr Friedrich Teichmann is the Director of the Geo-Spatial Institute of the Austrian Armed Forces, responsible for providing Geo-Data, Geo-Info-Products and Geo-Services for the Land- and Air-Forces, national and international missions as well as to platforms and weapon/mission/simulation-systems. Before being in charge of the Geospatial Institute he was responsible to build up the ICT (Information- and Communications-Technology) -Innovation Department of the Austrian Armed Forces, focusing on interoperability and testing in the area of C4ISR, Electronic Warfare, IT-Security and Information Management. Until 2011 he worked in the Austrian Ministry of Defence, serving as deputy director of the Information and Communication Technology planning directorate, coordinating the overall planning and management of the ICT services of the Austrian Military. Before working for the MoD, he was the Department Head for Communications and Information Systems of the Austrian Air Force, focusing on modern Communications, Avionic and Command and Control Systems. Prior to working for the Austrian Air Force he was in charge of the geo-spatial section of the Land Component Command, providing national and international mission geo-data. He can look back over 20 years of professional experience in ICT systems, earth sciences, space applications and complex program management. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of Rochester in New York as well as Master Degrees from the University of Salzburg (Austria), the University of Maine (USA) and the University of Krems (Austria). He was able to maintain his academic involvement throughout his professional career at the Austrian Military by serving as external lecturer for Space applications, Information Technology, Geo-Sciences and Telematic at four Austrian Universities. Dr. Teichmann is also an international recognized expert for Information Management, IT-Security and Space Technologies and had acted has as national technical expert for the EU GNSS Galileo since 2006. He is a veteran of several international peace support as well as humanitarian disaster relief missions and holds a current rank of Brigadier-General.
Antony  Wilby
Antony Wilby
ENST Team Lead
Esri
Brigadier Benedict Kite
Brigadier Benedict Kite
Commander, Joint Forces Intelligence Group
UK MoD
Ben Kite was born in 1970 and joined the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst in 1989, commissioning into the Intelligence Corps in 1990. His early military years were spent commanding infantry, EW, SIGINT and Military Intelligence soldiers in Germany, the UK and on operations in Belize and Bosnia. As a Captain he held appointments as the Intelligence Officer for the Special Boat Service, 24th Airmobile Brigade (in the UK and Bosnia) and was also a J2 staff officer within the US-led Headquarters for Operation PROVIDE COMFORT in southern Turkey/northern Iraq. He further broadened his career through service as an instructor at The Royal Military Academy Sandhurst and by an attachment to the South African Army, where he helped integrate ANC members into the fledgling, post-apartheid South African Defence Forces. After a tour with 7th Armoured Brigade in Kosovo in 2001, he attended the Advanced Command and Staff Course and obtained an MA. Following Staff College he commanded a Military Intelligence Company in Germany and Iraq and was posted into the Directorate of Army Plans where he drafted the Army Plan. He was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel in 2007 and served as an SO1 J2 at US CENTCOM. Command of 4 Military Intelligence Battalion followed shortly thereafter in 2008. This unit swiftly became involved in transforming the standard of tactical intelligence in Helmand, creating the Land Intelligence Fusion Centre (Afghanistan) and a new breed of Intelligence Support Teams that operated at Company/Platoon level. For their contribution to operational success in Afghanistan 4 Military Intelligence Battalion was awarded the Freedom of Marlborough and Ben Kite the OBE. On promotion to Colonel in 2011 he served as the Deputy J2 in ISAF Joint Command, Kabul. On his return to the UK he was appointed as ‘Colonel Army Strategy’ - the Head of the British Army’s personal initiatives and engagement group. He was selected for the UK’s Higher Command and Staff Course which he attended in 2014 and was subsequently posted to the United States as Director Plans and Training of the US Cyber National Mission Force and CYBERCOM’s Senior British Military Advisor. He was appointed as Commander of the Joint Force Intelligence Group in May 2016 and promoted to the rank of Brigadier. Ben Kite is married to Elsa and has two daughters, he sails and fishes but his primary passion is military history. His first book ‘Stout Hearts – The British and Canadians in Normandy 1944’ was published in November 2014.
Russ Parramore
Russ Parramore
Emergency Planning Officer, Business Continuity Manager
South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue
Russ served as a police officer until his retirement in 2010. Since that time he has been the Emergency Planning Officer at South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue (SYFR) where he manages Contingency Planning, Control of Major Accident Hazards (COMAH), Protective Security and Business Continuity within the organisation, He also manages the SYFR National Resilience Trainers. He represents SYFR on the National FRS Resilience Direct working group and leads both the SYFR and South Yorkshire Local Resilience Forum (SYLRF) Resilience Direct Working Groups. Russ is a Member of the Business Continuity Institute (MBCI) a Certified Lead Auditor for ISO22301, a BCI applications auditor and BCI mentor. He is the Chair of the Chief Fire Officers Association Business Continuity Group and a contributing member to the National Fire Chiefs Council (NFCC) Service Improvement and Assurance Team.
Massimo Claudio Comparini
Massimo Claudio Comparini
Chief Executive Officer
e-GEOS
Massimo Claudio Comparini has a Master Degree in Electrical Engineering, Remote Sensing and Radar Systems, University of Rome “La Sapienza”, and a Degree in Strategy at the Graduate School of Business, Stanford University, CA. He began his career in the space industry in 1983 at Selenia Spazio reaching the role of Chief Technology Officer. In Thales Alenia Space, he took up the role of Deputy Chief Technical Officer, CTO and VP for R&D, Technology, Product Policy and IPR. In 2013 he was appointed Chief Technical Officer at Telespazio. He is also the Chairman of Space Innovation in the Italian Technology Platform SPIN IT. In 2016, he has been appointed as CEO of e-GEOS.
Jeff  Peters
Jeff Peters
Director
National Government, Esri
Jeffrey Peters currently serves as Director of Global National Government Sector for Esri, playing a key role in strategic planning and corporate leadership. He has been a member of Esri’s Advisory Board of Directors for 15 years. Jeffrey has a BS degree in political science from the University of Montana and an MBA from the University of Redlands. He is a current member of the Board of the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) and a former member of the Board of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Advisory Council. Jeffrey has 25 years’ experience spanning information technology, business development, strategic planning, and corporate leadership in the software industry. Leading Esri’s largest Global Sector Jeffrey works closely with various department heads and agencies throughout the US federal government and their global partners. He is also responsible for Esri’s programs for NGOs and Nonprofits. He a skilled business professional and technologist. Helping to set Esri’s vision and strategy for geospatial technologies and solutions.
Doug  Philipone
Doug Philipone
Global Defense Program Lead
Palantir
Doug Philippone leads the global defense program for Palantir Technologies. Prior to Palantir, Doug deployed to Afghanistan, Iraq and Pakistan for a total of 6 deployments from 2003-2007. He commanded multiple Joint Special Operations Command outstations in support of the global war on terror. Doug ran the foreign fighter campaign on the Syrian border in 2005 to stop the flow of suicide bombers into Baghdad and helped to ensure a successful Iraqi election. As a commander, Doug ran the entire intelligence cycle: identified high-level terrorists, planned missions to kill or capture them, led the missions personally, then exploited the intelligence and evidence gathered on target to defeat broader enemy networks. He collaborated with other agencies, NGO’s, local government and law enforcement to ensure that places such as Ramadi, Iraq, turned from one of the most dangerous areas in the country to an example of progress. Doug also rebuilt schools, helped support hospitals and medical aid missions, worked with key tribal and governmental leaders to gain local consensus, and help move Iraq to self government. Doug was awarded three bronze stars with two valor awards, the joint commendation medal with valor award, as well as many other commendations for his service to the nation. Doug earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics from the United States Military Academy at West Point, where he also served as class president for two years, and received his Masters Degree in Terrorism Operations and Finance from the Naval Post Graduate School. He is also a published author on terrorism finance. Doug was medically retired from active duty in 2008 and continues his lifetime of service to the nation by serving on the board of directors for the 3/75 Ranger Assistance Foundation, a charity dedicated to helping Rangers and their families when great Americans are injured in the line of duty. In his personal time, Doug is also a State Champion competitive cyclist.
Anthony  Quartararo
Anthony Quartararo
Founder & CEO
Spatial Networks
Mr. Quartararo is a professional geographer with over twenty years experience in the geospatial intelligence industry. He is an expert on human geography, data acquisition, and mobile GEOINT. Mr. Quartararo founded Spatial Networks in 2000 and since that time has focused on solving the hardest of problems for the IC and DoD, particularly the NGA and SOF communities, in emerging markets and conflict regions. At Spatial Networks, he sets the vision and strategy for a team of dedicated experts building a next-generation platform for mobile data capture and GEOINT analysis. Combining contemporary technology with a global, on-demand capability to answer difficult questions in challenging places, Mr. Quartararo is helping change how the IC and SOF community, as well as NGA, consumes high-fidelity, high-quality, contextually relevant geospatial data from around the world.
Colonel Captain Martin Jones
Colonel Captain Martin Jones
Team Lead, UK Government Earth Observation Service, Chief Scientific Adviso
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA)
Chris Symonds
Chris Symonds
Principal
Royal School of Military Survey, UK MoD
Chris Symonds joined the Army in 1974 where he spent 2 years at the Army Apprentices College at Chepstow training as a Field Survey Technician. After serving in Germany with 14 Sqn, and as an assistant instructor at RSMS, he was promoted to Cpl and selected to a one year detachment with the Directorate of Overseas Surveys. During this time he worked with the Sudanese Survey Dept on a mapping project in the agricultural belt of Northern Sudan and later on a cadastral survey in Khartoum. On returning to UK he was promoted to Sergeant and posted back to Chepstow as an instructor from where he was then selected onto 512 STRE, based in Washington DC. This lead to a six-month deployment in the West African jungles of Ghana working on a Doppler-Gravity programme followed by a further six months in Sierra Leone on an aligned project. Chris then moved back to RSMS as an instructor where he had his first experience in teaching Geo Officers attending the Army Survey Course. On completion of this tour he was selected to an exchange tour with the Canadian Mapping and Survey Engineers in Ottawa. Working with Canadian military surveyors he had the opportunity as the Technical Control WO to gain experience on projects in the Northern Territories and in the Yukon. On returning to UK he spent a brief period with 19 Topographic Sqn leading detachments to Cyprus, Norway and Oman. Promoted to WO1 he then moved to NATO HQ at Brunssum, Netherlands before once again returning to RSMS as SMI Navigation. On completing his military service, Chris joined the Civil Service to take up a lecturing position in Geodesy and went on to complete a Masters Degree at Nottingham University in Satellite Positioning Technology. Promoted to C1 he assumed the role of Senior Instructor and continued to lead the Geodesy & Navigation Wing for two years before taking on the role as Head of Training where he set up and lead the Training Management Branch. On promotion, Chris assumed command of the RSMS in March 2017.
Brigadier (Rtd)  Nick  Davies
Brigadier (Rtd) Nick Davies
Account Director Global Intelligence Solutions (GIS)
Raytheon UK
Nick Davies runs the Intelligence Solutions business area in the Intelligence and Security division of Raytheon UK. His responsibilities include software development and geospatial intelligence programmes. Prior to joining Raytheon, Nick served in the British Army and Joint Forces as a communications engineer, then in the Parachute Regiment, and latterly in appointments in intelligence, cyber and electronic warfare.
Brady Cline
Brady Cline
Vice President, Defense & Inteligence
SpaceKnow
Mr. Cline has 20+ years of experience in supporting C4ISR, geospatial data analytics, and analytical products and programs, internationally, with commercially available tools. Much of that time was spent supporting the development of data into actionable decisions for Situation Awareness within National Security and Intelligence across the globe. In his current role at SpaceKnow, he is supporting Defense and Intelligence customers with deriving data from the exponential growth of commercial, satellite imagery.
Lt Colonel Chuck Spurgeon
Lt Colonel Chuck Spurgeon
Commanding Officer
Canadian Forces Joint Imagery Centre
LCol Spurgeon voluntarily transferred to the Intelligence Branch in November 2002, completing the Basic Intelligence Officer Course in May 2003. He was selected to be the Executive Assistant to the Director General Intelligence Capabilities (DGIC) in 2006 and subsequently deployed to Afghanistan in 2007, to support Major-General Ferron who was appointed as the Chief CJ2 ISAF. Following Afghanistan LCol Spurgeon was posted to Canada Command as the J2 Ops. During this post, he supported a number of domestic operations that included the G8 and 2010 Olympics. After completing the Command & Staff Course at Toronto in 2010, LCol Spurgeon was selected to be the Deputy Commanding Officer of the Canadian Forces Joint Imagery Centre (CFJIC). Following CFJIC he was posted to the Canadian Army Headquarters where he played an instrumental role in supporting the modernization of Army Intelligence that included institutionalizing the All Source Intelligence Centre (ASIC). Continuing to work in the domain of force development, LCol Spurgeon was posted to Chief Force Development (CFD), as the primary lead for Joint ISR FD. Returning to the operational level, LCol Spurgeon completed a tour as the Director of the Joint Intelligence Center at CJOC in 2016, before assuming his current job.
Ben  Buckley
Ben Buckley
Principal Systems Engineer
General Dynamics IT
Colonel Fabrizio Borgonovi
Chief Geospatial Officer
NATO SHAPE
Born in 1969, COL. (AF) Fabrizio BORGONOVI joined the Italian Air Force in 1988 and graduated from the Air Force Academy – Pozzuoli in 1992 with a military Bachelor Degree in Aeronautical Sciences. After his graduation in Texas as a Military Pilot, he was assigned to the 46th Air Brigade in Pisa where he flew the G222 transport aircraft for seven years. With the rank of Major, he was then assigned from 2000 to 2003 to the NAEWF in Geilenkirchen (Germany) where he flew NATO AWACS up to the Instructor level. Back to the 46th Air Brigade he became the 2nd Flying Group Commander C-130J. After attending the Military Staff College, in 2007 with the rank of Lt. Col. he was then assigned to the Air Staff in Rome as Project Manager of the C-130J and C-27J programs. After 5 years, with the rank of Colonel, he was appointed to be the Task Force Air Commander of the Italian C-130J Detachment in Abu-Dhabi (UAE) for 8 months and after that he came back again to Pisa as the Operation Staff Officer first and then Wing Commander. In the summer 2017 he was then assigned to SHAPE as the Chief GEO. Over his career he flew over 4000 hours on different aircrafts and he has done a lot of flights in support of all kinds of national and International commitments over Iraq, Afghanistan and Africa. His diverse and rich professional experience ranges from the definition of the military requirements for transport aircrafts to the participations to various working groups. He has been the Italian representative inside the JUG (Joint User Group) taking care of all the technical aspects related to the C-130J system upgrade. Personal decorations and awards include Meritorious Service Medal for distinguished military service, Medal for long command period, Medal for long service in the Air Force, Medal for NATO Peacekeeping Mission in Kosovo, Iraq, Afghanistan, Congo with the EU. Col. BORGONOVI is married to Sabrina and they have one child. He speaks English and German. He is interested in physical fitness and practices many sports.
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
Scott Simmons
Scott Simmons
Executive Director, Standards Program
Open Geospatial Consortium
Mr. Simmons leads the OGC Standards Program. In this role, he coordinates member-driven standards development activities and ensures that all OGC standards progress through the organization’s consensus process to approval and publication. Preceding his time as a member of the OGC staff, Mr. Simmons was an active member of OGC, promoting best practices in 3D Information Management (3DIM) as chair of the OGC 3DIM Domain Working Group and chairing or participating in numerous OGC infrastructure, mobility, and web services working groups. His OGC-related research has focused on data lifecycle management, integration, and dissemination. Mr. Simmons was formerly an Executive Director for CACI International, Inc. (CACI). At CACI, Mr. Simmons responsibilities included alignment of new business opportunities with fielded or researched capabilities in the geospatial domain. CACI acquired TechniGraphics, Inc. in 2010 where Mr. Simmons was the Chief Technology Officer. From 1993 to 2000, Mr. Simmons worked as a consulting geologist in the areas of structural geology, seismic risk, and geochemistry for GeoSyntec Consultants, where he also founded and managed the firm’s geospatial operations. From 1988 until 1993, Mr. Simmons worked as an exploration and production geologist in the oil and gas industry where he had particular expertise in redevelopment of declining oil and gas fields as well as the practical application of geospatial technology. Mr. Simmons has also served as an Adjunct Professor at the College of Wooster, on the Advisory Board of the GIS Cluster at the Rocky Mountain Innosphere, and as a subject matter expert for seminars at universities and conferences around the World. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Geology from the University of Texas and a Master of Science degree in Geology from Southern Methodist University.
Lt Colonel Charalampos Paraschou
Chief Geospatial Intelligence Officer,
NATO Rapid Deployable Corps – Greece
Jim Dolan
Jim Dolan
Vice President, Strategy and Business Development
Illuminate
Jim Dolan is the Vice President, Strategy and Business Development of Illuminate. In this role Jim establishes the vision and strategic direction of Illuminate, a provider of multi-source analytic, visualization and data management technologies and services that accelerate decision-making in dynamic, big-data environments. Previously, Mr. Dolan has held senior leadership positions at Overwatch Geospatial Solutions and General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems, providing geospatial analytic and workflow management systems to the US Defense and Intelligence and Coalition Partner communities. Mr. Dolan is a former Naval Intelligence Officer, serving in assignments as an ISR collection manager and senior intelligence analyst.
Lt Colonel Nicky Bell
Lt Colonel Nicky Bell
Commander, 42 Engineering Regiment Joint Forces Intelligence Group,
UK MoD
Bruno Grilhères
Senior Expert Multimedia Information Processing and Machine Learning
Airbus
Bret Rodgers
Geospatial Intelligence Directorate
US Marine Corps Intelligence Activity
Gil Nir
Senior Intelligence Leader
Elta Systems
Steve Smart
Director of Intelligence
National Crime Agency
James McPherson
Director, Digital Biometrics Unit
Metropolitan Police Service
Aimee Tuffs
Team Leader, Joint Forces Intelligence Group
UK MoD
Dr Mark Purnell
Assistant Chief of Staff, Information Superiority
Joint Forces Intelligence Group (JFIG)
Dave Barber
Senior Geospatial Advisor
Dstl
Louis Halbert
Chief Data Officer
National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency
Anders Skeppstedt
Product Manager, Gripen
Saab AB
Rick Peters
Team Leader, Joint Forces Intelligence Group
UK MoD
Dan Scott
Director
National Geospatial-Intelligence College
Lt Colonel Piers Noble
Geospatial Officer
NATO SHAPE
Dr Peter Highnam
Director of Research
National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency
Gary Dunow
Deputy Director, Analysis
National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency
Brigadier General Osman Alp
General Commander Mapping, Turkey
Kirk Smedley
Spatial Solutions Chief Architect
Leidos
Alan Purdue
Paramedic
Northern Ireland Ambulance Service
Alan Purdue Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service Resilience Department After a career in Local Government as the Council lead on Emergency Planning , assistant tactical lead on response and recovery and responsible for Business Continuity , pollution control and environmental assessment ,I was COMAH lead in the Tyne and Wear EPU (a partnership between Tyne and Wear Local Authorities and the Fire and Rescue Authority) . On the dissolution of the EPU I took up a post inTyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service and work with an Industrial accident focus but including input into Major Incident, Interoperability, Mobilisation and Tactical Planning for the service. I have been responsible for design and managing information flow and command and control arrangements in a national multi-day live exercise involving Military land and air assets as well as emergency services and local authorities. I am vice-chair of the ResilienceDirect North East Regional Group and sit on the National Fire Group.
Bethan Morgan
Director of Civil Contingencies
Staffordshire Civil Contingencies Unit
Lt Colonel Vyron Antonoiu
Head of Terrain Analysis Branch
MultiNational Geospatial Support Group (MN GSG)
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.
Peter Clouth
Team Leader, Imagery and Geospatial Systems (IMaGE), Intelligence Systems Information Systems and Services
UK MoD
Captain Rodd Ricklefs
Commanding Officer, Maritime Information Fusion Centre
US Coast Guard
Kurt Lalonde
Chief Situation Centre
NATO SHAPE