DGI 2019

28 - 30 January, 2019

Royal Lancaster London

44 (0) 207 368 9836

2019 Speakers

Lt General James Hockenhull
Chief of Defence Intelligence

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.

Lt General Ilias Leontaris
Cypriot National Guard
Giorgio Cioni
Director for Armament & Aerospace, Capability Area Manager, Joint Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (JISR)
Scott Dewar
Australian Geospatial Intelligence Organisation (AGO)
Jennifer Schnarre
Associate Director for Capabilities
National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency

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

Brigadier General Lars-Olof 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.

Colonel Orest Babij
Canadian Forces Intelligence Group

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

Gerhard Conrad
Director, Security and Intelligence Situation Centre
EU External Action Service
Pascal Legai
European Union Satellite Centre

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

Dan Scott
NGA College Director
National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency

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

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.

Markku Mylly
Executive Director
European Maritime Safety Agency
Monique Yates
Director GEOINT Analysis and Production Subcommittee, Co-Chair Analysis Directorate
National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency
Steve Pyatt
Director, Plans and Policy, Geospatial Intelligence
New Zealand Defence Force

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

Steve Latchem
Chief Architect and Head of Architecture, Information and System Services
Joint Forces Command, UK MoD
Terry Busch
Chief Data Officer
US Defense 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.

Eric Exner
Collections Manager, Maritime Intelligence Fusion Center Atlantic
MIFC LANT, Collections Manager

Mr Exner has had a distinguished career in the Department of Defense, the U.S. Intelligence community, and now with the Department of Homeland Security. During a career in the U.S. Navy, he excelled in demanding operational assignments around the world. He is a renowned expert on all-source fusion, application of GEOINT, and innovative use of open source tools.

Air Commodore Tim Neal-Hopes
Chief, C4ISTAR
Joint Forces Command, UK MoD
Brigadier Chris Middleton
Joint Forces Intelligence Group, UK MoD

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

Brigadier General Christos Athanasiadis
Greek Army Signal Training Centre

Brigadier General ATHANASIADIS Christos is Commander of the Greek Army Signal Training Centre, Athens since July 2017.He was assigned to the ACOS J6 position at SHAPE  from 30 Apr 15 when he lived up to the emerging and persisting challenges in SHAPE CIS area. On 29 July 2016 he took on the challenging responsibilities of the newly created ACOS JCyber within the CCD Directorate at SHAPE, charged with the build-up of the SHAPE Cyber capabilities. He proved to be pivotal to the success and effectiveness of the JCyber Division upon its provisional activation, in the form of an Interim Working Structure, in July 2016. JCyber had to be developed into a reliable and driving force within the NATO Cyber environment developing inter alia a Cyber Domain Roadmap as a landmark document to operationalize the Cyberspace as a Domain. He was assigned as ACOS J6 in NRDC-GR HQ from 2012 to 2015 contributing to the  HQ efforts to become a NATO High Readiness Force HQ. He has also gained strong experience from successful management of NATO  CIS projects during his employment at NATO C&I Agency (NCIA) as Principal Project Manager from 2009 to 2012 and as C3I advisor at NATO HQ Skopje His military career includes also positions as ISTAR Regiment Deputy Commander, EW Battalion Commander, National Intelligence Service SIGINT Unit Commander and Signal Battalion Commander. He was invited in various conferences to present cyber domain view as a new operational domain in NATO such as NIAS 2015 (BE), CyCon 16 (EST), NIAS 17 (BE), CyCon 17(EST), NNEC 17(ITA), CDANS 17(UK), Cyber course ( GE), PCSS-17 Course Air Marshal Centre (GE), ACO 2018 International Legal Conference(GRC). He graduated from National Technical University of Athens as qualified Electrical and Computer Engineer and he holds a Master in Electrical and Communications  engineering. He has enforced his skills holding also Project Management PRINCE2, ITIL, Network Management, Information Analyst and System Security Certified Practitioner certificates.     

Brigadier General Friedrich Teichmann
Director, Geo-Spaital Institute
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.

Colonel Derrick Lee
Head of Intelligence
US Army Europe
Colonel Dave Conkle
Commander, 207th Military Intelligence Brigade
US Army
Colonel Dave Pendall
Former G2
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).

Colonel Graham Livesey
Head of Geospatial Policy
Joint Forces Command UK MoD
Colonel Roly Cockwell
Commander Royal Engineer (Geographic) and Deputy Head, National Centre for Geospatial Intelligence (Deployable)
Joint Forces Intelligence Group, UK MoD

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

Commander Heather Quilendrerino
Commanding Officer
US Naval Ice Center
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.

Lt Colonel Anders Haavik-Nilsen
Head of Section
Norwegian Defence Materiel Agency
Lt Colonel Albert Mannard
Commanding Officer
Canadian Forces Joint Imagery Centre

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

Lt Colonel Jamie Hopkins
Commanding Officer, Mapping and Charting Establishment
Canadian Armed Forces

LCol Hopkins completed his Bachelor of Engineering (Civil) degree, from Ryerson, in 1994. After working for a civilian construction company, he joined the CF as a Direct Entry Officer in Jan 1997 as an Engineer Officer. LCol Hopkins has been posted to the National Defence Command Centre as a Senior Watch Officer, the Directorate of Geospatial Intelligence as the Production Manager and subsequently the Plans Officer, and was deployed on Op PODIUM, the CF contribution to the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics as J2 Geospatial Intelligence. LCol Hopkins has served at the Mapping and Charting Establishment as a Troop Commander, Unit Operations Officer, Officer Commanding Geospatial Support Squadron, and DCO. After leaving MCE as the DCO he was posted to ADM(IE) as the DPP Co-ord and then subsequently to CANSOFCOM as the Deputy Director of Special Operations. On 29 March 2018 LCol Hopkins was appointed as the Commanding Officer of the Mapping and Charting Establishment (MCE).

Vice Admiral (ret’d) Robert B. Murrett
Former Director
National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency

Robert B. Murrett is a retired US Navy Vice Admiral who held a range of senior leadership roles at major government agencies including serving as Director, US National Geospatial Intelligence Agency. Currently he 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 Counterterrorism (INSCT) at Syracuse University.  He holds a courtesy faculty appointment with the Forensic and National Security Sciences Institute and is on the Advisory Board of the Institute for Veterans and Military Families, both at the University. In 2016, Murrett was the recipient of the Birkhead-Burkhead Teaching Excellence Award and Professorship at the Maxwell School. In addition, he is a staff member at the RAND Corporation and the Institute for Defense Analyses, and chairs the MITRE Intelligence Advisory Board. 

Ingrid Vanden Berghe
NGI (National Mapping Agency of 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.

Adriano Baptista
Head of Operations Division
European Union Satellite Centre

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

Lyston Lea II
Principal Advisor to the Director
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. 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.


Derek Swannick
Director, IMaGE, Information and System Services
Joint Forces Command, UK MoD
Ian Spencer
Director, Defence Geographic Centre, Joint Forces Intelligence Group

Ian Spencer is Deputy Head of the UK’s National Centre for Geospatial Intelligence, leading delivery of Foundation GEOINT products and services to support all UK Defence capabilities, providing global GEOINT coverage for the Land, Aeronautical, Hydrographic, Meteorological and Oceanographic domains.  Ian is also the Director of the Defence Geographic Centre, the Head of Profession for UK MOD Civilian Geospatial Analysts, and Deputy Head of the UK’s Cross-Government Geography Profession (part of the Government Science and Engineering Profession).  Ian was appointed to his current position in October 2015 and has served in UK MOD geospatial roles for 28 years.  Ian is a Chartered Geographer, Chartered Manager, and Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society.

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.

Bret Rodgers
Subject Matter Expert, Human Geography, Geospatial Intelligence Division
Marine Corps Intelligence Activity
Tara Bradburn
Chief of Staff, Office of Eurasia & Africa
National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency

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

William Priest
Chief Executive Officer, Geospatial Commission
UK Cabinet Office

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

Mark Munsell
Deputy Director, Chief Information Officer - IT Services
National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency
Shawn Stith
Director, Defense Intelligence Senior Executive Service
National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency
Mark Dial
Chief, EUCOM NGA Support Team
National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency
Captain Martin Jones
Head of Earth Observation, Geospatial Commission
UK Cabinet Office
Captain B.F. Wozniak
C2ISR Decision Support Systems Engineer, Directorate of Information Management, Engineering Integration
National Defence Headquarters Canada

Captain Bartosz Franciszek Woźniak was born in Poland and immigrated to Canada in 1982.  Attending the University of Toronto in 2001, Capt Wozniak graduated as a Bachelor in Industrial Engineering and Systems Management with a major in Information Engineering.  Joining the Canadian Forces in 2002, Capt Wozniak underwent training until his posting to Ottawa in 2008 where he began his career working with All Source Intelligence Cells in coordination with the National Research Council of Canada.  In 2011 Capt Wozniak was transferred to the Directorate of Information Management Engineering Integration where he is currently employed working on C2ISR Business Intelligence Decision Support databases and applications.  As part of continued professional development Capt Wozniak obtained a Masters in Business Administration majoring in Financial Management from Carleton University in 2011 and became licensed as a Professional Engineer in Ontario, Canada as of 2012.  Capt Wozniak was awarded the Canadian Forces decoration in 2014 for 12 years of loyal and dedicated service.

Colonel (ret’d) John Kedar
Director of International Engagement
Ordnance Survey
Colonel (ret’d) Neil Thompson
Former Head of Geospatial Intelligence Group
Canadian Armed Forces

Neil had a long and distinguished career in the Canadian Forces with more than 35 years in various command and staff positions in the defence, civilian and international intelligence communities.  These included a secondment to the Privy Council Office and a Branch Chief on the International Military Staff at NATO Headquarters.  He was the first Commanding Officer of the Canadian Forces Joint Imagery Centre and was a Defence Attaché in the United Kingdom. He completed his career as the Director of Geospatial Intelligence where he was responsible for all aspects of Geospatial Intelligence in the Canadian Armed Forces.  In that capacity he was responsible for Military Mapping, Charting, Imagery (from space based, UAVs and handheld) and all Meteorology Services for the Forces. Neil was also one of the founding members of the Allied System for Geospatial-Intelligence (ASG), the Five Nation group formed by Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and the UK. During his career, he was appointed as an Officer of the Order of Military Merit.  He also received the Owen Kenyon Award and the United States of America National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency Medallion for Excellence and awards from the US Defense Intelligence Agency and other US Intelligence Agencies.

Dr. Hal Moore
Chief Technology Officer

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

Lt Colonel Andrew Page
Geospatial Officer, INT/SPT
European Union Military Staff
Lt Colonel Charalampos Paraschou
Chief Geospatial Intelligence Officer
NATO Rapid Deployable Corps – Greece
Lt Colonel Michael Thomas
Professor of Cyberwarfare Studies
US Air War College

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

Lt Colonel Vyron Antonoiu
Head of Terrain Analysis Branch
MultiNational Geospatial Support Group (MN GSG)
Lt Colonel Jonathan Kerr
Centre for Intelligence Innovation
Joint Force Intelligence Group, UK MoD

Lt Col Kerr assumed his current appointment in August 2016. As Head of the Centre for Intelligence Innovation (CII) in Defence Intelligence, he is responsible for developing and delivering innovative solutions to improve Defence Intelligence’s outputs. Having previously served in a wide variety of posts across Defence his more recent appointments have seen him focusing on Joint Force Intelligence Group concepts and the procurement and delivery of deployed GEOINT capability. CII consists of 42 staff drawn from Dstl scientists, Civil Servants and all three military Services. CII staff are formed into four mutually supporting teams comprising: Operational Research, Applied R&D, Rapid Exploitation and Transition & Support. The primary aim this year is to demonstrate an agile approach to delivering Artificial Intelligence for Defence Intelligence.    

Major Richard Tearle
Officer Commanding, 16 Geo Sp Sqn, 42 Engr Regt
Joint Force Intelligence Group, Defence Intelligence, UK MoD

Previous Role = British Exchange Officer in USA.

Current Remit = Provision of deployable Specialist Geographic Support to JFIG and wider defence.

Size of Team Managed = 100.

Biggest Goal this Year = Look after my Soldiers – the backbone of the support which we provide.

Major Patrick Snow
Centre for Intelligence Innovation, Joint Force Intelligence Group
Defence Intelligence, UK MoD

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

Major Paul Hurst
Senior Instructor, Royal School of Military Survey, Joint Intelligence Training Group

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

Professor Todd S. Bacastow
Professor of Practice for Geospatial Intelligence
Penn 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. 

Squadron Leader Chris Page
Advanced Geospatial Intelligence Mission Manager
National Centre for Geospatial Intelligence (NCGI), UK MoD

Previous Role = British Exchange Officer in USA.

Current Remit = Advanced Geospatial Intelligence and Contingency Reachback Mission Manager, National Centre for Geospatial Intelligence (Analysis), Defence Intelligence, UK MoD.

Size of Team Managed = 60

Biggest Goal this Year = Enabling advanced techniques to become part of the GEOINT analyst's toolkit.

Aimee Tuffs
Deputy Commander, Joint Forces Intelligence Group
Defence Intelligence, UK MoD

Miss Aimee Tuffs joined the Ministry of Defence (MoD) in 2006 and is currently the Deputy Commander for Joint Force Intelligence Group (JFIG). She has spent 12 years working in a variety of areas within the Defence Intelligence community. Miss Tuffs originally joined the Defence Geographic Centre (DGC) in 2006, supporting the Geospatial Foundation Mission Management and Capability Development, before undertaking a 12 month secondment to Joint Narcotics Analysis Centre (JNAC). During this time she led the GEOINT team in supporting a multi-discipline approach to drug interdiction. In 2009, Miss Tuffs broadened her career by helping to establish the Intelligence Requirements and Collection Management within the Intelligence Collection Group and supported a number of crisis events. This posting included a 6 month detachment to Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA), focusing on Collection Management. In 2011, Miss Tuffs moved to St Louis, Missouri to take up post as the UK Senior Civilian GEOINT Liaison Officer in the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA). Upon returning to the UK, Miss Tuffs was the Geospatial Analysis Capability Lead, establishing the capability, managing the cadre of analysts, training, tradecraft and professionalization. In 2018, Miss Tuffs was selected for promotion as the Deputy Commander for JFIG. Miss Tuffs holds a Batchelor of Science in Geography, Masters of Science in Geographical Information Management and is currently studying part time for a MBA. Miss Tuffs interests include horse riding, skiing, watching ice hockey and travelling.

Dr. Emlyn Hagen
Head of Disaster Risk Reduction Program

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.

Einar Bjorgo
Director, UNOSAT
United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR)

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

Ferdinando Dolce
Project Officer for Space
European Defence Agency

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

Gary Dunow
Chief, International Support Team, Canada and UK
National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency
Guy Thomas
Subject Matter Expert, Maritime Domain Awareness and Commercial Space, S&T
US Department of Homeland Security

Guy Thomas is 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.

Glen Hart
Team Leader, Information Systems Division
Gordon Campbell
Director, Science, Applications and Future Technologies Department, Directorate of EO Programmes
European Space Agency

Gordon Campbell 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. Gordon Campbell 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, he 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.

Jeff Moulton
Director of the Stephenson National Center for Security Research and Training
Louisiana State University

Mr. Jeff Moulton is the Executive Director of Stephenson’s National Center for Security Research and Training and the Transformation Technologies and Cyber Research Center at Louisiana State University (LSU) and the President & CEO of LSU’s non-profit applied research and development corporation – Stephenson Technologies Corporation (STC). He 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. Mr. Moulton actively participates in numerous National and International Cyber Forums. Most notably 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, and Governor John Bel Edwards’ Louisiana Cybersecurity Commission. His technical certifications include: Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), International Information Systems Security Certification Consortium (ISC2), Project Management Professional (PMP), Project Management Institute, National Security Agency (NSA) Information Assurance Manager (IAM), National Security Agency (NSA) INFOSEC Evaluation Methodology (IEM), Open Source Professional Security Analyst (OPSA), and Malware Forensics Investigator (MFI), Wetsone. Prior to LSU, Mr. Jeff Moulton served as the Director of Program Development and Information Operations for Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI). At GTRI, Mr. Moulton established GTRI’s first cyber lab, recruited and hired the technical team, and grew GTRI’s newest laboratory into the largest of GTRI’s eight labs. Before joining GTRI, Mr. Moulton served as the Information Assurance Assistant Program Manager at the Naval Surface Warfare Center. In this role he established an Information Assurance (IA) Division for the Deployable Joint Command and Control (DJC2) Joint Program Office. He provided leadership and direction for all information assurance facets of the $566M Joint Program of Record and managed the many facets of a major DoD acquisition program. He recruited and built the first joint integrated IA team across government and military service branches, with members from DIA, NSA, SPAWAR, NETWARCOM, OSD NII, JITC, USJFCOM, USPACOM, USEUCOM, USSOUTHCOM, and other Department of Defense (DoD) IA stakeholders. Mr. Moulton authored the DJC2 IA Strategy, Technology Readiness Assessments, Analysis of Alternatives, and other DoD acquisition documents required by public law. Mr. Moulton continues to represent the DJC2 Joint Program Office as the IA subject matter expert with DoD intelligence agencies. In addition, Mr. Moulton serves on the Department of the Navy Network Warfare Command (NETWARCOM) IA Working Group. Prior to his position with the U.S.Navy, Mr. Moulton served as the Executive Director, Integrated Solutions Division (ISD) at Concurrent Technologies Corporation (CTC), a 501(c)3 non-profit research and development company. He was responsible for contract performance, business development, human resources, financial performance, and organizational development for the ISD. This included operational responsibility for over 350 employees, 8 major offices and multiple operating locations. Focus areas included: communications/network engineering, software/systems engineering, visualization, battlefield situational awareness, advanced technology prototyping, C4ISR systems, information assurance, logistics decision support systems, supply chain integration, and general information technology (IT) development. Preceding his assignment at ISD, Mr. Moulton served as the Director, Information Assurance Programs at CTC where he provided overall leadership on multiple multi-million dollar programs and directed the organization’s personnel. His programs ranged from improving network security and developing unique solution sets for advanced network security problems utilized throughout the Department of Defense, to designing high-speed systems and modeling and simulating these network architectures. Mr. Moulton established the National Attack Sensing, Warning and Response (ASW&R) Laboratory. This National asset is currently hosted and operated by the National Security Agency (NSA).

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. She 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 and an M.S. degree in Photogrammetry from Purdue University in 1987.  She is currently pursing a Master of Science degree in Geospatial Information Science through an on-line program at Northwest Missouri State University.

Marlene Meyer
Deputy National Geospatial Officer, Joint GEOMETOC Support Center
Danish Defence Acquisition and Logistics Organization

Marlene Meyer, Geographer, Ph.D. in Remote Sensing and GIS (1997) from University of Copenhagen, serving in Danish MoD since 2008 as Chief of Geospatial Branch and now Deputy National Geospatial Officer. Over the course of her career she has lead a number of geospatial development and acquisition projects within areas such as map production, generalization, cartography and standardisation and she has a diverse experience at policy level within joint military geography through her participation in national and international cooperation’s as well as in NATO Boards and working groups. Member of the Board of Royal Danish Geographic Society.

Mekisha Marshall
Chief Science & Technology Advisor
National Maritime Intelligence-Integration Office

Mekisha Marshall serves as the Chief Science and Technology (S&T) Advisor at the National Maritime Intelligence-Integration Office (NMIO) on Maritime Domain Awareness (MDA) and intelligence.  In this capacity, she advises the Director of NMIO by engaging academia, think tanks, the private sectors, and foreign governments to understand the implications of emerging technologies that have the ability to produce new threats or challenges in the maritime environment; or, conversely, those that offer new opportunities to improve maritime security.  

Nigel Press
Robert Boettcher
Chief GEOMATICS Officer, Canadian Forces Warfare Centre
Canadian Armed Forces
Talbot J. Brooks
Director, Center for Interdisciplinary Geospatial Information Technologies
National Geospatial Advisory Committee

Mr Brooks has served as the Director of the Center for Interdisciplinary Geospatial Information Technologies at Delta State University since 2005.  In this capacity, he acts as the department chair, reporting directly to the Dean, College of Arts and Sciences.  Mr. Brooks teaches at the undergraduate and graduate levels, conducts sponsored research and development activities, performs service to the University and profession, and administers all aspects of the Center.  Moreover, Mr. Brooks is responsible for the creation of geospatially-oriented academic and training programs.  In this role, he has created the first master's degree program for geospatial technologies accredited as an applied science (Southern Association of Colleges and Schools). Mr. Brooks serves as the Chief Engineer at the Bolivar County (MS) Volunteer Fire Department, where he has volunteered since 2005.  In addition, he has served in a variety of Emergency Services positions in both a volunteer and career capacity since 1986.  He was hired as an Instructor at the National Fire Academy in 2011, serving as an instructor and course developer.  Mr. Brooks has been a career firefighter, volunteer firefighter, medic, and a U.S. Army Reserve Medical Service Corps Captain.  Mr. Brooks has volunteered his services, time, and effort for significant events and crises such as the April 2011 tornado outbreak in Mississippi, the 2011 Mississippi flood, the 2011 Tohuku Tsunami, the 2010 Haiti earthquake, and Hurricanes Katrina and Rita in 2005, among many others.

John Waldock
GEOINT Analytical Modernisation Coordinator
Defence Intelligence, UK MoD

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

Duncan Rose
Communication and Information Systems Design and Develop Team, Joint Forces Intelligence

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

Jennifer Faraon
Senior Foundation Liaison
National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency

Ms. Jennifer Faraon is currently serving as an NGA International Liaison Officer in Europe, to advance NGA’s international foundation mission. She was formerly the Deputy Division Chief for the Source GEOINT Transformation Office at the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency. As Deputy Division Chief, she was responsible for guiding NGA’s transformation in visualization services, NGA acquisitions of web and mobile applications, including NGA advancements in mobile technology. Previously, Ms. Faraon deployed to US Fifth Fleet NSA Bahrain, leading GEOINT technology transition activities. In the span of her career, she has served as the NGA Liaison to OPNAV N2N6 and supported the Chief of Naval Operations, US Navigator of the Navy and the Deputy Director for Naval Intelligence. Ms. Faraon provided critical liaison support during the USS Guardian(MCM-5) grounding and she was also the NGA Liaison to US Southern Command, supporting Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief Operations. In this role, she was responsible for supporting GEOINT disclosure and release activities for relief efforts during the Haiti and Chile Earthquakes, both occurring in the year 2010. Early in her career, Ms. Faraon was assigned to the NGA International Office, supporting numerous international partner engagements. She has served as an Intelligence Specialist in the US Navy at US Pacific Command and has a Bachelor’s Degree in International Relations with a concentration in Psychology. She speaks 3 languages and has received military and civilian awards which include the Joint Service Achievement Medal, two ODNI Meritorious Unit Citations and the Secretary of Defense Global War on Terrorism Civilian Service Medal.

Dave Birchett
Subject Matter Expert
National Geospatial Intelligence Agency
Al Di Leonardo
Member of the Board
Special Forces Operations Foundation
Scott Simmons
Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC)

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.

Dr Leanne Sulewski
GEOINT Analyst
National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency
Norm Schoenhardt
Computer Scientist
US Naval Research Laboratory
Abigail Page
Association for Geographic Information
Barry MacDonald
Former Future Capabilities and Change Management Officer
CF Joint Imagery Centre (CFJIC), Canadian Armed Forces
Mick Cory
Secretary General
Pete deLuca
GEOINT Manager
National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency
Cyd Dunscombe
GEOINT Analyst
National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency
Ionut Ovejanu
Senior Analyst
Eu Satellite Centre

Ionut Ovejanu is an Imagery Analyst at SatCen, transforming the pixels of the satellite imagery into value-add geospatial intelligence products for the organization´s customers. Previously, Ionut was MAC Information Manager at EUMM Georgia and before was dealing with geospatial analysis applied in the foreign policy at Romanian Diplomatic Institute. Ionut has an extensive academic background with more than 12 years of experience in human and physical geography; holds a Ph.D. in Geography from the University of Bucharest, MA in International Relationship and Security Systems at ¨Lucian Blaga¨ University, BA at University of Bucharest and PSE at "Carol I" National Defence University.

Air Vice Marshal (ret'd) Sean Corbett
Director of Security and Geo-intelligence

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

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.

Dr. David Bray
Chief Strategy Officer
Lt Colonel Paul Hammett
Commanding Officer, 42 Engr Regt (Geo)
Joint Force Intelligence Group, UK MoD

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

Wing Commander Tony Wheeler
Director Defence Sector
LUCIAD - Hexagon Geospatial
Richard Elliot
Imagery Analysis Capability Lead
Defence Intelligence, UK MoD

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

Charlotte Wim Havsteen
Chief, Joint GEOMETOC Support Center
Danish Defence Acquisition and Logistics Organization
Jim Dolan
Vice President, Strategy and Business Development

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.

James Cemelli
Senior Director for Geospatial Services and Solutions
John Day
Director International Government Business Development

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

Massimo Claudio Comparini
Chief Executive Officer

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.

Tony Wilby
ENST Team Lead

Tony served in the British Army for 27 years: initially as a combat engineer, and then as a specialist GEOINT officer. For his last military assignment, he was the Chief Royal Engineer (Geographic), having responsibility for all aspects of the British Army’s GEOINT capability and its personnel across Defence and in international appointments. Latterly, he also served as Chief of Staff of the UK’s Joint Forces Intelligence Group (JFIG). He has seen military and operational service in the Falkland Islands, Angola, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Iraq, and Afghanistan. Leaving the Army towards the end of 2016, he was Esri UK’s Defence Advisor, before joining Esri in June 2017. Working from The Netherlands and the UK, Tony now leads their European National Government Team for business development; particularly covering National Security, Public Safety and Mapping, Statistics, and Land Administration sectors.

Brigham Bechtel
Chief Strategist Intelligence Community and DoD

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

Emmanuelle Villot
Defence Marketing Manager, Intelligence
Airbus Defence and Space
Jérôme Auger
Defence Marketing Manager
Intelligence, Airbus Defence and Space
Keith Barber
Vice President, Federal Strategic Partnerships

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

Erik Winther
Sales Director

Erik Winther holds a Master of Science with major in International Business and minor in Computer Vision. He served in the Swedish Army and has several years’ experience of international defence-related B2B and B2G business development and sales. As Director at Vricon, he is currently building and managing a partner network across six continents, with primary focus on supporting end-users in the Defence and Intelligence space.

Karen Thomas
Chief GIS Strategist
Harris Corporation

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

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.

John Cartwright
Vice President and Deputy GM of International Defense and Intelligence Programs

John Cartwright is Vice President and Deputy GM of International Defense and Intelligence Programs at DigitalGlobe.  John’s responsibilities include product strategy, sales engineering, and program capture for end-to-end earth observation satellite solutions, satellite direct access programs, and online geointelligence hosting and analytics platforms for international defense and intelligence customers.  John joined DigitalGlobe in January 2013. Prior to DigitalGlobe, John was a Principal at the Boston Consulting Group (BCG). John has a Ph.D. in astrophysics from California Institute of Technology.

Kent Leka
Vice President and General Manager
Maurizio Vanotti
Chief Execuitve Officer

Maurizio Vanotti is CEO of Tyvak Orbital Networks Ltd. Maurizio has 15+ years of commercial background alongside deep technical understanding and experience in delivering complex programmes in high tech companies, with a proven track record in executing innovative projects in uncharted markets. His career includes a past as Navy Officer. He was Head of Missions and Systems Department at SSTL. In this role, he was responsible of the space systems design and satellites integration, telecommunication payloads, ground segment and operations. In the 2007-2013 timeframe, the department grew up to 150+staff members and successfully delivered 17 missions in orbit. In 2013 he was appointed Head of Telecom Business Unit where he secured the first GEO satellite and developed LEO BIU missions.

Sean Brophy
VP of Government Sales

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

Omar Mahar
AI Patterns and Practices Lead
Elisabet Ressner
Technical Fellow GIS and assistant Product Leader, Training Simulators
Laura Alderson
Executive Assistant to the CEO
Ordnance Survey
Lori Scherer
Vice President Intelligence Portfolios
Mitre Corporation
Bart Sweerman
Global Vice President, Industry Solutions
HERE Technologies
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

Albert Momo
Director, Institutional Business Development

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