As well as being a Professor of spatial demography and epidemiology at the University of Southampton, Andy Tatem is the Director of WorldPop (www.worldpop.org) and Flowminder (www.flowminder.org). He is interested in how populations, their characteristics and their dynamics can be mapped at high resolution across low and middle income countries. His research has lead to pioneering approaches to the use and integration of satellite, survey, cellphone and census data to map the distributions of vulnerable populations for disease, disaster and development applications. He runs international collaborations with national governments, UN agencies and data providers, and leads multiple research and operational projects funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Wellcome Trust, World Bank, Clinton Health Access Initiative and others.
Anne Hale Miglarese is the Founder and CEO of Radiant.Earth, a non-profit organization working to aggregate the world’s open Earth imagery and providing access and education on its use to the global development community. Prior to launching Radiant.Earth, Anne served as President and CEO of Fugro Earth Data, as President and CEO of PlanetiQ and a Principal Director at Booz Allen Hamilton. Anne has also worked for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the SC Water Resources Commission and the SC Department of Natural Resources. Anne was the founding chairperson of the National Geospatial Advisory Committee and served on the Federal Geographic Data Committee Marine and Coastal Data Subcommittee for 6 years.
Born in 1980 in Slovenia, he studied Physics and co-founded Cosylab inc. at age 21, a company developing control systems for particle accelerators and large experiments in physics. In 2008 Grega moved to become CEO and co-founder of Sinergise, specialising in software for advanced geospatial applications, helping Europe to efficiently manage and control agriculture policy and introducing land administration systems to developing countries in Africa.
With his colleagues they have recognised the potential of open Copernicus earth observation data early but soon hit a wall trying to use existing technologies to work with these large datasets. Deciding to do something about it, Sentinel Hub was born. A Copernicus Masters award winning service for processing and distribution of satellite data is exploiting AWS Open Public Datasets.
After working with governmental clients in Balkan, Western Europe, Asia and Africa, Grega is now engulfed in building a global Internet business.
Stuart was appointed CEO of the Satellite Applications Catapult in January 2013.
Prior to this appointment, Stuart was a partner at Logica (now CGI), a large European business technology company where he was responsible for the worldwide space business, turning over more than £50M annually and employing over 300 staff, a position he had held since 2006.
During his time at Logica, Stuart held a range of engineering and management functions, mainly in the fields of satellite navigation and meteorological processing before moving onto more strategic business roles in 2003. More recently, Stuart held the position of Vice Chair of UK Space, the UK trade association for space business, was a member of the council of Eurospace (the European equivalent), and was three-time chair of UK judges for the annual European Satellite Navigation Competition, also known as the Galileo Masters.
Stuart holds a BSc in Physics (first class) from Imperial College and, in 2013, was elected a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society, and the Institute of Physics.
John is the Chief Executive Officer and Board Member of HawkEye 360, a developer of space-based radio frequency (RF) mapping and analytics capabilities. He previously served as Senior Vice President of Allied Minds where he led the formation of and the investment into HawkEye 360, along with other Allied Minds companies such as BridgeSat, Federated Wireless, Optio Labs, Percipient Networks, and Whitewood Encryption Systems. John’s investment activities and management expertise center upon the intersection of profit-maximizing private capital and the unique requirements and R&D capabilities of the U.S. government.
A former Airborne Ranger-qualified U.S. Army infantry officer with duty stations at the 82d Airborne Division & UNCSB-JSA of the Korean DMZ, John holds a BS from the United States Military Academy at West Point, and a MBA and MPA from Harvard University.
Dr Samantha Lavender is currently Managing Director of Pixalytics Ltd, an independent Earth Observation company. With twenty five years of research experience in remote sensing, she is a world renowned expert engaging with international organisations including the European Space Agency and NASA. With over 60 publications to her name she is passionate about broadening the community of users for satellite data and inspiring the next generation of Earth Observation scientists.
She is currently a Trustee of the Sir Alister Hardy Foundation for Ocean Science (SAHFOS), and has previously been Chair of both the British Association of Remote Sensing Companies (BARSC) and the Remote Sensing & Photogrammetry Society (RSPSoc).
Peter Platzer co-founded Spire in 2012 with a vision to provide high frequency/high accuracy satellite-powered data from anywhere on earth. While Peter is regarded as a pioneer in launching small form factor satellites into space, he was also named a White House Champion of Change in 2013 for visionary leadership. Prior to launching Spire, Peter trained at CERN and the Max Planck Institute. He has studied at Harvard Business School, Singularity University, NASA Ames, and International Space University.