Andrew is coastal geomorphologist and hyperspectral earth observation technical specialist, passionate about developing automated digital data analytics and solving challenging questions with machine learning, imagery, SAR & web service APIs.
Argyris Stasinakis is Executive Partner and Board Member at MarineTraffic. He is responsible for Corporate Growth and leads business initiatives linking MarineTraffic and the maritime ecosystem. His work focuses in building successful ventures with partners and identifying innovative opportunities for MarineTraffic to grow into. He is committed in delivering high-value, actionable intelligence to stakeholders across maritime sectors globally and is excited by the possibilities in reducing the carbon footprint of the industry. He represents MarineTraffic on various industry committees, including the IMO’s Global Industry Alliance on Low Carbon Shipping.
An entrepreneur at heart, Argyris was founding partner and served as Chairman between 2005 and 2014 of WOW group, a digital agency active in European and Middle East markets, offering state of the art e-learning, e-commerce and e-marketing solutions. An active technology consultant since 1998, Argyris has performed in government and private European organisations, focusing on information systems integration and restructuring.
Argyris was awarded BA Hons in Physics (Keble, 1990-3) and DPhil in Particle Physics (Wolfson, 1993-8) from the University of Oxford, where he also held a Rhodes Scholarship (1994-7).
Farhan, co-founder and CTO of Exseed Space, has over 26 years experience in radio communications and space technologies. He is also the founder of dynamic high tech startups such as Hfsigs, Spokn and cultural startup Lamakaan. Farhan was inducted into the CQ Hall of fame in 2018.
Air Vice-Marshal ‘Rocky’ Rochelle joined the Royal Air Force in 1986. In 1998 he took up a Flight Commander role including active duty during Kosovo and was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross during this operation.
In 2000 Rocky was posted into the Ministry of Defence to work on weapon acquisition programmes including the RAF’s new cruise missile Storm Shadow. He was promoted to Wing Commander and in 2005 took command of 617 Squadron - The Dambusters. He completed two tours of duty in the Gulf and was awarded an OBE.
He assumed command of Royal Air Force Marham before returning to Head Office in 2013 in the rank of Air Commodore in charge the Complex Weapons programme and as Head of the Carrier Enabled Power Projection.
Rocky was advanced to Air Vice-Marshal in April 2017 and assumed the appointment of Chief of Staff Capability.
An award-winning chartered engineer and certified project manager, Betty works with the industry, regulators and UN Agencies in due diligence, system assessment, business development, market access, regulatory and licensing. She has managed complex international projects in the nuclear, defence, aerospace, satellite and transport of dangerous goods domains.
Betty holds two Master’s degrees in Aeronautical and Space Engineering, a Diploma in International Nuclear Law and a Master of Business Administration. She is the chair of the UK Chapter of the Society of Satellite Professionals International (SSPI), a trustee and VP for Industry of the British Women’s Engineering Society, and a board member of the International Women in Engineering and Science (INWES) Europe.
Craig is AAC Clyde 's Founder and Chief Strategy Officer. In his role Craig adds entrepreneurship and a strategic vision to the Group's growth.
Craig’s first degree was in Power Engineering, standing him in good stead to get a position as a power Systems Engineer at Surrey Satellite Technology Limited, working on over 25 different missions, as head of the Power Team for 7 years. He studied for his MSc in Satellite Engineering and after 11 years at Surrey, in 2005, he left to head back to Scotland and started Glasgow's first space company, Clyde Space. In June 2013, Craig was awarded an MBE in the Queen's birthday Honours list for his services to Innovation and Technology and, in 2017, the company won the Queen’s Award for Enterprise in the Innovation Category.
In January 2018, Clyde Space merged with Swedish listed company AAC Microtec, and the combined company continues to grow and develop cutting-edge solutions and services for the small satellite market.
David Bestwick received a BSc Honours degree in Physics with Astrophysics from the University of Leicester in 1987. He joined the Space and Defence Laboratory at the Marconi Research Centre where he worked on active microwave instruments for satellites observing the Earth’s surface. In 1990 he joined Vega Group where he founded a new Earth Observation Division. Vega joined the main List on the London Stock Exchange in 1992.
David left Vega to form Avanti Communications in 1996 where he took up the role of Technical Director. Avanti went on to become the leading provider of Ka-band satellite communications services in the Middle East and Africa, procuring, launching and operating four geostationary communications satellites. The Company floated on the LSE in 2007.
David is a Metocean Engineer with the European Marine Energy Centre and he oversees the centre’s metocean data collection, quality control, criteria development and provides support to various stakeholders with regards to metocean information. Prior to joining EMEC David worked as a metocean specialist for over 10 years, supporting offshore industry projects around Russia and South East Asia.
David Petit has a PhD in Computer Sciences, applied to radar imagery. He leads the Earth Observation Applications team in Deimos, promoting the use of Artificial Intelligence in projects for the European and UK space agencies, through applications in agriculture, forestry, environment, maritime, urban mapping, land classification.
Dan Ceperley is the CEO and cofounder of LeoLabs. Dan and the founding team created LeoLabs to drive advances in space traffic safety and preserve the space environment through actionable, real-time information. Prior to LeoLabs, he worked at SRI International where he was the Program Director for Space Debris Tracking, the Deputy Director of the Oceans and Space Systems Center, and the supervisor for the Allen Telescope Array (a radio astronomy and satellite tracking facility in northern California). In addition to satellite tracking, Dan has technical expertise in synthetic aperture radar imaging, precision timing and navigation systems, and electromagnetic modeling. He holds a PhD and MS in Electrical Engineering from U. C. Berkeley and a BS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Virginia.
Derek Edinger is Chief Strategy Officer and Co-founder of Ursa. In this role, he focuses on product strategy, business development, strategic partnerships, and satellite data procurement. Derek has 20+ years of experience in the satellite and remote sensing industry. Prior to co-founding Ursa, Derek held senior management and engineering positions at SSL, Lockheed Martin, and Raytheon.
Dan Pilone is CEO/CTO of Element 84 and oversees the architecture, design, and development of Element 84's projects including supporting NASA, the USGS, Stanford University School of Medicine, and commercial clients. He has supported NASA's Earth Observing System for nearly 13 years; currently acting as Chief Technologist for the NASA EOSDIS Evolution and Development 2 contract. He has supported transitioning NASA’s PB scale archive to the cloud, contributed to metadata standards, led multiple working groups on data services and cloud architectures, authored studies on architecture and transition plans for cloud-native data management solutions, and helped shape software development processes.
Ed Parsons is the Geospatial Technologist of Google, with responsibility for evangelising Google’s mission to organise the world’s information using geography. In this role he maintains links with Governments, Universities, Research and Standards Organisations which are involved in the development of Geospatial Technology.
He is a member of the the Board of Directors of the Open Geospatial Consortium and was co-chair of the W3C/OGC Spatial Data on the Web Working Group.
He is a Visiting Professor at University College London and an Executive Fellow at the University of Aberdeen Business School.
Fritz heads Product at Descartes Labs, where he is super excited to work with a brilliant team on disruptive applications of high-scale computing, machine learning, and satellite imagery. Fritz has a passion for start-ups and emerging technologies and his background includes stints in social media (founding team at Dynamic Signal), adtech, capital markets, Accenture Technology Labs, and Xerox PARC.
Gordon graduated from Heriot Watt University with a degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering in 2003. He then worked in a variety of field-based and management roles within SP Energy Networks and is now Head of Planning and Design within the Edinburgh and Borders District.
Gordon has been a Chartered Engineer since 2018 and has a particular interest in how innovation from other sectors can be applied to energy systems.
The UK Space Agency’s Chief Executive leads a team of more than 100 who manage the UK’s civil space policy, regulation and programmes. They are responsible for realising the agency’s aims of increasing the size of the UK space industry, using space to understand planet Earth and the universe, supporting British businesses to deliver practical help to developing countries and overseeing the Agency’s plans to establish commercial space flight in the UK.
Born in 1980 in Slovenia, Grega studied Physics and co-founded Cosylab Inc. aged 21 - a company developing control systems for particle accelerators and large experiments in physics. In 2008 Grega became CEO and co-founder of Sinergise, specialising in software for advanced geospatial applications; helping Europe manage and control agriculture policy efficiently and introducing land administration systems to developing countries in Africa.
Grega and colleagues 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 Public Datasets to provide seamless access to the data to more than 10.000 registered users, mostly web developers creating applications on top of remote sensing data.
After working with governmental clients in Balkan, Western Europe, Asia and Africa, Grega is now engulfed in building a global Internet business, which is now processing two million requests every day.
Halla Mohieddeen is an RTS-nominated Scottish broadcast journalist and TV presenter. She began her broadcasting career in China, back in 2005 and has since worked across Asia, the Middle East, and Europe, before returning to the UK to work for STV News in Glasgow.
She was part of the launch team for the UK's first integrated news show, bringing Scottish UK and International news in one programme, and her passion for international affairs led to the creation of the Outwith Podcast, which tackles under-reported or under-explained issues worldwide.
Outside of the office, she is a keen scuba diver and cyclist.
Harald Gruber is head of the Digital Infrastructure Division at the Projects Directorate of the European Investment Bank based in Luxembourg. He oversees project appraisal in the ICT and space sectors and advises on the Bank’s business strategy with respect to financing of broadband infrastructure, innovation policy and the digital economy in general.
He has published The Economics of Mobile Telecommunications at Cambridge University Press in 2005. He has co-authored articles in particular on the mobile telecommunications sector in scholarly refereed journals such as Economic Policy, European Economic Review, Telecommunications Policy, Information Economics and Policy and International Journal of Industrial Organisation.
He is on the editorial board of academic journals such as Telecommunications Policy, Information Economics and Policy, Journal of Industrial and Business Economics.
He has been also professor at Bocconi University (Milan) for telecommunications economics.
Harald Gruber holds a Ph.D. in Economics from the London School of Economics.
Ivan McKee was elected MSP for Glasgow Provan in May 2016 and was appointed Minister for Trade, Investment and Innovation in the Scottish Government in June 2018. Brought up in Glasgow Mr. McKee obtained a BSc.BEng in Manufacturing Sciences and Engineering from Strathclyde University and an MBA from Newcastle University.
After spending 2 years in Bangladesh with Voluntary Service Overseas (VSO) Mr. McKee worked for a number of large and start-up manufacturing companies. In 2005 he started his own international manufacturing consultancy business and from 2009 to 2015 invested in, and led turnarounds of, several manufacturing businesses.
His career has included periods living and working in a number of countries including Poland, Croatia, Finland, Norway, Bosnia and Estonia as well as Scotland and England.
James is a venture capitalist, entrepreneur and strategy consultant specialising in early stage venturing, disruptive technology and M&A. He has 14 years’ experience in starting, growing and selling businesses. His specialties are start-ups, venture capital, early stage investing, fund management, deal origination, term sheet negotiation, executing transactions, due diligence, technology evaluation, building syndicates, portfolio monitoring, mentoring, strategy, non-executives, business angels, investor relations, M&A
Jean-Yves Le Gall is President of the Centre National d’Etudes Spatiales (CNES), the French space agency, since 2013. In this capacity, he is Interministerial Coordinator for satellite navigation programmes and Chair of the Administrative Board of GSA, the European GNSS Agency. He is also Chair of the Council of the European Space Agency (ESA) and President of the International Astronautical Federation (IAF).
Joe Flasher is the Open Geospatial Data Lead at Amazon Web Services helping organizations most effectively make data available for analysis in the cloud. The AWS open data program has democratized access to petabytes of data, including satellite imagery, genomic data, and data used for natural language processing. He has been working with geospatial data and open source projects for the past decade, both as a contributor and maintainer. He has been a member of the Landsat Advisory Group and has worked on projects ranging from building GIS software to making the space shuttle fly. His background is in astrophysics, but kindly requests you don’t ask him any questions about constellations.
Karen Day is a Director of Fulcrum Maritime Systems, a UK based company that is part of the CLS Group. A qualified data analyst and systems programmer with a background in the delivery and support of high security, high performance systems in areas such as the finance sector and Formula One, Karen has spent the last 8 years at Fulcrum Maritime Systems developing innovative business solutions for use in the Maritime Sector. Karen works with clients around the world to understand their needs and then design solutions which incorporate satellite communications technology and earth observation images. Clients include Government agencies, National Maritime Authorities, Ship Registries and large international shipping companies.
Krystal Wilson is a Director of Space Applications Programs at Secure World Foundation with over 11 years of international and domestic space, public policy, and management experience. Currently, she focuses on the Human and Environmental Security portfolio, which promotes improved governance and cooperation in the delivery and use of information derived from space systems.
She has also served as a project manager at now Bryce Space and Technology, where she provided research, analysis, strategic planning, and regulatory assessment to government and commercial clients.
Previously, Ms. Wilson was in the field of international development in Eastern Africa, Afghanistan, and the United States working closely with the United Nations, the World Bank, the Department of State, the Department of Defense, US and international nonprofits, and others.
Ms. Wilson holds a BSFS in International Politics from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service in Washington, DC and completed the Programme Internationale at Sciences-Po in Paris, France.
Luc St-Pierre (M.Sc. Geography and M.Sc. Environmental Economics) worked at developing geographic information systems for the management of the environment and natural resources in Africa, Asia and Latin America in the 1990’s before joining the United Nations in 2000. He first helped developed datasets and GISs for the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and he strengthened the mapping, remote sensing and GIS capabilities of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) between 2005 and 2012. He joined the UN Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) in 2012 to supervise the United Nations Platform for Space-based Information for Disaster Management and Emergency Response (UN-SPIDER) and is Chief of the Space Applications Section of UNOOSA since April 2016.
Luigi is a Director in PwC Paris. He leads the PwC Space Practice, an advisory team dedicated to consulting within the space sector. Luigi has over 17 years of experience in the space sector along the wider value chain, including downstream applications, and 8+ years in consulting for the industry and institutions in the sector. Prior to PwC, Luigi was working for the Italian Aerospace Research Centre as scientist first, and then as officer in charge of EU affairs, then for the European Space Agency European Astronaut Centre as basic science trainer for the 6 European astronauts selected in 2009, and finally for Booz and Company as strategy consultant in Amsterdam in the space practice.
In his work Luigi has become a trusted advisor for the European Commission, the European Space Agency in space market assessments, industrial policy, and regulatory matters, and he has extensively supported, through the space practice, the space industry on new business models and go to market strategies for new products and services.
His recent work targeting the space downstream allowed him to develop extensive insights on the impact of space imaging data within the general data economy, and on the possibilities to exploit space data for advisory services.
Martin Harris is a freelance consultant working primarily on mobile communications and internet connectivity platforms. He is currently working on a LEO communications start-up.
Previously he was the Director of Technology for the GSM Association’s Mobile for Development (M4D). With a focus on the implementation of mobile health, agriculture, disaster response, mobile money services and research in technology innovation in emerging markets.
He is also involved with a number of technology incubators and start-ups. Originally, he started out as a software engineer working in R&D for Hewlett-Packard and has been involved in a number of start-ups including Tegic (inventors of T9 predictive text) and as co-founder of Connect TV an IPTV and Broadcast TV hybrid service.
Dr. Michael Ferrari is the founder and managing partner of Atlas Research Innovations, where he has been providing clients with basic and applied bespoke research services towards a variety of scientific, technical and economic concerns. He is also an affiliate scientist at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) in Boulder, CO. Most of Michael's work has been associated with Data Science & Analytics, Spatial Informatics, AI/Machine Learning, Financial & Physical Risk, GeoEconomics, Sensor Networks, Environmental System Science and Engineering, Space Based & Earth Observation Technologies, and BioInformatics/Information Theory.
Michael has spent nearly two decades as a scientist, engineer and economist in the following industrial sectors: energy and agriculture; financial services, chemicals, water & natural resources, commodities & supply chain, environmental management and information technology.
Dr. Ferrari earned his PhD from Rutgers (Dept. of Env. Sciences & Engineering: programs in Geophysical Fluid Dynamics and Environmental Biophysical Modeling) where his research focused on better understanding the Industrial/Environmental interface and the Earth/Space/Biosphere complex from both an information systems and an evolutionary perspective. His doctoral work in numerical modeling & applied mathematics was supported by the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies.
Marco Villa is the COO of Tyvak Nano-Satellite Systems Inc., an industry-leading, small satellite products and services provider. His established expertise plays an integral role in the management of daily operations, strategic efforts and the acquisition and execution of satellite opportunities for civil, defense and commercial organizations worldwide. From technology demonstration satellites to leading commercial efforts, Dr. Villa has worked on some of the industry’s most cutting-edge programs throughout his career. Prior to his position at Tyvak, Dr. Villa served as the Director of Mission Operations at SpaceX, where he managed Dragon spacecraft missions. Dr. Villa also advises on corporate strategy and business execution in high technology industries. With a private pilot license, bachelor’s and doctoral degree in aerospace engineering and a master’s in engineering management, Dr. Marco Villa continues to make his mark in the aerospace industry domestically and internationally.
Payam Banazadeh is Founder & CEO of Capella Space, a Silicon Valley Company building the largest constellation of commercial SAR satellites in order to provide hourly monitoring services of anywhere in the globe. Payam holds a management degree from Stanford University and graduated Magna Cum Laude with a BS in Aerospace Engineering from University of Texas. Prior to starting Capella Space Payam was a project manager and flight systems engineer at NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) and has been awarded NASA Mariner Award, NASA Discovery Award, and NASA Formulation Award. 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.
Professor Mohammed leads the Nigerian space agency, the National Space Research and Development Agency (NASRDA) in implementing the civilian aspects of the National Space Policy and coordinating the secretariat of the National Space Council. He is also the Chair of the African Regional Centre for Space Technology Education, Ile Ife and Alternate Chair of the African Space Policy and Strategy Committee established by the Africa Ministers of Science and Technology.
Stuart Martin is CEO of the Satellite Applications Catapult. He joined the Catapult in January 2013 from Logica (now part of CGI) where he was Business Director for Space and Satellite Communications for nearly seven years, leading all the company’s activities in the Space domain. Stuart is a former vice-chair of UKSpace, the British trade association representing the Space industry, and council member of Eurospace – its European equivalent. He also sits on the UK Space Leadership Council, the top-level cross-industry, academia and government stakeholder group responsible for overseeing and implementing the UK Space Innovation and Growth Strategy.
Stuart is a passionate advocate of the Catapult programme, which he considers to be a vital element of the UK strategy to secure and accelerate economic growth from emerging technologies. Furthermore, for satellite applications, he believes there is a great opportunity to establish a world-leading position, and make the UK the place to be if you want to do business in Space.
Todd works on the business team at Mapbox and supports the global Aerospace and Imagery market. He helps partners and customers leverage Mapbox’s location platform to enable mission planning, situational awareness and securely disseminate pixels over the cloud. Todd works very closely with Mapbox’s product development to define strategy, analyze requirements and evangelize Mapbox’s value. Before joining Mapbox he was the Product Manger for Cesium and the STK product at Analytical Graphics, Inc. Todd is a Geography graduate from Penn State and enjoys visiting Happy Valley as often as he can.
Zulfikar Abbany is a writer, presenter and multimedia reporter for Germany’s international broadcaster, DW (Deutsche Welle). He writes about space and satellite technology, computing and digital developments, like artificial intelligence and machine learning.
He has written for New Scientist, the Independent, the Observer, New Statesman, The Age (Melbourne) and Sydney Morning Herald newspapers. He spent five years with ABC Radio Australia and Australia Network television in Melbourne. He has produced and chaired panels for the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings, the World Health Summit in Berlin, and the Battle of Ideas in London. At DATA.SPACE 2018, Zulfikar presented the closing session.