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.
Ariel is the Co-Founder and CEO of PlanetWatchers. He is a former Captain in the Israel’s National Geospatial Intelligence Agency where he led a research team that established hyper-spectral remote sensing and SAR imagery processing capabilities. He also worked as a lead machine learning product manager at Sumo Logic and AppDynamics in the Silicon Valley. Ariel has masters in engineering from Ben-Gurion University and MBA from MIT Sloan.
Catherine joined the UK Space Agency from the Home Office in January 2012 to lead work on the Agency’s goal of growing the UK space sector. She leads the development of new uses, new users, new applications, new technologies and a new attitude to the use of space in order to grow the space sector. She and her team are responsible for delivering and/ or coordinating the government input to the development of Earth observation, telecommunications, and standards working through the EU, ESA and nationally and internationally, she is also responsible for providing the conditions to enable:
• Government /public sector use of space to drive efficiency and effectiveness and to enable growth in the sector through the Space for Smarter Government Programme
• The development of regional / local clusters including the UK Space Gateway at Harwell Oxford
• Incubation and technology transfer opportunities for new companies
Catherine is a Chartered Public Finance Accountant. She is a lay member of Council at the University of Bath.
James has 15 years’ experience of start-ups and venture capital, having started, advised and invested in 40+ companies in UK, Europe, US and India. He joined Seraphim in 2006 having previously founded several start-ups and worked at Burlington Consultants, a boutique strategy consultancy specializing in M&A that was acquired by Deloitte.
Corentin is founder and CEO of Bird.i, a startup that strives to make the best of the world's observation imagery, and the insight it contains, available to all, individuals and businesses alike.
Corentin began his career in the space industry in France before moving to England in 2009, and then Scotland in 2016 when he founded Bird.i. He has always wanted to impact our world and quickly developed his vision into a business with focus to innovate and disrupt downstream satellite technology applications, and create a mass market for the world's most incredible images.
Corentin is passionate about bringing together people from different cultures, skills and experiences. By building an ambitious team with strong values, Corentin creates a culture that empowers people to outperform and excel.
Dr. Alexander is currently a Professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Rice University. He also serves as the Director of the Rice Space Institute (RSI).
Dr. Alexander joined the Rice faculty in 2003 from the Lockheed Martin Advanced Technology Center in Palo Alto, California where he worked on the development of advanced space missions. He received a Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers in 2004 and was appointed a Kavli Frontiers Fellow by the National Academy of Sciences in 2006. Dr. Alexander is author of “The Sun” part of theGreenwood Press “Guide to the Universe” Series and has over 130 published articles.
Over the course of his career, Dr. Alexander has worked in both industry and academia, has been active in scientific research, instrument development, space mission design and review, and has a broad range of knowledge and expertise. He has a long history of engagement with NASA, serving on two MOWGs, and on the Heliophysics subcommittee
of the NASA Advisory Council.
David Potere is the co-founder and CEO of TellusLabs, a satellite imagery analytics company with a mission to build and operate an effective global system for monitoring and modeling renewable natural resources. At TellusLabs, David is combining his love of satellite remote sensing with nearly a decade of practical experience addressing the geospatial and data-driven questions of the Fortune 500. Before TellusLabs, David co-founded Boston Consulting Group’s global data science practice, known as Gamma. David received an AB from Harvard College, an MA in satellite remote sensing from Boston University, and a PhD in geo-demography from Princeton University. David served as a Surface Warfare Officer in the US Navy from 1998-2002.
Eric Monjoux, Head of the Earth Observation Copernicus Space Component Ground Segment and Data Management Division in the Directorate of Earth Observation Programmes at the European Space Agency, ESA. More than 20 years of experience in the development and operations of ground segment solutions for Earth Observation space missions. Currently responsible for the definition and operations of the ESA Data and Information Access Service (DIAS) platforms.
Mr. Georges Schmit is Special Envoy Special Envoy of the Luxembourg Government for the SpaceResources.lu initiative. He was Consul General and Executive Director at the Luxembourg Trade & Investment Office in San Francisco from 2009 to 2016. Prior to this, he was Director General for Economic Development and Foreign Trade, and Secretary General at the Luxembourg Ministry of the Economy. In this capacity he served on the Board of Directors of the World’s largest steelmaker ArcelorMittal and the Luxembourg-based global satellite operator SES.
Graham has been Chief Executive of the Better Regulation Executive, a unit within the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, since 2011. He has a BA and a PhD in Particle Physics from Cambridge University for theoretical work on collision experiments at CERN. He also holds a diploma in public administration from the École Nationale d’Administration (ENA).
Graham has extensive experience across Whitehall and at a European level – a key priority for the Agency’s head. He has worked in the European Commission and held several other posts in the UK Civil Service with a strong European element, including the Treasury’s lead on the EU budget.
Recently he has been the BEIS representative on the Met Office board while outside of work he is a trustee of the Youth Hostels Association and a keen cyclist.
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.
Iain MacInnes is the Director of Major Accounts for DigitalGlobe in Europe. Having joined the company in 2011 he brings 20 years of international experience across the geospatial value chain to a role which is focused on European Institutions, blue chip companies, the UN and International Strategic Partnerships. He has worked extensively in EMEAR, Latin America and APAC within service and software companies and is a graduate of the University of Glasgow and the University of Aberdeen.
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.
Jean-Marie was Deputy Director-General of POST Luxembourg and Director of the Telecommunications Division of POST Telecom Luxembourg from 2005 to 2016.He started his professional career as a Telecom engineer. From 1995-2005, he was in charge of POST Telecom Luxembourg’s CRM software team. In 2005, he became team leader of a group providing ICT facilities to the Luxembourg government in the context of the Luxembourg Presidency of the European Council.
In 2005, he became a member of the management board of POST Luxembourg. He was also a member of the Board of Directors of different IT companies in Luxembourg.
In April 2016 he changed to the Luxembourg Ministry of Economy to coordinate Luxembourg’s HPC and Big Data activities.
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.
John Smedegaard is a co-founder and managing director at FieldSense, a Danish precision farming technology company. At FieldSense, John combines his education and experience within computer science with space and agricultural technology to provide decision-support and variable-rate technology to agricultural farmers. FieldSense is engaged with analysis of Earth Observation satellite imagery and site-specific weather data, and combines big data analysis, machine learning, and computer vision with web and handheld devices. In addition, FieldSense provides pre-processed and processed satellite and GIS data to private and public entities with fully automated API integrations.
Marte Indregard is heading the Energy, Environment and Security Division at KSAT. She has more than 20 years professional experience with remote sensing. Marte has extensive knowledge of satellite technology, gained through developing operational SAR processing systems and participating in and leading several European Commission and ESA projects focusing on remote sensing applications. She has also held a three year research position at the Joint Research Centre (Italy) using satellite technology. Through her 12 years with KSAT, Marte has worked closely with KSAT’s customers to understand their needs and she is supervising the KSAT team that delivers operational services to Oil & Gas customers around the world. Ms. Indregard holds a Master of Science degree in Physics and Mathematics.
My role is to help position ADV as a collaborative investor that founders - obsessed by scaling big digital technology businesses - want to work with. I care passionately about meeting founders with sight of digital technology solutions that are capable of defining an industry or generation. I’ve had the privilege of working with some of the best technology and commercial minds on the planet in my time at ARM Holdings, this really helps to develop a sense of perspective about what could work.
Michael graduated from Loughborough University with a degree in Mechanical Engineering and worked in Product Development at Jaguar Cars for 26 years including roles as Project Manager for the S Type programme, Product Strategy Manager, Business Director for Product Development and Director of Special Vehicles.
Michael left the car industry at the end of 2004 to become Director of Housing, Health and Community at Oxford City Council. In 2009 he joined the Technology Strategy Board in 2009 as Head of Special Projects and his responsibilities included the development of programmes to stimulate UK research and development in satellite telecommunications and satellite navigation. He was the UK delegate for Telecoms programmes on the European Space Agency Joint Communications Board.
Michael joined Magellium Limited in June 2012 as Managing Director and following the sale of the company in December 2014 he is now Business Development Director at Deimos Space UK Ltd.
He has been chair of the Satellite Applications Catapult Regional Centres of Excellence Advisory Board since March 2014.
He is a Chartered Engineer and Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers.
Mike Collett is Founder and Managing Partner of Promus Ventures, a venture capital firm based in Chicago investing in deep-technology software and hardware companies in the U.S. and Europe. Mike has been a venture capital investor in software and hardware for over 15 years. He has invested in more than 60 private technology companies, including areas such as artificial intelligence, space, virtual reality/
alternative reality, machine learning, robotics, natural language processing, autonomous vehicles/connected car, bitcoin/blockchain, computer vision, digital health, fintech, insurance, nanotechnology and others.
Mike has invested in such leading companies as AngelList, Rocket Lab, Kensho, and Mapbox and currently serves on numerous Boards of Directors of private technology companies, including Spire, Layer, Gauss Surgical, Dispatch and others. Mike previously was Founder and Managing Partner of Masters Capital Nanotechnology Fund, a venture capital firm, where he invested in technology companies focused on quantum cascade lasers, quantum dots, photonic integrated optoelectronic devices, and others. While at Masters Capital, a hedge fund, Mike invested in private software and hardware technology startups.
Born in Belfast in 1970, Paul was raised in Edinburgh, attending Stewart's Melville College. He has an honours degree in Economics from the University of Aberdeen and an MBA from University of Edinburgh. He has lived in Berwickshire since 2000.
Paul is a professional economist and, since 1992, had specialised in higher and further education markets, policy evaluation and economic appraisal and impact assessment of capital projects.
Paul previously held a number of roles in the Scottish Parliament and is SNP MSP for South Scotland. Prior to taking his Ministerial position Paul was a member of cross-party groups on Epilepsy, Rural Policy, Armed forces Veterans, Funerals and Bereavement, Boating and Marine Tourism and deputy convener of Sport.
He has previously held posts in the Scottish Government as Minister for Environment and Climate Change and Minister for Community Safety & Legal Affairs. In May 2016 he was appointed Minister for Business, Innovation and Energy.
Nigel Press, an exploration geologist, founded Europe’s first specialist satellite mapping consultancy in 1972. NPA pioneered many commercial applications of remote sensing in geoscience, including plate tectonic analysis, onshore and offshore oil seep detection as well as ground surface monitoring with InSAR. NPA also led pan-European collaboration projects for ESA and the EU. Since passing NPA to Fugro, who then sold to CGG, Nigel remains involved with earth science, and is also an investor in exploration, development and communications projects. He has also found more time for MapAction, having been involved from it’s earliest days. He is now chairman of the Trustees and also provides technical advice. Nigel’s current research interests include further development of earth observation applications through cloud computing, machine learning and AI as well as in satellite and terrestrial communications technology and the role of social media as a geographic information source.
Paul Majmader is Commercial Director at Earth-i and took a pivotal role in the founding and development of Earth-i. Paul was previously the Commercial Director of Aerospace Resources Ltd for 5 years, focusing on satellite-related activities.
Paul has held directorships in companies across the globe, including as the Chief Operating Officer of the Valmore Group, a privately held group of companies controlling assets in excess of $1billion USD.
Paul holds a BA in European Business Studies and is highly experienced in international commerce, operating worldwide in financial services, property development, heavy industry, hospitality, trade finance and commodities trading.
Pavel was Remote Sensing Lead at Climate Corporation, which was sold for more than $1 Billion to Monsanto. He has worked with the Hubble, Spitzer and Kepler Space Satellites and managed numerous NASA projects and holds a Ph.D. in Astrophysics from Johns Hopkins University. He co-founded SpaceKnow, satellite imagery analytics company, in 2014.
Richard has worked on forests, agriculture, climate change and environmental monitoring for over 20 years, both as a researcher and consultant to businesses and governments. In 2007 his work on the IPCC was recognised as a contribution to the Nobel Peace Prize. Prior to founding Ecometrica, Richard developed and sold a successful consultancy business that pioneered various aspects of environmental reporting and measurement standards.
Since co-founding Ecometrica in 2008 Richard has focused on developing the Earth Observation side of the business. He has retained an interest in measurement and evaluation of land use interventions as a senior evaluator of Norway’s international climate and forests initiative and an advisor to the UK government’s investments in forests under the International Climate Fund.
Nikos Pappas was born in 1976. He lived in the working class suburb of Kesariani. He joined the Youth Structures of Synaspismos (the left wing Coalition Political Party) in 1993 and he was elected afterwards Member of its Board.
He studied and worked in Scotland for several years.
He taught economics and worked as researcher in various projects at the Fraser of Allander Institute – University of Strathclyde.
He was awarded a PhD degree in Economics from Strathclyde University.
Nikos Pappas held the position of the director of Alexis Tsipras office from 2008 to 2015.
In the (January 2015) general elections he was elected as Member of the Parliament in the Athens B constituency. He was re-elected in the general election of September 2015.
He served as the Minister of State from January 2015 until November 2016.
He is currently the minister of Digital Policy, Telecommunications and Media and he is also member of the Political Council of Syriza.
Since 1997, Dr. Johnson is CEO, at GMI to an international client base where her area of expertise includes providing Geospatial Business Intelligence Expertise™ in Business Development Programs ranging from Space borne to Terrestrial based Interoperability Programs to the Government and Global Business community that provide Energy Resources, Agriculture and Water Sustainability; Venture Capital Investors and Insurance providers. Utilizing the market research data base of over 1million current geospatial contacts globally subject matter expert products are developed and provided ranging from: Strategic Sales and Marketing operational plans to the supporting tactical Strategic Sales and Marketing Services needed to underpin and develop client success. In addition market research is provided which includes compilations of geospatial studies focused on imagery assets, investment sources, and business model options. A sample of her client base includes global ground stations, satellite developers, Defence contractors, National Labs, and hundreds of small and mid-size organizations.
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).
Award winning Astrophysicist and Astronautical Engineer. Proven innovator and Entrepreneur. Steve is a strong communicator and leader within the growing commercial space sector. His own commercial Astronautics and Earth observation company – Astrosat is paving the way for Space solutions using innovation to solve global challenges.
Steve is a Senior Vice President for CGI UK and member of CGI UK Leadership Team. He was appointed to the position in October 2017 to support the development and execution of the UK’s profitable growth strategy across all regions in both public and private sectors; working with CGI’s professionals partnering with clients to lead, innovate and deliver on the transformational power of technology in a digitally connected world.
Previously, Steve served as the Business Unit Leader for the UK Space, Defence and National and Cyber Security Business a business unit of over 1200 members in the UK.
Since joining CGI Steve has served in many leadership roles across CGI’s operations, including the development of the UK Space business from 2003 where he led the strategy and growth of the team in the delivery capabilities to the European Space Agency (ESA). He also led the formation of CGI’s Cyber security business practice which supports clients in both public and private sectors.
As Chairman of the UK Space Trade association and member of the UK Space Leadership Council Steve led many of the activities in the formation of the UK Space Growth Partnership between industry, academia and government. He continues to lead dialogue on behalf of UK industry between ESA and the UK Space agency around issues relating to Brexit.
He is a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and Institute of Electrical Engineers.
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.
Tony Long is CEO of Global Fishing Watch, a newly independent non-profit that aims to improve sustainability in our ocean resources through increased transparency in commercial fishing activity.
Previously, he led the Pew Charitable Trusts’ work to end illegal fishing. In this role he brought policy and technology together in order to provide enforcement authorities with the information needed to address illegal fishing.
He entered into ocean conservation after 27 years in the British Royal Navy. He commanded a mine-hunter and a frigate. Most recently, he served on the head of the Navy’s strategy team, providing ministerial-level defence planning and policy support.
Valery is a portfolio manager at Skolkovo Foundation where he supports aerospace startups with business development and fundraising. In 2017 he sourced 100+ business development opportunities (with a focus on large B2B-accounts) with booked contract value of over 100 mln. ₽ and managed fundraising process on over 240 mln. ₽. Also, he serves as invited expert on startups and innovation at Roscosmos.
Prior to Skolkovo he had strategy-related position at Sputnix, Moscow-based satellite startup, and was a Structural Engineer at aerospace design bureau. MS.c in Aerospace Engineering, guest lecturer SkolTech, contributor at VentureBeat, Tech Crunch and Futurism.
Zulfikar is a senior editor, presenter and multimedia reporter for Germany's international broadcaster, Deutsche Welle. He mostly writes about space, computing, and the internet. He has chaired panel discussions for the World Health Summit in Berlin, the Center for International Security and Governance at Bonn University (for whom he also hosts a vodcast), and the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings. In 2017, Zulfikar produced and spoke on a panel about the future of space exploration for the Battle of Ideas in London. He presented the opening ceremony for the European XFEL, the world's largest X-ray Free Electron Laser - the event was attended by ministers of science and education from Germany, France, and Switzerland, as well as Russia's chief scientific advisor, among others. Previously, Zulfikar has written for New Scientist, the Independent, the Observer and The (Melbourne) Age newspapers, and spent five years with ABC Radio Australia and Australia Network television.