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Director, Defence Geographic Centre, Joint Forces Intelligence Group
Ian Spencer has been a Geospatial Analyst with the UK Ministry of Defence for 25 years. After graduating from Royal Holloway and Bedford New College (University of London) he joined the Mapping and Charting Establishment (RE) as a Graduate Trainee in 1990. His early work focused on product and standards development and he later represented the Ministry of Defence in the DGIWG (Defence Geographic Information Working Group), and the geospatial standards organisations within NATO, BSI, and ISO.
In 2002 Ian achieved a distinction in the Master of Business Admnistration programme at the Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine. Concurrently he led a multi-disciplinary team in the then Defence Geographic and Imagery Intelligence Agency, providing the agency-wide customer engagement in the first part of the PICASSO equiment programme.
Ian joined the Defence Geographic Centre Management Team in 2004 and held a variety of roles including leading capability planning, delivery and integration; business and resource management and corporate planning; learning & development; information management; and most recently geographic research.
Since 2008 Ian has led the development of Human Geography concepts and capability, and championed the role of geospatial analysis in the development of wider Defence and Intelligence Community (IC) doctrine and procedures. He chairs the UK Defence Human Domain Community of Interest and co-chairs an international Defence Human Geography working group. He also leads the annual international conference on spatial socio-cultural knowledge at the Defence Academy.
In October 2015 Ian was appointed as Director of the Defence Geographic Centre and Assistant Chief of Staff for Foundation Geospatial Intelligence within the Joint Forces Intelligence Group.
Ian is a Chartered Geographer and Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society; a Chartered Manager and Member of the Chartered Management Institute; and a member of the British Cartographic Society
National Geospatial-Intelligence College, Human Development Directorate
Prior to this assignment, Ms. Yates served as the Director, Office of Geography (SG) within the National Geospatial Intelligence Agency (NGA) Source Operations and Management Directorate. She was responsible for developing Topographic, Human Geography, and Political Geography content and tradecraft satisfying warfighter and IC requirements. Ms. Yates also was the Source Equality Executive and the senior champion in educating, mentoring and overseeing the directorate on all aspects of diversity and inclusion. Ms. Yates was recognized as a strategic thinker, as the Deputy Foundation GEOINT National System for Geospatial-Intelligence (NSG) Operations Executive (NOX).
She led the NSG Foundation GEOINT community in implementing a governance structure required to support Unified GEOINT Operations. Ms. Yates co-chaired the Foundation GEOINT NOX sessions, managing Foundation GEOINT requirements and reporting significant Foundation GEOINT activities to the Geospatial Intelligence Requirements Committee. Additionally, she served as the Chair of the Hardcopy Transition Office and the Co-Chair to the Analysis and Production NSG Studies Functional Solutions Refresh.
Ms. Yates joined NGA in 2010 after serving 20 years on active duty. She is a retired USAF Lt. Colonel. Ms. Yates served as an instructor pilot and Air Staff Officer. She was a Deputy Director on the A3 Air Staff Directorate, served as the Vice Commandant of an accredited DoD aeronautical school, and flew numerous overseas operational assignments, including a tour as a dignitary airlift pilot in Europe
Vice President, Strategy and Business Development
Senior Intelligence Officer J2, Canadian Joint Operations Command
Department of National Defence Canada
From 1993 to 2003, Colonel Desjardins held the positions of G2 Ops, G2 Training, G2 Plans, J2 Plans and J2 at Secteur du Quebec de la Force Terrestre. From 2003 to 2008, Colonel Desjardins was the Area G2 for Quebec where he was responsible for Intelligence Force generation, force employment, regional liaison as well as overseeing the development of the CF’s PSYOPS and assuming the functions of project director for the creation of Joint Task Force East in Quebec. He assumed command of the All Source Intelligence Center in Kandahar Afghanistan between August 2007 and March 2008.
In summer 2008, he was selected to attend Joint Command and Staff Program at the Command and Staff College in Toronto Ontario. He was promoted to the rank of LCol in 2008 and assumed the function of Deputy Director Intelligence Operations within Chief Defence Intelligence at National Defence Headquarters in Ottawa. In the summer of 2010, he assumed the functions of G2 and Director Army Intelligence at the Canadian Army HQ in Ottawa where he led Land Intelligence modernization efforts. He was promoted to Col in July 2013, and subsequently posted to NATO SHAPE in Belgium. Upon his return to Canada in 2015, he was appointed to his current role as the J2 of the Canadian Joint Operations Command. He was awarded the MSM for his tour as CO ASIC Roto 4 OP ATHENA. He was also awarded a CLS commendation for his role in the Summit of the Americas in 2001 and a CANADACOM commendation for his role in CF transformation – Stand up of the Joint Task force Headquarters Quebec
Defense Intelligence Senior Level (DISL), Principal Advisor
National Maritime Intelligence-Integration Office (NMIO)
Mr. Lyston Lea joined the National Maritime Intelligence-Integration Office (NMIO) in March 2014. In this position, he serves as the principal advisor to the Director, NMIO on Maritime Domain Awareness and intelligence issues focused on maritime security and intelligence integration challenges. As the senior civilian in the NMIO, Mr. Lea provides continuity to the organization as it improves interagency and international information and intelligence collaboration. A member of the Defense Intelligence Senior Level (DISL), he has worked in the US Intelligence Community (IC) for over 30 years as an analyst and manager.
Prior to joining NMIO, Mr. Lea worked for the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI). He served in the Analytic Integrity and Standards Office working on comprehensive tradecraft evaluation programs to improve the accuracy of information, in support of reforms following the 9/11 attack and the Iraq WMD Commission report.
To support senior policymakers with timely intelligence, he was part of Intelligence Today, successfully linking senior US policymakers to key IC finished intelligence. Mr. Lea also served on rotation to the Department of State’s Office of the Coordinator for Reconstruction and Stabilization. There he led coordinated IC analytical support of reconstruction and stabilization missions. He also worked on the ODNI’s National Intelligence Priorities Framework, responsible for integration and outreach programs.
Before joining the ODNI, Mr. Lea worked in the Defense Intelligence Agency, as a Senior Briefer for the J2’s daily Intelligence Briefing to the Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff. He also served as Deputy Office Chief of the Defense Warning Office, guiding this 120-person strong production center. As Chief of the Futures Division, he directed the Department of Defense Futures Intelligence Program and also implemented the Disruptive Technology Innovations Partnership, focusing innovative science and technology analysis against disruptive threats.
Other prior positions included his appointment as Chairman of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO)’s Intelligence Working Group on NATO Enlargement, where he successfully led the integration of the military intelligence services of Poland, the Czech Republic and Hungary. Additionally, he was the first United States Deputy to the NATO Intelligence Board, in charge of NATO agreed intelligence production. Mr. Lea also served on the Arms Control Intelligence Staff, where he orchestrated U.S. bilateral programs with NATO Allies monitoring conventional arms control treaties in Europe.
Mr. Lea served in the United States Army Reserve as an Assistant Army Attaché, physical security and intelligence officer. He holds a Master of Science in National Security Studies from the National War College, a Master of Arts in Public Administration from Fordham University and a Bachelor of Arts in History from Washington & Jefferson College. He is also a graduate of the Defense Leadership and Management Program. Mr. Lea has numerous personal and unit awards, which are all a tribute to the civilians, Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines and Coast Guardsmen he has served alongside throughout his career.
Subject Matter Expert
The Government's decision in mid 2015 to ratify the Hague Convention (1954) and its two Protocols, through the Cultural Property (Armed Conflicts) Bill, obliges the Armed Forces to conduct more CPP training, establish a unit of military CPP specialists and to acquire, collate and ensure that cultural property geo-spatial data is available to the Armed Forces during training and operations.
Project Manager, USAF Communications and Networks Division
Naval Space and Warfare Centre (SPAWAR)
Professor of Practice for Geospatial Intelligence College of Earth and Mine
Penn State University
Assistant Director Research, Defence Geographic Centre, Joint Forces intell
Chief of Integration and Analysis Division
Defence Intelligence Agency
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.
Former Head Geospatial Intelligence Group
Canadian Armed Forces
During his career, he was appointed as an Officer of the Order of Military Merit. He also received the Owen Kenyon Award and the United States of America National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency Medallion for Excellence and awards from the US Defense Intelligence Agency and other US Intelligence Agencies. Since he retired, Neil has remained active in the international Geospatial Community
Defence Authority for C4ISR Joint User, Joint Forces Command
Iain passed the SM Command Course (Perisher) in 1996 and joined HMS SUPERB as XO. Post this he completed assignments as a Submarine Sea Training Command Rider then a 2 year exchange in the USA serving on the staff of COMSUBDEVRON12 and riding several 688 and SEAWOLF SSNs. Selected for promotion to Commander in 2003 he completed Advanced Command and Staff Course in 2004 and assumed command of HMS TIRELESS later that year. He had time to return to the USA and successfully complete the USN Submarine Command Course in 2005 before getting back to sea in mid-2006. Iain was appointed OBE in Mar 2008 in recognition of his leadership during a tragic incident under the polar ice-cap in Mar 2007 which claimed the lives of 2 of his crew. Post TIRELESS, assignments in MOD Centre Directorate of Joint Capability 2007-09 then Fleet HQ as the Submarine Programmer 2009-10 preceded a return to sea command in HMS ASTUTE. A very busy 22 month tour saw the boat and her team complete significant trials packages including successful British Flight Tests of a Block III and IV TLAM in the Gulf of Mexico. ASTUTE also had the honour of hosting the First Sea Lord and Chief of Naval Operations together at sea whilst conducting exercises against a VIRGINIA SSN on the AUTEC range. A short stint back at submarine sea training was followed by a fascinating summer in Washington DC as Assistant Chief of Defence Staff Liaison Officer working in the Pentagon with J5 Joint Staff. Promoted to Captain in January 14, he spent 2 years as Assistant Chief of Staff to Commander Allied Submarines NATO and UK Senior National Representative at MARCOM. He joined JFC in February 16.
Iain is married to Steph. They have a grown up daughter and son, and with 2 independent minded Labradors, dog walking is a frequent pursuit.
Senior Director, Intelligent Solutions Division
Before Deloitte, he served as a Managing Director and Partner at Bearing Point, Inc., a publicly traded company, which as later acquired by Deloitte Consulting. Dr. Singh founded two IT and engineering companies as well as an Internet company and served as President and CEO of these companies for 15 years.
Dr. Singh is considered a pioneer in designing and implementing Smart Cities and Safe Cities around the world. Prior to joining the private sector, Dr. Singh was a professor at Rutgers University and also served as adjunct professor at George Washington University and American University in Washington D.C.
Officer Commanding, 1 ISR Wing
He served his first tour at the Joint Air Reconnaissance Intelligence Centre at RAF Brampton followed by a tour to Northern Ireland. His first posting to Tactical Imagery Intelligence Wing at RAF Marham was in 2001 as a flt cdr; principally supporting the TORNADO GR4 Force (TGRF) gaining operational experience on Op RESINATE (S) and during Op TELIC1 in 2003. He was subsequently posted to DISC Chicksands as an instructor on the Joint Air Intelligence Course, followed by a tour in MOD. Whilst at MOD he spent a short and informative period as Assistant MA to the Chief of Defence Intelligence.
Promoted to Squadron Leader in 2006 he was appointed to Navy Cmd HQ as SO2 Carrier Strike, acting as the Air Cmd advisor to the Royal Navy on the CVF and JCA programme. During this tour he completed the first of his 3 deployments to Afghanistan. He returned to RAF Marham in 2009 to take command of the Tactical Imagery Intelligence Wing Operations Squadron. In 2011 he completed a short tour at Air Cmd as the HQ 2 Gp ISTAR (Exploit) desk officer which was curtailed by deploying on Op ELLAMY within CAOC5 in Poggio Renatico.
On promotion to Wing Commander in 2011 he attended the Joint Forces Staff College in Norfolk Virginia, where he was a distinguished graduate and won the Gen Douglas McArthur Prize. This was followed by a tour as UK Liaison Officer to the US Joint Chiefs of Staff J7 developing the coherence between UK and US Force Development. Wing Commander Williamson returned to TIW for the third time in August 2015 to take command and transformed 1 Group’s PED organisation to become the first OC 1 ISR Wg in Apr 2016.
Head of Service Development, Operational Division
Head of Business Development, Maritime
Airbus Defence and Space
Ground-Warfighter Geospatial Data Model Project Lead
U.S. Army Geospatial Center (AGC)
Ms Towne formerly was with the Afghanistan Engineering District and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Engineering Research Development Center and assumed her current position with AGC in April 2011. As a Senior Program Manager, she provides GGDM data modeling, implementation guidance, and training to the ground-warfighter, culminating in military terrain analysis and allocating resources to meet requirements. Ms Towne also facilitates several projects for the Army Geospatial Enterprise, ensuring data interoperability and consistency. She works closely with the National Geospatial Intelligence Agency (NGA), the U.S. Marine Corps, ABCA, and other ground-warfighters to ensure innovative and effective research and solutions are utilized.
Ms Towne has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Computer Science from the University of Southern Mississippi and Master’s coursework in Geography and Business Administration from Louisiana State University and Mississippi State University.
Chief, LANDWARNET Division, ARCIC-CDD
Mr. McCarthy served various command and staff positions in the United States, Germany and Korea following his commission into the Field Artillery upon graduation from the Virginia Military Institute. Mr. McCarthy is a graduate of the US Army Command and General Staff College receiving a Master of Arts in Operations, Tactics and Training. He is a 2015 graduate of the Air War College, earning a Master of Arts in National Security Studies and Theory from The U.S. Air War College Grand Strategy curriculum. Mr. McCarthy is a 2016 graduate of the prestigious Defense Senior Leader Development Program.
Commander, 42 Engineering Regiment Joint Forces Intelligence Group,
Director of Intelligence, International Military Staff
General Nelson graduated from the University of Minnesota's Air Force ROTC program as a distinguished graduate in 1987. He served as a squadron, group, and wing commander. His staff duties include tours at U.S. European Command, International Security Assistance Force (ISAF), Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Air Combat Command, and Air Force Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Agency. Prior to his current assignment, he served as the Director of Intelligence, U.S. European Command.
Joint Intelligence Surveillance and Reconnaissance (JISR) Service Line at the NATO Communications and Information Agency (NCI Agency)
He supports efforts associated with Intelligence Functional Services (INTEL FS), Core Geographic Information Systems (Core GIS), NATO Airborne Early Warning & Control (NAEW&C), and Alliance Ground Surveillance (AGS). He served as the Technical Manager for the nationally funded Multi-INT All-source Joint ISR Interoperability Coalition 2 (MAJIIC 2), and held that position for the predecessor Multi-sensor Aerospace/ground Joint ISR Interoperability (MAJIIC) project, and its predecessor, the Coalition Aerial Surveillance and Reconnaissance (CAESAR) project.
Mr Ross has worked for NATO since 1998; developing, testing, deploying and supporting interoperable systems, capabilities, processes and procedures that support NATO and Nations, which has included deployments to support operations in Kosovo and Afghanistan.
Prior to joining NATO, Mr. Ross spent 10 years with the MITRE Corporation as a system analyst, test engineer and flight test engineer during early stages of the Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System (Joint STARS) program. He went on to become the Study Director for the Joint STARS Cost and Operational Effectiveness Analysis (COEA) and deployed with the system to support Operation Joint Endeavour, which led to a position as a US subject matter expert at the SHAPE Technical Centre (STC) in The Hague, now part of the NCI Agency.
Head of Operations Division
EU Satellite Centre
Adriano 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.
He qualified as an Imagery Analyst at the Joint School of Photographic Interpretation (UK), and he holds several other diplomas and certificates in Imagery Analysis, Imagery Processing and Remote Sensing. He also has a Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Certificate awarded by the University of West Florida (USA) and the High Level Course in Common Security and Defence Policy awarded by the European Security and Defence College (BE).
Chief, NGA Support Team
The NST serves as US PACOM’s primary point of entry to NGA support, and provides the Command with access to the full range of NGA GEOINT products and services. Before moving to Hawaii to lead the NST, Mr. Bowerman served at NGA’s offices in St. Louis, Missouri, where he was the GEOINT Mission Manager for Readiness, Response and Recovery. In this role, he directed NGA’s efforts on Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Response (HADR). He engaged with international and domestic relief agencies as well as first responders with the specific intent of providing GEOINT products and services on the unclassified domain, in order to protect property and save lives. Prior to this, Mr. Bowerman served at NGA’s Washington D.C. office in a variety of regional and functional leadership and analytic roles, mostly focused on the Asia-Pacific AOR. Emphasis areas included force modernization, infrastructure improvements, weapons development and proliferation.
His education includes degrees in History, Spanish and Physics from Marquette University. He and his wife Jane were both born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and are avid Green Bay Packers fans. They are currently enjoying life in Hawaii with their three boys and a Chesapeake Bay Retriever named Gertrude.
Co-Chair, Information Technology Committee
Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police
Deputy Moore began his policing career with Dartmouth City Police in 1986 and holds a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Dalhousie University, is a graduate of the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Virginia and is a graduate of the Institute of Strategic International Studies Program of the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police. He also holds a Masters Certificate in Project Management from Saint Mary’s University, and two Certificates from The Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania. He has also been an instructor in the Police Leadership Program at Dalhousie University since, 2000.
He has recently been awarded the Wakefield Scholarship and is actively pursuing a Masters of Studies in Applied Criminology and Police Management at Cambridge University, Cambridge United Kingdom. Deputy Moore has been actively involved through the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police and International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) Communications and Telecommunications Committee, the CACP Research Foundation Board and is the past Chair of the Canadian Interoperability Technology Interest Group (CITIG). Deputy Moore is a past member of the Board of Directors of the Homebridge Youth Society and the Canadian Institute for the Administration of Justice (CIAJ).
He presently sits on the Boards of the Nova Scotia Chiefs of Police Association and as the Co-chair of the Halifax Regional Municipality Pension Fund. Deputy Moore is a recipient of the Queens Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012, was invested in the Order of Merit of Police Forces as an Officer in 2013 and named as a Fellow of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society in 2014.
US Army Geospatial Center
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.
Branch Head, JISR Geospatial Services,
NATO Communications & Information Agency (NCI Agency)
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.
UNESCO Chair in Cultural Property Protection and Peace School of Arts and C
Newcastle University Newcastle upon Tyne
He has written extensively on this topic including co-editing, with Joanne Farchakh Bajjaly, The Destruction of Cultural Heritage in Iraq (2008) and editing Cultural Heritage, Ethics and the Military (2011). His article ‘The 4 Tier approach’ (British Army Review 2013/14) led to the establishment of the British Army’s Cultural Property Protection Working Group which hopes to re-establish a cultural property protection capability in UK forces. His article ‘The challenge of protecting heritage in times of armed conflict’ (Museum International 2016) identifies the seven threats to the protection of cultural property during conflict (lack of planning; spoils of war; lack of military awareness; collateral damage; looting; enforced neglect; and specific targeting).
In 2013 Peter was awarded the Peter Ucko Memorial Award and a Lifetime Achievement Award by the World Archaeological Congress for services to world archaeology. In 2011 Peter became an Officer of the British Empire (OBE) for services to Heritage Education. He is married with four children.
Security Science and Technology Subject Matter Expert, Maritime Domain Awar
US Department of Homeland Security
Now with the US Department of Homeland Security Science & Technology (DHS S&T) as their subject matter expert (SME) for Maritime Domain Awareness and Commercial Earth Observation Space Systems, Guy is the former US Science & Technology Advisor for Maritime Domain Awareness (2003-2012) and creator of both space-based AIS & C-SIGMA, (Collaboration in Space for International Global Maritime Awareness). He also serves as the technical/academic advisor to the Multinational Maritime Security Center of Excellence. Guy has been involved in surveillance operations and systems in the Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard, industry, Johns Hopkins’ Applied Physics Lab (JHU/APL) as well as the Department of Homeland Security and its operational elements. A retired naval officer, he served in hostile areas in 3 cruisers, 2 submarines and 6 reconnaissance aircraft, leading the introduction of both the Navy’s EP-3E & then the Air Force's RC-135W Rivet Joint III, the first 2 aircraft with mission-system computers, becoming the first person in history to be authorized to wear both Navy and Air Force wings at the same time. Also one of the first designated Navy Space Operations sub-specialists, he was the first person in the history of the Navy to be quadruple qualified. A civilian at JHU/APL for nine years, he was its liaison to the Naval War College 2000-2003, leading their effort directed by President Bush on 9/11 (literally) to create what became the National Strategy for Maritime Security and the creation of Maritime Domain Awareness within the US. A Distinguished Graduate of the NWC, he also earned a dual MBA/MS (high honors) in Management and Computer Information Systems from Bryant University. He studied Systems Engineering at JHU. He was awarded the Distinguished Career Service Award in 2012, and the US Geospacial Intelligence Foundation’s Individual Achievement Award in 2015.
Vice President for Business Development and Customer Requirements
Tony Cothron is Vice President for Business Development and Customer Requirements for General Dynamics Information Technology’s Intelligence Solutions Division. He leads the identification of critical mission needs and assists in developing solutions for the continuous improvement of the company’s support to Defense and Intelligence Community organizations across the world. He serves on the board of the National Military Intelligence Association (NMIA) and on the Executive Committee for the Intelligence and National Security Alliance (INSA).
Rear Admiral Tony Cothron retired from the U.S. Navy in December 2008 after distinguished service as a career Intelligence Officer. He served as the Navy’s 62nd Director of Naval Intelligence, as the Deputy Director for Customer Requirements at the National Security Agency, as the Commander of the Office of Naval Intelligence and as the Commander of the U.S. European Command’s Joint Analysis Center. His Navy operational experience included duty as an Intelligence Officer at every level, from individual ship to Fleet level and included combat operations during Desert Storm as the Air Wing Intelligence Officer aboard USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71) and during the Kosovo conflict where he was the Sixth Fleet Director of Intelligence (N2).
Rear Admiral Cothron holds a master's degree in National Security and Strategic Studies from the U.S. Naval War College and a bachelor’s degree in history from Middle Tennessee State University.
Director of the Endangered Archaeology in the Middle East and North Africa
University of Oxford
Initially employed at English Heritage as an Inspector of Ancient Monuments (1984), then by the Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England in the Air Photography Unit, and Head of Aerial Survey until 2003 (by now in English Heritage), Head of Survey 2003-4, English Heritage’s Regional Director for the South-West 2004-2007; Director of Operations for the Heritage Lottery Fund (2007-2014).
He trained as an archaeologist (at Manchester and Cambridge Universities) BA, MPhil and PhD. His research interests are all in periods of archaeology but in particular prehistory, landscape archaeology and the Middle East. He has worked in over a dozen European countries as well as Libya, Iraq, Iran and Jordan.
Holder of a UK Private Pilot's Licence (Manchester and Salford University Air Squadron, RAF. 1976-1978), and a Jordanian Private Pilot’s Licence (Issued October 2001). Through his work in the heritage sector he has been recognised as an Honorary Visiting Professor at the Institute of Archaeology, UCL and an Honorary Lecturer at the University of Perth, Western Australia.
Author (editor) of six books: Ancient Jordan from the Air. (with David Kennedy) 2004
Prehistoric Settlements. Tempus. 2003 (and Batsford 1994)
Aerial Archaeology – Developing Future Practice. Joint Editor with Włodek Raçzkowksi
NATO Life Science Series vol. 337. 2002.
Lincolnshire’s Archaeology from the Air. (ed.) RCHME/SLHA 1999.
World Prehistory: studies in memory of Grahame Clark. (Joint editor with J.M. Coles and P..A. Mellars) British Academy. 1999.
Prehistoric and Romano-British Settlement in the Solway Plain, Cumbria. Oxbow Monograph no. 36. 1994 Recent publication.
Bewley R.H. et al. 2015. Endangered Archaeology in the Middle East and North Africa: Introducing the EAMENA project. Proceedings of the 43rd Annual Conference on Computer Applications and Quantitative methods. Eds. Campana S. and Scopigno R. pp 919-932. Archeopress. London.
Co-Founder and Chief Strategy Officer, Managing Director,
Robbie Schingler is the Co-Founder and Chief Strategy Officer of Planet. Prior to Planet, Robbie spent 9 years at NASA, where he helped build the Small Spacecraft Office at NASA Ames and was Capture Manager for the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS). Robbie later served as NASA’s Open Government Representative to the White House; and served as Chief of Staff for the Office of the Chief Technologist at NASA. He received a MBA from Georgetown University, a MS in Space Studies from the International Space University, and a BS in Engineering Physics from Santa Clara University. Robbie was a 2005 Presidential Management Fellow.
US Army Europe
A native of Quincy, Florida, Lt. Gen. Ben Hodges graduated from the United States Military Academy in May 1980 and was commissioned in the Infantry.
After his first assignment as an Infantry Lieutenant in Germany, he commanded Infantry units at the Company, Battalion and Brigade levels at the 101st Airborne Division and in Operation IRAQI FREEDOM. His most recent operational assignment was as Director of Operations, Regional Command South, in Kandahar, Afghanistan.
Lt. Gen. Hodges has also served in a variety of Joint and Army Staff positions to include Tactics Instructor at the Infantry School; Chief of Plans, 2nd Infantry Division in Korea; Aide-de-Camp to the Supreme Allied Commander Europe; Army Congressional Liaison Officer; Task Force Senior Observer-Controller at the Joint Readiness Training Center, Fort Polk, LA; Coalition/Joint -3 (CJ3) of Multi-National Corps-Iraq in Operation IRAQI FREEDOM; Chief of Staff, XVIII Airborne Corps at Fort Bragg; and Director of the Pakistan Afghanistan Coordination Cell on the Joint Staff; Chief of Legislative Liaison for the United States Army.
His last assignment was as Commander, NATO Allied Land Command from 2012 to 2014.
Disaster Risk Reduction Program Manager
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.
Having graduated in 1989 from the London School of Economics, University of London with a BSc, he worked for the following ten years as an intelligence analyst in the UK in the fields of counter-terrorism and organised crime.
Between 2000 and 2003, Mr Wainwright was the Head of the UK Liaison Bureau at Europol, and also responsible for the Europol National Unit in London. The Liaison Bureaux are a key link in Europol’s cooperation with the EU Member States.
In 2003, he was promoted to the position of Director International of the National Criminal Intelligence Service (NCIS), where he was responsible for its international operations and for developing and implementing the UK strategy against facilitated illegal immigration. He also managed the UK’s National Central Bureau for Interpol and its Europol National Unit.
Between 2006 and 2009, he was Chief of the International Department of the UK Serious Organised Crime Agency (SOCA). In this leading role, he oversaw 20,000 law enforcement cases each year as well as establishing the international strategy and operational capabilities of the newly formed agency. His mandate extended from SOCA’s international operations and global partnerships to the worldwide network of SOCA liaison officers and the national bureaux for Interpol and Europol.
Mr Wainwright was appointed Director of Europol in April 2009. He was reappointed for a second term in 2013, having overseen Europol’s transition from intergovernmental organisation to EU agency status in 2010, ensured Europol’s pivotal position in the new EU Policy Cycle for serious and organised crime from 2011, and secured the establishment of the European Cybercrime Centre (EC3) at Europol in 2013. Under his command Europol has also established the new European Counter Terrorism Centre and European Migrant Smuggling Centre, both in 2016.
Mr Wainwright’s main priorities as Director have been to focus Europol’s efforts on operational impact in priority crime areas while achieving savings in running costs. During his tenure, the number of cases initiated at Europol has more than tripled, to around 40,000 in 2015, and Europol has significantly strengthened its portfolio of operational support tools and services.
Mr Wainwright has twice chaired the World Economic Forum’s ‘Global Agenda Council on Organised Crime’ and was on the steering board of its ‘Partnering for Cyber Resilience’ project.
Rob Wainwright is married with three children. He speaks English, Welsh and Spanish and his interests include history and literature.
DNI Liaison/ USDI Representative to NATO
Joe Drummey serves as the U.S. Director of National Intelligence Liaison & Undersecretary of Defense for Intelligence Representative to NATO in Brussels, Belgium. In this role, he is responsible for U.S. intelligence efforts within NATO including policy and sharing guidance, strategy and planning, capability development, and requirements facilitation.
Mr. Drummey is a defense intelligence senior executive with more than 30 years of experience in a variety of analytic, leadership, and policy positions at several agencies and Combatant Commands. Prior to his current assignment, Mr. Drummey served as NGA’s Director of International Affairs leading the agency’s international partnerships, and developing and implementing geospatial-intelligence policy and sharing guidance.
Australian Geospatial Intelligence Organisation (AGO)
Reece joined AGO in 1999 as a geospatial analyst and has since worked inand led teams that produce geospatial intelligence in support of the AustralianIntelligence Community and the Australian Defence Forces.
His work as an analytical team leader culminated in leading the AGOcontingent in the Middle East in 2012, himself working from Tarin Kowt,Afghanistan. Since returning, Reece has been assisting AGO to developorganisational and capability improvement, most notably contributing AGOsubmissions to the 2014 Force Structure Review and Defence White Paper.
He is currently the Integrated Project Manager for DEF799, theacquisition of ground station facilities to provide Australian Defence with thecapability to directly task commercial imagery satellite constellations.
Reece has been married for 19 years and is enjoying the challenge ofraising two children aged 14 and 11.
Head of International Crisis Management & Resilience
Recently this has meant supporting the United Nations High Commission for Refugees in their humanitarian response to the Refugee Crisis in SE Europe and the World Food Programme Air drops into eastern Syria. Gavin’s 29 year career with the Met Office started straight from school when he joined the Met Office in 1987 as an instrument technician, before quickly progressing into software development, project and programme management and international development. Prior to taking on his current role Gavin lead the delivery of a number of Met Service capacity building projects in Afghanistan, Sierra Leone, Kosova and Ethiopia.
In 2015 Gavin led the Met Office delegation at the World Conference of Disaster Reduction in Sendai (Japan) and also supported colleagues from the Met Office and DFiD in the development and delivery of the US / UK Climate Science collaboration agreement which was signed in Washington last year by President Obama’s Special Envoy for Climate Change Dr John Holdren.
Outside of work Gavin is a keen cook and also spends as much time as possible looking after his local cricket pitch in his role as voluntary groundsman.
Canadian Ice Service, Meteorological Service of Canada
David is a graduate of the Canadian Coast Guard College receiving his diploma in Nautical Sciences in 1981 after which he spent 10 years in the Canadian Coast Guard Fleet finishing with a First Mate Foreign-going certificate of competency. As Director of the Canadian Ice Service for the past 6 years, David is responsible for the program direction, which includes the division’s Science program and relationships as well as operational relationships with clients, partners and stakeholders.
GS15, DAFC Chief, Homeland Defense
NORAD USNORTHCOM J8
He provides expertise in Joint and National knowledge superiority through quality research, development, acquisition, test and evaluation (RDAT&E) and full life cycle support of effective Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (C4ISR), Information Operations (IO), Cyber Warfare, Enterprise Information Services (EIS) and Space capabilities. In 2015, Dr. Moore was awarded the Office of the Secretary of Defense Medal for Exceptional Civilian Service. In 2013 Dr. Moore as Operations Manager for the Dark Fusion Joint Capabilities Technology Demonstration was awarded the ASD R&E 2013 JCTD Team of the Year Award, the NASA Group Achievement Award for the Arctic Collaborative Environment JCTD and in 2010, Dr. Moore was awarded the Exemplary Achievement Award from Space & Naval Warfare Systems Command (SPAWAR, SSC Pacific). He is qualified as a Systems Planning, Research, Development, and Engineering—Systems Engineering (SPRDE-SE) Level III and Critical Nuclear Weapon Design Information (CNWDI). Prior to assuming his position from NORAD-USNORTHCOM (N-NC) J54 Branch Chief, in July 2006, Dr. Moore served in the N-NC J6 Strategic Planning Group and Enterprise Solutions to the Director, N-NC J6.
He was responsible for indentify, designing, and developing cutting-edge operational capabilities and information systems that improved mission readiness across the Commands. During operations in support of Katrina, he was awarded superior performance while serving in the Commercial Synchronization Cell. This required his ability to bring commercial capabilities from various industries into supporting defense response to civil authorities. Dr. Moore is an N-NC Plank Owner. As USNORTHCOM become operational in 2003, Dr. Moore left his career in the semi-conductor industry in response to the changes facing the nation from 9/11. During his time in the semi-conductor industry, Dr. Moore held positions to include: Program Manager for Applied Materials European Training Center in Newcastle, England; Production Supervisor for ATMEL Corporation in Colorado Springs; and Professor of Integrated Circuit Fabrication at Pikes Peak Community College, Colorado Springs, CO.
Dr. Moore attended and graduated from the USAF Academy. Upon graduation, Dr. Moore transferred into the USMC and served as AH-1 Cobra Helicopter Attack Pilot while serving with the Multi-National Peace Keeping Force in Beirut, Lebanon. Dr. Moore then transferred to the US Army, and during his Army career he served as the first Commander of the High Altitude Training Site in Eagle Colorado, and also as Department Chair, Professor of Military Science in Denver, Colorado. His awards include Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal, Joint Commendation Medal, and Combat Action Ribbon. He was medically retired in 1995.
Professor in Logistics and Canberra Fellow, School of Business UNSW at Aust
University of New South Wales
Deputy Director, Inventory Reform, Australian Defence
Australian Defence Force Academy (ADFA)
During a 21 year career with the RAAF(1980-2001), Steve experienced a great variety of roles in engineering managementand technical maintenance prior to migrating to the logistics community. In 2001, Steve departed the RAAF to take up alogistics role with Raytheon
From 2013, Steve has been focusing on solvingdata management issues impacting on the logistics community to improve access todata, simplify data integration and improve accuracy of forecasting leading to greaterconfidence in the decision making process. Steve has proposed a future data managementmodel, Faceplate, to meet the growing business need to integrate multiple data sourcesin a simple, timely and elegant fashion. His vision is to provide all decision makerswithin Defence; uniformed, civilian and contractors with access to all the datathey need, whenever and wherever they need it, on the device they need it, withoutimpacting the host systems.
Norwegian Military Academy
Lieutenant Colonel Haavik-Nilsen is an officer trained at the Norwegian Military Academy and the Norwegian Defence Command and Staff College, he has a Master of Science and Master of Management. Operations have taken him to north and south of Norway with one year in Afghanistan as Chief Engineer.
Chief Geospatial Scientist
Jeremy Morley is Chief Geospatial Scientist at Ordnance Survey. He has worked in geospatial research since the mid-90s, starting in the former Dept. Photogrammetry and Surveying at University College London before moving to the University of Nottingham in 2009 as Geospatial Science Theme Leader in the Nottingham Geospatial Institute. His early career covered topics in environmental Earth observation of the Greenland ice sheet and radar mapping of the British Isles’ terrain. From this base he moved into geographic information science, focusing on topics including crowd-sourcing and citizen science, open and interoperable geographical information services, and applications of geospatial science in fields from plant sciences to planetary mapping. He was a contributor to the MoD-funded Advanced Geospatial Information & Intelligence Services (AGIS) programme. At Ordnance Survey he leads the Research and Education team who carry out research and standards development in collaboration with universities and other research organisations, and promote spatial literacy and geospatial education from primary schools through to higher education
Director of Business Development
Susan joined the BD team in May of 2015 and brings over 17years of experience in the processing and analysis of imagery and geospatial data, technical training, business operations management, P&L management, and strategic business development. She is responsible for identifying opportunities and developing geospatial technical solutions. As a member of the BAE Systems Global Analysis & Operations leadership team for over 8 years, Susan has held various technical and business operations positions in support of customers across the DoD and Intelligence Community. Prior to joining BAE Systems, she was a manager and image scientist with McClendon L1 Solutions. During this time, Ms. Oakley excelled in hyperspectral data analysis, conducted field tests for experimental sensors, and provided consulting support to government customers.
Susan holds a BA in Geology from College of Charleston and a MA in Remote Sensing and GIS from Boston University. She is President of the American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing – Potomac Region. Susan lives in the heart of Washington DC with her husband and three young sons.
European Commission Directorate General for European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations (ECHO)
Team Lead, UK Government Earth Observation Service, Chief Scientific Adviso
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA)
Former Future Capabilities and Change Management Officer
CF Joint Imagery Centre (CFJIC), Canadian Armed Forces
Director of the Laboratory of Remote Sensing and G.I.S.
Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (AUTh)
Intelligence Management Team Intelligence Systems and Analytics Group, Dstl
Missions Formulation Manager, Science and Space Technology Projects Office
VP Product Development
BlackSky Global LLC
Scott is primarily focused on the BlackSky Global Intelligence Platform - a suite of on-demand subscription 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. Scott was formerly the CTO and a founding investor at OpenWhere, which was acquired by Spaceflight Industries in 2016. Scott is a self-professed “map geek” and has spent most of his career developing and deploying Imagery Analysis, Sensor Fusion, and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) for the U.S. Intelligence Community.