OGC Board of Directors
The OGC Board of Directors represents leadership from many disciplines and regions of the world. OGC Directors are dedicated to achieving the OGC vision, providing their professional expertise to the advancement of Consortium objectives. OGC Directors serve as individuals representing the needs of their sectors - they do not represent their organizations of employment. Click on any of the names below for more detail on our Board members.
The OGC Board's Spatial Law and Policy Committee addresses spatial law and policy issues which will influence development requirements of the Consortium's technology process.
The OGC Board has also created the OGC Global Advisory Council as a committee of the board to function as a non-executive, "blue-ribbon" panel positioned to advise OGC concerning its global outreach and organizational strategies. This team is comprised of leaders in infrastructure development, government and industry who will help shape and focus regional activities throughout the world.
- Jeff Burnett - Vice President, Chief Financial Officer, Open Geospatial Consortium.
- Rudi Ernst - Chief Executive Officer and Chief Technical Officer PIXIA Corp.
- Steven Hagan - Vice President of Development for Server Technologies at Oracle Corporation
- Jeffrey Harris - Chairman of the OGC Board of Directors. Consultant to industry and the US Government. Former President of Lockheed Martin Missiles and Space and former President of Lockheed Martin Special Programs.
- Chris Holmes – Product Architect, Planet Labs
- Sanjay Kumar - Chief Executive Officer, Geospatial Media and Communications
- Kumar Navulur - Senior Director of Global Strategic Programs at DigitalGlobe
- Ed Parsons - Geospatial Technologist of Google
- George Percivall - Chief Technology Officer, Chief Engineer, Open Geospatial Consortium.
- Jeff Peters - Director, Federal Programs, ESRI, Inc.
- Faraz Ravi - Director of Reality Modeling and Fellow at Bentley Systems
- Mark Reichardt - President and CEO, Open Geospatial Consortium.
- François Robida - Deputy Head of Information Systems and Technologies Division at BRGM
- Velu Sinha - Partner, Bain & Co.
- Eric Soulères - CIS
- Frank Suykens - CTO, Luciad Geospatial Division
- Kristin M. Tolle - Principal Data Science Program Management Lead, Data and AI Enablement Team, Microsoft
- Dr. Christopher Tucker - Independent
- Rob van de Velde - Director of Geonovum, the Dutch National SDI Executive Committee
- Geoff Zeiss, Ph.D. - Principal at Between the Poles
- Jen Ziemke, Ph.D. - Co-Founder and Co-Director, International Network of Crisis Mappers and Associate Professor, John Carroll University
Dr. Robert W. Corell (Director Emeritus) - Principal, Global Environment Technology Foundation and Center for Energy and Climate Solutions
Joanne Isham (Director Emeritus) - Senior Vice President for Washington Operations for L-1 Identity Solutions, Inc.
Dr. Mike Jackson - Research Chair, Geospatial Sciences, University of Nottingham
Dr. R. Siva Kumar (Director Emeritus) - CEO NSDI & Head NRDMS Division
Jeff Labonté (Director Emeritus) - Director, Geoconnections Programs and Chair of the Canadian Federal Inter-Agency Committee on Geomatics
Jack Pellicci - President, Lancer Information Solutions
David Schell - Founder and Chairman Emeritus of the Board of Directors of the Open Geospatial Consortium, and Chief Strategist for the corporation
Mr. Burnett is currently OGC's vice president of operations & finance. He joined OGC in that role and became a director of OGC in 2001. He has over 25 years experience in general management, marketing management, direct marketing and product management at a variety of high technology companies. Most recently, he was the director of marketing and business development for Applied Analysis, Inc., a company specializing in information extraction from hyperspectral and multispectral imagery. Prior to AAI, Mr. Burnett was the general manager of a business unit of Harte-Hanks Response Management, which provided customer relationship management outsource solutions to high-tech business-to-business customers. He holds an MBA from Harvard University, a BA from Dartmouth College, and served with the US Navy in the Pacific from 1969 to 1974.
Dr. Robert W. Corell (Director Emeritus)
Dr. Robert W. Corell is a Principal for the Global Environment Technology Foundation and its Center for Energy and Climate Solutions. He is also Ambassador for ClimateWorks, Professor II at the University of the Arctic's new Institute of Circumpolar Reindeer Husbandry and a Professor II at the University of Tromso. He is a Partner of C-ROADS Climate Interactive, Head of the U.S. Office for the Global Energy Assessment and Chair of the Global Climate Action Initiative established to assist international negotiators in the COP 15 and beyond processes. In 2010, Dr. Corell founded the non-profit Global Science Associates, an interdisciplinary nucleus for the world's best science experts and collaborators.
In 1996, he was awarded the Brazilian Order of Scientific Merit by the President of Brazil. In 2003, a mountain region in the Antarctic was named the "Corell Cirque" in his honor. Further, he was recognized with the other scientists for the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize for his work with the International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) assessments and in 2010, Dr. Corell was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Veterinarian Medicine by the Norges Veterinærhøgskole (Norwegian School of Veterinarian Science).
He was Vice President for Programs and Policy at the Heinz Center from 2006 to 2009 and recently, he completed an appointment that began in January 2000 as a Senior Research Fellow in the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard University's Kennedy School of government. Dr. Corell is also a Senior Policy Fellow at the Policy Program of the American Meteorological Society.
Dr. Robert Corell has been quoted in The Washington Post, Vanity Fair, Golf Digest, CBS News' 60 Minutes, and many additional public media outlets. He is actively engaged in research concerned with the sciences of global change and the interface between science and public policy, particularly research activities that are focused on global and regional climate change, related environmental issues, and science to facilitate understanding of vulnerability and sustainable development. He co-chairs an international strategic planning group that is developing a strategy designed to harness science, technology, and innovation for sustainable development; serves as the Chair of the Arctic Climate Impact Assessment; counsels as Senior Science Advisor to ManyOne.Net; and is Chair of the Board of the Digital Universe Foundation.
Dr. Corell was Assistant Director for Geosciences at the National Science Foundation where he had oversight for the Atmospheric, Earth, and Ocean Sciences and the global change programs of the National Science Foundation (S+NSF). He was also a professor and academic administrator at the University of New Hampshire. Dr. Corell is an oceanographer and engineer by background and training, having received Ph.D., M.S., and B.S. degrees at Case Western Reserve University and MIT. He has also held appointments at the Woods Hole Institution of Oceanography, the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, the University of Washington, and Case Western Reserve University.
Rudi Ernst is the Chief Executive Officer and Chief Technical Officer at PIXIA Corp. He co-founded PIXIA in 2000 and is responsible for the overall vision and execution of the Company. PIXIA is a leading commercial software provider that enables geospatial content access in the cloud or at the edge. The primary focus is on enabling very fast response times at the user interface level while leveraging open standards to include OGC. In 2014, PIXIA received the USGIF Industry Achievement Award for developing and donating their Wide Area Motion Imagery specification to the OGC. This effort paves the way for a future user environment that leverages standard open interfaces across all geospatial data types.
Rudi holds a Master’s Degree and a Bachelor’s Degree from Vanderbilt University specializing in robotic vision and computer graphics. He is the inventor on over 35 patents both in the U.S. and internationally. Upon receiving his Master’s degree from Vanderbilt, he returned to NYC and began working for ABC Television in 1994. Rudi worked on many special events for both News and Sports adding the latest technologies to the broadcast. He worked on graphics insertions like the virtual 1st down line in football, the real-time clock and score graphics overlay for football, baseball, and basketball as well as the first regularly scheduled high-definition broadcast sporting event which was Monday Night Football. He was responsible for the graphics and real-time exit polling database technologies for numerous election coverages. He also worked closely with Walt Disney Imagineering when he was focusing on next generation projects within the strategic planning group. He worked on numerous efforts involving virtual studio and fully immersive displays. Rudi has been passionate about getting the data out to consumers via standard and open interfaces, especially for those data sets that are extremely voluminous. He has always questioned why those sensors that are collecting the most amount of data seem to be the least accessible.
Steven Hagan is Vice President of Development for Server Technologies at Oracle Corporation. He has been responsible since 1994 for Oracle's Nashua, New Hampshire development facility, where he has responsibility for Oracle's development and associated strategic relationships in the areas of Oracle Spatial, RDF/OWL - the Semantic Web, Graph Databases, Medical Imaging & related Image/Audio/Visual services, Hadoop (Big Data) Connectors, and "Data Movement/High Availability" utilities.
Before joining Oracle, he spent seven years at Digital Equipment Corporation as the senior engineering manager for database technologies.
In 1998 Steven Hagan was instrumental in bringing Oracle into Principal Membership in OGC, and committing Oracle to work with OGC standards throughout the development of the Oracle Spatial product line. Under his leadership, Oracle has been adding spatial functionality to its database product since 1997, beginning with Oracle 8.
The particular strategic contribution of Steven Hagan's organization is its extensive network of strategic relationships with nearly all of the key geospatial software and data suppliers; its special concentration on very large databases; and its focus on addressing "Spatial Intelligence" and the mainstreaming of Location into Business Intelligence and numerous related applications.
Steven Hagan holds an M.S. in Computer Science from University of Southern California, and a B.S. In Aerospace Engineering from Penn State University.
Jeffrey K. Harris is Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Open Geospatial Consortium. He has contributed to US national security in both Government and Industry for 35 years where he has fostered new technologies, programs and capabilities that have contributed significantly to US national security capabilities. He currently consults with industry and the US Government.
He is retired from Lockheed Martin, where he was a corporate officer and served as President of Lockheed Martin Missiles and Space and President of Lockheed Martin Special Programs. Also, he served as President of Space Imaging, the first company to commercially provide high-resolution satellite imagery and information products of the Earth for cost-effective solutions to today’s global business needs.
Before entering the private sector, Mr. Harris served with distinction in senior national leadership positions, including Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Space; Director, National Reconnaissance Office, and Associate Executive Director of the Intelligence Community Management Staff. In all of these capacities, he provided direct support to both the Secretary of Defense and the Director of Central Intelligence. Mr. Harris began his career with the Central Intelligence Agency as a photo technologist at the National Photographic Interpretation Center. In 1978, he joined the CIA Office of Development and Engineering’s satellite development programs.
Mr. Harris has received numerous awards, most notably the National Intelligence Distinguished Service Medal, the CIA Distinguished Service Medal, the NRO Medal for Distinguished Service, the US GeoSpatial Foundation Lifetime Achievement Award, Aviation Week Laureate Citation and the James V. Hartinger Award for military space achievement.
He is a member of the Commander STRATCOM Strategic Advisory Group, the Sandia Intelligence Advisory Panel and National Security Agency Advisory Board (Acquisition) the INSA National Security Studies Council, the US Geospatial Foundation Board and the Open Geospatial Consortium Board. He is a Trustee at Rochester Institute of Technology and RIT College of Science Dean’s Advisory Board and serves on a number of corporate boards.
Mr. Harris holds a bachelor’s degree in Photographic Science and Instrumentation from the Rochester Institute of Technology.
Chris Holmes started his career as lead developer of GeoServer and then founded OpenGeo (operating now as Boundless), providing commercial support for a suite of open source geospatial software projects. He currently works at Planet Labs, a startup that builds and operates the largest constellation of earth imaging satellites, with over 100 successfully launched to date.
At Planet Labs Chris serves as the Product Architect, where he sits at the nexus of technology and business, leading product management and strategy. He also sits on the boards of the Eclipse Foundation and Brave New Software, and serves as an advisor to CartoDB. Chris previously was a Fulbright Scholar in Zambia, served on the board of the Global Spatial Data Infrastructure Association and was a founding board member of the Open Source Geospatial Consortium (OSGeo).
Joanne Isham (Director Emeritus)
Joanne Isham is the president and founder at Aurora Group. She was previously Senior Vice President for Washington Operations at L-1 Identity Solutions.
Prior to joining L-1 Identity Solutions, Ms. Isham was the Chief Operating Office of High Performance Technologies, Inc., and before that she was the Vice President, Deputy General Manager of Network Systems at BAE Systems.
Prior to joining BAE Systems, Ms. Isham was a member of the Senior Intelligence Service and a career officer at the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). From September 2001 until her retirement in 2006, she served as Deputy Director of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency. Prior to that assignment, she served as the Associate Deputy Director for Science and Technology and then Deputy Director for Science and Technology at the CIA.
Ms. Isham held several other senior management positions in the CIA and other Intelligence Community organizations, including Director of Congressional Affairs for CIA, Deputy Director of the Resource Management Office of the Community Management Staff (CMS) and as CMS’s director of Program Analysis. In these positions, she was responsible for budget and resource issues spanning the Intelligence Community. Ms. Isham also spent a number of years on assignment to the National Reconnaissance Office as Director of Legislative Affairs and a Program Manager.
She has received numerous awards throughout her career including the National Intelligence Distinguished Service Medal, the Department of Defense Distinguished Civilian Service Award, the National Intelligence Medal of Achievement, the CIA and NGA Distinguished Intelligence Medals and the DIA Director’s Award.
Ms. Isham is a member of the Senior Advisory Group for the Director of National Intelligence; Board of Trustees Analytic Services, Inc.; and serves on the Boards of Silicon Graphics Incorporated, Applied Analysis, Incorporated, The Sanborn Map Company, INSA and the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC). She is a technical advisor to the Parsons Institute of Information Mapping of The New School; and Appistry, Incorporated. She is also a member of the President’s Roundtable and several Dean’s councils at the Rochester Institute of Technology.
Ms. Isham is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame. She lives in Northern Virginia.
Dr. Mike Jackson (Director Emeritus)
Mike is Emeritus Professor of Geospatial Science at the University of Nottingham, UK and was founder and Director of its Centre for Geospatial Science (CGS) 2005 - 2011. CGS, now part of the Nottingham Geospatial Institute, is a multi-disciplinary post-graduate research centre focussing on spatial data infrastructures, geospatial intelligence, location-based services and geospatial interoperability. Prior to 2005 he was Director of QinetiQ's Space Division. (QinetiQ, formed from the UK's Defence Research and Evaluation Agency, is a leading science and technology organisation with more than 10,000 scientists and engineers). In earlier appointments, Mike was Head of Location Platform at Hutchison3G UK, a Hutchison Wampoa third generation mobile telecommunications company, and CEO of Laser-Scan Holdings plc, an organisation which took an early and active role in the specification and development of standards within OGC. Mike has first-class honours and PhD degrees from Manchester University, UK and was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Technology from Kingston University in 2002. Professor Mike Jackson has been a director of OGC since 2001, is Chairman of OGC Europe and Chairman of the Association of Geographic Information Laboratories for Europe, (AGILE). He is a current member of the UK Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) GI Board. Mike is a Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society.
As Chief Executive Officer of Geospatial Media and Communications, a geospatial media company, Sanjay Kumar has worked towards facilitating and accelerating growth of the geospatial industry worldwide and raising awareness of the industry’s contribution to the global development agenda.
Sanjay, who holds a Masters in Political Science and M. Phil. in International Studies from the University of Delhi, began his professional career in 1994, studying industrialization in rural India. This study led to a project management assignment, setting up industrial units in the Himalayan region. This and subsequent roles helped him understand the complications and benefits of industrialization from both a community and an industry point of view.
In 1997, Sanjay joined a diverse group of professionals to co-found the Centre for Spatial Database Management and Solutions (CSDMS), a not-for-profit organisation focused on applying GIS in development and environmental planning. Through this work, Sanjay saw how little industry and government knew about geographic information and related technologies, which inspired him to co-found GIS Development Private Limited (now Geospatial Media and Communications) in 1999. Since becoming CEO in 2002, Sanjay has transformed it into the leading geospatial media company in Asia, the Middle East and Africa. He has actively collaborated with global geospatial organisations, and a major achievement has been to conceptualise and successfully execute, since 2007, the Map World Forum, a global biennial event.
Sanjay Kumar has also been associated with many geospatial professional societies and served as Co-chair of ISPRS WG VI-4 on distance learning from 2000-2004. He is founding Secretary of the Association of Geospatial Industries of India. He is a member of the National Task Force on Evolving Geospatial Strategy, Government of India. He has been recently appointed as Co-Chair of the Global Advisory Council of the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC).
Dr. R. Siva Kumar (Director Emeritus)
Dr. R. Siva Kumar is the National Spatial Data Infrastructure (NSDI) CEO and Head of the Natural Resources Data Management Systems (NRDMS) Divisions of the Department of Science & Technology, agencies that are spearheading NSDI development in India. In his role as Member Secretary of the Task Force on NSDI he bore primary responsibility for launching the NSDI movement in India. Under Dr. Kumar's leadership, the NRDMS programme has increased in size, funding and relevance to society. The division runs concurrent programmes of collaborative research with Canada, Norway, UK and The Netherlands.
He holds the rank of Brigadier in the Indian Army and previously served in Army headquarters as Director Military Survey.
Throughout his career, Dr. Kumar has been actively promoting the use of GIS, GPS and Remote Sensing in his country and has evolved innovative projects for dissemination of these technologies. He has been on the visiting faculty of Jamia Milia, Delhi University, BITS (Birla Institute of Technology & Science), Mesra, CME (College of Military Engineering) Pune and STI (Science and Technology Initiative). During the Year of Scientific Awareness, he launched a geospatial technology awareness project for rural school children in the states of Punjab, AP and West Bengal. He edited a book that was published in the languages of Telugu, Bengali and Gurumukhi as well as in English.
Dr. Kumar has traveled widely, studying national mapping organizations and Spatial Data Infrastructure programs in numerous countries. He is actively involved in Permanent Committee on GIS Infrastructure for Asia and the Pacific (PCGIAP), GSDI and other organizations and committees, and he is on the advisory boards of several magazines. He has been the recipient of a number of honors and awards, including the Dolezal Prize of the International Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ISPRS) in 1996, the Tata Scholarship for Study Abroad and the Netherlands Government Fellowship.
Jeff Labonte (Director Emeritus)
Jeff Labonté is Director, GeoConnections Programs and Chair of the Canadian Federal Inter-Agency Committee on Geomatics. He directs the GeoConnections Program, a national partnership to build the Canadian Geospatial Data Infrastructure (CGDI) led by Natural Resources Canada. The GeoConnections Program is developing and delivering the CGDI through cooperation with Canadian federal, provincial and territorial agencies, the private and academic sectors, and non-government community organizations.
Prior to developing and launching the GeoConnections program, Mr. Labonté worked on geospatial data integration, GIS applications, and national policy projects in Canada's National Mapping Agency, the National Atlas of Canada, and the GIS Integration Division, all within Geomatics Canada, Earth Sciences Sector at NRCan. He has also worked on secondment with J2 Geomatics in National Defence, developing geospatial infrastructure tools and applications. Currently, as a member of the senior management team at Earth Sciences Sector, NRCan, he contributes to the strategic development and execution of national geomatics policy and programs for Canada's federal government, while also working on international cooperation with other geospatial agencies around the World.
Mr. Labonté co-chairs the working level federal inter-agency committee on geomatics that coordinates geomatics activities across Canada's federal government. He was an international contributor on a US National Academy of Sciences Geographic Data Licensing Study. Mr. Labonté also represents Canada on the Working Committee for the Global Spatial Data Infrastructure (GSDI) effort.
Dr. Kumar Navulur
Dr. Navulur is the Senior Director of Global Strategic Programs at DigitalGlobe. He received his doctoral degree from Purdue University. He has held various executive positions in the geospatial industry where he was the president of Pixxures, an aerial imagery company. He also held the CTO position at Spectrum Mapping, a Lidar and imaging company. Currently he serves at the president of DigitalGlobe Foundation, a non profit company that is focused on developing geospatial capacity around the globe. Dr. Navulur is the author of the book, Multispectral Image Analysis Using the Object-Oriented Paradigm. He served as the adjunct professor at university of Denver as well as University of Colorado, where he advises doctoral students on their dissertations. He is an invited speaker at various international conferences and an avid supporter of standards for the geospatial industry.
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 currently co-chair of the W3C/OGC Spatial Data on the Web Working Group.
Ed is based in Google’s London office, and anywhere else he can plug in his laptop.
Ed was the first Chief Technology Officer in the 200-year-old history of Ordnance Survey, and was instrumental in moving the focus of the organisation from mapping to Geographical Information. He came to the Ordnance Survey from Autodesk, where he was EMEA Applications Manager for the Geographical Information Systems (GIS) Division.
He earned a Masters degree in Applied Remote Sensing from Cranfield Institute of Technology and holds a Honorary Doctorate in Science from Kingston University, London.
He is a Visiting Professor of University College London and is a fellow of the Royal Geographical Society.
Ed is married with two children and lives in South West London.
Jack Pellicci (Director Emeritus)
Jack Pellicci is the President of Lancer Information Solutions, a Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business (SDVOSB). Lancer is a leading provider of Information Technology (IT) products and solutions for federal, state and local government markets, providing a wide variety of leading Commercial Off-the-Shelf (COTS) products, customized IT solutions and IT consulting services.
Pellicci retired from Intergraph in January 2013 where he has served as Senior Vice President of Intergraph’s Security, Government & Infrastructure (SG&I) division and general manager of the company’s Federal, Security and Intelligence (FSI) business unit. On 1 October he was appointed President and CEO of Intergraph Government Solutions, a wholly owned subsidiary of Intergraph US and Hexagon AB.
Pellicci served in the US Army for 31 years as an Infantry officer, and commanded at every level from platoon through Brigade in both peace and war. He was a company commander in Germany, served 2 tours in Vietnam and served as Director of Training, US Army. His final command was Commanding General of the US Army Personnel Information Systems Command.
Upon retirement from the US Army in January 1992, he joined Oracle Corporation. There, Pellicci served as Vice President of the Federal Division, Group Vice President for the Global Public Sector, and Group Vice President of Business Development and Program Management for the North America Public Sector, among other positions. He has been on the Board of Directors of the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) since 1995 and serves on the Executive Committee. Pellicci served from February of 2010 to December 2012 on the National Geospatial Advisory Committee (NGAC) where he advised the Federal Government on efficient use of Geospatial data and resources. He is a member of the US Geospatial Intelligence Foundation (USGIF) and serves on the Board of Directors of the National Defense University Foundation, the USO of Metropolitan Washington and Skyline Software Systems.
He is a recipient of the Government Computer News award for Excellence in Information Management and a winner of the Federal Computer Week Federal 100 award for impact on the government systems community. He received his bachelor of science in engineering from West Point and a master of science in mechanical engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology. He is a graduate of the US Army War College, the Command and General Staff College and the U.S. Department of State Senior Executive Course, the Senior Seminar in National and International Affairs.
As OGC's CTO George is responsible for working with OGC members to ensure a strategic technology focus across the OGC Programs in support of the strategic vision set forth by the OGC Board of Directors. As lead technology architect for the Consortium he authorizes technical staff to propose and implement technology approaches across the Consortium. As Chief Engineer, he promotes consistent and sound architectures including an emphasis on innovation and emerging technology. He chairs the OGC Architecture Board and is an appointed member of the OGC Board of Directors.
Prior to joining OGC, Mr. Percivall was Chief Engineer with Hughes Aircraft for NASA's Earth Observing System Data and Information System (EOSDIS) - Landsat/Terra release; Principal engineer for NASA's Digital Earth Office; and represented NASA in OGC, ISO and CEOS. He was Director of the GST's Geospatial Interoperability Group. Previously, he led developments in Intelligent Transportation Systems with the US Automated Highway Consortium and General Motors Systems Engineering including the EV1 program. He began his career with Hughes as a Control System Engineer on GOES/GMS satellites. He holds a BS in Engineering Physics and an MS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Illinois - Urbana.
Jeff Peters currently serves as Director of Federal Programs for ESRI, Inc. Based in Washington, DC, the Federal organization works closely with various Department heads and agencies throughout the Federal Government as well as many of the Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) and Global partners such as NATOand the United Nations in support of their mission critical geospatial initiatives. In his role at ESRI, Mr. Peters is responsible for the vision and strategy for geospatial technologies and solutions serving the national Government and its international operations.
Mr. Peters has over 17 years experience spanning information technology, business development, strategic planning, and corporate leadership in the software industry. Prior to joining ESRI, Mr. Peters was President of Mountain CAD, Inc., where he launched innovative tools and solutions using computer aided drafting (CAD) and geograpgic information technology (GIS). For the past 7 years he has been a member of the ESRI Board of Directors playing a key role in strategic planning and corporate leadership.
Mr. Peters holds a B.A. degree from the University of Montana and an M.B.A. degree from the University of Redlands. He also serves on the Department of Homeland Security advisory board.
Faraz Ravi is the Director of Reality Modeling and Fellow at Bentley Systems. Based in London, UK, he is responsible for Bentley Systems’ vision and advancement of workflows based on new methods of data capture including aerial and mobile LIDAR, structure from motion, video and sensor devices.
In 2003 Faraz founded Pointools, a UK based company specializing in producing point cloud related software. During this time he worked closely with hardware vendors, technology partners as well as GIS and survey professionals. He led the company through to acquisition by Bentley Systems in 2011 following 2 years of successful technology licensing by Bentley and technology integration into MicroStation, Bentley Map and other products.
In 2011 he was elected and served as chairman of the ASPRS E57 committee for 2 years. The committee addresses standards for laser scanning specification and data exchange which have been widely adopted by laser scanning hardware and software vendors.
Prior to Pointools Faraz ran a consultancy focused on 3D geospatial data acquisition and modeling with particular focus on opportunities presented by new capture technologies and methodologies. During this time he provided consultancy a number of blue chip companies including Navteq, Ordnance Survey (UK), General Dynamics and others.
Faraz holds a BArch and PostGrd Dip in Architecture from Herriot-Watt University in Edinburgh
Mark Reichardt is President and Chief Executive Officer of the Open Geospatial Consortium, Inc. (OGC). Mr. Reichardt has overall responsibility for Consortium operations, overseeing the development and promotion of OpenGIS® standards and working to ensure that OGC programs foster member success. He works with other standards development organizations and professional associations to establish alliance agreements to assure that OGC standards and other standards work together fluidly. Such coordination is critical, for example, to support standards that enable the full integration of geospatial information with real time sensor data and Building Information Models (BIM) used in architecture, engineering, construction and full life cycle management of buildings and other physical infrastructure.
Mr. Reichardt joined the Consortium in November 2000 as Director of Marketing and Public Sector Programs; became the President of OGC and a member of the Board of Directors in September, 2004; and was appointed President and CEO in January 2008.
Before joining the OGC, Mr. Reichardt was involved in technology modernization and production programs for the US Government. In the mid 1990's, he was a member of a DoD Geospatial Information Integrated Product Team (GIIPT) formed to help transition the DoD mapping mission to a more flexible and responsive geo-information based paradigm. Under Mr. Reichardt's leadership, the GIIPT Production Team validated the ability of commercial off the shelf hardware and software to meet many of the DoD functional requirements for geospatial production operations.
In 1998 Mr. Reichardt accepted an assignment with Vice President Gore's National Partnership for Reinventing Government to manage a program to illustrate how the use of geospatial information and technologies could improve local to federal government coordination. In early 1999, Mr. Reichardt was selected to establish and lead an international Spatial Data Infrastructure (SDI) program for the US Federal Geographic Data Committee. In this position, Mr. Reichardt helped to establish globally compatible national and regional SDI practices in Africa, South America, Europe, and the Caribbean. He was instrumental in establishing several nation-to-nation collaborative SDI agreements.
Mr. Reichardt serves on the Board of Directors of the Global Spatial Data Infrastructure Association and on the BuildingSmart Alliance Board of Direction.
François Robida is Deputy Head of Information Systems and Technologies Division at BRGM. BRGM is France's leading public institution involved in the Earth Science field for the sustainable management of natural resources and surface and subsurface risks. In his current position, he is in charge of research and development and supervises European and international projects in the domain of Information Systems for geosciences and environment in general (such as Orchestra, Rise, Swing, Genesis, Aegos, EuroGeoss, OneGeology).
Prior to taking this position in BRGM, François Robida held different positions in the organization related to computer science applications to earth sciences. Following his first work in mining geostatistics, he was in charge of the design and development of software related to all aspects of geology, and especially to 3D modeling. He was then responsible for the BRGM software group, co-coordinating the development and marketing of software developed by BRGM.
As “Terre Virtuelle” project leader since 2001 (Terre Virtuelle / Virtual Earth is a BRGM R&D corporate project to support the development of new services through the use of new technologies), François Robida has promoted and introduced interoperability, Grid computing and Virtual Reality technologies within BRGM. The project delivered in 2003 the first OGC compliant portal in France.
Involved as an actor of the development of interoperability at different levels, he has been a member of the European Expert Group for INSPIRE during the preparation phase, and he chairs the Working Group on “Geographic information & INSPIRE” of the European Geological Surveys association (EuroGeosurveys). He also represents BRGM in CNIG (French council for geographic information), in OGC (BRGM became the first French OGC member in 2001), and has also been a member of the OGCEurope advisory board.
François Robida is currently member and treasurer of the Council of IUGS/CGI, the Commission for Geoscience information which develops GeoSciML, the geosciences markup language. He is co-coordinating the technical development of the OneGeology initiative (94 countries) that aims at delivering a geological map of the world based on interoperability principles. François Robida is a Mining Engineer, graduate of the Nancy School of Mines (Engineer Degree in geostatistics).
David Schell – Founder and Chairman Emeritus of the Board of Directors of the Open Geospatial Consortium, and Chief Strategist for the corporation.
David Schell is Founder and Chairman Emeritus of the OGC Board and currently serves as Chief Strategist for the corporation, focusing on strategic initiatives and relationships designed to serve the evolving needs of the organization and its growing membership community and stakeholders.
Mr. Schell served as both Chairman and CEO of OGC from its founding in 1994 until 2008 when the board elected Mark Reichardt to assume the position of President and CEO. As Executive Chairman from 2008 to 2012, Mr. Schell was principally concerned with overseeing board operations and organizing the consortium's strategic planning process.
Prior to developing the "Open GIS" process, Mr. Schell worked in the computer industry as a system programmer, marketing support engineer and technical writing manager for IBM, Honeywell Information Systems, and Data General Corp., respectively. As a founder of Pixel and Cadmus Computer Systems in the early 90's, Mr. Schell participated in the development of the UNIX workstation market, negotiating extensive third-party software relationships and the integration of interoperable productivity tools for both office and laboratory process automation.
Mr. Schell's involvement with geospatial information technology standards began in 1985 with his work at Massachusetts Computer Corporation (Masscomp), and later with Okidata Microsystems, where he focused on development and marketing of real time measurement and control, document management, and spatial imaging systems. During this period, Mr. Schell worked closely with the US Army Corps of Engineers to support development and industrial application of the Corps' widely used open source GIS product "GRASS" – the Geographical Resources and Analysis Support System. In 1991, he was elected to lead the non-profit corporation founded by the GRASS User Forum to formalize technology transfer of GRASS to the private sector, and to begin organizing industry support for the creation of an infrastructure to support the development of geospatial interoperability. Renamed the "Open GIS Foundation", the organization focused on the integration of diverse geospatial product capabilities in the UNIX and internet environment, and engaged in extensive industry outreach to develop community consensus and support for the definition of "Open GIS". With the support of seven founding members, Mr. Schell reincorporated the foundation in 1994 as the Open GIS Consortium, crystallizing broad government and industry support, and the beginning of OGC's active specification process.
In October of 2002, CIO Magazine presented Mr. Schell with the CIO Magazine "CIO 20/20 Vision Award" for innovation and leadership in the development of transformational technologies essential to today's business process. In 2007 he received the GeoTec Media 2007 Visionary Achievement Award for dedication to the technical advancement and widespread use of geospatial technology, and at the 2011 Esri Federal GIS Conference he was presented with a “Making a Difference” Award by Jack Dangermond, Esri's president. Mr. Schell was also recognized with the Geospatial World Forum 2012 Leadership Award for Lifetime Achievement, presented at the Geospatial World Forum in Amsterdam by former President of India Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam.
Mr. Schell earned B.A. and M.A. degrees from Brown University and the University of North Carolina respectively, and currently holds the title "Honorary Professor of Geospatial Interoperability" in the School of Engineering at the University of Nottingham.
Velu Sinha, a partner at Bain & Co, advises clients on matters of technology-driven growth strategies. He is based in Palo Alto and works with teams around the globe across technology, media, and telecommunications sectors, spanning industries including semiconductors/microprocessors, communications technologies (wired/wireless), consumer electronics, systems, operating systems/management software, internet service providers, and traditional communications service providers. He has guided the development of entry strategies and investments in geospatial imaging, navigation, and location based services, and serves both enterprises and investment groups with the analysis of emerging technologies/usage trends and the competitive landscape. Over the past 25 years, Velu has worked in government/defense R&D laboratories; entrepreneurial roles for systems, service provider, and semiconductor companies; and as an advisor to senior management and investors. Velu has an undergraduate degree in Physics from the University of Maryland.
Eric Soulères is Senior Vice President, Chief Technical Officer, CIS (Communications, Intelligence & Security) at Airbus. He is responsible for all CIS activities involving Airbus activities with the French Government and he interfaces with French authorities for all Airbus government defence business. Mr. Soulères is President and Chairman of the Board of Airbus DS GEO SA (former Spot Image SA). His roles at Airbus since 2013 have been at the vice presidential level in Engineering, managing 1700 employees; as Head of the Governmental Communication Business Line; and in senior director roles in the company's CIS business line.
Prior to his positions at Airbus, Mr. Souléres served as Chief Operational Officer, KAM Defence with Astrium Services, where he managed services and infrastructure delivery in telecommunications and Earth observation, overseeing programs including Yahsat and also Spot6 and Spot7.
From 2003 to mid-2006 Mr. Soulères was President Military Programs Business Unit (1 B€ Revenues) at Alcatel Space Industries, where he was responsible for the All Military Telecommunication System developed for France, Italy, NATO, and Korea. Before that at Alcatel he was Deputy Director of Telecom Payload Programs, responsible for satellite payload engineering and payload program management. He was SKYBRIDGE Constellation end to end System Engineering Director from 1996 to 2000 and Program Manager for Earth Observation and Scientific Satellites at Alcatel from 1989 to 1996.
Mr. Soulères earned his Engineer Degree in 1981 at Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Techniques Avancées.
Geospatial information is everywhere and the value chain is evolving rapidly, following the digitalization of the world. New entrants in the geospatial technology industry are bringing disruptive models and technology. Geoinformation businesses can’t stay in a stand-alone mode. They need, for example, to interlink strongly with open source development and telecommunications technology. OGC is the key to success in this time of rapid change, providing open standards that enable agile restructuring of technology platforms to accommodate changing business models.
Frank Suykens has been leading Luciad R&D since 2005, and continues to do so after the acquisition by Hexagon, as CTO - Platforms in the Geospatial Division. He led the R&D team from merely implementing the WMS standard in Luciad’s situational awareness platform to a team with a ‘standards first’ approach, actively participating in OGC.
Frank holds a Ph.D in Computer Graphics, researching photo-realistic image synthesis, and a M.Sc. in Software Engineering from the University of Leuven, Belgium. He started his career at Barco in 1995 as a software engineer in the prepress industry. With this hardcore software background, he is very passionate about efficient and effective standards for the geospatial industry.
Kristin M. Tolle, Ph.D.
Kristin M. Tolle, Ph.D. is a Principal Data Science Program Management Lead in the Data and AI Enablement Team at Microsoft - part of the Artificial Intelligence (AI) Platform team. Since joining Microsoft in 2000, Dr. Tolle has spent a significant portion of her career working in Microsoft Research. During her time in Research she successfully managed several critical research development projects such as the Microsoft Translator Hub and the Environmental Science Services Toolkit.
Dr. Tolle is also co-editor and author, with Tony Hey and Stewart Tansley, of one of the earliest books on data science, The Fourth Paradigm: Data Intensive Scientific Discovery. Her current focus is on educating partners on how to use advanced cloud-based analytics to improve all manner of business objectives and educating next-generation data scientists.
Dr. Christopher Tucker
Christopher Tucker recently stepped down as Senior Vice President for the Americas and National Programs at ERDAS, a leading technology provider for geospatial exploitation, analysis, data management/dissemination, information sharing and collaboration across the defense, intelligence, civilian federal, state/local, and commercial sectors - worldwide. Tucker came to ERDAS by way of the acquisition of IONIC, the world leader in interoperable web-mapping, location based services, imagery management and distributed geoprocessing, where Tucker served as President/CEO. While commercial technology companies, IONIC/ERDAS’s core businesses have always been defense and intelligence.
Serving on the Executive Committee of the OGC Board, Chris has worked to ensure that defense, intelligence, and homeland security requirements are given top priority. Tucker is also on the Board of Directors of the U.S. Geospatial Intelligence Foundation (www.usgif.org), where he is on the Management Committee, working closely with the President and CEO to advance the GEOINT community, technical interoperability, and intelligence tradecraft. Tucker served on the National Research Council’s Committee on NGA’s GEOINT Research Priorities, helping to define the R&D investment strategy that NGA must undertake in order to transform to its future concept of operations. Tucker also serves on the Secretary of the Interior’s National Geospatial Advisory Committee, a Federal Advisory Council (FACA), which was established to promote the creation and integration of cohesive geospatial data, information and knowledge to enable commercial, academic, and nonprofit organizations and all levels of government to more effectively protect our homeland, manage our resources, prepare for emergencies, empower and serve Americans, underpin economic growth, and govern our nation.
Tucker was the founding Chief Strategic Officer of In-Q-Tel, the CIA’s venture capital fund, focusing his efforts on developing In-Q-Tel's overall strategy for tackling the Agency’s priority IT problems. As such, Tucker was responsible for managing the technical portfolio, issues of organizational design, and relations with the intelligence community, industry and media.
As Special Advisor to the Executive Vice Provost of Columbia University, Tucker was responsible for a range of issues having to do with strategic institutional development, R&D portfolio management, federal science and technology policy, and the organization of interdisciplinary research. While at Columbia, Tucker co-founded the Center for Science, Policy and Outcomes and the Columbia Public Policy Consortium, and taught several courses at the Columbia School of International and Public Affairs.
Tucker earned his B.A., M.A. and Ph.D. at Columbia University in the City of New York.
Rob van de Velde
Rob van de Velde is currently director of Geonovum, the Dutch National SDI Executive Committee. Geonovum’s mission is to realize better access to geo-information in the public sector and full integration of its services to public and industry. Geonovum has been mandated by the National GI-Council to implement the EU INSPIRE Directive in The Netherlands and to develop a National Georegister. Furthermore Geonovum develops and manages the national framework of geo-standards.
In his current role as director Mr. Van de Velde is strongly engaged in stimulating location awareness and organizing strategic cooperation amongst leaders in national and local government, academia and industry. He has a part-time position as lecturer in Spatial Informatics at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Department of Economics. He has contributed to more than 40 publications on spatial decision support systems, environmental impact assessments and e-Government services based on geospatial technology.
Graduated as a human geographer (Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam), he started his career in geospatial technology when joining the National Planning Agency in 1985, the first Governmental Agency in the Netherlands to acquire GIS technology from ESRI inc. In 1988 he led the development of the first Dutch National Digital Atlas, presented by the Minister of Spatial Planning and Environment to national parliament, local politicians and leaders of industry. Later he served the National Environmental Protection Agency, responsible for developing a corporate geographical information system. He directed a consortium that developed the 10 Minutes Pan-European Land Use Database and was managing partner of an international collaboration between governmental agencies and universities under the EU-INTERREG3 program, entitled “Participatory Spatial Planning in Europe”. In 2000 he joined the Ministry of Agriculture, Nature Conservation and Food Quality, heading the GIS Competence Center. Here he experienced the key value of accurate spatial data and geospatial technology in managing the severe outbreaks of aviaire influenza and foot-and-mouth disease. Building on this he initiated the development of a National Spatial Data Infrastructure for Disaster management, a joint effort of several public agencies, which was awarded the Public Safety Innovation Award in 2007.
Geoff Zeiss, Ph.D, Principal, Between the Poles Consulting
Geoff Zeiss has more than 20 years experience in the geospatial software industry and 15 years experience working with utilities, communications, and public works in enterprise geospatial IT. Geoff was responsible for thought leadership for the utility industry program at Autodesk. Prior to joining Autodesk, Geoff led software development at VISION* Solutions and Tydac Technologiies. At VISION* Solutions he led a software development team that implemented some of the largest successful implementations of location-aware integrated design and records management enterprise software systems in the utility and telecommunications sectors. In 2004, he received one of ten annual global technology awards from Oracle Corporation for technical innovation and leadership in the use of Oracle. He was responsible for the development of SPANS Map , one of the first Windows-based desktop GISs. Geoff has been active on the Boards of Directors of the Open Source Geospatial Foundation (OSGEO) and Geospatial Information and Technology Association (GITA). He has participated in government initiatives including the Geomatics Community Round Table and the Canadian Geospatial Data Infrastructure (CGDI) initative. He is a member of the Steering Committee of the Eclipse Foundation LocationTech Working Group.
Jen Ziemke, Ph.D., Co-Founder and Co-Director , International Network of Crisis Mappers and Associate Professor, John Carroll University
Jen Ziemke, (Ph.D., Political Science, University of Wisconsin-Madison), is Co-Founder & Co-Director of the International Network of Crisis Mappers, Co-Curator of the International Conference on Crisis Mapping (ICCM) series & Associate Professor of International Relations at John Carroll University. She also engages a number of national and international institutions, primarily around how citizen reporting from live conflict events shapes the nature of the battle space.
Jen has a deep and almost unexplainable interest in conflicts, wars, patterns, and whether the analysis of these kinds of data can tell us something (however small) about war. She carried out a comprehensive data-driven study of the Angolan civil war. For this project, she coded and geo-referenced some 10,000 battle and massacre events spanning all 41 years of this war using hundreds of sources and a detailed exhumation of Portuguese-language newspaper archives. Her 2008 dissertation From Battles to Massacres and an article on this work, “Turn and Burn: Loss Dynamics & Civilian Targeting in the Angolan War,” is available through the Journal of Economics & Politics 20(1). Akron, OH: December 2012. The definitive version is available at http://www.oaeps.org/. This article received the Young Scholar Award for publications in 2012. In the end, Jen is still not sure whether reasonable inferences can be made from all of this event data, but is happy to be on the journey, seeing it as an adventure and an experiment.
Jen serves as Co-Founder & Co-Director of the International Network of Crisis Mappers, the world’s largest and most active international community of experts, practitioners, policymakers, technologists, researchers, journalists, scholars, hackers and skilled volunteers engaged at the intersection between humanitarian crises, technology and rapid mapping. Reuters AlertNet named Crisis Mapping one of its Top 20 Big Ideas in 2011. She also manages and hosts an international conference event, the ICCM, held in Manila (2016), New York (2014), Nairobi (2013), the World Bank (2012), Geneva (2011), Harvard (2010), and Cleveland (2009). She also served as a Crisis Mapping and Early Warning Fellow at the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative (HHI) and was named a 2013 recipient of the University of Michigan’s LSA Humanitarian Service Award, presented annually by the Dean to 3 living alumni in recognition of their work.
She teaches courses on conflict processes, African politics, research methodology, international security, and international relations, as well as courses on crisis mapping and new media.
Jen received her Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison (Political Science) and undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor. Jen was a Peace Corps volunteer on the Namibian side of the Angolan border from 1997-1999. She has hitchhiked 20,000 miles in over a dozen African countries.