19 - 21 January, 2015
QEII Conference Centre, London, UK

Thank you to our 2014 Speakers

Every year the thought-leaders in defence and intelligence gather at DGI. This is your chance to hear from the very best in your field, learn about their strategies and go back to the office with actionable take aways that will drive you and your organization forward. Here are the speakers at DGI 2014:


John Day

Director Global Defense & Business Development


Mr. Day is a former British Army officer with over 30 years of experience in military engineering and geospatial technology including counter-terrorism activities in Northern Ireland and geospatial support in the NATO Corps headquarters in Bosnia. Since joining ESRI he has been advising the US Defense and Intelligence Community on how emerging commercial GIS technologies and solutions translate to defense systems. Mr. Day also led ESRI's activities with the Commercial Joint Mapping Toolkit, to provide geospatial tools for US C2I programs.

John will be leading his presentation on cyber security and defence at 11.30 on Day 2.

Vanessa Lawrence

Vanessa Lawrence

CB Director General & Chief Executive

Ordinance Survey

Vanessa Lawrence is the Director General and Chief Executive of Ordnance Survey, Great Britain’s national mapping agency. Vanessa is also the adviser to the British Government on mapping, surveying and geographic information and was instrumental in the delivery of Place Matters: The Location Strategy for the United Kingdom, the medium to long-term strategy for geographic information. This was published and endorsed by Ministers.

She received her business training from the publishing company Pearson plc. Prior to joining Ordnance Survey, Vanessa held senior positions at Autodesk Inc.

Come and hear from Vanessa at 09.35 on Day 2, where she'll expore security on a global scale, and creating an assured geospatial environment. Essential topics to be covered include:

  • Trends in technology and the future direction of data creation
  • Maintenance and management
  • Legal and policy developments
  • Skill requirements and training mechanisms
  • The role of the private and non governmental sectors
  • The future role of governments in geospatial data provision and management

Vanessa will also be joining our 'Future challenges in homeland and defence intelligence' panel at 12.00, also on Day 2.

General Richard Barrons

General Richard Barrons


Joint Forces Command, UK MOD

Join General Barrons on Day 2 of DGI this year as he delivers his guest speaker address at 08.45: Looking into the future role of intelligence and geospatial data in defence and contingency planning.

Join this keynote visionary talk to hear the General’s vision and views on

  • Role of GeoInt in the modern warfare and contingency planning
  • Integration of GeoInt and other Ints to achieve an optimal common operational picture
  • Using intelligence and geo of it as part of UK’s forces core strategy

General Richard Barrons is Commander in the Joint Forces Command for the UK MOD.

He began his career in the Royal Regiment of Artillery in 1977, prior to reading for a degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics at Queen’s College, Oxford, and assumed command of Joint Forces Command on promotion to General, 19 April 2013.


Alison Rose

Assistant Secretary GEOINT Foundation and Support

Australia Geospatial-Intelligence Organisation

Come and listen to Alison present on 'Integrating littoral and maritime surveillance for a common operational picture', 14.00, Stream D on Day 2. Maria will also be sharing the latest strategies and plans for Australian GeoInt at 09.45, Day 3, as well as speaking on our defence intelligence resources panel at 11.45, also on Day 3.

Vice Admiral Robert B. Murrett

(retired) Deputy Director, Institute for National Security and Counterterrorism (INSCT) Professor, Public Administration and International Affairs

Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs Syracuse University

Join Robert on our exclusive North America and Artic Focus Day (January 21st) at 10.30, where he'll be presenting his insights into the broader definition of national security and how this will impact on GEO INT mission sets.
  • Uneven use of GEO INT – and the challenge for all of us
  • Strategic intelligence, homeland security, military support and national missions
  • Enhanced capabilities and integration
  • Partnerships with foreign intelligence services
  • Continued challenges by “state” and non-state actors
  • Terrorism: managing the threat
  • Increased emphasis on the “global commons” – space, the high seas and cyberspace

Robert will also be presenting on our Focus Day panel at 18.00, examining the challenges and opportunities of activity based intelligence, on our 'Future challenges in homeland and defence intelligence' panel at 12.00 on Day 2, and also on future threats and challenges in the defence and intelligence space globally at 14.00, also on Day 2.

Make sure you stay for Day 3 as Robert will kick start our final day, with his openign chairman's remarks at 08.30.

Robert B. Murrett is a faculty member at the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University, as a Professor of Practice in the Department of Public Administration and International Affairs, and also serves as the Deputy Director of the Institute for National Security and Counterterrorism (INSCT) at the University. Murrett received his bachelor's degree in history from the University of Buffalo and masters degrees in government and strategic intelligence from Georgetown University and the Defense Intelligence College, respectively. He has unit and campaign decorations from his career in the Navy, and from the Government of Canada.

Tony Frazier

SVP Marketing and Insight


Tony Frazier joined DigitalGlobe in January 2013 as a result of its combination with GeoEye and is responsible for the company’s communications, corporate marketing, industry solutions, and product management functions. Tony also leads DigitalGlobe’s Insight business, which helps organizations leverage imagery and other forms of advanced geospatial analysis to make better decisions. Tony held a similar role at GeoEye and played a key role in driving strategic product and go to market initiatives to help diversify the business.

Tony will be speaking on our North America and Artic Focus Day on January 21st at 09.15, focusing on big data challenges. We are starting to see emerging patterns in Geospatial Big Data that can help the community learn how to address the overall challenges of big data. In his presentation, Tony will review:

  • Current Paradigm for Geospatial Analysis,
  • Emerging Trends and how we can leverage patterns in geospatial big data, and
  • The Journey to Solving Big Data issues

By sharing geospatial examples of big data challenges including volume, velocity and variety, we will reveal key lessons learned, including mitigating threats, enabling scale, and transforming workflows.


Captain RN Martin Jones

Head, Joint Geospatial Intelligence Branch


Come and join Martin to learn about policy and strategy for driving multi-int collaborative strategies in defence intelligence. Responsible for multi-int use in the UK MOD, Martin will give you an update on the UK MOD’s doctrine, policy and strategy developments as they relate to the collection and exploitation of multi-int in defence, and will focus on:
  • The role of multi-int in defence today
  • Building a multi-source intelligence environment
  • Ensuring interoperability and collaboration of all types of intelligence groups
  • Building a common operational picture

16.30, Stream C, Day 3.

Martin Jones began his military career joining the Royal Navy in 1984 and after a short period as the Gunnery Officer in HMS CYGNET on patrol off Northern Ireland, he specialised as a Hydrographic Surveyor. His previous roles include Command of HMS ECHO and rejoining the MOD to lead Joint Geospatial Intelligence assuming the role of Deputy Head JGI in December 2011. He is a Younger Brother of Trinity House, a Fellow of the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology, and a Chartered Marine Scientist.


Air Commodore Mark Neal



Come and hear from Commodore Mark Neal presenting his new and exciting session on the use of a centralised cloud for big data management and the G cloud project - 11.15, Day 3.

Air Commodore Mark Neal joined the Royal Air Force in 1978 as an air communications and air radar apprentice technician. Since then he has held various roles including Personal Staff Officer to the Air Officer Commanding CIS and Signals Units,Deputy Director Capability Strategy for the MOD in 2005, with responsibilities for the balance of the Command, Control and Information Infrastructure Equipment Programme, andthe Head of Information Strategy and Policy within the newly established Defence Chief Information Officer’s organisation. 

In January 2013, he became the first full time MOD Chief Technology Officer (CTO), working with Government colleagues to drive forward the Government ICT Strategy and its review of Information Classification Policy.


AVM Jon Rigby CBE

Director Cyber, Intelligence and Information Integration


Jon Rigby was born in Sheffield, educated in Leicestershire and subsequently read Physics at Durham University. He joined the Royal Air Force directly from University, undertaking officer and engineering training at the Royal Air Force College Cranwell from October 1983 to June 1985. Since then he has held various roles including Wing Commander in 1996, being appointed OBE not long after, and in August 2011 he was appointed CBE, and selected for promotion to Air Vice-Marshal.

Jon brings his wealth of experience to DGI this year and will be sharing his views on using intelligence, data and geo support to ensure maximum security and operational capability, at 10.00 on Day 2. You can also watch John on our 'Future challenges in homeland and defence intelligence' panel at 12.00, also on Day 2

Gp Capt Tim Neal-Hopes

Cyber Joint User & Deputy Cyber Policy


Neal Hopes will be speaking at DGI this year on how to implement an effective multi- intelligence strategy in a contested cyberspace.:  1700, Stream E, Day 2.

Neal-Hopes began his career being commissioned into the Royal Air Force in 1990. A keen advocate of through-life personal and professional development, Neal-Hopes has repeatedly immersed himself in post-graduate academia, having completed an MSc at Essex University in Computer and Network Security; an MBA with the Open University; and an MA in Defence Studies. Promoted to the rank of Squadron Leader in 2001, Neal-Hopes served as a lecturer and Head of Information Systems within the Department of Specialist Ground Training, Royal Air Force College Cranwell. . In 2004, Neal-Hopes took command of No 1 Expeditionary Radar and Airfield Squadron, and in in 2007, whilst on Advanced Command and Staff Course 11, Tim was promoted to Wing Commander and upon graduation was posted to the J6 Division of the British Defence Staff in Washington D.C. as SO1 Multinational, Air, and Cyber. Promotion saw Tim return to the cyber environment in January 2013, assuming the post of Cyber Joint User and Deputy Head of Cyber Policy.

Peter M. de la Cuesta

Supervisory Special Agent


Jim Hill

Jim R. Hill

Director, Geospatial Intelligence Directorate

Marine Corps Intelligence Activity, USA

Come and listen to Jim sharing his views on new requirements and data and analysis tools during our dedicated panel discussion at 12.00 on the North America and Artic Focus Day, January 21st. He'll then be presenting 'How the Marine Corps GEOINT teams collaborate internationally', also on January 21st at 14.30 as part of Stream A.

You can also catch Jim speaking on collaborative efforts to bring together maritime and land based multi-int at 15.00, Stream D, Day 2.

Jim is the Director of the Geospatial Intelligence Directorate (GID), Marine Corps Intelligence Activity (MCIA) located in Quantico, VA. He manages a staff of 100 professionals providing GEOINT support to the Commandant of the United States Marine Corps, Operational Marine Forces, and the Intelligence Community. Jim also provides strategic direction, technical mentorship, resource management, and is responsible for fostering collaborative relationships within the international GEOINT community. He is currently providing oversight of geospatial reach back for Marine Corps operations in Afghanistan.


David Jackson

Director, Canadian Ice Service, Senior Officer

Canadian Coast Guard

David is a graduate of the Canadian Coast Guard College in Sydney NS, receiving his diploma in Nautical Sciences in 1981. His previous roles include a stint ashore in the National HQ subsequently working in the Fleet group defining the navigation equipment suite for the Canadian Coast Guard fleet (CCG), working for the Marine Navigation Services group serving as the Navigation and Strategic Advisor to the Director General, and taking up the position of National Icebreaking Program Manager for the Coast Guard.

David's wealth of experience makes him means he is superbly placed to present at DGI this year. His first session is on Requirements for Geospatial Intelligence in ice-infested waters including the safety of navigation. Come and join us at 14.00 (Stream B) on our North American and Artic Focus Day, January 21st.

David will also be participating in our exciting panel later on as part of the Focus Day at 16.30; 'What are the future requirements and capabilities for maritime surveillance and space-based maritime Domain Awareness?'

David will also give his exclusive insight into current challenges, programmes and plans in the Artic on our panel discussion - 18.00 on North America and Artic Focus Day.


Paul Hancock

Director, Defence Geographic Centre


Join Paul at 15.00, Stream B Day 2 when he'll be presenting 'Achieving a common operational picture through effective integration and collaboration'.

Paul Hancock read Geography at Oxford University and on graduating in 1975 joined the UK Ministry of Defence’s Mapping and Charting Establishment. During his career he has worked in most areas of the Defence Geographic business including the UK Hydrographic Office. He is a graduate of the Royal College of Defence Studies and a Fellow of the Royal Geographic Society. In March 2011 he was appointed Director of the Defence Geographic Centre and Head of the Geospatial Analyst profession in the UK MOD. Paul is a widower and has three children.

Chad McCormick

Intelligence Analyst, Domestic Extremist Threat Fusion Cell, WMDIAS Global Terrorism Unit



Col. Mark Burrows

JFIG Force Development, Plans and Training


Colonel Burrows will be speaking at 15.00 (Stream A) on Main Day 2 on Contingency Planning for the Future, and later at 16.30 as part of our 'What will multi- int support for urban contingency look like in the next 2-3 years?' panel.

Colonel (Mark) Burrows is the Commander of the Joint Aeronautical and Geospatial Organisation which is part of the Intelligence Collection Group and is responsible for the delivery of aeronautical information and GEOINT force elements for Defence. Additionally he has functional responsibility for all of the Royal Engineer Geographic capability and its personnel across Defence and in international appointments. Furthermore he commands the Hermitage Station and has a number of responsibilities within local communities.

Ludwig Decamps

Director, Armament & Aerospace Capability, Defence Investment Division


Join Ludwig with Valter Antonaroli from NATO with their dual presentation on 'Promoting interoperability on all levels throughout the NATO nations: strategies, vision and plans' at 14.00, Stream A on Day 2. Ludwig will also be participating as a pannelist on our defence intelligence resources panel at 11.45 on Day 3.

The Director for Armament and Aerospace Capabilities is responsible for the promotion of NATO armaments cooperation and programmes. Within the Defence Investment Division at NATO Headquarters, his Directorate has responsibilities in the areas of integrated air and missile defence, airspace management, joint intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (JISR), and a broad range of cooperative programmes in the land, aerospace, and maritime domain, including projects launched under NATO’s Smart Defence initiative. Prior to assuming his current position in June 2012, Ludwig Decamps served as Director for Strategy in the Defence Investment Division at NATO Headquarters.

CDR Timothy Smith

Director and Commanding Officer

U.S. National Ice Center, Washington

Tim joins us to share his views across several sessions at DGI this year.

  • Listen to Tim sharing his views on new requirements and data and analysis tools during our dedicated panel discussion at 12.00 on the North America and Artic Focus Day, January 21st.
  • Tim will join us later in the Focus Day at 15.30 (Stream B), to talk about the Importance of collaboration to maximize effectiveness in the Arctic maritime environment from the US National Ice Center perspective, and at 16.30 (Stream B) to join our panel on 'The future requirements and capabilities for maritime surveillance and space-based maritime Domain Awareness'.
  • Tim will also give his exclusive insight into current challenges, programmes and plans in the Artic on our panel discussion - 18.00 on North America and Artic Focus Day, January 21st.

Commander Tim Smith has been part of the US Navy since 1988. A Naval Oceanographer, Commander Smith has served in a variety of both Operational and Scientific posts throughout his career. Highlights include tours as the Naval Weapons Test Center, Point Mugu Environmental Staff Officer, Balkans Operations Officer for NATO in Naples, Italy, and as a team member of Combined Joint Task Force Management deployed to Kuwait immediately following 9/11. In 2009 Commander Smith assumed the directorship of the US National Ice Center in Washington DC., a tri-service agency whose primary mission is to provide global ice and snow (including the Great Lakes and the Chesapeake and Delaware Bay systems) analysis and forecasting services for the maximum benefit of United States government interests.


John Teufert

NC3A Geo-Officer

NATO C3 Agency

John will give you an update on one of the most important programmes in NATO as it relates to building up a common operational picture and the goal of fighting off the same map.

Join one of our most popular and long standing speakers as he brings you up to date with the latest developments, challenges and future plans for Core GIS - 15:00, Stream A, Day 3.

John F. Teufert works since 2003 as the Geo-Officer at the NATO Command, Control and Consultation Agency (NC3A) in The Hague, Netherlands. He is responsible for all of NATO’s R&D projects in the area of geospatial/environmental intelligence. From 2002 to 2003 he has been with the EC Joint Research Centre (JRC) at Ispra, Italy. At the JRC he has been responsible for implementing a rapid mapping environment for the European Commission. From 1999 to 2002 he worked at the Western European Union Satellite Centre (WEUSC), later EUSC, at Torrejon, Spain. As the principle GIS researcher he introduced complex GIS products to the product line of the WEUSC/EUSC. He holds a MS in physical geography/remote sensing/GIS.

Neil Thompson OMM CD

Managing Partner


Neil Thompson is uniquely qualified to be the Chair of the North American/Arctic Focus Day.

Neil has effectively applied his extensive military background in Intelligence and Geospatial to the commercial world and is recognized a world leader and innovator the GEO INT community. While he is currently the Managing Partner of WCGroup he had a long and distinguished career in the Canadian Forces with more than 30 years in various command and staff positions in the defence, civilian and international intelligence communities. These included a secondment to the Government of Canada Privy Council Office and a Branch Chief on the International Military Staff at NATO Headquarters. He was the first Commanding Officer of the Canadian Forces Joint Imagery Centre and was a Defence Attaché in the United Kingdom. He completed his career as the Director of Geospatial Intelligence. He was responsible for all aspects of Geospatial Intelligence in the Canadian Forces. In that capacity he was responsible for Military Mapping, Charting, Imagery (from space based, UAVs and handheld) and all Meteorology Services for the Forces.

Neil was also one of the founding members of the Allied System for Geospatial Intelligence (ASG), the five nation group (Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the UK) that cooperates in the entire spectre of GEO INT.

Geoff Twentyman

Capability Advisor Single Intelligence Environment,


Come and hear Geoff present on legal implications of using offensive cyber strategies in intelligence and security operations, at 16.30, Stream D on Day 3.

Geoff Twentyman has over 20 years’ experience within the Geospatial Intelligence domain. Having graduated from the Department of Geomatics at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne in 1991, he embarked on his civilian career within the UK Ministry of Defence.

This has seen him working for 10 years within Geodesy and Photogrammetry at the Joint Force Intelligence Group.

Since 2001, Geoff has worked within MOD Research and Development at the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl) and is currently based at Porton Down in Wiltshire. His current role is Capability Advisor for the Single Intelligence Environment (SIE) Application area. This role involves supporting the planning, management and future strategy of the UK Defence SIE research programme. SIE includes All Source Analysis, Multi-Int Exploitation, Geospatial Intelligence (including imagery exploitation and MASINT), OSINT and their underpinning enterprise management.


Captain Kjetil Utne


Norwegian Military Geographic Service

Captain Utne will give his exclusive insight into current challenges, programmes and plans in the Artic on our panel discussion - 18.00 on North America and Artic Focus Day, January 21st. You can also listen to Captain Utne at 15.00, Stream C Day 2 where he'll be speaking about 'Managing and disseminating GEOMETOC support towards the user community'.

Captain Kjetil Utne entered the Royal Norwegian Naval Academy in July 1983. After graduation in 1987, he started his service on board submarines. His previous roles include Head of Maritime Education at the Royal Norwegian Naval Academy, Project Department Head at the Navy’s Navigation Center, and acting Captain and Chief Training and Equipment Cell in NTM-I (NATO’s Training Mission in Iraq). In early 2009 he returned to Norway, was commissioned Captain and posted as the new Director of the Norwegian Military Geographic Service.

Dan Visone


US Army

Dan will be sharing his perspective on How the United States Army is using a geo-enablement enterprise solution at 17.00 as part of our North America and Artic Focus Day, January 21st.

Mr. Visone has served as the Director of the Geospatial Acquisition Support Directorate (GASD) since February 2009. His directorate is responsible for providing geospatial engineering and domain support to the Army Acquisition Community for implementation of the Army Geospatial Enterprise (AGE).

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


Rea Admiral Pieter Bindt

Director Defence Intelligence & Security Service

Netherlands MOD

Join Pieter at 08.45 on Day 3 to hear the vision and the practical approach of the head of the DISS to the current and future challenges facing the Dutch his organisation, the Dutch forces and their allies.


Philip Chudoba

Assistant Director of Intelligence

US Marine Corps

Come and hear Phillip discuss The future of Activity Based Intelligence in the United States Marine Corps at 14.00 (Stream A) on our exclusive North American and Artic Focus Day, January 21st.

Philip will also be joining our Focus Day panel at 18.00 on activity based intelligence, and our 'Future challenges in homeland and defence intelligence' panel at 12.00 on Day 2.

Mr. Phillip C. Chudoba is the Assistant Director of Intelligence, Headquarters, Marine Corps. In his present position he manages the Headquarters Intelligence Divisions and provides professional intelligence management and policy support to assist the Director of Intelligence in the conduct of Marine Corps Intelligence activities within the Marine Corps, Defense, and National Intelligence Communities.
A native of New Jersey and a graduate of Rutgers University, Mr. Chudoba began his military career as a Marine Infantryman before being commissioned in May 1984.

Zaharin Din

Brigadier General Dato Zaharin

Director, Defence Geospatial Division,

Malaysian MOD

Join Dato as he presents on 'Looking into the Future: The Road Ahead for Malaysia's GEOINT' at 10.45 on Day 3. Topics to be covered include:

  • Highlighting the development of a geospatial master plan for Malaysia
  • Meeting the need for information sharing between Malaysian government organisations
  • Case Study of Malaysia's NSDI: Where is it now?
  • Discussing the different geospatial tools: Working with industry partners.

Air Commodore Sean Corbett

(ACOS J2 (Des), PJHQ


Air Commodore Sean Corbett is currently a member of the Royal College of Defence Studies, a UK Defence sponsored post-graduate course in international strategic studies. Prior to that, he was the UK Deputy Military Representative to NATO, where he was heavily involved in ensuring that NATO operations and planning were aligned with UK strategic objectives. He starts a new role at the end of January as ACOS J2 at the UK’s Permanent Joint Headquarters, were he will be responsible for all facets of intelligence support to the Commander Joint Force Operations for current operations globally and contingency planning. This will include horizon scanning and situational awareness for potential crisis points in regions where the UK may have operational commitments. Based on his experiences as a professional intelligence officer of some 25 years, Sean will share some thoughts about the challenges faced by the intelligence specialist in the contemporary security environment and how intelligence can remain relevant and better positioned to support military commanders at the operational level.{br}{br}Join Sean’s talk at 09.15 on Day 3 to hear about his experience and his strategies for changing and improving the way intelligence supports UK’s security operations. 


Colonel Ross Thurlow

Capability Development

NATO Allied Command Transformation

Ross Thurlow from NATO, will lead his talk presentation on the challenges of delivering data and analysis to soldiers in-theatre - 16.00, Stream E, Day 2.

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Sandra Wilson

Chief of Europe Support Team


Join Sandra as she presents 'How to integrate environments into a single operational picture – online and on demand access to data, intelligence and geo support' - Day 2, 09.10.

Attend this session to hear and learn about NGA’s strategic objectives for 2017, including:
  • Content: Empowering the GEOINT community through greatly improved access to varied content and applications, easy-to-use online services in all security domains, and the ability to contribute content to the global GEOINT knowledge base.
  • Open IT Environment: to have a stable, mission-driven and open IT environment that meets industry standards for service availability, service time to market, and overall costs as a percentage of operating cost. This enables a self-, assisted-, full-service delivery model that allows users to create and consume GEOINT content anytime on the device of their choice.
  • Analytic Capabilities: to provide a range of new anticipatory analytic products and services that make a measurable difference in outcomes for customers.
  • Customer Service: to provide robust online, on-demand GEOINT services that provide access to content, applications, expertise, and support through a unified Web presence and an enterprise application store on three security domains.
  • Workforce: to attract, motivate, and retain a highly skilled, innovative, and adaptive workforce, and will reward those who take balanced risks in furtherance of NGA's mission.
  • Workplace: to become a leader in the federal government by establishing secure, safe, sustainable, collaborative, and environmentally friendly sites that are in compliance with all federal, state, and local laws, regulations, and standards.
  • Corporate and Functional Management: to function more efficiently through real-time transparent insight into expenditures and agility in managing its program, budget, and personnel.

Sandra will also be joining our 'Future challenges in homeland and defence intelligence' panel at 12.00, also on Day 2, and our defence intelligence resources panel at 11.45 on Day 3.

The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) delivers world-class geospatial intelligence that provides a decisive advantage to policymakers, war fighters, intelligence professionals and first responders. Anyone who sails a U.S. ship, flies a U.S. aircraft, makes national policy decisions, fights wars, locates targets, responds to natural disasters, or even navigates with a cell phone relies on NGA. NGA enables all of these critical actions and shapes decisions that impact our world through the indispensable discipline of geospatial intelligence (GEOINT). Hear about the future role and plans to develop the geo strategies by the world’s geoint powerhouse.


John Kedar

Director of Strategic Business Development

Ordnance Survey International

Colonel Kedar joins DGI this year to chair Main Day 2 - be sure not to miss his opening speech kickstarting the day. 

John Kedar is Director Strategic Business Development for Ordnance Survey International. He is responsible for offering long-term support to key government agencies, including working to embed fit-for-purpose and cost-effective national mapping, addressing and information sharing solutions as an important building block in a knowledge-based economy.

John left the British Army to join Ordnance Survey International in 2013. He has 30 years’ experience across a range of geospatial, intelligence and operational positions, including commanding the 650 strong Joint Aeronautical and Geospatial Organisation responsible for delivering geospatial support and aeronautical information to Defence in peace and war. In this role he ensured that geospatial systems and information increasingly underpinned military decision-making at all levels, through the integration of technological, training, cultural and organisational change. He has seen service in Central America, the Balkans, Cyprus, Afghanistan and the Gulf and attended both the Army Survey Course and Army Command and Staff College. In 2012, as deputy to the British Army Engineer-in-Chief, he led the design and implementation of one of the four new Army Capability Directorates established to deliver a battle-winning Army of the Future. John has developed government policy and strategic direction for geospatial intelligence and played a key role in furthering the role of geography on successful military operations, including disaster relief and the London 2012 Olympics. To achieve this in the multi-national environment that is Defence, he has maintained a close relationship with Ordnance Survey and a broad range of international National and Defence geospatial partners.

John is married with two children and lives near Pangbourne in Berkshire. He is Vice Chair of the National Autistic Society, a £90 million turnover charitable business. He was a contributor to the United Nations Future Trends in Geospatial Information Management published this year, is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and of the Institute of Royal Engineers and is a Chartered Geographer (GIS).



Graham Pearson

Account Director, Joint Forces Command Account

HP Enterprise Services

Graham joined HP in 2008 and has held a number of business leading appointments. He is currently the Account Director for Joint Forces Command within HP Defence. He is responsible for several lines of HP’s IT Services businesses, including the key secure infrastructures supporting forces deployed in Afghanistan, ISR, secure messaging and Joint Exercise Management programmes. Graham also had responsibility for DII Increment 2c through 2012. Prior to HP, Graham was responsible for Strategy and Business Development for Raytheon Systems UK Intelligence business, having joined Raytheon in 2005 following a 27 year career in the Royal Air Force, initially as fast jet pilot but for the most part in the joint intelligence business.
Graham’s RAF career as an image analyst and intelligence officer included tours at JARIC, and 13 Squadron. In 2002 he formed and commanded the RAF’s Tactical Imagery Intelligence Wing, deploying to the Middle East in 2003 to conduct the largest tactical reconnaissance exploitation effort since WW II.

Graham spent much of his service deployed on operations. Early tours in Northern Ireland, Belize, the Falklands were followed by deployments within US J2 staffs; in 1990 as the air intelligence officer to Gen Schwarzkopf in Riyadh, in 1992 as the SO2 Collection Manager setting up Op SOUTHERN WATCH in Saudi and in 1996 as SO2 Collections OP NORTHERN WATCH in Turkey. In 2003, on promotion to group captain, Graham served in Qatar as deputy chief of intelligence to Gen Franks within HQ USCENTCOM forward during the planning and execution of operations in Iraq.

Graham returned to UK to become the first RAF Intelligence Officer to be selected to attend the Higher Command and Staff Course. His last tour of duty was as Deputy Assistant Chief of Staff(Intelligence) at the Permanent Joint HQ responsible for intelligence operations in Iraq, Afghanistan and UK operations worldwide.


Ross Bailey

UK Defence Intelligence Lead

HP Enterprise Services

Ross Bailey’s HP role is focused on pursuing solutions for Intelligence and ISR problems, but also in applying similar principles beyond the confines of Intel/ISR and indeed the MOD.#

He joined HP in early 2013 following a Royal Air Force career in which he became recognised as an innovative and influential leader in the fields of intelligence and ISR in the air and joint domains. Starting out as an aircraft engineer, he then spent over 20 years as an imagery analyst and intelligence officer, with much of the 1990s deployed in support of Balkan and Iraq air policing. Notable operational tours include: CENTCOM immediately after 9/11 as MA to the UK operational commander; Intel Chief to the UK commander for the 2003 Iraq Campaign; UK Chief Intel for the Deputy Commander ISAF in Kabul.

Prior to this, in 2005, he led the development of the Joint ISTAR Concept, which had the temerity to suggest a pan-DLOD approach to the ISTAR ‘big-data’ challenge and which materialized as Project SOLOMON. His command appointments included Tactical Imagery-Intelligence Wing, the combined Station Commander RAF Digby and Commander Joint Service Signals Organisation and - as acting Commandant throughout the Libyan campaign - the Air Warfare Centre.


Colonel André Dupuis

Director of Space Requirements

National Defence Headquarters Canada

Come and listen to Colonel Dupuis sharing his views at DGI this year at the following sessions:

  • New requirements and data and analysis tools during our dedicated panel discussion -12.00 on the North America and Artic Focus Day, January 21st.
  • Space-based Maritime Domain Awareness and Open Ocean Surveillance CONOPS in Canada - 14.30 (Stream B) - North America and Artic Focus Day, January 21st
  • Panel Discussion:What are the future requirements and capabilities for maritime surveillance and space-based maritime Domain Awareness? - 16.30, (Stream B) on the North America and Artic Focus Day, January 21st.

Colonel Dupuis began his career joining the Canadian Forces in 1979. He was qualified as an Air Weapons Controller in April 1982 and has been employed in various operational and staffed tours in the air defense and space operations field.


Yngve Melvaer

Norwegian Polar Institute

Norwegian Polar Institute

Yngve joins us this year at DGI to present an exclusive session on how geospatial products of the Arctic region are provided from the Norwegian Polar Institute's perspective. Be sure not to miss this session taking place at 17.00 on our North American and Artic Focus Day, January 21st.


Col Peter Loukes

Director, Intelligence Support,

Netherlands MOD

Peter Loukes from the Netherlands MOD will be speaking to examine different intelligence capabilities and architecture to build a single operational picture at 15.00, Stream E on Day 2.


Helen Balmforth

Geo Systems Lead, Health & Safety Lab

UK Government

Helen joins us from the UK Government this year to examine the following on her contingency planning session at 17:00, Stream F on Day 2:

  • Population Modelling
  • Density and Distribution of types of populations
  • Vulnerability and Impact modelling of events
  • Industrial hazards - Nuclear sites, chemical plants and pipelines
  • Natural hazards - Flooding and other events
  • Emergency planning
  • Contingency planning to inform Government



Major Dave Campey

SO2 GeoInt


Major Dave Campey will be presenting on how the UK Military Geo Doctrine is developing to support contingency operations - be sure to attend this exciting talk, at 16.00, Stream B on Day 3.

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Ric Diaz

Chief, Geospatial-Intelligence, GG-14, DIA

Intelligence Fusion Centre (IFC), In Support of NATO

Ric Diaz joins us from the Intelligence Fusion Centre to present his session on Ensuring effective contingency planning in post-war Afghanistan: Collaborative multi-int capabilities. Be sure not to miss it at 16.00, Stream A on Day 3.

Ric has more than 36 years experience in intelligence operations; 24 years in the US Navy, and 12 years with the US Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA). Ric is currently serving with the NATO Intelligence Fusion Centre (NIFC). The NIFC is permanently assigned to NATO; tasked to provide effective, fused geospatial-intelligence (GEOINT) in support of NATO operations and operational planning. The NIFC has converged the Geospatial and Imagery Intelligence (IMINT) disciplines in a multi-national, multi-service environment focused on ensuring that NATO operational forces, key-decision makers, and mission planners are armed with information dominance and superiority. As GEOINT demands are becoming increasingly more complex and challenging; NIFC must keep abreast with technological changes to ensure the NATO warfighter continues to receive timely, actionable and network-enabled GEOINT in support of engagement planners and combat operations. NIFC supports three basic mission functions: humanitarian air, non-combatant evacuation, and tactical and operational support to include intelligence preparation of the battlespace (IPB), support to targeting, mission planning, decision support and terrain visualization. These mission functions are supported through multiple GEOINT products to meet specific operational mission requirements.


Jim Dolan

Executive Director

Overwatch Textron

Jim will joins us at DGI this year as a panellist on our 'Future challenges in homeland and defence intelligence' panel at 12.00, on Day 2

Jim Dolan is the senior vice president of strategic initiatives for Textron Systems Corporation. In this role, Mr. Dolan leads the focus on counter-insurgency and other emerging areas driven by today’s geopolitical environments and technologies. He and his team are committed to developing and leading the efforts of Textron Systems to aggressively pursue these opportunities, leveraging the technologies, capabilities and talents of each of the operating units.

Mr. Dolan was previously the vice president and general manager of Overwatch Geospatial Systems, and prior to this Mr. Dolan served as a naval intelligence officer and held numerous positions involving the acquisition and production of geospatial intelligence.  

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Piers Noble

Geospatial Officer INT/SPT, European Military Staff

European Union

Come and hear Piers Noble present on the latest research projects in SATCEN at 17.00, Stream A on Day 3.

Lt Col Piers Noble, rather uniquely amongst his peer group, has managed to occupy both ends of the bell curve of military activity, having spent his first six years in the Army serving at the blunter end with Commando forces followed by a rather more sedate 16 years service within the UK's Geospatial and intelligence arena where he now fills the post of Chief Geospatial Officer for the European Union Military Staff, the EU External Action Service's (EEAS) strategic level military headquarters.

Lt Col Noble is always happy to break new ground, and as a Seconded National Expert to the European Union is proud to perhaps be the first holder of the Nobel Peace Prize to address the DGI Conference, which he will do in 2013.


Brig Alan Hill

Head Information Superiority, Army Headquarters


Brig Alan Hill will lead his session on 'Open source data integration: New ideas for collection and analysis, and will focus on using open source data in intelligence and classified environments as well as about making the process secure and error proof. Be sure not to miss him at 15:00, Stream E on Day 3.


Air Commodore Chris Jones

Head of Capability C4ISR

Joint Forces Command, UK MOD

Commodore Chris Jones will be joining us at DGI this year as a pannelist on our defence intelligence resources panel. Make sure you're there - 11.45, Day 3.


Major Barry MacDonald

Geoint Expert

Canadian Armed Forces

Come and hear Barry lead his presentation on proven strategies for civil and military cooperation in disaster management and major security events. Major MacDonald will discuss the progress that has been made, and what could yet be done to further enhance Geo Int’s preparation for and support to these important events. Be sure not to miss him at 15.00, Stream B, Day 3.

Barry MacDonald joined the Canadian Forces in 1971 and was commissioned, as an Intelligence Officer, in 1994. He has served in the Infantry and Military Police career fields but has been employed as an intelligence professional since 1978. He has served as an intelligence analyst, manager, trainer, assistant attaché and staff officer. Other previous roles include serving as the A2 for Fighter Group/Canadian NORAD Region (CANR), Future Capabilities and Change Management Officer for the CF Joint Imagery Centre (CFJIC) and in 2003 serving as Chief, Intelligence Force Development Branch on the Headquarters NORAD-US Northern Command J2 staff in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Promoted to Lieutenant-Colonel in 2010, he led the Governance and Partnerships Staff responsible for managing Canadian Forces geospatial intelligence relationships both domestic and international. He was also selected to establish a J2 Targeting Branch which he led until his retirement from Regular Force service in May 2011.  


Lt Col JR Millard

Ch Geo, Joint Exercise Division


Come and hear from Lt Col JR Millard, who will cover geospatial services in support of the JWC training environment. Use this chance to learn from the NATO training strategies and implement some of them in your organisation; 16.00, Stream D, Day 3.

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Jeremy Morley

Geospatial Science Theme Leader,

Nottingham Geospatial Institute

Jeremy Morley joins us from the Nottingham Geospatial Institute to share his insight on innovation and how it is impacting geospatial and defence intelligence. Be sure not to miss him at 15.00, Stream D on Day 3.


Robert Nowak

Joint Warfare Centre




John O'Brien Jr

Technical Director

US Coast Guard

Come and hear John share his views on the importance of GEO INT to the United States Coast Guard at 16.30 (Stream A) on the North America and Artic Focus Day. Topics to be covered include:

  • Processes, tools and analytical challenges unique to the maritime environment
  • How the US Coast Guard employs their unique access to the Intelligence Community,
  • Vessel screening, intelligence analysis, and collection management
  • How the MIFC personnel deploy forward


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Steven Ramage


Ordnance Survey International

Come and hear Steven speak on 'Addressing civilian and defence requirements for authoritative mapping' - 17.00, Stream D, Day 2.

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Gabor Remetey-Fulopp

Secretary General

Hungarian Association for Geo-Information

Join Gabor Remetey-Fulopp at 16.00, Stream F, Day 2 to hear his views on:

  • The Hungarian role in the NASA world Wind Europa Challenge
  • The unique Hungarian approach to coordinating all GIS activates
  • How the Hungarian Ngo play a vital role in European GIS activates
  • Future plans for the HUNAGI and how will work with the NASA challenge



Bret Rogers

Geospatial Intelligence Directorate

US Marine Corps Intelligence Activity

Bret joins DGI this year to discuss how geospatial models support potential Humanitarian Assistance Disaster Relief operations. This not to be missed session will take place at 16.00, Stream C on Day 3, and will show examples of the models currently developed as well as potential applications and will include:

  • Terrain Network Tools
  • Terrain Land Cover Base, Vehicle Mobility
  • Remote Havens, Market Access (Remoteness)
  • Economic Fabric, Societal Support Infrastructure
  • Travel Time to/from nominated locations
  • Natural Hazards
  • Helicopter Landing Zone
  • Drop Zones.

A.A. Usman

Director, Armament & Aerospace Capability, Defence Investment Division

Centre For Advanced Spatial Technologies & Mapping, Nigeria

Join A.A Usman as he covers the plans, strategies and requirements for geoint capability projects in Nigeria:

  • Current core projects and strategies
  • Programmes and requirements for the future
  • Collaboration with other sub-Saharan countries
  • Development plans for working with different government agencies in Nigeria

14.00, Stream B, Day 3.


Lt. Col. Eric Vandenberg

Commanding Officer

Canadian Mapping and Charting Establishment

Eric joins us on our North America and Artic Focus Day, January 21st to present his views on the future of collaborative map production and the development of rapid graphic products and situation awareness. Come and join at 15.30 (Stream A). You can also hear Eric's views on the challenges and opportunities of activity based intelligence on our 18.00 panel, also on the North America Focus Day.

Lieutenant-Colonel Eric Vandenberg began his carrer with the Canadian Forces in 1989 as an Engineer Officer. As a junior officer he completed postings at the CFB Toronto Construction Engineering Office and at 2 Combat Engineer Regiment before heading to England for his Geo Post-Grad.

His previous roles include the Topographic Troop Commander at the Mapping and Charting Establishment (MCE), completing the Joint Command and Staff Programme at Canadian Forces College in 2008 graduating with a Masters of Defence Studies, and being promoted to his current rank and posted to Chief of Defence Intelligence where he joined the Directorate of Geospatial Intelligence as a senior staff officer.

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Drs E.H. Veen


National Coastguard, the Netherlands

Join Drs Veen at 16.00, Stream D Day 2 for his innovative session on 'Using multiple source intelligence to build a single operational picture for all users'.


Andrew Watson

Chief Advisor, Geo Services

Abu Dhabi Police

Andrew Watson, Chief Advisor for geo Services at Abu Dhabi Police joins us this year to share his views on integrating the use of GIS in multiple agencies, across cities and nations from a Middle East perspective. Attend this exciting presentation at 16.30, Stream B, Day 3.

Jens Peter Weiss Hartmann

Jens Peter Weiss Hartmann

Senior Advisor, Applicatoin Property & Sea

Hydrographic Offce, Denmark

Listen to Jens give his overview on marine spatial data infrastructure being used to achieve constant maritime surveillance at 15.00, Stream C on Day 3.

Jens Peter Weiss Hartmann is Senior Advisor at the Danish Geodata Agency witch also contains the Danish Hydrographic Office. He is the agency’s primary contact and coordinator for marine activities and involved in the implementation of a Danish Marine Spatial Data Infrastructure and Marin Spatial Planning. He is also Chairman of the IHO Marine Spatial Data Infrastructure Working Group (MSDIWG) and Chairman of the Baltic Sea Marine Spatial Data Infrastructure Working Group (BSMSDIWG) under the Baltic Sea Hydrographic Commission. 


LCdr Troy White

RCN N22 Intelligence Support

NATO Headquarters Northwood

LCdr Troy White comes to DGI this year to talk about 'Successful strategies for achieving maritime Domain Awareness in the all source intelligence environment', at 14.00, Stream C on Day 2.

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Klamer Schutte

TNO, The Netherlands

Come and hear from Klamer and Arthur Smith from TNO to learn about information fusion in maritime security operations and GOOSE project (Google for Sensors). Topics to be covered include:

  • Top level requirements
  • Development of the decision aid
  • Explanation of the scenario
  • Demonstration of the decision aid (avi film)
  • Results and conclusions

14.00, Stream C, Day 3.

Arthur Smith

Arthur Smith

TNO, The Netherlands

Come and hear from Arthur and Klamer Schutte from TNO to learn about information fusion in maritime security operations and GOOSE project (Google for Sensors). Topics to be covered include:

  • Top level requirements
  • Development of the decision aid
  • Explanation of the scenario
  • Demonstration of the decision aid (avi film)
  • Results and conclusions

14.00, Stream C, Day 3.

Michael Thomas

Dr. (Lt Col) Michael Thomas

USAF Dr. Naval Space and Warfare Center


Listen to Michael present on Cyber and the impact on geospatial intelligence at 11.00 on our exclusive North America and Artic Focus Day (21st January) where he'll cover:

  • The impact of new data sources
  • How to assess the challenge, social media, robotic data collection technologies
  • How geographic information system (GIS) methods are being integrated and incorporated
  • How to integrate with traditional GEOINT tools and methods

Michael will also be joining us for our panel discussion, 'Using the latest tools and strategies to ensure 24/7 surveillance of all waters' at 17.00, Stream C, Day 2.

Dr. (LtCol) Michael L. Thomas is currently assigned to Naval Space and Warfare Center (SPAWAR) Charleston as a C4ISR Systems Engineer in the Communications and Networks Division stationed at HQUSEUCOM in Stuttgart, Germany. In this capacity he is responsible for the design, implementation and fielding of major network projects initiated by the Navy, sister services and other US government customers. His prior assignment with SPAWAR was in the Heidelberg Office supporting HQ USAREUR in Geospatial Engineering. He has been on detached special duty since being activated in March 2007, and has served a short tour at the Pentagon, served as a Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) LNO to the Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC), along with an assignment to the Air Force Institute of Technology (AFIT) as an instructor teaching Cyberwar courses.

Immediately prior to his current assignment, he was the Chief J-3 Technical Projects, assigned to the Georgia Institute of Technology as a Special Projects Officer (Project Manager/Applications Architect).



Darek Saunders

Risk Analysis Unit


Join Darek and Alexander Fuchs at 14.00, Stream D on Day 3 to hear about information services, including near-real-time information, and analytical information provided by risk analysis to the Member States via the EUROSUR network after the EUROSUR regulation will be in force in December 2013.

Darek Saunders is a Strategic Supporting Analyst within the Frontex Risk Analysis Unit (RAU) which he joined in 2010. He is responsible for the development and the implementation of the Analysis Layer concept and the Impact Level Methodology within the European Border Surveillance System (EUROSUR). Among other things, he also performs regular and tailored risk analyses on irregular immigration at the European Union level. Darek draws on 17 years of military and law enforcement experience in national and international organisations, with previous roles including a three year assignment in Mons, Belgium in the NATO Headquarters of Allied Command Operations (SHAPE) and joining the United Nations Security and Safety Service (SSS) in New York in 2005 to become part of the SSS Crisis Management Unit (later evolved into the Threat, Risk and Emergency Planning Unit) in which he remained until 2010.


Alexander Fuchs

Situation Centre


Join Alexander and Darek Saunders at 14.00, Stream D on Day 3 to hear about information services, including near-real-time information, and analytical information provided by risk analysis to the Member States via the EUROSUR network after the EUROSUR regulation will be in force in December 2013.

Alexander Fuchs has joined the Frontex Situation Centre (FSC) in 2009 and works there as a Project Manager. In the past Alexander implemented the Frontex CoreGIS and contributed to the EUROSUR development. He is currently appointed to setup and implement the Frontex Fusion Services, a business and technical framework to provide value-adding business services to Member States.

Alexander started his professional career in 1999 joining the German Navy. An operations specialist for anti submarine warfare he served onboard FGS Bayern before he was appointed to the former NATO HQ NAVSOUTH/CC-MAR Naples where he was working as a C2 Systems Manager from 2002 to 2009.

Christian Berg Jensen

LCDR Christian Berg-Jensen

Head of Geo

Norwegian Navy

Christian joins us at DGI this year to share his views on our panel discussion, 'Using the latest tools and strategies to ensure 24/7 surveillance of all waters' - 17.00, Stream C, Day 2.

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Martyn Dawkes

Engineering Fellow and Technical Director

Raytheon UK

Martyn is a Raytheon Engineering Fellow and the Technical Director for Raytheon UK. In this role Martyn is responsible, with the business leaders for developing and implementing the Raytheon UK Technology Strategy across all of Raytheon’s business lines in the UK. These include Air Traffic Management Systems, Cyber, C4ISTAR, Precision Effects, Force Protection, Defence Intelligence, Airborne Solutions, Power and Control Systems and Security Solutions. Martyn is also accountable for the technology relationship between Raytheon UK and the four business lines that make up the Raytheon US company.

He is responsible for ensuring the integrity and coherence of Raytheon products and solutions with respect to the Technical Strategy and the Business Strategy it supports. This includes driving engagement with both the SME and Academic communities to deliver innovation into solutions that Raytheon offers in the UK and beyond.

As a business and technical relationship lead, Martyn is expert at building trust between organisations, stakeholders, service delivery organisations and technology providers in developing custom propositions that deliver on business need. As a programme execution delivery lead, Martyn has lead teams of architects and analysts in the design and delivery of solutions for complex, highly regulated systems. With over 27 years experience in the Aerospace, Defence and IT industries, Martyn has extensive experience, in both pre and post sales environments, leading multi-disciplinary, multi company teams and helping large scale clients in the planning and execution of application and infrastructure transformation initiatives.

James Prain

James Prain

Information and Intelligence Group Principal


James is the Information and Intelligence (I2) Group Principal at the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl) with responsibly for capability development and quality of outputs of the I2 Group. He is the Technical Partner for the Advance Geospatial Information and Intelligence Services (AGIS) research project being delivered the GeoCore consortium with partners from industry and academia. He is also chairman of NATO’s Joint Geospatial Standards Working Group.
Prior to joining Dstl, James was the ISTAR Business Manager at Systems Engineering and Assessment (SEA) Ltd for four years. This appointment followed a career in the Army which included tours as Assistant Director Intelligence in the ISTAR Capability Directorate of MoD, Chief of Staff of the Defence Geospatial Intelligence Agency, Chief Instructor at the Royal School of Military Survey and Chief Geographic Officer for United Nations Peace Force in the Balkans.

Alex Dunmire

Alex Dunmire

Senior Director, Analytical Services


Alex is the Director of Analytical Services for DigitalGlobe focused on SOCOM, the five Theater Special Operation Commands, and the Tampa Analysis Center. Alex is a plank owner in establishing SOCOM's Pattern Analysis Enterprise using advanced geospatial technologies, methodologies, and modeling to support SOF missions worldwide. 

Alex will be speaking at DGI at the following times:

14:30, Stream B, Day 2: DigitalGlobe's Geospatial Pattern Analysis Capabilities Provides Valuable Insight To National Security Concerns

Led by Heath Rasco and Alex Dunmire, this dual presentation will clearly illustrate the capability of applying DigitalGlobe's pattern analysis techniques to National Security issues.

Heath Rasco

Heath Rasco

Senior Geospatial Scientist


Heath is a Senior Geospatial Scientist and currently the Team Lead for the Pattern Analysis Section focused on counter-extremism and humanitarian issues in Africa. A member of DigitalGlobe Analytics since 2006, Heath has been the primary designer of the geospatial methodologies used by the USSOCOM's Pattern Analysis Enterprise deployed across the globe. His efforts in promoting the importance of understanding Human Geography led to the development of AnthroMapper, a scalable software used to geospatially represent and predict socio-cultural influence in an area.

Heath will be speaking at DGI at the following times:

14:30, Stream B, Day 2: DigitalGlobe's Geospatial Pattern Analysis Capabilities Provides Valuable Insight To National Security Concerns

Led by Heath Rasco and Alex Dunmire, this dual presentation will clearly illustrate the capability of applying DigitalGlobe's pattern analysis techniques to National Security issues.

James Hardy

James Hardy

Asia-Pacific Editor, IHS Jane’s Defence Weekly


James focuses on military and geopolitical affairs and developments in Northeast Asia, the South China Sea, South Asia, and Afghanistan for IHS Jane’s Defence Weekly, an authoritative source of defence news, offering breadth of coverage combined with depth of proven expertise on military geopolitical activity, tri-service and defence technology developments, and defence industry news and market analysis.

James has a particular interest in Northeast Asia, the geopolitical consequences of China’s rise and the US rebalance. He regularly comments on Asia-Pacific military developments for international media and has given briefings to defence officials in Europe and Asia. His articles have also appeared in major media outlets such as CNN.com, The Daily Telegraph and The Diplomat.
Prior to working for IHS, James was a staff writer at The Daily Yomiuri (now The Japan News) in Tokyo, Japan, and he has a master's degree from New College, University of Oxford, United Kingdom.

Joe Ross

Directorate Service Strategy Communications and Information Agency


Joe Ross is a Principal Scientist in the Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) Capability Area Team at the NATO Communications and Information Agency (NCIA) in The Hague, The Netherlands.

Come and watch Joe present at the following sessions at DGI 2014: 

  • 'Interoperability between geospatial intelligence and the MAJIIC project' at 17.30 as part of our North America and Artic Focus Day, January 21st
  • Using data for intelligence, at 15.00, Stream Fon Day 2 on using data for intelligence. Do make sure you attend this particular session to find out how NATO see the future of OSINT and how you can benefit from their experience, research and vision.
  • An exclusive update on MAJIIC II and UV 14 programmes: future plans and requirements, so make you say to see this at 16.30, Stream E on Day 3!
Jeremy Binnie

Jeremy Binnie

Middle East and Africa Editor, IHS Jane's Defence Weekly


Jeremy Binnie has worked for IHS (formerly Jane's) for over ten years. Prior to joining IHS Jane’s Defence Weekly, he served as the editor of IHS Jane's Terrorism & Insurgency Monitor, an associate editor of IHS Jane's Intelligence Review, and Middle East analyst for IHS Jane’s Sentinel Security Assessments.

He has written and edited thousands of articles on a wide range of security and defence issues and has been cited by most major media organisations. Asymmetric warfare is one of his main areas of interest.

Marlene Meyer

Marlene Meyer

Chief Geospatial Branch

Defence Acqusition and Logistics Organization

Chris Dorman

Chris Dorman

Esri European Defence Business Coordinator

Esri European Defence Team

Come and watch Chris' exciting live demonstration with Kerry Robinson (also from ESRI) on GIS for the Commander and his Staff at 14.30 on Day 2.

After a successful 27-year career as a geospatial specialist officer in the British Army, Colonel Chris Dorman joined Esri in 2003 as the European Defence Business Co-ordinator.

As an Army officer he held a variety of command and staff appointments. His last three military posts were Assistant Director Intelligence for geospatial issues in the UK MOD, commander of all UK’s deployable geospatial assets and Head of the UK’s Defence Imagery and Geospatial Liaison Staff in North America (during 9/11).

As Esri’s European Defence Business Co-ordinator Chris now heads a team responsible for promoting the use of Geographic Information Systems in defence & intelligence in NATO, the EU and nations throughout Europe.

Kerry Robinson

Kerry Robinson

Senior Technical Advisor

Esri European Defence Team

Come and watch Kerry's exciting live demonstration with Chris Dorman (also from ESRI) on GIS for the Commander and his Staff at 14.30 on Day 2.

Kerry will also be speaking in her own presentation at 16.30, Stream F, also on Day 2,  presenting a live demonstration which will show how a simple to use GIS portal and dashboards can make the full power of GIS available to all staff across defence and intelligence organisations by delivering simple to use actionable information.

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Sven Bues

Defence and Intelligence Industry Director, EMEA

Intergraph Security, Government & Infrastructure

Sven served in the German Armed Forces until 1996. He studied mechanical engineering during his military service and served as an army officer for the drone recce system, CL-289 in his final posting. He is currently the Defence & Intelligence Industry Director at Intergraph for Europe, Middle East and Africa and manages Intergraph´s wider business in Germany, Austria and Switzerland.

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John Fitzgerald

Business Development


As a former British Army officer, John Fitzgerald brings almost 30 years experience in all aspects of military geography including extensive involvement in operations, intelligence, ISR, systems, and international cooperation. Since leaving the Army two years ago, John has worked for T-Kartor developing opportunities for database centric geospatial production and provision services. John will speak on the focus day, ably assisted by Karen Thomas, former NGA senior as the Director for the Foundation GEOINT Group. She now works for Harris Corporation as their Chief GIS Strategist

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Sigmund Dehli

International Sales Manager

Kongsberg Satellite Services AS

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Savahna Nightingale

Africa Maritime Analyst


Savahna reports for IHS Fairplay magazine under IHS Maritime, which has the ability to reach core decision makers and key players in the maritime world, and combines being a leading shipping journal with being a multi-platform resource comprising a daily and weekly shipping news bulletin, a 24 online portal, weekly magazines, digital archive, and new build data.

Built on a heritage of 125 years of editorial excellence, IHS Fairplay magazine under IHS Maritime delivers content and analysis to its core audience of ship owners, managers, operators and charterers. It is also a top read for brokers, financiers, and insurers operating in the global shipping market place with a keen interest on emerging markets.

As a former reporter for Lloyd’s Shipping Economist, Savahna covered ship finance, charter markets, derivatives and future markets, as well as month to month trade reporting. Her core focus for IHS Maritime is Africa, including trade, markets, business and development on the continent.

A former consultant of LS Consulting, Savahna’s focus on frontier markets saw her engaging at business and government level particularly in West Africa. She was previously a consultant to the ministry of foreign affairs and two states in Nigeria.
With a background in maritime law and maritime business, Savahna has also worked for the BBC World Service and BBC World News, producing its flagship global TV news programme “Focus on Africa”, as well as presenting BBC World daily programmes “World Have Your Say” and Newsday.

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Captain Sebastien Waerstad-Campeau

Head instructor geospatial engineering,

Norwegian Army Land Warfare Centre

Captain Sebastien Waerstad-Campeau is currently the head instructor in geospatial engineering at the Norwegian Army Land Warfare Centre. He joined the Norwegian Army in 2002, starting studies at the Norwegian Military Academy, earning a bachelor in engineering with specialization in geospatial engineering. He has served as a geo-officer in the Engineer Battalion and Telemark Battalion (NOR Army High Readiness Force). Captain Waerstad-Campeau has manned geo-cells in NOR ISTAR HQ, Brigade HQ as well as in own battalions. In 2007 and 2013 he has deployments to Afghanistan.

David Burr

David Burridge

European Consulting Group Manager

Exelis Visual Information Solutions

SC Cowan

Craig Cowan

Defence and Security

Exelis Visual Information Solutions

Rick Harvie

Lt Col Richard Harvie

Commanding Officer

Joint Imagery Centre, Canadian Forces

LCol Rick Harvie assumed Command of the CFJIC on 8 Jun 2012.

His last posting was as the Senior Staff Officer (Intelligence) at the Canadian Joint Delegation to NATO Headquarters, where he was also the Canadian Forces Intelligence Liaison Officer in Brussels.

LCol Harvie joined the Canadian Forces in 1991 as a Reserve Aeroengine technician, working on the CP-140 / AURORA Maritime Patrol Aircraft at 14 Wing Greenwood, Nova Scotia. Before long, his interests and education drew him into the Intelligence field. Commissioned in 1995, he began working in the 14 Wing Intelligence Section as a Watch Keeper before transferring to Maritime Forces Atlantic as the Deputy MARLANT Surveillance Officer. Upon completion Bachelors and Masters Degrees from Acadia University, LCol Harvie transferred to the Regular Force in 1998.

Since then, LCol Harvie has worked in numerous staff and line positions, with the bulk of his experience being at the Joint/Combined Operational level. This includes assignments to the 1st Canadian Division Headquarters / Canadian Forces Joint Headquarters, the Canadian Forces School of Military Intelligence, National Defence Headquarters, and the Continental United States NORAD Headquarters, as well as deployments to Eritrea and Bosnia-Herzegovina.

LCol Harvie is a graduate of the United States Air Force Air Command and Staff College.


Brian Biesecker

Esri Technical Director, Intelligence Community


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Captain RN David Robertson

Hydrographer of the Navy, Director

UK Hydrographic Office

Born in St Andrews in the Kingdom of Fife and raised on the outskirts of Glasgow, David joined the Royal Navy in 1983. After his time at BRNC he gained a degree in Geology and then returned to the Fleet as the Navigation Officer of HMS QUORN. This was to become a recurring theme as he then went on to pilot Her Majesty’s Ships BULLDOG, HERALD and SCOTT around the oceans and qualifying as a Specialist Navigator in 1997. However it has been the Geospatial area (particularly Hydrography, Meteorology and Oceanography) that have formed the majority of his career to date.{br}{br} Having honed his skills as the Executive Officer in NP1008 (MV Marine Explorer) and also in HMS SCOTT David had the honour of Commanding both HMS LEDBURY (a HUNT Class Minehunter deployed around UK waters) and, after Staff Course, HMS ENTERPRISE (an ECHO Class survey vessel). In ENTERPRISE he circumnavigated Africa and also spent over a year in the Arabian Gulf during her 22 months deployed. {br}{br} 
David commenced the second stage of his career ashore with an assignment to the Joint Command and Staff College as a member of the Directing Staff on the Advanced Course. There he delivered a five-nation Joint humanitarian and peace-support exercise and a Defence Policy and Strategic Programming package. He also had the pleasure of running the final week long staff ride to Normandy in ’08 and ’09 and twice acting as the Maritime subject matter expert to the Higher Command and Staff Course theatre war game. Appointed to Navy Command Headquarters in Portsmouth in ‘10 he was responsible for Capability Management, Force Generation and Planning on all Geospatial matters related to Hydrography, Meteorology and Oceanography. One particular highlight was being part of the team bringing the Ice Patrol Ship HMS PROTECTOR into service and delivering her to task in very short order. {br}{br}Prior to taking up his current duties David was deployed for almost 10 months to Operation VOCATE in Libya. He was the first Senior Maritime Advisor in country following the fall of the Ghaddafi regime. Working as an embedded advisor to the Libyan Navy Plans department he was responsible for generating the detailed planning which would establish the necessary foundations for a healthy future.{br}{br}Happily married to Caroline for almost 20 years, they have three children, a bouncy Labrador, an ancient cat and now live in South Wales where the hills, the bookshops and new challenges beckon.

Alan M

Alan Mears

Multi-Int and Cyber Lead

Lockheed Martin UK

Alan Mears is LMUK’s Multi-Int and Cyber Lead for the MOD, responsible for orchestrating LMUK activity across the MOD Single Information Enterprise (SIE). Involved with Lockheed Martin’s cyber capabilities since 2011, Alan is currently leading the shaping and delivery of Lockheed Martin’s Computer Network Operations cyber portfolio to defence.

Alan served for 25 years in the Regular Army with the Royal Artillery, and continues to serve as a reservist with the Specialist Group Royal Signals; reservist operational deployments included mobilised service in Iraq with IMEF in 2003, and Afghanistan in 2006 where he filled key joint fires and targeting appointments.

Since 2002 Alan has been immersed in the Defence agenda of what started as Network Enabled Capability through his roles at the NITEworks partnership, and as the operations lead for the MOD Command and Control Battlelab (C2BL): as one of the C2BL co-founders, Alan played a key role in informing and delivering MOD’s C4ISR and Attack-the Network capabilities for Afghanistan, and played a key role in shaping the early stages of the Afghan Mission Network .

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Simon Doyle

Chief Architect

Lockheed Martin

Simon Doyle is Chief Architect at Lockheed Martin UK. He has worked with many organisations to help shape and refine approaches to data analytics and data fusion. He holds a master's degree from University College London (UCL) in Geographic and Geodetic Information Systems and is an Honorary Research Fellow at the Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis, UCL.

He is also a Chartered Geographer and Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society. He has been twice recipient of the Association for Geographic Information Award for Innovation for work in data visualisation and in the development of perils analysis for UK insurers. Doyle has worked with GEOINT and aligned technologies for several years, having led major data fusion projects in UK government. He was Chair of the Association for Geographic Information (2006) and has also been a member of several UK Government expert panels relating to technology, data and horizon scanning.

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Capt HW Wasantha Ranasinghe

General Staff Officer

Sri Lanka Army


Manne Anliot

Head of Marketing and Global Accounts

SAAB Dynamics


Steve Wallace

Business Development Manager – Research & Consultancy



Dr. Philip Ritcheson

Director IMS Intelligence Division



Cpl. Kieran Eagen



Lcpl Jack Shead



Donatella Giampaolo

Head of Sales – Europe e-geo

“22 years of experience in the Earth Observation business, with a special focus on Very High Resolution Satellite imagery requirements, both Optical and Radar. For several years Donatella worked in the Eurimage Business Development Department as the EU Key Account Manager, including International Organizations such as ESA, EUSC and United Nations in Europe; today Donatella covers the same role, but with a wider perspective and with additional sales responsibility, being the Head of the European Market within the e-GEOS International Commercial Department.
Since a few years her activity has also been focused on the business development of COSMO-SkyMed data reception in Northern Europe and the start-up of new and innovative projects, such as the development of a partnership with the Finnish Meteorological Institute (FMI) for COSMO data reception in Finland and improved joint ice charting services to address growing Arctic challenges and opportunities; business development in Norway with Kongsberg Satellite Services AS (KSAT), another very important e-GEOS partner and now with COSMO data reception capabilities this time in Norway, just to mention a few key cases. Donatella’s action in the Arctic continues.”


Guy Thomas


Global Maritime Awareness Institute for Safety, Security & Stewardship

Kent Dowell

Lieutenant Colonel, Intelligence Liason Officer

Canadian Forces