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Timiebi Aganaba-Jeanty

Assistant Professor in the School for the Future of Innovation in Society - Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University

Timiebi Aganaba works in global space governance law and environmental advocacy. Aganaba’s work promotes regional collaborations among countries to maximize the presence o...

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Jack Dangermond

Founder and President - Environmental Systems Research Institute (Esri)

A landscape architect by training, Jack Dangermond founded Environmental Systems Research Institute (Esri) in 1969 with a vision that computer mapping and analysis could h...

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Dr. Stacey A. Dixon

Deputy Director - National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA)

Dr. Stacey A. Dixon is the eighth Deputy Director of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA). In this role, she assists the director in leading the agency and in...

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Chris Hadfield

Astronaut - First Canadian Commander of the International Space Station (2013)

Referred to as “the most famous astronaut since Neil Armstrong,” Colonel Chris Hadfield is a worldwide sensation whose video of David Bowie’s “Space Oddity” – seen by over...

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Robbie Schingler

Co-Founder & Chief Strategy Officer - Planet

Robbie Schingler is the Co-Founder and Chief Strategy Officer (CSO) of Planet. As CSO of Planet, Robbie leads the company’s long-term strategic trajectory and manages Plan...

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Will Marshall

Co-Founder & Chief Executive Officer - Planet

Will Marshall is the Co-Founder and CEO of Planet. He leads the overall company strategy and direction. Prior to Planet, Will was a Scientist at NASA/USRA where he was a s...

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Kenneth Roth

Executive Director - Human Rights Watch

Kenneth Roth is the Executive Director of Human Rights Watch, one of the world's leading international human rights organizations, which operates in more than 90 countries...

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Al Gore

Former Vice President

Former Vice President Al Gore is the cofounder and chairman of Generation Investment Management, and the founder and chairman of The Climate Reality Project, a n...

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Achim Steiner

Development Program Administrator - United Nations

Achim Steiner became UNDP Administrator on 19 June 2017 and will serve for a term of four years. The United Nations General Assembly confirmed his nomination on 19 April 2...

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Aaron Smith

Product Manager for Imagery - Planet

Aaron is a geographer and experienced remote sensing scientist. His career in natural resources and satellite image analytics has taken him from the arctic circle to the A...

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Matthew Gray

Managing Director - Carbon Tracker

Matt is a Managing Director and co-head of Carbon Tracker’s Power & Utilities Team. Matt was previously an analyst at Jefferies, an American investment bank, where he was ...

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Margarita Mora

Managing Director, Partnerships - Nia Tero

Margarita Mora started her career working on land titling of Indigenous and Afro-descendent territories in Northwestern Ecuador, where she learned firsthand about the stru...

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Dr. Ron Dembo

Dr. Dembo has had a distinguished academic research career at Yale University and as a visiting professor at MIT. He was also the Founder and CEO of Algorithmics Incorpora...

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Rosanne Saccone

Chief Marketing Officer (CMO) - Planet

Rosanne Saccone is Planet’s Chief Marketing Officer (CMO). She leads Planet’s marketing team, and is focused on helping Planet scale, accelerate revenue growth and amplify...

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Theresa Hitchens

Space & Air Reporter - Breaking Defense

Theresa Hitchens is the Space & Air Reporter at Breaking Defense as of April 2019. Previously, she spent three years as a Senior Research Associate at Center for Internati...

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Dr. Benjamin Koetz

Senior Application and Mission Scientist - Earth Observation Directorate of the European Space Agency (ESA)

Benjamin Koetz works as Senior Application and Mission Scientist in the Earth Observation Directorate of the European Space Agency. His tasks focus on the development of E...

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Susan Kalweit

Director of the Analysis Directorate - National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency

Ms. Susan Kalweit is the Director of the Analysis Directorate at the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency. As the Director of Analysis, she is responsible for leading N...

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Peter Muend

Director, Commercial Systems Program Office, GEOINT Directorate, - National Reconnaissance Office

Mr. Pete Muend is the Director of the National Reconnaissance Office’s Commercial Systems Program Office (CSPO) where he leads the NRO’s strategy for full integration of m...

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Tanya Harrison

Manager of Science Programs - Planet Federal

Dr. Tanya Harrison is the Manager of Science Programs for Planet Federal. She works with applied science in the research community across federal civilian science agencies...

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Dheeraj Mehra

Founder and CEO - Micronet Solutions

Dheeraj Mehra is the Founder and CEO of Micronet Solutions, a GIS and remote sensing solutions provider that pioneered cadastral/parcel mapping in India. With two decades...

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Dr. Anna Winters

Co-founder and CEO - Akros

Dr. Anna Winters is the co-founder and CEO of Akros. She leads the open-source spatial intelligence platform, Reveal which creates impact by using satellite imagery and sp...

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Tim Schaub

Principal Geospatial Architect - Planet

Tim has an educational background in remote sensing and has made a career developing geospatial solutions with open source software. Tim is enjoying working with teammate...

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Rasmus Houborg

Geospatial Systems Engineer - Planet

Rasmus Houborg is a Geospatial Systems Engineer and Scientist leading the sensor data fusion work at Planet. He has a M.S. and Ph.D. in Physical Geography from the Univers...

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Hercilo Odorico

- Mozambique Forest Investment Project

Hercilo Odorico was born and raised in Maputo, Mozambique. He holds a degree in Forest Engineering by the Eduardo Mondlane University in Maputo, since 2015. With 5 years o...

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Brittany Dahl

Geospatial Solutions and Imagery Product Consultant - Geoplex

Geospatial Solutions and Imagery Product Consultant, Geoplex Brittany is a Geospatial Consultant based in the Geoplex Sydney office with more than 5 years’ experience de...

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Sella Nevo

Senior Software Engineer - Google
Sella Nevo is a senior software engineer who specializes in machine learning research and development. He is committed to enacting large-scale effective social impact, fo...
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Christopher B. Anderson

Co-Founder - CTO, Salo Sciences

Chris leads Salo’s technical and visual design while pursuing his Ph.D. in Biology at the Center for Conservation Biology at Stanford University. At Salo, he’s the residen...

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Kaiyu Guan

Blue Waters Assistant Professor - University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Dr. Kaiyu Guan is a Blue Waters Assistant Professor in ecohydrology and remote sensing in the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences (NRES), College of...

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Thomas Jarzombek

Federal Government Coordinator - German Aerospace Policy

Thomas Jarzombek is the Economic Affairs Ministry’s Commissioner for the Digital Industry and Start-ups. Further to this, he is also the Federal Government Coordinator of ...

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Marek Mlčoušek

Director - Forest Management Institute (FMI)

Marek Mlčoušek is a director of the regional branch of the Forest Management Institute (FMI) which deals with the development remote sensing products in forestry. The FMI...

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Jin Wu

Professor - School of Biological Sciences, University of Hong Kong

Jin Wu is a broadly trained ecosystem ecologist. His lab is now working to develop rigorous multi-sensor fusion techniques to integrate high resolution Planet data with MO...

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Zachary Cohen

Reporter - CNN

Zachary Cohen is a writer and reporter for CNN Politics, where he focuses on the national security beat in Washington, covering the Pentagon, US State Department, White Ho...

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David Kroodsma

Director of Research and Innovation - Global Fishing Watch

David Kroodsma leads Global Fishing Watch’s Research Program, which is a collaboration between Global Fishing Watch and a network of over 10 research institutions. He is r...

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Charlie Whiton

Director of Product - Allen Coral Atlas

Previously a product manager at Microsoft, Expedia, Google, and Co-Founder of PicMonkey, Charlie now leads the development and partnership of the AllenCoralAtlas.Org for V...

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Beau Legeer

Imagery and Remote Sensing - Esri

Beau Legeer is a solutions manager at Esri focused on Imagery and Remote Sensing based data and analytics. He has over 25 years of experience working with commercial and gov...

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Jesse Hamlin

Global GIS & Database Officer - Halo Trust

Jesse Hamlin joined HALO in 2014. He is responsible for supporting all HALO programs with GIS, database, and information management. He holds a bachelor’s degree in GIS f...

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Xiaoxiang Zhu

Head of Earth Observation Data Science - German Aerospace Center

Xiaoxiang Zhu is the Professor for Signal Processing in Earth Observation at the Technical University of Munich, the head of the department of Earth Observation Data Scien...

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Nathan Dickerman

Chief Commercial Officer - Planet

Nate is responsible for all customer-facing and partner functions, and drives the go-to-market strategy for Planet’s data and analytics. With 20 years experience in the en...

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Austin Coates

Sales Engineering Manager - L3Harris

Austin is a Sales Engineering Manager at L3Harris with 10+ years of experience in algorithm development, custom software solutions engineering, and product management. Aus...

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Jen Marcus

VP, US Government Strategic Partnerships - Planet

Jen Marcus is the Vice President, US Government Strategic Partnerships at Planet. She has spent the last 10+ years contributing to revenue growth of the Defense and Intell...

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Samuel Myers

Principle Research Scientist, Planetary Health - Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

Samuel Myers, MD, MPH studies the human health impacts of accelerating disruptions to Earth’s natural systems, a field recently dubbed Planetary Health. He is a Principal ...

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Jose Crummett

GIS Manager - County of El Dorado

Jose Crummet has been the GIS Manager for El Dorado County in California for nearly 30 years. Experience with aerial imagery includes: the use of publicly available imager...

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Marshall Burke

Associate Professor - Stanford University

Marshall Burke is associate professor in the Department of Earth System Science and Center Fellow at the Center on Food Security and the Environment at Stanford University...

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Jim Thomason

VP of Imagery Products - Planet

Jim Thomason is VP of Imagery Products at Planet, where he oversees a world-class team building innovative imagery and data solutions that make global change visible, acc...

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Karen M. St. Germain

Earth Science Division Director - NASA

Dr. St. Germain is the Division Director of the Earth Science Division, in the Science Mission Directorate at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Head...

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Alex Otake

Senior Sales Manager - NTT DATA Corporation

Alex Otake is a Senior Sales Manager in NTT DATA. NTT DATA is a leading IT services provider and global innovation partner headquartered in Tokyo, with business operations...

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Danielle Wood

Director of the Space Enabled Research Group - MIT MediaLab

Professor Danielle Wood serves as an Assistant Professor in Media Arts & Sciences and holds a joint appointment in the Department of Aeronautics & Astronautics at the Mass...

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Dr. Lucas Joppa

Chief Environmental Officer - Microsoft

Dr. Lucas Joppa leads sustainability at Microsoft, as the company’s first Chief Environmental Officer. In this role, he works to advance Microsoft’s core commitment to sus...

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David Jensen

Digital Transformation Task Force - United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)

David Jensen is the coordinator of the Digital Transformation Task Force at the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). In this capacity, he is responsible for develo...

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Emily Jacobi

Executive Director and Founder - Digital Democracy

Emily is the Executive Director and Founder of Digital Democracy and is passionate about leveraging technology to empower marginalized communities. Beginning her career as...

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Hugh Sturrock

Chief Science Officer and Co-founder - Locational

Dr. Hugh Sturrock is Chief Science Officer and co-founder of Locational, a startup dedicated to making spatial analysis more accessible. A spatial epidemiologist by traini...

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Dr. Erik Lindquist

Forestry Program Officer - UN-FAO

Dr. Erik Lindquist is currently a Forestry Officer with the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization based in Quito, Ecuador. He has 23 years of experience in remo...

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Josef Aschbacher

ESA Director - Earth Observation Programmes

Josef Aschbacher is the ESA Director of Earth Observation Programmes and Head of ESRIN, ESA’s centre for Earth Observation, located in Frascati (near Rome), Italy. Born in...

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Louis Rousmaniere

Senior Product Manager - Planet

Louis Rousmaniere is a Senior Product Manager of Imagery Products at Planet. With 10+ years experience in satellite imaging, he spent the past six years working with the S...

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Torben Barsballe

Professional Services Engineer - Planet

As part of the Professional Services team at Planet, ​Torben​ develop​s​ custom solutions for customers where Planet's ​standard ​offerings don't quite fit their requireme...

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Asa Strong

Product Manager - Planet

Asa Strong is a Product Manager at Planet working on data integrations and developer relations. Prior to Planet, Asa helped engineer and manage products for the Global For...

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Justin Davis

Senior Product Manager - Planet

Justin Davis is a Senior Product Manager at Planet, focused on developing Analytic Feeds which leverage deep learning to identify objects and features of interest from Pla...

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Jenna Mukuno

Senior Manager, Product Marketing - Planet

Jenna Mukuno is Senior Manager, Product Marketing, where she’s responsible for leading go-to-market strategy for and positioning of Planet’s core products. She previously ...

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Erik Friesen

Pre-Sales Engineer - Planet

Erik is a Pre-Sales Engineer with Planet. He has worked with GIS and remote sensing technology for the past 15 years. Prior to joining Planet, he worked as a Training Spe...

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Stace Maples

Geospatial Manager - Stanford Geospatial Center

As the Geospatial Manager at The Stanford Geospatial Center I provide support and collaboration to the Stanford research community in capturing and making sense of the “wh...

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Chris Arends

Meteorology Program Manager - San Diego Gas & Electric

As the Meteorology Program Manager, Chris has full managerial and technical responsibility for the provision of weather products and forecasts that enable situational awar...

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Tara O'Shea

Director of Forest Programs - Planet

Tara is passionate about realigning natural and human systems to forge more sustainable models of economic development, and has worked across the academic, nonprofit, fina...

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Agnieszka Lukaszczyk

Senior Director for European Affairs - Planet

Agnieszka Lukaszczyk is the Senior Director for European Affairs at Planet. A Polish/American national, has worked at the European Commission, Directorate General for Inte...

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Nadinè Galle

Co-founder & CEO - Green City Watch

As an urban techno-ecologist, Nadinè Galle is on a mission to increase urban tree longevity and now designs and deploys the technology to make it possible. Nadinè is the c...

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Dave Winnacker

Fire Chief - Moraga-Orinda Fire District

Dave Winnacker has been in the fire service for 16 years in Fresno City, Alameda County, and Moraga-Orinda Fire District. Since becoming the fire chief in 2017 he has deve...

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Dina Kazzaz

Senior Director, Business Development - Planet

Dina leads business development at Planet with a focus on building strategic partnerships and programs to accelerate use of Planet data by new customers and markets. Plane...

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Zara Khan

Director, Business Development - Planet

Zara focuses on the agriculture market in the Business Development team at Planet. She brings nearly 10 years of experience working across both public and private sectors,...

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Andrew Zolli

VP, Global Impact Initiatives - Planet

Andrew oversees Global Impact Initiatives at Planet, working to ensure that the company’s data, products and services achieve their highest humanitarian, sustainable devel...

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Jonathan Evens

Product Manager - Planet

Jonathan Evens lives to build ground-breaking products in various exciting domains such as space and energy and specializes in applying machine learning to solve industry ...

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Betül Şallı

GIS and Remote Sensing Specialis - Doktar Digital Agricultural Solutions

Betul is a seasoned GIS and Remote Sensing Specialist with B.S. in Geomatics Engineering and M.Sc. GIS & Remote Sensing from Istanbul Technical University at Doktar. She m...

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Rachel Balik

Senior Product Manager - Granular

Rachel is a Senior Product Manager on Granular's Remote Sensing team, which supports Corteva's Digital Services with satellite imagery that farmers use to optimize profita...

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Ricardo R. Bastidas

Senior Geospatial Engineer - Colombian National Mining Agency

Ricardo Bastidas is a Senior Geospatial Engineer who leads the observation geospatial team at the Colombian National Mining Agency. His team works on developing new approa...

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Johoner V. Correa C.

- Colombian National Authority of Environmental Permits and Licenses

Johoner leads the Geomatics team of the Colombian National Authority of Environmental Permits and Licenses (Autoridad Nacional de Licencias Ambientales - ANLA). He`s cadas...

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Leland Sutter

Geospatial Analyst - Freeport-McMoRan

Leland is a Geospatial Analyst in the Tailings, Crushed Leach, and Water Department at Freeport-McMoRan. He is a trained ecophysiologist and geographer, who uses multidisc...

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Charcey Petersen

Remote Sensing Software Engineer - Granular

Charcey Petersen is from Des Moines, Iowa where she works as a Remote Sensing Software Engineer for Granular Inc. Her formal training is in Geographic Information Systems ...

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Matthew McCabe

Professor of Remote Sensing - King Abdullah University of Science and Technology

Matthew McCabe is a Professor of Remote Sensing and Water Security at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology in Saudi Arabia. McCabe and his team research topi...

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Creon Levit

Chief Technologist & Director of Research - Planet

Since 2015 Creon has worked at Planet Labs, where he is the Chief Technologist, Director or R&D, and a Planet Fellow. Prior to that, he worked at NASA Ames Research Center...

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Işıl Demir

Director of Mission Systems - Planet

Işıl is Director of Mission Systems at Planet, where she has worked for the last 5 years, building Mission Control systems to fully automate large constellation satellite ...

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Samapriya Roy

Solutions Engineer - Planet

Samapriya Roy has a Ph.D. in remote sensing and geospatial applications. His background in geospatial applications with a focus on complex system interactions allows for t...

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Martin Van Ryswyk

SVP, Product - Planet

As Planet’s senior vice president of Product, Martin is responsible for helping to guide product vision and strategies moving forward. Before joining Planet, Van Ryswyk wa...

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Ariel Rhoda

Product Manager - Planet

Ariel is a Product Manager focused on Planet’s search and data delivery experiences, helping customers access, analyze, and build on more than 200M+ square kilometers of i...

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Agnes Pyrchla

Product Manager - Planet

Agnes Pyrchla is a Product Manager at Planet, focusing on web apps. Her mission is to enable people of all skill levels to engage with geospatial data and collaborate effe...

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Catherine Nakalembe

Assistant Research Professor - University of Maryland - Department of Geographical Sciences

Catherine Nakalembe is part of the University of Maryland Harvest Hub, providing support and coordination for Harvest activities in East Africa, working in Kenya, Tanzania...

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Dr. Margaret Kalacska

Associate Professor, Applied Remote Sensing Lab - Department of Geography, McGill University

Margaret's work combines remotely sensed data from field spectroscopy, UAV and airborne platforms along with satellite imagery to investigate environmental research questi...

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Professor Doreen Boyd

Professor of Earth Observation and Rights Lab Associate Director (Data and Measurement Programme) - University of Nottingham, UK

Doreen's work focuses on the application of remotely sensed data (from proximal through to space borne platforms) to better understand pressing environmental and societal ...

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Dr. Jeffrey Lewis

Director, East Asia Nonproliferation Project (EANP) - Middlebury Institute of International Studies

Dr. Jeffrey Lewis is the director of the East Asia Nonproliferation Program at CNS. Before coming to CNS, he was the director of the Nuclear Strategy and Nonproliferation ...

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Hannah Kerner

Assistant Research Professor - University of Maryland, Department of Geographical Sciences

Hannah Kerner is part of the University of Maryland Harvest Hub, providing research support for Harvest activities. Hannah works on developing machine learning solutions f...

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Bob Russell

Deputy Director - Humboldt County (California) Planning and Building Department

Bob Russell has been the Deputy Director for Humboldt County’s Planning and Building Department for the past three years. He has previously worked for Raytheon Company as...

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Mike Berzinis

Director of GIS - Southern Forestry Consultants

Mike Berzinis is a Certified Scrum Master (CSM), Registered Forester in North Carolina (NCRF 1513) and a forest technology expert. He has led the creation and growth of t...

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