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Rafal Modrzewski is the Chief Executive Officer and co-founder of ICEYE. ICEYE, the first company to successfully miniaturize a SAR satellite, is launching and operating a constellation of small radar imaging satellites, providing access to timely and reliable Earth observation data. ICEYE empowers commercial and government partners with unmatched persistent monitoring capabilities for any location on Earth. The company helps customers make informed, data-driven decisions to address time-critical challenges in various industries, to ensure infrastructure safety, and to protect the environment.
Since co-founding the project in 2012, which became the company in 2014, with Pekka Laurila, Modrzewski is responsible for overseeing the organization’s growth and implementing ICEYE’s overall vision. Modrzewski brings with him deep domain expertise in SAR engineering, and he has received the 2018 Forbes 30 under 30 Technology award based on the world-first achievements of ICEYE.
Clint Crosier leads the AWS Aerospace and Satellite Solutions business, responsible for providing commercial and government customers with tailored, secure, and cost-effective cloud solutions for building satellites, conducting space and launch operations, and reimagining space exploration. Before AWS, he spent 33 years in the US Air Force/US Space Force retiring as a Major General where he operated multiple satellite constellations, launched rockets putting satellites into orbit, and held key roles as a US Senate Staffer and in DOD Intelligence. He also served as the lead planner and architect of the stand-up of the US Space Force, the first new military service in 72 years.
Dr. Motoyuki Arai began his career working at a US-based consulting firm in Tokyo, Japan for 5 years to support more than 15 global companies to design new business and technology strategies, to formulate corporate governance and to build the internal controls necessary to run global companies.
He received his Ph.D. in Technology Management for Innovation from the University of Tokyo. During his time there, he focused his research on construction of energy systems to promote economic growth in developing countries. He then implemented his knowledge of business development to solve social issues in areas such as energy, water and sanitation, agriculture, and recycling in Saudi Arabia, Bangladesh, Laos, Cambodia, Kenya, Tanzania, and the devastated areas of Japan.
James is CTO, Chairman of the Board, and Founder of Orbital Insight – a later-stage startup funded by Sequoia Capital and Google Ventures (among others). Orbital Insight processes geospatial data at petabyte scale to help commercial and government customers understand what we are doing on and to the earth.
Previously he was SVP of Science and Engineering at the Climate Corporation through its $1B acquisition by Monsanto. Before his time at Climate he was CTO and Software Architect at Moon Express -- a company with the modest goal of putting the first commercial robot on the Moon. Previous to that he was engineering Director of Google Book Search where he was in charge of Google's project to scan, index, and make searchable the world's books.
James holds PhD and Master’s degrees in Computer Science from the University of Texas at Austin, and a BA in Math and Computer Science from Rice University.
Dr. Manfred Krischke is Founder and CEO of CloudEO an innovative cloud-based collaboration platform and marketplace for Geo-services. Besides holding other Board positions, he is Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Mynaric AG in Germany.
In 2011 he led the consortium to buy the assets of RapidEye (5 satellites constellation) out of the insolvency and was interim CEO for the restructured company.
He originally founded RapidEye in 1998 and was its CEO until 2004.
He was the Managing Director of Intermap GmbH and VP at Intermap Corp for six years. Manfred Krischke has been a Senior Advisor to Spacetec Capital Partners. Before that he consulted several companies and spent 8 month at Guildford consulting Surrey Satellite Technologies.
He started his career at Kayser-Threde GmbH, Munich (today OHB), where he was Business Development Manager for Navigation, Communication, Small Satellites and Manned Space Transportation.
He was awarded a PhD in Aerospace Engineering from the Technical University of Munich. In 1991 he received the Wernher-von-Braun Award of the Deutsche Aerospace (today Airbus) for the best visionary diploma thesis in Germany, which he wrote during his studies at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, Cambridge.
Ajay Bulusu is the co-founder of NextBillion.ai. Ajay is a change agent who excels at streamlining cross-functional collaboration and communication at NextBillion.ai. Previously, he led and nurtured the large GEO global team at Grab that accomplished mission-critical goals. Prior to Grab, Ajay also oversaw operations, product strategy, negotiation, partnerships and outreach at leading multinationals, including Google, Indeed, and American Express.
In his decade long career, Ajay has held leadership positions across diverse industries, such as mobility, mapping, e-commerce, digital advertising, user trust, and transportation. After graduating with honours from Leeds University, Ajay earned a master’s degree in business analytics and consulting from University of Warwick.
Preetha Pulusani is founder/CEO of FinTech company, DeepTarget, Inc serving hundreds of financial institutions with its patent pending marketing and engagement Digital Experience Platform fueled by AI, Big Data and BI. Previously, she was President, Rolta – International Operations and prior to that, Ms. Pulusani culminated a career of 25+ years at Intergraph, as President, Security, Government & Infrastructure with global revenues of $400+ million; she began her career there as entry-level programmer in Mapping/GIS. Preetha holds an M.S. in Computer Science from the University of Alabama at Huntsville, has served on various industry boards and in 2006 was recognized as the Alabama IT Association’s Top IT Executive.
Joe Astroth CEO-USA of Cyclomedia has over 25 years of experience in executive management in the geospatial industry. Joe is also recognized as a leader in the world of education, with 10 years of experience as both professor and chief education officer for a Fortune 1000 company. He currently serves on five Board of Directors and Executive Advisory boards.
Joe completed his doctoral work at the University of Chicago where he was awarded the Fulbright Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad Fellowship and the Mellon Foundation Dissertation Award.
Patrick Cozzi is the CEO of Cesium, where he works at the intersection of technology and business to lead the open platform for 3D geospatial and bring 3D geospatial solutions to markets across earthworks, defense, and infrastructure. He is a longtime advocate of open source and open standards to enable community collaboration.
Patrick started Cesium and 3D Tiles, an OGC Community Standard for massive heterogeneous 3D geospatial data. He is the co-creator of glTF, the open-standard 3D model format, and served as the former chair of the Khronos 3D Formats Working Group. Patrick has taught hundreds of computer science and graphics students at the University of Pennsylvania, and has authored or contributed to over ten books on mapping, computer graphics, and games.
Scott Cattran is the President and CEO of Woolpert. In this position, Scott is responsible for setting the vision and strategy of the company, developing and strengthening a strong trust-built culture, achieving company long-term strategic goals, meeting the annual business plan and making Woolpert a Great Place to Work for all employees.
Scott also serves as the Chair for the Woolpert Board of Directors. In this position, Scott sets the agenda for Board meetings, helps ensure the Board is effectively providing strategic direction for the firm and ensures that Woolpert shareholders realize equity value appreciation for their investment in the company.
Mr. Haight has over 20 years’ experience spanning the fields of information technology, engineering, wireless technology and private equity. Prior to Critigen, Jeff enjoyed a distinguished career at CH2M Hill where he held many leadership positions including Senior Vice President and Northwest Regional Manager; Global Director, Management Consulting; and Western Regional Director of Enterprise Management Solutions. In addition to his accomplishments in the consulting industry, he is the co-founder of two network security companies and chair of several non-profit boards.
Peter is CEO and Founder of Voxelmaps Inc, a leading GIS mapping company building 4D Maps for Machines. He has been in the mapping industry for 17 years and has led large scale international mapping projects for some of the biggest technology companies in the world. Previously he was CEO and founder of Navmii a navigation and mapping company with over 30million users that mapped 180 countries. Peter is a technology entrepreneur with 2 successful exits.
Alain De Taeye is a member of TomTom’s Management Board. Lauded as the ‘man who rocked the mapping world’, Alain has dedicated his career to the digitization of maps and routing.
Alain founded Informatics & Management Consultants (I&M), which, in 1989, was integrated into the Dutch Tele Atlas group which he eventually headed.
At Tele Atlas, Alain focused the company on the digitalization and commercialization of geospatial content and successfully introduced the company to the Frankfurt and Amsterdam stock exchanges.
In 2008, TomTom acquired Tele Atlas and Alain joined the TomTom Management Board. De Taeye's vision and leadership at TomTom have brought consistency in the company’s geospatial content strategy, offering new dimensions and innovations including the introduction of TomTom’s specialized maps and streaming technologies for automated driving.
Matt O’Connell is an Operating Partner with DCVC (Data Collective Venture Capital) (Palo Alto). He sits on the Boards of two portfolio companies, Capella and Fortem. Prior to joining DCVC, Matt was a Managing Partner at Seraphim, a London based venture capital firm focused exclusively on space. From October 2015 to July 2016, Mr. O’Connell was CEO of OneWeb.
Matt founded GeoEye (NASDAQ: GEOY), a leading global provider of satellite and aerial imagery and digital mapping information, in 2003. GeoEye grew from 60 employees producing $9 million of revenue per year, with an equity value of zero and enterprise value of $33 million, to 760 employees producing $360 million, with an enterprise value $1.3 billion and an equity value of approximately $850 million. In January 2013, he concluded its sale to DigitalGlobe.
Will Cadell is the founder and CEO of Sparkgeo, a geospatial partner for some of the biggest brands in technology. Since starting Sparkgeo, he has been helping startups, large enterprises, and non-profits across North America make the most of location and geospatial technology. With an academic background in Engineering and Remote Sensing Will has worked in the government science, municipal, resources and technology sectors turning data into value. At Sparkgeo, Will leads a distributed team of geospatial experts, solving interesting problems at web scale and providing geospatial advice to unicorn Startups and Fortune 500 companies alike.
Will is the Chair of Innovation Central Society, a non-profit focused on supporting technology entrepreneurs in Northern British Columbia by providing business programming and co-working space.
Mr. Phillip C. Chudoba serves as the Associate Director for Capabilities, National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency. In this capacity, he is responsible for defining the strategic direction of the agency and implementing that strategy. He provides oversight, synchronization, guidance, and development of NGA, National System for Geospatial Intelligence, and Allied System for Geospatial Intelligence strategic direction, future resource programming, capabilities planning, and oversees acquisition, innovation, research, and the adoption of new technologies supporting GEOINT requirements.
In his prior position, Mr. Chudoba was Director of the GEOINT Enterprise Directorate. Previously, he served as the Assistant Director of Intelligence, Headquarters U.S. Marine Corps, from 2010 to 2018.
Mr. Chudoba served as a U.S. Marine from 1980 to 2010, first as a Marine Infantryman before being commissioned, and then as an Intelligence Officer until his retirement as a Colonel.