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Jack Dangermond is the co-founder and president of Esri. A geographer with deep roots in landscape architecture, Jack productised GIS after a decade of research and development as a regional planning consultant in his hometown of Redlands, California.

Today, Esri dominates the geospatial technology industry and is the 4th largest privately held software company in the world.  Jack has authored hundreds of papers on GIS and has won many awards in recognition of their conservation innovation and support for research institutions, schools, and non-profit organizations.

Jack is the company’s President and Founder, and he works at ESRI’s headquarters in Redlands, California. Dangermond founded ESRI to perform land use analysis; however, its focus evolved into GIS software development, highlighted by the release of ARC/INFO in the early 1980s; the development and marketing of ARC/INFO positioned ESRI with the dominant market share among GIS software developers. Today ESRI is the largest GIS software developer in the world and its flagship product, ArcGIS, traces its heritage to Dangermond’s initial efforts in developing ARC/INFO.

Greg Scott is the Inter-Regional Advisor on Global Geospatial Information Management in the United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD). UNSD is mandated to provide Secretariat support to the United Nations Committee of Experts on Global Geospatial Information Management (UN-GGIM), an inter-governmental mechanism created by the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) in July 2011.

In his role within the Secretariat, Greg provides high level strategic policy advice, coordination and planning in the implementation of UN-GGIM initiatives, particularly with the Member States and related International Organizations involved in national, regional and global geospatial information management. He is also responsible for developing the substantive content for the Committee of Experts, the UN-GGIM High Level Forum’s, technical capacity development workshops, and other international fora.

Mick CoryMick Cory is the Secretary General & Executive Director where he helps to promote and realise the full potential of members’ geospatial information, particularly through the development of the European location services which will provide a unique gateway to National authoritative data and services.

A Fulbright Scholar, he also holds a Postgraduate Diploma in Company Direction and a Masters (MPhil) in Land and Geographic Information Systems.  He has extensive leadership experience in Britain, Ireland and Internationally.  As an expert in surveying, mapping and GIS he has worked in Africa, the Middle East and all three Ordnance Surveys of Britain and Ireland. He has advised Ministers, the Boundary Commission in Northern Ireland, government departments and academic institutions and has been active in developing professional institutions in the UK and Ireland.  He was Chief Executive of Ordnance Survey of Northern Ireland until 2005, where he led the development of Northern Ireland’s geographic information strategy.  He established and chaired the UK Location User Group and as a member of the Open Data User Group, advised the UK Government on achieving the greatest economic and social return from the release of public sector open data.

He was also Director of the Sports, Museums and Recreation Division of Northern Ireland’s Executive Department of Culture Arts and Leisure between 2005 and 2014, where he had responsibility for Sport, Museums, Libraries and inland fisheries, including representing Northern Ireland on the London Organising Committee for the Olympic Games where he led Northern Ireland’s activities in the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, including the Torch Relay in Ireland.

Prof. Declan O’SullivanProf. Declan O’Sullivan is Head of Intelligent Systems, School of Computer Science and Statistics, TCD. Principal Investigator in ADAPT @ TCD.

Declan lectures at TCD’s School of Computer Science and Statistics, is the Head of Intelligent Systems (http://https://www.scss.tcd.ie/disciplines/intelligent_systems/), a co-champion of the Trinity Digital Engagement interdisciplinary theme, and a SFI Principal Investigator at the ADAPT centre (http://www.adaptcentre.ie). He was awarded a B.A. (Mod) in Computer Science from TCD in 1985, an M.Sc. in Computer Science from TCD in 1988, and a Ph.D. in Computer Science from TCD in 2006. Declan has 13 years of research experience in industry, having worked for IONA Technologies from 1995 to 2001 and from 1988 to 1995 with Broadcom Eireann Research. During this time he achieved a successful track record as lead researcher, and in coordinating international research projects and the transfer of research into products.