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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.

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.

Timothy Trainor is the Chief Geospatial Scientist for the U.S. Census Bureau.  He performs research and developmental activities in the broad area of geospatial science that includes exploring methodological, technical and substantive issues relating to the creation, collection and integration of geospatial information.  He is recognized nationally and internationally for contributions to the fields of geospatial science, geography and cartography and the integration of statistical and geospatial information.  As former Chief of Geography Division, he was responsible for maintaining and managing road, boundary, and address data for the Nation.  He has been instrumental in advancing efforts for creating a National Address Database (NAD).

He currently serves as the Co-Chair for the United Nations Committee of Experts on Global Geospatial Information Management and is the Head of U.S Delegation.  He is the Senior Agency Official for Geospatial Information for the U.S. Department of Commerce and is an executive member of the U.S. Federal Geographic Data Committee.  Mr. Trainor served as Vice President of the International Cartographic Association (2007-2015).  He is a member of the American Association of Geographers, Cartography and Geographic Information Society, National States Geographic Information Council, and the Urban Regional Information Systems Association.