Keynote speakers


GUO Huadong is a Professor of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) Institute of Remote Sensing and Digital Earth (RADI), an Academician of CAS, a Foreign Member of Russian Academy of Sciences (RAS), and a Fellow of The World Academy of Sciences (TWAS). He presently serves as President of the International Society for Digital Earth (ISDE), Director of the International Center on Space Technologies for Natural and Cultural Heritage (HIST) under the Auspices of UNESCO, Director of the CAS-TWAS Center of Excellence on Space Technology for Disaster Mitigation (SDIM), and Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Digital Earth. He served as President of ICSU Committee on Data for Science and Technology (CODATA). He has over 30 years of experience in Earth observation, specializing in radar remote sensing and Digital Earth science. He has been Principle Investigator for over 30 major national projects in China, and Principle Investigator for 7 international radar remote sensing projects. Prof. Guo has published more than 400 papers and sixteen books, and is the principal awardee of sixteen domestic and international prizes.


Kamal Oudrhiri is the Planetary Radar & Radio Sciences group manager at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. His research focuses on planetary atmospheric characterization, gravity science, and bistatic radar. He is also the deputy project manager for the Cold Atom Laboratory, an International Space Station quantum physics facility expected to launch in 2018 and will create the coldest matter in the known universe. Over the last two decades, Oudrhiri has served in leadership roles on multiple important NASA missions: the Mars Exploration Rovers (MER), the international Cassini mission to Saturn, the GRAIL lunar mission, the Mars Science Laboratory (MSL), the Juno mission to Jupiter, and the New Horizons mission to Pluto. Oudrhiri works closely with scientists and technologists from different NASA centers in the areas of Communication, Radio Science, and Radar in order to develop the next generation spacecraft and ground infrastructure needed to support the goals of NASA’s future human and robotic space missions. Oudrhiri has proven himself to be a model ‘NASA citizen,’ deeply committed in his personal life to the important NASA goals of bringing the knowledge and benefits of space exploration to the next generations. In 2003, he founded Grove of Hope, a non-profit organization that works to bring science educational opportunities to children and their schools in the United States of America and Africa. From the period of 2002 to 2016, Oudrhiri received three NASA’s JPL Mariner & Voyager Honor Awards and over thirty NASA Group Achievement Awards. In 2017, Oudrhiri received the People Leadership Award, which recognizes exceptional people-leadership skills critical to the ongoing success of the NASA exploration missions. In 2012, Oudrhiri was knighted by his majesty king Mohammed VI of Morocco with “Wisam el Arch”.


Prof Olajide (Jide) Kufoniyi is a Professor of Geoinformatics in Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria. He has a PhD in Geoinformatics (1995) from Wageningen University and Research Centre, The Netherlands (in affiliation with the International Institute for Aerospace Survey and Earth Sciences (ITC), Enschede, The Netherlands); MSc with distinction in Photogrammetry (1989) from ITC; PGD with distinction in Photogrammetry (1987) from ITC; PGD in Surveying (1982) from University of Lagos, Nigeria; and BSc (Hons) in Geography from University of Ife (now Obafemi Awolowo University), Ile-Ife, Nigeria. He is a Fellow of the Nigerian Institution of Surveyors (NIS), a registered Surveyor and a member of Nigeria’s National Geospatial Data Infrastructure Committee. Prof. Kufoniyi is the current President of the African Association of Remote Sensing of the Environment (AARSE). He was Rector of Federal School of Surveying, Nigeria from February 1998 to August 2000 and Executive Director of Regional Centre for Training in Aerospace Surveys (RECTAS) from September 2000 to August 2008.


Simon Hodson has been Executive Director of CODATA since August 2013.Simon is an expert on data policy issues and research data management. He has contributed to influential reports on Current Best Practice for Research Data Management Policies and to the Science International Accord on Open Data in a Big Data World.As part of his CODATA role, Simon leads or participants in numerous projects, Working Groups and Steering Groups. Currently (August 2017), this includes the following roles:• Project Director, African Open Science Platform Project;• Chair, European Commission’s Expert Group on FAIR Data, which is preparing a report and guidelines on how to make FAIR data a reality;• Co-chair, OECD Global Science Forum Project on Sustainable Business Models for Data Repositorie • Co-chair, GEO Data Sharing Working Group, to which CODATA has made a longterm contribution;• Co-chair, IRIDIUM Research Data Management Glossary Working Group, which is a collaboration between CODATA, CASRAI and Research Data Canada.Simon is also is a member of the Board of Directors of the Dryad Data Repository, a not-for-profit initiative to make the data underlying scientific publications discoverable, freely reusable, and citable; and he sits on the Scientific Advisory Board of CESSDA ERIC, the European data infrastructure for the social sciences.Simon has a strong research background, as well as considerable project and programme management experience: from 2009 to 2013, as Programme Manager, he led two successful phases of Jisc's innovative Managing Research Data programme in the UK.


Paolo Gamba (SM’00, F’13) is Professor of Telecommunications at the University of Pavia, Italy, where he leads the Telecommunications and Remote Sensing Laboratory and serves as Deputy Coordinator of the Ph.D. School in Electronics and Computer Science. He received the Laurea degree in Electronic Engineering “cum laude” from the University of Pavia, Italy, in 1989, and the Ph.D. in Electronic Engineering from the same University in 1993.
He served as Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Letters from 2009 to 2013, and as Chair of the Data Fusion Committee of the IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Society from October 2005 to May 2009. Currently, he serves as GRSS Executive Vice President.
He has been the organizer and Technical Chair of the biennial GRSS/ISPRS Joint Workshops on “Remote Sensing and Data Fusion over Urban Areas” from 2001 to 2015. He also served as Technical Co-Chair of the 2010 and 2015 IGARSS conferences, in Honolulu (Hawaii), and Milan (Italy), respectively.
He has been the Guest Editor of special issues of IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing, IEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Remote Sensing Applications, ISPRS Journal of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing, International Journal of Information Fusion and Pattern Recognition Letters on the topics of Urban Remote Sensing, Remote Sensing for Disaster Management, Pattern Recognition in Remote Sensing Applications.
He has been invited to give keynote lectures and tutorials in several occasions about urban remote sensing, data fusion, EO data for physical exposure and risk management. He published more than 140 papers in international peer-review journals and presented nearly 300 research works in workshops and conferences.


With over 11 years of international and domestic space, public policy, and management experience, Krystal Wilson is a Project Manager at Secure World Foundation, a private, operating foundation dedicated to the secure and sustainable use of space. There, she focuses on the Human and Environmental Security initiative, which promotes improved governance and cooperation in the delivery and use of information derived from space systems. In this role, she represents herself and the organization at the United Nations, the Group on Earth Observation, and at topical conferences, events and workshops around the world.Prior to joining SWF, Ms. Wilson was a consultant at Access Partnership, where she worked with international satellite service providers and other leading technology companies on policy issues related to spectrum management, emergency communications, telecommunications standards, orbital debris, and multilateral processes including representing industry at the Inter-American Telecommunication Commission. She has also served as a project manager at the Tauri Group, a leading aerospace analytics firm, providing research, analysis, strategic planning, and regulatory assessment to government and commercial clients. She led and supported production of NASA’s strategic plans, audits, performance plans, budgets, and annual reports. Her work exposed to the full range of NASA’s earth observation, human exploration, and aviation programs. In that role, she was also recognized as a key member of a data management team that received the NASA Group Achievement Award.Previously, Ms. Wilson was in the field of international development as a Monitoring and Evaluation Manager at Development Alternatives, Inc in Afghanistan working on US military and local government initiatives and as Senior Program Assistant at the National Democratic Institute in Africa and Washington, DC working on sustainable governance projects. In those roles, she worked closely with the United Nations, the World Bank, the Department of State, the Department of Defense, US and international nonprofits, and others. She holds a BSFS in International Politics from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service in Washington, DC and completed the Programme Internationale at Sciences-Po in Paris, France.


Dr. Ouattara was born in 1966 in Côte-d’Ivoire. He received a masters degree in physical geography from Université de Cocody-Abidjan (Côte-d’Ivoire). In 1996, Dr. Ouattara obtained a masters degree and in 2001 a PhD, both in Remote sensing and Geographical Information System (GIS) from Sherbrooke University (Canada). Dr. Ouattara is currently Space Science Expert and Coordinator for GMES & Africa Support Programme. He has gained tremendous experience in international relations and business development, research and development (R&D), strategic policy development and program management issues related to environment, natural resources, and sciences and technology. Indeed Dr. Ouattara began his career in Canada as lecturer at Sherbrooke University from 1996 to 2001. He taught not only scientific courses, but also African geopolitics and sociocultural issues. After a brief stay with the private sector in Montreal, in 2002 Dr. Ouattara started working with the federal government of Canada. He successively occupied various positions: At the Canadian Space Agency (2004-2006): • International Relations manager in charge of Africa, Central and South America and United Nations. He was also covering Earth Observation, Navigation and Positioning, Robotics and Space Sciences portfolios. • Head of Canadian Delegation at the United Nations Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (UNCOPUOS). At the Department of Natural Resources Canada (2002-2004 and 2006-2010) : • Senior Science and Policy Advisor in charge of international science and policy portfolio for the Assistant Deputy Minister and Chief Scientist. • Head of knowledge management, bilateral and multilateral strategies Unit • Manager of Canadian Digital Elevation Model Programme. • Researcher and International Relations officer in geomatics (earth observation, mapping, GPS and Geographical Information System. At the Department of Environment Canada (2010-2016): • Associate Director for the Candian Council for Ecological Areas • Head, Landscape and Ecosystem Assessment Planning and Coordination, and Geospatial Data Management Unit, Canadian Wildlife Service. • Manager, Landscape and Protected Areas Policy and Planning Section, Canadian Wildlife Service (CWS).