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.


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.


Tony Milne is the Director of the Radar Research and Applications Facility, Australian Cooperative Research Centre for Spatial Information (CRCSI), He is also Visiting Professor of Geography and Remote Sensing in the School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences at the University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and was President of the IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Society (2008-09). Between 2009-2016 he was Director of the Geoscience and Remote Sensing Society, Globalisation Initiative. In 2012 he was made an ‘Officer in the Order of Australia’ by the Australian Government, for services to radar related remote sensing throughout Australia and Asia. From 2010-2014 he was the Radar Project Leader, Research Alliance for GEO Forest Carbon Tracking Task run through the Cooperative Research Centre for Spatial Information on behalf of Australian Government, Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency and CSIRO, Canberra . In 2015-16 he was a co-lead on the United Kingdom-Australia Catapult Space Applications Project and in 2016-2017 a Member of the GEO Programme Board. In July 2017 he was appointed Chair, UNGGIM Geospatial Societies, UN Committee of Experts on Global Geospatial Information, United Nations Statistics Division/DESA (UNSD), New York, USA.


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).