Dr. Walter S. Scott

casual-bw-headshot-2015Founder, Chief Technical Officer and Executive Vice President, DigitalGlobe

As Executive Vice President and Chief Technical Officer of DigitalGlobe, Dr. Scott oversees the development of space systems, R&D, and DigitalGlobe’s Platform and Services Business Units.

Dr. Scott founded DigitalGlobe in 1992 as WorldView Imaging Corporation, which was the first company to receive a high resolution commercial remote sensing license from the U.S. Government (in 1993), under the 1992 Land Remote Sensing Policy Act. WorldView became EarthWatch Incorporated in 1995. Dr. Scott managed the development of all of the company’s commercial remote sensing satellites. He secured the first-ever export license for launch of U.S.-manufactured imaging spacecraft on Russian launch vehicles (Start-1 and Cosmos). The company became DigitalGlobe in 2001, and with the launch of the QuickBird-2 satellite that year, offered the world’s highest resolution commercial satellite imagery. Today, DigitalGlobe operates a 5-satellite imaging constellation with the best revisit and greatest capacity in the industry.

From 1986 through 1992, Dr. Scott was with Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL). He began as Project Leader for Computer Aided Design Tools for the Laser Pantography Program, developing tools to aid in the design of wafer scale integrated circuits manufactured. In 1987, he joined a small team developing a concept for a highly distributed constellation of space based interceptors for the Strategic Defense Initiative, known as “Brilliant Pebbles.” In late 1987, Dr. Scott became Program Leader for this effort, responsible for creating a series of hardware prototypes and conducting flight experiments. During 1989, Dr. Scott led the program successfully through over 20 reviews of technical feasibility, system performance, military operability, and estimated cost, resulting in the adoption of Brilliant Pebbles for SDIO’s space segment in 1990. In late 1991, Dr. Scott was Assistant Associate Director of the Physics Department and was responsible for development of new space-related programs and identification of promising technologies.

Prior to joining LLNL, Dr. Scott founded and served as president of Scott Consulting, a UNIX systems and applications consulting firm.  He developed Unix networking subsystems, and a pioneering email system that used public key encryption for message protection.

Dr. Scott holds a Bachelor of Arts in Applied Mathematics, magna cum laude, from Harvard College and a Doctorate and Master of Science in Computer Science from the University of California, Berkeley.  He was a visiting student for a year at Edinburgh University in Scotland.

Dr. Scott was named Entrepreneur of the Year by Ernst & Young in 2004 for the Rocky Mountain Region in the Emerging Technology category.

He previously served on the National Research Council’s Committee on Earth Science and Applications from Space (CESAS) and is currently member of the board of directors of the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC).

Dr Peter Woodgate


CEO, Australia and New Zealand, CRCSI

Peter was appointed CEO of the Cooperative Research Centre for Spatial Information (CRCSI) in June 2003. He is currently Co-Chair of the Australian Government’s Space Community of Interest; a Board Member of AuScope Limited; Foundation Chair of the Global Spatial Network; and a Board Member of the UNESCO International Centre on Space Technologies for Natural and Cultural Heritage.

Peter commenced his career with the Forests Commission of Victoria, spent time in forest research and forest assessment, and managed remote sensing and GIS operations for the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources. As CEO of the Geospatial Science Initiative at RMIT University he helped create Spatial Vision Innovations Pty Ltd.

Peter has a Doctorate in Business Administration from RMIT University, a Masters of Applied Science from the University of New South Wales, a Degree in Forest Science from the University of Melbourne and is a Graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Mr Greg Scott

greg-scottInter-Regional Advisor Global Geospatial Information Management, United Nations Statistics Division, Department of Economic and Social Affairs

Greg leads the Secretariat for the United Nations Committee of Experts on Global Geospatial Information Management (UN-GGIM), providing strategic policy advice and leadership in the coordination and implementation of UN-GGIM initiatives with 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, High Level Forum’s, international technical capacity development workshops, and other international fora.

Dr Alessandro Annoni

alessandro-annoniJoint Research Center, EU

Alessandro Annoni is working in European Commission’s Joint Research Centre (JRC) since 1997. He is the Head of the Digital Earth and Reference Data Unit working to develop Information Infrastructures and advancing research on multidisciplinary-interoperability. His Unit ensure the Technical Coordination of the INSPIRE Directive 2007/2/EC (Infrastructure for Spatial Information in Europe) that lays down general rules for the establishment of a European Spatial Data Infrastructure.

Alessandro graduated in Physics from the University of Milan. Before joining the European Commission, he worked for several years in the private sector (1979-1996) and managed companies specialising in advanced studies in Remote Sensing, Earth Observation, Geomatics and Information Systems development.

Since 2006 Alessandro served as co-chair of the Architecture and Data Committee of the Group on Earth Observations (GEO) and is now co-chairing the GEO Infrastructure Implementation Board. He is a visionary member of the International Society for Digital Earth (ISDE) and has been awarded the 2013 Ian McHarg Medal of the European Geosciences Union reserved for distinguished research in Information Technology applied to Earth and space sciences.

Professor GUO Huadong


Professor GUO Huadong

President, ISDE

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 specializes in remote sensing science, radar for Earth observation, and Digital Earth. Prof. Guo has published more than 400 papers and sixteen books, and is the principal awardee of sixteen domestic and international prizes.