Director, Global Business Development
Christopher Cappelli is the corporate director responsible for leading Esri’s global sales and business development activities. A computational geographer with a passion for science and technology, he has worked for Esri for 25 years in a variety of key roles.
A native of Pennsylvania and graduate of Penn State University, Christopher joined Esri as a consultative GIS technician, assisting numerous organizations in the eastern US with the planning, implementation, and maintenance of their geospatial systems. Over the next four years, he developed GIS analytical models and applications to improve operational processes, site new facilities, optimize supply chains, and support strategic decision making.
In 1995, Christopher opened the Esri Pennsylvania regional office. There, he built a team to support users and win new customers in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware. While cultivating business partnerships throughout the region, he conducted planning and design workshops to help people get the most out of their Esri investments.
In 2004, Christopher moved to Redlands, California, to work closely with Esri President Jack Dangermond and assume leadership of the Esri sales group. Since then, his role has expanded to guide Esri’s broader business development activities. He’s been instrumental in evangelizing GIS across the globe and championing the mission and core values of Jack and Laura Dangermond.
Christopher and his wife Dawn live in Redlands and have four children. An avid woodworker, amateur astronomer, and triathlete, Christopher refuses to depart from his technical roots; he still programs in Python and uses ArcGIS daily.
Dr. Kathryn Sullivan formerly served as Undersecretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere, and NOAA Administrator. She is currently a Lindbergh fellow in aerospace history at the National Air and Space Museum and a senior fellow at the Potomac Institute for Policy Studies, Sullivan is an authority on the growing role of science in education, weather, ocean economies, homeland security, and public safety.
Before her distinguished career at NOAA, Sullivan was a NASA astronaut, flying three space shuttle missions between 1986 and 1992. During the first mission, on space shuttle Challenger, she performed the first spacewalk by an American woman. In 1990, on space shuttle Discovery, she and her crew deployed the Hubble Space Telescope. Sullivan's last mission was in 1992 on space shuttle Atlantis, logging a total of 532 hours in space.
After leaving the NASA Space Program in 1993, she served as NOAA chief scientist, and in 1996, she became president and CEO of COSI in Columbus, Ohio, a hands-on center of science and industry serving nearly 900,000 people annually throughout Ohio and surrounding states. COSI also operates the largest outreach education program of any science museum in the United States.
In 2006, Sullivan was selected as the inaugural director of the Battelle Center for Mathematics and Science Education Policy at the John Glenn School of Public Affairs at Ohio State University. She returned to NOAA in 2011 as deputy administrator, chief scientist in 2012, and administrator in 2014.
Kimokeo Kapahulehua is an ocean elder, and founder of The Kimokeo Foundation. He comes from a long line of ancestors who study and navigate the ocean. They speak to the ocean, and they derive their science, their geography, and their storytelling from deep within a practice of thanks, respect, and teaching. Kimokeo is a voyager, an adventurer, and a celebrant. He will perform the opening protocol for the Ocean Forum, in the same spirit that he sends his kids out to sea in the canoes, with blessings, and instructions to pay attention and to be of service.
Roger Sayre, Senior Scientist for Ecosystems in the Land Change Science program at the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), is a forest and ecosystems ecologist by training and a practicing ecosystems geographer. Prior to joining USGS, he led the Conservation Science Department of the International Program of the Nature Conservancy for over a decade. Roger’s work includes rapid ecological assessments in Latin America and the Caribbean, an industry standard book on the aforementioned research, and an innovative and practical ecosystem mapping methodology. In February 2015, he was honored with Esri’s annual Making A Difference Award at the Esri Federal Users Conference in Washington DC for production of a new map of global ecosystems, the Ecological Land Units. This work has continued to the new global Ecological Marine Units and Ecological Coastal Units projects, both in collaboration with Esri and a host of other collaborators. Roger holds a B.S. degree from the University of California, Riverside, a M.S. degree from Pennsylvania State University, and a Ph.D. from Cornell University.
Dr. Sandra Whitehouse is a consultant who has served for over twenty-five years as an ocean policy advisor to multiple organizations and institutions, using her marine science expertise to advise clients on a variety of issues including how to advance ocean health and sustainably develop coastal and offshore projects. Her clients have included Environmental Non-Governmental Organizations and other Nonprofit Organizations, a state agency, legislative body and private companies.
Currently she serves as the Senior Policy Advisor to Ocean Conservancy, the Chief Scientific Officer for AltaSea at the Port of Los Angeles and as a Nonresident Senior Fellow at the Atlantic Council.
She has served on the boards of Save the Bay, the Nature Conservancy’s Rhode Island chapter, the Metcalf Institute for Marine and Environmental Reporting, The Aquidneck Island Land Trust, Grow Smart Rhode Island and The Consortium for Ocean Leadership, The Advisory Board for the Graduate School of Oceanography at the University of Rhode Island and The National Center for Science Education. Dr. Whitehouse holds a B.S. from Yale University and a Ph.D. in biological oceanography from the Graduate School of Oceanography at the University of Rhode Island.
Esri Chief Scientist Dawn is responsible for strengthening the scientific foundation for Esri software and services, while representing Esri to the national and international scientific community. She also maintains an affiliated faculty appointment as Professor of Geography and Oceanography in the College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences at Oregon State University. Dawn has authored or co-authored more than 130 articles and five books on ocean GIS, hydrothermal activity and tectonics of mid-ocean ridges, and marine data modeling and cyberinfrastructure. She has participated in over 20 oceanographic research expeditions worldwide, including 10 legs of the Ocean Drilling Program, three dives in the deep submergence vehicle Alvin and twice in the Pisces V. Her fieldwork has taken her to some of the most geologically active regions of the planet, including the East Pacific Rise, the Mid-Atlantic Ridge, the Juan de Fuca Ridge, the Tonga Trench, and volcanoes under the Japan Sea and the Indian Ocean. Dawn has served on the Science Advisory Boards of NOAA, the EPA, and Conservation International, as well as many journal editorial boards. She is a AAAS Fellow and a Geological Society of America Fellow, as well as a fellow of Stanford University's Leopold Leadership Program. In 2007, she was named U.S. Professor of the Year for the State of Oregon by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education. Dawn holds an Individual Interdisciplinary Ph.D. in Physical Geography and Marine Geology from UC-Santa Barbara, an M.S. in Oceanography from Texas A&M, and a B.S. cum laude in Geology from Wheaton College (Illinois).