esri senior executive summit

june 26, 2016 | san diego, ca

Hilton Bayfront Hotel

featured speakers
Colin Bray
Colin Bray
Chief Executive and Chief Survey Office of Ordnance Survey Ireland (OSi)

Colin has worked with OSi for over 18 years, joining as a professional surveyor in 1998.

Colin became OSi CEO in 2013 and leads a team of 230 staff which provides quality mapping and spatial information services to meet society's needs.

The period of his tenure as CEO has seen the OSi move from being perceived as a provider of printed maps to being recognised as an innovative public service body which is creating dynamic mapping solutions in response to the rapidly changing demands of its service users.

Colin is a highly experienced leader with a mix of skills across surveying and management. His unique insight is driving the organisation through a period of considerable change as it prepares to merge with the Irish Valuations Office and Property Registration Authority into a single entity, Tailte Éireann.

Colin is a Chartered Geomatics Surveyor, a director and 2nd Vice President of the Society of Chartered Surveyors Ireland (SCSI), and a member of the Public Service Chief Information Officer Council. He is Ireland’s representative on the United Nations Committee of Experts on Global Geospatial Information Management (UN-GGIM).

Olivier Cottray
Olivier Cottray
Head, Information Management Division, GICHD

As Head of the Information Management Division at the Geneva International Centre for Humanitarian Demining, Olivier is in charge of managing the team that provides Information Management capacity development and technical support to the mine action community.

Prior to joining the GICHD Olivier worked for 10 years in humanitarian emergencies, managing field GIS support units for the UN Joint Logistics Centre and the NGO iMMAP. He started working in humanitarian GIS in 2002, when he helped found the NGO MapAction, a rapid response organisation that provides immediate IM/GIS support in the weeks following a crisis.

Olivier completed a Bachelor of Science degree in Geography and Economics at the London School of Economics in 1998, and a Master’s degree in GIS and Remote Sensing at the University of Cambridge in 1999. After graduating, he worked for three years as a geographic data analyst and aerial photographer for the British Antarctic Survey, before joining the humanitarian community.

Sven Dunkel
Sven Dunkel
Senior Fire-Officer – Head of Planning Squad Fire Department Frankfurt (FDF)

Sven Dunkel started at the FDF 25 years ago as a paramedic and firefighter. In 2000 he was upgraded as an officer at the EMS management. In 2007 he changed into the planning squad. Since 2013 he is the head of this squad in the FDF. He developed several GIS-applications at the FDF. Since 2015 he was deployed to some missions by the ministry of exterior for example to the South-East-Asia tsunami (2004), Syria (2006) and by the ministry of interior to Slovenia (2013). In 2010 he was appointed as an expert in the civil-protection-mechanism of the European Union. With the beginning of new refugee situation in Hessia and Frankfurt he worked in the operational headquarter of the FDF. Since november 2015 he was nominated to the administrative department of refugee management in order by the Lord Mayor of Frankfurt as the head for the accommodation and integration in Frankfurt.

Gaurav Garg
Gaurav Garg
Chief Information Officer, City of Santa Clara, CA

Gaurav has 28 years of experience in Information Technology, both in the private and public sector. He has been the lead IT officer in four different municipalities. Prior to the City of Santa Clara, he was Director of Criminal Justice Information Systems at the County of Santa Clara. Gaurav’s expertise drives his City’s strategies with a special focus on business enablement, enterprise architecture, governance, project management, service excellence, cost savings and budgetary responsibility. He brings a new vision transforming City Government to deliver superb citizen-focused services via technology.

Gaurav holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering, and a Master of Science degree in Management Information Systems, with a concentration in Business Administration. He has served as President of the Northern and the Southern California Chapters of the Municipal Information Systems Association of California (MISAC) and on public sector technology advisory boards. Combining his background in the Public Sector and Strategic Sourcing, Gaurav also previously established a forum for Government client agencies to collaborate on IT Strategic Sourcing in order to realize mutual and shared goals.

Some of Gaurav's speaking engagements include: IT Extreme Makeover, City of the Future-Technology Enabled Transformation, Securing Levi's through Technology, Public Safety Technology: A Glimpse of the Future and the CIO as a Change Agent.

Michael Judex
Dr. Michael Judex
Deputy Head of the Division “Crisis Management – Principles and IT Processes”
  • Desk Officer, Coordinator of geoinformation services for Federal Office of Civil Protection and Disaster Assistance
  • National Coordinator for the European COPERNICUS Emergency Management Service
  • Research Assistant at Federal Office of Civil Protection and Disaster Assistance
  • Lecturer at University of Bonn
  • Research Assistant at University of Bonn and Center for Remote Sensing of Land Surfaces
  • PhD in Geography, Diploma degree in Geography at University of Bonn
Mike Goodchild
Mike goodchild
Emeritus Professor of Geography at the University of California, Santa Barbara

Michael F. Goodchild is Emeritus Professor of Geography at the University of California, Santa Barbara, where he also holds the title of Research Professor. He also holds an affiliate appointment in the Department of Geography at the University of Washington. Until his retirement in June 2012 he was Jack and Laura Dangermond Professor of Geography, and Director of UCSB’s Center for Spatial Studies. He received his BA degree from Cambridge University in Physics in 1965 and his PhD in geography from McMaster University in 1969, and has received five honorary doctorates. He was elected member of the National Academy of Sciences and Foreign Member of the Royal Society of Canada in 2002, member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2006, and Foreign Member of the Royal Society and Corresponding Fellow of the British Academy in 2010; and in 2007 he received the Prix Vautrin Lud. He was editor of Geographical Analysis between 1987 and 1990 and editor of the Methods, Models, and Geographic Information Sciences section of the Annals of the Association of American Geographers from 2000 to 2006. He serves on the editorial boards of ten other journals and book series, and has published over 15 books and 500 articles. He was Chair of the National Research Council’s Mapping Science Committee from 1997 to 1999, and of the Advisory Committee on Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences of the National Science Foundation from 2008 to 2010. His research interests center on geographic information science, spatial analysis, and uncertainty in geographic data.

Suzette Kimball
Suzette Kimball
Director,  USGS

Prior to becoming the Director, Dr. Kimball was the USGS Deputy Director. In 2008, she became the Associate Director for Geology, and prior to that was the Director of the USGS Eastern Region, starting in 2004. She joined the USGS as Eastern Regional Executive for Biology. In that position, she built many partnerships, helped shape programs, and led the establishment of the USGS Florida Integrated Science Center. She came to the USGS from the National Park Service in Atlanta, where she was Associate Regional Director.

She entered the National Park Service as a research coordinator in the Global Climate Change Program, became Southeast Regional Chief Scientist, and then Associate Regional Director. She was assistant professor of environmental sciences at the University of Virginia, co-director of the Center for Coastal Management and Policy and marine scientist at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science, and managed coastal morphology and barrier island studies in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

She serves on executive boards and many State and national committees, including the Consortium for Coastal Restoration through Science & Technology, the Council of Examiners of the National Association of State Boards of Geology, and the DOI Senior Executive Service Advisory Council. She was on the board of directors of the Coastal Society and has served as secretary of the American Geophysical Union's Ocean Sciences Section.

She has authored numerous publications on barrier island dynamics, coastal ecosystem science, coastal zone management and policy, and natural resource exploration, evaluation, and management. She has received the Presidential Rank Award and the Secretary of the Interior's Meritorious Service Award.

Glen Low
Glen Low
Former Principal and Head of San Francisco Office, Blu Skye

Glen has 20 years of corporate consulting and management experience and guides the strategy and implementation of the Earth Genome.

He is the former head of Blu Skye’s main consulting office in San Francisco. His clients have included sustainability leaders such as Nike, Walt Disney, and Microsoft. Glen has deep expertise in applying measurement to improved corporate decision making, including helping launch the Sustainable Apparel Coalition and Walmart’s Sustainability Index.

Glen is a former Principal at Bain & Company. He worked in four different offices and gained extensive international experience while working in 10+ countries. While at Bain, he was a member of the firm’s technology practice, where he focused on software companies, clean technology and city-based sustainability efforts.

Glen has a BS in mechanical engineering from U.C. Berkeley where he was an Alumni Scholar. He also has an MBA from the University of Chicago. He is a frequent speaker having recently delivered lectures at Stanford, University of Chicago, Fortune Brainstorm Green and the Commonwealth Club of California. He is also a frequent lecturer at U.C. Berkeley, where he has taught corporate sustainability at the Executive Education, MBA, and undergraduate levels.

Steve McCormick
Steve Mccormick
Former President, The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation Former President/CEO, The Nature Conservancy

Steve served as President of the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, one of the largest Foundations in the U.S., from 2007-2014. Under his leadership, the Foundation's Environmental Conservation Program shifted its strategy to focus on advancing sustainability.

Steve served as President/CEO of The Nature Conservancy (TNC) from 2000-2008. As president, Steve led TNC into becoming a truly global enterprise, operating in 30 countries as well as every state in the U.S. During his tenure, he oversaw an operating budget of $500M, and a highly distributed staff of over 3,000.

Under Steve’s leadership, revenues increased significantly, hitting an all-time high of $1.2 billion in 2006. Steve began his career with TNC in 1976 as western regional legal counsel and rose through the ranks to spend 16 years as executive director of California and Western Region. In that role, he led an organization-wide effort in 1996 that created Conservation by Design, the strategic framework that still guides TNC’s work around the world.

A leader in the social innovation sector, Steve has served on numerous boards, including The Independent Sector, the Student Conservation Association, Sustainable Conservation, and the Advisory Board of U.C. Berkeley's College of Natural Resources.

Read his February 2016 interview with The Chronicle of Philanthropy about The Earth Genome and his vision for the future of conservation, foundations and improving decision making through big environmental data.

Peter Patnaude
Managing Director, Advisory & Transaction Services

For the past year Peter has been transforming the Location Performance Analytics within CBRE. This organization includes the Market Intelligence Center, a national GIS team and predictive analytics teams for retail, healthcare and financial services.

In 2015, Peter lead the acquisition of Forum Analytics making CBRE the first global real estate service provider to have a significant predictive retail analytics platform. In addition to this, Peter and his team begun the long term implementation of an enterprise location intelligence platform based on ESRI technology. With this CBRE has the capability to create advantage for their clients by leveraging the unmatched scale of their local market knowledge and data globally. CBRE has more than 70,000 real estate professionals in 60+ countries.

Before 2015, Peter was the head of strategy and operations for CBRE's Capital One account for over three years. Previously spending nearly ten years with The Staubach Company, Peter was a member of the retail division’s Executive Committee and Market Leader Council. During his time there he managed the operations of a brokerage region, lead a corporate services group, and helped create a world-class national research and GIS team.

Jakob Rehbach
Jakob Rehbach
Desk officer “Crisis Management – Principles and IT Processes”
  • Responsible for data exchange standardization and information models
  • Research Assistant at Federal Office of Civil Protection and Disaster Assistance
  • Scientific employee at simuPLAN engineering consultants
  • Diploma degree in Geography at University of Cologne
Stefano Toscano
Stefano Toscano
Ambassador, Director GICHD

Ambassador Stefano Toscano has been the Director of the Geneva International Centre for Humanitarian Demining (GICHD) since January 2014. He brings to the Centre extensive experience in multilateral diplomacy and human security affairs following a rich career with the Swiss Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Under his leadership, the GICHD is well positioned to address a broad range of topics.

From 1998 to 2002, as diplomatic collaborator in Berne, Stefano Toscano was responsible for the dossier small arms and light weapons during which time he grew familiar with the importance and potential of the humanitarian disarmament agenda. This experience was an opportunity to establish close contacts with actors working on the small arms issue and to participate in the discussions and work that led to the creation of the Small Arms Survey in 1999.

From 2002 to 2006, Stefano Toscano worked as a Counsellor at the Swiss Mission to the UN in New York, where he was in charge of humanitarian, environmental and migration affairs. He also served as Vice Chairman of the 2nd Committee of the UN General Assembly. After returning to Switzerland in 2006, Stefano Toscano was Head of Section, Humanitarian Policy and Migration, at the Human Security Division of the Political Directorate, then Deputy Head of Division. In the three and a half years before joining the GICHD, Stefano Toscano was the Deputy Chief of Mission at the Swiss Embassy in Cairo.

Stefano Toscano holds a PhD in Natural Science from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich (ETHZ) and a Master in International Relations from the University of San Diego.

William Craig Fugate
William Craig Fugate
Administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

W. Craig Fugate was confirmed by the US Senate and began his service as Administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) in May 2009. At FEMA, Fugate has promulgated the “whole community” approach to emergency management, emphasizing and improving collaboration with all levels of government (federal, tribal, state, and local) and external partners, including voluntary agencies, faith based organizations, the private sector and citizens.

Under Fugate's leadership, emergency management has been promoted as a community and shared responsibility. FEMA has fostered resiliency, a community-oriented approach to emergency management to build sustainable and resilient communities. FEMA has instituted a permanent catastrophic planning effort to build the nation’s capacity to stabilize a catastrophic event within 72 hours. FEMA is implementing a National Preparedness System (PPD-8) to build unity of effort to address the nation's most significant risks. FEMA is supporting state and local governments with efforts to prepare for the impacts of climate change through "adaptation," which is planning for the changes that are occurring and expected to occur. The private sector has been integrated into federal emergency response, with a permanent private sector liaison at the agency, representation within FEMA’s National Response Coordination Center, and the creation of the National Business Emergency Operations Center. FEMA has strengthened partnerships with voluntary agencies, including the formalization of the roles of FEMA and the American Red Cross as co-leads for national level mass care operations. Additionally, the function and access needs of people with disabilities have been integrated into all planning efforts, led by FEMA's new Office of Disability Integration Coordination. In September 2011, FEMA released the National Disaster Recovery Framework, defining Recovery Support Functions for federal agencies and the overall process for communities to rebuild stronger, smarter and safer.

Prior to coming to FEMA, Fugate served as Director of the Florida Division of Emergency Management (FDEM). Fugate served as the Florida State Coordinating Officer for 11 Presidentially-declared disasters including the management of $4.5 billion in federal disaster assistance. In 2004, Fugate managed the largest federal disaster response in Florida history as four major hurricanes impacted the state in quick succession; Charley, Frances, Ivan and Jeanne. In 2005, Florida was again impacted by major disasters when three more hurricanes made landfall in the state; Dennis, Katrina and Wilma. The impact from Hurricane Katrina was felt more strongly in the gulf coast states to the west but under the Emergency Management Assistance Compact or EMAC, Florida launched the largest mutual aid response in its history in support of those states.

Under Fugate's stewardship, the FDEM program became the first statewide emergency management program in the nation to receive full accreditation from the Emergency Management Accreditation Program.

Fugate began his emergency management career as a volunteer firefighter, paramedic, and a Lieutenant with the Alachua County Fire Rescue. Eventually, he moved from exclusive fire rescue operations to serving as the Emergency Manager for Alachua County in Gainesville, Florida. He spent a decade in that role until May 1997 when he was appointed Bureau Chief for Preparedness and Response for FDEM. Within FDEM, Fugate's role as Chief of the State Emergency Response Team (SERT) kept him busy in 1998, the SERT team was active for more than 200 days as a result of numerous floods, tornadoes, wildfires, and Hurricane Georges.

Fugate and his wife Sheree hail from Gainesville, Florida.