Founder and President, Esri
A landscape architect by training, Jack Dangermond founded Environmental Systems Research Institute (Esri) in 1969 with a vision that computer mapping and analysis could help us design a better future. Under Dangermond's leadership, that vision has continued to guide Esri in creating cutting-edge GIS and GeoDesign technologies used in every industry to make a difference worldwide.
Dangermond fostered the growth of Esri from a small research group to an organization recognized as the world leader in GIS software development. Esri employs 2,700 people in the U.S.; many who shared his passion for GIS in the early days are still with the company and remain dedicated to helping our users be successful.
Corporate Director, Esri
As corporate director at Esri, Chris Cappelli is responsible for global sales and business development. He is a geographer with a strong passion for computers and information technologies. He takes great pride in working with people to define, build, and deploy practical and sound business solutions applying geographic science and GIS technologies. Cappelli has worked at Esri for more than two decades and possesses deep technical knowledge of the ArcGIS platform.
National Correspondent, The Atlantic
James Fallows is based in Washington, DC, as a national correspondent for The Atlantic. He has worked for the magazine for more than 30 years and in that time has also lived in Seattle, Berkeley, Austin, Tokyo, Kuala Lumpur, Shanghai, and Beijing. He was raised in Redlands, California, received his undergraduate degree in American history and literature from Harvard, and received a graduate degree in economics from Oxford as a Rhodes scholar. In addition to working for The Atlantic, he spent two years as chief White House speechwriter for Jimmy Carter, two years as the editor of US News & World Report, and six months as a program designer at Microsoft. He is an instrument-rated private pilot and also serves as chair in U.S. media at the U.S. Studies Centre at the University of Sydney in Australia.
Fallows has been a finalist for the National Magazine Award five times and has won once; he has also won the American Book Award for nonfiction and a N.Y. Emmy award for the documentary series Doing Business in China. He was the founding chairman of the New America Foundation. His recent books Blind Into Baghdad (2006) and Postcards From Tomorrow Square (2009) are based on his writings for The Atlantic. His latest book is China Airborne.
Jimmie I. Cho
Senior Vice President, SDG&E and SoCalGas
Jimmie I. Cho is senior vice president of gas engineering and distribution operations for San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) and Southern California Gas Company (SoCalGas), Sempra Energy’s regulated California utilities.
He also held prior roles as vice president of human resources, diversity and inclusion for SoCalGas; director of customer communications, research and web strategy; director of safety and emergency services; director of customer service field operations. He also held positions of increasing responsibility in environmental engineering, corporate affairs, gas operations and customer services.
Cho holds a bachelor's degree in geology from Brown University and a master's degree in civil engineering from Stanford University. He serves on the board of directors of Los Angeles Conservation Corps.
In addition to his tenure with Sempra Energy’s regulated California utilities, Cho held positions with Las Virgenes Municipal Water District, a member agency of Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, as director of resource conservation and public outreach, and Los Angeles County Sanitation Districts in various environmental engineering roles.
Mr Thomas CHAN
Director of Lands, Government of Hong Kong
Thomas Chan has been the Director of Lands of the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China since 1 July 2017. The Lands Department is responsible for land administration, land management, and land survey and mapping in Hong Kong. The Survey and Mapping Office of the Department is in charge of maintaining the geodetic survey control network and the satellite positioning reference station network, carrying out land boundary surveys and aerial surveys, and producing maps in both paper and digital forms for Hong Kong. The Department is a key partner in taking forward the Government’s initiative to develop a Common Spatial Data Infrastructure by 2023 as part of the supporting framework to build Hong Kong into a world-class Smart City.
Thomas Chan joined the Government in 1991 as a generalist administrative officer and has served in various bureaux and departments covering a wide range of public policy areas including planning and land, health, civil service management and district administration. He also served as the Deputy Representative of the Hong Kong SAR to the World Trade Organization from 2001 to 2006.
Since 2013, Joanne M. Chiedi has served as the Principal Deputy Inspector General in the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Office of Inspector General (OIG). As the highest ranking career official at OIG, she leads an independent and objective organization of more than 1,600 auditors, criminal investigators, analysts, attorneys, and management professionals who oversee the integrity and efficiency of the Nation’s $1 trillion investment in Federal health and human services programs. To increase the effectiveness of OIG oversight, Ms. Chiedi works with stakeholders across the Federal Government, private sector, and in Congress. She is focused on delivering a smarter, more innovative, and accountable Government.
Ms. Chiedi assumed her current position after serving 3 years as HHS OIG’s Deputy Inspector General for Management and Policy. In that role, she was responsible for OIG’s $500 million budget and providing management strategies, guidance, and resources in support of employees located in more than 80 cities across the country. Prior to that, Ms. Chiedi served for 5 years as the Deputy Director for Management in the Office for Civil Rights, HHS, the Department’s civil rights and health privacy rights law enforcement agency. In that position, she led headquarters, regional operational, and programmatic activities, including strategies to protect sensitive health-information records and access to care free of discrimination.
Timothy Kropp is the Senior Advisor to the Chief Data Officer at HHS’s
Office of the Inspector General. In this position, he works to improve access
to internal and external data; accelerate analytics for use in audits,
investigations, and evaluations; and enhance OIG use of data to make more
informed decisions. Working with stakeholders, he develops requirements
for tools and data, makes recommendations on maturing analytic tools and
techniques to visualize and understand external and internal data, and looks
for opportunities to increase the effectiveness and efficiency in managing
data and collaborating to share data.
Previously, Dr. Kropp was the Deputy Director at FDA/CDER’s Office of
Computational Science (OCS) applying informatics strategies to transform scientific and clinical
regulatory review of new drug applications. He also has experience with development and
implementation of enterprise-wide IT solutions, including the development of data standards,
visualizations, data warehousing, and user engagement and requirements analysis. Previous to
OCS, he spent time in FDA’s Office of the Commissioner as an Advisor to the Chief Scientist,
and as a Senior Toxicology Reviewer in CDER’s Office of New Drugs. Before FDA, he spent
time in nonprofit and consulting work as well as at the Environmental Protection Administration.
Dr. Kropp earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from the University of Toledo and a
Master of Science and Ph.D. in Toxicology from the University of Michigan.