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.
Dr. Aisha Bin Bishr
Director General, Smart Dubai Office
H.E. Dr Aisha Bint Butti Bin Bishr is the Director General of the Smart Dubai Office, the government entity charged with overseeing Dubai's city-wide smart transformation, and coordinating public and private-sector efforts to make Dubai a benchmark for smart cities around the world.
Before assuming her current position, Dr Aisha served as Assistant Director General of the Executive Office of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai. The Executive Office is in charge of implementing H.H. Sheikh Mohammed's vision to place Dubai at the fore of smart development on a global scale, and to establish the emirate as an international hub for the future industry.
During her tenure at the Executive Office, Dr Aisha was tapped to lead the Smart Dubai taskforce team from the time the Smart Dubai initiative was announced in March 2014, till the formation of the Smart Dubai Office. H.E. represents Smart Dubai in conferences and events around the world, including City Protocol Society, Smart City Expo World Congress, and GSMA, among others.
Elsewhere, Dr Aisha worked in the Ministry of Labour as an Assistant Undersecretary for Support Services, in charge of strategic management, partnership development, and change management policies. With more than 20 years of experience in ICT development in the public sector, H.E. possesses extensive analytical, coordination, communication, and advocacy skills.
Global Geospatial Information Lead, BP
Brian Boulmay has over 18 years experience in the geographic information science & technology field focused mostly in the energy sector with a diverse background across BP, Shell, Esri, OpenSpirit, & Devon. He has spent most of his career working geospatial technology planning, business process and integration workflows and geospatial data management challenges. In his current role as Global Geospatial Information Lead, Brian has spent the past 3 years building a sustainable organizational capability around geospatial data & analytics for BP Upstream focused on people, process and technology
In addition to his primary role Brian also serves as an Upstream Technical Advisor for the business. In BP, the Technical Advisors provide deep expertise in a specific field which is critical to the future success of BP’s business and the role gives them the license to use this expertise to proactively support, challenge and coach, as well as to steer the development of solutions that shape BP’s global business. Brian holds a B.S. in Geography/GIS, an M.S. in Geographic Science, an MBA, and GISP & CMS GIS/LIS certifications.
Corporate Director, Esri
Christopher Cappelli is the corporate director at Esri 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.
Chris has worked at Esri for more than two decades and possesses a deep technical knowledge of the ArcGIS platform. He joined Esri in January of 1991, working as an application consultant in the Charlotte, North Carolina, regional office. His work focused on helping people to plan, implement, use, and fine-tune their GIS implementation. Chris authored needs assessments, database designs, and system architecture plans. He designed and helped to construct coverage and librarian schemas for a wide range of geographic features representing physical assets, political boundaries, natural resources, vehicles, and people. He frequently developed applications using AML to automate repetitive tasks and provide a focused user interface to assist people in doing their work.
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.
Director, UNC Asheville’s National Environmental Modeling and Analysis Center (NEMAC)
James (Jim) serves as the team leader and principal investigator for several major collaborations, including the USDA Forest Service's Eastern Forest Environmental Threat Assessment Center (EFETAC), NOAA's Climate Program Office and National Centers for Environmental Information, the North Carolina Institute for Climate Studies, and state, county, municipal, and regional governments in the southeastern United States. NEMAC uses visualizations, geographic information systems (GIS), web tools, and decision support tools to address key societal resilience issues that include climate change adaptation, forest health, flood mitigation, water resources, and future land use planning.
Strategy and Analytics Manager, Chick-fil-A Inc.
Chan Lee is a Strategy and Analytics Manager at Chick-fil-A Inc. whose main duties include development of mobile data collection tools, desktop forecasting tools, and seamlessly integrating the two on an enterprise level. He works in the Real Estate Department but is helping to show the value of GIS to the rest of the organization.
Senior Director of Industrial Engineering, United Parcel Service (UPS)
Jack Levis, Senior Director of Industrial Engineering, drives the development of operational technology solutions. These solutions require advanced analytics to reengineer current processes to streamline the business and maximize productivity.
Jack has been the business owner and process designer for UPS’ award-winning Package Flow Technology suite of systems, which includes its delivery optimization system ORION (On Road Integrated Optimization and Navigation). These tools have been breakthrough change for UPS, resulting in a reduction of 185 million miles driven each year.
ORION has completed deployment and is providing significant operational benefits to UPS and its customers. UPS estimates that ORION is reducing costs by $300M to $400M per year.
Having earned his Bachelor of Arts in psychology from California State University Northridge, Jack also holds a Master’s Certificate in Project Management from George Washington University.
He is a fellow of the Institute for Operations Research and Management Sciences (INFORMS), receiving their prestigious Kimball Medal and the President’s Award.
Jack holds advisory council positions for multiple universities and associations, including the U.S. Census Bureau Scientific Advisory Committee.
Jay E. Orr
CEO, Riverside County, California
Jay E. Orr was appointed CEO of the County of Riverside on April 1, 2012 by the Riverside County Board of Supervisors. Orr began his service with the county in 1987, practicing law with the Office of the Riverside County Public Defender.
In 1989, he joined the Office of the Riverside County District Attorney as a deputy district attorney. In just 10 years, he rose to second-in-command as assistant district attorney. Leading California’s most successful prosecution teams and recording record conviction rates were among his numerous accomplishments. He also earned a reputation as an attorney whose personal integrity and ethics were above reproach.
Director, Restaurant Development Strategy and Analytics, Chick-fil-A, Inc.
Rob Payne is currently a Director in the Restaurant Development Strategy and Analytics function at Chick-fil-A, Inc. and has been with the company for nearly 10 years. His job duties include developing market strategies and all analyses for new and existing stores within the Northeast Region, conducting early research into International exploration for CFA, and he works closely with the Enterprise GIS function. Prior to joining CFA, Rob worked in the Market Research department for Lowe’s Home Improvement Warehouse (4 years) and was a consultant for Thompson Associates (5 Years). Rob has nearly 20 years of experience in Market Research and Site Selection field.
Director, National Institute of Urban Affairs
Jagan Shah is Director of the National Institute of Urban Affairs, an Autonomous Body under the Ministry of Urban Development, Government of India. NIUA has been at the forefront of urban policy and research for four decades. During Shah’s tenure, the institute has embarked on a new programme of consolidation and innovation. NIUA’s current portfolio includes research and capacity building on smart cities, urban design and planning, climate change resilience, sanitation and waste management, E-learning, urban data observatories and SmartNet, a solutions exchange. NIUA supports the implementation of all the urban Missions of the Government of India.