World Health Organization
Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
United States Secretary of Commerce
Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere and Administrator, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce
Dr. Bruce Aylward
Dr. Bruce Aylward is a Canadian physician and epidemiologist and the Assistant Director-General for the WHO's Polio and Emergencies cluster. He began his career with the WHO in 1992 as a medical officer with the Expanded program on Immunication. Aylward worked in national immunization programs in developing countries, primarily those focusing on polio and took assignments in countries ranging from Afghanistan and Cambodia to Egypt, Iraq and Myanmar. After six years in the field, Aylward returned to the WHO in Geneva in 1997 to lead the Global Eradication Initiative.
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Dr. Vincent Seaman
Dr. Vincent Seaman is an American health scientist, educator, and a Senior Program officer for the Polio Country Support Team at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Before that, Seaman was a Center for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention secondee to the WHO in Nigeria for nearly 3 years, where he provided technical support to the Expanded Program on Immunization and worked on the polio eradication effort. He began his career at CDC as a Presidential Management Fellow.
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Jack Dangermond is the founder and president of Esri, the world’s sixth largest privately held software company. Founded in 1969 and headquartered in Redlands, California, Esri is widely recognized as the technical and market leader in geographic information systems, or GIS, pioneering innovative solutions for working with spatial data.
Esri has more than one million users in over 350,000 organizations representing government; nongovernmental organizations (NGOs); academia; and industries such as utilities, health care, transportation, telecommunications, homeland security, retail, and agriculture.
Dangermond is recognized not only as a pioneer in spatial analysis methods but also as one of the most influential people in GIS. He actively manages Esri and is closely connected to projects, clients, and company vision. He takes a leadership role in national and global initiatives to facilitate standards for data access and sharing across agencies and organizations. He is personally committed to applying GIS methods for environmental stewardship and sustainable communities.
Dangermond is the recipient of numerous fellowships, honorary degrees, and awards. He has authored hundreds of papers on GIS in such diverse fields as photogrammetry, computer science, planning, environmental science, and cartography. He delivers keynote addresses at meetings and conferences around the globe.
Dangermond's current work is focused on helping organizations deploy spatial data in enterprise environments, Web-based services, and mobile computing systems as well as enhancing applications, models, and tools that can be used for optimized routing, intelligent site selection, crime and disease analysis, location-based services, infrastructure management, public safety, and homeland security.
- M.S. (Landscape Architecture) Graduate School of Design, Harvard University, Massachusetts, 1969
- M.Arch. (Emphasis: Landscape Architecture and Urban Planning) Institute of Technology, University of Minnesota, 1968
- B.S. (Landscape Architecture) California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, 1967
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