GEO Week 2020 Industry Track

14 May 2021 12:00 - 14 May 2021 13:00

The Virtual Industry Track will be a highlight of GEO Week 2020, offering two days dedicated to connecting the Earth Observation Industry with GEO Associates and the GEO Work Programme.

GEO Week 2020 will be going virtual, linking stakeholders from across the globe to engage on topics of agriculture, sustainability, collaboration, and more.

Speakers From Across the Globe

Speakers at this year's event are carefully chosen specialists in the topics of Earth observation and its various intersections. The line-up includes world-class leaders Rebecca Moore, Director at Google Earth; Prof. Gilberto Camara, Secretariat Director at GEO; and Mmboneni Muofhe, Deputy Director General: Technology Innovation @ Department of Science and Technology and Co-chair of the GEO Executive Committee; Andiswa Mlisa, Managing Director of Earth Observation Directorate at the South African National Space Agency (SANSA).

Rebecca Moore
Rebecca Moore

Rebecca Moore directs Google's geospatial initiatives driving environmental and social impact, including Google Earth, Earth Engine, and Environmental Insights Explorer.

She initiated the development of Google Earth Engine in 2009 as a planetary-scale cloud platform bringing an unprecedented amount of satellite data online for the first time, together with petapixel-scale computation, enabling data scientists to easily derive actionable insights about our changing planet. Rebecca also conceived and leads the Google Earth Outreach program, which supports non-profits, researchers, governmental institutions and communities in applying Google's mapping tools to the world's most pressing problems affecting people and planet.

Prof. Gilberto Camara
Prof. Gilberto Camara

Prof. Gilberto Camara is the Secretariat Director of GEO and a leading researcher in Geoinformatics, Geographical Information Science, and Land Use Change.

He is known worldwide for advocating for accessible software for earth observation data. As Director for Earth Observation and later Director General of Brazil’s National Institute for Space Research, Prof. Camara lead substantial developments in the monitoring of land changes with remote sensing, ultimately helping Brazil achieve an 80% decrease in deforestation in the Amazon rainforest.

Mmboneni Muofhe
Mmboneni Muofhe

Mr. Mmboneni Muofhe is the Deputy Director-General (DDG) for Technology Innovation at the Department of Science and Innovation in South Africa.

Mr. Muofhe oversaw South Africa's growing participation in EU Research Funding programmes, led the mobilization of Official Development Assistance funds to support South Africa science system and the establishment of partnerships with Multinational Companies. Mr. Muofhe was, in his role as DDG for International Cooperation, central in mobilizing international support for South Africa’s bid to host the Square Kilometer Array (SKA) radio telescope in Africa.


Andiswa Mlisa

Ms Andiswa Mlisa is the Managing Director of Earth Observation directorate at the South African National Space Agency (SANSA).

Prior to joining SANSA, she was at the Group on Earth Observation (GEO) Secretariat, based in Geneva, Switzerland, responsible for the coordination of the AfriGEOSS initiatives and capacity building. A graduate of the Universities of Fort Hare and Stellenbosch in GIS and Remote Sensing, she spent her early career years developing geospatial solutions for water resource management and disaster risk reduction.  She aims to use her over 17 years of experience and passion for developing partnerships in earth observations & space applications initiatives to mainstream use of Earth observations for service delivery.

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