Speaker Bios

This is a list of the Googlers who will be speaking and/or teaching the workshops at the Summit.

Google Geo Leadership

Brian McClendonVice President of Engineering, Geo at Google
Brian McClendon is an electrical engineer, a software architect and an avid photographer. He built computer graphics software and hardware at Silicon Graphics before co-founding Keyhole in 2000. Keyhole was purchased by Google in 2004, and later became known as Google Earth. Brian is currently a Google Vice President of Engineering, responsible for geo-products including Google Maps, Google Earth, and Streetview.
 
Alan NobleEngineering Director
Alan Noble is an IT entrepreneur and executive with 25 years of international technology leadership and management experience, in Australia, the United States and Japan. Since Feb 2007 he has lead Google's research and development operations in Australia, one of Google's fastest growing engineering centres and the home of Google Maps and Google Wave. He joined Google from NetPriva, a networking software company he founded in 2005 which was acquired by Expand Networks. From 1982 to 1986 he lived in Japan where he worked for Daiichi Kaden and NEC. From 1986 until 2002 he lived in California, where he worked for Schlumberger, the world's largest oilfield services company, for 8 years. In 1996 he founded NetMind, which developed the Internet's first change detection service. NetMind was acquired in 2000 by Intellisync (now part of Nokia) where he remained as VP of Engineering until returning to Australia in 2002.

Alan is also a national director of the Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA), a cofounder of SA Angels and an advisor on five Australian University advisory boards (NSW, Queensland, Adelaide, ANU and CMU).

He is a graduate of Adelaide University and Stanford University and an adjunct professor at Adelaide University. He has been granted seven patents and has several others pending.
 

Google Earth Outreach team

Rebecca MooreEngineering Manager, Google Earth Outreach and Earth Engine
Rebecca Moore is a computer scientist and longtime software professional. At Google, she conceived and leads the Google Earth Outreach program, which supports nonprofits, communities and indigenous peoples around the world in applying Google's mapping tools to the world's pressing problems in areas such as environmental conservation, human rights and cultural preservation. Rebecca also initiated and leads the development of Google Earth Engine, a new technology platform which supports global-scale monitoring and protection of the earth’s environment. Rebecca received a bachelor’s degree with honors from Brown University in Artificial Intelligence and a master’s degree from Stanford University. Her personal work using Google Earth was instrumental in stopping the logging of more than a thousand acres of redwoods in her Santa Cruz Mountain community
 
Raleigh SeamsterProgram Manager
Raleigh helps nonprofits use Google's mapping tools through organizing trainings like the Geo for Good User Summit, figuring out how to bring our program to new countries like Canada & Australia, and other projects. She has been with the Google Earth Outreach team for 2 years and at Google for a total of 5 years. Before Google, Raleigh served as a U.S. Peace Corps Volunteer in Ukraine, worked at the nonprofit American Councils for International Education, and studied cultural anthropology at James Madison University.
 
Karin Tuxen-BettmanGeo Specialist
Karin helps nonprofits use Google's mapping tools for their work, focusing much of her work on helping them with visualization GIS data in the tools, as well as getting better imagery for the areas where they work, including high-resolution aerial and satellite imagery and ground-level Street View imagery.
 
Tanya BirchProgram Manager
Tanya Birch is a Program Manager at Google Earth Outreach. With an academic background in Geography and Environmental Studies at the University of California at Santa Barbara, she has been part of Google Earth Outreach for 5 years and at Google for 9 years. Prior to Google, she researched human elephant conflict in Sri Lanka with the Sri Lanka Wildlife Conservation Society. At Google, she's applied her experience working with mapping for the non-profit sector to helping public benefit organizations learn to use Google's powerful mapping tools and Android mobile technology to further their missions.
 
Sean AskayDeveloper Advocate and KML Tech Lead
Sean has been on the Google Earth Outreach team since 2007. He specializes in geo-spatial data visualization and has a keen interest in geo-storytelling. He has extensive experience creating complex KMLs maps, Google Earth tours and is a co-author of Spreadsheet Mapper.
 
Christiaan AdamsDeveloper Advocate
Christiaan is a Developer Advocate, GIS specialist, and KML designer with the Google Earth Outreach team, where he helps nonprofits to use Google's online mapping tools to tell their stories, visualize their data, and share their work work with the world. Christiaan focuses on working with Crisis Response and Conservation organizations. His background is in Environmental Engineering, Technology Policy, GIS and international development. When he's not playing with digital maps, Christiaan can be found mountain biking, hiking, or "fixing" things in his workshop.
 
Vanessa Schneider      Program Manager
 
Based in Mountain View, CA, Vanessa Schneider teaches and supports journalists and newsrooms using Google Maps, Google Earth and Fusion Tables to tell their stories. Before becoming a Googler, Vanessa worked at The New York Times for several years as a community and user-generated content specialist, Time Inc. as a researcher, and at Brooklyn startup Hot Potato, acquired by Facebook in summer 2010.
  
David ThauSenior Developer Advocate, Google Earth Engine
Dave Thau helps scientists, NGOs, and other partners build software and algorithms that run on Earth Engine, Google's geo analysis platform. Prior to joining Google, Dave worked for many years helping ecologists and biodiversity researchers integrate their systems into distributed collaborative networks.
 Tyler Erickson     Senior Developer Advocate, Google Earth Engine
 
Tyler is a developer advocate working on the Earth Engine geospatial analysis platform. In this roll he helps institutions and individual partners understand and utilize the capabilities of Earth Engine and related geospatial tools. Prior to joining Google, Tyler worked in academia leading projects on geospatial analysis, visualization, and the design of geospatial data systems. He is also the former technical committee chair of AmericaView, a non-profit consortium of remote sensing scientists that support applied research, higher education, and technology transfer.
 

Google/Geo Product Team Speakers

 
Daniel ChuSenior Product Manager, Google Maps Coordinate and Google Maps API
Dan joined Google in 2008 and has been focused on building out a comprehensive set of Geo APIs and applications for nonprofits, government agencies and businesses including the Google Maps API. Most recently he launched Google Maps Coordinate, a tool for organizations to easily improve the efficiency of their mobile teams. Dan is keenly interested in the intersection of technology and social impact having worked on Benetech's effort to improve human rights reporting technology, United eWay's effort to streamline charitable donations, Technoserve's effort to accelerate socially impactful mobile apps including Safaricom's MPESA payment system, and Greenbox's effort to increase consumer visibility into energy consumption. He earned an BS in Computer Science/AB in Economics from Stanford University, an MBA from Harvard Business School, and an MPA in Technology Policy and Energy/Natural Resources from the Harvard Kennedy School.
 Graeme Merrall         Enterprise Geospatial Deployment Manager
 
Based in the Google Sydney office but originally from New Zealand,
Graeme helps large enterprise customers and partners get the best from
Google's enterprise geospatial products including Google Maps Engine
and Google Earth Enterprise. He joined Google in mid-2011 and since
then he's been the main technical expert for Google Maps Engine in the
Asia-Pacific region.
 
Mano MarksStaff Developer Advocate
In 2006, Mano became the founding member of Google's Geo Developer Relations team. Now he is the lead Developer Advocate for Google’s Geo APIs. He has travelled the world helping individuals, corporations, governments and aid organizations use Google’s mapping technologies to communicate their message to the world. Before Google, Mano had an eclectic career that involved getting a Masters in History, a Masters in Information Management and Systems, and working as a data manager in NGOs for over a decade.
 
 
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