Plenary 3: High Tech Entanglement: How the Diverse Global Space Industry and Other High-tech Sectors are Becoming More Entwined and Interdependent

Tuesday 2 October 2018, 08:30 – 09:30

Location: Bremen Conference Center – DLR Hall


The global space industry has become entwined with other high tech sectors, which rely on satellites to provide enhanced imagery, weather data, communications, precision navigation, and timing to their customers. Space-based capabilities are now embedded in many popular terrestrial applications, enabling them to provide these enhanced services that improve lives.

In parallel, startups and maturing technology companies are leveraging advances in computing, analytics, artificial intelligence, machine learning, additive manufacturing, and robotics to improve their products offerings. These new applications are helping developed and developing economies alike to leapfrog old infrastructure, drive investment, growth, and create new jobs.

This plenary brings together speakers from high tech businesses who are leveraging space-based technology in their products and services. They will share stories about how they use space to improve applications and enhance services for users around the world.



Clay Mowry

VP – Global Sales, Marketing & Customer Experience,

Blue Origin,

United States





Full Bio

Clay Mowry has worked for over 25 years in the commercial launch and satellite sectors serving in government, as the leader of an industry trade association and as a senior executive for leading commercial launch services companies.

Mr. Mowry joined Blue Origin in September 2016 as Vice President for global sales, marketing and customer experience. His mission is to provide commercial and government customers with safe and affordable commercial space transportation services with the reusable New Glenn orbital launch vehicle.

Mowry previously served for 15 years as the President and Chairman of Arianespace, Inc. As the head of the Arianespace’s U.S. subsidiary, he was responsible for managing the company’s sales, marketing, strategy, government relations and communications activities.

Before joining Arianespace, Mr. Mowry served for six years as Executive Director at the Satellite Industry Association, a non-profit alliance of U.S. satellite operators, manufacturers and ground equipment suppliers.

Prior to his role at SIA, he worked as a commercial space industry analyst and Senior International Trade Specialist with the U.S. Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration.

Clay Mowry received a Master of Business of Administration from Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., and a Bachelor of Arts in politics and government from Ohio Wesleyan University in Delaware, Ohio.

In addition to his work at Blue Origin, Mr. Mowry is the Vice President of Finance for the International Astronautical Federation. He currently serves on the advisory boards of Via Satellite magazine and the Space Generation Advisory Council. Mr. Mowry is also the founder and Chairman of the Future Space Leaders Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to the career development of young space and satellite industry professionals.



Alison Lowndes

Artificial Intelligence DevRel,


United Kingdom


Full Bio

After spending her first 18 months with NVIDIA as a Deep Learning Solutions Architect, Alison is now responsible for NVIDIA’s Artificial Intelligence Developer Relations in the EMEA region. She is a mature graduate in Artificial Intelligence combining technical and theoretical computer science with a physics background & over 20 years of experience in international project management, entrepreneurial activities and the internet. She consults on a wide range of AI applications, including planetary defence with NASA, ESA & the SETI Institute and continues to manage the community of AI & Machine Learning researchers around the world, remaining knowledgeable in state of the art across all areas of research. She also travels, advises on & teaches NVIDIA’s GPU Computing platform, around the globe.

Twitter: @AlisonBLowndes


James Brayshaw

Vice President Sales, EMEA,


United States



Full Bio

James Brayshaw has more than 30 years of leadership experience in Location intelligence, spatial and related database infrastructures (SDIs) , Building Information Modelling (BIM), Customer Analytics and Enterprise Information Management (EIM).

As Vice President James leads the Planet commercial teams in EMEA, establishing Planet as a leader in the region for the use of remote sensing content and analytics. Previously, James was Vice President for EMEA of EnterpriseDB, the leader in Opensource database platform, Postgres and PostGIG and prior to this was Vice President EMEA for Customer Information, Data Management and Location Intelligence (MapInfo GIS) at Pitney Bowes Software.

James has worked both in Government and the Private Sector. James spent more than 10 years at Ordnance Survey, the UK government’s National Mapping agency and one of the world’s largest mapping data producers ultimately serving as Board Director- Commercial, Marketing and Customer Services; helping transform the organisation within Government to be a global successful geospatial business.

James Brayshaw has had a number of geospatial data related industry roles including Vice Chair of the ICE Geospatial board as well as serving on the Board of Directors of Pointx for six years. James is a Chartered Civil Engineer, attended Denstone College and Manchester University, and is a member of the UK’s Institution of Civil Engineers and Fellow of the Institution of Surveyors (Geospatial and Surveying).


Hervé Clauss

Director MAPS Global Sourcing,





Full Bio

Hervé has been working for the last 12 years at TomTom in various roles for the Maps Product Unit.

After having been responsible for the map databases of France, the Benelux and North African countries, Hervé moved into leading the relationship with TomTom’s main Indian map production outsourcing partner. In this capacity he helped set up improvement programs in the domain of Mobile Mapping and Imagery data collection and use. This lead into taking responsibility of Mobile Mapping and Imagery globally.

More recently, Hervé’s scope was extended to central sourcing of big sources used in MAPS. This entails out of others POIs and extended Floating car data.

Prior to working with TomTom, Hervé was managing IT teams at Hewlett Packard and was R&D project Manager at Dassault-Aviation.

Hervé holds an Engineering Master Degree from Sup’Aéro and an MBA from EM’Lyon Business School.


Antonio Abad Martín

Chief Technical and Operations Officer,



Full Bio

Antonio Abad (Almeria, Spain) received a MSc in Aeronautical Engineering in the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid in 1989 and completed the General Management Program (GMP) in the IESE Business School at the Universidad de Navarra in 2002. His professional career started at Telefonica Sistemas as TTC systems expert until 1991.

At Hispasat, from 1991 up today, he has developed his career from satellite engineer through different management responsibilities. Since 2003 he was the Chief Technical Officer of HISPASAT, being responsible of the definition and implementation of satellite systems, launchers, control centers and ground stations as well as their operation and control, in line with the strategic goals of HISPASAT.

In 2011, he has been appointed Chief Technical and Operating Officer, adding to his previous assignments the operations of the Communications Control Center and the Broadband Control Center. In March 2009, he was appointed as Vice-President of the Spanish Association for Space Industries (Proespacio) until June 2010.