The International Programme Committee (IPC) is selected by the Co-Chairs and assisted by the organizer, the IAF and the Host, NOSA. The IPC members are volunteers from the IAF member organizations. The IAF and NOSA are very grateful for their support.

GLOC 2023 IPC Co-Chairs

James GRAF

Director, Earth Science and Technology, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory

United States

Ole Morten OLSEN

Director, Enterprise Development and Innovation, Norwegian Space Agency (NOSA)


Barbara J. RYAN

Executive Director, World Geospatial Industry Council (WGIC)

United States

GLOC 2023 IPC Members

  • Ofira Ayalon, Head of Energy program, Dept. of Natural Resources and Environmental management, and Head of Environment and Energy cluster Former director of Israel Climate Change Information Center (ICCIC), University of Haifa and Samuel Neaman Institute, Israel
  • Krystal Azelton, Director, Space Applications Programs, Secure World Foundation (SWF), United States
  • Tasso Azevedo, Technical Coordinator / General Coordinator, Brazilian Climate Observatory / Mapbiomas, Brazil
  • Anthony Baker, Founder & CEO, SatelliteVu, United Kingdom
  • Jonathan Bamber, Professor, School of Geographical Sciences, University of Bristol, United Kingdom
  • Amir Banifatemi, Chief Innovation & Growth Officer, Chair of the AI for Good Programme Committee, Xprize Foundation, United States
  • Christian Bank, Director, Programme Preparation and Development, European Organisation for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites (EUMETSAT), Germany
  • Andrea Bersan, Vice President Global Industry Business Development, Maxar Technologies, United States
  • Lars-Anders Breivik, Director of Research, Norwegian Meteorological Institute (MET Norway), Norway
  • Alexandre Caldas, Chief of Big Data Branch, UNEP’s Science Division, UN Environment Programme (UNEP), Switzerland
  • Katherine Calvin, Chief Scientist and Senior Climate Advisor, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), United States
  • Thomas Cernev, Research Affiliate, Centre for the Study of Existential Risk (CSER), United Kingdom
  • Rajae Chafil, Director, Climate Change Competence Center of Morocco (4C Maroc), Morocco
  • Bruce Chesley, Senior Associate, Teaching Science and Technology, Inc (TSTI), United States
  • Harry Cikanek, Former Director, NOAA's Center for Satellite Applications and Research (STAR), United States
  • Massimo Claudio Comparini, Deputy CEO, Senior Executive Vice President Observation, Exploration and Navigation , Thales Alenia Space, Italy
  • Paula do Vale Pereira, Assistant Professor of Aerospace Engineering, Florida Institute of Technology, United States
  • Ole Dokka, Executive Director, Spaceport Norway, Norway
  • Albertus J. (Han) Dolman, Chair of the Steering Committee / Full Professor, Faculty of Science, Earth Sciences, Global Climate Observing System (GCOS) / Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam ('VU Amsterdam'), The Netherlands
  • Shimon Elkabetz, Co-Founder & CEO, Tomorrow.io, United States/ Israel
  • Nikki Feltham, Climate & Nature Portfolio Lead, Wasafari Consulting, United Kingdom
  • Lujia Feng, Principal Research Fellow, Earth Observatory of Singapore, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
  • Rune Floberghagen, Head of the Science, Applications and Climate Department, European Space Agency (ESA), Germany
  • Bernard Foing, Director, ILEWG "EuroMoonMars", The Netherlands
  • Burcu Genç, International Affairs and Climate Coordinator, Turkish Foundation for Combating Soil Erosion for Reforestation and the Protection of Natural Habitats (TEMA), Turkey
  • Stéphane Germain, President and CEO, GHGSAT Inc., Canada
  • Joe Gibbs, Programme Engineering Manager / PhD Candidate in Aerospace Sciences, OirthirSAT, United Kingdom
  • Rei Goffer, Co-Founder & CSO, Tomorrow.io, United States / Israel
  • Mitch Goldberg, Chief Scientist, National Environmental Satellite, Data, and Information Service (NOAA/NESDIS), United States
  • Beth Greenaway, Head of Earth Observation and Climate, UK Space Agency / Space4Climate, United Kingdom
  • Sonia Guajarara, Indigenous Leader and Executive Coordinator, Articulation of Indigenous Peoples of Brazil (APIB), Brazil
  • Steven Hamburg, Executive Manager, MethaneSAT LLC, United States
  • Christian Hauglie-Hanssen, Director General, Norwegian Space Agency (NOSA), Norway
  • Marcia Hirota, Executive Director, Fundação SOS Mata Atlântica (SOSMA), Brazil
  • Uche Igwe, Senior Political Economy Analyst and Visiting Fellow, LSE Firoz Lalji Centre for Africa / International Centre for Policing and Security, University of South Wales, Nigeria
  • Tørris Jæger, Secretary General, The Rainforest Foundation, Norway
  • Johnny Johannessen, Deputy Director Ocean and Sea Ice Remote Sensing, The Nansen Environmental and Remote Sensing Center, Norway
  • Claire Jolly, Head, Ocean Economy Group, OECD Space Forum, Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), France
  • Frida Karani, Founder, Sustainable Climate Action in Africa Conference, Kenya
  • Ruth Kattumuri, Senior Director for Economic Youth and Sustainable Development, Commonwealth of Nations, India / United Kingdom
  • Luke Kemp, Research Associate, The Centre for the Study of Existential Risk (CSER), University of Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • Adessou Kossivi Nevaeme, Board Co-Chair, Climate Action Network International / Global Network of CSO for Disaster Reduction (GNDR), Senegal
  • Damien Kuhn, Chief Operating Officer, Kinomé , France
  • Leo S. Mackay, Jr, Senior Vice President, Ethics and Enterprise Assurance, Lockheed Martin (LMC), United States
  • Pooja Mahapatra, Chair of the Disaster Resilience Working Group, Fugro/World Geospatial Industry Council, The Netherlands
  • Ryan McKinney, Vice President and General Manager, Satellogic, United States
  • Christopher Merchant, Professor in Ocean and Earth Observation, University of Reading, United Kingdom
  • Andiswa Mlisa, Interim CEO, South African National Space Agency (SANSA), South Africa
  • Fiona Moejes, CEO, Mawazo Institute, Kenya
  • Marianne Moen, Communication Director, Norwegian Space Agency (NOSA), Norway
  • John E. Moores, York Research Chair in Space Exploration, Department of Earth and Space Science and Engineering, York University /Science Advisor to the President, Canadian Space Agency (CSA), Canada
  • Sarah Mukherjee, CEO, Institute of Environmental Management & Assessment (IEMA), United Kingdom
  • Kumar Navulur, Senior Director of Strategic Growth, Maxar Technologies, United States
  • Hannes Ottósson, Senior Adviser, Research and Innovation Division, Icelandic Centre for Research (Rannís), Iceland
  • Kim Peart, Director, Space Pioneers Foundation, Australia
  • Clare Perry, Climate Campaign Leader & Senior Ocean Adviser, Environmental Investigation Agency, United Kingdom
  • Steven Ramage, Chief Engagement Officer, Group on Earth Observations (GEO), United Kingdom
  • Giovanni Rum, ASI's PoC for the Space Climate Observatory (SCO), Senior Consultant on Earth Observation issues, Italian Space Agency (ASI), Italy
  • Paolo Ruti, Chief Scientist, European Organisation for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites (EUMETSAT), Germany / Italy
  • Robbie Schingler, CEO and Founder, Planet Labs, United States
  • Gunter Schreier, Deputy Director, German Remote Sensing Data Center (DFD) of DLR, Germany
  • Brent Smith, Former Director, International and Interagency Affairs, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), United States
  • Sabrina Speich, Full Professor, Physical Oceanography and Climate Sciences, Laboratoire de Météorologie Dynamique, Ecole Normale Supérieure, France
  • Kerstin Stebel, Senior Scientist, Norwegian Institute for Air Research, Norway
  • Linda Anne Stevenson, Head of Knowledge Management and Scientific Affairs, Deputy Head of Development and Institutional Affairs, Asia-Pacific Network for Global Change Research (APN), United Kingdom
  • Jean-Noël Thépaut, Director of Copernicus Services, European Center for Medium Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF), France
  • Anna Maria Trofaier, Cryosphere Scientist , European Space Agency (ESA), Austria
  • John van Aardenne, EEA Expert, European Environment Agency (EEA), Denmark
  • Andrea Vena, Chief Climate and Sustainability Officer, European Space Agency (ESA), France
  • Sara Venturini, Climate Coordinator, Group on Earth Observations (GEO), Switzerland
  • Kevin Ward, Co-Founder & Team Leader, NASA Earth Observatory Group, United States
  • Charles Wooldrige, Director, International and Interagency Affairs Office, National Environmental Satellite, Data, and Information Service (NOAA/NESDIS), United States
  • Nigel Yoccoz, Professor, Department of Arctic and Marine Biology, Uniwersytet w Tromsø (UiT The Arctic University of Norway), Norway
  • Colin Young, Executive Director, Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre (CCCCC), Belize
  • Andreas Ytterstad, Journalist, Professor of Journalism and Media Studies, Oslo Metropolitan University (OsloMet), Norway