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NGA, NATO and the UK MoD Headline DGI 2018 Speaker Lineup

By GeoConnexion - 14th December 2017 - 08:26

Global Military and Security Leaders Convene this January to Discuss the Future of Geospatial Intelligence

LONDON (December 7th, 2017) – Worldwide Business Research (WBR), the world leader in B2B conference events, today announced the preliminary agenda and speakers for DGI, the premier meeting for geospatial intelligence leaders in Europe (January 22-24th).

Over 600 senior military officers, renowned researchers and leading technologists from more than 40 nations will descend upon the iconic Royal Lancaster Hotel for three days of thought provoking and immersive sessions designed to inform and transform geospatial intelligence for modern defence, security and public safety.

The 2018 Agenda encapsulates the current issues and future challenges that are top of mind within the global intelligence community including:

  • New best practices in geospatial data management to give Commanders access to the highest quality classified and unclassified geospatial imagery in real time
  • How partner nations including the UK, US, Canada, Australia and New Zealand plan to leverage AI and Machine Learning, Smaller Satellites, New Sensors, Robotics and other tech breakthroughs to automate analysis, enrich classified intelligence and drive down costs
  • Where NATO, the EU and their partners see geospatial intelligence making a difference to current and future operations

“In a contested and unpredictable world where human trafficking, lone-wolf terrorism, cyber threats, regional instability and natural and man-made disasters require decisive response, geospatial intelligence is increasingly the difference in the successful prediction and prevention of these crises”, said Tom Webber, Programme Editor, DGI. “DGI is the only conference in Europe that provides the GeoINT community with the latest innovations and best practices to address these threats on a global scale”.

Over 100 expert speakers from leading defence, security and civilian agencies confirmed to speak in 2018 include:

  • Lt General Ivan Hooper, Chief Executive Officer, Information Systems and Services, UK MoD
  • Major General Linda R. Urrutia-Varhall, Director of Operations, National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency
  • Brigadier General Paul Nelson, Principal Intelligence Adviser, Chairman of the Military Committee, NATO
  • Brigadier General Lars Corneliusson, Director, Intelligence Directorate, EU Military Staff
  • Brigadier Benedict Kite, Commander, National Centre for Geospatial Intelligence, UK MoD
  • Matt Roper, Chief, Joint Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Services, NATO Communications and Information Agency
  • Nigel Clifford, Chief Executive of Ordnance Survey Great Britain
  • Colonel Paul Peyton, Commander, Canadian Forces Intelligence Group
  • Lt Colonel Damon Taylor, Director, GEOINT New Zealand, NZDF
  • Chris Hewett, Assistant Secretary GEOINT Capability Development, Australian Geospatial-Intelligence Organisation
  • Dr Peter Highnam, Director of Research, National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency
  • Colonel David Pendall, Deputy Chief of Staff, G-2 (Intelligence), US Army Europe
  • Colonel Armin Fleischmann, Director Planning, Cyber and Information Domain Service Command, Bundeswehr
  • Lyston Lea II, Principal Advisor, National Maritime Intelligence-Integration Office (NMIO)
  • Ingrid Vanden Berghe, Head of the NGI Belgium
  • Hansjoerg Kutterrer, President, BKG Germany

To view the preliminary agenda or to learn more about speaking/sponsorship/exhibition opportunities at DGI 2018, please visit For the latest news on DGI, be sure to follow us on Twitter @DefenceGIS

About DGI

DGI 2018 is Europe's largest annual gathering dedicated to high-level discussion addressing the major challenges of the defence and government geospatial intelligence (GEOInt) community. Produced by Worldwide Business Research (WBR), DGI provides senior leaders from the military and civilian defense industries with the opportunity to network and discuss the latest developments and innovations in geospatial data gathering and analysis. For more information, please visit DGI

About WBR

WBR (Worldwide Business Research) is the world leader in B2B focused conference events. Founded in 1996, the company produces over 100 conferences yearly designed to offer the leaders of emerging and established companies across multiple industries with actionable insights, educational discussions, and networking opportunities to inform and transform how they do business now and in the future. The company also generates custom research to help companies educate the market on the latest developments and best practices. For more information, please visit WBR and follow us on Twitter @WBResearch.

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