Satellite Data: How to Enhance Business Planning and Build Climate Resilience

In Scotland, innovative companies are developing solutions that are providing reliable insights for insurance, supply chains, and greenhouse emissions.

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Phil McLachlan
Chief Executive Officer, Digital Content Analysis Technology Ltd

Phil is the CEO and co-founder of Glasgow based D-CAT, which assists businesses worldwide to meet sustainability and climate change compliance challenges by providing digital monitoring, reporting and verification data services derived from satellite remote sensing data. Phil has over thirty years’ leadership experience across aerospace, defence, and high technology industries.  Prior to co-founding D-CAT, Phil held senior leadership positions at Accenture and QinetiQ. The first half of his career was in the Royal Air Force where he served in several operational and MOD staff roles specialising in ground to air missile systems, radar, air defence command and control and the UK MOD’s Digitisation Strategy.  He is a Chartered Engineer and Fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology.

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Sonja van Renssen
Editor-in-Chief, Energy Monitor

Sonja van Renssen is editor-in-chief of Energy Monitor, GlobalData's flagship energy title. We're a fully digital, data-led publication dedicated to the global energy transition. Sonja also oversees GD's other energy-related sites, Power Technology, Mining Technology and Offshore Technology. She's a climate and energy journalist based in Brussels with >15 years experience in the sector.

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Richard Osborne
Chief Technology Officer, AstroAgency

Richard Osborne is AstroAgency’s Chief Technology Officer. He has extensive industry experience across the space value chain extending back to the early 1990s, previously worked as Programme Manager at an orbital launch company, as well as launch systems, spaceports and propulsion consultancy for companies including Reaction Engines and Airborne Engineering, and systems engineering and analysis for numerous space industry projects including ESA payloads to the Mir space station and NASA Earth Observation and Russian Mars missions. A Chartered Physicist, he has a B.Sc(Hons) in Physics, M.Sc in Remote Sensing and Planetary Physics, studied for a Solar Astrophysics PhD, specialising in stellar magnetohydrodynamics and solar flares, and is a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society and British Interplanetary Society

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Mike Eilts
General Manager Earth Intelligence and Weather at Spire Global

Michael Eilts is an accomplished entrepreneur and executive in the weather and earth intelligence industry with over four decades of experience. As the General Manager of Weather and Earth Intelligence at Spire, he's dedicated to leveraging space-powered weather solutions to make the world safer, cleaner, and more prosperous.

With 18 years of experience as the President and CEO of Weather Decision Technologies, a company he co-founded, he grew it from a small team to 100 employees before its acquisition by DTN, where he led the Weather Business Unit. His expertise in SaaS business development and meteorology makes him a crucial asset to guide Spire solutions and growth.
With a strong educational foundation, including an MBA and B.S. and M.S degrees in Meteorology, Michael is committed to scaling Spire's satellite-driven innovative weather and Earth intelligence solutions to helping businesses and organizations thrive in a changing climate.

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Prof Iain Woodhouse
Professor of Applied Earth Observation, Edinburgh University/ Co-founder, Earth Blox

Iain Woodhouse is an innovator, strategist and remote sensing expert. He has been a Professor of Applied Earth Observation at Edinburgh University for over 20 years and specialises in research on the use of synthetic aperture radar (SAR) and LiDAR  for monitoring the forests of the world. This contributes to sustainable forest stewardship and sustainable (managed) forestry.

Prof. Woodhouse has been Chair of a the UK Space Agency Earth Observation Advisory Committee and a member of the Group on Earth Observations (GEO) Capacity Building Working Group.

As well as being an academic, Iain has been involved in setting up three startups in the energising Edinburgh innovation ecosystem. He is Co-founder of Earth Blox, which provides climate and nature analytics from satellite imagery to help businesses accelerate their sustainability transition. The software maps and analyses key metrics for biodiversity, water and carbon across forestry, agriculture, and financed and insured assets worldwide.

Iain believes that the key to his success is a good sense of strategy and an ability to draw together excellent teams who are able to excel in innovation. He has over 27 years of experience in academia and industry, 100+ publications, and advises UK government agencies on earth observation strategy.

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