Marie-Francoise Voidrot is responsible for planning and managing interoperability initiatives such as testbeds, pilots and interoperability experiments with an emphasis on activities in Europe. Prior to joining OGC, Mrs Voidrot was Senior Project Manager for numerous meteorological information systems with Meteo-France for Meteo-France but also for major customers in spatial, defense or aeronautical activities. Hence, she brings a global end to end view of the information systems from production to a large variety of activities. Since 2009 she has also served as member company representative to the OGC and as a co chair of the MetOcean Domain Working Group contributing to the connection between the Met Ocean communities and OGC standards experts. She holds a MS in Informatics from the Ecole Centrale Paris and a MS in Meteorology from the Ecole Nationale de la Meteorologie (French National School in Meteorology) As part of her MS in informatics, she worked on multidimensional data visualisation at the Space Science and Engineering Center in Madison, Wisconsin.
Koushik Panda is an International professional with 10+ years of experience in the field of Technology, holding a degree in Business (MBA from TheLisbonMBA - Nova School of Business and Economics , Catolica Lisbon and MIT Sloan) and Information Technology (IT). Koushik is currently working in a Space Company in Portugal to bring together science , technology and software to build innovative solutions in the field of Earth Observations while playing crucial roles in Project Management, Business Development , Product Development and DevOps evangelism. He has experience in handling large international projects, namely in requirement analysis, conceptualization of functional and technical specifications for large and complex systems with end-to-end delivery of solutions. He has also worked on building services related to Data Governance areas. Koushik is currently working in the project coordination of NextGEOSS in addition to working on several of the NextGEOSS pilots.
Georgiana Bere is a software engineer at Datopian - the company responsible for the development of the NextGEOSS Data Hub. She's been active in the open data space for most of her career in various initiatives, including Open Knowledge International - the leading organisation promoting the release and use of open data around the world.
Alaitz Zabala is a researcher at Universitat Autónoma de Barcelona (UAB). She holds an European PhD degree in Geography in 2010, MSc in Remote Sensing (RS) and Geographical Information Systems (GIS), and a Bch in Environmental Sciences. Her main research interests are lossy compression effects on remote sensing and resulting cartography and image classification, as well as attention to metadata, geographical information standardization, data quality and user-feedback metadata. Teacher in several undergrad and grad studies, mainly in RS and GIS courses. In NextGEOSS, Alaitz is responsible mainly for developing and integrating the NiMMbus service, as a Geospatial User Feedback service for NextGEOSS as well as external partners
Universitat Autónoma de Barcelona
Elnaz Neinavaz was born in Tehran, Iran. She received a B.Sc in a Natural Resources Engineering- Environment at the Azad University- North Tehran Branch and obtained her M.Sc. in Natural Resources Engineering- Habitats and Biodiversity from the Azad University- Science and Research Tehran Branch. After graduation, she started to collaborate with the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), Global Environment Facility (GEF)/ Small Grant Program (SGP) and Plan for the Land Society on the number of the national and international environmental projects for several years. In 2013, she was awarded the European Commission, Erasmus Mundus Scholarship to peruse her doctoral research at the Faculty of Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation (ITC), University of Twente. Her Ph.D. dissertation (2017) was about sensing vegetation canopies in the thermal infrared domain. She has practical experience in the usage of the lab and field instrument for measuring vegetation emissivity spectra over the thermal infrared domain to retrieve vegetation properties. Since 2017, she is working at ITC as a research fellow
University of Twente
Bente Lilja Bye has been a member of the GEO community since 2004, engaged both as representative in the GEO plenary, in committees and contributing to the GEO Work Programme, and currently represents Norway on the GEO Programme Board. Bente runs a small research and consultancy company, BLB, focusing on transforming Earth observation data to information and knowledge for societal benefit. She is responsible for Communication, Dissemination and Assessment as partner in NextGEOSS.
Bente Lilja Bye