Speaker Bios

This is a list of the Googlers who will be speaking and/or teaching the workshops at the Summit.

Google Geo Leadership

Brian McClendon Vice President of Engineering, Geo at Google
Brian McClendon is an electrical engineer, a software architect and an avid photographer. He built computer graphics software and hardware at Silicon Graphics before co-founding Keyhole in 2000. Keyhole was purchased by Google in 2004, and later became known as Google Earth. Brian is currently a Google Vice President of Engineering, responsible for geo-products including Google Maps, Google Earth, and Streetview.
 
Louis Perrochon Engineering Director
Louis Perrochon is an Engineering Director at Google and he currently leads the team that builds Google's geospatial products for businesses, governments and non-profits. These products enable you to put "your data on the Google map" and include Google Earth, Google Maps Engine and Google Earth Engine. His team also processes all aerial and satellite imagery for Google Earth and Google Maps. Previously, he has been leading Engineering for YouTube, which processes over 72 hours of video per minute and serves over 4 billion videos a day. His academic credentials include a PhD in Computer Science from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology and 3 years post-doctoral research at Stanford University.
 
Luc Vincent Engineering Director
Luc Vincent joined Google in 2004. He is an Engineering Director in the Geo group, responsible for projects focused on collecting, organizing, exploiting, and publishing large amounts of imagery and 3D content in Google Maps and Google Earth. This includes Street View, a project Luc bootstrapped in his 20% time shortly after joining Google.
 

Google Earth Outreach team

Rebecca Moore Engineering Manager, Google Earth Outreach and Earth Engine
Rebecca Moore is a computer scientist and longtime software professional. At Google, she conceived and leads the Google Earth Outreach program, which supports nonprofits, communities and indigenous peoples around the world in applying Google's mapping tools to the world's pressing problems in areas such as environmental conservation, human rights and cultural preservation. Rebecca also initiated and leads the development of Google Earth Engine, a new technology platform which supports global-scale monitoring and protection of the earth’s environment. Rebecca received a bachelor’s degree with honors from Brown University in Artificial Intelligence and a master’s degree from Stanford University. Her personal work using Google Earth was instrumental in stopping the logging of more than a thousand acres of redwoods in her Santa Cruz Mountain community
 
Raleigh Seamster Program Manager
Raleigh helps nonprofits use Google's mapping tools through organizing trainings like the Geo for Good User Summit, figuring out how to bring our program to new countries like Canada & Australia, and other projects. She has been with the Google Earth Outreach team for 2 years and at Google for a total of 5 years. Before Google, Raleigh served as a U.S. Peace Corps Volunteer in Ukraine, worked at the nonprofit American Councils for International Education, and studied cultural anthropology at James Madison University.
 
Karin Tuxen-Bettman Geo Specialist
Karin helps nonprofits use Google's mapping tools for their work, focusing much of her work on helping them with visualization GIS data in the tools, as well as getting better imagery for the areas where they work, including high-resolution aerial and satellite imagery and ground-level Street View imagery.
 
Tanya Birch Program Manager
Tanya Birch is a Program Manager at Google Earth Outreach. With an academic background in Geography and Environmental Studies at the University of California at Santa Barbara, she has been part of Google Earth Outreach for 5 years and at Google for 9 years. Prior to Google, she researched human elephant conflict in Sri Lanka with the Sri Lanka Wildlife Conservation Society. At Google, she's applied her experience working with mapping for the non-profit sector to helping public benefit organizations learn to use Google's powerful mapping tools and Android mobile technology to further their missions.
 
Sean Askay Developer Advocate and KML Tech Lead
Sean has been on the Google Earth Outreach team since 2007. He specializes in geo-spatial data visualization and has a keen interest in geo-storytelling. He has extensive experience creating complex KMLs maps, Google Earth tours and is a co-author of Spreadsheet Mapper.
 
Christiaan Adams Developer Advocate
Christiaan is a Developer Advocate, GIS specialist, and KML designer with the Google Earth Outreach team, where he helps nonprofits to use Google's online mapping tools to tell their stories, visualize their data, and share their work work with the world. Christiaan focuses on working with Crisis Response and Conservation organizations. His background is in Environmental Engineering, Technology Policy, GIS and international development. When he's not playing with digital maps, Christiaan can be found mountain biking, hiking, or "fixing" things in his workshop.
 
David Thau Senior Developer Advocate, Google Earth Engine
Dave Thau helps scientists, NGOs, and other partners build software and algorithms that run on Earth Engine, Google's geo analysis platform. Prior to joining Google, Dave worked for many years helping ecologists and biodiversity researchers integrate their systems into distributed collaborative networks.
 

Google/Geo Product Team Speakers

Beth Liebert Product Manager for My Maps and Google Maps Engine UI
Beth is working on making our enterprise products as easy to use as the consumer products many of us use every day. She majored in Product Design at Stanford University and worked at IDEO for a couple years before joining google almost 5 years ago as a product manager. She is very interested in your stories of how you use the products or would like to use them- your feedback could be the next big feature!
 
Daniel Chu Senior Product Manager, Google Maps Coordinate and Google Maps API
Dan joined Google in 2008 and has been focused on building out a comprehensive set of Geo APIs and applications for nonprofits, government agencies and businesses including the Google Maps API. Most recently he launched Google Maps Coordinate, a tool for organizations to easily improve the efficiency of their mobile teams. Dan is keenly interested in the intersection of technology and social impact having worked on Benetech's effort to improve human rights reporting technology, United eWay's effort to streamline charitable donations, Technoserve's effort to accelerate socially impactful mobile apps including Safaricom's MPESA payment system, and Greenbox's effort to increase consumer visibility into energy consumption. He earned an BS in Computer Science/AB in Economics from Stanford University, an MBA from Harvard Business School, and an MPA in Technology Policy and Energy/Natural Resources from the Harvard Kennedy School.
 
Dylan Lorimer Product Manager for Google Maps Engine
Dylan is a product manager at Google where he oversees product development for Enterprise Earth and Maps. Prior to joining Google, Dylan worked as a software developer and consultant. He earned a B.Sc. in Computer Science from the University of Richmond, and a M.Sc. in Geographic Information Systems from the University of Edinburgh. When he's not working, Dylan can be found on his mountain bike or practicing to become a blues musician.
 
Mano Marks Staff Developer Advocate
In 2006, Mano became the founding member of Google's Geo Developer Relations team. Now he is the lead Developer Advocate for Google’s Geo APIs. He has travelled the world helping individuals, corporations, governments and aid organizations use Google’s mapping technologies to communicate their message to the world. Before Google, Mano had an eclectic career that involved getting a Masters in History, a Masters in Information Management and Systems, and working as a data manager in NGOs for over a decade.
 
Michael "Smitty" Smith Geo Sales Engineer
Michael is a Sales Engineer with the Geo team--he helps customers build solutions around Google Geo products. Michael has been with Google for over a year and covers all Google Geo products, including Maps, Earth, mobile applications and developer platforms. Michael has a deep technical background in web technologies, GIS and mapping platforms.
 
Mona Na Product Manager for Google Earth Gallery
Mona Na is the product manager for the Google Earth Gallery. Before joining Google Maps for Business, she worked in the Google China office for more than 3 years as a product manager. Mona got her Ph.D in computer science from Tsinghua University, China. She transfered to Mountain view last year, and quite enjoys the work and life in Bay Area.
 
Paul Saxman Developer Advocate
As a developer advocate, Paul is dedicated to helping developers make the most out of Google's developer products. He helps developers build cool and compelling apps, advocates for them with our product and engineering teams, and fosters communities working with Google technologies. As an informaticist, Paul looks for new ways to make data perceptible to the mind and imagination.
 
Peter Birch Product Manager
Peter Birch joined Google in 2006 as Product Manager for Google Earth, Google's 3D earth visualization tool that combines the power of Google Search with satellite imagery, maps, terrain and 3D buildings. He is responsible for the direction, growth, and success of the Google Earth product family including Google Earth Free, Pro, and Enterprise, the Google Earth API and browser plug-in, and Google Earth for the iPhone and Android. He is also Product Manager for Google Earth Engine, Google’s cloud-based geo-spatial analysis platform.
 
Shailesh Nalawadi Product Manager, Google Business Photos
Shailesh Nalawadi is the Product Manager in the Maps team focused on bringing beautiful imagery onto Maps.
 
Sean Wohltman Chief Geospatial Scientist, LongView
Sean has been the Chief Geospatial Scientist for the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency’s (NGA) Google Earth Builder program, LongView, since September 2010. He has designed and implemented the workflows required to start NGA’s endeavor into cloud-hosted globe creation and serving. Since joining Google in 2008, he has worked to bring analytic capabilities to the Google Earth platform and developed technologies to bring Google Earth to disconnected tactical and crisis-response environments.
 
Sundeep Sancheti Software Engineer
Engineer on Google Mapmaker for past two years.
 
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