Plenary Talks

Welcoming Remarks, Geo for Good User Summit 2018

Monday October 1, 10:30-11:00am Pacific Time - Livestream

Rebecca Moore

Director of Engineering

Google Earth, Earth Engine and Earth Outreach

Rebecca Moore is Director of Google Earth, Earth Engine and Earth Outreach. In April 2017, her team launched the “new” Google Earth, reinvented for the web for the first time. She initiated and leads the development of Google Earth Engine, a cloud technology platform that puts an unprecedented amount of satellite data online and enables scientists to conduct global-scale monitoring and measurement of changes in the earth’s environment. In 2017, Earth Engine won the ASPRS Outstanding Technical Achievement award. Rebecca also conceived and leads the Google Earth Outreach program, which supports nonprofits, educators and indigenous communities in applying Google's mapping tools to the world's most pressing problems in environmental conservation, human rights and cultural preservation.

Rebecca’s 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. She received a bachelor’s degree in artificial intelligence with honors from Brown University and a master’s degree from Stanford University. In 2013, Rebecca received the Zoological Society of London Award for Conservation Innovation, and was recognized by the White House as a Champion of Change for Open Science. In 2016, she was honored with the Rachel Carson Award from the National Audubon Society.

The Geo for Good Toolbox

Monday October 1, 11:15-12:00pm

Matt Hancher

Engineering Lead, Google Earth Engine

Matt Hancher is the engineering lead of Google Earth Engine, which he co-founded in 2009 to bring Google’s datacenter computing expertise to bear on large-scale satellite data processing and global challenges in Earth science and related fields. In addition to managing the team, he works in application areas ranging from deforestation monitoring to global public health. He spent his early years building robots at the MIT Media Lab, and prior to joining Google he was a researcher at the NASA Ames Research Center, where he designed robots and processed Moon and Mars satellite data to prepare for future exploration missions.

Mike Tavendale

Program Manager, Google Earth Studio

Mike is a Program Manager and leads outreach efforts for Google Earth Studio, a new content creation tool for Google Earth imagery. Since joining Google in 2016, he has been working closely with news organizations, creative agencies and NGOs as part of media outreach for Google’s Geo team. He previously was Executive Producer at global agency, B-Reel, managing large integrated productions that included digital products and ad campaigns. Mike earned his Bachelor’s degree in International Relations and Business from the University of Southern California.

Karin Tuxen-Bettman

Program Manager, Google Earth Outreach

Karin has been with Google since early 2008, and has since worked on the Google Earth Outreach team, helping nonprofit and public benefit organizations use Google's mapping tools for their work. Karin's background includes work in GIS and remote sensing technologies, which she applied to her PhD in environmental sciences, received from the University of California, Berkeley. Since joining Google, she has trained numerous nonprofits to using the Street View Trekker backpack to collect imagery of the ecosystems they are working to conserve. More recently, she has led the effort at Google to measure air quality using Street View cars, through a partnership with the Environmental Defense Fund and Aclima.

Gino Miceli

Senior Software Engineer

Gino Miceli has been creating software for public and private sector for nearly 20 years. For over a decade, he worked to build and promote innovative uses of software at the UN Food and Agriculture Organization. This included co-founding and leading the development of Open Foris, and open-source toolkit for national forest inventories now used by dozens of countries around the world.

Gino Miceli is currently a Sr. Software Engineer on Google's Local Search team, volunteering 20% of his time to support Geo for Good. As part of that support, he has spearheaded the creation of "Ground", an open-source mobile data collection platform that incorporates the needs and learnings from past field work and the feedback received from Google's Geo for Good partners.

Raleigh Seamster

Program Manager, Google Earth Outreach

As a member of the Google Earth Outreach team, Raleigh's focus is on supporting Indigenous communities in mapping and monitoring their cultural and natural resources. She has worked with partners on many projects, including This is Home, the Surui Cultural Map and publishing Indigenous lands in Google Maps in the United States, Canada and Brazil.

Raleigh has been at Google for 11 years (with Google Earth Outreach for 8). Before Google, she 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. She was born and grew up in the Washington DC metro area and currently resides in Oakland, CA.

Gopal Shah

Product Manager

Google Earth

Since joining Google’s Geo team in 2009, Gopal Shah has worked on myriad projects that share his love of imagery and storytelling. For the past three years, he’s helmed the Google Earth team as product manager. Last spring, on Earth Day, Gopal led the launch of the new Google Earth, helping bring Earth to users on modern devices. He also worked as a consultant on the Academy Award-nominated film, Lion, and co-created Earth View — a collection of 1,500 striking satellite images that have been featured on everything from flagship Android phones to the world's biggest billboard in Times Square! Throughout his career, Gopal has collaborated with the New York Times, the BBC and NASA to help bring stories to life with maps, and his team has won several awards along with way including, most recently, four Webby awards for the new Voyager feature in Google Earth. When not geeking out on satellite imagery, Gopal can be found taking photos in the mountains around Boulder or hanging with his dog Decker.

A Planet in Balance

Monday October 1, 5:30-6:00pm Pacific Time - Livestream

Jonathan Baillie

Executive Vice President and Chief Scientist

National Geographic Society

Jonathan Baillie is the Executive Vice President and Chief Scientist of the National Geographic Society. He oversees Grants, Impact Initiatives, National Geographic Labs, Explorer Programs and the International team.

Baillie joined the Society in 2016 after 20 years at the Zoological Society of London (ZSL), where he most recently served as Conservation Programmes Director, overseeing conservation projects focused on threatened species and their habitats in over 50 countries.

As a leader in conservation science, he has authored several key publications on the status and trends of the world’s species and ecosystems. He was instrumental in developing the Living Planet Index, Sampled Red List Index and Wildlife Picture Index. Early in his career, he worked with a network of 8,000 scientists to produce the first International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List of Threatened Species using quantitative criteria to assess extinction risk. He also worked with the IUCN to produce the first list of the 100 most threatened animals, plants and fungi. In addition, he co-chaired the IUCN Regional Red List working group and the IUCN Special Survival Commission Pangolin Specialist Group.

Baillie led the ZSL team that founded the EDGE of Existence program, which focuses on Evolutionary Distinct and Globally Endangered (EDGE) species and supports young scientists around the world working to protect animals facing extinction. While at ZSL, he also founded the Conservation Technology Unit and the Business and Biodiversity Programme. In addition, Baillie co-led the first large-scale retail activism project to focus on ocean conservation, Selfridges Project Ocean.

Baillie helped initiate United for Wildlife, led by the Duke of Cambridge, a collaboration of seven of the most influential conservation organizations working to address illegal wildlife trade at scale. Under this collaboration, he led the development of the award-winning digital conservation leadership training platform, the Rhino Impact Investment, and the development of technology for nature.

Baillie is committed to engaging the next generation and has written a number of children’s books as well as co-founding a media animation company focused on communicating the diversity of life.

Baillie completed his undergraduate studies in geography at Queen’s University in Canada. He received a master’s degree in conservation biology from Yale University and a Ph.D. in biology from Silwood Park, Imperial College London. He has been a visiting professor of zoology at the University of Oxford since 2010.

Baillie’s extensive fieldwork includes understanding the persistence and vulnerability of island endemic birds in the Gulf of Guinea; conducting behavioral studies of desert baboons in Namibia; researching and monitoring western lowland gorillas in Gabon; and discovering evidence of EDGE species, such as the long-beaked echidna in the Cyclops Mountains in Indonesia.

Street View By You

Tuesday October 2, 1:30-1:45pm

Stafford Marquardt, Product Manager, Street View

Stafford is a product manager on Google Maps, where he leads the Street View app (for making your own Street View). In previous roles at Google, he also worked on the Google Maps APIs and Google Earth Pro. On the side, he leads the "20% project" to show the Moon and Mars in Google Earth.

Geo for Good Partner Talks

Tuesday October 2, 1:45-2:15pm Pacific Time - Livestream

Street View Beyond the Streets: Trekking Canada's National Parks

Jeff Bolingbroke is a New Media Officer with Parks Canada. He spends his time working on a variety of digital media projects, aspiring to increase public awareness and inspire a deep appreciation of Canada's incredible National Parks, Historic Sites and Marine Conservation Areas.

Christophe Bailhache

Underwater Earth


Taking Google Street View Underwater

Christophe is an underwater photographer and cinematographer, and Co-Founder of Underwater Earth, an innovative Not-For-Profit based in Australia that specializes in technology-driven disruptive ideas.

Christophe co-invented and led the development and build of the revolutionary SVII camera - a camera that takes underwater 360-degree panoramic images for both Google Street View and scientific monitoring purposes. This unique camera, developed for the XL Catlin Seaview Survey, has allowed him and his team to do surveys of large areas, collecting significant amounts of critical imagery on a scale never done before. The invention was claimed by Time Magazine to be one of the top 100 new scientific discoveries in 2015.

As SVII lead photographer, Christophe heads up Special Operations collecting 360° underwater imagery around the world for outreach programs such a Google Street View Oceans. He also directs and produces VR Films.

His respected work, associated with successful marine conservation work, allows him to be granted access to some of the most preserved and unique areas in the world including the Chagos Archipelago; Florida’s Aquarius Reef Base; Rose Atoll in American Samoa; Palmyra Atoll; and even Loch Ness.

Christophe’s work has been featured in CNN, NBC, BBC, National Geographic, TIME and in the recent award winning documentary feature Chasing Coral and Chasing Coral VR. His 360 VR films and photos have been exhibited in prestigious museums worldwide, including the Oceanographic Museum of Monaco, the Natural History Museum, London; and the United Nations, New York

Mapping Trees and Spirits to Secure a Future for People and Chimpanzees

Lilian is the Vice President of conservation science at the Jane Goodall Institute (JGI). He brings more than twenty five years of experience in using satellite imagery and GIS to the job of conserving chimpanzees and their vanishing habitats in Africa. Lilian is passionate about unlocking the potential of geospatial technologies to address the “last mile” challenges in conservation where communities and local governments make daily choices and decisions impacting the environment. Lilian works closely with local communities, protected area managers, local governments, and JGI staff in Tanzania, Uganda, DRC, and Congo along with global technology providers and academia to match innovative technologies with local solutions, knowledge and decision making processes and tackle some of the hardest challenges in conservation. Recognized as a pioneer in applying cutting-edge geospatial technologies to conservation needs in Africa, he developed some of the first applications of remote sensing and GIS for chimpanzee behaviour research and conservation, combined high resolution satellite imagery with participatory approaches for community mapping, deployed one of the first village forest monitoring programs in Africa using ODK, co-led Street View project in Gombe National Park and co-invented Forest Watcher mobile app in collaboration with WRI/Global Forest Watch and Google Earth Outreach.

Lilian holds a Ph.D. in conservation biology from the University of Minnesota and a M.S. in zoology from Moscow State University, Russia. He is a former MacArthur Scholar of the MacArthur Interdisciplinary Program on Global Change, Sustainability, and Justice at the University of Minnesota and a former Fulbright Scholar at the Center for Remote Sensing at the University of Delaware. With frequent trips to the field in Sub-Saharan Africa, Lilian lives in Silver Spring, Maryland.

Geo for Good Partner Talks

Tuesday October 2, 5:30-6:00pm Pacific Time - Livestream

Rock Climbers Protecting Bears Ears National Monument, a Google Voyager Story

Erik Murdock is the Access Fund policy director. Access Fund is the national climbing advocacy organization that protects climbing access and conserves the climbing environment. Erik works on local and national issues related to protecting America's public lands that overlap with climbing landscapes. He represents the climbing community on Capitol Hill in Washington DC where he works with federal lawmakers and land agency administrators on issues such as energy development, environmental protection and public access. Erik has a Masters degree in Geology and a PhD in Natural Resource Management. His experience includes work as a geologist, a park ranger, an academic, a GIS analyst, and now as a climbing advocate for Access Fund. Erik lives in Estes Park, CO just outside Rocky Mountain National Park with his wife, daughter and 2 cats.

How Map Skills Saved an Adventure Scientists Expedition From Being Thwarted by Fire

Marcus leads Adventure Scientists’ efforts to develop and expand the organization’s programmatic priorities and serves as general counsel. He has over a decade of legal and policy experience in landscape, wildlife, and resource conservation efforts in the United States and Latin America, with projects that require stakeholder building, project management, strategic risk analysis, and legal advocacy. Prior to joining Adventure Scientists, Marcus spent several years practicing environmental law and also assisted numerous small business and nonprofit clients on compliance and operations.

Marcus graduated from Bowdoin College in Maine, and earned his law degree at University of Washington School of Law, with a certificate in environmental law. After completing a 7,000-mile journey from Tijuana, Mexico to Ushuaia, Argentina by bus, foot, and hitchhiking, Marcus conducted post-graduate work in international environmental policy at Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México in Mexico City.

Born and raised in California’s central coast, Marcus spent hours exploring tide pools in Monterey Bay, crashing through redwood groves, oak thickets, and sagebrush in the mountains surrounding the Salinas Valley, and wondering why the Salinas River always ran dry. He, along with his adventurous wife and twin daughters, now call Bozeman home.

Parched pines: a forest-wide comparison of two multi-year droughts on Santa Cruz Island

A 33-year analysis of forest health on Santa Cruz Island compares the two harshest droughts in recent history, revealing how our forests may respond to novel climatic conditions.

Annie is a GIS Analyst at Peninsula Open Space Trust, a nonprofit working to protect and care for open space, farms, and parkland throughout the San Francisco Peninsula and South Bay. At POST, she works to incorporate relevant ecological analyses into their decision-making and prioritization - where is wildlife movement pinched across our landscape? Which lands are most critical to flood protection in our changing climate? Where are redwoods likely to survive into the future? Previously, Annie has worked with the San Francisco chapter of the Nature Conservancy in leveraging satellite and aerial imagery to address emerging challenges in conservation. Both conservation ecology and environmental justice anchor her work. She is a 5th-generation Bay Arean with a love of trail-running - ask her about local hikes!

Google for Good Panel

Wednesday October 3, 1:30-2:30pm

Juan Chiste

Local Guides

Local Guides for Good - The power of user-generated content

Juan Chiste is a Program Manager, based in London, working for Local Guides, a community program for users who contribute with user-generated content - reviews, photos, etc - to Google Maps ( for more info). His main focus area is mobilising the Local Guides community to do good in the world through the power of their Google Maps contributions. He has been working at Google for over 5 years, previously working at the Buenos Aires office helping small and medium business owners with their digital marketing campaigns. He has a BS in Economics from the Universidad Nacional de La Plata, Argentina.

Google for Nonprofits exists to help empower nonprofits to focus on their mission, and on the people and causes they are committed to helping. We believe that technology can help, which is why we offer eligible nonprofits access to Google products like G Suite, Ad Grants, YouTube, Google Earth and Maps, and donation tools.

Rahim is the product manager for Google for Nonprofits, joining the team in 2017. Prior to joining Google in 2016, Rahim held various roles at PayPal, Yahoo, The United Nations, and T-Mobile International.

Courtney Hampson

Google VR & AR

Immersive learning with AR & VR

Courtney Hampson is a former teacher who works at Google building augmented and virtual reality technology for education and nonprofits. Previously at Google, Courtney leveraged her ability to explain complex things in a simple way by teaching people how to use Google products like Family Link, Gmail, and Search. She loves to stay connected to students by supporting the Google Science Fair, Doodle 4 Google, and Computer Science Summer Institute programs. Always striving to solve unique problems, Courtney has filed 27 patents covering emerging technologies. Courtney is a proud Seattle native who loves Husky football, overcast days, and golden retrievers. You can reach her at

Data for Good

At Google Cloud, Elisse Roche leads data for social and environmental impact initiatives, which involves developing and launching programs that democratize access to data analytics and machine learning, exploring the potential of big data solutions to solve real-world challenges, and establishing partnerships with mission-driven organizations. Most recently, Elisse launched Data Solutions for Change, an accelerator program for nonprofits to employ data analytics and achieve their missions at scale, and Visualize 2030, a data storytelling contest for higher-ed students. Elisse, as a self-described "data poet," leverages her background in digital humanities to investigate the ways in which data and data analysis can express the state of the world today and effect positive change. Elisse is a passionate environmentalist, and enjoys volunteering at local and organic farms, backpacking in national parks, and reading environmental literature.


Twitter: elisseroche@

Geo for Good Partner Talks

Wednesday October 3, 5:30-6:00pm Pacific Time - Livestream

How can the Yakama Nation preserve the cultural and ecological resources of montane meadows in the face of climate change?

Meghan is a landscape ecologist and remote sensing scientist for Conservation Science Partners and the University of Washington. As a former conservation manager in Hawaii, she now works to bring cutting-edge remote sensing tools to conservation organizations through collaborative, multi-disciplinary approaches. She often partners with those in areas where remote sensing has traditionally been lacking and data to analyze critical questions is insufficient (e.g. climate change). She strives to work collaboratively with conservation practitioners and policymakers to ensure that remote sensing products are useful, easily understood and impactful. Meghan received her PhD at the University of Washington where she developed techniques to characterize the response of wetland ecosystems to historic and future climate.

New Technologies and Traditional Peoples

Claudinete Colé is 38 years old and self-identifies as quilombola, a self-declared ethno-racial group. Quilombolas were African slaves who escaped and formed independent settlements in Brazil. Today, the term applies to both their direct descendants and to those who inhabit remaining settlement territories, or quilombos. She is a member of the Boa Vista community, a remnant quilombo settlement in the municipality of Oriximiná, in the state of Pará. Claudinete has two degrees from technical school: one in environmental affairs and one in agriculture and cattle ranching. Currently, she is studying for her bachelor’s degree in information systems. Claudinete has been involved with the Associação das Comunidades Remanescentes de Quilombos do Município de Oriximiná (Association of Remaining Quilombo Communities of the Municipality of Oriximiná, or ARQMO) for seventeen years, participating in workshops and lectures. For the past three years, she has served as ARQMO’s Executive Coordinator, and was the first woman in her position.

New Technologies and Traditional Peoples

Rogério de Oliveira Pereira is 47 years old, Quilombola, a resident of the Trombetas territory, in the quilombola community of Aracuã de Cima (Oriximiná-PA). He works as a community counselor for Acorqat, the quilombola association of the territory in which he resides. And as a director advisor of Arqmo (the "mother" Quilombola's association). He works directly in the discussions of Quilombola's territorial management, as well as in the discussions of productive activities for the communities and their territories. Within the Program, he coordinated the work of mapping with Google Earth in the 37 communities represented by Arqmo association.

Sustainability at Google

Thursday October 4, 1:30-2:00pm - Livestream

Kate Brandt

Google Sustainability Officer

Kate Brandt leads sustainability across Google’s worldwide operations, products and supply chain. In this role, Kate coordinates with Google’s data centers, real estate, supply chain, and product teams to ensure the company is capitalizing on opportunities to strategically advance sustainability and circular economy.

Previously Kate served as the Nation's first Federal Chief Sustainability Officer. In this capacity, she was responsible for promoting sustainability across Federal Government operations including 360,000 buildings, 650,000 vehicles, and $445 billion annually in purchased goods and services.

Prior to the White House, Kate held several senior roles in U.S. Federal Government including Senior Advisor at the Department of Energy, Director for Energy and Environment in the White House Office of Presidential Personnel, and Energy Advisor to the Secretary of the Navy.

Kate is the recipient of the Distinguished Public Service Award, the highest award the U.S. Navy can give to a civilian, for her work helping the Navy go green. Outside Magazine also named her, in honor of the magazine’s 40-year anniversary, as one of 40 women who has made the biggest impact on our world.

Kate serves on the boards of BSR, The Institute at Brown for Environment and Society, The Roosevelt Institute, Planet Forward, Stanford International Affairs Network, NSF Committee for Environmental Research and Education, and the Corporate Eco Forum.

Kate received a Masters degree in International Relations from the University of Cambridge where she was a Gates Cambridge Scholar. She graduated with honors from Brown University.