Barbara J. Ryan

Under Ms. Ryan’s leadership, millions of satellite images have been made publicly available, allowing policy makers to make better-informed decisions on a range of environmental issues. Barbara has held Senior positions with the USGS, WMO, GEO, and is now the Executive Director of the World Geospatial Industry Council (WGIC ) – a not-for-profit trade association of private companies working in the geospatial and Earth observation sectors.

She serves on several Boards, including the Jane Goodall Institute, Data4Development Insights (D4DInsights), the U.K.-based Ecological Sequstration Trust, the International Center for Remote Sensing and Environment (ISRSE), and chairs the SocioEconomic Data and Applications Center (SEDAC) Working Group and the START Board of Directors for training, education and research for sustainability challenges.

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