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Keynote Speakers

Robert Cuffe- BBC Head of Statistics

Robert Cuffe – BBC Head of Statistics

Robert is the Head of Statistics at BBC News. Before that, he worked on trials of drugs for HIV in the pharmaceutical industry at GlaxoSmithKline and as head of statistics at ViiV Healthcare. He is a statistical ambassador for the UK’s Royal Statistical Society and was chairman of the UK pharmaceutical statisticians’ industry body PSI, where he worked with the Science Media Centre to set up a statistical briefing service for the lay science press.

Alexis Hannah Smith

Alexis Hannah Smith – IMGeospatial Founder and CEO

Alexis Hannah Smith is founder and CEO of automated business intelligence company, IMGeospatial, which creates market-leading data intelligence products via machine learning, artificial intelligence, automatic feature extraction and remote-sensed data for multiple industries, globally.  She is passionate about stimulating creativity and innovation to create change for a better world, and in 2019 accepted the Geospatial World Start-up of the Year Award.  Partners and clients include The European Space Agency, The World Bank and numerous utility companies.  Alexis champions diversity and inclusion, and the geospatial sector’s potential to create positive change for individuals, communities and society.
Nick Land

Nick Land - Business Development Manager, Esri

Nick is a senior manager at Esri with over 20 years experience working in the field of survey, mapping, cadastre, land registration, GIS, LIS and SDIs. Before joining Esri, Nick was Executive Director of EuroGeographics – the European Association representing National Mapping, Cadastre and Land Registry Authorities. Prior to this he was a Director at Ordnance Survey – Great Britain’s national mapping agency. In his current role at Esri, Nick’s main focus is on maximising the value of GIS in support of national mapping, cadastre and SDIs, including INSPIRE implementation.
Nick has a university degree in geography and he is an (RICS) qualified land surveyor. He has also completed a doctorate (PhD) in GIS/LIS. Nick can be contacted at

Start date: Thursday, 10 October 2019  |  End date: Friday, 11 October 2019

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