About this event
The WBG-IMF EUROPEAN STAFF ASSOCIATION
and the EUROPEAN SPACE AGENCY
are delighted to invite you to
MORE SPACE FOR INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT – A EUROPEAN PERSPECTIVE
September 16, 2019; 12.30-2.00 PM;
World Bank HQ, Washington DC, MC LIBRARY (C3-220)
Head of the European Space Agency (ESA) Washington Office
First Secretary, Delegation of the European Union to the USA
Senior Geospatial Strategist, ESA Representative to the World Bank
Social Development Specialist, Fragility, Conflict and Violence, The World Bank
ALVARO FEDERICO BARRA
Geospatial Specialist, The World Bank
Senior Geographer and Geospatial Operations Support Team (GOST) Leader, The World Bank
Context and objectives
Satellite Earth Observation (EO) provides key data relevant to many of the World Bank’s operational units and cross-sectoral solution areas. It therefore helps the Bank and its partners to achieve its core mission and to better serve its clients. Under the European Space Agency’s (ESA) Earth Observation for Sustainable Development (EO4SD) initiative, Bank teams are supported in domains such as assessing consequences of conflict on the agriculture sector, sustainable river basin planning and water resources management, revolutionizing tax map creation and local revenue collection in urban settings, and many more.
Through spotlight talks and a panel Q&A, this session will address 10+ years of collaboration under the well-established ESA-WB partnership as well as current preparations for a joint new program that aims at mainstreaming EO for development. A key role therein plays the emergence of the European Copernicus program which generates massive inflow of operational and openly accessible data which can be leveraged through a thoroughly established EO service sector. Stimulating growth of the local digital economy in developing countries through skills transfer and capacity building, satellite EO is considered a strategic solution in global development to address grand challenges including issues associated with climate change, human and environmental resources management, and migration /displacement.
About the speakers
Micheline Tabache is the Head of the European Space Agency office in Washington since March 2013. She represents the Agency in the United States and Canada, and supports the implementation of the Agency’s cooperation with these two States, and the identification of new areas of potential collaboration. Prior to this posting, Micheline was Administrator in the International Relations Department of the European Space Agency for 12 years, and was responsible for the US, Africa, Mediterranean and Middle East desks.
Jean-Luc Bald is the First Secretary in charge of Space at the European Union Delegation to the United States of America. In his role, he works on cooperation between the European Union and the U.S., in particular for space-based navigation, Earth observation, space surveillance and tracking and space research. In his previous role, from 2008 to 2014, he worked on Galileo, Copernicus, European space policy, and defense and security industries within the European Commission’s Directorate- General for Enterprise and Industry. Previously, he was at the European GNSS (Galileo) Agency in 2007.
Christoph Aubrecht represents the European Space Agency at the World Bank, providing strategic advice and coordinating collaborative activities. He also serves on the GPSDD Technical Advisory Group and acts as ESA sustainable development partnership advisor to the Radiant Earth Foundation. Prior to joining ESA, he was leading the spatial analytics efforts under the WB CDRP disaster resilience initiative. For 10 years he worked at the AIT Austrian Institute of Technology, in the end serving as senior advisor on geospatial strategy development. Further previous affiliations include GFDRR, NOAA, Columbia U. CIESIN & NASA-SEDAC, U. Southern California, and EADS-Astrium.
Bernhard Metz is a Social Development Specialist at the WBG’s Fragility, Conflict and Violence (FCV) Group. His work focuses on the use of ICT and geospatial analytics to enhance effective delivery of development in fragile and conflict-affected settings. In this regard, he leads the ‘Geo-Enabling initiative for Monitoring and Supervision (GEMS)’, which builds capacity in the use of field-ready technology for data collection and analysis among government agencies, World Bank staff, and partners. Before joining the World Bank in 2012 and completing an MPA degree at Harvard Kennedy School, Bernhard worked as special assistant to the CEO and lead of a data analysis unit at Allianz Global Investors.
Alvaro Federico Barra is a Land Administration/Geospatial Specialist at the World Bank in Washington DC. He joined the Bank in 2008 and is currently working on Land Administration/NSDI projects in Sierra Leone, Mozambique, Lebanon and Bosnia, leading a study about Improving Resilience and Resilience Impact of National Land and Geospatial Systems, co-chairing the World Bank Geospatial Community of Practice and contributing in several geospatial/economics knowledge and analytical products, where he applies innovative techniques in several sectors, including land administration, infrastructure, urban, rural, resilience and social development, environment and agriculture.
Keith Garrett is Senior Geographer at the World Bank and leads its Geospatial Operations Support Team (GOST). In 2016, he spearheaded the creation of GOST to bring timely, cost effective geospatial insight to the World Bank’s large portfolio of lending decisions. He joined the WB in 2013 to work on trade and private sector investment in Africa. His nearly 20 year career spans the three Ds of foreign policy; Defense, Diplomacy and Development. He has applied spatial thinking, data and technology to each of those roles in Africa, Middle East, South East Asia and Europe.Register