Mr. Ed Parsons

Ed Parsons is Google’s Geographer.

Ed Parsons is the Geospatial Technologist of Google, with responsibility for evangelising Google’s mission to organise the world’s information using geography. In this role he maintains links with Governments, Universities, Research and Standards Organisations which are involved in the development of Geospatial Technology.

 He is a member of the the Board of Directors of the Open Geospatial Consortium and was co-chair of the W3C/OGC Spatial Data on the Web Working Group.

 He is a Visiting Professor at University College London and has been an industry advisor to a number of international universities.

 Ed is based in Google’s London office, and anywhere else he can plug in his laptop.

Ed was the first Chief Technology Officer in the 200-year-old history of Ordnance Survey, and was instrumental in moving the focus of the organisation from mapping to Geographical Information. He came to the Ordnance Survey from Autodesk, where he was EMEA Applications Manager for the Geographical Information Systems (GIS) Division.

He earned a Masters degree in Applied Remote Sensing from Cranfield Institute of Technology, holds a Honorary Doctorate in Science from Kingston University, London.  and is a fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, an Associate Fellow of the Royal Institute of Navigation and a professional member of the British Computer Society.


0915         Why Space Sustainability Is Crucial for Life on Earth 

 Space capabilities are increasingly integrated into societies and the global economy and are finding applications far beyond the traditional missions. From managing natural resources to fighting poverty and monitoring elections, space is becoming a critical tool to address global challenges. How can we continue to break down silos between the space and non-space worlds? What steps can the space world take to make data and capabilities more accessible to those who can have the most impact? | Moderator: Krystal Wilson, SWF Director of Space Applications Programs  

  • Carlos Alvarado, Central American Association for Aeronautics and Space  

  • Chris Aubrecht, European Space Agency & World Bank  

  • Ed Parsons, Google  

  • Danielle Wood, Massachusetts Institute of Technology