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The Judges for the 2018 prize

The judging panel for 2018 is being assembled. Confirmed so far are:

Dr Andrew Speedy

Chair of Judges and consultant to FAO in Rome

Dr Speedy graduated with an MA and PhD from the University of Cambridge, and spent nine years (1972-1981) in agricultural research, teaching and extension in Scotland. He was Lecturer in Agricultural Science at the University of Oxford and Tutor in biological sciences at Christ Church from 1981 to 1998. In 2001, he was elected an Emeritus Student (Fellow) of Christ Church, Oxford.

He has worked in Africa, Asia, Europe and Latin America. From 1998-2006, he was Senior Officer in the Animal Production and Health Division at FAO Headquarters in Rome.  He was FAO Representative in Vietnam from 2006-2010.

Hans Dufourmont

Hans Dufourmont is coordinating the Copernicus Land Monitoring services at the European Environment Agency.  With a master in Geography, he initially worked for the national R&D programme for satellite remote sensing.

He became responsible for GI-policy development at GIS-Flanders in 1997, which yielded in 2000 one of the early legislative frameworks for a Regional Spatial Data Infrastructure in Europe. In 2003, he joined the Eurostat GISCO team in order to help preparing the INSPIRE directive. In 2008 he started working at the GMES Bureau in DG Enterprise and Industry of the EC, preparing the implementation of the land monitoring services.

Reinhard Blasi

Reinhard Blasi is a market development officer at the European GNSS Agency (GSA) in charge of the EGNOS and Galileo market entry in the professional high-precision GNSS markets. He also oversees the Galileo Commercial Service definition from a market and user point of view.

Before his engagement with the GSA he has been working as a strategy consultant for various innovation projects.

Reinhard holds a degree in business administration and a master degree in international business studies conducted in the Universities of Paderborn (Germany), Lille (France), and Bologna (Italy).

Marcel Foelsch

Marcel Foelsch is the Head of Precision Farming Services at CLAAS E-Systems, the integrated partner for electronic systems in the CLAAS Group.

He graduated from the University of Halle-Wittenberg with a diploma in agricultural engineering (focus: plant production). At CLAAS Marcel has been responsible for building up the Precision Farming department, which deals with the analysis of satellite data.