Meet the team

Aimee Barciauskas is a data engineer. She leads the Earth Data Infrastructure team at Development Seed which works with organizations such as NASA and ESA to make vast collections of Earth Observation data cloud-friendly to end-users such as researchers and decision makers. Previously Aimee worked as an engineer at Nava PBC developing Healthcare.gov and Medicare's Quality Payments Program (QPP). Aimee cares deeply about using data, data science and machine learning to drive positive social change. She’s a chapter leader of DataKind DC, where she volunteers on projects ranging from a program referral portal for DC’s Child and Family Services Agency to analytics tools for open-air quality.

John Pring has been Senior Project Manager within the Environmental Geoscience Division of Geoscience Australia for some 10 years and has run a number of projects associated with the management of the agencies data and physical collections over that time.

John is a keen proponent of the appropriate use of citizen science and actively works to raise the profile of citizen science within Geoscience Australia and wider both as a practitioner and a participant.

John holds a Masters of Management Studies (Project Management/Technology and Equipment) from the University of New South Wales and an Electrical Engineering Degree from the University of Southern Queensland.

Diana Mastracci is a researcher at the University of Oxford passionate about finding creative ways to maximize the impact of current technologies to empower social change initiatives among indigenous communities. She has co-designed, together with the Arctic youth, Elders and scientists’ various innovative hackathons and citizen science projects at the interface of traditional and scientific knowledge. She has conducted fieldwork amongst the Iñupiat community in the Alaskan Arctic as well as with the Nenets reindeer herders in the Russian Arctic.

She has worked at the European Space Agency, NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, the University of Oxford, Citizen Cyberlab, was a visiting scholar at the Cartographic Research Centre at Carleton University and a visiting student at St. Petersburg State University. Diana holds an MA with joint Honours in Social Anthropology and Russian from the University of St Andrews, an MSc in Biodiversity, Conservation and Management from the University of Oxford and a Diploma in Documentary Filmmaking from the EICTV in Cuba.

Paola De Salvo, Italian National, after receiving her Master’s degree in Environmental Biology cum laude, from the University of Roma Tre, Rome Italy, she started her Geospatial career within the International Institute of Aerospace Survey and Earth Science (ITC) in the Netherlands.

She later brought her GIS and Remote Sensing competencies to the United Nations Specialized Agencies of Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and World Food Programme (WFP) to ensure Earth Observations are used for decision making in developing countries.

She has been instrumental in establishing and training local staff in Web-based Spatial Data Infrastructures in order to increase timely data discoverability and accessibility.

After 12 years of applying her skills within the UN System, she transitioned to the private sector where she worked for Esri Inc, as a solution engineer in support of United Nations and NGO GIS / Remote Sensing related projects.

Believing in the power of Open Earth Observations Data and Information she joined the Group on Earth Observations (GEO) Secretariat as an Information Technology Officer coordinating GEOSS Platform (GEOSS Common Infrastructure) Operations. She works closely with National Research Council (CNR) and particularly with CNR - IIA, and European Space Agency (ESA) to ensure discovery and access of GEO Resources.

Gordon Ikayuak Brower, a lifelong Arctic resident, is an Inupiaq Subsistence Whaling Captain. He has been working in the Planning Department of the North Slope Borough for 24 years where he is currently the Director of Planning. Gordon is also Chairman of the NS Port Authority, Chairman of Region 10, a local fisherman, a mitigation advisory Committee Chairman and has been a member for over 20 years of the Federal Subsistence Advisory Council. Additionally, he has also served as the permitting and zoning manager from 1999-2004. He has six children and lives in Utqiaġvik, Alaska with his partner Sharon Miller.