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 âÂÂInformation 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.