25-29 May 2015 lisbon congress center, portugal
Bio & Abstract

Chetan Pradhan
Earth Observation Account Manager

Chetan Pradhan is Earth Observation Account Manager at CGI, the global IT and business process services provider. He is responsible for the management of client relationships and development of new business for CGI in the field of Earth Observation and Meteorological systems and their applications. He also oversees CGI’s portfolio of Earth Observation activities with customers ranging from national and international space agencies to public and commercial sector organisations. Chetan has 20 years of IT sector experience and has worked in the Earth Observation domain for over 10 years. He is vice-chairman of the European Association of Remote Sensing Companies (EARSC) and past chairman of the British Association of Remote Sensing Companies (BARSC).


Founded in 1976, CGI is a global IT and business process services provider with over 70,000 professionals in 40 countries, delivering high-quality business consulting, systems integration and outsourcing services that help its clients achieve top and bottom line results. For over 40 years, CGI has worked in the Space industry delivering complex, mission-critical space systems. In Earth Observation, CGI covers the complete chain from the upstream on board the satellites, to the ground segment which receives and processes the data, to the downstream which turns the data into valuable, usable information. CGI has one of the largest industrial groups in Europe specialising in signal/image processing and geospatial data systems and brings decades of space knowledge and expertise together with deep knowledge of the downstream sectors like insurance, oil and gas, banking, government and defence, to help them extract value from space data. In his presentation, Chetan Pradhan will describe examples of CGI projects that have exploited EO data for different sectors such as agriculture, insurance, oceanography, transport and energy. He will go on to describe some of the innovative solutions that CGI is looking to develop, and how they might contribute to or benefit from GEOSS, and how closer links with GEOSS could help CGI to deliver benefits to citizens and organisations throughout the world.