InterDrone 2016 Keynotes
GRAND OPENING KEYNOTE - Wednesday, Sept 7, 10:00am - 10:45am

Michael HuertaMichael P. Huerta is the Administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration. He was sworn-in to office on January 7, 2013 for a five-year term. Michael is responsible for the safety and efficiency of the largest aerospace system in the world. He oversees a $15.9 billion dollar budget, over 47,000 employees, and is focused on ensuring the agency and its employees are the best prepared and trained professionals to meet the growing demands and requirements of the industry. Michael also oversees the FAA's multi-billion dollar NextGen air traffic control modernization program as the United States shifts from ground-based radar to state-of-the-art satellite technology.

Michael was confirmed by the U.S. Senate as the FAA's Deputy Administrator on June 23, 2010. On January 1, 2013, the United States Senate unanimously confirmed President Obama's nomination of Micheal for a five-year term as FAA Administrator. Michael is an experienced transportation official who has held key positions across the country. His reputation for managing complex transportation challenges led him to the international stage when he was tapped as a Managing Director of the 2002 Olympic Winter Games. The Olympics drew 2,400 athletes from 78 countries to Salt Lake City. Michael was critical in the planning and construction of a variety of Olympic transportation facilities, as well as the development of a highly successful travel demand management system that insured the transportation system operated safely and efficiently. Before joining the FAA, Michael held senior positions at Affiliated Computer Services from 2002-2009 rising to the position of President of the Transportation Solutions Group; ACS is now a Xerox company specializing in business processes and information technology.

Michael was commissioner of New York City's Department of Ports, International Trade and Commerce from 1986-89. He then served as the Executive Director of the Port of San Francisco from 1989-1993. From 1993-98, he held senior positions in the U.S. Transportation Department in Washington, D.C., serving under Secretary Federico Pena and Secretary Rodney E. Slater. He holds a bachelor's degree in political science from the University of California-Riverside and a master's in public affairs, with a concentration in international relations from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University.

KEYNOTE - Wednesday, Sept 7, 2:00PM - 2:20PM

Paul_Misener-KN.jpgPaul Misener is’s Vice President for Global Innovation Policy and Communications. An Amazon veteran with more than 16 years at the company, he was previously VP for Global Public Policy.

Both an engineer (B.S., Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Princeton University, 1985) and lawyer (J.D., George Mason University, 1993; Distinguished Alumni Award, 2001), Paul oversees the development of Amazon’s public policy positions worldwide, serves as the company’s most senior policy spokesperson, and helps explain the technology behind its pioneering, customer-focused innovations.

Formerly a partner in the law firm of Wiley, Rein & Fielding, Paul also served as Senior Legal Advisor to a Commissioner of the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC). Prior to this government service, he was Intel Corporation’s Manager of Telecommunications and Computer Technology Policy, and leader of the computer industry’s Internet Access Coalition.

In the late 1980s, Paul was a public policy specialist for the U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration, where he was a U.S. delegate to conferences of the International Telecommunication Union. Prior to that, he designed radio communications systems. In 2013, he chaired the technical subcommittee of the Federal Aviation Administration’s advisory committee that recommended allowing airplane passengers to use portable electronics during takeoff and landing.


Anil V. Nanduri Anil V. Nanduri is Vice President in the New Technology Group and General Manager of the UAV segment at Intel Corporation. He is responsible for establishing Intel’s unmanned aviation systems business and pursuing opportunities for growth in this segment. This group provides ingredients and end-to-end systems for the drone ecosystem. Additionally, this group has been developing innovative new usages such as the Drone 100 aerial light show.

During his Intel career, Anil has held roles encompassing chip design, platform enabling, and technical and product marketing. Before stepping into his current position in 2012, he served as chief of staff and technical assistant to the general manager of Intel’s PC Client Group. From 2008 to 2010, Anil led netbook marketing at Intel, a role that included establishing the category and promoting its growth through marketing strategies and design wins. Earlier in his Intel career, he managed platform strategy and marketing for Intel’s next-generation mobile platform.

Anil initially joined Intel in 1997 as a chipset design engineer. In 2007, he left to serve as director of marketing at Powercast Corporation, then rejoined Intel in 2008. His contributions to Intel’s mobile platforms have earned him three Intel Achievement Awards.

Anil received his bachelor’s degree in electrical and electronics engineering from the College of Engineering, Trivandrum, in India; and his master’s degree in electrical engineering from Pennsylvania State University. He holds one U.S patent, with another patent pending.


Gregory McNeal Gregory McNeal, co-founder of AirMap, is an expert in unmanned aircraft and topics related to security and technology. He is also a professor at Pepperdine University, and a frequent keynote speaker about technology, law and policy. He served on the FAA’s Micro UAS Aviation Rulemaking Committee and UAS Registration Task Force. Gregory has testified before Congress on multiple occasions as a witness for Democrats and Republicans; his testimony has focused on matters related to unmanned aircraft, privacy, surveillance and other topics. He has also testified before state legislatures about the legal and policy issues associated with UAS and has aided state legislators, cities, municipalities, and executive branch officials in drafting legislation and ordinances related to UAS. He is the Chair of the Consumer Technology Association’s Unmanned Aerial Systems industry standards working group, serves as a voting member of the ASTM technical committee creating scientific standards to govern unmanned aircraft and their operation and is a member of the Association of Unmanned Vehicle Systems International technical advisory and advocacy committees. Gregory is a member of the Secret Service Electronic Crimes Task Force and previously served as an officer in the U.S. Army.

Grand KEYNOTE - THURSDAY, SEPT 8, 10:00AM - 10:30AM

InterDrone Keynote Speaker Chris AndersonChris Anderson is the CEO of 3D Robotics and founder of DIY Drones. From 2001 through 2012 he was the Editor in Chief of Wired Magazine. Before Wired, he was with The Economist for seven years in London, Hong Kong and New York. Chris is the author of the New York Times bestselling books "The Long Tail" and "Free" as well as the new "Makers: The New Industrial Revolution." Chris also founded GeekDad, BookTour and a few other companies now lost in the mists of time. His background is in science, starting with studying physics and doing research at Los Alamos and culminating in six years at the two leading scientific journals, Nature and Science. He now lives in Berkeley, California with his wife and five children.


Drones for Good

In 2016, DJI announced an official partnership that will seek ways to integrate the use of drones into first-response missions. During the year, DJI has gained a deeper understanding of how aerial technology best adds value to emergency-service providers in different scenarios, environments and conditions. The joint DJI-EENA (European Emergency Number Association) program has provided carefully selected teams of pilots in Europe with the latest aerial-technology equipment, including DJI’s ready-to-fly Phantom and Inspire drones, its M100 platform and best-in-class Zenmuse XT thermal-imaging system. In this keynote, Romeo Durscher, Director of Education at DJI, will be sharing first findings on what the needs of first responders are, what solutions have been suggested, and how the SDK is an important component in this equation. 

Romeo DurscherRomeo Durscher is the Director of Education at DJI, a manufacturer of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). Romeo has established himself as one of the top aerial panorama photographers in the world, traveling to various locations and capturing some of the most stunning and inspiring views from above. Romeo founded as a place created to share tips, tricks and reviews of various UAVs and gadgets used for aerial videography and photography. Romeo’s work has been published in various magazines, newspapers and galleries across the globe. His latest adventure was flying DJI drones and broadcasting live on ABC Good Morning America from inside the world largest cave in Vietnam.


Mike WinnMike Winn is the CEO and co-founder of DroneDeploy, the leading cloud-based software platform for commercial drones. DroneDeploy enables professional­ grade imagery and analysis, 3D modeling and more from any drone on any device. DroneDeploy users have mapped over 5 million acres across more than 120 countries.

Prior to starting DroneDeploy in 2013, he worked at Google as a technical lead for big data and tools, and as a sales account manager. Not new to launching companies, Mike co-founded Zoom2Work in 2009. The company connects those looking to carpool, using a database of people, addresses and traveling preferences. Previously he worked in the finance industry at one of South Africa’s largest financial services institutions.

Mike is a graduate of Rhodes University in South Africa (2008), where he studied Business Science, Economics and Information Systems.

He is a native of South Africa and has a passion for flying robots and aerial imagery, which he ignited prior to the drone age by mounting cameras on remote control helicopters.


Hugh PalmerHugh Palmer is Director of Product Management at Local Motors, a technology company that designs, builds and sells vehicles using the power of open innovation. Hugh leads the charge in developing a growing portfolio of vehicles that are market driven, technology-enabled, continuously upgradable, and designed by a co-creation community of 60,000 strong.

Using Local Motors' proprietary system for open source development and commercialization, Hugh and his team are rethinking the future of transportation and developing products that enable the rapid advancements of emerging technologies in electrification, cognition, automation and shared mobility.

Local Motors recently partnered with Airbus Group in putting out a challenge to the co-creation community for a cargo delivery drone that could be deployed for humanitarian aid purposes, amongst other uses. Today, that drone is being built in Las Vegas.

Hugh has a strong track record of successfully bringing innovative products to market and recently won R&D Magazine's 100 BEST Products of the Year Award.

Grand KEYNOTE - FRIDAY, SEPT 9, 10:00AM - 10:30AM

Tian YuTian Yu, CEO of Yuneec, has a passion for flying and as a youth he dreamed of creating electric aircraft. This inspired Tian to develop Yuneec into a global leader in Electric Aviation.

He founded Yuneec and is an industry pioneer in the development of Electric Remote Controlled Aircraft. He designed some the industry’s most iconic and successful RC products. In the process he created IP and Yuneec holds a patent portfolio that spans the electric aviation value chain.

Tian leveraged his deep understanding of electric propulsion, airframe design and power management to build some of the world’s first manned electric aircraft. In the process he created a fully integrated world class manufacturing facility including R&D, Workshops and Assembly Lines.


Maria StefanopoulosMaria Stefanopoulos is an Emmy Award Winning Production Manager for ABC News, Good Morning America. She feels very passionately about using drones to enhance storytelling for journalists and believes they're a great tool which allows viewers to experience the scope and scale of an event like never before. She loves when drones are used as stedicams, jibs and helicopters and believes they provide the most compelling vantage that captivates viewers.

Maria was responsible for the production of GMA's LIVE drone coverage over the erupting Bardarbunga Volcano in central Iceland, where viewers were able to see the volcano from just 380 feet above. She also pitched, managed the production and live drone produced GMA's "Hidden Worlds, Son Doong" show, from uncharted terrain in a place where there's no map of a route, inside the world's largest cave system hidden deep in the jungle of Central Vietnam, 8,000 miles away from ABC's studio. This show won the News and Documentary category at the 2016 NYC Drone Film Festival. Two of her most recent LIVE productions included using the very latest in drone technology to watch a daring team of elite ice climbers venture down into a vertical ice drop located in the Breidamerkurjokull glacier in Southeast Iceland, where researchers and scientists study formations to understand how the ice melts and sweeps into the ocean.

This past February, she managed another epic GMA expedition, this time LIVE on safari from Ngorongoro Crater in Tanzania, where 2 drones and 3 other cameras were launched on a mission to find animals near extinction. During this amazing journey, the drones came face to face with lions, elephants, rhinos and hippos, all in their natural habitat. The best part is that before drone technology, showing the world these marvels in such a way wouldn't have been possible. Maria has experienced a feat that's unprecedented in television history.


Robert_Blair-1-1.jpgRobert Blair is the VP of Agriculture for Measure, Drone as a Service, and a fourth-generation farmer from north central Idaho managing 1,300 dryland acres of wheat, barley, peas, lentils, chickpeas, alfalfa, and cows. The farm is situated on the edge of the rolling hills of the Palouse and not far from his Alma Mater, the University of Idaho, where he received his B.S. in Agriculture Business.

His journey with precision agriculture started in 2003 using a PDA for simple mapping. That evolved into all different types of equipment, including Unmanned Air Systems (UAS) in 2006. Robert is the first farmer to own and use a UAS. His vision and advocacy of these technologies helped him become the Precision Agriculture Institute’s 2009 International Farmer of the Year. Robert has been on the leading edge of the precision agriculture utilization in the PNW and U.S.

Since that time, Robert received an Eisenhower Fellowship in 2011, taking him to South America for six weeks studying these technologies. During the fall of 2012, he spent three weeks in Germany on a McCloy Fellowship for agriculture. In Idaho he was recognized as one of the most influential U of I College of Agriculture and Life Science (CALS) alumni, receiving the 2013 Governor’s Award for Agriculture Technology and Innovation, and being honored as a 2015 U of I CALS Distinguished Alumni.

Robert’s vision and leadership ability has been recognized by the positions he has held, including president of the Idaho Grain Producers Association, chairman of the National Association of Wheat Growers (NAWG) Research & Tech Committee, chairman of the U.S. Wheat/NAWG Joint Biotech Committee, Idaho Farm Bureau Federation county president, an initial member of Idaho’s UAS steering committee, and an initial advisory board member of the Drone World Expo.


Jeff_Antonelli_Keynote.jpgJeffrey Antonelli launched one of the first Drone/UAS Practice Groups in the country in 2014 after discovering drone technology in his RC aircraft hobby. The practice has grown to more than 100 clients nationwide, including billion dollar engineering, construction, and telecom concerns as well as GIS professionals, cinematographers, real estate companies, a news organization, and a forensic specialist. The firm provides Part 107 waiver and FAA enforcement defense services, and advises clients on privacy, intellectual property, business agreements, and civil litigation. Jeffrey is a member of the federal trial bar of the Northern District of Illinois and is admitted to numerous federal courts around the country. In 2015, Antonelli Law was selected by DJI for its Professional User Referral Program. Antonelli Law's expertise is made possible in part by its Washington DC Special Counsel attorney Mark Del Bianco who focuses on regulatory and telecommunications law; aviation consultant Douglas Marshall; co-counsel Kate Fletcher, attorney and pilot for the world’s largest airline; and attorney associates Amelia Niemi and Melissa Brabender. When he has spare time, Jeffrey enjoys flying his DJI Inspire and traditional RC airplanes.