Ana Sebastian

Business Development Manager for EO Applications -, GMV

Earth Observation Business Development Manager with an international profile and in-depth understanding of Earth Observation (EO) applications landscape. Background in Natural Resources Management, Forest engineering and remote sensing. MBA. Involved in different aspects of and generation of satellite-based downstream business, from business analytics -user requirements gathering, EO product/service idea formulation- to stakeholders’ engagement, market strategy and networking. Strong bid/proposal writing skills, experience with EC (FP7, H2020) and ESA’s funding programs. Currently, in charge of developing business opportunities for EO applications with multilateral financial institutions. I have more than 20 years of professional experience, working within the public and the private sector, as well as Academia. My technical background in forest engineering and my previous experience as a project manager allow me staying close to the operations teams, which I often support. I have made significant contributions to the design of GMV’s Forestry portfolio and written winning projects (EC-FP7, EC-H2020, ESA, Word Bank) that have consolidated the position of the company in this sector. Other fields in which I work include natural disasters, human migration and climate change. I have lived and worked in different countries (Spain, Italy, the UK, Ethiopia and the US), and I’m always motivated by making a positive impact with my work.

Ana is speaking at

Application Track 3 - Data Driven AI solutions
November 4, 2020
4:00 pm - 5:30 pm


  • Anca Costea (Parallel session chair) Manager, Policies, Strategies and International Cooperation, Terrasigna
  • Codrina Ilie (Parallel session chair) GIS/RS Specialist, Terrasigna
  • Florin Serban (Parallel session chair) Managing Director, Terrasigna
  • Francesco Barbato (Speaker) Policy Officer, European Commission
  • Manolis Koubarakis (Speaker) ExtremeEarth
  • Sergio Albani (Speaker) Head of RTDI Unit, European Union Satellite Centre
  • Emmanuel Pajot (Speaker) Secretary General, EARSC
  • María Ballester (Speaker) Senior Project Manager, GMV Aerospace and Defence
  • Ana Sebastian (Speaker) Business Development Manager for EO Applications -, GMV
  • Alessandro Donati (Speaker) Artificial Intelligence & Operations Innovation Manager, ESA


Scrutinizing the European progress, ongoing and planned initiatives, it  is safe to say that Europe has all the necessary building blocks prepared to assume leadership in the development of a robust AI ecosystem, with a high emphasis on the wealth of knowledge that can be extracted from Earth Observation.
The main objective of this session is to highlight the progress made with all the different components, from infrastructure developments, to faster, more complex algorithms and innovative use cases of Earth Observation usage across Europe. 

From the beginning the stated scope of the Earth Observation working group within BDVA was to build bridges between the ICT community and the Earth Observation one, as we identified it as being crucial in order for the wider community to fully benefit from the wealth of EO data.  Through our EBDVF 2020 session, we share the progress made, the public and private initiatives, the opportunities identified, as well as what are the challenges that lie ahead.

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