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Christopher K. Tucker

Dr. Christopher K. Tucker has played a prominent role in the rise of Geospatial Intelligence (GEOINT) as President/CEO of a geospatial high-tech firm that he managed from its start-up through its acquisition by ERDAS (www.erdas.com).  Tucker sits on the Board of the Open Geospatial Consortium (www.opengeospatial.org), the Department of Interior’s National Geospatial Advisory Committee (NGAC), the US Geospatial Intelligence Foundation (www.usgif.org), and several other corporate and not-for profit Boards that function at the intersection of geospatial, sensor, cyber-security, open source, and social media technologies, including OpenGeo (www.opengeo.org), the MapStor Foundation (www.mapstor.org).  Tucker served on the National Research Council’s Committee on NGA’s GEOINT Research Priorities, helping to define the R&D investment strategy that NGA must undertake in order to transform to its future concept of operations.  Dr. Tucker is the Open Geospatial Consortium’s delegate to the GEO STC.
 
Tucker was the founding Chief Strategic Officer of In-Q-Tel, the CIA’s venture capital fund, focusing his efforts on developing In-Q-Tel's overall strategy for tackling the Agency’s priority IT problems. As such, Tucker was responsible for managing the technical portfolio, issues of organizational design, and relations with the intelligence community, industry and media.
 
Prior to this, Tucker was Special Advisor to the Executive Vice Provost of Columbia University, Tucker was responsible for a range of issues having to do with R&D portfolio management, federal science and technology policy, and the organization of interdisciplinary research.  While at Columbia, Tucker co-founded the Center for Science, Policy and Outcomes, and taught several courses at the Columbia School of International and Public Affairs.
 
Tucker has a BA, MA and PhD in Political Science from Columbia.