October 28-30, 2019 | The Westgate | Las Vegas


Keynote Moderators

Lisa Ellman

Co-Executive Director of Commercial Drone Alliance & Partner at Hogan Lovells US LLP

I am a Partner at Hogan Lovells and Chair of the firm’s global Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Practice Group, a “one-stop shop” for all legal and policy issues related to commercial drones in the United States and around the world. I also serve as Co-Executive Director of the newly launched Commercial Drone Alliance — with a focus on moving the commercial drone industry forward. Read more.

Gretchen West

Co-Executive Director of Commercial Drone Alliance & Senior Advisor at Hogan Lovells US LLP

Gretchen West serves as Senior Advisor at Hogan Lovells and is a member of the firm’s Global Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Group in Silicon Valley. Gretchen is also a leading policy advocate in the firm’s Government Regulatory practice group, with a focus on drone technology, automated driving, and other innovative technologies.  Read more.

Keynotes include

Earl Lawrence

Executive Director, Unmanned Aircraft Systems Integration Office, FAA

As the Executive Director of the FAA’s Unmanned Aircraft Systems Integration Office (or AUS), Earl Lawrence is responsible for facilitating all regulations, policies, and procedures required to support the FAA’s safe integration of unmanned aircraft systems (also known as UAS, or drones) into the National Airspace System (NAS). He played a fundamental role in the establishment of his organization – an organization that did not exist in FAA until a few years ago. Read more here.

Michael Kratsios

Deputy Assistant to the President and Deputy U.S. Chief Technology Officer, The White House

Michael Kratsios is a Deputy Assistant to the President and the Deputy U.S. Chief Technology Officer at the White House. Michael advises the President on a broad range of technology policy issues and drives U.S. technology priorities and strategic initiatives.Under his leadership, the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy encourages the development of emerging technologies in the United States… Read more here.

Commercial End-User Panel Discussion

Gretchen West will engage commercial end users in conversation about pros and cons pertaining to recent progress in UAS; how these technologies connect to greater initiatives such as digital twin and remote operations and automation/removing human-in-the-loop; progress toward practical field needs; considerations for leading edge Vs. bleeding edge technology investments; leveraging data effectively for predictive analytics and risk management; what they’d like to see from vendors; best methods for private enterprise to influence change for broader use of UAS; looking in the crystal ball.

Dave Truch

Technology Director, Digital Innovation Organization – BP

Greg Agvent

Senior Director, Aerial Imagery & Reporting – CNN

Assel Ayapova

Global Drone Program Manager – AES Corporation

Harry Nuttal

System Air Director and Unmanned Aerial Systems – Southern Company

The Commercial UAV Event for:



Energy & Utilities

Forestry & Agriculture

Infrastructure & Transportation


Mining & Aggregates

Public Safety & Emergency Services


Surveying & Mapping



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