Simon Morris is the regional manager for Asia Pacific for Quantum-Systems, which has its headquarters in Germany and facilities in California and Queensland. Quantum designs and manufactures electric VTOL UAS for both government and civil applications.
Simon manages sales and business development for Quantum-Systems to defence and government customers as well as business to business via the extensive reseller network throughout the Asia Pacific region. The defence system portfolio concentrates mainly on small UAS with Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) capabilities, while the commercial systems focus on geospatial applications such as mapping, mining, surveying and agriculture.
Simon has an extensive background in aviation and geospatial intelligence, with experience both in planning and executing missions all around the world, and in the processing and delivery of data. He began his geospatial work in 2000 with the New Zealand Army where he was introduced to the ESRI portfolio and has been utilising these skills in various roles ever since. Simon spent 7 years in his Geo-Int role directly supporting New Zealand Special Forces, including multiple tours to Afghanistan. There he led small teams charged with the creation and utilisation of geospatial intelligence data within a multinational coalition, sourced from a wide variety of assets.
On the aviation side he joined the Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF) right out of high school to become a pilot, progressing through early jet training and later went on to undertake Commercial Pilot Licensing. In between flying and serving in the Army he completed a Bachelor of Science Degree in Information Systems, with minors in GIS and Spanish.
Since 2011 when Simon concluded his service with the Military he has been engaged in the uncrewed aviation industry first with a number of start-ups, during which time he spent several years working in the United States. More recently he spent 3 years with senseFly, before joining Quantum-Systems 2 and a half years ago.