sciGaia's Team

Our team is dedicated to helping improve the productivity of decision makers and knowledge workers who create solutions for pressing problems around the world and help create good health and sustainable wellbeing.

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Gary Gannon

Founder, Executive Manager

Gary Gannon has been an entrepreneur for over 45 years, having formed and run many successful companies in multiple fields, including AI, software, database, and web development, financial services, and decision support. Mr. Gannon played a key role in developing the international data language and related global consortium called eXtensible Business Reporting Language (XBRL), an XML digital language for describing business information, which has become a Global Standard, adopted by over 30 countries. He co-founded a world leading XBRL-based software and data exchange company that operated globally. His company built the International Accounting Standards taxonomy used by most countries in the world.
Mr. Gannon is active in Montana community development and startup ecosystems. He is the inaugural Entrepreneur in Residence at Montana State University, Bozeman.

Mr. Gannon is currently focused on sciGaia’s state, national, and international initiatives designed to improve policy making that leverages Wealth Metrics, a methodology that goes beyond fiscal accounting by including the explicit value of social, environmental, and human factors. He is driven by purpose and is working with his team on powerful and intuitive decision-making platforms designed to improve human health, community prosperity, environmental resiliency, and sustainable water supply.

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Rob Lindner

Executive Manager

Studying Wildlife Biology at the University of Montana and Conservation Science at Imperial College London, Mr. Lindner has worked on wildlife and conservation issues around the world, in the field, lab and office, for government agencies, universities, and a variety of NGOs. As his work transitioned from wildlife-specific studies to landscape-scale conservation, he became more interested in human development and associated effects. Recognizing the importance of human well-being for conservation outcomes, he cofounded the Sentinel Outdoor Institute to build capacity and guide sustainable industries for regions blessed with natural resources, as well as improve healthcare in remote areas.

Mr. Lindner divides his time between four diverse organizations covering a wide spectrum of subjects including ranching and ranchland conservation, real estate remediation and development, conservation and community development, and facilitating collaboration and science dissemination. He has increasingly become interested in measuring and improving efficiency, effectiveness and impact, whether of a development investment, conservation intervention or public policy, and sciGaia is the vehicle for doing so.

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Erik Thomsen

Consulting Chief Technology Officer

Mr. Thomsen provides technical and strategic advice related to data structures and platforms for sciGaia. Mr. Thomsen has over 25 years’ experience creating state-of-the-art analytical software technologies and the business applications they support in addition to high level consulting to technology consumers, vendors, and industry organizations. He is the author or co-author of several textbooks including OLAP Solutions: Building Multidimensional Information Systems, 2nd edition, which is used in both graduate computer science and MBA programs. He has been sought after by government agencies since the mid 90′s on complex modeling issues such as fusing together economic, environmental, and demographic information.

Erik was co-founder and Chief Scientists at DSSLab, a consulting and software development company focused on business intelligence ‘BI’, and decision support systems. Erik was distinguished scientist at Hyperion Solution, and earlier was chief scientist at Dimensional Systems, a consulting organization that specialized in decision support/BI model design, implementation, and custom programming. His clients included some of the world’s premier organizations such as Intel, AC Nielsen, Oracle, Microsoft, and Lucent. Erik was also an aggregation specialist at the World Bank. There he implemented a variety of socio-environmental-economic models. Mr. Thomsen is currently Principal Scientist at Charles River Analytics in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

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John O'Connor

Senior Economic and Wealth Metrics Advisor

Mr. O'Connor has 50 years’ experience designing decision-support systems for international organizations, governments, and corporations. Currently he leads the design of sciGaia’s Wealth Accounting and Metrics initiatives associated with WealthView™, WealthView for Health™, and the Wealth of Montana project.

Previously Mr. O'Connor was team lead advising on wealth assessment for Abu Dhabi’s Environment Agency: The Emirate sustainability framework (2007-9); Assessed the United Nation’s Food and Agriculture Organization’s institution’s forecasting methodology and integration of projections with historical data systems (2006). While serving at the World Bank, he created/managed the environmental monitoring system as Senior Advisor in Environment Department (1992-5) and overhauled the Bank’s decision support system for financial preferences, etc., as Chief of Comparative Analysis and Data (1986-92). Earlier in his career, Mr. O’Connor created and managed monitoring systems for international banking at the International Monetary Fund (1982-85); worked as ‘Knowledge broker’ between systems experts and economists on creating historical and projections data systems (1964-85) and worked on revision of the UN System of National Accounts (UNSNA) - both 1968 and 1992 revisions.

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Brent Brock

Spatial Analysis and Mapping Lead

Brent is a wildlife biologist and owner of HoloScene Wildlife Services LLC, a private consulting company dedicated to protecting and restoring ecological integrity at all scales. Brent has over 30 years’ professional experience in ecology and wildlife conservation. At the Konza Prairie Biological Station, he served as Information Manager and studied bison grazing ecology. While working for the Wildlife Conservation Society, he conducted a landscape-level wildlife conservation assessment of the Madison Valley in Montana. While at Craighead Institute, he incorporated theories of landscape ecology into the conservation of large, complex ecosystems.

Brent combines innovative analytical techniques with GIS mapping to combine landscape-scale conservation planning with local land use decision making. These tools help professionals and private land owners to make better decisions about land management to protect our wildlife and the habitat on which they depend. Brent plays a leading role in helping sciGaia design web-based geographical information systems, maps, overlays, data sets, and data analytics.

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Uday Kothari

Programming Development Lead

sciGaia’s development team, run by Uday Kothari, creates programs, database resources, and web-based platforms. Uday has decades of experience running programing teams and has extensive programming, database, and project management experience. The team he manages has a wide range of expertise in programming, visualizations, user interface, project management, web services, complex databases, big data, blockchain technology, map-based systems, and data analysis.

Mr. Kothari’s team can rapidly increase staffing to meet the challenges of large and diverse projects, and to bring in special expertise across a range of technologies. Mr. Kothari has worked with Mr. Gannon for over 20 years and has built cutting edge software, including the first XBRL taxonomy tool, and the first implementation of wealth metrics on a community level.

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Sean Gannon

Digital Media Lead

Sean is a graphic designer and front-end web developer with experience in branding, film making, user interface design, and information design.  Sean studied Film and Photography at Montana State University and has a decade of experience creating digital media. His designs are formulated with refined utility and clear presentation of information as guiding priorities.

Sean plays a leading role in development of sciGaia’s software interfaces, branding graphics, websites, and videos, and helps design visualizations that convert complex data into intuitive representations of those data.