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ABOUT

CEO

Benjamin Barrows is the CEO of URSA, Inc.

Ben joined URSA after twelve years as a technical expert and management consultant in international development and humanitarian relief, focused on market systems, economic recovery, and food security in developing countries affected by conflict or natural disaster.
Ben brings to URSA an obsessive interest in gathering and making sense of data, which is complemented by a passion for building and leading teams and an abiding belief in the value of working to make the world a better place.

Ben earned a BA in International Affairs from American University, and an MA in International Relations from Tufts University. His master’s thesis is entitled “Consideration of the use of UAVs and the democratization of information in humanitarian natural disaster preparation and response”.

Founder & CTO

David Kovar is the Founder and CTO of URSA, Inc. where he leads the development of URSA – Unmanned & Robotics Systems Analysis – a suite of tools designed to collect, integrate, analyze, and present UAV related data for many purposes including fleet management, criminal investigations, failure analysis, and predictive analysis.

David founded the practice of UAV forensics in 2015 and is one of the leading practitioners in the country. David has worked in digital forensics and cyber security since the mid 90’s and, prior to founding his own company, led EY’s U.S. incident response program.

David earned a BA from Dartmouth in Computer Science and will receive an MA from the Fletcher School at Tufts in International Affairs this summer. David’s Masters thesis is entitled “Defending Against UAVs Operated by Non-State Actors”.

David is a rated pilot, is the Advocacy Director for the National Association of Search and Rescue where he writes UAV policy papers and develops presentations on UAVs in SAR for various audiences, and is working on SAR UAV standards for ASTM.