Workshop Participants

Matthew Morrissette

Matthew Morrissette is the Director of Technology at Wildlife Protection Solutions, where they lead the development and implementation of cutting-edge AI solutions for wildlife conservation.…
Wildlife Protection Solutions

Randall Jimenez

Randall Jimenez is a conservation scientist at the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). He works on implementing science team projects by developing metrics…
International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)

Jason Holmberg

As a scientific software developer and leader of the Wild Me lab ( of Conservation X Labs, Jason has logged thousands of hours since 2002…
Conservation X Labs

Peter Leimgruber

Peter Leimgruber is the Director of Conservation and Science at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute (NZCBI). He is responsible for planning, directing…
Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute

Ben Weinstein

I am a research scientist at the University of Florida. I develop automated tools for ecological monitoring to support research and conservation using machine learning…
University of Florida

Laura Pollock

Laura is an Assistant Professor in Biology at McGill University in Montréal, was a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellow, and has a PhD from the Quantitative and…
McGill University

Katharina Dittmar

Currently Acting Deputy Division Director for the Division of Biological Infrastructure (DBI) in the Directorate for Biological Sciences at the National Science Foundation. Joined NSF…
National Science Foundation (NSF)

Alcione Silva

Founder of Connecting Food, a social impact foodtech that works on the intelligent management of surplus food donations. Food Engineer, Master in Sustainability from Fundação…
Connecting Food Brazil

Mia Beers

Mia Beers serves as Deputy Assistant Administrator in the USAID Bureau for Resilience, Environment, and Food Security (REFS). She oversees the strategic direction and implementation…
United States Agency for International Development (USAID)

Miranda Dally

Miranda Dally, MS is a research instructor and DrPH candidate at the Colorado School of Public Health’s Center for Health, Work & Environment and Department…
University of Colorado, Anschutz Medical Campus
U.S. Department of State

Suzanne Stluka

Dr. Suzanne Stluka is the Deputy Director for the Institute of Food Safety and Nutrition for the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) National Institute…
United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)

Scott Loarie

Scott is the Executive Director of iNaturalist. Scott has BS & MS degrees in biology from Stanford and a PhD in environmental science from Duke.…

Emmanuel Dufourq

Emmanuel Dufourq leads the Machine Learning for Ecology Research Group at the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences South Africa (AIMS) and is a senior lecturer…
African Institute for Mathematical Sciences

Thomas Dabolt

Thomas (Tod) Dabolt is the distinguished Chief Data Officer and Geospatial Information Officer at the U.S. Department of the Interior. With a commendable 27 years…
United States Department of the Interior (DOI)

Oisin Mac Aodha

Oisin Mac Aodha is a Lecturer in Machine Learning in the School of Informatics at the University of Edinburgh. He is also a Turing Fellow…
University of Edinburgh

Maria Siqueira

Director of public policies and projects, Maria has a degree in International Relations, with extension at the Université de Strasbourg, and postgraduate degree in Food…
Pacto Contra a Fome (PCF)
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Kohei Watanabe

Kohei Watanabe is professor at Teikyo University (Tokyo, Japan) and research associate at the Malaysian Commonwealth Studies Centre, University of Cambridge (U.K.). He obtained his…
Teikyo University

Jocelyn Boiteau

Jocelyn Boiteau is a Postdoctoral Associate at the Tata-Cornell Institute for Agriculture and Nutrition. She earned her PhD in international nutrition in 2021 from Cornell…
Cornell University
Dartmouth College
Cornell University

Marconi Campos Cerqueira Junior

Dr. Marconi Campos is the chief scientist of WildMon, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing globally accessible technology solutions to accelerate data-driven biodiversity and ecosystem…

David Thau

Dave Thau is WWF's Global Data and Technology Lead Scientist. He joined WWF in 2019, bringing with him over 30 years of software development experience.…
World Wildlife Fund

Lily Xu

Lily Xu is a postdoc at the University of Oxford with the Leverhulme Centre for Nature Recovery and incoming assistant professor at Columbia University. Her…
University of Oxford

Stephanie O'Donnell

Stephanie O’Donnell joined Fauna & Flora in 2015 to establish and lead the WILDLABS Programme. Launched as a collaboration of four of the world’s leading…
Fauna & Flora

Tanya Berger-Wolf

Dr. Tanya Berger-Wolf is a Professor of Computer Science Engineering, Electrical and Computer Engineering, and Evolution, Ecology, and Organismal Biology at the Ohio State University,…
Ohio State University

Drew Purves

Drew Purves is a Research Scientist at Google DeepMind. There, he is co-leading a new sustainability program, the goal of which is to leverage AI…

Jacob Leveson

Accomplished Senior Marine Biologist with 20 years of success providing strategic leadership and operational oversight for science and innovation programs, strategic partnerships with public aquariums…
Bureau of Ocean Energy Management

Juan Sebastián Ulloa

I am currently a Scientific Researcher at the Center for Socio-Ecological Studies and Global Change of the Humboldt Institute in Colombia. With a Master's degree…
Instituto de Investigación de Recursos Biológicos Alexander von Humboldt

Kakani Katija

Dr. Kakani Katija is a Principal Engineer at the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute, a Research Associate at the National Museum of Natural History (Smithsonian…
Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute
University of Amsterdam

Saket Anand

Saket Anand is an Associate Professor at IIIT-Delhi. He completed his PhD from Rutgers University in 2013. His research interests span geometric computer vision, semi-supervised…
Indraprastha Institute of Information Technology

Theodore Schmitt

Ted Schmitt is the Senior Director, Conservation at the Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence (AI2). Prior to AI2, Ted has spent over 15 years leading…
Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence (AI2)

Hannah Kerner

Hannah Kerner is an Assistant Professor of computer science in the School of Computing and Augmented Intelligence at Arizona State University. She is pioneering new…
Arizona State University

Millie Chapman

I am currently a postdoc at the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis. My research is at the intersection of decision theory, ecology, and…
University of California Santa Barbara

Ciira Maina

I am an Associate Professor at Dedan Kimathi University of Technology in Nyeri, Kenya where I teach electrical engineering and also conduct research in a…
Dedan Kimathi University of Technology

Abu Hayat Md. Saiful Islam

Saiful Islam received his PhD in Agricultural Economics from University of Bonn, Germany in 2015 and holds a double Master’s degree in Agricultural Economics (Rural…
Bangladesh Agricultural University (BAU)

Sarah Evanega

Sarah is vice president of external relations at Okanagan Specialty Fruits, the company that developed the reduced food waste Arctic® Apple and that continues to…
Okanagan Specialty Fruits (OSF)s
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Tufts University
Mexican Foodbanking Network (BAMX)

Pete Pearson

Pete Pearson is the Global Initiative Lead for the Food Circularity program at WWF – the world’s leading independent conservation organization, whose mission is to…
World Wildlife Fund
Partners in Food Solutions
World Bank
Thriving Solutions

Maximo Torero

My major research work lies mostly in analyzing poverty, inequality, importance of geography and assets (private or public) in explaining poverty, and in policies oriented…
Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)

Kiran Rupakhetee

Career bureaucrat with the experience of 37 years having expertise on broad areas related to agriculture, nutrition and social issues.
National Planning Commission, Government of Nepal

Richard Swannell

Richard is an environmental scientist with a strong track record of leading teams which tackle plastic pollution, reduce food waste and deliver more sustainable practices…