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SPEAKERS
  • Anna Dworakowska
    Executive Director at Polish Smog Alert
    Co-founder and coordinator of Polish Smog Alert, which gathers 50 grassroots air quality initiatives across Poland. Works on air quality improvement policies since 2012. These include regulatory changes, such as: the introduction of coal quality standards, emission standards for solid fuel boilers, and designation of smoke control areas, as well as financial instruments for boiler replacement and energy retrofits.

    She has conducted research into the energy performance of single-family houses in Poland and the demand for financial instruments supporting energy efficiency improvement in this sector. Involved in air quality measurements focusing on particulate matter and nitrogen dioxide. Has co-led a successful air quality campaign in Poland, which resulted in a dramatic increase of public awareness of air pollution and the adoption of a number of air quality legislation and financial tools, including a country-wide support program for the replacement of solid fuel boilers, worth EUR 25 billion.

    Currently involved in remote sensing of vehicle emissions in Poland and promoting necessary legislation to reduce vehicle emissions, such as low emission zones. Recently, Polish Smog Alert has been nominated as a finalist for one of the most important environmental awards - The Earthshot Prize - launched by Pince William in 2020 in recognition of PSA's air quality work in Poland.
  • Axel Clauberg
    Director of the Solutions Architecture organization for the EMEA Central at AWS
    Axel leads a team of builders committed to developing and promoting cloud architectural best practices and helping educate millions of customers and partners on the latest cloud technologies and approaches. He is a worldwide sponsor for sustainability as part of the Solutions Architecture organization in AWS.

    Prior to joining AWS in January 2020, he has experienced more than 38 years in the IT and Telecommunications industry and is known as an innovation leader in the Internet and Cloudification space.

    As a member of the Deutsche Telekom Group CTO team and as CTO for the Telecommunications Services part of T-Systems, Axel was driving innovation, simplification, and cloudification in the telco industry from 2011 to 2019.

    Axel was President and Chairman of the Telecom Infra Project from 2017 to 2019.
    From 1998 to 2011, Axel had various international leadership positions at Cisco Systems. His last role at Cisco was Sales CTO for the Emerging Markets sales theatre.

  • Maggie Carter
    Social Responsibility and Impact Director at AWS
    Maggie is responsible for developing and leading the organization’s strategy to leverage technology and expertise in support of health equity, disaster response, environmental equity, and tech education.

    Prior to joining Amazon, Maggie served as Vice President of Corporate Partnerships at UNICEF USA, where Maggie and her team led relationships with the corporate sector in the United States. That included gifts-in-kind, cause-related marketing, sponsorships, philanthropic grants, special events, corporate social responsibility, and employee engagement.

    Maggie also served as the Deputy Director of the Shot@Life campaign at the United Nations Foundation. While in this role, she led the Halo Award Winning “Get a Shot. Give a Shot.” campaign with Walgreens.
  • Margaret O'Toole
    World Wide Tech Leader for Environmental Sustainability at AWS

    Margaret is dedicated to finding ways to accelerate sustainability programs with digital technologies. In her current role, she leads a global community of customer-facing individuals who combine technical and sustainability knowledge to accelerate customer sustainability initiatives.

    Margaret is the main author of the Sustainability Pillar of the Well-Architected Framework. Over her time working in sustainability, she has also worked with customers on projects in operational decarbonization and natural resource management using geospatial data.

    Margaret studied at the University of Virginia, majoring in computer science and minoring in biology. Originally from the US, Margaret is currently based in Denmark and has also spent time living in Germany.
  • Thomas Basikolo
    Program Officer at AI for Good
    Thomas Basikolo works with the ITU coordinating and managing the AI for Good’s ML5G activities and as an advisor of the ITU-T Focus Group on Autonomous Networks.

    He received a PhD in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Yokohama National University, Japan. During his studies, he was awarded the Japanese Government (Monbukagakushō) scholarship. He was also a recipient of grants for non-Japanese researchers from the NEC C&C Foundation and a visiting researcher at the NEC Data Science Research Laboratories. Prior to joining ITU, he worked as a Research Engineer in the Engineering Department of Microwave Factory Co., Ltd, Tokyo, Japan.

    He is a recipient of multiple Best Paper Awards, the IEEE AP–S Japan Student Award, and the Young Engineer of the Year award by IEEE AP–S Japan in 2018. He has co-authored peer-reviewed journal and conference papers, predominantly in the areas of wireless communications and antenna engineering. He serves as a Reviewer of IEEE and IEICE Journals. His interests include machine learning, deep learning, and network science and their applications in wireless networks."
  • Krystian Bergmann
    AI Consulting Lead at NETGURU
    Krystian serves as the AI Consulting Lead at Netguru, a foremost European digital acceleration and software agency, where he spearheads Machine Learning endeavors.

    Boasting over a decade of expertise, Krystian has collaborated on international tech ventures spanning the globe, partnering with companies in the Internet of Things, Telecommunications, and Consumer Electronics sectors.

    Presently, his concentration lies in GenAI technologies, emphasizing the integration of a human-centric approach in the development of AI-driven solutions.
  • David Hanson
    Founder and CEO
    Hanson Robotics
    Founder and CEO of Hanson Robotics. Creator of Sophia. Author of two books, including "Humanizing Robots," and holder of several patents. He has also received awards from NASA, NSF, Tech Titans' Innovator of the Year, RISD, Cooper Hewitt Design Triennial, and in 2005, he was awarded by AAAI for open interaction with artificial intelligence systems.

    Hanson holds a Ph.D. in Arts and Interactive Technology from the University of Texas at Dallas and a BFA in Video Animation from the Rhode Island School of Design. David is developing the Sophia project, seeing great opportunities for humanity in combining human capabilities with AI.

Final Jury

  • Christa Hasenkopf
    Director, Air Quality Programs at EPIC
    University of Chicago
    Christa Hasenkopf is the Director of Air Quality Programs at EPIC. Her career focuses on efforts that open up information, resources, and networks so that more people in more places can help make the air they breathe healthier.

    Previously, she co-founded and was the CEO of OpenAQ, an environmental tech non-profit that fosters a global community around the world’s largest open database of air quality information. She has also served as the Chief Air Pollution Advisor to the Office of Medical Services at the US Department of State and in multiple positions at the US Agency for International Development.

    Hasenkopf received a PhD in Atmospheric & Oceanic Sciences from the University of Colorado and a BS in Astronomy & Astrophysics from The Pennsylvania State University.
  • Hilary Noon
    Head of Global Strategy, Nonprofit Business
    AWS
    I have 20+ years of experience in the non-profit and social impact sectors enabling organizations to leverage analytics and technology to accelerate mission achievement. I worked at the American Cancer Society for many years, leading strategy, experience, and insights to inform decisions for the enterprise. I went on to serve on the Executive team at a mid-size consulting agency, where I led the data and analytics portfolio and oversaw the acquisition of two technology platforms to drive results for a diverse set of nonprofit clients. I've also worked with multinational and governmental agencies on sustainability projects in South America, Europe, and Africa.

    In my current role as Head of Strategy for the Global Nonprofit Business at Amazon Web Services (AWS), I work across the company aligning programs and solutions to enable nonprofit customer outcomes for mission impact.

    I hold an undergraduate degree from UC Santa Barbara and advanced degrees from San Francisco State and the George Washington University School of Business. I live with my husband in the San Francisco Bay Area.
  • Shriram Manogaran
    Interim Manager of the Data portfolio
    Clean Air Fund
    Shriram Manogaran is the Interim Manager of the Data portfolio at Clean Air Fund. In this role, he is responsible for overseeing the Data Portfolio's global work by managing strategy, program development, and cultivating stakeholder relationships.

    His areas of expertise encompass air pollution monitoring, the evaluation of low-cost sensors, and utilizing tools and systems to enhance the understanding of emissions and their sources. He is based out of New Delhi, India.
  • Bas Korsten
    Global Chief Creative Officer
    Wunderman Thompson
    In November 2019, Bas was appointed Global Chief Creative Officer of Wunderman Thompson — a responsibility he shares alongside Daniel Bonner. Before this, Bas was a Creative Partner at J. Walter Thompson’s Amsterdam office as well as JWT’s Global Futures Council Lead.

    Bas originally graduated as a Logistics Engineer but moved swiftly into advertising as a junior copywriter. Two years later, he became Creative Director and Board Member of DDB Amsterdam, before leaving with his creative partner Michael Jansen, to start their own agency: Selmore. After setting up an experimental agency called Nothing in 2008, Bas joined JWT in 2012 with the ambition to truly do things differently. So, he did.

    Since November 2019, Wunderman Thompson has been named Cannes Lions ‘Most Innovative Network’ for 2020/2021 and received the Innovation Grand Prix for Unilever’s ‘Degree Inclusive’, the world’s first inclusive deodorant.
  • Ioannis Binietoglou
    Remote Sensing Policy Manager
    Clean Air Task Force
    Ioannis Binietoglou serves as the Remote Sensing Policy Manager at Clean Air Task Force, a global non-profit organization dedicated to mitigating the most severe impacts of climate change. His work is focuses on accelerating the uptake of atmospheric monitoring technologies in public policy and methane pollution mitigation efforts around the world.

    Prior to his tenure at CATF, Ioannis worked as a remote sensing scientist at public research institutes across Italy, Romania, and Greece, focusing on the development of ground-based remote sensing systems for atmospheric monitoring. Additionally, he has led the research and development department at a company specializing in atmospheric monitoring instruments.

    Ioannis holds a Ph.D. in 'Method and Technologies for Environmental Monitoring' from the University of Basilicata, Italy, an M.A. in History and Philosophy of Science and Technology from the University of Athens, Greece, and an M.Sc. in Applied Physics from the National Technical University of Athens, Greece.

Judges

  • Colleen Rosales
    Strategic Partnerships Director
    OpenAQ
    Dr. Colleen Marciel F. Rosales builds strategic relationships with air quality stakeholders worldwide—introducing people to the OpenAQ platform, spurring data-informed projects that advance clean air objectives, and supporting partnerships across sectors and geographies.

    Colleen has a Ph.D. in Environmental Science from Indiana University and has over ten years of experience in indoor and outdoor air pollution.

    Currently, Colleen is doing postdoctoral research with the Air Quality Research Center at the University of California in Davis, where she programs high-throughput comparative analyses of instrumentation for air monitoring. She is also a Thriving Earth Exchange Community Fellow for the American Geophysical Union.

    From 2016 through 2021, she taught and managed collaborative indoor and outdoor projects involving research groups at Indiana University Bloomington.

    Prior to that, Colleen worked with the Aerosol Technology Monitoring Lab at the Gwangju Institute of Science and Technology in South Korea, the Institute of Environmental Science & Meteorology, and the Institute of Chemistry at the University of the Philippines, Clean Air Asia, and the Philippine Nuclear Research Institute.
  • Dave Aabo
    CEO
    WAVES for Development International
    David Aabo is the founder and CEO of WAVES for Development International. Mr. Aabo earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Colorado State University in 2000 and a Master of Science degree in Organizational Management from the School of International Training in 2006.

    Mr. Aabo has dedicated more than 20 years to public service, starting with his formative work as a Peace Corps volunteer in Mauritania and Peru.

    David worked with ProNaturaleza, the Peruvian Foundation for the Conservation of Nature, to support the development of community-based voluntourism programs in the Pacaya Samiria National Reserve, located in the Peruvian jungle. Since 2008 he has led the WAVES International organization raising and donating over $500k to initiatives around the world.

    He is also one of the founding members of the annual Regenerative Surf Congress held in Lobitos, Peru.
  • Carolyne Nyarangi
    Co-Founder & President
    ICARE SUSTAINABLY INTERNATIONAL
    Carolyne is a dedicated leader with a passion for sustainable development and social impact. As the President of Icare Sustainably International, she oversees the organization's operations across Africa, the Caribbean, Europe, and Asia, working towards creating sustainable livelihoods in marginalized communities.

    With a background in brand strategy, and project management, Carolyne brings a unique skill set to her role. Her commitment to social justice is evident in her volunteer work as a foster mother and caregiver for orphaned children.

    Carolyne holds an Associate's degree in Business Administration and Management and has completed courses on sustainability and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Recognized for her contributions, she has received endorsements for her leadership and impact in the field.
  • Johan Hanekom
    Principal for Sustainability and Innovation
    AWS
    Johan is an expert on strategy, innovation, and growth, emphasizing corporate entrepreneurship. A proven business leader in building successful startups and accelerating the growth of well-established businesses in highly competitive international markets.

    His background blends consulting, management, and business development across private and public companies.

    Johan studied Political Economy at Kellogg College, Oxford University, and is a columnist for Forbes, Entrepreneur, and HuffPost.
  • Susan Nesbitt
    Director, Social Impact Products and Partnerships
    xWhatsApp
    Susan Nesbitt was most recently Director, Social Impact Products & Partnerships at WhatsApp. In this role, they led strategy development and execution for programs and partnerships across areas such as crisis response and preparedness, health, education, policy programs, and enabling NGO impact at scale.

    Previously with the World Economic Forum, Susan led their Frontier Technologies portfolio and global start-up communities including: the Tech Pioneers, Global Innovators, and Unicorns. They are also a member of the WHO's Tech Task Force. More: https://www.linkedin.com/in/snesbitt/
  • Mateusz Czajka
    Chief Delivery Officer
    Netguru
    As Netguru's Chief Delivery Officer, Mateusz is responsible for delivering high-quality, innovative products to clients worldwide. He leads a team of over 500 talented engineers, quality assurance specialists, product designers, and project managers.

    Mateusz has transformed Netguru by establishing the Product Design team, implementing AI/Data services, and overseeing ongoing strategic activities. With a background in design and engineering, Mateusz has always been fascinated with how technology changes the world and makes our lives better. He has experienced the full journey, starting from working on projects and progressing to top management, leading the largest department in the entire company.
  • Jonathan Steel
    CEO
    AirSensa Ltd.
    Jonathan created the AirSensa project in 2013 to build technology and models to understand city-scale air quality on a real-time, hyperlocal basis. AirSensa built successful demonstrators in Manchester, UK, and the island of Jersey before Covid hit. AirSensa's powerful STORRM platform now also supports high-quality internal air quality installations.
    Jonathan combines deep experience in innovation and executive advisory arenas around emerging technologies with a successful entrepreneurial track record, having founded a number of companies.

    In his consulting work, Jonathan has worked with C-level executives in the ICT, Media, Finance, and Industrial sectors and on a variety of technology and sustainability topics, including AI/ML, IoT, digitization, quantum computing, new business models, and PropTech.
  • Rodolfo II Romarate
    Managing Partner
    EnviSynergy
    With over 12 years of experience in the environmental services industry, I am a passionate and driven environmental leader who strives to create positive and lasting impacts on the natural and social environment. I am pursuing my Ph.D. in Environmental Science from Mindanao State University-Iligan Institute of Technology, and I have multiple certifications and publications in the field of environmental management and assessment.

    As the Managing Partner at EnviSynergy, I oversee and manage the delivery of high-quality environmental and social compliance services to clients in various sectors, such as energy, mining, infrastructure, and tourism. I have extensive knowledge and skills in conducting environmental and social impact assessments, preparing environmental impact statements, implementing ecological restoration projects, and ensuring environmental awareness and issues are addressed. I also collaborate and partner with various stakeholders, such as government agencies, academic institutions, civil society organizations, and local communities, to promote environmental sustainability and social responsibility.
  • Dhen Padilla
    Founding Engineer
    Streamline Climate
    I'm the Founding Engineer at Streamline Climate, where we've been exploring, building, and iterating LLM and Generative AI models to help Climate tech companies source and write applications for non-dilutive capital!

    We've been iterating at an incredible pace.

    Before this, I was working for a blockchain-based sustainability start-up in London and also worked as an engineer at Arm for a few years after my postgrad. My research is mainly based on how we can leverage AI and Decentralized Systems to tackle corruption in local governments within developing countries.
  • Sergei Dubograev
    VP of Development
    Clutch
    Sergei Dubograev is the VP of Development at Clutch, the leading global marketplace of B2B service providers. With a proven track record of driving innovation and delivering exceptional results, Sergei has led cross-functional teams to create and launch products successfully in-market.

    His strategic mindset, coupled with his ability to identify industry trends and customer needs, has consistently propelled organizations to new heights of success. At Clutch, he oversees the strategic planning, execution, and optimization of the company's development portfolio, ensuring alignment with business objectives.
  • Lev Labzovskii
    Research Scientist
    The Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute
    Lev Labzovskii is an expert on satellite remote sensing of the environment focused on atmospheric composition, emissions, and air quality. More than 10 years of experience in the R&D sector of Europe and East Asia, delivering projects for national and supranational organizations such as the European Space Agency and Korean Meteorological Agency as highlights.

    As an air quality expert, Lev led the development of the algorithm which synergized satellite, modeling, and citizen monitoring data to measure air quality in regions with scarce observations. Notably, the participatory system he contributed to has outperformed the governmental one, as shown in his related studies.

    Lev is the first alumnus of the Marie Curie project called ITARS (Initial Training on Atmospheric Remote Sensing) aimed at training young scientists in the field of atmospheric remote sensing. He holds an MS in Meteorology (St. Petersburg University 2011) and a PhD in Physics (Bucharest University, 2015).
  • Allen Selima Hossain
    Director
    Panorama Management Advisory Services Limited
    Allen Selima is a highly accomplished development and project management expert with 29 years of experience. She has played a pivotal role in Bangladesh's startup ecosystem, contributing to initiatives like the Bangladesh Start-up Cup and the inaugural National Demo Day. As a dedicated Seedstar Ambassador,

    Allen actively promotes entrepreneurship and innovation across the nation. With a strong background in Human-Centered Design Thinking, Allen provides valuable expertise in supporting startup competitions, mentoring programs, and incubation efforts. She has addressed critical challenges like Flood need surveys and Rohingya Crisis Assessments and collaborated with esteemed organizations such as the Government of Bangladesh, the World Bank, UNDP, and more.

    Allen's primary passion lies in empowering Bangladeshi youth. She strives to equip them with the necessary tools and opportunities to reach their full potential and make a positive impact on society. Through her inspiring efforts, she continues to drive meaningful change, establishing herself as a driving force for progress and innovation.
  • Matt Putkoski
    Senior Manager, Social Responsibility
    AWS
    I have been with Amazon for about 6-years, currently leading teams within Amazon's Social Responsibility organization focused on our global audit operations, product/tech strategy, human rights and environmental due diligence, supply chain transparency, and environmental equity.
  • Maciej Staniewski-Łobacz
    IT Project Manager & Team Lead
    No Fluff Jobs
    As an IT Project Manager and Team Lead at No Fluff Jobs, he oversees project delivery, product development support, and the development team. He prioritizes relationships and a pragmatic approach to his work.

    Outside of work, he is a father, and in his free time, he enjoys skiing, motoring, and water sports.
  • Oskar Person
    AI Architectu
    TheNextLab
    Curiosity brought me from observing ants with a magnifying glass to studying neuroscience and my first job as a data scientist in 2016.

    You can talk to me about building systems for decision-making: how to set it up, how to build it, and how to measure success.
  • Achim Haug
    Founder & CEO
    AirGradient Ltd.
    Achim is the founder and CEO of AirGradient, an air quality monitor manufacturer based in Chiang Mai, Thailand. After a successful corporate career, he co-founded AirGradient in 2019, being massively impacted by the so-called 'burning season' in Northern Thailand.

    AirGradient is unique as it makes available all its air quality monitor designs as open-source hardware. Achim has profound knowledge of low-cost air quality monitors, their performance, and the market in general and shares his opinions at international conferences as well as on the AirGradient blog.
  • Anika Krause
    Scientific Director
    AirGradient
    Anika holds a background in chemistry and completed her Ph.D. in Atmospheric Science at the University of Cambridge (UK). Her research focus included the calibration, performance evaluation, and deployment of portable air quality monitors on a large scale. These deployments were integral to research projects spanning China, Kenya, Germany, and the UK, often tied to health or intervention studies.

    Anika possesses extensive knowledge of miniaturized sensors, particularly those employing optical scattering and electrochemical principles. She is also an expert in deploying, calibrating, and analyzing data from large sensor networks, whether mobile or static, with expertise in air pollution source attribution.

    Anika demonstrates technical proficiency in handling, visualizing, and analyzing large geospatial datasets through tools such as R and SQL. Moreover, she uses mathematical and statistical methodologies for tasks like instrument calibration, evaluation, and correction.
  • Rakib Hossain
    Air Pollution Research Officer
    Smart Air Bangladesh
    This is Rakib Hossain, a dedicated air quality professional with a background in public health.

    I earned my Bachelor of Public Health (BPH) and Master of Public Health (MPH) degrees from Jahangirnagar University in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Throughout both my bachelor's and master's studies, my academic focus was solely on the relationship between air pollution and health.

    My commitment to advancing knowledge in this field led me to contribute as a Research Assistant at the Air Pollution, Climate Change, and Health (ACH) lab under the Department of Public Health and Informatics at Jahangirnagar University.

    In this role, I actively engaged in meaningful research initiatives to understand and mitigate the effects of air pollution. Currently, I serve as the Air Pollution Research Officer at Smart Air Bangladesh, where I continue to apply my expertise to contribute to the ongoing efforts in combating air pollution.

    Let's work together to harness technology to improve air quality.
  • Alicia Olago
    Senior Product Manager
    sensors.AFRICA
    Alicia Olago is an environmental scientist and seasoned researcher with over a decade of experience in sustainable development projects in East & Horn Africa and is currently Code for Africa’s Senior Product Manager at sensors.Africa. She leads a team of Hardware Engineers and Technologists in a citizen science initiative, utilizing sensors & other data sources (e.g., satellite imagery) to monitor air, water & sound pollution, and radiation among other environmental hazards, to provide citizens & civic watchdogs actionable information on their cities & communities in the continent.

    Before CfA, she spearheaded research projects through their lifecycle with Local Governments, Development Partners & INGOs such as the World Bank, DANIDA, ILO, UNDP, Norwegian Refugee Council, Social Development Direct, British Academy & Stockholm Environment Institute. Her Knowledge & expertise in natural resource management & sustainable development are evident in her past studies centered on human & physical geography and climate change security.
  • Augustine Mwendwa
    Hardware Engineer
    sensors.AFRICA
    I am an electrical and electronics engineer, working with Sensors.Africa (Code for Africa) as a hardware engineer.

    I design, program, and deploy Air quality and noise sensors. I have been working on making our sensors more robust, energy-efficient, and guaranteeing accurate sensor readings.

    I have helped design sensor boards that are more power efficient and algorithms that guarantee more accuracy while remaining power efficient.
  • Natalia Matyasik
    Air Quality Expert & Project Coordinator
    Polish Smog Alert
    Natalia Matyasik – Air quality expert and project coordinator in Polish Smog Alert (PSA). A graduate of the AGH University of Science and Technology in Krakow – Ecological Energy Sources and Power Engineering (Sustainable Energy Development).

    For many years, she has been interested in the subject of air quality, mainly possible solutions to eliminate this problem. As she says, air pollution has affected her since childhood and she couldn't ignore it. In the Polish Smog Alert Natalia Matyasik is responsible for coordinating projects, mainly related to air quality measurements, education and raising awareness.

    She also participates in the preparation of numerous PSA's analyses in the field of air quality. She developed her knowledge and skills during the International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) in the USA - Best Practices in Improving Air Quality.
  • Magdalena Cygan
    Air Quality Expert
    Polish Smog Alert
    Magdalena Cygan – Air quality specialist and project coordinator in Polish Smog Alert (PSA). A graduate of the Jagiellonian University Institute of Biology. Currently undergoing PhD studies in molecular biology at Jagiellonian University in Krakow.

    For many years, she has been interested in nature conservation and the impact of environmental pollution on changing ecosystems and the effects on human health. In the Polish Smog Alert, Magdalena Cygan is responsible for coordinating projects, mainly related to air quality measurements, education, and raising awareness.

    She is the main coordinator of the "See What You Breathe" campaign. The campaign is based on mobile installations of artificial lungs that "breathe" to illustrate what concentrations of pollution we are exposed to. Magdalena also participates in the preparation of numerous PSA's analyses in the field of air quality. She developed her knowledge and skills during the WHO online training of trainers workshop to estimate the health impact of air pollution.
  • Hubert Thieriot
    Data Lead
    CREA
    As CREA's data lead, Hubert is responsible for designing and implementing CREA’s data strategy while quenching analysts’ ever-growing thirst for data. Prior to joining CREA, Hubert co-founded two start-ups at the junction of data and environment, namely GeoXpert and the Environmental Risk Profiler, an online platform to assess climate change related risks.

    He also worked in environmental think-tanks and NGOs in Beijing and Hong Kong and conducted research on energy efficiency in various European academic institutions.
  • Weenarin Luitanonda
    Co-founder
    Thailand Clean Air Network
    I am one of the co-founders of the Thailand Clean Air Network and an economics and financial professional by training. I am a silo-breaker and connector by nature and someone crazy who believes that we could really do something substantial to ensure that we won't collectively be facing premature death due simply to the air that we are breathing in.

    I have lived and worked in over 30 countries and am passionate about doing my bit to help bring about a livable world for the next generation.
  • Piotr Jakubowski
    Cofounder
    Nafas Indonesia
    Piotr is the cofounder of Nafas, Indonesia's largest air quality platform deploying solutions in 15 cities.

    Nafas provides citizens with access to air quality data from over 200 locations.
  • Laura Thiel
    Product Manager
    Business Consulting
    Meet Laura, a seasoned and customer-centric Product Manager whose passion for pioneering product development knows no bounds. With an unwavering commitment to building bridges between advanced technology and user needs, Laura's mission is to craft products that leave a lasting positive impact.

    Having been part of multiple winning teams in large-scale hackathons, Laura is eager to share her knowledge and expertise and empower teams on their path to success.
  • Deasy Elsara
    Communications & Content Strategist
    Nafas Indonesia
    Digital Content Marketing Strategist with extensive experience in media and creative industries. Expert in Content and Brand Marketing, Advertising, Social Integrated Marketing Communications, and Project Management.

    Holds a Journalism degree, blending storytelling with marketing expertise to drive impactful campaigns.
  • Novita Natalia
    Co-founder
    Bicara Udara
    Novita is a data-driven campaigner to makes strategic decisions based on data analysis and interpretation. Experience in leading a small team of 7 Members. A young professional with specialties in digital marketing, brand management, policy analysis, and partnership.

    Aspired to create impact along with my professional stint, I am also actively involved in anti-corruption movements, gender equality issues, and community health NGOs.
  • Sandra Bold
    CCO
    Wunderman Thompson
    Sandra Bold is Chief Creative Officer for WT Benelux. She recently joined the WT family from Publicis Milan, where she was a Global Creative Director overseeing global campaigns for brands like Heineken and Bottega Veneta.

    Sandra started her career as an architect but swiftly moved into advertising in Bucharest. During her time in Romania, she won several awards at major advertising festivals, including 4 Cannes Lions (the first Creative Data one in Romania), CLIOs and helped McCann Romania be Advertising Agency of the Year and Network of the year in Golden drum for 4 years in a row.

    She moved from Romania to join Publicis London, from London to Milan, and from Milan to Amsterdam, and on the way, she picked up titles like ‘Copywriter of the Year’, ‘Top 100 Superwomen’ by Pitch Magazine, and awards in an all major advertising festivals, including Gold in Cannes Lions for Fashion and Influencers, Gold in Clio Fashion and Beauty and Golden Drum awards for Best of Genius Loci and Omni Channel. She also won Wooden and graphite pencils in D&Ad, gold, silver and bronze pencils in One show and many other shows.

    Bold has also judged across industry award shows, including Clio (2019), The One Show (2020), Cannes Lions (2021), The New York Festivals Executive Jury (2021), Dubai Lynx (2021), ANDYs Europe and Global (2022), D&AD (2022), Golden Drum (2022), One Show (2023) and many more.


MENTORS

  • Mia Mayer
    Applied Scientist
    AWS
    Mia is an Applied Scientist and ML educator at AWS Machine Learning University, where she researches and teaches the explainability and fairness of Machine Learning systems.

    Throughout her career, Mia established several university outreach programs, acted as a guest lecturer, and led tutorials as well as chalk talks at large learning conferences. She recently released a publicly available course on responsible AI on YouTube, published at EMNLP '22 , and KDD'23, as well as presented at GHC'23 on topics related to fairness.
  • Sandipan Bhaumik
    Sr. Analytics Solution Architect
    AWS
    Sandipan (Sandi) is a data professional and a cloud solutions architect with over 16 years of experience in different industries. At AWS, Sandi works with customers helping them build modern analytics architectures on AWS.

    Drawing from his experience, Sandi possesses an innate understanding of customer requirements in the analytics and AI/ML domain. Sandi also works with customers helping them build sustainable solutions in the cloud maximizing resource utilization and reducing wastage, and has authored several blogs on optimizing large-scale data platforms with sustainability in mind.
  • Morgan Dutton
    Sr. Technical Program Manager
    AWS
    Morgan Dutton is a Sr. Technical Program Manager with the Amazon Augmented AI and Amazon SageMaker Ground Truth team. She works with enterprise, academic, and public sector customers to accelerate the adoption of machine learning and human-in-the-loop ML services.
  • Satyam Saxena
    Sr Applied Scientist
    AWS
    Satyam is an accomplished machine learning and data science leader with over a decade of experience driving innovative ML/AI project initiatives. His research interests include deep learning, computer vision, NLP, recommender systems, and generative AI.
  • Benoit de Chateauvieux
    Solutions Architect - Startup & Sustainability
    AWS
    Benoit is a former VP of Engineering and CTO. He is now working with the AWS Canadian Startup team with a special focus on Climate Tech startups.

    He is also actively working on Sustainability and Decarbonization. Not only how we can reduce the carbon footprint of IT workloads but also how we can leverage technology to build a more sustainable world. he is a member of the AWS Environmental Sustainability Technical Field Community and a contributor to AWS Decarbonization Solutions.

  • Krzysztof Wilczynski
    Professional Services DevOps Consultant
    AWS
    Krzysztof joined AWS (Amazon Web Services) as a DevOps Professional Services Consultant in September 2020.

    In his daily work, Krzysztof supports AWS' largest customers on their cloud journey with both his technical (coding, architecting) and consulting-soft skills. He specializes in Python (programming language), Serverless Cloud Services, and Cloud Security (DevSecOps practices).
    Krzysztof works hand-in-hand with both engineers and executives from his customer's side to ensure a "well-architected, "smooth, secure, and cost-optimized adoption of the cloud.
  • Jose Cassio dos Santos Junior
    Data Scientist
    AWS

    As a member of the Amazon Machine Learning University team, Cass is responsible for Curriculum Development for Advanced Modules. He has over 20 years of experience working as a software engineer and has acquired extensive knowledge working in all flavors of Unix environments and languages as diverse as C, C++, Java, Python, and R.

    Cass also has more than ten years of teaching experience at colleges and acting as an instructor for Linux certification preparation and Microsoft Innovation Center boot camps. He holds a Master’s degree in Computer Engineering, a Bachelor’s degree in Physics, and a Master of Business Administration degree, specializing in IT Quantitative Methods.

  • Chris van Wyk
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    AWS
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    I have been in the IT industry for over 20 years, of which 15 years were in technical roles, and in my current role, I support AWS partners in building and transforming their skills to deliver solutions for AWS customers across Sub-saharan Africa.
  • Lucia Santamaria
    Applied Scientist
    AWS
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    Lucia is passionate about ML research and outreach, increasing the impact of minorities in STEM fields, and democratizing access to tech knowledge and tools.
  • Emilia Smolko
    Senior Solutions Architect
    AWS
    Loves to learn on an everyday basis to raise the bar and create better solutions aligned with business objectives. She is a results-oriented, take-charge leader with experience directing multi-level organizations and high-value programs with strong interpersonal communication and leadership skills.

    Identifies with and cares about Diversity, Integrity, Respect, Engagement, Courage, and Trust.
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    Before Amazon, Rafi worked at Deloitte as the Global Lead for Sustainability Services in the Technology, Media, and Telco sectors. Rafi advises a range of impact-oriented organizations on strategy and growth, including the Earthshot Prize, Impact Investing Institute, and JW3.
  • Usman Ahmed
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    Code for Africa
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    Currently, as a hardware engineer, he contributes to the design, development, and maintenance of a low-cost, remote-sensing sensor network using IoT, all while engaging in independent AI and robotics projects.
  • Will Fernandez
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    WPP
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    Since joining WPP in 2018, Will has focused on building effective teams and operating models for agency and client teams alike, working across commerce, creativity, data, and technology. His work can be seen across a number of the agency’s top and growing engagements, including Audible, Amazon Workforce Staffing, Amazon Launchpad, Amazon Fresh, Prime Video, Buy with Prime, and Amazon Ads.
  • Sanjeev Pulapaka
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    AWS
    Sanjeev Pulapaka is a principal solutions architect in the US federal civilian team at Amazon Web Services (AWS). He works closely with customers in building and architecting mission-critical solutions.

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    Afri-SET
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    Mike is an expert in air quality and atmospheric monitoring instrumentation and has a large amount of experience with machine learning, modeling, and satellite data applications to air quality and atmospheric science.
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    Kenya Climate Innovation Center
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  • Adam Szummer
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    Vanilla Tiger Solutions
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    He graduated from both the technical field of Electronics and Information Technology: Informatics in Medicine and Business at Clark University of Massachusetts. This year, he also completed the Master of Computer Vision research program at the Computer Vision Center in Barcelona. On a daily basis, I carry out projects in the field of Artificial Intelligence.
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    AWS
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    Ms. Stoner has an MBA from the University of Massachusetts - Amherst, with a Bachelor’s degree in Information Technology from the University of Massachusetts - Lowell. Chris is a published author of technical journal articles and holds several patents.
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    The International Council on Clean Transportation
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  • Mohd Shahrul Mohd Nadzir
    Researcher
    Education
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    DevOps Consultant
    AWS
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    I am passionate about cloud, and I love working on Cloud.
  • Boudewijn Sterk
    Managing Director
    Smart Air Bangladesh
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    Boudewijn has a 2-year-old daughter, Aylah, who inspires him to do better every day, and motivates him to keep fighting for a better future.
  • Rosa Gierens
    Data Scientist
    CREA
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    Airly
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    My daily routine at work is to cooperate with the Growth, Marketing, Design, and Software Teams. I'm directly responsible for Product Vision and Backlog Management.

  • Sandeep Verma
    Prototyping architect
    Aws
    Sandeep has been with AWS for 3 years with a passion for machine learning.

    He is part of the PACE team and is responsible for delivering working prototypes for customers.
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