Hamed Alemohammad

Chief Data Scientist, Radiant Earth Foundation

Hamed is the Chief Data Scientist at Radiant Earth Foundation. He has extensive expertise in machine learning, remote sensing and imagery techniques particularly in developing new algorithms for multi- spectral satellite and airborne based observations. He also serves as an elected member of the American Geophysical Union’s technical committee on remote sensing. Prior to joining Radiant Earth, he was a Postdoctoral Research Scientist at Columbia University. Hamed received his PhD from MIT in 2014.

Geoff Andersen

Director, Regional Ag Strategic Planning, John Deere

Geoff Andersen became Director, John Deere Information Systems in 1999 and led that business for seven years. In 2006, he assumed the leadership of John Deere’s Frontier business unit. He moved to Deere’s Citizenship group in 2012. A significant focus area was creating self-sustaining agricultural development models in Africa. In 2017, he assumed the position of Director Regional Ag Strategic Planning. In this role he is responsible for Africa and Asia business development activities in support of smallholder mechanization models.

Emmanuel Ansah-Amprofi

Chief Operations Officer, TROTRO Tractor

David Bergvinson

Chief Science Officer, aWhere

Dr. David Bergvinson joined aWhere in February 2019 to accelerate innovation and access to premium weather data and agriculture insights for farmers, agribusiness, agri-food and policy makers - globally. David initiated Digital Agriculture at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in 2012 and as Director General of ICRISAT, David strengthened partnerships to leverage digital technology to empower farmers and as Chief Science Officer at aWhere to ensure farmers achieve economic resilience to climate change.

Krista Baptista

Senior Director, Center for Digital Acceleration, DAI

Krista Baptista is the Senior Director of DAI’s Center for Digital Acceleration (CDA). She is responsible for leading DAI’s digital integration strategy across the organization and managing and growing a portfolio of digital projects across verticals and clients including donors, private sector and foundations. She has served as a mentor and judge for innovation challenges and competitions. Krista is an adjunct professor at Johns Hopkins School for Advanced International Studies (SAIS).

Bilal Bawany

Cocoa Sustainability Manager, Mars Wrigley Confectionery

Bilal Bawany manages cocoa sustainability at Mars with a focus on program development and sustainability impact measurement. He has a background in development research and is committed to helping build mutual and sustainable supply chains that protect human rights, preserve the environment and improve smallholder livelihoods. Bilal’s interested in how behavioral economics and last mile innovations and technology can be brought together to implement impactful programs in smallholder supply chains.

Rob Bertram

Chief Scientist, USAID/Bureau for Food Security

Rob Bertram is the Chief Scientist in USAID's Bureau for Food Security, where he serves as a key adviser on a range of technical and program issues to advance global food security and nutrition. In this role, he leads USAID's evidence-based efforts to advance research, technology and implementation in support of the U.S Government's global hunger and food security initiative, Feed the Future.

Charles Brigham

Account Executive, Esri

Prior to joining ESRI, Charles Brigham worked as Knowledge and Technology Lead for the World Bank’s PNPM Mandiri Support Facility in Indonesia. Charles has focused on Social Accountability and Open Data in Indonesia and within the World Bank, extending these resources to empower Indonesian village communities to participate in the planning process and project implementation. Prior to joining the World Bank, Charles also worked for the United Nations, NASA, CARICOM, as well as a number of countries in Central America, Africa and Asia.

Molly Brown

Chief Science Officer, 6th Grain

Dr Brown leads a team of remote sensing scientists based in the United States, China and India, and works to ensure that 6th Grain products use the best possible science, data and models to determine disease alarms, farmer recommendations and yield monitoring. She has a Bachelor’s of Science in Biology from Tufts University and a master of science and PhD in Geography from the University of Maryland. She has published over 120 journal articles and book chapters, and two books.

Kevin Coffey


Kevin Coffey is SERVIR Program Lead and Adaptation Advisor at USAID. He covers topics related to the use of earth observations for development and technology transfer. Prior to joining USAID, Kevin has 20 years of experience working on information systems and food security for the International Research Institute for Climate and Society (IRI) at Columbia University, CGIAR-CCAFS, UNDP, and the McKnight Foundation. Kevin has a Ph.D. from Columbia University and a Masters from Yale University focusing on agriculture and innovation systems.

Victoria Coleman

CEO, Atlas AI

Dr. Victoria Coleman is the CEO of Atlas AI P.B.C, a Silicon Valley startup that brings world class AI solutions to sustainable development. By combining satellite data with other data sets, Atlas AI’s proprietary deep learning models create actionable insights for governments, NGOs, and commercial companies. Prior to joining Atlas AI, Coleman was the Technology Officer at the Wikimedia Foundation, where she oversaw the organization’s Technology department and technical roadmap.

Stewart Collis

Senior Program Officer, Digital Solutions, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

Mr. Collis has over 20 years’ experience in agricultural information technology. A graduate of the University of New South Wales, Australia in Geomatic Engineering, Mr. Collis worked at CGIAR and Texas A&M University on crop simulation, agro- climatic modeling and software development. He co-founded aWhere, a Benefit Corporation, and as CTO focused on agricultural intelligence, predictive analytics and insight. His focus at the Gates Foundation is on effective digital farmer services, smart farming and agricultural data in developing countries.

Sabeen Dhanani

Senior Digital Development Advisor , USAID

Sabeen V. Dhanani currently serves as a Senior Digital Development Advisor at USAID. She was previously the Team Lead for Digital Development for Feed the Future, a cross-disciplinary team focused on integrating digital technologies and innovative solutions into Feed the Future. Prior to joining USAID, Sabeen was a strategy consultant with the Innovation Lab at the World Bank and a Senior Strategy Consultant with the Monitor Group (now Monitor Deloitte), based in Dubai.

Bobbi Gray

Research Director, Grameen Foundation

Bobbi Gray is Research Director at Grameen Foundation. She has more than 15 years of experience in designing, implementing and coordinating research and evaluation on financial, health and agricultural programs for underserved communities across Latin America, Southeast Asia and Africa. She is a co- author on the USAID Feed the Future publication “Data-driven Agriculture: The Future of Smallholder Farmer Data Management and Use” which outlines the future of digital farmer profile data.

Andy Jarvis

Research Director, CGIAR/CCAFS

Dr. Jarvis is the Director of the Decision and Policy Analysis Area in the International Centre for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) and is a Flagship Leader on the CGIAR Research Program for Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS). Dr. Jarvis works on scientific research for poverty alleviation and protection of essential ecosystem services. His research focuses on spatial analysis and environmental modeling for agricultural biodiversity conservation, adaptation to climate change, and maintenance of ecosystem services.

Jeff Halvorson

Sr. Mgr, Sustainability, PepsiCo

As Sr. Manager for the Sustainable Agriculture team, Jeff helps PepsiCo achieve its sustainable business goals through more effective partnership with external organizations such as donors, development finance institutions, and private foundations.

Katie Hauser

Program Manager, Digital for Food Security & Resilience, USAID/ Bureau for Food Security

Katie Hauser sits on the Bureau for Food Security's Digital team, and previously served as the Acting Team Lead and Bureau for Food Security Coordinator for the Digital Development for Feed the Future (D2FTF) team. Prior to joining the Bureau, Katie was an Agriculture and Food Security Specialist with IRG supporting private sector investment promotion programming in Rwanda. She began her career as an Economist, assessing financial sector policy and potential to facilitate increased investment in agricultural markets across Africa.

Scott Lansell

Vice President, Business Development, GeoPoll

Scott Lansell leads GeoPoll’s international business development team expanding its engagement with bilateral and multilateral aid organizations including USAID, DfID, World Bank, the WFP, and dozens of NGOs, universities, and foundations. He has deepened GeoPoll’s capacity to help its clients expand and improve their evidence and impact evaluation through cost-effective and real-time mobile-based data collection modes. Prior to GeoPoll, he managed portfolios at World Learning and IFES, and served at USAID focusing on DRG programs.

Chris Light

CTO, ICT4D Co-Chair SIDW, Ogimaa Inc.

Chris Light is a seasoned Executive, Entrepreneur, Technologist, and Program Manager with 25 years of experience. He has undertaken Information Communication and Technology (ICT) activities worldwide and in a variety of thematic areas, including as an Information Technology Advisor for the Presidential Initiative to End Hunger in Africa. He currently serves a co-chair for ICT4D for SID-W. Chris Light has a Master’s Degree from Boston University and has a double Major/double Degree from the University of Maryland.

Christopher Neu

COO, TechChange

Christopher Neu is the Chief Operating Officer at TechChange. Previously, Chris worked at the U.S. Institute of Peace (USIP). Born and raised in Jerusalem, Chris has also worked with the Association of International Development Agencies (Ramallah), IFES during the 2006 Palestinian Elections, and the Center for the Study of Democracy. Chris holds an MA in Democracy and Governance from Georgetown University.

Maurita Obermiller

Executive and Financial Assistant, Trees for the Future

Maurita Obermiller is the Executive and Financial Assistant at Trees for the Future. Trees for the Future has developed the Forest Garden Training Center, a world class distance training and certification platform that certifies trainers around the world to use the organization’s four-year Forest Garden training methodology. It features a resource center, an interactive global map of Certified Trainers and a Leaderboard showing trainers who have planted the most trees and helped the most families. Learn more: http://training.trees.org/

Marea Pappas

Program Specialist, USAID

Marea Pappas is a Program Specialist in the Bureau for Food Security providing support to liaise with private sector representatives in the strategic development and implementation of activities. Marea also serves as a key point of contact for specific Feed the Future Missions. Prior to joining USAID, she was the Food Security & Livelihoods Program Coordinator at Food for the Hungry. Marea earned a Master’s in Agricultural Economics from Texas A&M University and a Bachelor’s in International Business from Sam Houston State University.

Inta Plostins

Digital Specialist, DAI

Inta Plostins serves as a Digital Specialist at DAI’s Center for Digital Acceleration, where she provides digital advisory services across DAI’s portfolio of projects. Previously, at GeoPoll, she worked with partner organizations ranging from USAID implementing partners and foundations to African think tanks and agricultural research institutions on integrating mobile into their technical solutions and program designs.

Timothy Rann

Partner, Mercy Corps Ventures

Tim is a serial entrepreneur and emerging markets investor. He brings over a decade of experience in the field with 16+ emerging markets startup investments across the capital continuum and four exits. Tim is a Partner at Mercy Corps Ventures, a seed stage impact fund that invests up to $300,000 and provides intensive post-investment advisory. He manages the full investment cycle for the Fund in Latam, West Africa and SE Asia. His particular focus is on Agriculture, including AgTech, AgFinTech, Traceability, Geospatial Tech, and Precision Ag.

Hannah Reed

Program Officer, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

Hannah is a Program Officer on the Agricultural Development, Digital Farmer Services team at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. She supports initiatives to improve methods, tools and technologies to reduce costs, increase accuracy, and improve use of data for decision-making. Prior to joining the foundation, she worked at aWhere where she managed a diverse portfolio of projects focused on digital data management. Hannah has over 9 years of experience in data analytics, monitoring & evaluation, data management, and software implementation.

Kristen Roggeman

Senior Manager, Partnerships and Insights, DAI

Kristen Roggemann leads the Partnerships and Insights team in DAI's Center for Digital Acceleration. Kristen has held advisory and business development positions within a variety of mobile-for- development and international development organizations. Kristen has extensive field experience in the Middle East and Africa working on mobile-for-development initiatives in both public and private sector contexts, and got her start in international development through a Fulbright Scholarship to study women’s literacy in Morocco in 2005.

Alfred Selvarajah

Director, Techno Brain

Alfred has spent the last 12 years working with international development organizations and NGOs to identify, design and implement technology related solutions that drive various sustainable goals. Finding solutions that impact people’s livelihoods is close to his heart and he is able to contribute to this area through Techno Brain.

Daniele Tricarico

Director of Insights, GSMA

Daniele leads the insights and research work stream for the Mobile Agriculture (mAgri) programme at the GSMA, the global association of the mobile industry. Daniele and his team produce industry analysis and intelligence to support service providers with their digital agriculture initiatives, focusing on emerging use cases, business models and social impact opportunities. His areas of focus are the digitisation of agricultural value chains, mobile technologies for climate resilience, agricultural IoT and data driven agriculture.

Ellie Turner

Food and Agriculture Specialist, RTI International

Ellie Turner is the Project Manager for the RTI-implemented, USAID-funded Kenya Crops and Dairy Market Systems activity.

Anand Varghese

Manager, Digital Advisory, Center for Digital Acceleration, DAI Global

Anand Varghese manages the Digital Advisory portfolio within DAI’s Center for Digital Acceleration, helping clients develop digital strategies and implement digital-focused projects. He advises Kosmos Innovation Center in Accra, Ghana, where he helps young technology entrepreneurs develop digital solutions for the agricultural sector. He is an adjunct professor at the Johns Hopkins School for Advanced International Studies. Prior to joining DAI, he served as Senior Manager at the PeaceTech Lab at the U.S. Institute of Peace.

Kelly Wong

Research Scientist , University of Maryland

Kelly Wong is a Research Scientist at the University of Maryland. He contributed to “The 2018 CGIAR Inspire Challenge: Strategies for Digital Agriculture” (CIAT 2018), “A Survey of Big Data Users in the Kenyan Food System” (forthcoming), and “Do mLabs Still Make a Difference?” (World Bank, 2017). Some of his current work looks at innovation strategy and management in international development organizations.

Karl Wuster

Digital Advisor - BFS, USAID

Karl is a Foreign Service Officer and Digital Advisor for BFS. He joined USAID in 2008 and has worked as a Program Officer in Morocco and Environment Officer in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Bangladesh, and Nepal. He has a keen interest and extensive experience in using technology to help find effective and efficient ways to answer pressing food security and environment challenges. Karl developed extensive geospatial analytical skills while attaining his PhD in Geography and enjoys applying them to cross-cutting development questions.

Clara Yoon

Project Manager, MEDA

Clara Yoon is a project manager at MEDA. She manages an applied research project with an innovation portfolio focused on testing and learning about non-traditional finance and its role in improving innovation adoption by smallholders worldwide. Her core areas of interest are user-centered design, qualitative research, inclusive financial services and innovative finance. Clara holds a MA in Global Governance from the University of Waterloo and BA in Global Studies from Wilfrid Laurier University.

Zhuangfang Yi

Machine Learning Engineer, Development Seed

Zhuangfang NaNa Yi is machine learning engineer at Development Seed. As a machine learning engineer and a formerly trained research scientist Zhuangfang can quickly script algorithms and tools that help translate scientific methodologies to solve real-world problems. Prior to joining Development Seed, Zhuangfang worked for the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) as a research scientist. There, she applied spatial analysis of human-nature interactions to study forest cover and hydrology balance, and detect changes to livelihoods and ecosystems.

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