Danielle Wood named Bloomberg’s New Economy Catalyst – MIT Media Lab
A full class of catalysts will be showcased at the June 30 virtual event, featuring innovators, visionaries, scientists, decision makers and entrepreneurs – across 6 continents – who are radically transforming the future, ahead of the Bloomberg New November Economy Forum
Michael R. Bloomberg, founder of Bloomberg LP and Bloomberg Philanthropies and three-term mayor of New York City, presented the inaugural class of Bloomberg New Economy Catalysts: A New Global Community of Public Sector Innovators and Entrepreneurs and private accelerating solutions to today’s biggest problems. Professor Danielle Wood has been named as part of the 2021 Class of Bloomberg New Economy Catalysts That Create True Impact at the Cutting Edge of Technology and Policy – Beyond Borders, in Emerging Economies and Beyond – to build a more equitable and sustainable global future. .
“The Bloomberg New Economy Catalysts are a group of talented entrepreneurs, scientists, policymakers and other leaders addressing pressing global challenges,” Bloomberg said. “Many of them come from countries that have an increasing impact on the world economy. And I know our forum will benefit from their contributions.
Professor Danielle Wood will participate in the Bloomberg New Economy Catalyst Event June 30. This unique virtual platform will explore, debate and share with the world the next developments in the fields of climate, agriculture, biotechnology, e-commerce, space and digital money.
Professor Danielle Wood is Assistant Professor of Media Arts and Sciences and holds a joint position in the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. At the MIT Media Lab, Professor Wood heads the Space Enabled Research Group that seeks to advance justice in Earth’s complex systems using designs made possible by space. Professor Wood is a societal development specialist whose background includes satellite design, earth science applications, systems engineering and technology policy. In her research, Professor Wood applies these skills to design innovative systems that harness space technology to address development challenges around the world. Prior to becoming a professor at MIT, Professor Wood held positions at NASA Headquarters, NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, Aerospace Corporation, Johns Hopkins University, and the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs. . Professor Wood studied at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where she obtained a doctorate in systems engineering, an MS in aeronautics and astronautics, an MS in technology policy and an SB in aerospace engineering.
This year’s catalysts also include:
● Noubar Afeyan, CEO and Founder, Flagship Pioneering: Systematically Creating Scientific Innovations to Address the Challenges Facing Human Health and Sustainability (United States)
● HE Sarah bint Yousef Al Amiri, Minister of State for Advanced Technologies, United Arab Emirates: President of the United Arab Emirates Space Agency who was Deputy Project Manager and Scientific Officer of the Emirates Mars Mission (United Arab Emirates)
● Alloysius Attah, CEO and Co-Founder, Farmerline: Using Mobile Technology to Educate and Create Sustainable Profits for Farmers (Ghana)
● Sam Bankman-Fried, CEO and Founder of FTX: Leader of one of the world’s fastest growing cryptocurrency exchanges that donates 1% of its income to charity and is the first to offer stocks tokenized (Hong Kong)
● Ankiti Bose, CEO and Co-Founder, Zilingo: Transforming the Global Fashion Supply Chain Through Greater Fairness, Transparency and Sustainability (Singapore)
● Simon Chamorro, CEO and Co-Founder, Valiu: Leveraging Cryptocurrency to Solve Real-World Problems and Bring Financial Prosperity to Latin Americans (Colombia)
● Simran Chowdhry, Co-Founder, BluePhin Technologies: fight against water pollution thanks to an autonomous robot (United Arab Emirates)
● Abasi Ene-Obong, CEO and founder of 54gene: making precision medicine fairer by creating the world’s first pan-African biobank (Nigeria)
● Justin Gong, Co-Founder, XAG: Harnessing the Power of Agricultural Technology to Reinvent the Future of Agriculture (China)
● Sarah Hanson-Young, Senator from South Australia: Fighting climate change to ensure an inclusive transition to a greener world, as the youngest woman elected to the Australian Federal Parliament (Australia)
● Rachel Haurwitz, CEO and President, Caribou Biosciences: Revolutionizing Genome Editing for the Future of Cancer Therapy (United States)
● Cristina Junqueira, co-founder, Nubank: expanding access to financial services to underserved populations in Latin America (Brazil)
● Kieran Long, director, ArkDes: reimagining urban life with the “city in a minute” (Sweden)
● Ma Jun, Founding Director, Institute of Public and Environmental Affairs: promotion of green supply chains and green finance through the first public environmental database in China (China)
● Megan McArthur, Astronaut, NASA: piloting NASA’s SpaceX Crew-2 mission to the International Space Station (United States)
● Sara Menker, CEO and Founder, Gro Intelligence: Using AI and Machine Learning to Fight Food Security and Climate Change (US) Daniel Metzler, CEO and Co-Founder, Isar Aerospace: Developing Rockets for new generation for sustainable access to space (Germany)
● Nick Molnar, Co-CEO and Co-Founder, Afterpay: Connecting retail merchants with their end customers via Buy It Now, Pay On Line (Australia)
● Henrietta Moon, CEO and co-founder, Carbo Culture: fighting climate change by sequestering CO2 for over 1000 years with a unique disposal solution that converts biomass into biocarbon (Finland)
● Nthabiseng Mosia, co-founder, Easy Solar: financing high quality solar systems and appliances for people with limited access to the grid, supplying more than 500,000 people in West Africa (Sierra Leone)
● Matias Muchnick, CEO and Founder of NotCo: Reinventing the Food System Using AI to Create Plant-Based Versions of the Foods We Love to Eat (Chile)
● Shamim Nabuuma Kaliisa, Founder and Executive Director, Chil Artificial Intelligence Lab: Rethinking Cancer Control Using AI and Drones in Sub-Saharan Africa (Uganda)
● Elizabeth Rossiello, CEO and Founder, AZA Finance: Driving Economic Growth in Frontier Markets Through Cutting-edge Currency Trading Solutions (UK)
● Sara Spangelo, CEO and Co-Founder, Swarm: Connecting the World via an Inexpensive Satellite Communication Network that Reaches Remote Areas (US)
● Sandhya Sriram, CEO and co-founder, Shiok Meats: reinventing seafood to sustainably meet global food demand (Singapore)
● Anthony Tan, Group CEO and Co-Founder, Grab: using a super-app to deliver on-demand financial services, mobile payments and mobility solutions in Southeast Asia (Singapore)
By 2050, emerging markets will account for 56% of global production, down from just 21% at the start of this century, according to a special report on Bloomberg’s New Economy from Bloomberg Economics. This group is leading the way towards a better and more inclusive future for these economies and the global economy as a whole. The catalysts will also play a central role in helping to inform the dialogue at the annual Bloomberg New Economy Forum, applying fresh ideas and deep thinking to tackle humanity’s greatest challenges. The forum, hosted by Michael R. Bloomberg with Honorary President Dr. Henry A. Kissinger and President Henry M. Paulson Jr., will bring together 400 of the world’s most influential business leaders, heads of state, innovators and academics from November 16 to 19 in Singapore.
The 2021 forum is presented in partnership with ADNOC, Dangote Industries Limited, ExxonMobil, HSBC, Hyundai Motor Company, Mastercard, Tata Sons and Vanke. McKinsey and Company is the Exclusive Knowledge Partner, and IDA Ireland joins as a Spotlight Economy Partner.
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