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AI for Climate Forum: Lightning Talks
As part of the AI for Climate Forum 2020, we will host a series of Lighting Talks with industry leaders, academic representatives and researchers, NGO leaders, and policymakers; that will share ideas about the future of conservation and the harnessing of exponential technologies in the fight against climate change.

Next Guests:

October 30: Bonnie Lei, Head of Global Strategic Partnerships at AI for Earth/ Microsoft
November 6: Jenny Lawton, Startup Founder, and Innovation Expert
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Speakers

Bonnie Lei
Head of Global Strategic Partnerships @AI for Earth, Microsoft
Bonnie Lei is the project manager for Microsoft’s AI for Earth program. She studied Organismic and Evolutionary Biology at Harvard University and Global Affairs at Tsinghua University as an inaugural Schwarzman Scholar. She is based in Seattle, Washington, where she serves on the city’s Urban Forestry Commission. She started her environmental science career early by discovering a new species of sea slug while she was still in high school. Her research has since taken her from measuring the thermoregulatory response to climate change of endangered African penguins in South Africa to kayaking through Brazilian wetlands to study human effects on endangered otters. Her first-author science papers are published in prestigious journals, and she has presented results and advocated for biodiversity conservation at conferences around the world.
Jenny Lawton
Innovation Expert
Jenny Lawton was most recently the Chief Innovation Officer of Techstars, focused on future strategic innovations and products. Jenny joined Techstars as COO in September 2016 and was responsible for the day-to-day management of the company including sales, marketing, corporate engagement, engineering, and operations. Prior to Techstars, Lawton served as the COO of littleBits and was responsible for the overall strategy and growth of the company, working with the CEO, Ayah Bdeir, to scale the company. While at MakerBot from 2011 until 2015, she held several positions prior to being appointed interim CEO, including president, chief strategy officer and head of people. At MakerBot, Lawton was instrumental in driving the company's meteoric growth of more than 600 percent in two years and she was one of the main architects in the merger between MakerBot and Stratasys in 2013.