Working together on issues that matter.

The Council for Good

The Council for Good is a place for AI and ML innovators, policy makers, social change shapers, and nonprofit stakeholders – all aligned on this path of getting the good done as outlined in the 17 SDGS by the United Nations.

This community of collaborators are supported by our Core Team members and Volunteers as they join hands, minds, and machines to collectively take on bigger and more urgent challenges.

The Council Members

Elizabeth Taylor

Elizabeth Taylor

Waterloom
Elizabeth is the founder and CEO of Waterloom, a water resilience advisory dedicated to providing public and private sectors on the tools and insights to better understand economic impact of water. Previously worked as a strategist for Fortune 500 companies and think tanks.
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Auroop Ganguly

Auroop Ganguly

Northeastern University
Auroop works in climate extremes, water sustainability and critical infrastructures, by integrating scientific knowledge and simulations with machine learning, nonlinear dynamics and network science. His experience spans academia, private IT (data) sector and government research labs.
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Maya Cummings

Dr. Maya R. Cummings

Global Policy Solutions
Founder and President of Global Policy Solutions, Dr. Maya Rockeymoore Cummings is an award winning policy and political strategist who works to drive society toward inclusion.
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Dr. Alicia Heraz

Emaww
Alicia is a Software Engineer with a PhD in Artificial Intelligence from University of Montreal. She is the founder and CEO at Emaww and CS01.io, coach for emotional intelligence at EQBetter and chief scientist at the Brain Mining Lab.
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Jared Sheehan

PwrdBy, Water Foundry
Jared is CEO of PwrdBy and a Director at Water Foundry. He is a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt and leverages a process-driven approach to design and deliver data science projects and technology products. He has built multiple social and environmental impact platforms. A former senior consultant at Deloitte Consulting, Jared currently sits on the board for the Youth Business Alliance and LATech4Good.
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Pedro Siena

Siena Company
Head of Innovation at the Siena Company, Pedro is a tireless practitioner in search of new business models that will enable the flourishing of others
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Paul Lamb

Man On A Mission Consulting
Paul comes with over 25 years experience as a nonprofit executive, social entrepreneur, and nonprofit management consultant, and a profound love for fine wine and pizza.
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Dr. Lauri Goldkind

Fordham University
Dr. Goldkind is an Associate Professor at Fordham’s Graduate School of Social Service. She is the editor of the Journal of Technology in Human Services. Goldkind holds an MSW. from SUNY Stony Brook in planning, administration, and research and a PhD from the Wurzweiler School of Social Work, Yeshiva University.
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Ben Cox

Ben Cox

H20.ai
Ben is a Director of Product Marketing at H2O.ai where he helps lead Responsible AI market research and thought leadership. Prior to H2O.ai, Ben held data science roles in high-profile teams at Ernst & Young, Nike, and NTT Data. Ben holds an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, and a BS in Economics from the College of Charleston.
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Andy Forest

Andy Forest

steamlabs
As an entrepreneur, Andy has led teams building the online solutions we rely on. As the founder of the non-profit steamlabs, he has provided technology education, and advocated for good policies for machine learning systems and the data they are built from.
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Matt Lythe

Lynker Analytics
Matt is the Managing Director at Lynker Analytics that specializes in data science, geospatial analytics and data infrastructure solutions. He comes with a wealth of experience across public and private sectors in multiple fields that include science, energy, postal services, software and property. 
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Dr. Anastassia Fedyk

Haas School of Business
Anastassia is an Assistant Professor of finance at the Haas School of Business. Her research focuses on behavioral biases in individual and group decision-making, particularly concerning information and belief formation. She holds a PhD in Business Economics from Harvard University and a BA in Mathematics with honors from Princeton University. 
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Dr. Patrick Kline

UC Berkeley
Patrick is a Professor of Economics at UC Berkeley and a faculty research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research. His research focuses on the determinants of wage inequality and the effectiveness of public policies designed to combat inequality.
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Alexander Fred-Ojala

Predli, UC Berkeley
Alexander Fred-Ojala is an expert on AI and data science applications. He is the CEO & Co-founder of Predli a global emerging technology consultancy, and he is a faculty member and the AI and Blockchain Director of the Learn2Launch Program at UC Berkeley.
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Dr. Ahmad Jadallah

Phi Science Institute
Jadallah is a doctor in medicine and the leader of Phi Science that works in the area of tech education and applied research. He is a researcher in AI in healthcare applications and believes that AI is the future of global health.
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Sinit Zeru

Tony Blair Institute
Sinit Zeru is a Senior Advisor at the Tony Blair Institute currently based in Ethiopia. She is an Advisor to the Ministry of Innovation & Technology, and is works on pan-African tech4development initiatives.
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Dr. Desmond Upton Patton

Columbia University
Desmond is a professor and Associate Dean at Columbia university. His research examines the intersections of social media, AI, black youth and well being. He is also the associate director or DEI at the Data Science Institute at Columbia.
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Matthew Gee

Brighthive, University of Chicago
Co-founder and CEO of Brighthive, Matthew is bringing data trusts to market as a form of collaborative governance for AI. He is also the co-founder of Data Science for Social Good Fellowship Program.
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Dr. Bill Howe

University of Washington
Bill is an Associate Professor in the Information School and Adjunct Associate Professor in the Allen School of Computer Science & Engineering and the Department of Electrical Engineering. His research interests are in data management, ML, and visualization, with an applied emphasis in social responsibility, services in the public sector, and applications in the physical, life, and social sciences.
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Dr. Douglas Hague

UNC Charlotte School of Data Science
Doug Hague is the Executive Director of the School of Data Science at UNC Charlotte. He spent 20+ years in industry running large data science teams prior to joining academia. His last role was Chief Analytics Officer at Bank of America Merchant Services.
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Shweta Khushu

SkySpecs Inc.
Shweta is a Sr. Engineer and Growth Lead of the AI team at SkySpecs. She is passionate about solving real-world problems that challenge mankind using Artificial Intelligence, especially Computer Vision. Additionally, she volunteers with Climate Mind, a non-profit building a web application designed to make conversations about climate change easier.
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Mechthild von Knobelsdorff

Hungarian For Expats
Mechthild 'Maggie' von Knobelsdorff is an impact-driven entrepreneur and project manager. She has worked on international climate negotiations, founded her own social business and empowered female entrepreneurs.
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Dr. Emre Eftelioglu

Amazon
Emre Eftelioglu is an Applied Scientist working with geospatial datasets to identify patterns which were overlooked by traditional machine learning methods. His main research focus is on Urban Mobility, but he also works on understanding the interconnections between Food Energy and Water resources to improve sustainability.
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Dr. Frank Sanacory​

SUNY Old Westbury
After obtaining a PhD in mathematics from the University of South Carolina in Functional Analysis. Frank has been involved in developing data science and the data science program at SUNY College at Old Westbury.
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Eller Everett

BothOfUs
Eller is a global impact researcher and sustainable development advisor with over 8 years experience working on social and environmental projects globally. She uniquely combines the concepts of circular economy, biomimicry, permaculture and the doughnut economy to support businesses in driving impact, innovation and sustainability. She runs workshops and talks on sustainable development and innovation.
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Samir Goswami

Samir Goswami

Partnership on AI
Samir is COO of the Partnership on AI, where he establishes and directs the organization’s financial, people, and facility strategy and assists in efforts that promote AI’s applications around social good. Prior to PAI, Samir was been a consultant for the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, the International Labour Organization, United Way Worldwide, Humanity United, the Ethical Trading Initiative, and others.
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Anand Sampat

One Concern, Lotus AI, LLC.
Anand is an entrepreneur who has spent the last 10 years applying AI and Data Science to traditional sciences. Most recently he was the co-founder and CEO of Datmo, an AI consulting and software infrastructure company which was acquired by One Concern, an AI social enterprise solving climate related resilience. He also runs a podcast and newsletter where he features social enterprises aiming to Do Well by Doing Good.
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Maria Becerra

Business Analyst
As an industrial engineer and business analyst, Maria takes advantage of her analytical and people skills to help organizations make data driven decisions and to make a positive impact in the community.
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Dr. Charith Silva

Data Scientist & Visiting Lecturer
Charith is a visiting lecturer at the University of Salford and lead SQL Server DBA & Data Scientists in a regional electricity distribution network operator, Manchester, UK. He has more than 20 years of experience in advanced data analytics, business intelligence, and database administration. He has earned a PhD in Data Science from the University of Salford. His research interests focus on Data Engineering, Data Mining, and Machine Learning.
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Brianna Vecchione

Briana Vecchione

Cornell University
Briana is a Ph.D. student in Information Science at Cornell University, working with Solon Barocas and Karen Levy. In the past, she's spent some time working at Microsoft and Spotify. She is also an affiliate of the AI Policy and Practice initiative and Mechanism Design for Social Good. Her work is supported by a Facebook Fellowship and Google Women Techmakers scholarship.
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Marc Kaufmann

Marc Kaufmann

Central European University
Marc is an Assistant Professor at CEU Department of Economics and Business. His research focuses on beliefs and misperceptions people hold and how this affects their work, productivity, and well-being. He graduated from Harvard University with a PhD in Economics and holds an M.Math from the University of Cambridge.
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Saumitra Sahi

Saumitra Sahi

Salesforce
Saumit is a data-driven problem solver. He leverages data science and designs AI processes to help drive strategy & growth initiatives for Salesforce’s Platform offering. Prior to Salesforce, he worked as an antitrust economic consultant at Charles River Associates in Chicago. Saumit holds an MBA and Masters in Computer Science from the University of Chicago and a BA in Economics from Princeton University.
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Jon Letts

Sustainable Ocean Alliance
Jon is a community designer who brings his experience as an auditor to consider what is immaterial and what matters in the change we need to create. He is an organizer, coach, founder, and passionate advocate for conscious interactions with each other and our environment.
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Frank Trevino

Illumulus, University of Oxford
Frank is a digital transformation & sustainability serial entrepreneur across the telco, space and public sector, focused on AI/ML, 5G and smart platforms. He is a Cofounder & Partner (AI Strategy) at Illumulus and a MSc. candidate at the University of Oxford in Sustainable Urban Development.
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Neal Rickner

Seafire Capital
Neal is a tech executive that specializes in advancing new ventures through early-stage growth. Recently Neal served as the Chief Operating Officer of Makani, a next-generation wind-turbine company owned by Alphabet and Shell and is now the CEO of Seafire Capital, investing in aerospace, mobility and elecrification.
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Carolina Pacheco

Queen's University
Carolina is a digital transformation and technology leader with a background in AI/ML. She is also a leading avocate for Women in AI – a global non-profit organization on a mission to increase female representation and participation in AI. In the past Carolina spent time with League, Data Science & Engineer, as well as Nestle S.A, Global Business Technology, teams.
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Theebak Sothilingam

Sierra Medical
Theebak Sothilingam works at Sierra Medical as the Head of Data Science, building the next generation of AI-driven diagnostics to reduce the time and cost of cancer detection. Previously, Theebak has held roles at Oliver Wyman, RBC Insurance, and Morneau Shepell as an actuary.
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Gabriel Millien

Nestlé Purina
Gabriel brings over 15 years of experience in strategy, innovation, and digital transformation at fortune 500 companies like Nestle, Pfizer, and Sanofi. He has a passion for leveraging technology as a force for good and creating greater social equity. Gabriel holds an MBA from Washington University and love to stay at the forefront of new emerging technologies and societal trends.
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Akshay Toshniwal

World Business Angels Investment Forum (WBAF)
Akshay has completed his Masters in Artificial Intelligence & Data Management. He is a Data Scientist & AI Expert working in this domain for more than 5 years and is an International Partner at the World Business Angels Investment Forum.
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Michael Stock

Blockchain & Climate Institute
Michael is the Deputy Director General at Blockchain & Climate Institute. He has a background in Law, Broadcasting, Business and since 2015 Environment Technology at Imperial College London. His work is focussed on COP26 (and CBD COP15) and communicating good bets for Blockchains, AI and faster sustainable finance, for adaptation, biodiversity, blue economy and oceans.
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Preeti Manchanda

ASER Centre
Preeti Manchanda is a research associate in the Research and Statistics Unit at ASER Centre, Pratham Education Foundation. She holds a Master’s and M.Phil in Population Studies from International Institute for Population Sciences (IIPS). Besides her research interests in education, she is also interested in working on studies related to youth, MSMEs and mental health.
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Vivian Hendrikse

INNOPAY, Inclusify.inc
Vivian is a data innovation consultant specialised the strategic implications of data innovations, data sharing and AI for businesses and governments. Next to that, she is a strong advocate for gender equality topics and has the heart for connecting the power of AI to (workplace) equality.
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Senthujan Senkaiahliyan

Hospital for Sick Children
Senthujan is a researcher at the Hospital for Sick Children with interests in Patient reported outcomes, 3D Technology, and evaluating hospital operational workflows. He keeps a keen interest in AI governance in the healthcare landscape and is working to develop tools and policies for ethical AI and bringing an ethnographic lens to AI initiatives.
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Milind Gaharwar

ECU Worldwide
Milind is a business leader with extensive experience. working with governments and with multi-national companies, advising them on matters of policy and strategy. He has built-up a successful ‘Cleantech’ start-up, and enjoys guiding organizations through their their digital transformation journeys.
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Justin Orde

South of Scotland Enterprise (SOSE)
Justin comes from a background in social critical artist practice & commerce. He now works for the first of Scotland’s public agencies, South of Scotland Enterprise, whose legislation promotes a wider view on the economy and how it impacts all we do. This includes industry, communities and the environment with a focus on place, people and natural capital. their digital transformation journeys.
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Natalie Ivasyuk

Stealth Startup
Co-founder, product design professional working on a stealth startup focusing on human connections and societal health. Psychology, sociology and philosophy enthusiast. Fixer, maker and tinkerer with a passion for functional design.
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Marta Slepankova

Verizon
Marta is an IT Process expert, an AI university student focusing on behavior studies using UTAUT prediction model, and a stay-home mum.
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Wendy Amexo

Norton Rose Fulbright
Wendy works in a global law firm as a data analyst, after making the transition from law to data science. Using her interpersonal and analytics skills Wendy not only helps stakeholders make sense of their data and solve their data problems, but she is also passionate about data ethics and data literacy.
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