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Team ÆRTH

ÆRTH Core

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Adina Popescu

Founder / CEO

Philosopher & Technologist.

Advised Apple, Conservation International and Paramount Studios on VR as early as 2014. Advised the German Government on privacy preserving protocols. Published extensively on data privacy in a growing digitally connected world. Advocated for decentralized digital frameworks at Energy Transition Dialogue, UNESCO and GEZ.

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Dr. JT Reager

NASA - Remote Sensing

Award-winning NASA scientist at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena where he studies water resources using satellites that monitor the Earth’s gravitational field. Awarded the presidential Early Career Award for Using Gravity to Track Earth’s Water Systems. Principal investigator on the Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment. Deputy Project Applications Lead for the GRACE-FO mission.

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David Atkinson

Incentive Structure

David is Co-Founder at Holochain and has a long standing career in creating peer to peer data sharing incentive structures and privacy preserving mechanisms.

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Nick Morten Podratz

Engineering & Design Thinking

Nick is a technologist with history in nature conservation. Having lived part of his youth in Central America, he knows the intricacies of ground work. In his previous roles, Nick has developed DNA sequencing technology with the Robert Koch Institute, created a stage-wear outfit worn at Super Bowl, and won a PETA award. Nick holds a degree from Hasso Plattner Institute where he was formally educated in IT-Systems Engineering and Design Thinking.

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Daniel Illner

A.I. & Data Science

Holding a masters degree from Technical University Munich in Robotics, Cognition, Intelligence, Daniel is an Berlin based engineer with a strong background in Computer Science. As a former visiting research fellow at Harvard University, his interests circulate around Computation, Machine Learning, Artificial Intelligence, Data Science, Neuroscience, the Mind and Philosophy.

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Boris Tankilewitsch

Curator of Culture and Community

Boris is an experience producer, curator, and community builder. He combines his experiences in steering tech unicorns as well as emerging hospitality ventures to success and has developed digital tools for the sharing economy.

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Dakin Parker

Finance

Dakin is a Chartered Accountant, registered with the South African Institute. In a career spanning 25 years and 3 continents, his focus has ranged from taking new ideas to post-revenue, building businesses from the ground up, expanding back-office capacity, and developing skills in people. He has 2 Masters degrees and is obsessed with balancing the motive of doing well (profit) with doing good (community).

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Pascal Gerstenlauer

Brand Consulting & Digital Services

Born in Germany, raised with urban arts, hip-hop and fashion, he spent 20+ years in Paris, building and distributing market leading urban streetwear brands.

Since 2012, Pascal provides digital and brand consulting services @ 'Mendesgroup Berlin' to major lifestyle distribution players, focussing on omni-channel strategies and conversion funnels. 

ÆRTH Advisory Board

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Dr. Newton H. Campbell Jr.

AROSE Space Consortium

Newton is the Director of Space Programs at the Australian Remote Operations for Space and Earth (AROSE) Consortium. Newton began his career supporting US DOD research programs, primarily within DARPA. For ten years, he served as Principal Investigator and technical lead of research projects in the domains of Internet Privacy, Internet-of-Things, and Cyber-Physical Systems. After DoD,  he served as an Artificial Intelligence (AI) subject matter expert for the NASA Langley Research Center OCIO Data Science Team. There, Newton focused on programs in urban air mobility, geomagnetism, virtual reality, AI Ethics, high-performance computing for computational physics, and space radiation effects on human biology.

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Jack Healey

Advisor - Human Rights

Jack Healey was the Director of Amnesty International for 12 years. He is an American human rights activist. Called "Mr. Human Rights", Healey's focus has been on inspiring the youth to support non-violent activism that would push back oppressive governments and societies. 

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Fabio Cresto Aleina

Climate Policy Lead

Fabio is a climate change consultant specialized in climate policy and climate change adaptation. After working for over 9 years in various research institutes in Europe as a climate scientist, since 2020 he has been acting as an independent consultant for international cooperation agencies (UNDP, GIZ), NGOs and governments in Latin America. He led the formulation of the updated Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) in Guatemala in the adaptation sectors, and the development of the national Action Plan for NDC implementation. He is focussed on elaborating science- and nature-based, culturally appropriate, and just climate adaptation strategies for both people and ecosystems across the world.

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Jurgen Valckenaere

Reef Systems & Coastal Environment

Jurgen is the Founder @ Grey 4 Blue Group, an enterprise at the forefront of pioneering solutions to the ocean's contemporary challenges.

Currently a PhD Candidate at the University of Western Australia within the Wernberg Lab and the UWA Oceans Institute, his research focuses on the concept of future-proofing within temperate reef systems and the coastal environment Jurgen’s academic pursuits have made notable strides, with his master's thesis leading him to contribute to discussions with the United Nations and an international report ’s chapter regarding the legal status of kelp forests within International environmental governance systems. With over a decade of international and multidisciplinary experience, Jurgen is an advocate in combining regenerative strategies, collaborative efforts, automation and innovative technologies to ensure the longevity and health of our marine environments.

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Yessin Schiegg

Blockchain & Compliance

CFO of the NEAR Foundation since 2020. 20 years of professional experience. He held several CFO positions in asset management firms focusing on private equity, private debt, and infrastructure investments. During his career, he also worked for BlackRock, Swiss Re, and PwC. Yessin has been involved in the blockchain industry since 2015. He served as an Advisor of the Ethereum Foundation, contributed to the Web3 Foundation, and helped many Web3 startups established in Switzerland. Among other academic degrees, he holds a Swiss CPA, and he is a CFA Charterholder.

ÆRTH Ambassadors

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Brandon Levy

Our Partner at Sustainable Ocean Alliance (SOA)

Chief Program Officer at Sustainable Ocean Alliance (SOA). Brandon is a community builder, systems thinker, and mission-driven professional with experience working with leading sustainable enterprises.

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Thiago Ferrari

Coastal Observation Brazil

Executive Director of the Amigos da Jubarte Project. Environmentalist President of the O Canal - Institute for sustainable enterprises.

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Dr. Tirso Gonzales

Indigenous Farming Practises

Tirso is a Sociologist by training (PhD University of Wisconsin, Madison). Postdoctoral studies (UC Davis, UC Berkeley). Former Indigenous Studies professor at the University of British Columbia-Okanagan, Canada. He is an active member of Universidad del Pacífico´s Ciencia Andina/Andean Science Think-Tank group, Lima, Perú. His work experience as scholar, international consultant and activist has allowed him to work on and with Indigenous Peoples agendas. Former member of the Global International Assessment of Agricultural Science & Technology for Development, IAASTD. He has participated at various Intergovernmental Science-Policy meetings. Currently works on Challenges of Duality and Non-Duality´s Ways of Knowing and Being for “Buen Vivir/Sumaq Kawsay” and for the Intercultural Nurturing/Crianza of the Andean Regions’ Territory”.

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Txai Macêdo

Amazonian indigenous leadership

Indigenist since 1978, "sertanista" (word used to name the person who defends indigenous rights dedicated to mediate the relations between indigenous people and whitemen) since 1986. He was the founder and national coordinator along with Chico Mendes and Ailton Krenak of the Aliança dos Povos da Floresta (People of the Forest Alliance). He is one of the biggest proponents of Agro Forestry.

ÆRTH Partners

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