Data Drives Impact: The Inclusive Growth and Recovery Challenge Awardees Event

January 28, 2021 12pm ET set out to find breakthrough ideas from all over the world that harness the power of data science to help people and communities thrive, especially in the wake of COVID-19.

In partnership with the Mastercard Center for Inclusive Growth and The Rockefeller Foundation, launched a $10 Million Challenge to bring these ideas to life. On January 28, 2021, we heard perspectives from social impact innovators on their winning concepts that will transform our world.

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New York, NY​ (January 19, 2021) ⎼ ​Today, announced the eight global awardees of the $10 million Inclusive Growth and Recovery Challenge. Launched in partnership with the​ ​Mastercard Center for Inclusive Growth​ and ​The Rockefeller Foundation​, the Challenge will tackle society’s greatest challenges by harnessing the power of data…


Shamina Singh

Founder & President

Mastercard Center for Inclusive Growth

For more than 20 years, Shamina Singh has been on the frontlines of developing and implementing solutions to make the global economy work for everyone, everywhere. Shamina is the Founder & President of the Mastercard Center for Inclusive Growth, the philanthropic hub of Mastercard. She also serves as Executive Vice President of Corporate Sustainability.

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Zia Khan

Senior Vice President, Innovation

The Rockefeller Foundation

As Senior Vice President for Innovation, Zia oversees The Rockefeller Foundation’s approach to developing solutions that can have transformative impact on people’s lives, with a focus on innovative finance, data & technology, and science. He writes and speaks frequently on leadership, strategy, and innovation.

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Danielle Getsinger is the co-founder and CEO of Community Lattice, a consulting firm specialized in using data science to overcome environmental barriers to community revitalization. Danielle is a licensed Professional Geologist with about 15 years of experience working on complex environmental issues ranging from technical assessment and cleanup of brownfields to community-wide strategies for addressing environmental injustice, climate adaptation, and resiliency.

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Nick Feamster

Director, Center for Data and Computing

The University of Chicago

Nick Feamster is the Neubauer Professor of Computer Science and Director of the Center for Data and Computing at the University of Chicago. Feamster also directs the Network Operations and Internet Security research lab, where we develop data-driven tools and systems to improve Internet security, performance, and adoption.

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Sonja Kelly

Director of Research and Advocacy

Women’s World Banking

Sonja Kelly is the global lead for Women’s World Banking research. Through research on the financial sector, policy trends, financial services providers, and end-users, Sonja and her team advocate for women’s financial inclusion.

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Nelly Ramírez Moncada

Senior Climate Ecosystem And Innovation Architect

BFA Global

Nelly Ramírez Moncada is the vice President, head of advanced digital services at Fundación Capital. Nelly has over a decade of professional experience in the public and private sector in social entrepreneurship, international development and public policies as project manager and/or advisor to key stakeholders.

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Thomas Motmans

Senior Sustainable Energy Finance Specialist

Basel Agency for Sustainable Energy (BASE)

Thomas Motmans is a senior sustainable energy finance specialist at BASE with experience in South America (Colombia, Brazil), the Caribbean, Africa (Rwanda, South Africa) and Asia (Laos).

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Tim Kariotis

Research Fellow

University of Melbourne School of Government

Timothy Kariotis is a research fellow in regulation and design at the Melbourne School of Government. Tim is also a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Melbourne School of Computing and Information Systems, where his Ph.D. focuses on information privacy in the design of digital mental health technologies. Tim also holds…

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Alex Fischer

Head Of Research

Paul Ramsay Foundation

As a member of the policy and engagement team at the Paul Ramsay Foundation, Alex Fischer leads programs related to thought leadership and strategic research to discover new ideas and integrate learnings into the Foundation’s projects and partnerships. He also works with a cross-Foundation team on the development of a Data…

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