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THE MORNING SESSION
Registration & Breakfast
8:30am – 9:30am
Welcoming Address
9:30am – 9:40am
Francesca Dominici, Ph.D., Faculty Director, Harvard Data Science Initiative & the Clarence James Gamble Professor of Biostatistics, Population, and Data Science at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Harvard University
Keynote: The Power of Data in Government
9:40am – 9:50am
Minister Salima Monorma Bah, Ministry of Communications, Technology and Innovation, Sierra Leone
Building the Field of Data and AI for Impact:  Ecosystem Design
9:50am – 10:00am
Danil Mikhailov, Ph.D., Executive Director, data.org
Shaping the Future: Data for Social Impact Education
10:00am – 10:30am
Moderator: David C. Parkes, Ph.D., John A. Paulson Dean George F. Colony Professor of Computer Science, Harvard University 

Zulma M. Cucunubá, MD, MSc, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Infectious Disease Epidemiology, Pontificia Universidad Javeriana

Amy Yeboah Quarkume, Ph.D., Director of Graduate Studies for the Master’s Program in Applied Data Science, Howard University

Samuel V. Scarpino, Ph.D., Director of AI + Life Sciences, Northeastern University
Break
10:30am – 11:05am
Impact in a Minute
11:05am – 11:10am
Symone Campbell, Ph.D. Race & Tech Postdoctoral Fellow, Howard University
From Innovation to Implementation: Accelerating Data and AI Research to Impact
11:10am – 11:30am
Moderator: Elizabeth Langdon-Gray, Executive Director, Harvard Data Science Initiative, Harvard University

Satchit Balsari, Ph.D., Associate Professor in Emergency Medicine at Harvard Medical School and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center; and in the Department of Global Health and Population at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Harvard University

Esther Rolf, Ph.D., Postdoctoral Fellow, Harvard University
From the Front Lines: Social Impact Organizations Driving Change with Data and AI
11:30am – 12:00pm
Moderator: İlkay Altıntaş, Ph.D., Chief Data Science Officer, San Diego Supercomputer Center

Alicia R. Karspeck, Ph.D., Co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer, [C]Worthy

Suhani Jalota, Founder, Myna Mahila Foundation

Daniel Newton Obaka, Ph.D., President and Co-Founder, Global Integrated Education Volunteers Association (GIEVA)
Keynote: AWS Generative AI Innovation for Climate Risk
12:00pm – 12:10pm
Nelson González, Global Head, Impact Computing, AWS
THE AFTERNOON SESSION
Lunch
12:10pm – 1:10pm
Bringing it All Together: Convening Sectors for Data-driven Impact
1:10pm – 2:10pm
Moderator: Danielle Getsinger, CEO, Community Lattice

Francesca Dominici, Ph.D., Faculty Director, Harvard Data Science Initiative & the Clarence James Gamble Professor of Biostatistics, Population, and Data Science at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Harvard University

Nelson González, Global Head, Impact Computing, AWS

Danil Mikhailov, Ph.D., Executive Director, data.org
Impact in a Minute
2:10pm – 2:15pm
Daniel Grzenda, Ph.D. Student, The University of Chicago
Unlocking Data, Accelerating Impact
2:15pm – 2:45pm
Moderator: Uyi Stewart, Ph.D., Chief Data and Technology Officer, data.org

Mercè Crosas, Ph.D., Director, Computational Socials Sciences, Barcelona Supercomputing Center and President, CODATA

Bree McEwan, Ph.D, Associate Director, Data Sciences Institute, University of Toronto

Stefaan G. Verhulst, Ph.D., Co-Founder, Governance Laboratory (GovLab)
Break
2:45pm – 3:10pm
Scaling Impact: Lessons from University of Lagos’ NitHub
3:10pm – 3:30pm
Moderator: Shanna Crumley, Director, Impact Data Science, Mastercard Center for Inclusive Growth

Victor Odumuyiwa, Ph.D., Director of NITDA IT Hub, University of Lagos
Launch Announcement
3:30pm – 3:40pm
Perry Hewitt, Chief Marketing and Product Officer, data.org

Shanna Crumley, Director, Impact Data Science, Mastercard Center for Inclusive Growth
Data for Social Impact Education in Action
3:40pm – 4:10pm
Moderator: Perry Hewitt, Chief Marketing and Product Officer, data.org

Linet Kwamboka, Senior Program Manager, Data4Now, Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data (GPSDD)

Partha Pratim Das, Ph.D., Visiting Professor, Department of Computer Science and Director, Center for Data Science and Analytics, Ashoka University

David Uminsky, Ph.D., Executive Director, Data Science Institute, The University of Chicago
Impact in a Minute
4:10pm – 4:15pm
Sophie Woodward, Ph.D. Student in Biostatistics, Harvard University
Closing Remarks
4:15pm – 4:25pm
Danil Mikhailov, Ph.D., Executive Director, data.org

Francesca Dominici, Ph.D., Faculty Director, Harvard Data Science Initiative & the Clarence James Gamble Professor of Biostatistics, Population, and Data Science at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Harvard University
Closing Reception
4:30pm – 5:30pm

Accelerate Sponsors

Thank you to our Accelerate: Data for Social Impact Conference sponsors for their commitment to building the field of data for social impact.