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Challenge Judges

We gathered prominent industry experts on social sector skill development and the impact of new technologies, such as generative AI, to review Challenge applications.

Arturo Franco

Senior Vice President, Mastercard Center for Inclusive Growth

Mastercard Center for Inclusive Growth

Arturo Franco is a development economist and strategy consultant. His career combines high-level positions in Fortune 500 corporations and global organizations, with public policy and international development experience.

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Erik Arnold

General Manager and Chief Technology Officer


Erik Arnold has a passion for applying technology solutions to the nonprofit sector and joined Microsoft in 2017 as the Global Chief Technology Officer for the Tech for Social Impact team in Microsoft Philanthropies.

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Ginger Zielinskie

Chief Growth Officer

Federation of American Scientists

Ginger Zielinskie is the Senior Advisor at, where she works to bring the power of data science to the world’s most challenging social problems. With over twenty years of experience, Ginger serves as an action-oriented executive leader focused on building strong partnerships to achieve systematic and meaningful change.

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Preyansi Mani

Education and Youth Advisor

German Agency for International Cooperation (GIZ)

Preyansi Mani is the Education and Youths Advisor and India lead for the transformative Digital Skills2 Succeed in Asia project at the German Agency for International Cooperation (GIZ).

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Sharath Srinivasan, Ph.D.

David and Elaine Potter Associate Professor in the Department of Politics and International Studies

University of Cambridge

Sharath Srinivasan, Ph.D. co-directs the Centre of Governance and Human Rights at the University of Cambridge, where he is David and Elaine Potter Associate Professor in the Department of Politics and International Studies and a Fellow of King’s College.

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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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Challenge Reviewers

Members from our global data for social impact community are lending their expertise to evaluate the first round of Challenge proposals.

Aashi GuptaRegional Program Philanthropies, Middle East and AfricaMicrosoft
Allison Hartnett, Ph.D.Data EngineerMicrosoft
Anaita SinghProgram Officer, Digital HealthBill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Andrea Y. ParkSkilling Content LeadMicrosoft
Andrew Trister, Ph.D.Deputy Director, Digital Health and Artificial Intelligence Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Arjun VenkatramanProgram Officer, DigitalBill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Ashley SorgiData and Digital Health Team LeadManagement Sciences for Health (MSH)
Asiyah Lin, Ph.D.Contractor to NIAID/NIHAxle Informatics
Astrid AupperleCommunity Engagement Lead, GermanyMicrosoft
Astrid CounteeResearcher, Co-founderMissing Link Studios
Avinash LaddhaSenior Data
Blenda Ulima RodriguesData EngineerMicrosoft
Bola AdegbuluPrincipalAI Fund
Charles EalesUK Philanthropies LeadMicrosoft
Daniel Klein, Ph.D.Bill & Melinda Gates FoundationResearch Manager
Denise ChenProduct Management, Microsoft Research & IncubationsMicrosoft
Essa MohamedaliCo-founder & Community ManagerTanzania AI Lab & Community
Eva Gjekmarkaj Consultant in Health Data ScienceThe Rockefeller Foundation
Fatim SowDirector of StrategyMakeba
Frank KagoroAfrican Regional Manager and Data Science LeadThe Global Health Network, University of Oxford
Freedom Gumedze, Ph.D.Head of DepartmentUniversity of Cape Town
Geoffrey H. Siwo, Ph.D.Research Assistant ProfessorUniversity of Michigan
Gunjan C. PatelDirector and Head PhilanthropiesMicrosoft 
Gustavo MüllerSoftware Engineering ManagerMicrosoft
Hamzat OluwaseunProgram Manager, Partnerships and OutreachKibo School
Ime Asangansi, Ph.D.Chief Excellence OfficereHealth4everyone
James WamburiCloud Solution ArchitectMicrosoft
John Alderete, Ph.D.Professor and DirectorSimon Fraser University
Jon Agnone, Ph.D.Head of BI and Strategic Analytics, CSS (Customer Support Services)Atlassian
Jorge CellaDirector, Microsoft PhilanthropiesMicrosoft
Joyram Chakraborty, Ph.D.Professor and Director of Undergraduate Program in ITTowson University
Juan Huerta, Ph.D.Sr. Research Science ManagerAmazon
Karen TayFounder, Threshold AlliesThreshold Allies; Singapore Prime Minister’s Office; Women’s Forum
Kennedy Chelang’aTechnical Advisor & Implementation Lead, Digital InclusionCARE USA
Lindsey GottschalkDirector of
Louis Ehwerhemuepha, Ph.D. Director, Computational Research CHOC Children’s
Lucas HernándezGlobal Partnerships LeadMicrosoft
Lucia BerlinerCommunity Engagement Manager, Computer Science EducationMicrosoft
Lucia RodriguesCommunity engagement lead Microsoft
Lungi OkokoSenior Program OfficerBill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Manish Kumar, Ph.D., MPHAdjunct Assistant Professor and Co-chair, Digital Health and Interoperability Working Group, Health Data CollaborativeUniversity of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Matt AdamczykSenior Technical AdvisorMicrosoft
Michael Tjalve, Ph.D.Chief AI Architect, Director of Innovation, Tech for Social Impact at Microsoft PhilanthropiesMicrosoft
Mikala ParnelInnovation Team FellowThe Rockefeller Foundation
Omar DorraCommunity Engagement Lead – MENAMicrosoft
Olalekan AkinsandeData Scientist Mastercard Foundation 
Or SharonClous Solution ArchitectMicrosoft
Piper SutherlandSenior Manager, Social ImpactLinkedIn
Rahul MullickSr. Vice President, DigitalResolve to Save Lives
Sandra Agudelo-Londoño, Ph.D.Associate ProfessorPontificia Universidad Javeriana
Shasha Jumbe, Ph.D.President & CEOLevel 42 AI
Shingai ManjengwaHead of AI EducationChainML
Suhel BidaniLead – Digital, India Country Office Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Timothy KotinCo-Founder and CEOSuperfluid Labs
Trevor MonroeSenior Program ManagerThe World Bank
Winnie KaranuPhilanthropies Lead, Sub Saharan AfricaMicrosoft 
Wuraola OyewusiData Science and AI Instructor LinkedIn (Contract)
Yetunde Folajimi, Ph.D.Wentworth Institute of Technology / Geek Girls CollaborativeAssociate Professor / CEO
Ziyang Fan, J.D.Adjunct Professor (Technology Policy)University of California, Berkeley 
Zulma CucunubáAssistant Professor of Infectious Disease EpidemiologyPontificia Universidad Javeriana (Javeriana)