Madeleine Thomson, PhD. Senior Research Scientist studying intersection of Climate and Disease at Columbia University’s International Research Institute for Climate and Society (IRI)
A Senior Research Scientist at IRI and Senior Scholar at the Mailman School of Public Health, Department of Environmental Health Sciences – at Columbia University, Madeleine is also the Director of the IRI/PAHO-WHO Collaborating Centre (US 306) for Early Warning Systems for Malaria and Other Climate Sensitive Diseases. She did extensive research in support of large-scale health interventions, primarily in Africa and, seeking new tools to improve climate sensitive health interventions, she has studied vector borne diseases (malaria, onchocerciasis, etc.), air- and waterborne infections as well as broader health challenges associated with food security and disasters. A founding member of the Meningitis Environmental Risk Information Technologies (MERIT) research consortium and VP of the nonprofit Health and Climate Foundation, she is keenly interested in incorporating climate information into health planning, working to promote a “climate smart” public health community via the Climate Information for Public Health Action (CIPHA) initiative. Madeleine is Principal and Co-Principal Investigator on projects funded by NASA, NIH, USAID, NOAA, Google.org, the UK Department for International Development, the UK Meningitis Research Foundation, the UK Medical Research Council, The World Health Organization, the World Meteorological Organization, the African Programme for Onchocerciasis Control, and the European Union, among others. She holds a Masters (Imperial College, London) and a Ph.D. from the University of Liverpool (on the ecology/identification of specific disease vectors in Sierra Leone).
David Rosenberg. AeroFarms, CEO & Co-Founder of clean technology company building vertical farms in urban environments;serial entrepreneur of clean tech companies
David co-founded and leads AeroFarms, building and operating advanced vertical farms in urban environments. Recognized as a Circular Economy 100 company, AeroFarms won the World Technology Award for Most Impactful Environmental Company, and was voted Most Innovative Company at the Future of Agriculture conference, the Best Growth Company to invest in at the Wall St Journal’s ECO:nomics conference, and was a finalist for The Circular Awards for The World Economic Forum. David is also founded Hycrete, Inc., a nanotechnology cleantech company. Honored as a Young Global Leader in the World Economic Forum (WEF), David was a Technology Pioneer for his nanotech company. At WEF, he Co-Chairs the YGL Circular Economy Taskforce, co-leads the Technology and Innovation Group of the Transformational Leaders in Agriculture and was previously a Member of the Global Agenda Council on Water Security. David is also a member of the B20 SME Taskforce, which advises the G20. A member of Young Presidents Organization, he lectures annually at Columbia Business School and was an adjunct professor at NYU’s Stern School of Business. He holds a BA from UNC Chapel Hill and an MBA from Columbia University. A World Cup finalist in Fencing, David won three U.S. National Team Fencing Championships and two individual silver medals.