James 'Jimi' Crawford
Founder & Chief Executive Officer | Orbital Insight
After leading software research and development for over two decades, Jimi is founder & CEO of Orbital Insight. Orbital Insight helps business and policy decision makers understand economic and societal trends through geospatial analytics. His corporate focus is to develop artificial intelligence, machine learning, and computer vision, creating a new source of market data for diverse industries.
Before a successful $1B Monsanto acquisition, Jimi was the SVP of Science and Engineering at the Climate Corporation. Prior to that, he was CTO and Software Architect at Moon Express whose goal was putting the first commercial robot on the moon. As the Engineering Director for Google Book Search, he was in charge of Google’s project to scan, index, and make searchable all the world’s books. As EVP of Engineering at Composite Software, he led product development around data visualization. At Nasa Ames Research Center, Jimi led Autonomy and Robotics projects and authored over 15 peer reviewed publications, resulting in five patents. Jimi earned his PhD and Master’s degrees in Computer Science from the University of Texas at Austin, and BA in Math and Computer Science from Rice University.
He has a long-term interest in photography which led him, most recently, to eastern Idaho to photograph the August total eclipse.
Senior Economist | Urban, Resilience and Land Global Practice of the World Bank
Mark Roberts is a senior economist with the Urban, Resilience and Land Global Practice of the World Bank, based in Singapore.
He is coauthor of the World Bank’s South Asia Region Flagship Report, Leveraging Urbanization in South Asia, its Latin America and Caribbean Flagship Report, Raising the Bar for Productive Cities in Latin America and the Caribbean, and its Indonesia Urbanization Flagship report, Time to ACT: Realizing Indonesia’s Urban Potential. He has also worked on both the Europe and Central Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa regions, and acts as an advisor to Work Bank teams working on the analysis of processes of urban and spatial development.
Mark has published widely in peer-reviewed academic journals on the topic of spatial economic development and, prior to joining the World Bank, he was a university lecturer in spatial economics at the University of Cambridge and a coeditor of the journal Spatial Economic Analysis. Mark holds a PhD in applied economics and an MA in economics from the University of Cambridge as well as an MS in economics from Warwick University.
Managing Director | SMARTSEL, Malaysia
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