Speakers

The Nature Tech Expo features a programme of talks, panel discussions and side-sessions. Hear from leaders in digital technology and nature recovery.

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Dr Ana Andries teaches the Remote Sensing and GIS module of the BSc Environment and Sustainability and is the principal researcher for the Space4Nature project. This project focuses on habitat mapping by using VHR satellite imageries and citizen science data. She worked on multiple projects that explored EO technologies to address socio-economic and environmental issues which are part of the Space4Sustainability initiative at the University of Surrey. Ana also serves as co-editor of Sustainability, a leading environmental open-access journal.

Henry Driver is a digital artist and game developer based in Suffolk, who primarily focuses on climate change and its devastating effects on our planet.

Stig Martin is a senior leader in Cognizant, a global professional services company that advances the technologies that are changing the nature of business.

Elena is the CEO and founder of Yaldi Games, a startup games studio crafting gaming experiences for gamers, hobbyists, and lifelong learners where gaming is not just an escape but a gateway to enriching real-life experiences. Yaldi’s first title is a foraging life simulator called “Out and About”, where players can explore nature, identify factual plants and mushrooms, cook real-life recipes & herbal tinctures and restore a community affected by climate change.

Andrew has a background in protected area management, habitat restoration initiatives and project development. He is currently managing the Space4Nature project – combining Citizen Science, high resolution satellite imagery and artificial intelligence to monitor and improve wildlife habitat across Surrey and beyond.

Dan leads the Marine Biological Association IT and Data Teams and is project co-ordinator for DASSH; the Marine Data and Information Network (MEDIN) accredited Data Archive Centre for biodiversity data. He has over 25 years’ experience in marine data management and publication. Dan is also a member of the global Ocean Biodiversity Information System (OBIS) Steering Group, and lead the UK contribution through the UK OBIS Node hosted at the MBA.

Tom has worked in a range of commercial and client relations roles for impact-driven businesses. Prior to joining NatureMetrics, Tom led the growth of Dutch ag-tech startup measuring environmental indicators on farms for FMCG supply chains.
Tom now leads the Onshore Industries sales team at NatureMetrics where he delivers biodiversity monitoring solutions for terrestrial industries including mining, energy, infrastructure, forestry and agriculture.
Tom is based in Bristol – one of the UK’s eco-hubs and leading green-tech cities.

James serves as programme manager at the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), the global authority on the status of the natural world and the measures needed to safeguard it.

He is the global lead for IUCN’s work on the use of appropriate technology and innovation to catalyse effective, equitable, and successful area-based and species conservation to support delivery of the IUCN Programme and Nature 2030.

Craig is part of techUK, the trade association which brings together people, companies and organisations to realise the positive outcomes of what digital technology can achieve. Here he works on areas ranging from climate change, ESG disclosures and due diligence, through to circular economy, business and human rights, conflict minerals and post-Brexit regulation. Prior to joining techUK, He worked in public affairs and policy has an avid interest in new and emerging technologies.

Dr Hannah Rudman is Business Development Director at Highlands Rewilding which restores nature for people and planet. She is Senior Research Fellow at the James Hutton Institute, directing applied research in nature tech and digital measurement, reporting and verification. She also co-leads the Scottish Nature Finance Pioneers network, and serves as Board Trustee of the National Galleries of Scotland.

Previously Hannah founded and developed two environmental tech start-ups and has designed multi-national digital transformation programmes, eventually selling her frameworks to Leidos, a global technology services company.

Giselle is the lead for iNaturalistUK including promotion and management of the UK portal. She is also tasked with developing the membership of the National Biodiversity Network Trust and increasing funding streams into the Network. Giselle joined the National Biodiversity Network in 2015, having previously worked in the social housing sector. Since 2020, she has been the lead organiser for the City Nature Challenge, Nottingham.

Dr Doug Wilson OBE leads science strategy at UKCEH. He has more than 25 years’ experience in environmental science, management and regulation. Doug was formerly the Environment Agency’s Chief Scientist where he led the organisation’s innovative environmental monitoring, data analysis and reporting on the state of the environment.

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The conference is being organised by the award-winning Ecosystems Knowledge Network (EKN), in partnership with the UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology and the Nature Tech Collective and our Media Partner edie.