"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed people can change the world. Indeed. It is the only thing that ever has."
- Margaret Mead

Board of Directors

Jerry Johnston

Jerry Johnston

Board Chair Location Intelligence Practice Deloitte

Anne Hale Miglarese

Anne Hale Miglarese

Board Secretary Program Executive Officer, Saildrone & Founder, Radiant Earth Foundation

Hamed Alemohammad

Hamed Alemohammad

Executive Director & Chief Data Scientist Radiant Earth Foundation

Claudia Juech

Vice President of Data and Society Patrick J. McGovern Foundation

Sives Govender

Research Group Leader, Spatial Information Systems CSIR South Africa


Our team

Hamed Alemohammad

Executive Director & Chief Data Scientist

About Hamed Alemohammad

Executive Director & Chief Data Scientist

Hamed Alemohammad is passionate about applications of machine learning in geospatial analytics and its possibilities to provide developing countries with tools to monitor their progress toward sustainable development goals. Hamed has extensive expertise in remote sensing and imagery techniques particularly in developing new algorithms for multi-spectral satellite and airborne based observations. He also serves as an elected member of the American Geophysical Union’s technical committee on remote sensing. Prior to joining Radiant Earth Foundation  in Sep. 2017, he spent one year at Columbia University and two years at MIT as a postdoctoral research scientist. Hamed received his PhD in Civil and Environmental Engineering from MIT in 2014. 

Louisa Nakanuku-Diggs

Marketing & Communications Manager

About Louisa Nakanuku-Diggs

Marketing & Communications Manager

Louisa Nakanuku-Diggs is enthusiastic about storytelling and visualization and their possibilities to transform complex topics into simple, yet engaging and effective narratives. Louisa has helped governments, development organizations and NGOs focusing on environmental issues in Africa with approaches to convert data to information, and information to knowledge and attitudinal changes. Before joining Radiant Earth Foundation, she served as an international communication consultant, working with conservation organizations to develop behavior change strategies, incorporating digital communications channels, and generating science information products for laypersons. 

Kevin Booth

Engineering Manager

About Kevin Booth

Engineering Manager

Kevin Booth is passionate about using technology to leave a positive impact on the world. Kevin is the lead maintainer of the STAC QGIS plugin and is an active contributor to various open-source projects. Before joining Radiant Earth Foundation, Kevin taught students GIS and Geoprogramming, wrote software for NASA's Orion Spacecraft program, and developed Android applications for Fortune 100 companies. Kevin received his B.S. in Geographic Information Science from Texas State University in 2018 and is working on his M.S. in Geography.

Alex Rice

Full Stack Developer

About Alex Rice

Full Stack Developer

Alex Rice is interested in all kinds of maps and geospatial data, especially for Environmental, Ecological, and Sustainability applications. Alex has been a developer and open source software enthusiast since 1995. Prior to joining Radiant Earth Foundation in 2021, he worked at Development Seed, Descartes Labs, and National Center for Genome Resources. Alex received his Postbaccalaureate Certificate in Geographic Information Systems and Science (GIS) from Pennsylvania State University in 2016, and his Bachelor’s in Linguistic Anthropology from the University of New Mexico in 1994.

Daniel Nwaeze

Data Scientist

About Daniel Nwaeze

Data Scientist

Daniel Nwaeze is passionate about helping organizations uncover and develop data patterns, allowing them to make better decisions. He has previously worked with Humanity Data Systems, developing machine learning models responsible for capturing operational data to monitor aid delivery for the Yemen Relief and Reconstruction Fund (YRRF) to enhancing performance. Daniel has also led a team of tutors at Efico Resources, where he advised and mentored West African students on state-of-the-art data science tools for analysis.

Renee Pieschke

Technical Project Manager

About Renee Pieschke

Technical Project Manager

Renee Pieschke likes to take a proactive approach toward problem-solving to mitigate risks. She is a passionate advocate for developers, enabling them to do their best work while making sure projects stay on track. Her background in geography and information science help her understand and organize the work around her. Before joining Radiant Earth Foundation, she spent five years working as a contractor in the geospatial industry for government and commercial partners through Development Seed, KBR, and Innovate! Inc.

Kendall Lee Smith

Geospatial Data Engineer

About Kendall Lee Smith

Geospatial Data Engineer

Kendall Smith is passionate about the possible solutions to climate change and sustainable global development found at the intersection of state-of-the-art deep learning algorithms and Earth observation data. Prior to joining Radiant Earth Foundation in October 2021, he served as data engineer for six months at the George Kostas Research Institute developing scalable machine learning pipelines to serve inference for multimodal object detection. Kendall also worked in business intelligence for over ten years at several Fortune 100 companies and startups automating operational workflows and improving customer experience. Kendall received his B.A. in International Political Economy from the University of Washington and his M.S. in Computer Science (specializing in Artificial Intelligence) from Northeastern University.

Gregory Essuman

Geospatial Data Engineer

About Gregory Essuman

Geospatial Data Engineer

Gregory Amponsah Essuman is a goal-oriented individual passionate about leveraging the power of geospatial technologies and Earth observation to drive organizational policy and business decisions. Gregory has helped companies fast-track their operations by providing geospatial and training services. With a Bachelor’s Degree in Geography and an MSc in Geo-information Science, Gregory applies spatial thinking in all his professional works. Before joining Radiant Earth Foundation, he worked as a Geospatial Backend Developer at Where Geospatial. Gregory has also worked as a Geospatial Consultant for several Ghana and the United States companies for over four years.

Kimberly Gonzalez

Science & Tech Communications Intern

About Kimberly Gonzalez

Science & Tech Communications Intern

Kimberly is a junior at Binghamton University studying environmental science with a specialization in ecosystems, along with a history minor. She’s passionate about communicating matters related to the Earth in an accessible and informative fashion. Prior to interning for Radiant Earth, she held an internship with City & State, a magazine in New York City, where she wrote about New York politics. She's an avid writer and photographer for her college newspaper, Pipe Dream, where she originally found her passion for journalism, communications and social media outreach.

Fellows

Chris Holmes

Technology Fellow Planet Labs

Matthias Mohr

Technology Fellow University of Münster | OpenEO

Phil Varner

Technology Fellow

Cindy Lin

Policy Fellow Atkinson Center for Sustainability