Collective Pandemic Intelligence

Confronting the crisis of COVID-19 has proven to be one of the world’s most critical challenges. One that is bigger than any singular government or organization. As possibly the greatest challenge of our generation, the response to COVID-19 requires collaboration and uncommon thinking, which is precisely why we’ve created the Collective Pandemic Intelligence Breakthrough Track as part of this year’s AI for Good Global Summit.

If harnessed for the good of humanity, AI and machine learning can help enable and accelerate existing efforts to solve our current crisis and pave the way for new solutions to this and future pandemics.

Continue the conversation outside of workshops. Have a question? Need a recap? Want to offer your expertise and support? Use Slack to converse directly with teams, experts, Brain Trusts and facilitators during and after the designated workshops.

GLOBAL BRAIN TRUST: The AI for Good Brain Trust is composed of forward-looking individuals, innovators and thinkers who utilize their expertise in data and AI systems to help drive global initiatives in the areas of Gender Equity, Food Systems, and Pandemics. Brain Trust members help to identify potential breakthroughs in their respective domains, curate high-impact projects and facilitate connections between innovators and other global leaders.

Chief Health Informatics Officer

Dr. Andrew Muth is the Chief Health Informatics Officer for the VA Central Iowa Health Care System and also practices clinically as a hospitalist at Blank Children’s Hospital. Prior to his current roles, he completed his pediatric residency, as well as a two-year, accredited Clinical Informatics Fellowship in Phoenix, Arizona. Dr. Muth is board certified in Pediatrics through the American Board of Pediatrics (ABP) and in Clinical Informatics under the American Board of Preventive Medicine (ABPM). He earned both his Bachelor of Science in Emergency Medical Services and Doctor of Medicine from Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska.

Senior Director of Special Initiatives

Jyothsna Buddharaju is the Senior Director of Special Initiatives for Boston University. She leads donor awareness and engagement for the University’s strategic priorities such as data sciences, infectious disease and sustainability among others. Prior to her tenure at Boston University, Jyothsna spent many years working for non-profits in the arts, STEM education and human services. Most recently, Jyothsna led corporate, foundation relations for the health sciences at UCLA.

Jyothsna holds an MBA and BA in economics from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. She also graduated with Masters in Public Policy and Asian Studies from the University of Texas at Austin.

Director; Chief Medical Informatics Officer (CMIO) VA Palo Alto
VA National Center for Collaborative Healthcare Innovation (NCCHI)

Dr. Thomas Osborne is the Director for the National Center for Collaborative Healthcare Innovation (NCCHI) and is also the Chief Medical Informatics Officer (CMIO) at VA Palo Alto Healthcare System. He is currently leading multidisciplinary teams in the co-development of pioneering healthcare solutions throughout VA, with other government agencies, and with leading technology companies. His work has been published in numerous medical journals and textbooks with a focus on related topics such as artificial intelligence, sensor technology, and the future of healthcare. Dr. Osborne received his medical degree from Dartmouth Medical School, completed his residency at Harvard Mount Auburn Hospital, and fellowship at Harvard Massachusetts General Hospital. He is board certified in both Diagnostic Radiology and Neuroradiology. Dr. Osborne is a staff neuroradiologist at VA Palo Alto Healthcare System and Clinical Assistant Professor (affiliated) at Stanford University School of Medicine.

VHA Senior Innovation Fellow
VHA Innovation Ecosystem

Amanda has been working as an Innovation Specialist at the Veterans Administration (VA) St Louis Health Care System within the Veterans Health Care Administration (VHA) Innovators Network part-time since October 2016, and full-time since April 2018. She loves to empower others, ignite curiosity, and wonder about what’s possible.

Prior to her work in the Innovators Network, she held leadership roles in implementing programs for prevention, integrative and complementary care, and health behavior change at the VA. She has extensive experience and training in facilitation and advancing learning in adults. She has a PhD in Counseling Psychology from The Ohio State University.

Partner and SVP

Cody Simms is Partner and Senior Vice President at Techstars – the global platform for startup investment and innovation – and works as a steward of Techstars’ equity investments and venture capital funds for one of the most active early-stage venture investors in the world. Cody works at the board level with companies including WELL Health, Tasso, Two Bit Circus, StatMuse, Voatz and more.

Earlier in his career, Cody held roles including Chief Product Officer at StumbleUpon, Vice President of Product Management at Yahoo, and Product Manager at The New York Times, Sprint, and NBC Internet /

Cody holds an M.A. in Transnational Communication and Global Media from Goldsmiths College, University of London, and is a Phi Beta Kappa and Summa Cum Laude graduate of the University of Kansas with a B.A. in History and East Asian Languages and Cultures with emphasis on Mandarin Chinese.

Senior Vice President, Research and Development, Professor of Practice
Khalifa University of Science and Technology

Dr. Steven Griffiths is Senior Vice President for Research and Development and Professor of Practice at the Khalifa University of Science and Technology. At Khalifa University, he oversees the development and implementation of the university’s research strategy and operations.
Among his activities external to Khalifa University, Dr. Griffiths is advisor to the UAE Research Program for Rain Enhancement Science, a Zayed Sustainability Prize Selection Committee member, a member of the Dubai Future Council on Energy, an elected member of the Global Energy Prize International Award Committee and a member of the Global Governance of Artificial Intelligence Experts Working Group. He is also Associate Editor and Editorial Board member of Elsevier’s international journal Energy Strategy Reviews, Associate Editor and Editorial Board member of Springer’s international journal Energy Transitions and a non-resident Fellow of the Payne Institute at the Colorado School of Mines. His recent work includes examination of the convergence of machine intelligence and culture in low-carbon energy transitions.
Dr. Griffiths holds a PhD in Chemical Engineering from MIT and an MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management.

Deputy CEO
Life Sciences Queensland (LSQ)

Dr Nagaraj Gopisetty is the Deputy CEO of Life Sciences Queensland and heads the business development program – Life Sciences Catalyst. The LS Catalyst program is a platform delivering targeted initiatives and services to support Queensland based Life Science Startups and entrepreneurs and facilitate the growth of Queensland’s life sciences industry.
Nagaraj is an innovation architect with a proven track record in technology translation and commercialisation. Prior to joining LSQ, Nagaraj was the Business Development and Innovation Education Manager at the Translational Research Institute. He also worked as a technology transfer professional within Australian Universities and medical research institutes along with short working stints within government, a biotechnology start-up and leading multi-national pharmaceutical companies. He is experienced in business development, research translation and commercialisation, intellectual property management, contract and licence negotiations, projects management. He is also experienced in facilitating alliance management and stakeholder engagement involving partnerships with academia, clinicians, industry and other stakeholders.
Nagaraj holds a Bachelor of Pharmacy degree from India, a Masters in Biotechnology (Hon’s) from Griffith University and a PhD in Pharmacy from the University of Queensland. He also has an MBA from the University of Newcastle. He is an active mentor on the IMNIS program, grant reviewer on government and private funding schemes and represents on a number of key working groups and steering committees
Nagaraj is passionately interested in education and training programs aimed at improving current practices and processes within the knowledge exchange, knowledge transfer and entrepreneurship in the life sciences sector.

Past events

Collective Pandemic Intelligence
21 July 2020

Join the conversation and find out how you can participate in this breakthrough track and get a chance to present your project at the AI for Good Breakthrough week to be held on 21-30 September 2020.