Ria Persad studied math and physics at Harvard, Princeton and Cambridge with PhD at Rice. She was a climate modeler at Lawrence Berkeley Lab, a Space Scientist at NASA then a quant and AI expert on Wall Street. Persad is Founder of StatWeather, ranked #1 in climate tech by Environmental Business International, was a “Top 7” Lifetime Achievement Leader by S&P Global Energy Awards and was the International Renewable Energy Woman of the Year. She is a Global AI Ambassador for SwissCognitive as an AI expert and mentors females in STEM through her nonprofit, Climate Science Foundation. With over 30 years of experience in AI and, being one of the founders of Machine Learning, Persad has ample experience in inclusion and AI both on a professional and a personal level.