Keynote Speakers

Anastasia Volkova

CEO and Founder of FluroSat

Anastasia is an aeronautical engineer with a PhD in autonomous drone navigation, TEDx speaker and women in #STEM advocate. She has experience ranging from projects with the NASA robots onboard International Space Station to managing a 370 person team for UEFA.

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Anastasia is a 2017 Amelia Earhart Fellow recognised for her commitment to advancing the application of aerospace engineering. Her passion for the real-world application has found expression in an agtech startup, FluroSat, which is closing the gap between the application of AI, science and sensing in precision agriculture. FluroSat in its 4 years has made an acquisition on another company, expanded internationally (used in 10 countries now) and attracted the industry’s top agribusinesses as customers. In Australia, Anastasia was named Women Creating Change by NSW/ACT (Australian Capital Territory and NSW) Young Achiever Award in 2018. In July 2019 Anastasia led FluroSat to raise an investment round from well-recognised investors including Microsoft, Costanoa Ventures and Space Capital, with the company becoming Microsofts first-ever AgTech investment globally. Most recently Anastasia became one of 25 MIT Technology Review Innovators under 35 in APAC.

Claire Burke

Founder of Claire Burke Consulting

Dr Claire Burke began her career with astrophysics and has since worked to bring the knowledge and methods from technical and physical fields to help solve major global challenges.

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Following a PhD and postdoc in astrophysics, Claire moved to the UK Met Office to work on our understanding of how climate change affects extreme weather events. Claire then moved to LJMU to found the new field of astro-ecology – the application of techniques from astrophysics to conservation, ecology and environmental challenges. By using drones, thermal infrared cameras and machine learning Claire and her team developed the world’s first automated system for detecting and identifying animals from a drone in real time. This approach has been applied to multiple other environmental monitoring challenges, including detecting underground fire and measuring chemical contaminants in the environment. Claire now using machine learning and data science methods for a variety of real world problems, from protecting infrastructure from climate change impacts to new ways to detect cancer.