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Gina McCarthy and Dr. Mae Jemison Headline Event “Open Data in a Closing World”

The event will feature the launch of Resource Watch, a new global data platform from WRI and more than 30 partners


WRI and the National Geographic Society are hosting an event, “Open Data in a Closing World,” to shed light on how current trends in data, technology, media and human networks can inform decision-making around natural resources.

The event features keynote speeches by Gina McCarthy, former EPA Administrator, and Dr. Mae Jemison, former Astronaut, on Wednesday, April 11 from 9:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m. at National Geographic headquarters in Washington, DC.

Other featured speakers include Andrew Steer (WRI), Jonathan Baillie (National Geographic Society), Rebecca Moore (Google), Ambassador Henne Schuwer (The Netherlands), Janet Ranganathan (WRI) and more; an armchair discussion on the growing field of data journalism with Maggie Koerth-Baker (Five-Thirty-Eight) and Aaron Williams (Washington Post); and a panel discussion with Google, Open AQ and University of Maryland on technology for a sustainable future moderated by Andy Revkin (National Geographic).

WRI will also launch Resource Watch, a new dynamic platform that provides trusted and timely data for a sustainable future, including an onsite demonstration. Resource Watch, developed by WRI and over 40 partners, harnesses the data revolution to create unprecedented transparency on the pulse of the planet.

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If you are interested in a preview of Resource Watch, please contact Lauren Zelin ( for more information or a demo of the site.


Keynote addresses by:

Gina McCarthy, Former Administrator, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency; Director, Harvard Center for Health and the Global Environment

Dr. Mae Jemison, Former Astronaut; Engineer; Physician; Lead 100 Year Starship; Founder and President, The Jemison Group; Founder The Earth We Share; Member National Academy of Medicine, National Women’s Hall of Fame and International Space Hall of Fame.

Remarks by:

Ambassador Henne Schuwer, The Netherlands

Andrew Steer, President and CEO, World Resources Institute

Andy Revkin, Strategic Adviser for Science and Environmental Journalism, National Geographic

Janet Ranganathan, Vice President of Science and Research, World Resources Institute

Jonathan Baillie, Chief Scientist and Senior Vice President, Science and Exploration, National Geographic Society

Maggie Koerth-Baker, Senior Science Writer, Five-Thirty-Eight

Rebecca Moore, Director, Google Earth, Earth Engine & Earth Outreach, Google

To see the full agenda, go to:


Wednesday, April 11, 2018

9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Breakfast & registration begin at 8:00 a.m.

A light lunch will be served at the conclusion of the event.


National Geographic Society

Grosvenor Auditorium

1600 M Street NW, Washington, DC 20036

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