SatSummit 2024
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Andrew Schroeder, PhD

VP of Research and Analysis at Direct Relief and CrisisReady. He/Him.


Dr. Andrew Schroeder is the Vice President of Research and Analysis for Direct Relief. He leads Direct Relief’s work in data science, GIS, and humanitarian innovation. His work has been published or featured in outlets including Science, The Lancet, PLoS Digital Health, American Journal of Public Health, and others. He has previously worked in a consulting and advisory capacity for the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and the World Food Programme (WFP), and as a member of the health data experts committee for Meta (formerly Facebook). Dr. Schroeder is the co-founder, along with colleagues at Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health, Harvard Medical School, and Harvard Data Science Initiative, of CrisisReady (, a research and response platform which builds analytic capacity along with new digital tools for translating private data into public good for disasters and health emergencies. He is also the co-founder and former Board President of the global nonprofit, which builds local capacity in robotics applications for humanitarian aid, development, and global health in nearly 40 countries around the world. Andrew earned his Ph.D. in Social and Cultural Analysis from New York University and his Masters of Public Policy (MPP) and certification in Science, Technology and Public Policy (STPP) from the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy at the University of Michigan.

On the agenda

  1. Satellite Providers & Implementers

    May. 16, 11:10am
    The Forum

    A direct dialogue between satellite industry leaders and global development and humanitarian response experts. Panelists will share how their organizations are working to accelerate earth-informed action. Panelists will reflect on the past decade, the progress that we’ve made, and the areas where progress has been elusive. They will discuss how to work across the community in our common interest.


    1. Rhiannan Price


    1. Ritesh Gautam, PhD
    2. Joe Morrison
    3. Carrie Stokes
    4. Andrew Schroeder, PhD
  2. Picturing the Populace

    May. 16, 04:00pm
    The South Hub

    Numerous efforts have been made to map people and structures. These include “traditional” efforts from US and EU research and government institutions and crowdsourced efforts like OpenStreetMap. Recently, we’ve seen the addition of massive AI-derived open building datasets from Meta and Google and the launch of the Overture Foundation. How do these efforts compare? How can they build off each other? How should we get them into use by National Statistics Offices and government decision-makers?

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  1. NASA Lifelines


  1. Element84

  2. Esri

  3. Impact Observatory

  4. United States Agency for International Development (USAID)