SatSummit 2024
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Francis Gassert

Strategy & Impact at Vizzuality. He/Him.


Francis leads Strategy and Impact at Vizzuality, where he designs solutions at the intersection of science, technology, and business, focusing on the critical global issues of climate change and biodiversity. Before joining Vizzuality, Francis worked on climate, data, and technology projects for organizations such as World Resources Institute, World Bank, National Geographic Society, and New America. He works to understand complex systems to identify what action needs to be taken to create the change that’s urgently needed to make our world sustainable and fair.

On the agenda

  1. Monitoring the State of Nature

    May. 16, 01:15pm
    The North Hub

    Our need to understand biodiversity pushes the boundaries of what’s possible with remote sensing. The UN Convention on Biological Diversity has set ambitious targets for every country to meet by 2030, but 75% of the indicators don’t have data to monitor them. Companies are being asked to disclose biodiversity impacts but don’t know where to start, and the reality of conservation on the ground is always more complicated. Join us for a lively discussion on the state of the art, and the need for better mapping of biodiversity, ecosystem conditions, and nature’s value to people.


    1. Francis Gassert


    1. Seamus Lombardo, PhD
    2. Michelle Sims
    3. Woody Turner
    4. Mabel Baez Schon, PhD

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  1. NASA Lifelines


  1. Element84

  2. Esri

  3. Impact Observatory

  4. United States Agency for International Development (USAID)