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Helena Edelson

The Axis Initiative
Helena is using AI and complex adaptive systems to study and help endangered species under climate change, biodiversity loss, human-wildlife conflict and illegal wildlife trade. Bridging academia and industry, she is a member of the Environmental Intelligence team of the Interagency Arctic Research Policy Committee, The Snow Leopard Network, SEA lab at Oregon State University and CEO of The Axis Initiative. She was formerly a Senior Data and Distributed Systems Engineer, Platform Infrastructure Engineering at Apple; Principal Engineer at Lightbend and member of the Akka team; Senior Cloud Engineer at CrowdStrike; Senior Software Engineer, Analytics Team at DataStax; Senior Cloud Engineer at VMware. She has been a keynote speaker and session speaker at big data, scale and Scala conferences internationally.