Sandy J. Andelman is chief scientist and senior vice president for Conservation International. She also is the founding executive director of Vital Signs, a monitoring system that fills a critical need for integrative, diagnostic data and indicators on agriculture, ecosystem health and human well-being. She led the design and creation of the TEAM Network, a global system to understand how climate change is affecting tropical forests and the people who depend on them worldwide. She is a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Food Security and previously served as deputy director of the US National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis (NCEAS), one of the world’s top ecological research institutes.
Technology and information have been essential to the transformation of every imaginable sector of human endeavor. Yet today, to solve the world’s most pressing issues — feeding the global population and sustaining nature — the right data and technology, applied at the right scales, is sorely lacking. Andelman is pioneering the creation of global public data resources and problem-solving tools to give leaders the systems-level understanding they need to manage the planet sustainably and to promote resilient human societies.
She holds a PhD from the University of Washington.