WeRobotics brings together decades of professional experience, expertise and contacts across multiple sectors including the humanitarian, development, environmental, robotics and business sectors. We already have a proven track record in spearheading successful, international “robotics for good” initiatives as evidenced by DroneAdventures and UAViators. In this capacity, and in the course of the past three years, we carried out dozens of aerial robotics missions and trainings in dozens of countries for a wide range of humanitarian, development and environmental projects. In addition to this unique practical experience, all four of us hold advanced graduate degrees—1 MBA and 3 PhDs. We are teaming up as WeRobotics to sustainably scale the positive impact of robotics across multiple social good sectors. Join us!
While all the members of the founding team are actively involved in all the tasks and bring in their diverse expertise, we are happy to count on the indispensable contributions of our staff.
Yussuf Said Yussuf
Board of Directors
WeRobotics is not your typical organization. We operate at the cross-section of multiple sectors, industries and skillsets including humanitarian aid, global development, public health, environmental protection, artificial intelligence, advanced robotics, data analytics, capacity building, social entrepreneurship, social innovation, social good and professional photography, digital storytelling and documentary film-making. This explains why our Board has to be anything but typical! The members of our Board span the multiple sectors, industries and skillsets listed below.
Dean of Penn Engineering with appointments in the Departments of Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics, Computer and Information Science, and Electrical and Systems Engineering at the University of Pennsylvania. Kumar’s group works on creating autonomous ground and aerial robots, designing bio-inspired algorithms for collective behaviors, and on robot swarms. Kumar is a fellow of ASME and IEEE and a member of the National Academy of Engineering. He has held multiple administrative positions in the School of Engineering and Applied Science, including director of the General Robotics, Automation, Sensing & Perception (GRASP) Lab, Chair of Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics, and the position of the Deputy Dean. He served as the Assistant Director of Robotics and Cyber Physical Systems at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. Vijay is a TED Speaker and gave the Keynote at the prestigious International Drones for Good Awards in Dubai.
Amy Lockwood is the Chief of Staff at UCSF’s Global Health Sciences where she leads strategy and operations for the AIDS Research Institute and the Institute of Global Health Delivery and Diplomacy. Lockwood, who has a background spanning the business, non-profit and academic sectors, previously served as Deputy Director for the Stanford University Center for Innovation in Global Health, and as Executive Director of Project Healthy Children, working with governments and local industries in Haiti, Honduras, Liberia, Malawi, Nepal and Rwanda to combat micronutrient malnutrition. She has worked with the Clinton Foundation as the Director of the Global Pediatric HIV/AIDS Program and Deputy Country Director for India, where she was responsible for supporting governments to develop strategies and implementation plans; design guidelines; build systems, procure drugs and diagnostics; and deliver care to HIV-positive children and adults. She has experience in strategic planning, management, evaluation and development of global health projects and programs throughout Africa, Asia and Latin America. Amy is also a TED Speaker.
Gisli is a senior level technology executive with over 25 years of international experience from diverse fields, such as humanitarian response, medical diagnostics, venture capital, non-profit, software development and information technology. He previously served as Nethope’s Emergency Response Director and as Disaster Management Technical Advisor to Microsoft. Gisli is a technology visionary with strong business acumen and strategy development experience. He is a long term trusted technology advisor to national governments, non-profit organizations and international organizations with a deep understanding of the potential of technology to make their organizations more effective. Gisli is also an experienced leader of teams of various sizes, in chaotic, stressful and often life threatening environments. A team builder, motivator and leader, Gisli has a strong focus on empowering and mentoring. A firm believer in cross-organization collaboration, with great experience in bringing together disparate people and organizations around a common vision.
Timothy Reuter leads the Future of Drones Project at the World Economic Forum, where he focuses on accelerating the adoption of drone technologies and maximizing their social benefit. Prior to joining the Forum, he worked on drone delivery at Google[x] as part of Project Wing. A serial robotics entrepreneur, Timothy was founder and CEO of a company that designed, manufactured, and distributed a personal flying camera product and subsequently founded another company that built food delivery robots. He also founded the Drone User Group Network, a global association of community organizations dedicated to teaching people how to build and use drones, and was the Executive Director of the Drone Social Innovation Award, a prize for the most socially beneficial use of a low cost drone. Before developing a passion for robotics, Timothy worked for the US government serving in the US and internationally with the State Department and USAID. He has a masters degree from Johns Hopkins University in international affairs and economics.
WeRobotics is not your typical organization. This explains why our Advisory Board has to be anything but typical! The members of our Board span the multiple sectors, industries and skillsets listed below.
Jessie Mooberry is head of deployment at Altiscope, an A^3 project by Airbus dedicated to bringing together policymakers, technologists and NGOs to modernize air traffic management. In her role, she works with global partners to build flexible and sustainable tools and policies. Jessie is also a technologist at the Peace Innovation Lab at Stanford. Previously, she was Co-founder and CRO of SwarmX, an enterprise drone solution ecosystem provider in SE Asia for top energy companies. There she led strategic relationships, managed product development, and worked with government to shape policy for UAV. Prior to SwarmX, she built fixed-wing aircraft out of a garage in Stanford, transforming a moonshot into the world’s first humanitarian drone cargo nonprofit, Uplift Aeronautics. As vice director of Uplift Aeronautics, Jessie managed policy, stakeholders, ran UAV missions, and managed a virtual team of fifty stakeholders from around in the globe including humanitarians, government, military, academia, and industry. Jessie was one of the first to obtain a commercial drone license in the US.
Ashley is a partner and co-founder of Drone Xpress, a consulting firm that is focused on accelerating the adoption of autonomous vehicle technologies. She also holds a Part 107 Remote Pilot’s license. Ashley is the former Vice President of Operations and Strategy of Flirtey, a leading drone delivery service. At Flirtey, Ashley was an integral part of the team that conducted the first FAA-approved commercial drone delivery operations in US history. She was responsible for mission coordination, business development, and strategic planning and formed partnerships with organizations such as Domino’s, 7-Eleven, and Johns Hopkins to trial drone delivery technology. Prior to Flirtey, Ashley worked for the United Nations where she conducted quantitative research on remittance flows and international financial policy, and she worked for I-DEV International, a consulting and investment advisory firm that scales high impact business in emerging markets. Ashley brings a unique combination private and public sector experience and an understanding of market-based approaches to international development. Ashley received her Master’s degree in Development Economics from the University of Cambridge and graduated valedictorian from Santa Clara University.
Jake uses big data and machine learning to tackle big social problems. As the founder of DataKind, he connects — and acts as an accessible bridge between — data scientists and not-for-profit companies. Jake was most recently the data scientist in the New York Times R&D lab and remains an active member of the data science community. He holds a B.S. in Computer Science from Columbia University and his M.S. and Ph.D. in Statistics from UCLA. Jake is also a National Geographic Emerging Explorer and a sought-out public speaker.
Cody Benkelman is currently serving as a Technical Product Manager on the Esri imagery team, working to improve customer workflows with regard to using Lidar, imagery, and raster data in ArcGIS. He is part of Esri’s team focusing on UAV (drone) sensor data. He has deep experience in the field, having worked in the remote sensing and GIS industry since 1990, and serving as lead engineer on one of the industry’s earliest commercial multispectral digital camera systems. Cody’s technical background includes algorithm and software development for image processing and analysis, including one patent. He served as a principal investigator on three NASA projects.