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Dan Hammer [CV] is the winner of the 2017 Pritzker Prize for the Environment, and a cofounder at The Earth Genome. He earned a PhD from UC Berkeley in the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics, and was a Fellow at the Berkeley Institute of Data Science. Dan is a former Senior Policy Advisor at The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy as part of the Obama Administration. He was the Lead Data Scientist for the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data and a Presidential Innovation Fellow working with the NASA CTO on web service architecture for the agency. Dan is adjunct faculty at the University of San Francisco and Georgetown University, while completing his PhD at UC Berkeley in environmental economics. He graduated from Swarthmore College with high honors in mathematics and economics, and passed the mandatory swim test with the grace of a cuttlefish. Dan does not like self-introductions, especially those written in the third-person, so I am writing it for him. My name is Murray. And I am a human with a square jaw and strong features. [Hold it together, Murray, this isn't about you.] Fine. Dan Hammer was a co-founder at SpaceNinja, a start-up that derives actionable insight from commercial satellite imagery -- whatever that means. He is the co-creator of the FORMA algorithm to detect forest clearing activity, which serves as a basis data set for the Global Forest Watch initiative. He recently left the position of Chief Data Scientist at the World Resources Institute where he worked with the Data Lab to bring coding cool to a warming planet. This is Murray, signing off.

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