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About the Speakers:
Elliott Collins (Senior Research & Evaluation Manager at Kiva.org)
As part of the Kiva Labs initiative, Elliott's focus is on how and where access to subsidized credit can help to alleviate poverty. He has a PhD in Agriculture & Resource Economics from UC Berkeley where he did research on approaches to measuring individual welfare and how that informs impact evaluation. He is especially interested in replicating influential research and the ways public collaboration can help us learn more from complex datasets.
Elliot will be sharing more about Kiva's partnership with Kaggle for their Inaugural Data Science for Good challenge where Kiva is inviting the Kaggle community to help them build more localized models to estimate the poverty levels of residents in the regions where Kiva has active loans. More information on the challenge: https://www.kaggle.com/kiva/data-science-for-good-kiva-crowdfunding
Vlad is a writer, educator, activist, speaker and consultant. He has advised leading social media and tech companies on addressing hate and extremism on their platforms, advocated with lawmakers and foreign dignitaries on matters of civil rights, hate crimes and radicalization and provided strategic messaging solutions for government, business and nonprofit organizations. He has been published and quoted in the New York Times, Haaretz, the Jewish Daily Forward, J. Weekly, Times of Israel and others.