Bonnie Lei is currently the project manager for Microsoft’s AI for Earth program. She leads its strategic partnerships and grants program which empower researchers and innovators to leverage artificial intelligence technology for environmental solutions in the areas of climate, water, agriculture, and biodiversity conservation.
Previously, she traveled the globe as an environmental scientist and conservationist. She helped start the marine program for Wildlife Conservation Society in Myanmar, discovered a new sea slug species in the Caribbean, and researched climate adaptation of endangered penguins in South Africa. She has degrees in biology and economics & business from Harvard and Tsinghua Universities. She is based in Seattle, where she served on the city’s Urban Forestry Commission and has been recognized as a National Geographic Explorer for her work in environmental education.