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Dr Susan Graham

Advance Awards Emerging Leader Winner

Dr Susan Graham leads a team of passionate engineers, plant scientists and drone operators to tackle global scale deforestation. As the Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder of Dendra Systems, Susan uses a combination of data analytics, AI and drones to restore natural ecosystems, enabling large scale management and restoration. The UK tech company aims to “re-green” the planet using the speed and accuracy of technology to enable governments to restore forests 150 times faster than planting by hand, at less than 10 times the cost. Susan believes the time to act is now, citing WWF estimates that we’re losing 27 football fields of forest every minute due to deforestation. Dendra plans to plant 500 billion trees by 2060 – using AI and drones.

Dr Graham graduated from the University of Oxford with a D.Phil in Biomedical Engineering in 2015. Her work was spun out into OxSonics, a successfully funded drug delivery company based in Oxford. Susan graduated from the University of Sydney with a Bachelor of Engineering and Bachelor of Medical Science. For her work across research, startups and inspiring young women in tech, Susan was named on the Forbes 30 Under 30 list for industry in Europe in 2017. She was also the winner of the Hello Tomorrow Competition Grand Prize, Paris, 2015, and winner of the New York Venture Summit Pitch Competition, 2017.