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MANUEL FAJARDO RUA

CTO

Manuel worked as a consultant for Swisscom on the rollout of the new network infrastructure for All-IP services in West Switzerland, prior to joining Project Connect in 2017. He led teams to accomplish ultra-broadband deployments that combined new fiber optic (FTTx) with existent copper technologies. Previously, he worked for 6 years as Engineer and Project Manager at ViaSat Antenna System in Switzerland, developing satellite front-end systems on the ground segment, including phased array antennas.  Manuel has also been collaborating with other NGOs on the deployment of ICT and energy platforms in West Africa.

Manuel holds a MS in Telecommunication Engineering from Universidad Politécnica de Madrid.

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ALFREDO YÁÑEZ

HEAD OF RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT

Alfredo Yáñez is the full stack developer at Project Connect, responsible for collecting, cleaning and visualizing school location and key attribute data. Prior to joining Project Connect, Alfredo worked with Bob Berwick in the MIT Research Natural Language Processing lab, creating an interface that allows users to view word parsing and parse trees for sentences. During the summer of 2016, Alfredo worked for Amazon Robotics, optimizing its map functionality, including optimal convergence of maps and back propagation to allow for an optimal solution. Alfredo graduated from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in 2017 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science.

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NAROA ZURUTUZA

UNICEF INFORMATION POVERTY LEAD

Naroa Zurutuza is a Data Scientist at UNICEF Innovation where she leads AI related projects, focusing on the future of learning and access to information. Prior to joining UNICEF, she was in Kenya working as a software engineer at Gro Intelligence, a startup doing data analytics for agriculture. She holds a MS in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University and a MS in Telecommunications Engineering from Universidad del País Vasco, where she mastered in next generation wireless networks and cognitive radio with a Master Thesis at Telenor. 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

BOARD MEMBERS

GREG WYLER

CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD

Greg Wyler is currently Executive Chairman of OneWeb, which he founded in 2012 with the mission of enabling Internet access for everyone. Setting a goal of connecting every unconnected school in the world by 2022, he built a team and designed a satellite constellation to achieve that vision. Greg continues to lead the architecture and development of the system looking towards its initial activation in 2019. In 2007 Greg founded O3b Networks to design and build a satellite constellation to provide fiber quality backhaul for telecom operators in the most remote markets around the world. Today, O3b has launched 12 satellites. The system provides the highest capacity and lowest latency combination of any satellites built to date. Prior to developing O3b, Greg spent three years developing telecommunications in Africa for very rural locations. He built a local team and connected over 200 schools to the Internet, provided the first 3G and fiber to the home connections on the continent, and focused heavily on developing local operational skills. Greg has been named one of the top 50 influencers of technology and recently received the Arthur C. Clarke award for his space innovation. 

JOHN DICK

BOARD MEMBER

John W. Dick has served as a Director of Liberty Global International (LGI) since its June 2005 formation and is a Member of the Audit and the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committees of that Board. Since 2007 John has served as Chairman, Director and Audit Committee Member of O3B Networks Ltd, a company building a fiber-quality, satellite-based, global Internet backbone connecting telecommunications operators and Internet service providers in emerging markets with the networks of developed countries. John has extensive business background in a variety of industries and has served on many boards. Among them, in 2003 John was Co-Founder, Chairman and Director of Terracom Broadband, a private company that developed and operated a fiber-based Internet network and a digital cellular network in Rwanda. John graduated from Wheaton College with degrees in Political Science and Economics, the University of Toronto School of Law, and of Osgoode Hall in Toronto.

CHRISTOPHER FABIAN

BOARD MEMBER

Christopher Fabian is a technologist who co-founded UNICEF's Innovation Unit in 2006. He currently runs UNICEF Ventures, a team that looks at emerging technologies in the service of positive global change. In 2015, he led the launch of UNICEF's Venture Fund, the first fund of its kind in the United Nations, which invests in early stage "frontier technology" such as drones, data science, machine learning, crypto-currency, 3D printing, nano satellites, and genetics. Chris is currently focused on scaling UNICEF's work on data science and drones. Mr. Fabian lectures at universities including NYU, Tsinghua, and Singularity at NASA. In 2013 he was recognized as one of TIME Magazine's "100 Most Influential People."

LARRY ALDER

BOARD MEMBER

Larry Alder is currently the VP of Product Definition at OneWeb, developing low-latency satellite-based broadband globally.  He also serves as Co-Chair of NTIA’s Commerce Spectrum Management Advisory Committee and has been a member of the committee since 2011. Larry was previously at Google as Director of Access Strategy from 2005-2016, where was responsible for a number of product, policy, and strategic investment activities promoting Internet access. Larry led Google’s Project Link to bring a shared fiber infrastructure network to multiple countries in Africa.  He also was a leader in Google’s project to bring Wi-Fi to the Indian rail stations. Larry also served on the board of O3b Networks, a global satellite service provider. Prior to joining Google, Larry spent 10 years at ArrayComm, where he served as VP of technology development. He holds a Ph.D. in Engineering from Stanford University in the specialty of Control Theory and Bachelor’s degree in Engineering from UCLA.