The event will feature the launch of Resource Watch, a new global data platform from WRI and more than 30 partners

WASHINGTON–WRI and the National Geographic Society host the event, “Open Data in a Closing World,” to shed light on how current trends in data, technology, media and human networks can inform decision-making around natural resources.

The event features keynote speeches by Gina McCarthy, former EPA Administrator, and Dr. Mae Jemison, former Astronaut, on Wednesday, April 11 from 9:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m. at National Geographic headquarters in Washington, DC.

Other featured speakers include Andrew Steer (WRI), Jonathan Baillie (National Geographic Society), Rebecca Moore (Google), Ambassador Henne Schuwer (The Netherlands), Janet Ranganathan (WRI) and more; an armchair discussion on the growing field of data journalism with Maggie Koerth-Baker (Five-Thirty-Eight) and Emily Holden" (Politico); and a panel discussion with Google, Open AQ and University of Maryland on technology for a sustainable future moderated by **Andy Revkin (National Geographic Society).

WRI will also launch Resource Watch, a new dynamic platform that provides trusted and timely data for a sustainable future, including an onsite demonstration. Resource Watch, developed by WRI and over 40 partners, harnesses the data revolution to create unprecedented transparency on the pulse of the planet.

Follow along on social media #resourcewatch and watch the livestream here

If you are interested in a preview of Resource Watch, please contact Lauren Zelin ( for more information or a demo of the site.


Keynote addresses by:

  • Gina McCarthy, Former Administrator, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency; Director, Harvard Center for Health and the Global Environment
  • Dr. Mae Jemison, Former Astronaut; Engineer; Physician; Lead 100 Year Starship; Founder and President, The Jemison Group; Founder The Earth We Share; Member National Academy of Medicine, National Women’s Hall of Fame and International Space Hall of Fame.

Remarks by:

  • Ambassador Henne Schuwer, The Netherlands
  • Andrew Steer, President and CEO, World Resources Institute
  • Andy Revkin, Strategic Adviser for Science and Environmental Journalism, National Geographic
  • Emily Holden, Climate Change and Energy Reporter, Politico
  • Janet Ranganathan, Vice President of Science and Research, World Resources Institute
  • Jonathan Baillie, Chief Scientist and Senior Vice President, Science and Exploration, National Geographic Society
  • Kennedy Elliott, Graphics Editor, National Geographic
  • Leslie Shapiro, Graphics Reporter, The Washington Post
  • Maggie Koerth-Baker, Senior Science Writer, Five-Thirty-Eight
  • Rebecca Moore, Director, Google Earth, Earth Engine & Earth Outreach, Google

To see the full agenda, go to:


Wednesday, April 11, 2018
9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Breakfast & registration begin at 8:00 a.m.
A light lunch will be served at the conclusion of the event.


National Geographic Society
Grosvenor Auditorium
1600 M Street NW, Washington, DC 20036

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Questions? Contact Lauren Zelin, WRI, (202) 729-7736,