Mallory Soldner: Your company's data could help end world hunger
Mallory Soldner - Data activist
UPS's advanced analytics manager Mallory Soldner researches how to do the most good with data. Full bio
in Rome, Italy.
developed back at my university,
the World Food Programme fix hunger.
and when it needs to be there,
the shortest, fastest, cheapest,
delays and disruptions,
we're going to save lives.
my French boss, he told me,
for your algorithms is not there.
over the past six years,
into the humanitarian world.
and play the role that I know they can.
breakfast, lunch and dinner
a certain budget to do it,
What's the best way to handle it?
and you have to pick five of them.
transportation routes as well.
over 900 million options.
for a single second,
over 28 years to get through.
that allowed decisionmakers
to feed an additional 80,000 people.
and modeling complex systems.
they were unique.
in big problems like world hunger,
from humanitarian organizations
just the right types of engagements
leveraged in the way that it should be.
in fixing the big problems in our world.
for two years now.
and I've seen what companies aren't doing,
that we can fill that gap:
by donating decision scientists
to gather new sources of data.
they collect mountains of data,
is start donating that data.
a major telecom company.
in Senegal and the Ivory Coast
in the pings to the cell phone towers,
and you can make predictions with it.
an innovative satellite company.
aid funding before a crisis can happen.
just locked away in company data.
for example by anonymizing the data.
donated their data
to humanitarian organizations,
to harness that full impact of data
you need decision scientists.
into a useful algorithm
to address the business need at hand.
there are very few decision scientists.
that companies need to do.
their decision scientists.
our decision scientists from us.
a block of a decision scientist's time,
to spread out that block of time
say for example five years.
to a couple of hours per month,
allow you to build relationships,
to really understand it
the needs and challenges
organization is facing.
this took us five years to do,
that was just what we couldn't solve for.
of refining and implementing the tool,
and other countries.
an unrealistic timeline
to make operational changes.
that can be produced are undeniable.
to feed tens of thousands more people.
we have donating decision scientists,
that companies can help:
to capture new sources of data.
we just don't have data on.
are flooding into Greece,
they have their hands full.
is paper and pencil,
walk into the camp,
blind to this moment.
in the next few weeks,
on donated package tracking technology
that I work for.
there will be a data trail,
walk into the camp.
if she's going to have supplies
to gather important data,
operational efficiency improvements.
your favorite beverage company
were on the shelves.
and not just idealistic,
"OK, this is all great, Mallory,
is a 24-billion-dollar sector,
maybe your next customers,
in data philanthropy,
locked away in their data.
for NGOs and governments,
in credit card swipes
about how households in India
this provides information
bring people out of poverty.
insights about your customers
exciting about data philanthropy --
scientists and donating technology --
for young professionals like me
the next generation of the workforce
make a bigger impact.
and retain their decision scientists.
that's in high demand.
makes good business sense,
revolutionize the humanitarian world.
the planning and logistics
of a humanitarian operation,
hundreds of thousands more people,
and play the role that I know they can
"food for thought."
at the right time.
About the speaker:Mallory Soldner - Data activist
UPS's advanced analytics manager Mallory Soldner researches how to do the most good with data.
Why you should listen
Mallory Soldner earned her PhD in industrial engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 2014. Her thesis explored how to measure and improve humanitarian operations in practical ways - with a special focus on the use of algorithms. While Soldner was in graduate school, she helped lead supply chain optimization projects for the UN World Food Programme.
Today, she is an advanced analytics manager at UPS, where she works on research and development projects and consults within the company. She earned her master’s in operations research from MIT, and her bachelor’s in industrial and systems engineering from Virginia Tech. In her free time, Soldner enjoys travelling, trying recipes from her travels and her time spent living in Italy, and combating stress with yoga and pilates.
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