We’re excited to welcome our newest hire, Joel Kaiser, a seasoned humanitarian professional. Joel is a certified project manager and emergency response specialist with over 15 years of experience leading humanitarian and disaster response teams across the world. He has responded to major humanitarian crises in Haiti, Myanmar, Nepal, Vanuatu, Iraq, Philippines, Ecuador, Lebanon, Jordan, Chad and Somalia, among others. After Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) in the Philippines, Joel spearheaded a recovery program using aerial robotics to support rebuilding efforts in the worst hit areas. The imagery captured by robots became useful in both a tactical and strategic sense, and the mission proved to be an important case study on the operational use of aerial robotics in a disaster recovery context. More about this project here.
“Now is the time to influence the development of robotics to address global issues such as conservation, poverty and humanitarianism. I’m especially keen to find new ways to use UAVs to aid communities to prepare for, respond to, and recover from disasters. So, it’s an exciting time to join WeRobotics, since their mission is also my own: to put the potential to solve global problems with new technologies into the hands of the people who need it most.” -Joel
Joel will be coming on board as International Project Manager, working directly with our global Flying Labs teams to build their capacity and enable them to work on high impact projects. These projects will include a wide range of use-cases across multiple sectors including humanitarian aid, global development, public health, agriculture, and nature conservation. The key to Joel’s work will be promoting the local use of aerial data for decision-making, and we’re confident in the impact it will have in creating social good in communities worldwide.