Techweek TV: AI and the Environment


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Matt Lythe

Managing Director, Lynker Analytics Ltd

Matt leads Wellington based start-up Lynker Analytics – an environmental data science and data infrastructure consultancy. Providing industrial research and market ready AI systems, Lynker Analytics is the AI centre of excellence for Lynker - a 480+ strong US science and technology company that provides services to the US federal government.

Matt has worked in leadership roles across both the private and public sector in New Zealand including stints at Transpower, New Zealand Post, Eagle Technology and CoreLogic. Matt has a background in science, geospatial technology, data and analytics including scientific research roles in NZ and the UK. He has managed large multinational data, technology and analytics projects and product developments including the first comprehensive database and assessment of total ice volume on the Antarctic continent. He holds a Master of Science (Hons) from Auckland University and has over ten publications in peer reviewed journals.

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Michael Healy

Smart Christchurch Programme Manager, Christchurch City Council

Michael’s interest in the use of technology and innovation to make improvements for business and the community has underpinned his work across both public and private sectors. He is focused on finding solutions and developing new ideas in partnership with the community that make a real impact in the region and around the country. Christchurch is a leader in New Zealand innovation and, through the Christchurch City Council’s Smart Christchurch programme, Michael is excited to play a part in making Christchurch a better place to be.

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Natasha Lewis

Deputy Secretary Strategy and Stewardship, Ministry for the Environment – Manatū Mō Te Taiao

Natasha is the Deputy Secretary of Strategy and Stewardship at the Ministry for the Environment, and has worked for the Ministry since 2008. Prior to that, she held roles with the Wellington and Tasman Councils and a government role in Laos. Natasha is an authentic leader who is committed to a vision of long-term environmental prosperity and the opportunity that the Ministry has to be at the forefront of real change. In partnership with Statistics NZ she leads the Ministry’s environmental reporting programme, working to ensure New Zealanders have up to date information about the state of our environment, and is a passionate supporter for the Ministry’s growing work alongside young people.

Alongside her Deputy Secretary role, Natasha represented New Zealand at the most recent OECD environmental performance review, is a Sponsor for MfE’s Rainbow Network, and sits on the board of the Sir Peter Blake Trust.

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Lindsay Chan

Geospatial Analyst, Department of Conservation

As a GIS analyst for the Department of Conservation, Lindsay joined DOC’s Maukahuka Pest Free Auckland Island project as a data champion for the cat program. 36 hours’ boat ride away from mainland New Zealand, Lindsay and her colleagues found themselves in the middle of the subantarctics drowning in trail camera footage. They reviewed each image one by one and recorded what they saw. 80% of the footage turned out to be false triggers. There must be a better way to do this, she thought. The project shared its labelled footage with the wider AI community and ran it through their models. The project team who had zero experience with AI was able to see how AI could be used in its project and be applied wider in conservation.

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Victor Anton

General Manager,

Victor is the founder of, a non-profit organisation that uses artificial intelligence for wildlife conservation. He is a nature and technology enthusiastic who enjoys researching, learning and teaching about ecology.

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