Yael Maguire is an engineering director for the Facebook Connectivity Lab and a visiting scientist at Harvard. He is the co-founder of Plum Labs, an early stage mobile innovation lab, and co-founder and former CTO of ThingMagic, Inc., a leader in bringing long-range RFID readers to the global market. At Facebook, Yael is directly responsible for identifying and developing ways to provide affordable internet in underserved communities around the world. He is leading Facebook and Internet.org’s efforts to develop lasers, high altitude long endurance planes and satellites to help provide the necessary infrastructure for connectivity to these areas. He has been recognized as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum 2009-2013, a MassHighTech All-Star in 2007, and one of Technology Review's "Top 35 innovators in the world under 35" in 2005.
Joyce is the co-founder and executive director of Stellar.org, a nonprofit that supports the open Stellar financial network, designed to catalyze low-cost development of financial services such as savings, lending, and remittances. Stellar.org aims to expand financial services to unbanked people by connecting isolated financial systems, spreading financial literacy, and enabling product solutions at the local level. Joyce graduated from Cornell University, followed by graduate school at Harvard and Columbia Law School. She started her career as an attorney at WilmerHale and Shearman & Sterling. She also worked pro bono at Sanctuary for Families and the Innocence Project and later became a VC at Freestyle Capital. In addition to her current roles, she is also a director’s fellow at the MIT Media Lab and sits on the board of non-profit organization Literacy Bridge.
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