Dr. Nikhil Kaza

Nikhil Kaza is an Associate Professor of City & Regional Planning at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He also teaches in the Curriculum for the Environment & Ecology and is a faculty fellow at the Institute for the Environment, fellow at the Center for Urban and Regional Studies and a research fellow at the Center for Community Capital. One of his various interests is in the changes in the urban land use patterns and their impacts on the society and the environment. He uses large spatial data sets to model urbanization in various futures and seek to develop frameworks about how to plan for these futures.

Dr. Erik Wibbles

Erik Wibbels is the Robert O. Keohane professor of political science at Duke University and the co-general editor of the Cambridge Studies in Comparative Politics series. His research focuses on development, redistribution and political geography and has been published by Cambridge University Press, World Politics, International Organization, American Journal of Political Science, American Political Science Review and other journals. He also works with bilateral and multilateral donors to improve the design and evaluation of governance programming and is a founding member of the DevLab@Duke.

Dr. Anirudh Krishna

Anirudh Krishna is a professor of public policy and political science at Duke University. His research investigates how poor communities and individuals in developing countries cope with the structural and personal constraints that result in poverty and powerlessness. His most recent book, One Illness Away: Why People Become Poor and How they Escape Poverty (Oxford University Press, 2010), examines poverty dynamics at the household level, tracking movements into and out of poverty of over 35,000 households in 400 communities of India, Kenya, Uganda, Peru and North Carolina, USA.

Dr. Ranga Raju Vatsavai

Raju is a Chancellor's Faculty Excellence Program Cluster Associate Professor in Geospatial Analytics in the Department of Computer Science, North Carolina State University (NCSU). He works at the intersection of spatial and temporal big data management, analytics, and high performance computing with applications in the national security, geospatial intelligence, natural resources, climate change, location-based services, and human terrain mapping. As the Associate Director of the Center for Geospatial Analytics (CGA), Raju plays a leadership role in the center's strategic vision for spatial computing research.