Kira Radinsky: Using Data to Predict Genocide, Disease, Riots, Drug Effects, and More

At the Jewish Funders Network 2018 International Conference, Dr. Kira Radinsky (Chief Scientist and Director of Data Science at eBay) discussed her work using data to predict events and issues from ebola and cholera to genocide and riots, and model complex systems of causality like drug effects.

Dr. Kira Radinsky joined eBay in 2016 after the acquisition of her company, SalesPredict, and serves today as the director of data science of eBay where she builds the next generation machine learning solutions that will transform e-commerce. Kira gained international recognition for her work at the Technion and Microsoft Research for developing predictive algorithms that recognized the early warning signs of globally impactful events such as epidemics and political unrest. In 2013, she was named one of MIT Technology Review’s 35 Young Innovators Under 35 and in 2015 Forbes included her as “30 Under 30 Rising Stars in Enterprise Tech”. She is a frequent presenter at global tech and industry conferences, including TEDx, WWW, and Strata, and she published in the Harvard Business Review. She also serves as visiting professor at the Technion, focusing on the application of predictive data mining in medicine.