Bonnie Lei

Bonnie Lei is head of global strategic partnerships for Microsoft’s AI for Earth program, a five-year, $50 million cross-company effort dedicated to delivering technology-enabled solutions to global environmental challenges. In this role, Bonnie has awarded 600+ grants in 90+ countries, spearheaded strategic partnerships with leading organizations, and directed investments in promising environmental technology start-ups. Trained as a conservation biologist, Bonnie has also been recognized as a National Geographic Explorer for her work in environmental education. Previously, she helped initiate the marine program for the Wildlife Conservation Society in Myanmar, discovered a new sea slug species in the Caribbean, and researched climate adaptation of endangered penguins in South Africa. Bonnie received her B.A. in organismic and evolutionary biology at Harvard University, and was an inaugural Schwarzman Scholar at Tsinghua University.