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Muhammed Idris    

Entrepreneur & Investor

Dr. Muhammed Y. Idris is a Fellow at Capria, a leading global impact investment firm, and the co-founder and lead developer at Edel Technologies, an organization that builds AI-powered tools and products for frontline humanitarian organizations and service providers.

His mission is to help improve social services delivery for all through collective and artificial intelligence as an entrepreneur and investor. Inspired by his own personal experiences with refugee resettlement, Idris left academia to build the world’s first virtual advocate bot, Atar, which empowers refugees and other newcomers with information about what to do, where to go, and what to expect using customized step-by-step guides.

Trained as a computational social scientist, he started his career in finance at BlackRock and went on to complete a PhD with a focus on the research and development of open source tools for leveraging socially generating big data and make it easy to digest this complex technical information into actionable insights.

In April 2019, he gave a TED talk titled "What refugees need to start new lives." His work has been presented at several academic and industry conferences, and he has taught and researched positions at the University of Washington.

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