ABOUT OUR

CHASING GENIUS
COUNCIL

Nick Pound,
National Geographic Your Shot

ABOUT THE CHASING GENIUS COUNCIL

The creative innovators on our CHASING GENIUS Council represent multidisciplinary expertise and influence. They are scientists, entrepreneurs, storytellers, visionaries, explorers, and creators who know what it means to think outside the box. They are driven by a passion and a purpose to make the world a better place.

Members of the CHASING GENIUS Council will help choose three winners, one in each category, and the community will choose the People’s Choice winner. Winners will each receive $25,000 to realize the potential of their idea.

Our Genius Council

ERIKA BERGMAN
SUBMARINE PILOT

A lifelong storyteller and passionate ocean explorer, Erika Bergman explores subsea environments as a submarine pilot. A National Geographic Young Explorer, she also co-founded a network of engineering camps for girls, expanding the corps of young explorers making a difference for the planet.

Susan Goldberg
EDITOR, JOURNALIST

Susan Goldberg is an award-winning journalist and head of content at Nat Geo who is driven by the quest to tell great stories. Earning her stripes as a female journalist in the newspaper business, Susan can quickly identify stories to make the heart flutter and brain whiz—and she starts conversations that can change the world.

Caleb Harper
URBAN AGRICULTURALIST

Caleb Harper is the principal investigator and director of the Open Agriculture (Open Ag) Initiative at the MIT Media Lab. Caleb’s research focuses in the areas of control environment design, actuated sensing, control automation, and data-driven resource, energy, and biologic optimization. His group is developing an open-source agricultural hardware, software, and data common with the goal of creating a more agile, transparent, and collaborative food system.

Johanna Kellett
RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT SCIENTIST

Johanna Kellett is a leader in new product development at GSK Consumer Healthcare, working in the areas of respiratory health and allergy. In her role, she has had the opportunity to contribute to the successful switched from prescription to over-the-counter designations of Flonase® and Flonase® Sensimist™. Her passion and focus is to identify unmet consumer needs, develop innovative solutions in over-the-counter allergy relief to meet those needs, and make them accessible to consumers throughout the world.

Jay Shetty
Storyteller, Filmmaker & Former Monk

Meet the British born former monk who is now an award winning online entrepreneur, host and storyteller. Since launching his video channel in 2016, Jay's viral wisdom videos have garnered over 500 million online and gained over one million followers globally. Having been a Digital & Innovation Strategist for Accenture, he advises several well-known brands on their culture, people and technology strategy. He is an avid supporter of food distribution for children and building sustainable villages in India.

Albert Yu-Min Lin
RESEARCH SCIENTIST, ENTREPRENEUR

Albert Yu-Min Lin is a research scientist and engineer focused on technology-enabled exploration and crowdsourcing. A National Geographic Emerging Explorer based at the University of California, San Diego, he uses radar, sensors, and other tools to push the boundaries of conventional science. 

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