Dr. Michael Ferrari


Michael Ferrari, PhD, is the Head of Climate & Agronomic Decision Sciences for Syngenta, and a Senior Fellow at the Wharton School. In addition, he is the Managing Partner at Atlas Research Innovations, which provides clients with bespoke research in scientific, technical and economic domains such as data science and analytics, spatial informatics, AI/machine learning, financial and physical risk, geoeconomics, sensor networks, environmental system science and engineering, smart city and earth observation technologies, and information theory. Prior to his role at Syngenta, Michael was the Director of Market Intelligence and Portfolio Investment Strategy at Point72 Asset Management, and the VP/Head of Data Science for the IBM Watson Weather Business, both based in Manhattan. Over his career has has been responsible for defining and executing data science strategy at both startups and corporate ventures, and has created and led teams of data scientists, engineers, and analysts in the development and implementation of applied research towards scalable, data-driven solutions for the FinTech, Commodities, Space, Agriculture and Energy sectors. In addition, Michael is also an affiliate scientist with the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) in Boulder, CO, an active board member on several science-driven companies and organizations, has been a research associate and faculty advisor at the MIT Media Lab, and a faculty member at the University of Pennsylvania. Michael holds a doctorate in Geophysical Fluid Dynamics and Evolutionary Biophysics from Rutgers University, and conducted his pre and postdoctoral research at NASA. Michael is a frequent invited speaker at global technology, market and science conferences.