Bourhan Yassin

AI for Earth: Conservation by Acoustic Surveillance

Rainforest Connection (RFCx) is an innovative nonprofit startup at the forefront of conservation technology committed to protecting the planet’s precious, ancient forests and wildlife. RFCx listens to the threatened ecosystems remotely, using commonplace mobile tech and existing telecommunications infrastructure, and transforms these audio streams into an automatic understanding of the soundscape, rooting out any threats using AI/ML. Over the last year, Rainforest Connection has expanded its vision: the RFCx Bioacoustics Platform brings scientists and data scientists together to use AI/ML models to monitor for endangered and threatened species health and catalyze new ecological discoveries.

A long-time veteran of the tech industry, Bourhan has over fifteen years’ experience in building and leading large-scale Manufacturing and Engineering teams in several Bay Area companies including Powis and Zazzle, as well as the leading Dubai-based e-commerce company MarkaVIP, where he served as long-time COO before joining RFCx.

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