Princess Aliyah Pandolfi
Founder & CEO, Kashmir World Foundation
Princess Aliyah is the Executive Director of Kashmir World Foundation and founder of the Wildlife Conservation UAV Challenge with a vision is to create a fleet of drones to patrol the skies, providing rangers with the information they need to protect endangered species from poachers and strengthen local communities through education, training and sustainability. Her approach is to enlighten with education and communication so people are aware of the broader context in which they live; and empower them with real and financial infrastructures within which communities can flourish.
The Princess created Kashmir-Robotics, the science and technology division of Kashmir World Foundation, to provide the people of Africa with the means to protect Rhinos and other endangered species from poaching. Wildlife in Africa provides sustainable financial resources through tourism. The people of Africa are struggling to protect these animals from being poached by organized criminal networks, but the rangers are outgunned and often killed on duty. Kashmir-Robotics is hosting the Challenge to help create low cost unmanned aerial systems that can enable Rangers to enforce wildlife protection more safely and effectively.
As a descendant of royals from Kashmir, a country struggling to combat poaching of endangered Snow Leopards, Princess Aliyah has a full understanding of the costs of poaching and the challenge faced by conservationists.