Emily Musil Church, PhD, is dedicated to harnessing technology and innovation to address global challenges for social good. Church currently serves as senior director of Global Market Development at the Milken Institute. The Global Market Development team partners with leaders in developing and emerging markets to develop innovative financing and other strategies to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Church specializes in entrepreneurship and prize competitions and is currently building a new prize for African-led innovation to address the SDGs.
Church spent over a decade in academia where, as a college professor, she specialized in African history, global development, human rights, and women’s global issues. She then joined the XPRIZE Foundation, operating large-scale global competitions that brought together entrepreneurs, researchers, programmers, designers, engineers, and philanthropists to develop new technology solutions to solve social problems. As the executive director of the XPRIZE human equity domain, she has worked on a suite of prizes and initiatives for human equity.
Church has a broad portfolio of experience in political, non-governmental, entertainment, and academic sectors on strategy, outreach, and operations. She is passionate about exploring the ethics of our rapidly advancing technology and advocating for human equity. She is a public speaker and is published in outlets including Scientific American, International Policy Digest, Amy Poehler’s Smart Girls, and Huffington Post.
Church has a PhD and MA from the University of California, Los Angeles and graduated with honors from Drew University. She won a Fulbright-Hays Research Fellowship and has conducted in-depth research in over a dozen countries on three continents. She served on the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development’s Senior Advisory Group for Blended Finance and the Advisory Board for CompTIA’s Center for Technology & Workforce Solutions.