Paola Santana

Co-founder & Head of Network Operations @ Matternet

Paola Santana is a lawyer, public policy expert and entrepreneur. She is Co-founder and Head of Network Operations at Matternet, a Silicon Valley company pioneering the use of autonomous drone logistics networks as the next paradigm of transportation.

Previously with the World Bank, the OECD, the Dominican Republic’s National Elections Court and Constitutional Court, she has developed striking public infrastructure projects and strategic plans to integrate advanced exponential technologies into E-Government platforms.

A Fulbright scholar and graduate from George Washington, Georgetown and Singularity University, her current work includes running Matternet’s network operations and engaging with The White House, US Congress, FAA, NASA, and other key actors to enact comprehensive regulatory frameworks and allow the first commercial operations of drone transport networks worldwide.

She’s been featured as LinkedIn’s Top Professionals under 35, CNET Top 20 Latin in Tech, Forbes Top 50 Women of Power in Dominican Republic, and currently serves as Chair for the UN International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) UAS Authorization Committee, and as member of the FAA Drone Advisory Committee.