Penelope Jagessar Chaffer is an award-winning filmmaker, writer, artist, and environmentalist. She is the first black female director to have been nominated for a British Academy Film Award and has won over ten awards for her television work. She is the director, producer, and technologist behind Toxic Baby (2016) and the Detoxed Project, the world’s first customized interactive documentary app and digital health platform.
Chaffer has been named one of the top 100 Green Online Influencers and has been recognized for her work by Healthy Child Healthy World. Vanity Fair named the Detoxed Project one of Michelle Obama’s two favorite charity organizations. Chaffer’s TED talk with Tyrone Hayes on the effects of toxic chemicals on babies and children has been viewed over 300,000 times. She has also spoken at TEDxBrussels, where her audience included members of the European Union political community.