Co-Founder and Executive Chairman, Singularity University
Dr. Peter Diamandis is the Chairman and CEO of the X PRIZE Foundation, which leads the world in designing and launching large incentive prizes to drive radical breakthroughs for the benefit of humanity. Best known for the $10 million Ansari X PRIZE for private spaceflight, the Foundation is now launching prizes in Exploration, Life Sciences, Energy, and Education. Diamandis is also the co-Founder & Executive Chairman of the Singularity University, a Silicon Valley based institution teaching graduates and executives about exponentially growing technologies and their potential to address humanity's grand challenges. Diamandis recently co-authored Abundance: The Future Is Better Than You Think. Diamandis has founded or co-founded many of the leading entrepreneurial companies in this sector including Zero Gravity Corporation, the Rocket Racing League and Space Adventures. He also counsels the world's top enterprises on how to utilize exponential technologies and incentivized innovation to dramatically accelerate their business objectives. Dr. Diamandis attended MIT where he received his degrees in molecular genetics and aerospace engineering, as well as Harvard Medical School where he received his M.D..
Distinguished Faculty of Innovation and Disruption, Singularity University
Spice and Ice
David Roberts is one of the world’s top experts on technology disruption, innovation, and exponential leadership. His passion is to help improve the lives of a billion people in the world by helping leader’s create new intentions for global good and through technology disruption.
David is a Distinguished Faculty member at Singularity University where he previously served as Vice President and the two-time Director (and alum) of the University’s Graduate Studies Program.
He is an M.I.T. Computer Scientist & Engineer, and majored in Artificial Intelligence and Bio-Computer Engineering where he was also a Distinguished Graduate and holds an MBA from Harvard Business School. He is an award winning CEO and serial entrepreneur, and has started ventures with over $100 million dollars of investment from Kleiner Perkins, Vinod Khosla, Cisco, Oracle, Accenture, and In-Q-Tel.
Harvard, Stanford, and Berkeley’s Business schools have all written and taught case studies on David’s leadership, management, and decision-making. He is the founder of Exponential Leadership, an organization dedicated to transforming leadership potential through character, integrity, compassion, courage and happiness.
He started his career as a decorated Special Agent and Air Force Officer. After working as an Investment Banker in the Mergers & Acquisitions Group at Goldman Sachs Headquarters he returned to public service for multiple roles in the Executive Branch of the U.S. Government where he served as a senior executive or military officer in multiple national agencies where he led the development of some of the most complex, state-of-the-art systems ever built, to include revolutionary persistent spy satellites, the U.S. Global Drone Program, and fusion centers. He is the recipient of numerous national awards and medals.
David is Chairman at the world’s leading Quantum Computing software company 1QBit and a formal adviser to Made-In-Space, who manufactured the first object in Space with a 3D printer on the International Space Station. He is now seeking investors for a new passenger drone company to revolutionize safe human transport. David angel invests or mentors coachable founders in the space of human longevity, Artificial General Intelligence, and mobile productivity applications.
He has been featured on the cover of the Wall Street Journal, and in USA Today, The New York Times, Business Week, Fortune Magazine, and CNN. His personally led startups have received multiple awards to include Internet World’s Net Rising Stars, Red Herring’s Catch, Top 50 Private Companies in the World, Red Herring Top 100 Private Companies in the World, USA Today’s Tech Reviews Best Picks, Internet Outlook’s Investors Choice Award, Enterprise Outlook Investors Choice, Best of the Web from PC World, and Apple Computer’s Premier Systems Integrator Award.
His fascination with technology began in the fourth grade after building hovercraft (early drone), to carry his younger sister to the bus stop, powered by what was formerly his mother’s vacuum cleaner, and fortunately limited by the length of an electric power cord.
Founder and co-chairman of Deloitte LLP‘s Center for the Edge
John Hagel III has nearly 35 years of experience as a management consultant, author, speaker and entrepreneur, and has helped companies improve their performance by effectively applying new generations of technology to reshape business strategies. John currently serves as co-chairman of the Silicon Valley-based Deloitte Center for the Edge, which conducts original research into emerging business opportunities that should be on the CEO agenda. In recent years, the Center for the Edge has established branches in Melbourne, Australia and in Amsterdam, Netherlands. Before joining Deloitte, John was an independent consultant and author. Prior to that, he held significant positions at leading consulting firms and companies. From 1984 to 2000, he was a principal at McKinsey & Co., where he was a leader of the Strategy Practice. In addition, he founded and led McKinsey Electronic Commerce Practice from 1993 to 2000. John has also served as senior vice president of strategic planning at Atari, Inc., and earlier in his career, worked at Boston Consulting Group. He is the founder of two Silicon Valley startups. John is the author of a series of best-selling business books, including his most recent book, The Power of Pull and, earlier, The Only Sustainable Edge, Out of the Box, Net Worth and Net Gain. He has won two awards from Harvard Business Review for best articles in that publication and has been recognized as an industry thought leader by a variety of publications and professional service firms.
Founding Executive Director & Chair, Exponential Medicine, Singularity University
The Future of Digital Health and Medicine
Bachelor of Arts in Biochemistry, Brown University
Medical Doctor, Stanford University School of Medicine
Residency: Harvard Combined Residency in Internal Medicine & Pediatrics
Fellowships: Stanford, Hematology/Oncology & Bone Marrow Transplantation
Daniel Kraft is a Stanford and Harvard trained physician-scientist, inventor, entrepreneur, and innovator. With over 25 years of experience in clinical practice, biomedical research and healthcare innovation, Kraft has served as Faculty Chair for Medicine & Neuroscience at Singularity University since SU's inception, and founded and is chair of Exponential Medicine, a program that explores convergent, rapidly developing technologies and their potential in biomedicine and healthcare. Following undergraduate degrees from Brown University and medical school at Stanford, Daniel was Board Certified in both Internal Medicine & Pediatrics after completing a Harvard residency at the Massachusetts General Hospital & Boston Children's Hospital, and fellowships in hematology, oncology and bone marrow transplantation at Stanford. He has multiple patents on medical device, immunology and stem cell related patents through faculty positions with Stanford University School of Medicine and as clinical faculty for the pediatric bone marrow transplantation service at University of California, San Francisco.
Daniel was selected as a fellow of the inaugural 2016 class of the Aspen Institute Health Innovators Fellowship and is a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.
Daniel's academic research has focused on: stem cell biology and regenerative medicine, stem cell derived immunotherapies for cancer, bioengineering human T-cell differentiation, and humanized animal models. Clinical work focuses on: bone marrow / hematopoietic stem cell transplantation for malignant and non-malignant diseases in adults and children, medical devices to enable stem cell based regenerative medicine, including marrow derived stem cell harvesting, processing and delivery. He also implemented the first text-paging system at Stanford Hospital. Dr. Kraft recently founded IntelliMedicine, focused on enabling connected, data driven, and integrated personalized medicine. He is also the inventor of the MarrowMiner, an FDA approved device for the minimally invasive harvest of bone marrow, and founded RegenMed Systems, a company developing technologies to enable adult stem cell based regenerative therapies. Daniel is an avid pilot and has served in the Massachusetts and California Air National Guard as an officer and flight surgeon with F-15 & F-16 fighter Squadrons. He has conducted research on aerospace medicine that was published with NASA, with whom he was a finalist for astronaut selection.
Adviser to the X PRIZE Foundation (Life Sciences), helped conceive and design the Medical Tricorder XPRIZE, and is Bold Innovator for Cancer XPRIZE.
Adviser to Rock Health, Qualcomm Life, Nokia and several life sciences and Healthcare-IT startups
Medicine & Neuroscience
Dr. Vivienne Ming
Faculty, Cognitive Neuroscience, Singularity University
Named one of 10 Women to Watch in Tech in 2013 by Inc. Magazine, Vivienne Ming is a theoretical neuroscientist, technologist and entrepreneur. She co-founded Socos, where machine learning and cognitive neuroscience combine to maximize students’ life outcomes. Vivienne is also a visiting scholar at UC Berkeley’s Redwood Center for Theoretical Neuroscience, where she pursues her research in neuroprosthetics. In her free time, Vivienne has developed a predictive model of diabetes to better manage the glucose levels of her diabetic son and systems to predict manic episodes in bipolar suffers. She sits on the boards of StartOut, The Palm Center, Emozia, Engender, and Genderis Inc., and is a Chief Science Advisor to Cornerstone Capital, Platypus Institute, Shiftgig, and Bayes Impact. Dr. Ming also speaks frequently on issues of LGBT inclusion and gender in technology. Vivienne lives in Berkeley, CA, with her wife (and co-founder) and their two children.
Chair, Finance & Economics, Singularity University
Amin is the CEO of T Labs. He was formerly the director of strategy and Vice President of Strategic Relations at Singularity University. He brings a unique set of technological, entrepreneurial and policy perspectives to the dialogue of innovation on campus.
Before Singularity, Amin founded for-profit and social impact organizations in a range of domains including: artificial intelligence, peer to peer lending, bitcoin, human rights, international development, carbon offsetting, and solar energy.
Google Search ranks him as the world's best guitar player - a title he readily rejects. In addition to his work at Singularity, he is building the World's first hedge fund for the poor, as well as Reversopedia - a reverse encyclopedia composed of things we know we don't know.
Amin has a degree in artificial intelligence from the University of British Columbia, an MBA from Stanford, and an MPA in economic policy from Harvard. He attended Harvard and Stanford concurrently and graduated an Arjay Miller Scholar.
Faculty, Mobility & Automotive, Singularity University
Mobility in 2025
Carlo van de Weijer (1966) has a Master degree in Mechanical Engineer from the University of Technology in Eindhoven and a PhD degree with honors from Technical University in Graz. He started his career in 1990 at TNO Automotive, moved to SiemensVDO in 2001 to head the Eindhoven automotive navigation development lab, since 2007 part of TomTom.
Currently, Dr. Van de Weijer is director of the Strategic Area Smart Mobility at Eindhoven University of Technology, alongside his work for TomTom.
He is chairman and member of the supervisory board of several high-tech companies and start-ups, and advises governments and industries around the world on the future of technology and mobility.
Chair, Energy & Environmental Systems, Singularity University
Exponential Innovation and Future of Energy
Ramez Naam is a computer scientist, futurist, and award-winning author. Ramez spent 13 years at Microsoft, where he led teams developing early versions of Microsoft Outlook, Internet Explorer, and the Bing search engine. His career has focused on bringing advanced collaboration, communication, and information retrieval capabilities to roughly one billion people around the world, and took him to the role of Partner and Director of Program Management within Microsoft, with deep experience leading teams working on cutting edge technologies such as machine learning, search, massive scale services, and artificial intelligence.
Between stints at Microsoft, Ramez founded and ran Apex NanoTechnologies, the world first company devoted entirely to software tools to accelerate molecular design. He holds 19 patents related to search engines, information retrieval, web browsing, artificial intelligence, and machine learning.
Ramez is also the H.G. Wells Award-winning author of four books: The Infinite Resource: The Power of Ideas on a Finite Planet (non-fiction), which looks at the environmental and natural resource challenges of climate change, energy, water, and food, and charts a course to meet those challenges by investing in the scientific and technological innovation needed to overcome them, and by changing our policies to encourage both conservation and critical innovations.
He's a graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign and the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy at Aurora Illinois. In his leisure, Ramez has climbed mountains, descended into icy crevasses, chased sharks through their native domain, backpacked through remote corners of China, and ridden his bicycle down hundreds of miles of the Vietnam coast. He lives in Seattle, where he writes and speaks full time.
Faculty, Information Security and Blockchain, Cryptocurrencies, Singularity University
Blockchain: Securing the Future
Mandy Simpson is Chief Executive at Wellington based consultancy Cyber Toa, helping companies secure their digital footprint. She has deep capital markets expertise, including four years as Chief Operating Officer at NZX, where she was an advocate for the development of blockchain technology for financial markets. Prior to that she was Chief Financial Officer for technology company Fronde.
Mandy has lived in Wellington for ten years, arriving from the UK where she worked in financial investigation and surveillance roles for Deloitte and the London Stock Exchange. She is a member of SingularityU New Zealand faculty.
Mandy sits on the boards of Punakaiki Fund and NZTech, is an active investor in early stage companies and an advisory board member at BraveNewCoin, a Queenstown based company providing digital currency news and insights.
Mandy has a law degree from Cambridge University. She is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales, and a member of the New Zealand Institute of Directors.
Chair, Global Grand Challenges, Singularity University
New Approaches to Changemaking: the technologies that prepare us for disruption
Nathaniel Calhoun helps guide Singularity University’s approach to changemaking and impact as a founding member of its Global Grand Challenge Faculty. He moderates Executive Programs for SU and is the Director of Global Grand Challenges for SU’s 10-week Global Solutions Program. Nathaniel closely tracks innovations in governance technologies, emerging decentralized and cooperative business models as well as the highly disruptive trend of platform cooperatives. He specializes in helping businesses and governments to understand how to leverage and prepare for the growth of these and related trends.
Nathaniel is actively creating and implementing digital technologies at a global scale to help alleviate poverty and to drive business literacy and digital and financial services in Sub-Saharan Africa and South East Asia. He does this work through CODE Innovation, a consulting company he founded in 2007 to help development work organizations like UNICEF and DfID to use web and mobile technologies more effectively in their education programming. Code Innovation has received a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to further develop their Self Help Group digital platform. This project is scaling its user base by 9000% in 2017.
Nathaniel has two decades of experience in the field of education, training, facilitation, moderation and teaching. He takes particular interest in the threat of technological unemployment and in the differing forecasts and solutions that humanity is offering around this issue. After living and working in Africa for nearly a decade, Nathaniel enjoys helping organizations to think through their strategies with new and emerging markets.
Nathaniel is available for a variety of customized speaking and consulting packages.
David likes to be a digital diplomat and a "human flak jacket" for teams of change agents working in turbulent environments. He volunteered in 2009 to deploy to Afghanistan to help "think differently" on military and humanitarian issues and in 2010 became a Senior National Intelligence Service Executive advocating for increased information interoperability, cybersecurity, and protection of civil liberties. In 2012, he became the Executive Director for the bipartisan National Commission for Review of Research and Development Programs of the United States Intelligence Community, later receiving the National Intelligence Exceptional Achievement Medal. He received both the Arthur S. Flemming Award and Roger W. Jones Award for Executive Leadership in 2013. He also was chosen to be an Eisenhower Fellow to meet with leaders in Taiwan and Australia on multisector cyber strategies for the "Internet of Everything" in 2015.
David passions include "near impossible missions" involving humans and technology in challenging circumstances. This included serving as the non-partisan Chief Information Officer for the Federal Communications Commission from 2013 to 2017. Through the efforts of a team of positive change agents, he led the transformation of the FCC's legacy IT with more than 207 different systems to award-winning tech. This included rolling-out new cloud-based IT that achieved results in 1/2 the time at 1/6 the cost. He was selected to be one of the "Fedscoop 50" for Leadership in 2014, 2015, and 2016 and the recipient of the Armed Forces Communications and Electronic Association's Outstanding Achievement Award for Civilian Government in 2015. Dr. Bray also received the global CIO 100 Award twice, which usually is awarded to private sector Fortune 500 companies, both in 2015 and 2017, for his transformational leadership in change-adverse settings.
Disruption & Impact
Leadership & Change Agents
Artificial Intelligence & Internet of Everything
Global Trends & Social Impacts
Exponential Technologies & Geopolitics
Natural Disasters & Crisis Response
Bioterrorism & Outbreak Response
Cybersecurity & Privacy Engineering
Non-Partisan Public Policy
Space & Satellites
Networks & Computing
Big Data & Algorithms
Strategic Foresight & Forecasting
Faculty, Agriculture, Singularity University
Future of Agriculture
David Hunt is the co-founder of Agrilarity, a company dedicated to digitizing agricultural practices.
Experience: David serves on the Exponential Advisory Board (XAB) of Singularity University, an institute based in NASA’s Ames research center in Silicon Valley, California. In his role on Singularity University’s XAB, Hunt hopes to improve agriculture’s knowledge and adoption of technologies that are being developed outside of the sector. Previously, he was the managing director of Comex McKinnon, an Irish agricultural logistics company. While there, he oversaw the implementation of a new computer system, created by his brother Ross, that digitized and automated most of Comex's back office, logistics, risk control and stock management processes. This enabled Comex to double its physical volume of grain handled in three years without hiring a single additional employee, which increased revenue from €108m to €203m. He and his brother founded Agrilarity when they realized the impact that digitizing and automating processes could have in agriculture. Prior to working with Comex, Hunt received a business and finance degree from Trinity College Dublin and was a corporate banker based in Dublin, Toronto and New York.
Chair, Digital Manufacturing, Singularity University
Future of Manufacturing
Experience: Andre is a frequent speaker on emerging intellectual property issues in 3D Printing and opportunities of distributed manufacturing at events such as Singularity University, Rapid, Designer of Things, Inside 3D Printing, 3D Print Show, Pacific Crest & WIRED.
He has been quoted in publications such as BBC News, MIT Tech Review, Chicago Tribune, and Bloomberg. He is an expert in greenfield value chain creation, leading the development of a $300m low income gas distribution business for West Africa's leading Oil and Gas company. Prior to founding Authentise Andre also managed a venture capital fund in Nigeria and advisory services in India. Andre is a graduate of St. Andrews University (M.A. - UK), ESSEC (M.Sc. - France) and Singularity University (California).
Internet Security Trainer at Bankers Trust Network Services Engineer at Unisource Business Networks Sr. Technical Network Administrator at KPN Telecom International Consultant at KPN International Consultancy Technical Security Specialist at Verizon Business
Teaches creativity, innovation and collaboration to entrepreneurs, makers and organizations at Singularity University
Creative Consultant at The Alchemy of Creativity
Dave guides entrepreneurs, makers and organizations in connecting with their own creativity at institutions, festivals, workshops and for corporations around the world.
Dave worked at Disney, Sony and Warner Bros. during the Second Golden Age of Animation. He has contributed his talents to such movies as “Beauty and the Beast,” “The Lion King,” “Pocahontas,” “Aladdin,” “The Hunchback of Notre Dame,” “Hercules,” “Fantasia 2000,” and others.
He has illustrated several acclaimed children’s books, including titles for Dr. Ken Dychtwald, Dr. Deepak Chopra and actor Paul Michael Glaser.
Dave has created concept art for film and television, shown his fine art internationally, been the expedition artist in search of a lost temple in the Andes and painted for the Dalai Lama.
Director, International Summits, Singularity University
Bohdanna is the Director of International Summits at Singularity University. She oversees the execution of Global Licensing SU’s International Summits, impacting and educating over 40,000 people on exponential technology and how to use that technology to solve the world’s largest challenges. Bohdanna works with partners from all over the globe, including South Africa, India, Western and Eastern Europe, Canada, Central America, and South America. Her talent lies in her ability to build strong relationships, respect regional traditions, and customs, all the while empowering her partners to produce impactful summits for thousands of participants in their country. Stakeholders who attend the SU International Summits include all sections of government officials, including Presidents and Prime Ministers, C suite management of Fortune 500 companies, entrepreneurs, NGO’s, and students.
Prior to Singularity University, Bohdanna worked for Peter Thiel and the The Thiel Foundation as their Event Curator, managing dozens of projects including CNBC Transforming Tomorrow, a documentary focused on the Thiel Fellowship and the Wired.com series ‘Teen Technorati’ showcasing Fellows from The Thiel Fellowship. Bohdanna was also one of the architects of The Thiel Foundation Summit; a bi-annual assembly of young entrepreneurs and visionaries from around the world.
And, while working at SU, Bohdanna devotes time to her painting career, exhibiting her work in the US and internationally. Bohdanna holds an M.F.A from San Francisco State University, a Post-Baccalaureate certificate from California College of the Arts, and a B.S. from Indiana University – Bloomington
Executive Director, Deloitte Southeast Asia
Future of Work
Indranil is an Executive Director in the Human Capital practice at Deloitte Consulting, based in Singapore. He leads the Deloitte-Leadership Practice for Asia Pacific and is the Chief Strategy Officer for the global Deloitte-Leadership practice. Indranil is a globally renowned strategic advisor in innovation/digital, leadership, strategy organization and culture. He has extensive experience in advising clients from ASEAN, Brazil, Japan, China, India, Korea, United Kingdom and United States across a wide range of sectors, including financial services, IT, government, consumer and healthcare.
Leadership Development High Potential Identification
Global Leader Programs
Human Capital Consulting Leader, Southeast Asia, Deloitte
Workshop 2: Future of Work
Mark Maclean is a results driven HR professional with a focus on partnering with clients to deliver value to the entire organisation through the transformation of the HR function, with over 20 years of experience HR (Strategy, Service Delivery Models design and execution, Shared Services, ERP and Cloud Solutions). He has a solid track record of designing and leading complex HR Transformation projects spanning the globe employing innovative method sets and solutions to enable teams to deliver.
Human Capital consulting and solutioning
SAP Education and Technology Strategies
Areas of specialisation include Human Resource Transformation
Mohit co-leads MonitorDeloitte, in Asia Pacific. He has been a strategy consultant for 15+ years and has worked across North America, Western Europe and various parts of Asia. Mohit has delivered advisory services to various Governments, Telcos, Consumer Businesses, Real estate businesses, financial institutions in the region. Most of his engagements are to address strategy, value proposition development, segmentation, distribution and profitability related issues Specific recent experiences with governments to help shape policies in the region include: Co-lead for the national digital masterplan, led the smart financial centre study for a leading global financial centre, led study on national open API guidelines, led national masterplan for sharing economy and developed Smart Tourism masterplan to name a few
He has written numerous articles in publications such as Financial Times, Straits Times, Asia Insurance Review, Business Times, GT News, Asian Banking & Finance to name a few. Some of his recent thought pieces include: Digital financial services strategy for the unbanked market in Indonesia, Digital financial services business models to address SME Banking market in Asia, Opportunity in Art and Collectibles market in Asia, Implications of Silver Market across industries in Asia, Time for next Tier of cities in ASEAN, Digital Era for ASEAN conglomerates and Accelerating digital ecosystems through strategic alliances.
Jeffrey Rogers is a facilitator, speaker, and program designer who creates interactive educational experiences driven by storytelling, engagement, and play. He’s an academically trained social scientist (UC Berkeley, University of Texas-Austin) with a knack for future-thinking and a deep belief in the transformative potential of exponential technologies as tools to de-risk experimentation, accelerate learning, and create change.
Jeffrey speaks frequently across the US and abroad on exponential thinking and leads workshops on creative problem solving and storytelling. He’s connected dots, ideas, and people as a moderator recently for the SU Executive Program and Exponential Tech and Strategy programs for Oracle, Google, Roche, NBC, Aegon and other global brands.
Prior to joining SU, Jeffrey spent a decade building learning and development solutions across sectors and designing and delivering award-winning educational and training programs. He currently serves as Singularity University’s Director of Faculty & Facilitator Development, working closely with our faculty to discover their unique strengths as communicators and teachers and to co-create rave-worthy, learner-centered experiences at SU and on the web worldwide.