Meet our CURRENT lineup of speakers

(more to come)

Adam Valkin
Alex Gladstein
Wee Liang Chua
Catherine Wood
Nathana Sharma
Anashrin Pillay
Sam Radocchia
Paola Santana
Cathy Hackl
Hilda Liswani
Tshilidzi Marwala
Mark Nasila
Will Weisman
David Hite
Paul Pagnato
Craig Bond
Andile Ngcaba
Henri Arslanian
Phathizwe Malinga
Efi Pylarinou
Joshua Goldbard
Anne Connelly
Kojo Annan
Lisa Andrews
Barry Palte
Ross Barbash
David Roberts
Tanya Knowles
Anu Sing
Nathaniel Calhoun
Farzam Ehsani
Fay Arjomandi
Jaya Baloo
Melanie Rieback
Ramez Naam
Amy LaMeyer
Laila Pawlak
Adam Pantanowitz
Vinny Lingham
Ronen Aires
Hans Otterling
Ashley Anthony
Danielle Strachman
Michael Gibson
Kris Ostergaard
Christina Gerakiteys
Jody Aufrichtig
Hayim Raclaw
Brock Pierce
Rainford Knight
Merritt Moore
Taddy Blecher
James Ehrlich
Geci Karuri-Sebina
Siavash Alamouti
Andre Crawford-Brunt
Andrea Bohmert
Kim Hulett
John Sanei
Michael Jordaan
Ryan Gariepy
Beena Ammanath
Nnamdi Oranye
Robert Hersov
Mic Mann
Steve Leonard
Jonas Pilgaard
James Ho
Bohdanna Kesala
Steve Stavs
Benji Rosman
Tamara Pheiffer
Valter Adão
Alix Rübsaam
Simeon Schnapper
Jamie Metzl
Kadine James
Shayne Mann

Adam Valkin

Managing Director at General Catalyst

Adam Valkin invests in consumer Internet and SaaS companies across the US and in Europe. As the Managing Director at General Catalyst, he helps business founders upgrade their customer experience across consumer verticals such as food, automotive, healthcare, banking and payments, insurance, education, gaming, and fitness.

Alex Gladstein

Chief Strategy Officer at the Human Rights Foundation

Alex Gladstein is Chief Strategy Officer at the Human Rights Foundation. He has also served as Vice President of Strategy for the Oslo Freedom Forum since its inception in 2009. In his work Alex has connected hundreds of dissidents and civil society groups with business leaders, technologists, journalists, philanthropists, policymakers, and artists to promote free and open societies. Alex’s writing and views on human rights and technology have appeared in media outlets across the world including The Atlantic, BBC, CNN, The Guardian, The New York Times, NPR, TIME, The Washington Post, WIRED, and The Wall Street Journal. He has spoken at universities ranging from MIT to Stanford, briefed the European Parliament and US State Department, and serves as faculty at Singularity University and as an advisor to Blockchain Capital, a leading venture firm in the fintech industry. He frequently speaks and writes about why Bitcoin matters for freedom, and co-authored “The Little Bitcoin Book” in 2019.

Wee Liang Chua

Partner of Cowin Capital Group

Wee Liang Chua is a Partner of Cowin Capital Group and has assumed responsibility as the Lead Executive Partner in charge of International Private Equity business. He is also the Managing Partner for Cowin Capital Group’s US Dollar denominated Private Equity Funds.

Catherine Wood

Founder and CEO of ARK Invest

With over 40 years of experience identifying and investing in innovation, investment adviser Cathie Wood founded ARK Invest. ARK identifies large-scale investment opportunities in public markets, resulting from technological innovations centred around DNA sequencing, robotics, artificial intelligence, energy storage, and blockchain technology.

Nathana Sharma

General Council at Labelbox AI

Nathana O’Brien Sharma is Faculty at Singularity University in artificial intelligence, blockchain technology and the future of law and governance. Nathana is General Counsel at Labelbox, a leading artificial intelligence software company backed by Andreeson Horowitz, Kleiner Perkins, First Round and Gradient, Google’s AI focused venture fund. She advises companies and governments on the application of blockchain technology and artificial intelligence.

Anashrin Pillay

CEO of Risk Insights

Anashrin Pillay is currently the acting CEO of Risk Insights, with his primary role to serve as the leader of ESG GPS for South Africa, Africa, and the rest of the world. He previously served as Group Head of Investor relations at PPC. Anashrin has a Bachelor of Science degree in Applied Mathematics, Actuarial Science and Statistics and recently completed his PGDIP at Henley Business School in 2020 with distinction.

Sam Radocchia

Author of Bitcoin Pizza

Samantha Radocchia, or “Sam Rad” for short, is an entrepreneur, author, engineer, and early blockchain pioneer and advocate who combines the mindsets of an anthropologist and a technologist. A three-time entrepreneur, Sam holds several patents, and is a co-founder of a company currently in stealth, working at the intersection of live-streaming and global payments. Previously, she was a co-founder of Chronicled, a San Francisco-based enterprise blockchain company focused on the pharmaceutical supply chain and automating payments workflows.

Paola Santana

CEO of Social Glass

Paola Santana is a lawyer, public procurement expert and tech entrepreneur who is working on how to refine global political systems. She’s the founder and CEO of Social Glass, a software ecosystem that uses Artificial Intelligence to power high-performing governments. Paola is a faculty member at Singularity University and Mentor Coordinator for the Social Entrepreneurship Labs Incubator at Stanford University.

Cathy Hackl

CEO of Future Metaverse Labs and Limited Partner at the WXR Fund

Cathy Hackl is a leading tech futurist and globally recognized business leader with deep expertise in augmented reality (AR), virtual reality (VR), spatial computing, & the metaverse. She is one of LinkedIn’s top technology voices (the highest honor on the platform) and a champion for diversity in tech.

Hilda Liswani

Founder and CEO WeBloom

Hilda Liswani is a sustainable investments professional with experience in business development and public-private partnerships. WeBloom Africa, of which she is the founder and CEO, helps to mainstream gender-lens investing in Africa. She also works for EPFL’s Tech4Impact to bring technologies to the field for social impact in the global South.

Tshilidzi Marwala

Vice-Chancellor and Principal of the University of Johannesburg, author

Tshilidzi Marwala is the Vice-Chancellor and Principal of the University of Johannesburg as of early 2018. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering, a Master of Mechanical Engineering, and a PhD specialising in Artificial Intelligence and Engineering. His research interests are multi-disciplinary and include: the theory and application of Artificial Intelligence to engineering, computer science, finance, social science and medicine. Tshilidzi has also authored 15 books on artificial intelligence.

Mark Nasila

Chief Analytics Officer of FNB Risk

In his role as the Chief Analytics Officer of FNB Risk, Dr Mark Nasila ensures that the techniques and methodologies used by FNB are always at the forefront of the future of the banking sector. He is recognised as a leading force in the development of new and emerging technologies within the areas of AI, data science and machine learning.

Will Weisman

Founder and Managing Director of KittyHawk Ventures

Will Weisman is the founder and Managing Director of KittyHawk Ventures, an early-stage frontier technology venture capital firm with investments in AI/ML, computing, networking, healthcare, longevity, space, fintech, security and more. Previously Will spent seven years as an Executive Director at Singularity University, a think tank / educator focused on leveraging accelerating technologies to solve the world’s biggest problems. Will helped build Singularity into a global benefit corporation.

David Hite

Managing Partner at B37 Ventures

David Hite is a Managing Partner at Bridge 37 Ventures, a Venture Capital firm that focuses on investing in early stage, innovative and disruptive technology companies that have global potential. He has established 15 startup teams in 11 countries and understands the nuances of emerging markets, cultures and languages. His experience also spans establishing large, complex organisations that drive multi-billion dollars of revenue.

Paul Pagnato

Founder & CEO of PagnatoKarp

Paul Pagnato is co-Chairman and Chief Visionary Officer at Cresset and Founder at PagnatoKarp – a multi-family office and private wealth management firm with over $9 billion assets under management. He founded the TrueFiduciary® Institute to positively impact future generations through financial education and authored Transparency Wave.

Craig Bond

Chairman and President of Envel Inc.

Craig Bond is the Chairman and President of Envel Inc., a Harvard-founded, MIT-funded Fintech challenger bank that is based in Boston and has its technology and data science teams based in Cape Town. Craig has also been Chairman of Woolworths Financial Services; Ford Financial Services; American Express SA; and MasterCard (South Asia, Middle East and Africa Region).

Andile Ngcaba

Founding Partner & Chairman Convergence Partners

South African entrepreneur Andile Abner Ngcaba is the founder of investment group Convergence Partners, which has been involved in significant new communications infrastructure projects across Africa, including Seacom, Intelsat New Dawn and CSquared. Before turning his attention to the private sector, Andile was the Director General of Communications in the first democratically elected government of South Africa in 1994.

Henri Arslanian

PwC Crypto Leader and Partner, Adjunct Professor, University of Hong Kong

Henri Arslanian is the PwC Global Crypto Leader, the former Chairman of the FinTech Association of Hong Kong and an Adjunct Professor at the University of Hong Kong where he teaches the first FinTech university course in Asia. Henri advises many of the world’s leading crypto exchanges, investors, financial institutions and tech firms on their FinTech and crypto initiatives as well numerous governments, regulators and central banks on Fintech and crypto regulatory and policy matters.

Phathizwe Malinga

SingularityU South Africa Faculty

In his role as a member of the SingularityU South Africa faculty, with a focus on The Internet of things (IoT), Phathizwe Malinga focuses on how smartphones and Big Data can help to solve some of Africa’s grand challenges. As the Managing Director of SqwidNet, Phathizwe is responsible for building an IoT connectivity business in South Africa in partnership with International IoT giant SIGFOX.

Efi Pylarinou

Founder of Efi Pylarinou Advisory

Efi Pylarinou is the No.1 Global Woman Influencer in Finance & the Data conversation by Refinitiv 2019 & 2020. A seasoned Wall Street professional & a recognized technology thought leader on innovation topics. She has over 186,000+ followers on Linkedin and 13,000 on Twitter.

Joshua Goldbard

Founder of MobileCoin

Joshua is a founder at MobileCoin, a cryptocurrency technology company, and a founding partner at Crypto Lotus, a cryptocurrency-focused hedge fund. He really likes sound amplification devices.

Anne Connelly

Singularity University Faculty, Author

Anne Connelly is passionate about harnessing blockchain to transform the lives of people in emerging economies. She has been an active part of the global blockchain community since 2012 and is the co-author of Trust, a graphic novel about blockchain. Anne is also a faculty member at Singularity University in the field of blockchain.

Kojo Annan

Managing Partner - Vector Global

Kojo Annan is a serial entrepreneur and investor, with an extensive global network and strong track record of growing new businesses across international markets. He is currently managing Vector Global, a single family office centred primarily on two main pillars: a regional focus within West Africa; and a global interest in Innovation, Lifestyle and Wellbeing. He is also the Chairman and Co-Founder of Made in Africa (MIA).

Lisa Andrews

CO-CEO of SingularityU Australia

As the co-CEO at SingularityU Australia, Lisa Andrews empowers entrepreneurs and businesses to utilise exponential technologies to positively impact humanity. She is an angel investor and CEO at Ignite Alliance and WAVIA, where she provides startups, SMEs and large corporates with capital, high-level advice, actionable tools and resources to succeed.

Barry Palte

Chairman of EQ Capital Partners

Barry Palte is a global investment expert based in Sydney Australia with a focus on sustainable investing and achieving positive social outcomes. Barry grew up in Zimbabwe and also lived in South Africa. Barry is the Chairman of private investment group EQ Capital Partners, which partners with other investment groups globally to deliver high impact investment outcomes.

Ross Barbash

General Counsel - MobileCoin

As a filmmaker and two-time founder turned corporate attorney, Ross brings entrepreneurial perspective, passion, and creativity to his work representing technology companies. Prior to joining MobileCoin as General Counsel, Ross was the Founder and Head of Atrium’s FinTech & Blockchain practice where he led a team that represented industry-leading AI, fintech, blockchain, and payment technology companies.

David Roberts

Founder of GEDI Training

David Roberts is one of the world’s leading experts in disruption and innovation. He is The Distinguished Faculty member at Singularity University and was Vice President and two-time Director of their Graduate Studies Programme. In his previous life, David was an investment banker in Mergers and Acquisitions at Goldman Sachs headquarters. Today, he is an award-winning start-up CEO funded with over $100 million of investment from Silicon Valley’s top investors to include Kleiner Perkins and Vinod Khosla.

Tanya Knowles

SingularityU South Africa Faculty Member

Tanya Knowles is a SingularityU South Africa faculty member with a focus on the blockchain, cryptocurrencies and initial coin offerings (ICOs). She is the chairperson of the South African Financial Markets Blockchain Consortium, which represents close to 50 of the country’s largest financial institutions, as well as the South African Ambassador of the Global Blockchain Business Council.

Anu Sing

Executive Business Intelligence, MTN Group

Anu holds a degree in mechanical engineering, an MBA and completed the Advanced Management Programme at Insead. She has practiced as an engineer, and subsequently gained over 12 years of experience as an investment banker in London and Johannesburg. Anu joined MTN as GM Infrastructure and is currently Group Executive Business Intelligence. She is a non-executive director of the Development Bank of South Africa and Exxaro Resources.

Nathaniel Calhoun

Board Member and Strategic Advisor at Multiple Companies

Nathaniel Calhoun works at the intersection of technologies like artificial intelligence and blockchain on issues like biodiversity preservation, currency creation, the future of work and new organizational models for companies and communities. He specializes in project roll out or company building in emerging economies and in leveraging the power and supply chains of large INGOs and UN organizations.

Farzam Ehsani

CEO and Co-founder of VALR

Farzam is the CEO and co-founder of VALR, South Africa’s largest cryptocurrency trading platform, that allows customers to buy, sell, store and transfer the widest selection of cryptocurrencies. He was previously the inaugural Chairperson of the South African Financial Blockchain Consortium.

Fay Arjomandi

Founder of Mimik

Fay Arjomandi is the Founder of mimik and has been the president and CEO of the company since January 2020. She founded the company as Disternet, which was later rebranded to mimik. While incubating mimik; Fay was also the CEO of a group of mobile companies under Nantworks, including Tensorcom, NantMobile, and Mobile Genomic Health, leading the consumerization health solutions between 2014 – 2016.

Jaya Baloo

Chief Information Security Officer at Avast Software, SingularityU Faculty on Cybersecurity and Quantum Computing

Jaya Baloo, Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) at Avast Software, has worked in cybersecurity for close to 20 years. She is a faculty member of the Singularity University and a member of various information security boards. She won the Cyber Security Executive of the Year award in 2015 and is one of the top 100 influencers in the field.

Melanie Rieback

SingularityU South Africa Faculty on Cybersecurity

Dr. Melanie Rieback is the CEO/Co-founder of Radically Open Security, the world’s first non-profit computer security consultancy company. It’s a collective of hackers who aim to disrupt the computer security market with their ideals — give 90% of profits to charity (the NLnet Foundation), release all their tools into the open-source, invite customers to actively participate, and generally optimize for openness, transparency, and community service.

Ramez Naam

Co-Chair for Energy and Environment at Singularity University

Ramez Naam is the Co-Chair for Energy and Environment at Singularity University at NASA Ames. He speaks around the world on innovation, exponential technology, and disruptive energy technologies. Ramez Naam is a computer scientist, startup investor, advisor to numerous Fortune 50 energy and transportation companies, and the award-winning author of five books, including the Nexus trilogy of science fiction novels.

Amy LaMeyer

Managing Partner of WXR Fund

Amy LaMeyer is Managing Partner of the WXR Fund, a venture fund backing early stage, gender diverse start-ups using spatial computing (AR/VR) and artificial intelligence (AI) to transform business and human connection. Fund portfolio includes Embodied Labs, absurd:joy, Obsess, All3D.ai, Wavely, Prisms of Reality, Scatter.

Laila Pawlak

Co-founder and CEO of SingularityU Nordic

Laila Pawlak is the co-founder and CEO of SingularityU Nordic. She is an award-winning entrepreneur and international speaker on human-centered design and unapologetic customer perspectives. Laila is the co-author of the book “The Fundamental 4s: How to design extraordinary customer experiences in an exponential world”. She is an active angel investor, board member and advisor to both private and public sector around the world.

Adam Pantanowitz

SingularityU South Africa Faculty

Adam Pantanowitz is a fanatical technologist, who enjoys solving seemingly unsolvable problems, particularly with the help of cloud computing and machine learning. He is part of the SingularityU South Africa faculty with a focus on biotechnology and speaks about the future of technology with a focus on tech-human convergence.

Vinny Lingham

CEO & Co-Founder, Civic

A visionary leader and serial entrepreneur, Vinny is bringing decentralized identity verification to businesses and consumers. Previously, he was the co-founder and CEO of Gyft, a mobile gift card company, which was acquired by First Data Corporation for more than $50M.

Ronen Aires

Founder of Student Village

Ronen Aires, founder of Student Village, has been an entrepreneur for over 20 years. He is both an investor, speaker, coach and activist in the global world of altered states and psychedelics.

Hans Otterling

General Partner at Northzone

Hans Otterling joined Northzone in 2006, where his primary areas of focus include e-commerce, fintech, internet security, enterprise software and related SaaS models. His portfolio includes Tobii, Klarna, HappyOrNot, Footway, Fishbrain, and Outfittery. He revolutionised the field of Investor Relations, through founding Waymaker, an early internet-based information distribution company.

Ashley Anthony

SingularityU South Africa Faculty, Co-founder and CEO of Isazi Consulting

Ashley Anthony is a SingularityU South Africa faculty member with a focus on Artificial Intelligence. He is co-founder and CEO of Isazi Consulting. Isazi means “quest for thirst” in isiZulu and amply describes Ashley’s insatiable thirst to use Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning and data-driven applications to revolutionise businesses across Africa.

Danielle Strachman

Co-founder and General Partner of 1517

Danielle is a cofounder and general partner of 1517. She has worked with young entrepreneurs for about a decade. In 2010, during the founding of the Thiel Fellowship, Danielle joined to lead the design and operations. She’s worked with some of the most prestigious founders like Vitalik Buterin and Ritesh Agarwal. Previous to her work with Peter Thiel, Danielle founded and directed Innovations Academy in San Diego, a K-8 charter school serving 400 students, with a focus on student-led project based learning and other alternative programs.

Michael Gibson

Co-founder and General Partner of the Venture Capital Fund 1517

Michael Gibson is cofounder and general partner of the venture capital fund 1517, which is devoted to backing dropouts and people who never stepped foot on a college campus. Before his academic apostasy, he was working towards a doctorate in philosophy at the University of Oxford. He has written on innovation and technology for MIT’s Technology Review, National Review, the Atlantic, and City Journal.

Kris Ostergaard

CO-CEO SingularityU Nordic

Kris is the co-founder of SingularityU Nordic and global Singularity University faculty on innovation in large, established organizations. He is also the co-founder of multiple innovation initiatives such the accelerator Thinkubator and the incubator DARE2mansion. He is the author of bestselling business book “Transforming legacy organizations” on how to turn your business into an innovation champion, and co-author of ”The Fundamental 4s: How to design extraordinary customer experiences in an exponential world” and “After Shock – The World’s Foremost Futurists Reflect on 50 Years of Future Shock―and Look Ahead to the Next 50”. Kris is the host of the Singularity University’s “Corporate Innovation Podcast”.

Christina Gerakiteys

CO-CEO SingularityU Australia

Christina Gerakiteys is co-CEO of SingularityU Australia and a catalyst for change. Her mission is to inspire, transform and empower leaders to find solutions to humanity’s grand challenges. Through her work, she seeks to open hearts and minds to the abundant possibilities that are presented by exponential technologies.

Jody Aufrichtig

Co-founder, President & CEO of Psyence

Jody is an award-winning entrepreneur, business builder, impact investor, and philanthropist. A Chartered Accountant by training, he has built significant and rapid shareholder value in cannabis, private equity, travel and tourism, sport and leisure, as well as other industries. Jody previously headed up Canopy Growth’s African operations. Jody is the co-founder and CEO of Psyence Group, a public life-science biotechnology company pioneering the use of natural psychedelics to heal psychological trauma, particularly in the context of palliative care.

Hayim Raclaw

CEO of PsyTech

Hayim is an adventurous business leader experienced in international medical business-building, sales, and financing. He has driven value for North American, European, African and Israeli biotech firms for 20+ years, enabling growth and successful exits. He is focused on being a steady hand in emerging markets while working to demonstrate that doing well and doing good are not mutually exclusive. Hayim took the helm at PsyTech in January 2020, being motivated by the clinical breakthroughs that psychedelic-assisted therapies represent.

Brock Pierce

Entrepreneur, Philanthropist & Activist, Co-founder of Blockchain Capital

Brock Pierce is an entrepreneur, philanthropist, activist, former childhood actor, and father. Not content to reserve his talents for the silver screen, he soon became a major power player on the world stage — building a highly successful career in the tech industry before devoting his life to serving others. As a co-founder of Blockchain Capital, Pierce co-developed Security Token Offering (STO). As a pioneer in blockchain and digital currency, he helped create the first Initial Coin Offerings (ICO) as a new way to launch digital currencies, shortly after creating EOS, Stablecoin & Tether. The latter became the world’s most-traded cryptocurrency (annual trading volume exceeds $10 trillion), in which Pierce was responsible for putting the U.S. dollar on the blockchain with Tether in 2014. After he co-founded Block.one in 2017, it sold over $4B tokens in the EOS crowdsale — making it the largest ever.

Rainford Knight

CEO of Transparency

Dr. Knight’s experience spans both academia and industry. His academic career started as an Assistant Professor of Finance at Fairleigh Dickinson University (FDU) in Madison, New Jersey, and then as a mergers and acquisitions analyst in the financial services industry. In industry, Dr. Knight’s background is varied. He has been the CIO of a fund of hedge funds and the co-founder and COO of a hedge fund. He has been a regular speaker or moderator at hedge fund industry conferences on varied topics such institutional due diligence, counterparty risk, and cost of regulation on alternatives.

Merritt Moore

Forbes 30 under 30, Quantum Physicist/ Professional Ballerina

A hat-trick achiever, Merritt is a Quantum Physicist and Ballerina, delving into the astronaut sector. An accomplished ballet dancer, she programmed robots to dance alongside her in TikTok videos that have since yielded up to 15 million views. Merritt is currently pursuing a career as an astronaut. She has been cited in Forbes 30 under 30, in a children’s storybook and has featured in TIME and Vogue. She explores the future of A.I./ machine learning, specifically with dance, and welcomes all forms of collaboration fusing dance, physics and tech.

Taddy Blecher

SingularityU South Africa Faculty, CEO of the Maharishi Institute

Taddy Blecher is part of the SingularityU South Africa faculty with a focus on Exponential Education. He is CEO of the Maharishi Institute and the Imvula Empowerment Trust. Taddy is a pioneer of South Africa’s free tertiary education movement and has helped establish six free-access institutions of higher learning. He also co-founded the Branson Centre of Entrepreneurship with Sir Richard Branson.

James Ehrlich

Singularity University Faculty, Founder of ReGen Villages

James Ehrlich is the founder of ReGen Villages, a Stanford University spin-off company to realise the future of living in regenerative and resilient communities, with critical life support of organic food, clean water, renewable energy and circular nutritional flows at the neighborhood scale. He is also an Entrepreneur in Residence at the Stanford University School of Medicine Flourishing Project and part of the Singularity University faculty.

Geci Karuri-Sebina

SingularityU South Africa Faculty - Future of Cities

Dr Geci Karuri-Sebina is part of the SingularityU South Africa faculty with a focus on urban futures, including smart cities, networks, urban planning, governance and development, as well as innovation systems. She holds numerous professional titles among them, Associate of The South African Cities Network and Council Member of the South African Council of Planners. Geci is also a founding director of the Southern African Node of the Millennium Project, co-founder of Foresight For Development.

Siavash Alamouti

EVP of Wells Fargo

Siavash Alamouti is the EVP of Innovation R&D at Wells Fargo and the Executive Chairman at mimik. He was the President & CEO of mimik from January 2014 until January 2020. Prior to mimik he was the Group R&D Director for Vodafone in London, UK where he managed R&D, corporate venture and IPR for the entire group. Before Vodafone, he was an Intel Fellow and CTO of The Mobile Wireless Group in Santa Clara, California. Prior to Intel he was the CTO at the start-up company Vivato (the first smart antenna Wi-Fi company) and before Vivato, he worked in various capacities at Cadence Design Systems, AT&T Wireless, and MPR Teltech.He is most well-known for the invention of the Alamouti code adopted in almost all wireless standards globally and included in billions of wireless devices. He has received more than 20.000 citations for his scientific work and has received multiple industry awards. Siavash’s 1998 paper in IEEE JSAC Publication was selected by IEEE Communication Society for publication in, “The Best of the Best: Fifty Years of Communications and Networking Research.”

Andre Crawford-Brunt

General Partner at Braavos Investment Advisors

Andre grew up in South Africa and graduated from Rhodes University in 1992. He started his career on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange floor and then spent 21 years at Deutsche Bank, where he was the Global Head of Equity Trading, based in New York, before retiring in 2015 to pursue his own investment interests. Since then, Andre has been actively involved in many start-ups mainly in the biotech, biosciences, artificial intelligence, computational finance and disruptive ecommerce sectors. Andre co-founded Braavos Capital, which is the largest shareholder in Oxford Sciences Innovation (OSI) which owns a stake in the IP developed at Oxford University and has to-date spun-out almost 100 companies (including Vaccitech, which developed the technology behind the Astra-Zeneca Covid-19 vaccine). Andre sits on the boards of (amongst others) OSI, Osler Diagnostics, Ultromics and Next Biosciences.

Andrea Bohmert

Partner at Knife Capital

Andrea is currently the Co-Managing Partner of Knife Capital, a South African VC firm with offices in Cape Town and London. Having spent time in Venture Capital for the last 15 years, Andrea’s goal is to prove that South African founders and the companies they build can compete on a global level. Simultaneously she wants to prove that Venture Capital as an asset class in South Africa can work. Both goals require persistence, an understanding of the why and the how. Andrea sees herself as a business builder and a business partner, captivated by founders who have a deeper motivation and embrace the journey. She knows that one needs an ecosystem to succeed and is trying to play her part in building that. Andrea holds a Master in Commerce degree from the Technical University in Aachen, Germany and an MBA from Henly (UK).

Kim Hulett

SingularityU South Africa Faculty, Founder and CEO of Next Biosciences

Kim Hulett is the founder and CEO of Next Biosciences, a South African biotech company that specialises in stem cells, reproductive genetics and biologics. She is on the faculty of SingularityU South Africa and an adviser to One Bio – SA’s first biotech incubator fund. Kim is also a director of the National Heritage Project and a trustee of the Wonderbag Foundation – a waterless cooker that empowers women across Africa.

John Sanei

SingularityU Faculty, best-selling author, trend specialist

John Sanei is a best-selling author, Singularity University faculty member, global speaker and trend specialist. By combining aspects of human psychology, business strategy, and future studies, John provides a unique and holistic approach to achieving future-readiness.

Michael Jordaan

Founder of Bank Zero

Michael Jordaan stepped down as CEO of First National Bank (FNB) in 2013 to pursue his passion for entrepreneurship. With more than 20 years’ experience in the financial services sector, Michael founded the new digital-only bank, Bank Zero, that is to be launched in South Africa this year. Bank Zero is part of the new frontier of banking which has arrived through smartphones and associated digital technologies.

Ryan Gariepy

CTO and Co-founder of Clearpath

Ryan Gariepy is the CTO and co-founder of Clearpath – the largest and fastest growing robotics company in Canada. He completed both B.A.Sc. and M.A.Sc. degrees in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Waterloo, and has over 50 pending patents in the field of intelligent systems. Ryan has expertise in everything from educational robotics to automated manufacturing to self-driving mining vehicles. He serves on the board of directors for the Open Source Robotics Foundation and is a co-founder of the first and only global conference for robotics software developers. He is also on the board of directors for Next Generation Manufacturing Canada, the NSERC Canadian Robotics Network, and is an advisor for several startups and venture capital groups.

Beena Ammanath

Executive Director of Deloitte AI Institute

Beena is Executive Director of Deloitte AI Institute and CMO for Strategy & Analytics. She also leads Trustworthy AI and co-leads Ethical Tech for the US Firm. Beena is an award-winning senior executive with extensive global experience in AI and digital transformation, spanning across e-commerce, finance, marketing, telecom, retail, software products, services and industrial domains with companies such as HPE, GE, Thomson Reuters, British Telecom, Bank of America, e*trade and a number of Silicon Valley startups. She is also the Founder of non-profit, Humans For AI.

Nnamdi Oranye

Author, Founder and CEO of Disrupting Africa

Nnamdi Oranye explores how African innovation has the potential to change the African narrative. He is the founder of the Disrupting Africa Encyclopedia – an online platform that identifies 30 million African thought leaders and changemakers. And has penned Disrupting Africa: The Rise and Rise of African Innovation and Taking On Silicon Valley: How Africa’s Innovators will change its future. Nnamdi has been named one of the 100 Most Influential People of African Descent (MIPAD), an initiative by the United Nations.

Robert Hersov

Chairman of Invest Africa

Robert Hersov is the founder of Invest Africa, African Capital Investments, Alternative Capital, AltCapInvest and the S-Group. Invest Africa facilitates high quality relationships within growing African markets amongst the business community, and has launched operations in London, New York, Johannesburg, Cape Town, Geneva/Zurich and Dubai.

Mic Mann

CO-CEO SingularityU South Africa / Mann Made

Mic as Co-Ceo of SingularityU South Africa and Mann Made is a storyteller, futurist, entrepreneur, investor and speaker on how exponential technologies can help to #futureproofAfrica. After completing his honours degree in scriptwriting, directing and producing film at AFDA, Mic joined as co-owner of the family business, Mann Made. Mic has 23 years of experience in the media, marketing and eventing industry doing 360’ marketing and sales campaigns for many global and local Fortune 500 companies.

Steve Leonard

CEO of Singularity University

As a passionate advocate for constructive debate about technology and the future of humanity, it is only natural that Steve Leonard should assume the role of SingularityU CEO. He is a regular speaker at the United Nations Development Programme and United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific events. As the founding CEO of SGInnovate – a private limited company that is wholly-owned by the Singapore Government – Steve created an organisation with a mission to build investable early-stage deep tech companies.

Jonas Pilgaard

CEO of 4Life Solution

Jonas is the CEO of 4Life Solution, who provides the most affordable water purification solution to the lowest income groups in the world. 4Life has the ambition to help a billion people to better health. Jonas is a successful serial entrepreneur. He has 8 years of experience from venture capital and been CEO and partner in several international start-ups, including an impressive sale of Spektral to a Fortune 500 company.

James Ho

Director of Strategic Partnerships at Animoca Brands

A seasoned design and tech builder, James honed his skills working on some of the world’s most famous brands and blossomed into a well-versed entrepreneur. He’s founded two companies, namely POCA Design and Digital Vantage, and has worked with notable brands such Chanel, LVMH, Audemars Piquet, Sotheby’s, and many more. Entering the blockchain nearly 4 years ago James brings his proven strategic acumen and his expertise in crafting cohesive ecosystems to drive this exciting industry forward. At Animoca he currently oversees Strategic Partnerships, Deal-Flow, Investments, and Ecosystem Growth.

Bohdanna Kesala

Managing Director, International Summits at Singularity University

Bohdanna is the Managing Director of International Summits at Singularity University. She oversees the execution of the global licensing of SU’s International Summits, which impact and educate over 40 000 people on exponential technology and how to use it to solve the world’s largest challenges. Her talent lies in building strong relationships, while respecting regional traditions, all the while empowering her partners to produce impactful summits.

Steve Stavs

Professional Biohacker & Performance Coach

Steve has spent his life immersing himself in knowledge and research to turn these insights into actionable strategies designed to enhance the human state. Steve has a Science degree and many years of experience in Ancestral Wisdom coupled with expertise in Chinese medicine and philosophy. He is an avid athlete having completed the Comrades Marathon 11 times! As a professional biohacker, Steve draws on 25 years’ experience as a business professional and entrepreneur. Steve is passionate about partnering with his clients to unlock the power of their performance, igniting an incremental cycle of continuous optimisation to enhance and improve the human state.

Benji Rosman

Associate Professor WITS, SingularityU Faculty - Robotics

Benjamin Rosman is part of the Singularity University South Africa faculty with a focus on machine learning, artificial intelligence, robotics and automation.Benjamin is the Associate Professor in the School of Computer Science and Applied Mathematics, at the University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa.

Tamara Pheiffer

Leader in Africa for Medical Biohacking

Dr Pheiffer is passionate about advanced human performance optimisation in every aspect including work, mental and physical performance. She co-hosts radio health and wellness slots and authors a newsletter to other physicians around the country on the subjects of advanced nutrition, biochemistry, nutrigenomics, as well as functional, integrative and anti-aging medicine, which she is considered a thought leader internationally.

Valter Adão

Chief Executive and Digital Leader for Cadena Growth Partners

Valter Adão is recognised as an expert in the fields of disruptive innovation, business re-imagination and emerging technologies in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, where he does most of his work. Valter is the Chief Executive and Digital Leader for Cadena Growth Partners and guides organisations beyond potential disruption, towards creating new opportunities for relevance, growth and expansion by contextualising and leveraging the potential and economics of emerging technologies and disruptive trends.

Alix Rübsaam

Singularity University Faculty - AI

Alix Rübsaam is a researcher in philosophy of technology, cultural analysis and posthumanism. She researches the collaboration between human and technological agents at the intersection of humans and computational systems, for her doctoral research at the University of Amsterdam and the Amsterdam School for Cultural Analysis (ASCA). As a faculty member at Singularity University she investigates the societal and cultural impact of exponential technologies.

Simeon Schnapper

Managing Partner at JLS Fund

Simeon is a managing partner of the JLS Fund and co-founded the Family Office Funding Challenge located in New York City. Born into a Peace Corps family, his early life was spent on assignment overseas where the ethos of exploration and helping others became deeply ingrained in his belief system

Jamie Metzl

Singularity University faculty member, founder OneShared.World

Jamie Metzl is a technology and healthcare futurist, geopolitical expert, social entrepreneur, and Singularity University faculty member. He is the founder of the global social movement OneShared.World. Last year, he was appointed to the World Health Organisation expert advisory committee on human genome editing.

Kadine James

CEO & Founder, The Immersive Kind

Kadine is considered one of the top most influential women working in Digital, ML, 3D Printing, augmented reality, virtual reality, spatial computing, XR, immersive gaming and innovation. A pioneer in leading change in the immersive technology industry. She works at the intersection of future technology, strategy, and storytelling, engaging audiences across the globe around the future applications of emerging technologies. Kadine is the CEO and founder of The Immersive KIND XR Studio.

Shayne Mann

CO-CEO SingularityU South Africa / Mann Made

As co-founder and CEO of Mann Made – an award-winning, experiential brand agency for top local and global Fortune 500 companies – Shayne Mann has 17 years of experience in the media, marketing and eventing industries. Over the decades he has successfully driven Mann Made to become an agency that specialises in activations, events, media products and productions. Shayne is a SingularityU alumnus and is also the co-CEO of SingularityU South Africa. He epitomises exponential leadership and is passionate about how exponential and disruptive technologies can drive change to positively impact South Africa and the continent.