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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Chief Health Analytics Actuary at Discovery Health
Shirley Collie qualified as an actuary in 2009. Her experience includes lecturing in the department of actuarial science at Wits, supervising actuarial science honours research papers, contributing to the syllabus of the Actuarial Society of South Africa’s specialist health care technical subject. She has extensive analytic experience in health care ranging from clinical claims reporting, alternative reimbursement contracts, construction of provider profiles and development of clinical classification systems and tools to meaningfully evaluate health care expenditure. She has recently led a collaboration on behalf of Discovery with the
South African Medical Research Council and the Sisonke research team to evaluate real world effectiveness of the Ad26.COV2.S Covid-19 vaccine. She currently heads the analytic intelligence cluster in Discovery Health, in her role as chief health analytics actuary, which is responsible for all clinical claims analysis, provider contract measurement, quality measurement, forensic analysis and operational analysis.
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).
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.
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.
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. Until recently, Phathizwe was the Managing Director of SqwidNet, where he was responsible for building an IoT connectivity business in South Africa in partnership with International IoT giant SIGFOX.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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”.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Principal at Risk Insights
Andrey Bogdanov is a principal at Risk Insights. His professional career spans the globe, from working in the banking space in Russia during Perestroika, to a Fortune 500 company as a senior executive responsible for finance and treasury in various regions and continents.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
Non-Executive Director at Oxford Sciences Innovation
Andre joined the board of Oxford Sciences Innovation (OSI) in early 2020. He is an experienced deep tech advisor and investor with a background in investment banking. He was previously Managing Director, Global Head of Equity Trading at Deutsche Bank, where he worked from 1994 to 2016 in SA, London and New York. After leaving investment banking, Andre founded Braavos Partners, an early stage IT and biotech investment firm before setting up Braavos Capital which focuses on the IP generated out off the Oxford ecosystem. He currently sits on the board of Next Biosciences, Wild Bioscience, Osler and Spybiotech and was previously on the board of Deep Science Ventures, Ultromics and PQ Shield. The Braavos Capital funds are the largest investor in OSI with a 20% stake.
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).
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 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.
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.