SingularityU South Africa Summit 2020 Speakers

Take a look at our first 60+ speakers who will be at the SUSA Summit Online 2020. Watch this space for more announcements, weekly.

Cathy Hackl

LinkedIn Top Voice in Tech

Bo Simango

CEO, cofounder at Aquafort AI Inc

Wolfgang Fengler

World Bank’s Lead Economist in Southern Africa

Silas Adekunle

CEO of Reach Robotics

Sophia Symeou

CEO, INS

Stacey Ferreira

Director of Digital Workplace Strategy at WorkJam

Mxolisi Mgojo

CEO of Exxaro

Maurice Crespi

Partner, Schindlers Attorneys

Geci Karuri-Sebina

SingularityU South Africa Faculty

Lisa Andrews

Co-CEO at SingularityU Australia

Christina Gerakiteys

Co-CEO of SingularityU Australia

Phathizwe Malinga

SingularityU South Africa Faculty

Richard Sutton

Health & Performance Educator

Fred Swaniker

Founder of African Leadership Group

Dr. Adriana Marais

SingularityU South Africa Faculty

Kunal Sood

Social Impact Strategist, investor and entrepreneur

Nnamdi Oranye

Author, founder and CEO of Disrupting Africa

Valter Adão

Deloitte Africa’s Chief Digital and Innovation Officer, SingularityU South Africa Faculty

Anand Murthy

Founder of BridgePort Developments

Andile Ngcaba

Founder of Convergence Partners

Angie Daubermann

Founder of the LEAN GIRL™️

Anu Sing

Executive Business Intelligence at MTN Group

Ashley Anthony

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

Benjamin Rosman

SingularityU South Africa Faculty

Carin Ism

Co-founder of the Future Of Governance Agency (FOGA), SingularityU Nordic faculty and author

Catherine Wood

Founder and CEO of ARK Invest

David Hite

Managing Partner at B37 Ventures

Vivienne Ming

Co-Founder and Executive Chair at Socos Labs

David Roberts

Leading Expert on Business Disruption and Exponential Leadership, Founder of GEDI Training

Divya Chander

Singularity University, Faculty Chair Neuroscience

Esther Wojcicki

SingularityU Faculty Education

Homi Kharas

Senior Fellow of Global Economy and Development at Brookings Institution

Jaya Baloo

Chief Information Security Officer at Avast Software, SingularityU Faculty of cybersecurity and Quantum Computing

Kellie Nuttall

SingularityU Australia Faculty in the future of mobility and smart cities

Kim Hulett

SingularityU South Africa Faculty, founder and CEO of Next Biosciences

Kyle Nel

CEO and co-founder of Uncommon Partners, Singularity University faculty member

Marcus Endicott

Robopsychologist at Meta-Guide.com

Nastassia Arendse

Host of Classic Business Breakfast on Classic FM

Oren Berkovich

Founder of SingularityU Canada

Paul Pagnato

Founder and CEO of PagnatoKarp and TrueFiduciary® Institute

Peter Xing

Co-founder of Transhumanism Australia, SingularityU Faculty

Tiffany Vora

Singularity University faculty and Vice Chair of Medicine and Digital Biology

Vanessa Matthijssen

National Consumer Products Lead and Partner, Strategy Consulting at Deloitte Australia

Paola Santana

Singularity University faculty, founder and CEO of Social Glass

Prof Tshilidzi Marwala

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

Dara Dotz

Co-founder of Field Ready

Dare Okoudjou

CEO of MFS Africa

James Ehrlich

Singularity University Faculty, Founder of ReGen Villages

Kyle Hermans

Founder and CEO of Be Courageous, co-founder of Digitized.Live, Singularity University faculty

Carlo van de Weijer

Singularity University faculty, managing director at the Eindhoven AI System Institute EAISI

Molly Pyle

Senior Manager of International Summits at Singularity University, Chair of the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Network at SU

Anuraj Gambhir

Singularity University faculty, Strategic Business and Startup Advisor

Laila Pawlak

Co-founder of SingularityU Nordic

Taddy Blecher

SingularityU South Africa faculty on Education, CEO of the Maharishi Institute and the Imvula Empowerment Trust

Kris Oestergaard

Co-founder of SingularityU Nordic

Michael Jordaan

Founder of Bank Zero, Director of the Johannesburg Stock Exchange, Director of Telco Rain

Babusi Nyoni

Co-founder of Sila Health

Mimi Nickin​

Author and the host of the ‘Empathy for Breakfast’ breakfast show as well as the Secrets of The Gap podcast​

Taddy Blecher

SingularityU South Africa faculty on Education, CEO of the Maharishi Institute and the Imvula Empowerment Trust

Kris Oestergaard

Co-founder of SingularityU Nordic

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Cathy Hackl

LinkedIn Top Voice in Tech

Cathy Hackl is a leading female futurist and business strategist specializing in the impact emerging technologies like AR, VR, and AI, are having on communications and business.

 

In 2019 and 2018, Linkedin recognized her as one of the Top Technology Voices on the platform globally, its highest honor. Hackl has worked on enterprise strategy, innovation, communications and developer marketing strategy and business evangelism with brands like UPS, HTC VIVE, Sony Pictures, Magic Leap, and Adobe.

She has been shortlisted as Technology Evangelist of the Year 2020 by the Women in IT Awards and is working on her second book, The Augmented Workforce: How AI, AR, & 5G Will Impact Every Dollar You Make (coming fall 2020).

Bo Simango

CEO, co-founder at Aquafort AI Inc

“The most interesting things happen at the intersection of things,” words from a mentor encouraging me to continue to explore and avoid the tyranny of comfort. I’ve treated my career and life as an odyssey with curiosity as my guide.

I’ve ventured from working on industrial sites in harsh, subarctic conditions to surgery rooms & downtown offices, gaining exposure to industries spanning from oil & gas, mining, and healthcare to Arctic vessel R&D and telecommunications. All the while, learning more about value creation, engineering management and an ongoing understanding of machine learning & cognitive computing/analytics.


At this juncture, I am expanding my opportunity set by learning more about startups: problem-solution fit, product development and customer service & satisfaction through the guiding influence of mentors, and various startup communities. Despite the magnetic pull, it is equally meritorious and grueling.

But when you get right down to it, I’m much more – I’m an immigrant passionate about charitable causes, ESG work, & a fitness fanatic. In time and space, you will find me asking questions, challenging my assumptions and learning more about how to tackle everyday problems. 

Wolfgang Fengler

World Bank’s Lead Economist in Southern Africa

Wolfgang Fengler is the World Bank’s Lead Economist in Finance, Competitiveness and Innovation (FCI) for the Europe and Central Asia. He also spoke at TEDx Vienna and launched population.io (endorsed by Bill Gates) as well as worldpoverty.io, two real-time big data models. The German weekly DER SPIEGEL called him a “big data virtuoso”. Previously, he served as the World Bank’s Lead Economist in the Nairobi office. A native German, Wolfgang has been a staff member of the World Bank for more than 18 years, during which he lived in four continents: First in North America working at the World Bank’s headquarters in Washington DC, then in Asia as a Senior Economist in the Indonesia office, followed by Africa, and finally in Europe as part of the World Bank’s new hub in Vienna. 


Wolfgang has published extensively on social and economic issues. He also co-authored “Delivering Aid Differently” (with Homi Kharas, Brookings) and “Africa’s Economic Boom” (with Shanta Devarajan, Foreign Affairs). Prior to joining the World Bank, he set up Africa Consulting, LLC, and was a Fellow at the Research Institute for International Relations. Wolfgang gained a PhD from the University of Hamburg (Germany). Wolfgang loves traveling and sports, especially football. He was the football commissioner at the International School of Kenya and organized the “Nairobi Mini World Cup”, one of Kenya’s largest football tournaments for kids.

Silas Adekunle

CEO of Reach Robotics

Silas Adekunle is a Nigerian-British, Robotics Technology Entrepreneur, Engineer and Inventor. He was previously CEO of Reach Robotics, a company he founded during his undergraduate studies and which created MekaMon, an Entertainment and education platform that combined Robotics, AR and gaming. MekaMon was launched globally with distributors such as Apple and the company generated millions in revenue and raised millions in venture capital. 

 

Silas is now focused on cloud infrastructure for Robotics and Automation in Europe and enabling robotics on the African continent, starting with Education and research labs.

Sophia Symeou

CEO, INS

Sophia Symeou is the CEO of INS and an entrepreneur who is passionate about building capability and fostering leaders who strengthen communities to be formidable forces for good. Her mission is to create workforces for the future.

 

She has gained recognition for her ground-breaking work in developing frameworks that build individual and organisational capabilities and enable individuals to use their talents in new ways. Sophia is an avid humanist, who is impatient to see equality for all, especially across developing countries. She has worked as a change agent, executive, social worker, and is a recognised leader in delivering cohesive and practical HR and people management solutions.

Stacey Ferreira

Director of Digital Workplace Strategy at WorkJam

Stacey Ferreira is the Director of Digital Workplace Strategy at WorkJam, where she works with companies to transform frontline operations while achieving true employee engagement via WorkJam’s industry-leading solution. Previously, Stacey was the co-founder and CEO of Forge, a flexible scheduling and talent sharing platform (acquired by WorkJam, ’20) and the co-founder of MySocialCloud (acquired by Reputation.com, ’13). She also co-­authored 2 Billion Under 20: How Millennials Are Breaking Down Age Barriers & Changing the World.


Ferreira has received recognition for her entrepreneurial achievements in addition to her other accomplishments at a young age, including being a US State Department Speaker on Entrepreneurship, named Forbes 30 Under 30 and being one of twenty Thiel Fellows selected for the 2015 Thiel Fellowship.


Ferreira has been featured on and contributed to several news outlets, including the cover of Seventeen Magazine, Forbes, The Huffington Post, Business Insider, Women 2.0 and TechCrunch to name a few. Stacey has also spoken about the Future of Work and the Future of Education at popular technology conferences, including giving TEDxNYU, TEDxSan Diego, TEDxCluj-Romania, Singularity University (Italy, Czech Republic, Peru, Mexico, etc.) and TechCrunch Bangalore among others.

Mxolisi Mgojo

CEO of Exxaro and President of The Minerals Council South Africa

Mxolisi Mgojo is the CEO of Exxaro and a director of Tronox Limited, Talent10 Holdings and Dynamo Investment Holdings. In May 2017, he was elected President of the Chamber of Mines (now The Minerals Council South Africa), which supports and promotes the South African mining industry.

In his previous role at Eyesizwe Coal, Mxolisi was responsible for marketing and logistics. After Exxaro’s formation, he managed the base metals and industrial minerals commodity business before being appointed to head of coal operations in August 2008. Mxolisi was appointed CEO Designate on in May 2015 and CEO in April 2016.

 

Mxolisi Mgojo holds a BSc Computer Science, BSc Honours in Energy Studies, as well as an MBA (Advanced Management Programme) from Wharton Business School.

Maurice Crespi

Partner at Schindlers Attorneys, founder of COBRA

Maurice joined Schindlers Attorneys in October 1997 and became a partner of the firm in December 1998. Maurice is an experienced legal practitioner with a sound knowledge of South African commercial, property, labour, tax and corporate law. He is a highly experienced and established litigation attorney with several reported judgments in both the Supreme Court of Appeal and Constitutional Court. He regularly provides guidance to boards of companies, both public and private, and he gives lectures on recent developments in commercial law.

 

He is also a qualified Court-Aligned and Commercial Mediator. Maurice established Cobra (COvid Business Rescue Assistance) only two days after President Ramaphosa announced the lockdown. He did so with IQbusiness and Engaged Business Turnaround. Cobra is a not for profit that leverages all forms of technology to assist businesses in distress on a shared value or gifted value basis. Cobra now has over 65 corporate partners, all of whom have pledged to provide their services to businesses in need. It has hosted over a 100 webinars and has now assisted over 230 companies. South Africa’s most comprehensive database on Covid related information can be found on Conra’s website, www.cobra.org.za. Cobra has recently established a mediation arm to assist debtors and creditors in their dealings with one another.

Geci Karuri-Sebina

SingularityU South Africa Faculty

Published author 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 is an Associate of The South African Cities Network. She previously worked with The National Treasury, the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), The Human Sciences Research Council of South Africa (HSRC), and the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) Advanced Policy Institute. Geci is a Council Member of the South African Council of Planners, a visiting Research Fellow at the University of Witwatersrand School of Governance, and a Research Associate of the Institute for Economic Research on Innovation (IERI), and the National Research Foundation’s South African Research Chair on Innovation and Development. 

 

She is also a founding director of the Southern African Node of the Millennium Project, co-founder of Foresight For Development, and an Associate Editor for the African Journal for Science, Technology, Innovation and Development, and Africa Regional Editor for the bimonthly Foresight: The journal of future studies, strategic thinking and policy. She recently published the book Innovation Africa (Emerald Books) and is currently completing the second volume based on African innovation systems case studies. 

Lisa Andrews

Co-CEO of SingularityU Australia, CEO at Ignite Alliance and WAVIA

Lisa lives to inspire and empower businesses and entrepreneurs to think bigger in having a positive impact on the world.

Lisa Andrews is Co CEO at SingularityU Australia. She is an Angel Investor, Advisor and CEO at Ignite Alliance and WAVIA. Lisa’s businesses work with a range of Startups, SMEs and large corporates providing aspirational business owners with capital, high level advice, actionable tools and resources so they can do what they do best. She is driven by empowering people with technology to have a positive impact on humanity. Lisa resolutely believes that we live in a time where there is no problem so large that it cannot be solved with a deep collaboration between ourselves and technology.

Christina Gerakiteys

Co-CEO of SingularityU Australia

Christina Gerakiteys is co-CEO of SingularityU Australia and a catalyst for change, alchemising impossible to possible through unleashing human potential. An eternal optimist and idealist, Christina’s 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 and hope for humanity presented by exponential technologies.

Phathizwe Malinga

SingularityU South Africa Faculty

Phathizwe Malinga is part of the SingularityU South Africa faculty with a focus on connecting Things to the Internet (IoT). He coined the phrase, “IoT is as simple as ABCD”, Applications + Backend Platform + Connectivity + Device. He looks at how to use the resultant Big Data and the power of smartphones to help solve some of Africa’s grand challenges. He has been involved in the information technology and telecommunication industries for over two decades and has held several senior management level positions. As the Managing Director of SqwidNet, a fully-owned subsidiary of Dark Fibre Africa, 

 

Phathizwe is responsible for building an IoT connectivity business in South Africa in partnership with International IoT giant SIGFOX. Phathizwe is no stranger to the role of a strategist, as he consulted with Max Healthcare and worked for the Life Healthcare Hospital Group in his previous position. He completed his Executive MBA from the Graduate School of Business, Cape Town. He also guest lectures at the University of Cape Town and sits on the board of Bizmod Consulting.

Richard Sutton

Author, Health and Performance Educator

Chronic stress has devastating effects on the global economy through reduced productivity and by placing an immense burden on healthcare systems. Richard Sutton is a genetics expert who advises industry leaders, professional athletes and Olympic teams on stress management and adaptability. He does this through a combination of data and DNA to map a stress footprint to unearth genuine resilience throughout an organisation. 

Fred Swaniker

Founder of African Leadership Academy and the African Leadership Network

Fred is deeply passionate about Africa and believes that the missing ingredient on the continent is good leadership. In line with this, he has founded two organisations that aim to catalyse a new generation of ethical, entrepreneurial African leaders: African Leadership Academy and the African Leadership Network.


In recognition of his work in developing Africa’s future leaders, Fred was selected as one of 115 young leaders to meet US President Obama at the first-ever President’s Forum for Young African Leaders held at the White House in 2010. He has been recognised as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum, and was listed by Forbes Magazine among the top ten young ‘power men’ in Africa in 2011. Fred was also recognised by Echoing Green as one of 15 “best emerging social entrepreneurs in the world” in 2006. He was a 2009 TED Fellow and is a Fellow of the Aspen Institute’s Global Leadership Network.


Fred began his professional career as a consultant with McKinsey and Company and has an MBA from Stanford Business School, where he was named an Arjay Miller Scholar, a distinction awarded to the top 10% of each graduating class at the business school. He was born in Ghana but has lived and worked in about 10 different African countries.

Adriana Marais

SingularityU South Africa Faculty and Founder of Proudly Human

Dr Adriana Marais – a theoretical physicist, technologist and aspiring extraterrestrial – believes that we are living at a unique point in the history of life on Earth. While developments in engineering and science are taking place at an unprecedented rate, the expansion of our society beyond this planet is within reach. 

 

Early in 2021, Adriana and the Off-World team will depart for an overwinter, off-world settlement simulation experiment in Antarctica to demonstrate community living and off-grid capabilities, from life-support to communication systems, in the harshest and most isolated environment on Earth. Off-World is an initiative of Proudly Human, which Adriana founded to pioneer new frontiers in research and technology for a sustainable future on Earth, above and beyond. 

 

She is also the Director at the Foundation for Space Development, which is leading the Africa2Moon initiative – Africa’s first mission to the Moon so as to inspire the youth of African nations to “Reach for the Stars” through education and science. She is also a member of the South African DHET Ministerial Task Team on the 4th Industrial Revolution, and a faculty member at the SingularityUniversity and Duke Corporate Education.

Kunal Sood

Social Impact Strategist, investor and entrepreneur

Kunal Sood is an internationally renowned impact entrepreneur and award winning disruptive innovator. From serving in the slums of Mumbai as a Global Health scientist with Harvard at PUKAR to building global movements at the United Nations General Assembly with world leaders, explorers, and artists, Sood is on a mission to make the impossible possible as the Founder of X Fellows, NOVUS, and #WeThePlanet. Forbes named him an Icon of Impact and highlighted him as a movement builder given his work as the curator for TEDx at the United Nations and launching highly successful global campaigns such as #SDGInnovation, #SDGMoonshots, #FirstWoman and #NeverAlone. His work for social innovation and impact has also been featured in The Week, Hindu, Fortune Magazine, Times of India and Republic TV. 


He is a TED Resident, Tribeca Disruptor Fellow and Innovation Fellow at Columbia University. Currently he serves as a global ambassador for the Non-Violence Project, Singularity University and OpenEXO. Sood has a lifelong love for learning having earned five Master’s degrees that includes a M.A., from CIIS M.Sc., from UCSF, M.B.A., from Kellogg at Northwestern University and M.A.P.P./M.Phil., from University of Pennsylvania. He started his career in the fashion and wellness industry in New York City 20 years ago after graduating from Parsons School of Design before dedicating his life’s purpose towards transforming the world and positively impacting a billion lives over the next decade.

Nnamdi Oranye

Author, founder and CEO of Disrupting Africa

Nnamdi Oranye is the author of Disrupting Africa: The Rise and Rise of African Innovation andTaking On Silicon Valley: How Africa’s Innovators will change its future. He has been named one of the 100 most influential people of African descent, an initiative by the United Nations.

 

He has explored how African Innovation truly has the potential to change the African narrative, as well as global and pan-African trends shaping the landscape in Africa. More recently he has begun to explore the overlap between Social Sciences, particularly Anthropology and the rise of African technology, arguing that we may have underestimated the value of African Innovation.

He is also the founder of the Disrupting Africa Encyclopedia, an online platform dedicated to identifying the 30 million Africans who can change the narrative and legacy of Africa.

 

A student of African Innovation, Nnamdi has been and continues to be a contributor on matters regarding African Innovation in the private, entrepreneurial and social sectors.

Valter Adão

Deloitte Africa’s Chief Digital and Innovation Officer, SingularityU South Africa Faculty

As a faculty member of SingularityU South Africa, 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. He is a corporate entrepreneur with extensive experience in venturing and commercialising businesses across a number of industries.

 

As Deloitte Africa’s Chief Digital and Innovation Officer and a member of the firm’s Global Innovation Executive, he works at the intersection of strategic and innovative thinking with emerging technologies and design.

 

Valter is the recipient of the Constellation Research Transformation 150 Award, which recognises the top global executives that are leading digital business transformation efforts. He was also recently selected as a finalist for South Africa’s Digital Industry Professional of the Year by The South African Professional Services Academy. Valter holds an MSc and an MBA, and has trained with Roger Martin, as a master strategist.

Anand Murthy

Founder of BridgePort Developments

As the founder of BridgePort Developments, Anand Murthy aims to solve the lack of cost-effective, sustainable and eco-positive workforce lodgings and residential dwellings that can be rapidly deployed. Anand’s mission is to positively disrupt construction practices and deliver better homes, more affordably and faster.

Andile Ngcaba

Founder of Convergence Partners

Cathy Hackl is a leading female futurist and business strategist specializing in the impact emerging technologies like AR, VR, and AI, are having on communications and business.

 

In 2019 and 2018, Linkedin recognized her as one of the Top Technology Voices on the platform globally, its highest honor. Hackl has worked on enterprise strategy, innovation, communications and developer marketing strategy and business evangelism with brands like UPS, HTC VIVE, Sony Pictures, Magic Leap, and Adobe.

She has been shortlisted as Technology Evangelist of the Year 2020 by the Women in IT Awards and is working on her second book, The Augmented Workforce: How AI, AR, & 5G Will Impact Every Dollar You Make (coming fall 2020).

Angie Daubermann

Founder of the LEAN GIRL™️

Angie is a qualified nutritionist through internationally accredited ‘Precision Nutrition’ nutrition coaching. Through years of unhealthy habits, starvation diets and binge eating…. her passion for health and wellness was born. Angie is now a girl on a mission to share the simple ‘un-sexy’ scientific truth about what it takes to get seriously lean, while loving the process. She has helped hundreds of women to overhaul their lifestyles through her ‘step-by-step’ programs designed to build leaner, harder and stronger bods!

Anu Sing

Executive Business Intelligence at 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.

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. Ashley was handpicked to participate in the panel discussion at the inaugural SingularityU South Africa Summit in 2017. His contribution was both evocative and memorable, leading to his appointment as a faculty member in August 2018.

 

Ashley was born in South Africa at a time when the country was experiencing its first seedlings of hope towards democracy and freedom. From a young age he had an avid curiosity to understand why things worked in a certain way, which soon developed into an obsession with problem solving, believing that every problem had a clear and thought-out solution. Ashley realised that solving problems was an art and science, which if applied correctly could generate wealth, which in turn allowed for more problems to be solved.

 

Today, with degrees in Physics and Mathematics under his belt, Ashley is a

business owner and entrepreneur, who has committed his attention and energy to solving some of South Africa’s toughest problems by introducing data-driven applications intended to revolutionise business and Africa.

 

Ashley is co-founder and CEO of Isazi Consulting, a South African-owned level 1 BBBEE company. The term Isazi means “quest for thirst” in isiZulu and amply describes Ashley’s insatiable thirst to understand the mathematical levers that control how businesses make money. His entrepreneurial talents are most evident when designing solutions based on the insights gleaned through Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning.

 

When he’s not in his office or super servicing his clients, Ashley can be found at home, immersing himself in biographies of fallen heroes or enjoying the rhythmic lyrics and tempo of Jazz.

 

Co-founder of Isazi Consulting

 

As co-founder and CEO of Isazi Consulting, Wits graduate Ashley Anthony has taken his knowledge as a geophysicist and applied it to investment banking, mining and environmental management. This has placed him in a position to provide sustainable solutions through the integration of science and business with a major focus on developing Africa.

 

The team consists of individuals from the fields of computer science, biomedical, information and electrical engineering, physics, applied and pure mathematics, and financial mathematics. Isazi Consulting assists businesses to become data-driven by using Artificial Intelligence and optimisation, while working with large data sets. The company has worked in the fields of airline optimisation, traffic control, the mining industry, pharmaceuticals, fraud detection as well as disease control among others. The company’s mission statement is to solve some of South Africa’s toughest problems by revolutionising businesses and the education landscape.

Benjamin Rosman

SingularityU South Africa Faculty

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. 

 

Benjamin works primarily in the area of skills and behaviour learning and transfer for robots. He currently serves as the Chair of the IEEE South African joint chapter of Control Systems, and Robotics and Automation. This SingularityU South Africa faculty member is a leader in his field. He has a passion for growing the African machine learning community and is a founder and organiser of the Deep Learning Indaba. In 2017, he was a recipient of a Google Faculty Research Award in machine learning.

Carin Ism

Co-founder of the Future Of Governance Agency (FOGA), SingularityU Nordic faculty and author

Carin Ism works at the forefront of governance innovation. She is the co-founder of the Future Of Governance Agency (FOGA), a faculty member in distributed ledger technology and governance at the Nordic chapter of SingularityU, and co-author of How To Rule A World.

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.

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.

Vivienne Ming

Co-Founder and Executive Chair at Socos Labs

Theoretical neuroscientist, entrepreneur and author, Dr Vivienne Ming co-founded Socos Labs alongside her wife Dr Norma Ming. This science incubator is dedicated to solving some of the world’s most pressing problems. Previously, Vivienne has pursued her research in cognitive neuroprosthetics as a visiting scholar at UC Berkeley’s Redwood Centre for Theoretical Neuroscience.

David Roberts

Leading Expert on Business Disruption and Exponential Leadership, 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.

Divya Chander

Singularity University, Faculty Chair Neuroscience

Divya Chander is a physician and neuroscientist, and the chair of Neuroscience at Singularity University. She is working on applications of neural wearable devices to crossover consumer and medical markets. Divya shares a parallel passion for space exploration and is studying the effect of microgravity and radiation on the nervous system, cardiovascular system, cognition and sleep, all to better enable short- and long-duration space missions.

Esther Wojcicki

SingularityU Faculty Education

Dr Esther Wojcicki is a globally-renowned journalism teacher, the founder of

the Palo Alto High School Media Arts Programme and a 2009 MacArthur

Foundation Research Fellow. She is a SingularityU Faculty in Education. In 2013, she was awarded an honorary doctorate from Palo Alto University, followed by an honorary doctorate from Rhode Island School of Design in 2016.

Homi Kharas

Senior Fellow of Global Economy and Development at Brookings Institution

Homi Kharas is a senior fellow in the Global Economy and Development programme at Brookings Institution. He studies policies and trends influencing developing countries, including aid, the emergence of the middle class, global governance and the G-20. He has co-authored and edited numerous books, the most recent of which include: Leave No One Behind; From Summits to Solutions: Innovations in Implementing the Sustainable Development Goals; and The Imperative of Development.

Jaya Baloo

Chief Information Security Officer at Avast Software, SingularityU Faculty of 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.

Kellie Nuttall

SingularityU Australia Faculty in the future of mobility and smart cities

Dr Kellie Nuttall specialises in the future of mobility and smart cities, with a particular focus on the role of IoT, Big Data and Artificial Intelligence. She leads Deloitte’s Analytics and Artificial Intelligence practice in Australia. She is passionate about how data and AI technologies fuel a more customer-centric, safe and efficient transport system that supports city prosperity and global sustainability.

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.

Kyle Nel

CEO and co-founder of Uncommon Partners, Singularity University faculty member

Kyle Nel is the CEO and co-founder of Uncommon Partners, a behavioural transformation company. He is a Singularity University faculty member focused on corporate innovation and a former member of the XPRIZE Foundation Innovation Board. As an award-winning thought leader and speaker on corporate innovation, he has also penned Leading Transformation: How to Take Charge of Your Company’s Future.

Marcus Endicott

Robopsychologist at Meta-Guide.com

Marcus Endicott specialises in Artificial Intelligence programming and creating intelligent bots in 3D virtual worlds. He is a Robopsychologist at Meta-Guide.com – a semi-automated research machine that uses Artificial Intelligence techniques to study AI. He has written four books and is completing a Master of Creative Industries on virtual human systems (AI in VR). 

Nastassia Arendse

Host of Classic Business Breakfast on Classic FM

Nastassia Arendse is the host of the Classic Business Breakfast on Classic FM, which is South Africa’s foremost morning radio business show that focuses on breaking business news, expert analysis and investment insight. She has a passion for technology and innovation and has been working in broadcasting for nine years.

Oren Berkovich

Founder of SingularityU Canada

Oren Berkovich’s experience is driven by a curiosity to learn and immerse himself in diverse work environments. He began his career as a Technology Captain in the Israel Defence Forces, was an entrepreneur in the Tel-Aviv startup ecosystem, and became a Senior-Manager for Strategic Growth at Deloitte. In 2016, he founded SingularityU Canada.

Paul Pagnato

Founder and CEO of PagnatoKarp and TrueFiduciary® Institute

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.

Peter Xing

Co-founder of Transhumanism Australia, SingularityU Faculty

Peter Xing co-founded Transhumanism Australia – a community of technologists dedicated to helping society transcend the limitations of human biology by using science and technology. He works on technology and growth initiatives at KPMG, where he helps organisations navigate and flourish in an age of accelerating change and disruption. He is a SingularityU faculty member.

Tiffany Vora

Singularity University faculty and Vice Chair of Medicine and Digital Biology

Dr. Tiffany Vora is an educator, writer, research scientist and entrepreneur. She is the Singularity University faculty and Vice Chair of Medicine and Digital Biology. Tiffany’s expertise encompasses fields as diverse as CRISPR, the microbiome, genetics, longevity, human space biology, AR/VR in the life sciences, biophysics, biohacking and the quantitative analysis of large biological datasets.

Vanessa Matthijssen

National Consumer Products Lead and Partner, Strategy Consulting at Deloitte Australia

Vanessa Matthijssen is a strategy partner at Monitor Deloitte and leads Deloitte Australia’s Consumer Products sector group. With more than 20 years’ experience advising clients in the consumer products, Agri, FMCG and retail sector, Vanessa has a deep understanding of the industry dynamics, consumer and market trends and related growth opportunities.

Paola Santana

Singularity University faculty, founder and 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.

Prof 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.

Dara Dotz

Co-founder of Field Ready

Dara Dotz is a pioneer in 3D printing in austere environments who combines her design strategy experience and rapid ethnographic assessment to empower others through technology. She co-founded NGO Field Ready to manufacture humanitarian supplies by 3D printing essential medical supplies, replacement parts, water pipe fittings in multiple countries.

Dare Okoudjou

CEO of MFS Africa

As the founder and CEO of MFS Africa, a Pan-African Fintech company, Dare Okoudjou operates the largest digital payments hub on the continent. He previously worked at MTN Group, where he developed and implemented its mobile payment strategy across 21 countries throughout Africa and the Middle East.

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.

Kyle Hermans

Founder and CEO of Be Courageous, co-founder of Digitized.Live, Singularity University faculty

Kyle Hermans is the founder and CEO of Be Courageous, a global, digital-first business consultancy that unlocks the breakthroughs necessary in culture, strategy, technology and innovation to build and transform the world’s most ambitious and courageous leaders and brands. He is also the co-founder of Digitized.Live and a Singularity University faculty member in the areas of innovation, strategy, exponential leadership and exponential enterprises.

Carlo van de Weijer

Singularity University faculty, managing director at the Eindhoven AI System Institute EAISI

Carlo van de Weijer is the managing director of the newly founded Eindhoven AI System Institute EAISI at Eindhoven University of Technology. He is a Singularity University faculty member and advises global ministries and industries on the future of mobility.

Molly Pyle

Senior Manager of International Summits at Singularity University, Chair of the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Network at SU.

As the Senior Manager of International Summits at Singularity University, Molly Pyle 

designs, manages, and often speaks at SU summits. She collaborates with international partners to connect and educate thousands of business leaders, policymakers, and entrepreneurs about the power and potential of exponential technology to create a better future. Molly also serves as the Chair of the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Network at SU.

Anuraj Gambhir

Singularity University faculty, Strategic Business and Startup Advisor

Anuraj Gambhir focuses on shaping the future of humanity from ‘Mindset to Heartset’ in his role as a strategic business and startup advisor, technology visionary and innovation evangelist. He forms part of the Singularity University faculty. 

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.

Taddy Blecher

SingularityU South Africa faculty on Education, CEO of the Maharishi Institute and the Imvula Empowerment Trust

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.

Kris Oestergaard

Co-founder of SingularityU Nordic

Kris Oestergaard is the co-founder of SingularityU Nordic. He is the bestselling author of ​Transforming Legacy Organizations​ and hosts Singularity University’s Corporate Innovation Podcast.

Michael Jordaan

Founder of Bank Zero, Director of the Johannesburg Stock Exchange, Director of Telco Rain

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.

Babusi Nyoni

Co-founder of Sila Health

Babusi is a tech entrepreneur working between Amsterdam, Nairobi and Cape Town.
He works in the fields of emerging technology and big data innovation with a particular focus on developing sustainable solutions for the global South.
With over 10 years of experience in the advertising, financial and technology industries, he specialises in contributing the practical skills needed to drive meaningful innovation in areas where scale and impact are hindered by structural limitations.
Babusi is the co-founder of Sila Health, a startup that provides last-mile health care access across Africa using chat platforms and creates comprehensive datasets to advance healthcare in the region.

Mimi Nickin

Author and the host of the ‘Empathy for Breakfast’ breakfast show as well as the Secrets of The Gap podcast

Having lived and worked in London, Hong Kong, Singapore, Cape Town, Johannesburg and Dubai, Mimi’s approach changes organisations from the inside out, focusing on cultural, behavioural and mindset change. She is a natural coach, writer and creative mind, and has held roles as diverse as Strategic Director, Vice President and Creative Officer in some of the world’s leading advertising agencies. Her passion for balancing humanism with capitalism, drives her commitment to leading the practice of Regenerative and empathetic leadership, as well as her ‘principles of people’, into organisations and communities worldwide.

Adetayo Bamiduro

Adetayo Bamiduro is the Cofounder and CEO of Metro Africa Xpress (MAX) – a last-mile delivery platform that uses proprietary apps, maps and motorcycles to provide express delivery to retailers in Africa.

 

Adetayo graduated top 2% in his Computer Science Class at the University of Ibadan and earned his MBA from 2 of the world’s most prestigious institutions – MIT in the USA and London Business School in the UK. Before founding MAX, Adetayo worked as a Developer, Product Manager and Management Consultant across 4 continents for global companies such as PwC, Shell and Dalberg.

 

During his MBA program, Adetayo was awarded the MIT Legatum and MasterCard Fellowships to develop MAX. After graduating in summer 2015, Adetayo launched MAX and immediately led his team to remarkable success. Within 3 months, MAX grew 1500% and signed up over 100 retailers including Jumia.com.

 

In September 2015, MAX became the first startup from Africa to join the exclusive Techstars New York Startup Accelerator Program. By December 2015, MAX had set another record as the 1st technology startup from Africa to win 1st runner-up at Techcrunch Disrupt Startup Battlefield in London.

 

MAX is on a mission to fix Africa’s broken urban delivery and transport system using proprietary apps that connect independent drivers to businesses and consumers in real-time. MAX clocked 20,000 deliveries in July 2016 and is on its way to becoming Africa’s No 1 Urban Transport Network.