SingularityU South Africa Summit 2020 Speakers

Take a look at our 100+ speakers who will be at the SUSA Summit Online 2020. Watch this space for more announcements, weekly.

Peter Diamandis

Executive founder and director of Singularity University, founder and executive chairman of the XPRIZE Foundation

Jerry Wonda

Grammy Award-winning producer

David Roberts

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

Adam Valkin

Managing Director at General Catalyst

Catherine Wood

Founder and CEO of ARK Invest

Jaya Baloo

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

Esther Wojcicki

SingularityU Faculty Education

Hans Otterling

General partner at Northzone

Steve Leonard

CEO of Singularity University

Andile Ngcaba

Founder of Convergence Partners

Michael Jordaan

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

Jamie Metzl

Singularity University faculty member, founder OneShared.World

Divya Chander

Singularity University, Faculty Chair Neuroscience

Paola Santana

Singularity University faculty, founder and CEO of Social Glass

Prof Tshilidzi Marwala

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

Mxolisi Mgojo

CEO of Exxaro

Silas Adekunle

CEO of Reach Robotics

Godfrey Nazareth

CEO of X-Biomedical Inc

Vivienne Ming

Co-Founder and Executive Chair at Socos Labs

Tilly Lockey

Bionically beautiful, inspirational speaker and influencer

Cathy Hackl

LinkedIn Top Voice in Tech

Fred Swaniker

Founder of African Leadership Group

Adrian Gore

CEO of Discovery Holdings

Peter Xing

Co-founder of Transhumanism Australia, SingularityU Faculty

Edith Maphisa

Managing Director of Fuse IT

Homi Kharas

Senior Fellow of Global Economy and Development at Brookings Institution

Kellie Nuttall

SingularityU Australia Faculty in the future of mobility and smart cities

Anne Connelly

Singularity University faculty, author

Vivian Lan

Director of SingularityU Mexico Summit

Kim Hulett

SingularityU South Africa Faculty, founder and CEO of Next Biosciences

Michael Heyink

Co-Founder at Yellow Solar

Murendeni Mafumo

Social entrepreneur and scientist

Jean Chawapiwa

Country Director WEConnect International in S.Africa & Founder Solutions 4 Africa

Arturo Elizondo

Founder and CEO of Clara Foods

Lauri Reuter

SingularityU faculty, future of food, Specialist of Disruptive Technologies at VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland

Claire Mawisa

Media personality

Arash Aazami

SingularityU Benelux Faculty Energy, Founder of Kamangir

Dr. Ryan Noach

Chief Executive Officer of Discovery Health

Tommaso Gecchelin

Founder, Inventor and CTO, Next Future Transportation

Ramez Naam

Co-Chair for Energy and Environment at Singularity University

Jody Rusch

Consultant Chemical Pathologist

Yvonne Holt

Medical Director at Next Biosciences

Howard Sackstein

Founder Saicom group of companies

Rob Hersov

Founder and Chairman Invest Africa Group, ACI and AltCap

Andreas Cambitsis

Co-founder of Business Science Corporation

Adam Pantanowitz

SingularityU South Africa Faculty, Director of think3dots

Thomas Willemann

VP of Sales & Community at GoBe Robots

Leslie Shannon

Head of Ecosystem and Trend Scouting Nokia

Mic Mann

Co-CEO of SingularityU South Africa

Ryan Mullins

Ryan David Mullins, CEO and Creative Director of Aglet

Shayne Mann

Co-CEO of SingularityU South Africa / Mann Made

John Campbell

Innovator, entrepreneur, creative mind, motorbike enthusiast, explorer

Carla Sharpe

Founding member of the South African Space Association and Women in Aerospace Africa

Maps Maponyane

South African media personality

Naveen Jain

Singularity University board member, entrepreneur

Bo Simango

CEO, cofounder at Aquafort AI Inc

Norm Judah

Global speaker on digital transformation

Craig Bond

Chairman & President of Envel Inc.

Wolfgang Fengler

World Bank’s Lead Economist in Southern Africa

Sophia Symeou

CEO, INS

Stacey Ferreira

Director of Digital Workplace Strategy at WorkJam

Maurice Crespi

Partner, Schindlers Attorneys

Shaun Duvet

CEO and founder of The Unit and Anything Goes

Geci Karuri-Sebina

SingularityU South Africa Faculty

Lisa Andrews

Co-CEO at SingularityU Australia

Christina Gerakiteys

Co-CEO of SingularityU Australia

David Hite

Managing Partner at B37 Ventures

Phathizwe Malinga

SingularityU South Africa Faculty

Richard Sutton

Health & Performance Educator

Dr. Adriana Marais

SingularityU South Africa Faculty

Michele Ruiters

Research Specialist at the Development Bank of Southern Africa

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

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

Associate Professor in the School of Computer Science and Applied Mathematics, at WITS

Carin Ism

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

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

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

MJ Petroni

Chief Exponential Officer at Causeit

Jos Dirkx

SingularityU South Africa Faculty, CEO and co-founder of Beenova AI

Tanya Knowles

SingularityU South Africa Faculty

Vanessa Matthijssen

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

Farzam Ehsani

CEO and Co-founder of VALR.com

Babusi Nyoni

Co-founder of Sila Health

Tiffany Vora

Singularity University faculty and Vice Chair of Medicine and Digital Biology

Mimi Nickin​

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

Nathana Sharma

General council, LabelBox AI

Bohdanna Kesala

Managing Director of International Summits - Singularity University

Will Weisman

KittyHawk Ventures

Tiffany Vora

Singularity University faculty and Vice Chair of Medicine and Digital Biology

Mimi Nickin​

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

Nathana Sharma

General council, LabelBox AI

Bohdanna Kesala

Managing Director of International Summits - Singularity University

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Peter Diamandis

Executive founder and director of Singularity University, founder and executive chairman of the XPRIZE Foundation

Peter Diamandis the executive founder and director of Singularity University, as well as the founder and executive chairman of the XPRIZE Foundation, which leads the world in designing and operating large-scale incentive competitions. 


As an entrepreneur, Peter has started over 20 companies in the areas of longevity, space, venture capital, and education.

Jerry Wonda

Grammy Award-winning Producer

Jerry “”Wonda”” Duplessis is a prolific producer, who is also renowned for songwriting, performing and composing. He has garnered 15 Grammy nominations and 3 Grammy Awards. Jerry is building the “”Wonda Music”” brand to blend his sonic sound into a new digital form that keeps up with today’s evolving music world.

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.

Adam Valkin

Managing Director at General Catalyst

Adam Valkin is a managing director at General Catalyst, a venture capital firm that partners with seed to endurance-stage founders to help build companies that can withstand the test of time. Adam invests broadly in consumer Internet companies and SaaS companies.


Prior to joining GC, Adam was a venture partner in the London office of Accel Partners. Before that, Adam was: Global Head of Digital Media at the television production company, Endemol; a partner at venture capital firm Arts Alliance; and was co-founder and CEO of LOVEFiLM (acquired by Amazon).


Adam is on the board of, or actively involved with, the following GC companies: Alyce, Brainly, Bustle, Cazoo, ClassPass, Deliveroo, Fundbox, Hometap, Monzo, Rapyd, Rebag, Remesh, Shift Technology, Super Evil Megacorp, Vroom (NASDAQ: VRM), and WayUp.


His previous investments include CCP, Fiverr, Flywire, Giphy, GoCardless, Kenshoo, LOVEFiLM, and Spotify.


Adam graduated with a BA in Economics from Harvard University.

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.

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.

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.

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. 

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 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 is to build investable early-stage deep tech companies. 

Andile Ngcaba

Founder of 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Godfrey Nazareth

CEO of X-Biomedical Inc

Godfrey Nazareth is an entrepreneur, biomedical engineer and research scientist. He is the CEO of X-Biomedical Inc. a medtech spin out that is poised to disrupt a multi-billion dollar surgical visualisation technology market. Godfrey has been proactively battling classical ALS; he uses a wide variety of self-built assistive devices to function, operate, and interact at the highest levels possible.

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.

Tilly Lockey

Bionically beautiful, inspirational speaker and influencer

Fourteen-year-old Tilly Lockey’s  life has been positively impacted by advancements in robotics and technology. She has the world’s first clinically-approved, 3D-printed bionic arms that are made by Bristol-based Open Bionics. This lightweight and affordable myoelectric prosthesis can grab, pinch, high-five, fist bump and give a thumbs-up. Tilly is at the forefront of testing the technology and advises the company on various updates.

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).

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.

Adrian Gore

CEO of Discovery Holdings

Adrian Gore is a leading South African businessman and the actuary who is credited for transforming the South African medical insurance business. He is the CEO of Discovery Holdings, as well as the Chairman of Destiny Health Inc. in the United States of America and Prudential Health Limited in the United Kingdom.

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.

Edith Maphisa

Managing Director of Fuse IT

Edith is a Managing Director and one of the founders of Fuse IT, a boutique software development company specialising in cutting-edge customed development IT solutions. Edith is a seasoned IT professional with more than 20 years hands on experience in software delivery, IT project audits and strategy consulting. She gained her experience having worked in IT projects and programs of some of the leading consulting multinationals and financial institutions such as Accenture, Deloitte and Standard bank.

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.

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.

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.

Vivian Lan

Director of SingularityU Mexico Summit

“Vivian Lan Agami is the director of the SingularityU Mexico Summit in Jalisco, an initiative to promote Mexico through collaboration, to build a culture of innovation and entrepreneurship. She is also a global keynote speaker. 

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.

Michael Heyink

Co-Founder at Yellow Solar

Mike is a co-founder of Yellow, a digital retail platform focused on delivering consumer products like solar home systems to consumers in Africa. Mike is passionate about the role that digital business models can enable the 600 million people in Africa who live without electricity, to get access to it, and the opportunities that it affords. Prior to Yellow, Mike worked in Private equity, focusing on investments in renewable energy in Africa.

Murendeni Mafumo

Social entrepreneur and scientist

2014 Yale University Mandela Washington fellow, Murendeni Mafumo is a social entrepreneur and scientist who runs gentleGiant* and greenSolns holdings. These technology companies use mobile technology and interactive platforms to innovate how school subjects such as maths and science are taught and learnt across rural South Africa and in informal settlements.

Jean Chawapiwa

Country Director WEConnect International in S.Africa & Founder Solutions 4 Africa

Jean is the Country Director, WEConnect International in South Africa

www.weconnectinternational.org. She is also the Founder & Managing Director, Win Win Solutions 4 Africa Consultancy, www.solutions4africa.com. She is a member of the Advisory Council of Mining Dialogue 360 www.miningdialogues360.co.za

Arturo Elizondo

Founder and CEO of Clara Foods

Arturo Elizondo is the CEO of Clara Foods. This molecular food company is disrupting food technology by leveraging synthetic biology and advanced fermentation to brew proteins that have the taste and nutritional value of animal proteins but with a much smaller environmental footprint. He believes that biotech foods can help to address food security. 

Lauri Reuter

SingularityU faculty, future of food, Specialist of Disruptive Technologies at VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland

Dr. Lauri Reuter holds a Ph.D. in biotechnology and is a specialist in cell biology, genetic engineering, and protein production. He is a SingularityU faculty member in the future of food and also a Specialist of Disruptive Technologies at VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland.

Claire Mawisa

Media personality

Claire Mawisa is a South African television presenter, model and radio personality best known for being an SABC1 continuity presenter, as well as for co-hosting the SABC1 music variety show One. After many years working in radio and television, and opening her own business, Claire joined the Carte Blanche team in 2015.

Arash Aazami

SingularityU Benelux Faculty Energy, Founder of Kamangir

As the founder of Kamangir, an R&D agency that creates solutions for a quickly digitalising energy landscape, Arash Aazami’s main main objective is to contribute to an “Internet of Energy”. It will enable global users to download and upload energy from abundant renewable resources. He is a faculty member at Singularity University and advises the European Commission and the Dutch government on long-term energy strategies. 

Ryan Noach

Chief Executive Officer of Discovery Health

Dr Ryan Noach is the Chief Executive Officer of Discovery Health. He has been responsible for many of the company’s major innovations, including amongst others HealthID, MedXpress and Discovery’s entry into the supply-side of the healthcare system. Ryan plays a significant role in leading company strategy and directly oversees operations, clinical services, managed care and claims risk strategy, the digital strategy.

Tommaso Gecchelin

Founder, Inventor and CTO, Next Future Transportation

Tommaso Gecchelin is a physicist and industrial designer, who founded Next Future Transportation, which develops modular autonomous pods. His mission is to merge science and design to create useful and elegant solutions in the field of logistics, transportation, environment and sustainability.

Ramez Naam

Co-Chair for Energy and Environment at Singularity University

Ramez is the co-chair for Energy and Environment at Singularity University. He speaks on innovation, exponential technology and disruptive energy technologies, such as wind power, energy storage and electric vehicles. He is also a startup investor in the fields of energy, sustainability, and AI, as well as an advisor to multiple Fortune 500 energy and transportation companies.

Jody Rusch

Consultant Chemical Pathologist

“Dr Jody Rusch is a consultant Chemical Pathologist working for the National Health Laboratory Services at Groote Schuur Hospital and Red Cross Children’s Hospital Metabolic Disease and Chemistry Laboratory. His interests include the gut microbiota, biomedical innovation, metabolomics and healthspan. “

Yvonne Holt

Medical Director at Next Biosciences

As the Medical Director at Next Biosciences, Yvonne Holt is responsible for the medical development and laboratory management of the stem cell programme. She holds a  Bachelor in Medicine and Surgery as well as an internationally-recognised Diploma in Transfusion Medicine.

 

Howard Sackstein

Founder Saicom group of companies

A lawyer by training and entrepreneur by profession, Howard Sackstein is a political activist who studied International Conflict Resolution at Harvard University. He was Executive Director of South Africa’s Independent Electoral Commission during its transition to democracy between 1994 to 2000.

Rob Hersov

Founder and Chairman Invest Africa Group, ACI and AltCap

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. 

Andreas Cambitsis

Co-founder of Business Science Corporation

Andreas Cambitsis is the co-founder of Business Science Corporation, a 4th industrial revolution enablement company with the objective to enhance the prosperity of their clients. He hopes that his passion for innovation and technology will help transform society for the better, which manifests in his interest in green energy production. 

Adam Pantanowitz

SingularityU South Africa Faculty, Director of think3dots

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.

Leslie Shannon

Head of Ecosystem and Trend Scouting Nokia

Leslie Shannon joined Nokia Australia in 2000 and became the manager of the FutureLab, an early developer incubator in the days of WAP, GPRS and 3G. She now focuses on identifying disruptions and opportunities for Nokia and its operator partners from outside the traditional telco world.  

Mic Mann

Co-CEO of SingularityU South Africa

Mic Mann is co-founder of Mann Made, an award-winning experiential brand agency that has worked with top global and local Fortune 500 companies. After completing the Singularity University Executive Programme in 2015, he brought the SingularityU Summit to South Africa to help #futureproofAfrica through exponential technologies. 

Ryan Mullins

Ryan David Mullins, CEO and Creative Director of Aglet

Ryan unabashedly believes in the metaverse. And, he’s out to be one of many to build it. He’s the CEO and founder of Aglet, a new free-to-play mobile shopping game that combines virtual, social and physical gameplay to reimagine the future of commerce.

Shayne Mann

Co-CEO of 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 21 years of experience in the media, marketing and eventing industries. He has transformed Mann Made from a video editing company to become a multimedia agency that specialises in activations, events, media products and productions. Shayne is the co-CEO of the SingularityU South Africa Summit. 

John Campbell

Innovator, entrepreneur, creative mind, motorbike enthusiast, explorer

John Campbell builds and promotes disruptive startups, which make a real difference in real people’s lives. For this reason, Fintech features high on his areas of interest and he sees massive positive disruption coming from Blockchain, crypto-currencies and AI. Products he developed in the Fintech space include MirisX – an investment platform for environmentally sustainable projects. 

Carla Sharpe

Founding member of the South African Space Association and Women in Aerospace Africa

Carla Sharpe is the Africa Programme Manager for the South African Radio Astronomy Observatory that is driving Africa’s largest Science undertaking, the Square Kilometre Array Telescope. She is also a founder of the South African Space Association, the Foundation for Space Development.

Maps Maponyane

South African media personality

Maps Maponyane is one of South Africa’s favourite media personalities, who has been voted most stylish dressed and sexiest men. As a multi-talented individual, he has worked in the role of TV presenter and actor, model and designer and is renowned as a style icon. Maps is also a businessman and philanthropist.

Naveen Jain

Singularity University board member, entrepreneur

“Naveen Jain is the founder of severalcompanies, including Moon Express, BlueDot, Viome, Intelius, Talent Wise and InfoSpace. He is a trustee of the board at the X PRIZE Foundation, which aims to find entrepreneurial solutions to global challenges in health, education, women empowerment, agriculture, and energy. Naveen recently launched a million-dollar Women Safety XPRIZE to empower women around the world.

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. 

Norm Judah

Global speaker on digital transformation

Norm Judah recently retired as Microsoft’s Enterprise Chief Technology Officer. He is a frequent keynote speaker at global events on topics ranging from technical strategy, architectures and innovation to building technical leaders, digital transformation and making AI real.

Craig Bond

Chairman & 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)

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.

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.

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 Cobra’s website, www.cobra.org.za. Cobra has recently established a mediation arm to assist debtors and creditors in their dealings with one another.