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Myrle Krantz

Myrle Krantz is a software architect with 20 years of experience developing APIs and scalable systems. In 2015, when she joined the Mifos Initiative, she worked with the Stellar Foundation to connect small microfinance institutions to each other via a blockchain-based ledger.

An open source enthusiast, Myrle is Vice President at the Apache Software Foundation for the Fineract project.  Fineract is an open source, cloud-native platform for financial inclusion.  Myrle is excited about the potential of open source technology to improve the world.

Myrle is also CTO of Zingr.  With Zingr, she’s working exuberantly to bring financial services like international remittances, mobile payments, and current accounts to the unbanked in the Caribbean.

Omar Abbosh

Omar Abbosh is Accenture’s chief strategy officer. He is responsible for overseeing all aspects of the company’s strategy, innovation programmes and investments. In this role, Mr. Abbosh also has management responsibility for Accenture Security, Accenture’s Dublin Centre for Innovation, Accenture’s Ventures & Acquisitions, Industry programs, Research and Corporate Citizenship.  He is a member of Accenture’s Global Executive and Global Management Committees.

Before being appointed to his current position in March 2015, Mr. Abbosh held several management roles including senior managing director – Growth & Strategy for the Resources operating group, managing director of the Resources business in the United Kingdom and Ireland, Global Utilities managing director, managing director of Accenture Smart Grid Services & Accenture Energy Consumer Services.  He has served as the global client lead for leading multinational companies where he advised client executives on major strategic issues for their businesses; for example, bringing and scaling digital innovation into the enterprise, operating model transformation, leadership development, mergers and acquisitions, capital allocation & investment management.  He served for ten years on the Global Energy Board chaired by Lord Browne of Madingley.

Mr. Abbosh joined Accenture in 1989 and became a partner in 1998. He holds a degree in electronic engineering from Cambridge University and a master’s degree in business administration from INSEAD.

Raphael Gielgen

Raphael Gielgen has spent most of his professional life working on making the office environment a better place. His curiosity for architecture, technology and social change in the context of working environments is his fuel – always connected to the question of how the global working world is changing and what impact it has on existing business models. Always on a journey to discover how tomorrow’s work place will look, he regularly meets business leaders, architects and designers, a community who can put this knowledge to the service of the society. His work informs Vitra´s approach to improving the quality of offices and public spaces through the power of design by serving the varied Vitra team with the results of his observations and cognitions by trend clusters, market analysis and business cases.

Joel Burke

Joel Burke is a serial entrepreneur who founded his first business at 18 years old. After University, Joel was recruited as CMO of a startup and moved to Silicon Valley and began working with StartX, the Stanford accelerator. Soon after, Joel launched his own venture focused on machine learning and consumer health but shut down due to hardware constraints. Joel made his way to venture capital and then was an early employee at Gigster (YC/Andreessen co) and launchcircle (Rocket Internet) before moving to lead Business Development for e-Residency, a division of the Republic of Estonia


Jeffrey Rogers

Jeffrey Rogers is a facilitator, speaker, and program designer who creates interactive educational experiences driven by storytelling, engagement, and play. He’s an academically trained social scientist (UC Berkeley, University of Texas-Austin) with a knack for future-thinking and a deep belief in the transformative potential of exponential technologies as tools to de-risk experimentation, accelerate learning, and create change.

Jeffrey speaks frequently across the US and abroad on exponential thinking and leads workshops on creative problem solving and storytelling. He’s connected dots, ideas, and people as a moderator recently for the SU Executive Program and Exponential Tech and Strategy programs for Oracle, Google, Roche, NBC, Aegon and other global brands.

Prior to joining SU, Jeffrey spent a decade building learning and development solutions across sectors and designing and delivering award-winning educational and training programs. He currently serves as Singularity University’s Director of Faculty & Facilitator Development, working closely with our faculty to discover their unique strengths as communicators and teachers and to co-create rave-worthy, learner-centered experiences at SU and on the web worldwide.

Alex Gladstein

Alex is Chief Strategy Officer at Human Rights Foundation. He has served as Vice President of Strategy for the Oslo Freedom Forum since its inception in 2009. Alex’s writing and views on dissidents and dictators have appeared in ABC, The Atlantic, BBC News, CNN, Fast Company, Foreign Policy, The Guardian, NPR, TIME, The Wall Street Journal and WIRED. He has spoken at UC Berkeley, MIT, Parsons School of Design; the School of Visual Arts, Stanford, and the European Parliament. Before joining HRF, he served as a foreign policy advisor in the British Parliament. In his work at HRF, he has helped connect hundreds of human rights defenders and civil society groups with business leaders, technologists, journalists, philanthropists, policymakers and others to supercharge their important advocacy.

Alex is a magna cum laude graduate of Tufts University where he majored in International Relations and Middle Eastern studies. He currently lives in San Francisco.

See Alex speak here.

Aaron Frank

Aaron Frank is a writer and speaker and one of the earliest hires at Singularity University. Aaron is focused on the intersection of emerging technologies and accelerating change and is fascinated by the impact that both will have on business, society, and culture.

As a writer, his articles have appeared online in Vice’s Motherboard, Wired UK and Forbes. As a speaker, Aaron has lectured for audiences and organizations including the CIA, The Department of Defense, The Coca-Cola Company, AAAS, Under Armour, Headquarters Air Force and more.

Take a look at his articles for the Singularity Hub and Wired on topics such as VR, machine learning, Bitcoin and natural machine intelligence.


  • Intro To Exponentials
  • Augmented Reality
  • Virtual Reality
  • Exponential Organizations

Jaya Baloo

Jaya Baloo is the CISO of KPN Telecom in the Netherlands and in 2017 was recognized as one of the top 100 CISO’s globally. Jaya works with an amazing information security team of highly driven specialists.  Working in the information security arena for the past 18 years, she has worked mostly for global telecommunications companies such as Verizon and France Telecom. Jaya is also a frequent speaker at security conferences on subjects around lawful interception, mass surveillance, and cryptography.

See Jaya’s TEDx talk on Cybersecurity here and her talk on Surveillance & Cryptography at the GOTO conference here.


  • Cybersecurity
  • Security
  • Quantum Computing

Pascal Finette

Pascal heads up everything Entrepreneurship at Singularity University, including the Startup Program, Global Expansion and the Entrepreneurship Track where he inspires, educates and empowers entrepreneurs tackling the world’s most intractable problems leveraging exponential technologies.

Pascal has spent his career pushing the boundaries of technology and passionately believes the internet can deeply impact the betterment of mankind. He got started on the net before there was a web browser, founded a couple of technology startups, led eBay’s Platform Solutions Group in Europe, launched a consulting firm helping entrepreneurs with their strategy & operations, invested into early-stage tech startups, led Mozilla’s Innovation Lab, created Mozilla’s accelerator program WebFWD, headed up Mozilla’s Office of the Chair and has invested into social impact organizations around the globe at Google.org. He also founded the non-profit organizations Mentor for Good and The Coaching Fellowship; the “GyShiDo” (Get Your S%#& Done) movement and publishes the opinionated newsletter, “The Heretic”, which is read by ten of thousands of entrepreneurs around the globe. Recently he published “The Heretic – Daily Therapeutics for Entrepreneurs” book, in stores globally now.

He frequently speaks and writes about the magic which happens at the intersection of entrepreneurship, technology & global impact. As a trained Co-Active executive coach Pascal works with clients on achieving their full leadership potential. But most of all – Pascal loves to work with entrepreneurs who are making things better and go from zero to one.

Have a look at Pascal’s YouTube channel to see him talking about topics such as entrepreneurship, exponential thinking and disruption.


  • Entrepreneurship
  • Start-ups
  • Collaborative Innovation
  • Open Source
  • Moderating

Andre Wegner

Andre Wegner is founder and CEO of Authentise. Andre is a frequent speaker on emerging intellectual property issues in 3D Printing and opportunities of distributed manufacturing at events such as Singularity University, Rapid, Designer of Things, Inside 3D Printing, 3D Print Show, Pacific Crest & WIRED. He has been quoted in publications such as BBC News, MIT Tech Review, Chicago Tribune, and Bloomberg. He is an expert in greenfield value chain creation, leading the development of a $300m low income gas distribution business for West Africa’s leading Oil and Gas company. Prior to founding Authentise Andre also managed a venture capital fund in Nigeria and advisory services in India. Andre is a graduate of St. Andrews University (M.A. – UK), ESSEC (M.Sc. – France) and Singularity University (California).

Check out his thoughts on the sharp acceleration of manufacturing and why industry needs to be as agile as software to survive.


  • 3D Printing
  • Digital Fabrication
  • Nanotechnology
  • Digital Manufacturing