Adam Valkin

Managing Director at General Catalyst

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

Alex Gladstein

Chief Strategy Officer at the Human Rights Foundation

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

Wee Liang Chua

Partner of Cowin Capital Group

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

Will Weisman

Founder and Managing Director of KittyHawk Ventures

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

Nathana Sharma

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

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.

Anashrin Pillay

CEO of Risk Insights

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

Sam Radocchia

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

Paola Santana

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

Cathy Hackl

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

Cathy Hackl is a leading futurist and business strategist, who specialises in the impact that exponential technologies – such as AR, VR and AI – are having on communications and business. 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.

Hilda Liswani

Founder and CEO WeBloom

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

Dr Mark Nasila

Chief Analytics Officer of FNB Risk

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

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.

Paul Pagnato

Founder & CEO of PagnatoKarp

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

Craig Bond

Chairman and President of Envel Inc.

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

Andile Ngcaba

Founding Partner & Chairman Convergence Partners

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

Henri Arslanian

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

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

Phathizwe Malinga

SingularityU South Africa Faculty

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

Anne Connelly

Singularity University Faculty, Author

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

Kojo Annan

Managing Partner - Vector Global

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

Lisa Andrews

CO-CEO of SingularityU Australia

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

Efi Pylarinou

Founder of Efi Pylarinou Advisory

Advisor to Fintechs, incumbents with a focus on Capital Markets, wealth & asset management transformations. To Blockchain ventures for Finance and for Good. International speaker on Fintech and Blockchain business trends. Efi Pylarinou is an independent Fintech/Blockchain advisor with a Ph.D. in Finance. A seasoned Wall Street professional who ranks No.3 influencer in the finance sector and No.1 woman influencer, by Refinitiv Global Social Media 2019. She is the Co-founder and author of Daily Fintech.

Joshua Goldbard

Founder of MobileCoin

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

Barry Palte

Chairman of EQ Capital Partners

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

Ross Barbash

General Counsel - MobileCoin

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

David Roberts

Founder of GEDI Training

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

Tanya Knowles

SingularityU South Africa Faculty Member

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

Anu Sing

Executive Business Intelligence, MTN Group

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

Nathaniel Calhoun

Board Member and Strategic Advisor at Multiple Companies

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

Farzam Ehsani

CEO and Co-founder of VALR

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

Fay Arjomandi

Founder of Mimik

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

Jaya Baloo

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

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

Melanie Rieback

SingularityU South Africa Faculty on Cybersecurity

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

Ramez Naam

Co-Chair for Energy and Environment at Singularity University

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

Amy LaMeyer

Managing Partner of WXR Fund

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

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.

Laila Pawlak

Co-founder and CEO of SingularityU Nordic

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

Adam Pantanowitz

SingularityU South Africa faculty

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

Phathizwe Malinga

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