The highest decision-making body of Humanity+ is the Board of Directors. The Board consists of five Appointed Board Members and four Elected Board Members, together with a number of co-opted Board Members.
Natasha Vita-More, Chair
Natasha Vita-More, PhD, is a frequent guest speaker on topics concerning the future and technology. She is faculty at the University of Advancing Technology, and best known for creating the future human prototype “Primo Posthuman”. Her writings have been published in numerous books, including The Transhumanist Reader: Classical and Contemporary Essays on the Science, Technology, and Philosophy of the Human Future, and she has appeared in more than twenty-four televised documentaries and featured in magazines including The New York Times, Wired, Village Voice, Flaunt, Harper’s Bazaar, U.S. News & World Report, Net Business, and Teleopolis. Natasha is a Professor at the University of Advancing Technology, a Fellow at Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies and Fellow at Hybrid Reality Institute. She was formerly president of Extropy Institute from 2002-2005. As a bit of history, Natasha authored the “Transhuman Manifesto” (1983), Create/Recreate: the 3rd Millennial Culture (cybernetic culture and the future of humanism and the arts and sciences). In the early 1990s, she produced and hosted the transhumanist TV show “Transcentury UPdate”, and current projects include H+TV and H+Lab.
Ben Goertzel, Vice Chair
Ben Goertzel, PhD, is CEO of AI software company Novamente LLC and bioinformatics company Biomind LLC; leader of the open-source OpenCog Artificial General Intelligence software project; Chief Technology Officer of biopharma firm Genescient Corp.; Director of Engineering of digital media firm Vzillion Inc.; Advisor to the Singularity University and Singularity Institute; Research Professor in the Fujian Key Lab for Brain-Like Intelligent Systems at Xiamen University, China; and general Chair of the Artificial General Intelligence conference series. His research work encompasses artificial general intelligence, natural language processing, cognitive science, data mining, machine learning, computational finance, bioinformatics, virtual worlds and gaming and other areas, He has published a dozen scientific books, over 100 technical papers, and numerous journalistic articles. Before entering the software industry he served as a university faculty in several departments of mathematics, computer science and cognitive science, in the US, Australia and New Zealand. He has three children and too many pets, and in his spare time enjoys creating avant-garde fiction and music, and the outdoors.
Amy Li, Treasurer
Amy Li is a multidisciplinary creative director and designer, specializing in branding, creative marketing strategy, and user interface design for global brands like Yahoo, AT&T, etc. She is passionate about combining design, technology, and human factors to create state of the art products that impact our daily lives. One example of this is the iPhone app Have2P. It is a fun and creative app that addresses a universal human need in a new high-tech fashion. It was showcased as “App of the Week” in the New York Times, and also featured in Gizmodo. Amy also has years of experience specializing in designing visually engaging web sites with intuitive interfaces, flash animations, emails and landing pages with a strong focus on branding and UX design. Her portfolio can be seen at www.meidesign.net and she is easy to connect with on LinkedIn and Twitter. One of Amy’s true passions in life is to use her skills to help members of the scientific community become better communicators, one typography at a time :). Born and raised in China, Amy immigrated to the U.S. and received her BFA with honor at CSULB, one of the top eight graphic design programs in the country, and later continued her education in Advanced Web and Interactive Design at UCLA.
David Wood, Secretary
David Wood, DSc, has spent 25 years envisioning, architecting, designing, implementing, and avidly using smart mobile devices. He was co-founder of Symbian, the creator of the world’s first successful smartphone operating system,and served on Symbian’s leadership team from 1996-2009. Subsequently he was Chief Technology Officer (CTO) of Accenture Mobility, and now acts as independent consultant and writer. As chair of London Futurists, he has organized regular meetings in London since March 2008 on futurist, transhumanist, technoprogressive, and singularitarian topics. He was the author of the book, Smartphones and Beyond, which was published in 2014, and he was also the lead editor of Anticipating 2025 and Anticipating tomorrow’s politics.
José Cordeiro, PhD, studied at the Massachuetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Cambridge, USA, where he received his Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) and Master of Science (M.Sc.) degrees in Mechanical Engineering, with a minor in Economics and Languages. His thesis consisted of a dynamic modeling for NASA’s “Freedom” Space Station (International Space Station ). He later studied International Economics and Comparative Politics at Georgetown University, and then obtained his Masters of Business Administration (MBA) at the Institut Européen d’Administrationdes Affaires (INSEAD) in Fontainebleau, France, where he majored in Finance and Globalization. During his studies, Mr. Cordeiro worked with the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) in Vienna, Austria, and with the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) in Washington, DC, USA. He started his doctoral degree at MIT, which he continued later in Tokyo, Japan, and finally received his PhD at Universidad Simón Bolívar (USB) in Caracas, Venezuela. He is a lifetime member of the Sigma Xi (ΣΞ, Scientific Research) and Tau Beta Pi (ТΒΠ, Engineering) Honor Societies in North America, is also a honorary member of the Venezuelan Engineers College (CIV).
Gabriel Rothblatt earned a degree in Political Philosophy from the University of Vermont. Before joining MIO, LLC as a property manager in Melbourne, FL, Gabriel managed a restaurant franchise, and worked as an insurance broker. Gabriel knows from experience: what it means to work in today’s economy, and now he’s running to use that experience to fight for working families in Congress. From an early age Gabriel’s father and mother instilled in him the importance of justice and fairness. Gabriel’s father, Martine Rothblatt, is a lawyer, author, entrepreneur in Satellite Communications & Biotechnology and his mother, Bina Aspen, is a homemaker, and they currently reside in Satellite Beach, FL. Gabriel believes that working together toward common goals is the best way to solve problems. Gabriel is a trusted member of his community and will work hard for every person in the district. Once elected, Gabriel will work diligently on job creation, social security, immigration reform, healthcare benefits, and support for small businesses. Gabriel will fight for equality by promoting paycheck equality, women’s healthcare rights, and equality for the LGBT community. With close ties to his community and the experience to lead, Gabriel has the right skill-set to represent the citizens of the 8th district. Gabriel is not a politician. He’s a hardworking father and husband who knows how to solve problems and get results. Just what we need in Congress today.
Jeanne Dietsch quit grad school in 1981 when her Master’s committee declared her thesis topic, “The Future of the Computer as a Mass Medium”, impossible. She became an entrepreneur instead. In 1995, her company published the first ecommerce market research study. Jeanne was ridiculed once more at a London telecom exec conference when she projected a thousand-fold increase in ecommerce over five years. (She did prove wrong, on the low side.) Her third start-up was as CEO of MobileRobots Inc, which she built into a global leader autonomous intelligence and research robots for universities, chosen by Microsoft as the foundation platform for its Robotics Studio software. Jeanne also helped found the US Army-affiliated national Robotics Technology Consortium. She obtained patents in autonomous navigation, wrote a quarterly column for IEEE Robotics and Automation magazine and served on the IEEE R&A Industrial Activities Board for three years. In 2012, she studied as Robert C. Seamans Jr Fellow for Science and Technology Policy to finally complete a Masters with honors at Harvard Kennedy School of Government.
Juan “Kiko” Suarez, PhD, likes to be described as a global citizen. He has served in leadership positions in two global Fortune 500 companies, including CEMEX, the world’s largest building materials supplier, as global Director of Public Affairs; and DuPont as Director of Corporate Marketing and Public Affairs for the Europe, Middle East and Africa region. Dr. Suarez has represented his employers in delicate international transactions and before governments and organizations such as the United Nations, European Union and the Inter-American Development Bank. Dr. Suarez, who likes to be addressed as Kiko, has a depth of entrepreneurial experience including being owner and CEO of two of his own startup companies as well as Chief Marketing Officer and President East Coast for a WiMax startup six years ago.
Due to his passion for education and creating shared value, he is now Vice President of Communications and Innovation for Lumina Foundation, the largest private foundation with the national goal of raising the percentage of Americans with quality post-secondary credentials to 60%. Suarez has earned a doctoral degree in Leadership and Change with a dissertation on the topic of the role of wisdom in organizations and innovation processes.
Alex Klokus attended NYU Stern and began building technology companies shortly thereafter. His endeavors have been funded by Princeton, The Government of Chile, and the Knight Foundation. He is focused on addressing the information disparity regarding future societal change brought about by technological innovation.
Alex is currently the Founder of Futurism.co, a leading digital media platform focused on emerging tech. He also runs an futurist speaker series in New York City.