Board Of Directors

The highest decision-making body of Humanity+ is the Board of Directors. The Board consists of between four and seven Directors. New Directors are elected in votes by all Full Members of Humanity+

Ben Goertzel

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.

Jose Cordeiro

Vice Chair

José Luis Cordeiro, PhD, is a world citizen in our small planet in a big unknown universe. He was born in Latin America, from European parents, was educated in Europe and North America, and has worked extensively in Africa, Asia, Europe and the Americas. He has studied, visited and worked in over 130 countries in 5 continents. Mr. Cordeiro studied at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Cambridge, USA, where he received his Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) and Master of Science (M.Sc.). His thesis consisted of a dynamic modeling for NASA’s “Freedom” Space Station (the “International” Space Station of today). 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.

José Luis Cordeiro, PhD, is a world citizen in our small planet in a big unknown universe. He was born in Latin America, from European parents, was educated in Europe and North America, and has worked extensively in Africa, Asia, Europe and the Americas. He has studied, visited and worked in over 130 countries in 5 continents. Mr. Cordeiro studied at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Cambridge, USA, where he received his Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) and Master of Science (M.Sc.). His thesis consisted of a dynamic modeling for NASA’s “Freedom” Space Station (the “International” Space Station of today). 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.

David Wood

Secretary

Before becoming a futurist consultant, speaker and writer, as the Principal of Delta Wisdom, David Wood was one of the pioneers of the smartphone industry: he spent 25 years designing, implementing, and avidly using smart mobile devices. This includes ten years with pioneering PDA manufacturer Psion PLC, and ten more with smartphone operating system specialist Symbian Ltd, which he co-founded in 1998. At different times, his executive responsibilities included software development, technical consulting, developer evangelism, partnering and ecosystem management, and research and innovation. By 2012, his software for UI and application frameworks had been included on 500 million smartphones from companies such as Nokia, Samsung, Motorola, Sony Ericsson, Fujitsu, Sharp, Siemens, and Panasonic.
From 2010 to 2013, Wood was Technology Planning Lead (CTO) of Accenture Mobility, where he co-led the company’s Mobility Health business initiative.
As Chair of London Futurists, Wood has organised regular meetings in London since March 2008 on futurist and technoprogressive topics. Membership of London Futurists reached 7,000 in February 2018.
Wood’s most recent book is Transcending Politics: A technoprogressive roadmap to a comprehensively better future. His previous books include Smartphones and Beyond: Lessons from the remarkable rise and fall of Symbian (published in September 2014) and The Abolition of Aging: The forthcoming radical extension of healthy human longevity (May 2016). He was also the lead editor of the volume Anticipating 2025: A guide to the radical changes that may lie ahead, whether or not we’re ready (June 2014).
Wood has a triple first class mathematics degree from Cambridge and undertook doctoral research in the Philosophy of Science. He has an honorary Doctorate in Science from Westminster University. In 2009 he was included in T3’s list of “100 most influential people in technology”. He has been a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (FRSA) in London since 2005, and a Fellow of the IEET (Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies) since January 2015. Also since January 2015 he has been Executive Director of the political think tank Transpolitica. He blogs at dw2blog.com and tweets as @dw2.

Amy Li

Treasurer

Amy Li is Founder of Dance4Healing, an award winning social venture inspired by her personal stage IV cancer journey. Dance4Healing is an AI-powered live video platform empowering anyone access to creative arts therapy, and building healthy habits in a fun, and supportive way. It has won over 15 awards such as Stanford Medicine X Healthcare Design Award, Stanford Health++ Hackathon Intel Nervana AI Cluster Grand Prize, top 5 finalist for Pfizer’s global mBC Challenge, 2nd prize for Partners Connected Health Fit Mind Challenge sponsored by AARP. Amy is a UX, design and branding expert for global brands such as Yahoo, AT&T, VW and Sony. Her first iPhone App Have2P was independently reviewed and featured as “App of the Week” at New York Times, leading to a major media storm in over 50 publications, such as NBC, Yahoo! News, Gizmodo, Popsugar, praised as third on the list of ”11 Coolest App ever”. Resulted in millions of downloads within 4 weeks, and a successful cross-sale of a whole suite of AT&T R&D apps. Amy graduated from Singularity University, which is known for empowering future leaders to use technology to positively impact the world.

Gabriel Rothblatt

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.

Didier Coeurnelle

Didier Coeurnelle is vice-president and spokesperson of the Association Française Transhumaniste Technoprog. Technoprog aims to spread the themes and questions related to technologies that could extend and enhance the lives of individuals and of humankind. He was the main organizer of Transvision 2017 in Brussels.

Didier’s main interest in the transhumanist movement is longevity. For the last ten years, he has been co-chair of Heales (Healthy Life Extension Society), which publishes a monthly newsletter of information: La mort de la mort (The Death of the Death). He is also one of the main organizers of the Eurosymposium on Healthy Ageing, and co-organized the Longevity Film Competition.

Didier is a member of the board of the International Longevity Alliance, a lifelong member of Longecity, a donor to the SENS Foundation, one of the 300 Members of Methuselah Foundation, a member of the Advisory board of the Lifeboat Foundation and an author (and member of the Advisory board) for the Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies.

Didier has written two books (in French): Et si on arrêtait de vieillir ! : Réalité, enjeux et perspectives d’une vie en bonne santé beaucoup plus longue (2013) and so-authored Technoprog, le transhumanisme au service du progrès social (2016).

Paul Spiegel

 

Paul Spiegel has been an attorney since 1983, in private practice since 1989, helping businesses, individuals, artists, entertainment professionals and, particularly, transhumanists with their legal needs.  Long before attending his first Humanity + conference in Hong Kong, in 2011, he was an ardent life-extensionist and, effectively, a transhumanist lawyer, providing legal counsel and legal services to many members of the transhumanist and longevity communities.

Paul was a legal advisor to the U.S. Transhumanist Party since May 2015, nearly since the Party’s founding. He also serve on the board of directors of the Life Extension Advocacy Foundation, the International Longevity Alliance and the American Longevity Alliance, and has been an adviser to the Lifeboat Foundation and provided mentoring services for the California Life Sciences Association.

Paul first became interested in tranhumanism while contemplating the need for constitutional rights for uploaded humans, speaking at Terasem, BIL and Transhuman Visions to call for a constitutional convention for an immortal humanity.  Paul spoke at Transvision Madrid, Humanity Plus’ 20th anniversary gathering on marketing of cryonics.