The Executive Director is the highest executive officer of the Humanity+. The Executive Director shall be selected, appointed, and supported by the Board of Directors. The Executive Director shall establish and manage the day-to-day operations and internal processes of Humanity+, including establishing Staff requirements and managing Staff. The term of service of the Executive Director is based on regular performance reviews (at least once every twelve months) by the Board. The Executive Director’s position is a voluntary position, unless the Board determines to pay the Executive Director, as funding permits.
Natasha Vita-More, Executive Director
Natasha Vita-More, PhD, is a frequent guest speaker on topics concerning the future and technology. Her practice unpacks the technology, science, and design of human enhancement and radical life extension. She is a professor at the University of Advancing Technology, a reviewer for graduate students, and best known for creating the future human prototype "Primo Posthuman". Her writings have been published in numerous books, including The Transhumanist Reader, 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 on the Steering Committee of the RAADFest, 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).
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.
José Cordeiro, Vice Chair
José Cordeiro, PhD, 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.) 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).
David Wood, Secretary
David Wood, Hon. 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.
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.
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