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Peter Diamandis

Peter Diamandis

Los Angeles Area, USA

Highly influential inventor, entrepreneur and educator

Co-Founder & Executive Chairman, Singularity University (2008-present)

Chairman and CEO, X PRIZE Foundation (1994-present)

“Peter’s keynote blew me away. I’ve been presenting for years and do it for a living, and Peter is at the top of the game. His personality shines through and is extremely authentic. He is a pretty amazing dude!” – Carlos Dominguez, Sr. Vice President, Cisco

Peter Diamandis is an international pioneer in the fields of innovation, incentive competitions and commercial space. He was recently named one of “The World’s 50 Greatest Leaders” by Fortune Magazine.

Since 1994, he has been Chairman and CEO of the X PRIZE Foundation, which leads the world in designing and launching large incentive prizes to encourage scientific and technological breakthroughs for the benefit of humanity. He is also Founder and Executive Chairman of Singularity University (2008-present), an educational organisation which aims to inspire a new generation of leaders to recognise the role of technology in solving the problems facing mankind.

Peter founded the X PRIZE after being inspired by reading the pioneering Charles Lindbergh’s ‘The Spirit of St Louis’. The prize was first founded to offer a $10m award to the best design of a new generation of passenger carrying spaceships but has now expanded to offer incentives in the following areas: Exploration (oceans and space); Life Sciences; Energy and Environment; and Education and Global Development.

Singularity University was founded in 2008 as a result of a partnership between Peter and American inventor Ray Kurzweil. Today it is based at the NASA Ames campus in Silicon Valley, where he works in partnership with a number of leading corporations, including Google, Cisco, and Nokia to further the educational goals of the organisation.

Peter is also co-author of the New York Times best-selling book, “Abundance: The Future is Better Than You Think” (2012) and has received many awards, including the Arthur C. Clarke Award for Innovation. His latest book, “Bold: How to Go Big, Create Wealth and Impact the World” (2015), a how-to guide for using exponential technologies, moonshot thinking, and crowd-powered tools to create extraordinary wealth while also positively impacting the lives of billions.

Peter is co-founder of Planetary Resources Inc., an organisation dedicated to remote sensing near-earth asteroids (2012-present). In 1998, Peter co-founded Space Adventures, a space tourism company that has flown eight private missions to the International Space Station since 2001, and in 1994, he co-founded ZERO-G, a space entertainment company that has flown more than 10,000 customers to the edge of space.

Our Comment

"Peter is an inspiring engineer, inventor and entrepreneur, who speaks eloquently and passionately about the role of technology in dealing with the future challenges facing business, science, and political leadership."

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