Dr. Nicholas Haan

Chair

Global Grand Challenges

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Areas of Expertise

Moderator  •  GGC-General  •  GGC-Food  •  GGC-Disaster Resilience  •  Exponentials  •  Exponential Organizations  •  Environment  •  Energy  •  Ethics  •  Impact

About Nicholas

Dr. Nicholas Haan has served since 2012 as Singularity University’s Faculty Chair and Vice President for Impact where he speaks around the world on paths to positive impact for humanity’s grand challenges. Previously a Senior Economist with the United Nations, Dr. Haan led the creation of the global standard for classifying food insecurity that is used in over 40 countries. He currently Chairs a UN led Advanced Technology and Artificial Intelligence Working Group, developing cutting-edge innovations to meet the Sustainable Development Goals. Dr. Haan is an entrepreneur, having launched 3 startups and currently launching a social business to tackle global climate change. He has been a NASA Climate Scientist and sits on the boards of several organizations. He is from California and has worked in East Africa for over 30 years, where he currently resides. Dr. Haan is an expedition sea kayaker, and has accomplished 3 ‘first-ever’ expeditions on Lake Victoria, Lake Turkana, and the Indian Ocean.

A Dance of Technology and Crisis | Nicholas Haan | SingularityU India Summit 2017

21st Century Skills: Learning for the Digital Age?

Solving Humanity's Grand Challenges

Speaking Topics

  • Clean Meat

    The talk imagines and models a not too distant future where clean meat is a common part of the human diet; and describes the environmental, social, health, and moral benefits. And risks as well. While recognizing costs/benefits, the speaker concludes that clean meat is an essential innovation for solving humanity’s grand challenges.

  • Global Grand Challenges

    The implications and opportunities of many of the technological breakthroughs happening now and in the near future will be nothing short of disruptive to our lives, our businesses and industries, and society as a whole. A new understanding and set of tools are required to stay ahead of this exponential curve, through which we will solve some of the greatest problems facing humanity today. Once you’ve tackled these challenges, where are the opportunities to both run a successful business and positively impact lives?

  • Global Grand Challenges (GGC) Overview - How GGCs are a Business Opportunity

    The implications and opportunities of many of the technological breakthroughs happening now and in the near future will be nothing short of disruptive to our lives, our businesses and industries, and society as a whole. A new understanding and set of tools are required to stay ahead of this exponential curve, through which we will solve some of the greatest problems facing humanity today. Once you’ve tackled these challenges, where are the opportunities to both run a successful business and positively impact lives?

  • Harnessing Exponential Technologies to Solve Grand Challenges

    The pace of technological change is accelerating. The implications and opportunities of many of the technological breakthroughs happening now and in the near future will be nothing short of disruptive to our lives, our businesses and industries, and society as a whole. A new understanding and set of tools are required to stay ahead of this exponential curve, through which we will solve some of the greatest problems facing humanity today. Singularity University’s mission is to do just that.

  • Impact

    What makes a product impact a billion people instead of a thousand? Why is it important to positively impact people? This session will focus on what we call the “10^9 commitment”, how to use exponentially changing technologies to positively impact the lives of a billion or more people.

  • Technology with Purpose: Solving Global Grand Challenges

    What is the greatest challenge of all that is worthy of your time, investment, and skills?
    The implications and opportunities of many of the technological breakthroughs happening now and in the near future will be nothing short of disruptive to our lives, our businesses and industries, and society as a whole. A new understanding and set of tools are required to stay ahead of this exponential curve, through which we will solve some of the greatest problems facing humanity today. Once you’ve tackled these challenges, where are the opportunities to both run a successful business and positively impact lives?

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