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

Nicholas Haan has worked at the intersection of science, technology, social challenges, and innovation for the last 25 years. His issues of focus have included disaster relief, food security, environment, energy, public health, education, genetics, and information systems. And his affiliations have included the United Nations, governments, universities, donor agencies and non-governmental organizations.

Nick is currently the Faculty Chair of Global Grand Challenges. His introduction to global perspectives began as a science teacher in a remote Kenyan village with the Peace Corps. This experience led to more than 20 years of living and working internationally, mainly in East and Southern Africa (including living four years in villages without running water or electricity, which gives him a unique perspective on social challenges).

Prior to joining Singularity University, Nick served as Senior Economist/Global Program Manager with the United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization where he oversaw a food security project operating in over 30 countries. He is the creator of an international standard for classifying the severity of food insecurity and disasters called the Integrated Food Security Phase Classification (IPC).

Nick is also involved with several Startups, including as a strategic advisor to a mobile app company called eMobilis. He has a keen interest in the crowdsourcing movement and is on the regional board of directors for crowdfunder.com. He has been a visiting professor at University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania; and was awarded a NASA Research Fellowship.

Originally from California, Nick has a PhD in Geography, a Master in International Development, a Master in Geographic Information Systems & Remote Sensing from Clark University, and a Bachelor in Genetics from U.C. Berkeley. He is an avid sea kayaker and explorer, most recently completing a 500 km expedition across Lake Victoria by kayak.

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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