Meet our founders, executives, and board members

Our Origin Story

Peter Diamandis recognized the need for leaders to understand the exponential pace of change. He first proposed the concept of Singularity University to Ray Kurzweil and to International Space University (ISU) colleagues Dr. Robert D. Richards and Michael Simpson, who became Founding Trustees in mid-2007.

Susan Fonseca, a founding architect, was instrumental in organizing and executing the Founding Conference in September 2008 and finding initial donors. At the first meeting of the Board of Trustees, Salim Ismail was appointed as the founding Executive Director.

Along with curriculum guidance and important support from Christopher Boshuizen, William Marshall, Amara Angelica, Kathryn Myronuk, and Emeline Paat-Dahlstrom, the first incarnation of Singularity University was established with inspiration from the interdisciplinary, international and intercultural principles originally pioneered by ISU. With the leadership of Dr. Pete Worden and his colleagues, Singularity University and NASA established a partnership to host SU’s Executive Program and Global Solutions Program on the NASA Research Park in Moffett Field. Rob Nail was appointed CEO in 2011. The rest, as they say, is history!

“I think we need to be training people on how to change the world.”

— Larry Page, CEO, Google
Speaking at the Singularity Founding Conference, 2008


Singularity University was jointly founded by Dr. Peter H. Diamandis and Dr. Ray Kurzweil in 2008. Learn about their vision for SU in this video:

Associate Founders:

Moses Znaimer, Keith and Mariela Kleiner, Barney Pell, Klee Irwin, Sonia Arrison Senkut, Dan Stoicescu, Reese Jones, David S. Rose, Peter L. Bloom, Geoffrey Shmigelsky, Georges Harik, and Rob Nail

Corporate Founders:

Leadership Team

Singularity University empowers leaders across the globe to leverage rapidly accelerating technologies in order to tackle the world’s most pressing problems and co-create an abundant future for us all. Our leadership team comprises entrepreneurs, scientists, futurists, inventors, and leaders with the breadth and depth of expertise needed to guide us in achieving our mission.

Rob Nail

CEO and Associate Founder

Emeline Paat-Dahlstrom

Chief Impact Officer

Gabriel Baldinucci

Chief Strategy Officer

Carin Watson

EVP, Learning & Innovation

Virender Ahluwalia

EVP, Finance

Joanna Popper

EVP, Media & Marketing

Scott Morris

EVP, People

Board of Directors

The Singularity University Board of Directors includes our CEO, co-founders, and industry luminaries who set our strategic direction.

Dr. Ray Kurzweil

Co-founder & Chancellor

Dr. Peter Diamandis

Co-Founder & Executive Chairman

Erik J. Anderson

Founder & CEO, WestRiver Group and Co-Chairman & CEO, Topgolf Entertainment Group

Naveen Jain

Founder and CEO, BlueDot

Rob Nail

CEO and Associate Founder

Board of Advisors

Sonia Arrison

Co-founder, Unsugarcoat Media; Trustee, Singularity University

David Hite

Managing Partner B37 Ventures

Barney Pell

Co-founder of Powerset, Moon Express, and LocoMobi

Jen Phillips

Program Manager, Google

Bob Richards

Founding Trustee, Singularity University; Co-founder & CEO, Moon Express

Mark Turley

Senior Advisor, GEMS Education