Board of Trustees

XPRIZE Board of Trustees consists of visionaries and luminaries who recognize the power of prize philanthropy to create fundamental change in the world.

Mr. Eric Anderson is one of the leading entrepreneurs in the commercial human space flight and space tourism industry, an astropreneur (as coined by Wired magazine). As the President and CEO of Space Adventures, Mr. Anderson has led the world's premier space tourism company to several years of profitable success and has sold more than $80M in space tourist flights; including the first and only two tourists to fly to the International Space Station (ISS); Dennis Tito and Mark Shuttleworth. Mr. Anderson co-founded Space Adventures in 1997 with several former astronauts and leading visionaries from the aerospace, adventure travel, and entertainment industries.

Mr. Anderson's vision is to open the space frontier to private citizens, and to develop and utilize space resources for the benefit of people on Earth. He has been and remains an outspoken advocate of commercial space transportation, private space exploration, and space tourism. Through the development of myriad space experiences on Earth, via Space Adventures' commercial suborbital spaceflight program, and through the continued flight of commercial passengers such as Tito, and Shuttleworth to the ISS, Space Adventures has created a paradigm that makes space flight available to people all over the world. Previously, Mr. Anderson was the principal and co-founder of Starport.com which was sold to SPACE.com in June 2000. Mr. Anderson also worked as a business development lead for Analytical Graphics, the leading aerospace software firm; and has held various consulting and research positions with NASA, where he authored several technical papers and articles, on topics ranging from space tourism to launch vehicle analysis to business and economic evaluations of various space-related ventures. He is also a guest speaker and lecturer on various topics in the aviation and aerospace industry.

Mr. Anderson graduated magna cum laude from the University of Virginia, with a bachelor's degree in aerospace engineering, and was selected by USA Today as one of the nation's Top 40 graduating seniors of 1996.

Eric C. Anderson

Mr. Eric Anderson is one of the leading entrepreneurs in the commercial human space flight and space tourism industry, an astropreneur (as coined by Wired magazine). As the President and CEO of Space Adventures, Mr. Anderson has led the world's premier space tourism company to several years of profitable success and has sold more than $80M in space tourist flights; including the first and only two tourists to fly to the International Space Station (ISS); Dennis Tito and Mark Shuttleworth. Mr. Anderson co-founded Space Adventures in 1997 with several former astronauts and leading visionaries from the aerospace, adventure travel, and entertainment industries.

Mr. Anderson's vision is to open the space frontier to private citizens, and to develop and utilize space resources for the benefit of people on Earth. He has been and remains an outspoken advocate of commercial space transportation, private space exploration, and space tourism. Through the development of myriad space experiences on Earth, via Space Adventures' commercial suborbital spaceflight program, and through the continued flight of commercial passengers such as Tito, and Shuttleworth to the ISS, Space Adventures has created a paradigm that makes space flight available to people all over the world. Previously, Mr. Anderson was the principal and co-founder of Starport.com which was sold to SPACE.com in June 2000. Mr. Anderson also worked as a business development lead for Analytical Graphics, the leading aerospace software firm; and has held various consulting and research positions with NASA, where he authored several technical papers and articles, on topics ranging from space tourism to launch vehicle analysis to business and economic evaluations of various space-related ventures. He is also a guest speaker and lecturer on various topics in the aviation and aerospace industry.

Mr. Anderson graduated magna cum laude from the University of Virginia, with a bachelor's degree in aerospace engineering, and was selected by USA Today as one of the nation's Top 40 graduating seniors of 1996.

Anousheh Ansari brings more than two decades as a successful serial entrepreneur to Prodea Systems, where she serves as chairman. Anousheh captured headlines around the world as the first female private space explorer. She earned a place in history as the fourth private explorer to visit space, and the first astronaut of Iranian descent.

An active proponent of world-changing technologies, Anousheh has dreamed of space exploration since childhood. Her family provided the title sponsorship for the Ansari XPRIZE, a $10 million cash award for the first non-governmental organization to launch a reusable manned spacecraft into space twice within two weeks. This feat was accomplished in 2004 by legendary aerospace designer Burt Rutan in 2004.

Prior to founding Prodea Systems, Anousheh served as co-founder, chief executive officer and chairman of the board for Telecom Technologies, Inc. After earning three key U.S. patents and growing the company to 250 employees with 100 percent sequential growth year over year since inception, the company successfully merged with Sonus Networks, Inc., a provider of IP-based voice infrastructure products.

A living example of the American dream, Anousheh emigrated to the United States as a teenager who did not speak English. She immersed herself in education, earning a bachelor's degree in electronics and computer engineering from George Mason University, followed by a master's degree in electrical engineering from George Washington University. She is currently working toward a master's degree in astronomy from Swinburne University.

Anousheh is a member of the XPRIZE Foundation's Vision Circle, as well as its Board of Trustees. She has received multiple honors, including the Working Woman's National Entrepreneurial Excellence Award, George Mason University's Entrepreneurial Excellence Award, George Washington University's Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award, and the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award for Southwest Region. While under her leadership, Telecom Technologies earned recognition as one of Inc. Magazine's 500 fastest-growing companies and Deloitte & Touche's Fast 500 technology companies.

In addition to her business achievements, Anousheh actively pursues ways to enable social entrepreneurs to bring about radical change globally. She has served on the boards of directors for Make-a-Wish Foundation of North Texas and Collin County Children's Advocacy Center. She works with a number of other non-profit organizations, including the Ashoka Foundation in its support of social entrepreneurs.

Anousheh Ansari

Anousheh Ansari brings more than two decades as a successful serial entrepreneur to Prodea Systems, where she serves as chairman. Anousheh captured headlines around the world as the first female private space explorer. She earned a place in history as the fourth private explorer to visit space, and the first astronaut of Iranian descent.

An active proponent of world-changing technologies, Anousheh has dreamed of space exploration since childhood. Her family provided the title sponsorship for the Ansari XPRIZE, a $10 million cash award for the first non-governmental organization to launch a reusable manned spacecraft into space twice within two weeks. This feat was accomplished in 2004 by legendary aerospace designer Burt Rutan in 2004.

Prior to founding Prodea Systems, Anousheh served as co-founder, chief executive officer and chairman of the board for Telecom Technologies, Inc. After earning three key U.S. patents and growing the company to 250 employees with 100 percent sequential growth year over year since inception, the company successfully merged with Sonus Networks, Inc., a provider of IP-based voice infrastructure products.

A living example of the American dream, Anousheh emigrated to the United States as a teenager who did not speak English. She immersed herself in education, earning a bachelor's degree in electronics and computer engineering from George Mason University, followed by a master's degree in electrical engineering from George Washington University. She is currently working toward a master's degree in astronomy from Swinburne University.

Anousheh is a member of the XPRIZE Foundation's Vision Circle, as well as its Board of Trustees. She has received multiple honors, including the Working Woman's National Entrepreneurial Excellence Award, George Mason University's Entrepreneurial Excellence Award, George Washington University's Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award, and the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award for Southwest Region. While under her leadership, Telecom Technologies earned recognition as one of Inc. Magazine's 500 fastest-growing companies and Deloitte & Touche's Fast 500 technology companies.

In addition to her business achievements, Anousheh actively pursues ways to enable social entrepreneurs to bring about radical change globally. She has served on the boards of directors for Make-a-Wish Foundation of North Texas and Collin County Children's Advocacy Center. She works with a number of other non-profit organizations, including the Ashoka Foundation in its support of social entrepreneurs.

An inventor and serial entrepreneur, Amir Ansari brings more than 16 years of experience to Prodea Systems, where he serves as Chief Technology Officer. Prior to co-founding Prodea Systems, Amir served in the intelligent IP division of Sonus Networks(Nasdaq: SONS), a provider of IP-based voice infrastructure products. There he was responsible for providing technical guidance and direction in deploying one of the industry's first soft switches in a carrier network.

Amir joined Sonus via its acquisition of Telecom Technologies, Inc., where he was co-founder and Chief Technology Officer. There Amir led efforts to design and deploy the INtelligentIP (INIP) Softswitch, the most robust and scalable product of its type. Telecom Technologies' client list consisted of Fortune 500 companies such as WorldCom, Qwest Communications, Hewlett-Packard, Sprint, and AT&T. Under Amir's stewardship as Chief Technology Officer, Telecom Technologies earned recognition as one of Inc. Magazine's 500 fastest-growing companies and Deloitte & Touche's Fast 500 technology companies.

Amir is a member of the XPRIZE Foundation's Vision Circle and its Board of Trustees. Together with his family, he was a title sponsor for the Ansari XPRIZE, a $10 million cash award for the first non-governmental organization to launch a reusable manned spacecraft into space twice within two weeks.

Amir is actively involved with several non-profit organizations that strive for social development. He has co-authored numerous technical papers and filed several U.S. patents in the areas of voice over IP and multimedia services. He earned a Bachelor's Degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from George Mason University.

Amir Ansari

An inventor and serial entrepreneur, Amir Ansari brings more than 16 years of experience to Prodea Systems, where he serves as Chief Technology Officer. Prior to co-founding Prodea Systems, Amir served in the intelligent IP division of Sonus Networks(Nasdaq: SONS), a provider of IP-based voice infrastructure products. There he was responsible for providing technical guidance and direction in deploying one of the industry's first soft switches in a carrier network.

Amir joined Sonus via its acquisition of Telecom Technologies, Inc., where he was co-founder and Chief Technology Officer. There Amir led efforts to design and deploy the INtelligentIP (INIP) Softswitch, the most robust and scalable product of its type. Telecom Technologies' client list consisted of Fortune 500 companies such as WorldCom, Qwest Communications, Hewlett-Packard, Sprint, and AT&T. Under Amir's stewardship as Chief Technology Officer, Telecom Technologies earned recognition as one of Inc. Magazine's 500 fastest-growing companies and Deloitte & Touche's Fast 500 technology companies.

Amir is a member of the XPRIZE Foundation's Vision Circle and its Board of Trustees. Together with his family, he was a title sponsor for the Ansari XPRIZE, a $10 million cash award for the first non-governmental organization to launch a reusable manned spacecraft into space twice within two weeks.

Amir is actively involved with several non-profit organizations that strive for social development. He has co-authored numerous technical papers and filed several U.S. patents in the areas of voice over IP and multimedia services. He earned a Bachelor's Degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from George Mason University.

Jack Bader has always been an entrepreneur. From his earliest years in the family businesses he learned that success was linked to one's creative abilities and an understanding that the world is filled with millions of opportunities. Jack earned a BS in Computer Science from the University of Pennsylvania in 1974, graduating in the first class to receive this newly created degree.
Jack focused his career on niche areas that showcased his technical creativity. Beginning as a mainframe programmer it was only a few years before he joined his first startup and delved into the emerging world of CP/M microcomputers. Writing everything from system BIOS routines thru integrating B-tree routines with a BASIC he licensed, he created financial systems that powered his clients to significant growth.

In 1979, Jack began his entrepreneurial journey by founding his first IT consulting company, Delphic Systems. With no capital, he marketed his PC programming skills to emerging and established firms. Attention to quality, customer service, incredible staff productivity and a knack for identifying skilled talent brought even more business. He grew quickly.

In the early 80's, partnering with AT&T, he formed the first local IT consulting company focusing on the UNIX/C market, Programming & Systems Consultants. He helped create a national software products and consulting company that melded the AT&T brand with his entrepreneurial experience to penetrate accounts throughout the U.S. This company grew substantially and was sold in the mid 90's.

NetEffects was formed in 1995 with Jack as its Founder and President. Working with Fortune 500 firms throughout the United States and various foreign countries NetEffects provides a broad spectrum of niche consulting skills. NetEffects has grown to be one of the largest privately held IT consulting firms in the St. Louis region.

Jack is an active instrument rated private pilot and has been involved with the XPRIZE Foundation since 1998. In 2002 he served as Assistant Flight Director for Erik Lindbergh's 75th anniversary flight across the Atlantic. For the 2004 Ansari XPRIZE, he was the Director of Infrastructure, responsible for all Internet and Webcast technical areas. He gets immeasurable support from his wife Anne and his children Ben and Abby (a recent XPRIZE intern).

Jack Bader

Jack Bader has always been an entrepreneur. From his earliest years in the family businesses he learned that success was linked to one's creative abilities and an understanding that the world is filled with millions of opportunities. Jack earned a BS in Computer Science from the University of Pennsylvania in 1974, graduating in the first class to receive this newly created degree.
Jack focused his career on niche areas that showcased his technical creativity. Beginning as a mainframe programmer it was only a few years before he joined his first startup and delved into the emerging world of CP/M microcomputers. Writing everything from system BIOS routines thru integrating B-tree routines with a BASIC he licensed, he created financial systems that powered his clients to significant growth.

In 1979, Jack began his entrepreneurial journey by founding his first IT consulting company, Delphic Systems. With no capital, he marketed his PC programming skills to emerging and established firms. Attention to quality, customer service, incredible staff productivity and a knack for identifying skilled talent brought even more business. He grew quickly.

In the early 80's, partnering with AT&T, he formed the first local IT consulting company focusing on the UNIX/C market, Programming & Systems Consultants. He helped create a national software products and consulting company that melded the AT&T brand with his entrepreneurial experience to penetrate accounts throughout the U.S. This company grew substantially and was sold in the mid 90's.

NetEffects was formed in 1995 with Jack as its Founder and President. Working with Fortune 500 firms throughout the United States and various foreign countries NetEffects provides a broad spectrum of niche consulting skills. NetEffects has grown to be one of the largest privately held IT consulting firms in the St. Louis region.

Jack is an active instrument rated private pilot and has been involved with the XPRIZE Foundation since 1998. In 2002 he served as Assistant Flight Director for Erik Lindbergh's 75th anniversary flight across the Atlantic. For the 2004 Ansari XPRIZE, he was the Director of Infrastructure, responsible for all Internet and Webcast technical areas. He gets immeasurable support from his wife Anne and his children Ben and Abby (a recent XPRIZE intern).

Michael Boustridge is CEO, BoKiwi Corp consulting.

He is former President, BT Americas, one of BT Global Services’ four regions. Boustridge joined BT Global Services in April 2007, assuming responsibility for all aspects of BT’s operations and performance in the United States and Canada. He also manages BT Professional Services and BT Global Financial Services globally and has a coordinating role within BT’s Asia Pacific region.

Michael has extensive global experience in the IT services sector, which ideally qualifies him to execute on BT’s vision of growth within the region.

Prior to this appointment, Boustridge was Vice President, Sales and Marketing, at EDS, where he was instrumental in achieving the company’s highest total contract value for new business signings in five years.

A native New Zealander, Boustridge joined EDS in 1996 from Hitachi Data Systems, and worked at IBM earlier in his career. He’s an avid rugby fan and enjoys motorcycle riding in his spare time.

Michael Boustridge

Michael Boustridge is CEO, BoKiwi Corp consulting.

He is former President, BT Americas, one of BT Global Services’ four regions. Boustridge joined BT Global Services in April 2007, assuming responsibility for all aspects of BT’s operations and performance in the United States and Canada. He also manages BT Professional Services and BT Global Financial Services globally and has a coordinating role within BT’s Asia Pacific region.

Michael has extensive global experience in the IT services sector, which ideally qualifies him to execute on BT’s vision of growth within the region.

Prior to this appointment, Boustridge was Vice President, Sales and Marketing, at EDS, where he was instrumental in achieving the company’s highest total contract value for new business signings in five years.

A native New Zealander, Boustridge joined EDS in 1996 from Hitachi Data Systems, and worked at IBM earlier in his career. He’s an avid rugby fan and enjoys motorcycle riding in his spare time.

Born in Kapuskasing, Ontario, Canada, James Cameron grew up in the historic village of Chippawa, near Niagara Falls. In 1971, he moved to Brea, California where he studied physics at Fullerton Junior College while working as a machinist and, later, a truck driver. Cameron quit his trucking job in 1978 and raised money from local dentists to produce a 35mm short film.

The visual effects in this film led to work on Roger Corman's BATTLE BEYOND THE STARS (1980). In 1983, Cameron wrote three scripts: RAMBO: FIRST BLOOD PART 2, ALIENS, and THE TERMINATOR. He directed THE TERMINATOR, starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, in 1984.

Cameron subsequently directed ALIENS (1986), then wrote and directed THE ABYSS (1989). Following that he wrote, produced and directed TERMINATOR 2:JUDGMENT DAY (1991), TRUE LIES (1994), TITANIC (1997), and AVATAR (2009). He also co-wrote and produced POINT BREAK (1991) and STRANGE DAYS (1994), as well as produced SOLARIS (2003).

His films have blazed new trails in visual effects and set numerous performance records both domestically and abroad. AVATAR currently holds both the domestic and worldwide box office records having grossed more than $2.7 billion at the global box office, beating the previous record holder, TITANIC, which held that record for 12 years. Cameron's films have also earned numerous nominations and awards from a variety of organizations, including TITANIC's record-setting 14 Academy Award nominations and 11 Oscars (the most any movie has received), including Cameron's three Oscars for Best Picture, Best Direction and Best Editing. AVATAR won the Golden Globes for Best Director and Best Picture. It was nominated for nine Academy Awards and won three.

Cameron has also been an avid scuba diver since 1969. In 1995, Cameron made 12 manned-submersible dives to the Titanic in preparation for his feature film. The technical success of that expedition fueled his desire to bring the experience of deep ocean exploration to audiences around the world. He turned to documentary filmmaking and formed Earthship Productions to develop films about ocean exploration and conservation.

His team's historic exploration of the inside of Titanic was the subject of Cameron's 3-D Imax film, GHOSTS OF THE ABYSS, which utilized the 3D camera system that he developed with Vince Pace. In May of 2002, Cameron guided his robotic cameras inside the wreck of Bismarck for the Discovery Channel documentary, JAMES CAMERON'S EXPEDITION: BISMARCK.

Cameron's team then made four expeditions to deep hydrothermal vent sites in the Atlantic, Pacific and Sea of Cortez over a two-year period, which became the subject of ALIENS OF THE DEEP, also released in 3D IMAX. Most recently, Cameron has led seven deep ocean expeditions with more than 70 deep submersible dives, including 51 Mir dives to depths up to 16,000 feet.

As an explorer, Cameron has been equally fascinated by outer as well as inner space. He is currently a co-investigator on the Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) Mastcam, which will be the first 3D motion imaging camera to operate on another planet, when it begins its exploration there in 2011. Cameron served on the NASA Advisory Council for three years.

Cameron is also continuing to develop a number of ocean projects, and other environmentally themed documentaries.

James Cameron

Born in Kapuskasing, Ontario, Canada, James Cameron grew up in the historic village of Chippawa, near Niagara Falls. In 1971, he moved to Brea, California where he studied physics at Fullerton Junior College while working as a machinist and, later, a truck driver. Cameron quit his trucking job in 1978 and raised money from local dentists to produce a 35mm short film.

The visual effects in this film led to work on Roger Corman's BATTLE BEYOND THE STARS (1980). In 1983, Cameron wrote three scripts: RAMBO: FIRST BLOOD PART 2, ALIENS, and THE TERMINATOR. He directed THE TERMINATOR, starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, in 1984.

Cameron subsequently directed ALIENS (1986), then wrote and directed THE ABYSS (1989). Following that he wrote, produced and directed TERMINATOR 2:JUDGMENT DAY (1991), TRUE LIES (1994), TITANIC (1997), and AVATAR (2009). He also co-wrote and produced POINT BREAK (1991) and STRANGE DAYS (1994), as well as produced SOLARIS (2003).

His films have blazed new trails in visual effects and set numerous performance records both domestically and abroad. AVATAR currently holds both the domestic and worldwide box office records having grossed more than $2.7 billion at the global box office, beating the previous record holder, TITANIC, which held that record for 12 years. Cameron's films have also earned numerous nominations and awards from a variety of organizations, including TITANIC's record-setting 14 Academy Award nominations and 11 Oscars (the most any movie has received), including Cameron's three Oscars for Best Picture, Best Direction and Best Editing. AVATAR won the Golden Globes for Best Director and Best Picture. It was nominated for nine Academy Awards and won three.

Cameron has also been an avid scuba diver since 1969. In 1995, Cameron made 12 manned-submersible dives to the Titanic in preparation for his feature film. The technical success of that expedition fueled his desire to bring the experience of deep ocean exploration to audiences around the world. He turned to documentary filmmaking and formed Earthship Productions to develop films about ocean exploration and conservation.

His team's historic exploration of the inside of Titanic was the subject of Cameron's 3-D Imax film, GHOSTS OF THE ABYSS, which utilized the 3D camera system that he developed with Vince Pace. In May of 2002, Cameron guided his robotic cameras inside the wreck of Bismarck for the Discovery Channel documentary, JAMES CAMERON'S EXPEDITION: BISMARCK.

Cameron's team then made four expeditions to deep hydrothermal vent sites in the Atlantic, Pacific and Sea of Cortez over a two-year period, which became the subject of ALIENS OF THE DEEP, also released in 3D IMAX. Most recently, Cameron has led seven deep ocean expeditions with more than 70 deep submersible dives, including 51 Mir dives to depths up to 16,000 feet.

As an explorer, Cameron has been equally fascinated by outer as well as inner space. He is currently a co-investigator on the Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) Mastcam, which will be the first 3D motion imaging camera to operate on another planet, when it begins its exploration there in 2011. Cameron served on the NASA Advisory Council for three years.

Cameron is also continuing to develop a number of ocean projects, and other environmentally themed documentaries.

I Prize Creating a World of Abundance

Dr. Peter Diamandis is the Chairman and CEO of XPRIZE, which leads the world in designing and launching large incentive prizes to drive radical breakthroughs for the benefit of humanity. Best known for the $10 million Ansari XPRIZE for private spaceflight and the $10 million Progressive Automotive XPRIZE for 100 mile-per-gallon equivalent cars, XPRIZE is now launching prizes in Exploration, Life Sciences, Energy, and Education.

Diamandis is also an international leader in the commercial space arena, having founded and run many of the leading entrepreneurial companies in this sector including Zero Gravity Corporation, the Rocket Racing League and Space Adventures.

As co-Founder & Chairman of the Singularity University, a Silicon Valley based institution partnered with NASA, Google, Autodesk and Nokia, Diamandis counsels the world’s top enterprises on how to utilize exponential technologies and incentivized innovation to dramatically accelerate their business objectives.

Dr. Diamandis attended the MIT where he received his degrees in molecular genetics and aerospace engineering, as well as Harvard Medical School where he received his M.D. Diamandis’ personal motto is: “The best way to predict the future is to create it yourself!”

Peter H. Diamandis M.D.

I Prize Creating a World of Abundance

Dr. Peter Diamandis is the Chairman and CEO of XPRIZE, which leads the world in designing and launching large incentive prizes to drive radical breakthroughs for the benefit of humanity. Best known for the $10 million Ansari XPRIZE for private spaceflight and the $10 million Progressive Automotive XPRIZE for 100 mile-per-gallon equivalent cars, XPRIZE is now launching prizes in Exploration, Life Sciences, Energy, and Education.

Diamandis is also an international leader in the commercial space arena, having founded and run many of the leading entrepreneurial companies in this sector including Zero Gravity Corporation, the Rocket Racing League and Space Adventures.

As co-Founder & Chairman of the Singularity University, a Silicon Valley based institution partnered with NASA, Google, Autodesk and Nokia, Diamandis counsels the world’s top enterprises on how to utilize exponential technologies and incentivized innovation to dramatically accelerate their business objectives.

Dr. Diamandis attended the MIT where he received his degrees in molecular genetics and aerospace engineering, as well as Harvard Medical School where he received his M.D. Diamandis’ personal motto is: “The best way to predict the future is to create it yourself!”

Chairman & CEO
Chairman & CEO

Gil Elbaz is an accomplished entrepreneur and pioneer of natural language technology. After gaining experience working and consulting at IBM, Sybase, and SGI, Elbaz co-founded Applied Semantics Inc. (ASI) which broke new ground in the realm of natural language technologies. ASI helped to define and build new addressable markets with its AdSense platform and other contextual advertising products. The company formed important partnerships with key players in both internet and content spaces such as Overture (now Yahoo), Verisign, and USA Today, effectively paving the way for markets which are today measured in the billions in annual revenue.

Google acquired ASI in 2003, and first-round investors reaped more than 100x return on their investment. Elbaz was appointed Engineering Director for Google Santa Monica where he focused on building up the local office, and continued to work on AdSense and other products. AdSense helped establish Google's place as a leader in the field of online advertising and in 2005, Elbaz was presented with the prestigious Founders' Award. Since leaving in 2007, true to his entrepreneurial bent, Elbaz has founded a new company whose technology will soon be revealed.

In 1991, he earned his bachelor's degree from California Institute of Technology with a double major in Engineering & Applied Science and Economics, and in 2008, Elbaz was very honored to be named Young Alumni Trustee to the Caltech Board of Trustees.

Active in a number of non-profit areas, Elbaz sits on the board of trustees for the XPRIZE Foundation. He and his wife Elyssa manage the Elbaz Family Foundation, which supports environmental and educational causes, and are involved in Los Angeles Social Ventures Partners. Committed to the open information arena, Elbaz supports organizations such as public.resource.org, and is president and founder of the CommonCrawl Foundation, dedicated to helping democratize access to web information.

Gil Elbaz

Gil Elbaz is an accomplished entrepreneur and pioneer of natural language technology. After gaining experience working and consulting at IBM, Sybase, and SGI, Elbaz co-founded Applied Semantics Inc. (ASI) which broke new ground in the realm of natural language technologies. ASI helped to define and build new addressable markets with its AdSense platform and other contextual advertising products. The company formed important partnerships with key players in both internet and content spaces such as Overture (now Yahoo), Verisign, and USA Today, effectively paving the way for markets which are today measured in the billions in annual revenue.

Google acquired ASI in 2003, and first-round investors reaped more than 100x return on their investment. Elbaz was appointed Engineering Director for Google Santa Monica where he focused on building up the local office, and continued to work on AdSense and other products. AdSense helped establish Google's place as a leader in the field of online advertising and in 2005, Elbaz was presented with the prestigious Founders' Award. Since leaving in 2007, true to his entrepreneurial bent, Elbaz has founded a new company whose technology will soon be revealed.

In 1991, he earned his bachelor's degree from California Institute of Technology with a double major in Engineering & Applied Science and Economics, and in 2008, Elbaz was very honored to be named Young Alumni Trustee to the Caltech Board of Trustees.

Active in a number of non-profit areas, Elbaz sits on the board of trustees for the XPRIZE Foundation. He and his wife Elyssa manage the Elbaz Family Foundation, which supports environmental and educational causes, and are involved in Los Angeles Social Ventures Partners. Committed to the open information arena, Elbaz supports organizations such as public.resource.org, and is president and founder of the CommonCrawl Foundation, dedicated to helping democratize access to web information.

Dr. Eric Esrailian is the Co-Chief of the Division of Digestive Diseases at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. This Division is among the most historic and influential of any such Divisions in the world, and he collaborates with colleagues to oversee the development and growth of its clinical, educational, and research programs. He is also closely involved in growth strategy and strategic planning efforts for the UCLA Health System and the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA.

He attended the University of California at Berkeley and graduated with a major in Integrative Biology and a minor in English. He subsequently graduated from the Loma Linda University School of Medicine and completed a residency in internal medicine at the University of Southern California.

Dr. Esrailian completed his gastroenterology fellowship at UCLA where he also obtained a Masters of Public Health degree with the assistance of an NIH sponsored training grant. He is also a graduate of the Executive Program in Management from the UCLA Anderson School of Management. Dr. Esrailian served on the Medical Board of California from 2010-2011 after being appointed by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. In addition to other scholarly work, he edited and authored Gut Instincts: A Clinician's Handbook of Digestive and Liver Diseases. In addition to disease areas within gastroenterology and internal medicine, Dr. Esrailian has a particular interest in the development of biomedical innovations, value in health care, medical education, and initiatives towards patient-centered care.

He works to facilitate community engagement with a number of schools and departments within the UCLA campus and its Los Angeles community partners. Dr. Esrailian is also on the Board of Directors for the Fulfillment Fund and the Hammer Museum, and he is on the Chairman’s Council for the Motion Picture & Television Fund.

Eric Esrailian, MD, MPH

Dr. Eric Esrailian is the Co-Chief of the Division of Digestive Diseases at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. This Division is among the most historic and influential of any such Divisions in the world, and he collaborates with colleagues to oversee the development and growth of its clinical, educational, and research programs. He is also closely involved in growth strategy and strategic planning efforts for the UCLA Health System and the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA.

He attended the University of California at Berkeley and graduated with a major in Integrative Biology and a minor in English. He subsequently graduated from the Loma Linda University School of Medicine and completed a residency in internal medicine at the University of Southern California.

Dr. Esrailian completed his gastroenterology fellowship at UCLA where he also obtained a Masters of Public Health degree with the assistance of an NIH sponsored training grant. He is also a graduate of the Executive Program in Management from the UCLA Anderson School of Management. Dr. Esrailian served on the Medical Board of California from 2010-2011 after being appointed by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. In addition to other scholarly work, he edited and authored Gut Instincts: A Clinician's Handbook of Digestive and Liver Diseases. In addition to disease areas within gastroenterology and internal medicine, Dr. Esrailian has a particular interest in the development of biomedical innovations, value in health care, medical education, and initiatives towards patient-centered care.

He works to facilitate community engagement with a number of schools and departments within the UCLA campus and its Los Angeles community partners. Dr. Esrailian is also on the Board of Directors for the Fulfillment Fund and the Hammer Museum, and he is on the Chairman’s Council for the Motion Picture & Television Fund.

Richard Garriott de Cayeux published his first computer game in 1980, making him, author of the best-selling Ultima series, including Ultima Online, the first major commercial success in the online games market, a true veteran of the computer gaming industry. Throughout his career, Richard has received extensive praise and numerous awards including Computer Gaming World's "15 Most Influential Industry Players," Next Generation's "America's Elite," PC Gamer's "Game Gods," PC Games' "Designer of the Year" and "Entrepreneur of the Year." In an industry that now rivals the movie industry in popularity, Richard Garriott de Cayeux is one of the few well-known "stars."

In 1983, the Garriotts'- including Richard and his brother, Robert -established Origin Systems™, Inc. The company, based in Austin, Texas, is recognized as one of the innovation leaders in the ever-changing world of entertainment software. In 1992, Origin merged with Electronic Arts™, a global leader in the entertainment software industry.

"Lord British™" is a trademark of Richard's, and the pseudonym under which Richard created the Ultima series. Lord British also appeared as a principal character in the storyline. The Ultima saga transpires in the realm of Britannia, and he was the benevolent ruler of this oft-beleaguered land. Spanning two decades, the Ultima series is one of the longest and most successful series in the history of entertainment software - selling millions of copies and winning innumerable awards throughout the world. In 1997, the Ultima series ventured into the realm of the Internet with the release of the technologically groundbreaking title, Ultima Online.

Richard "retired" from Origin/EA last April and formed Destination Games with his brother Robert. In May of 2001, Destination Games became part of NCsoft, a Korean company that is the world's leading publisher of online-subscription based games. Richard has one of the largest fan bases that follow his work closely and are eager to hear of his next game.

Mr. Garriott de Cayeux is the Vice Chairman of Space Adventures, Ltd., the leading space travel company.

Richard Garriott de Cayeux

Richard Garriott de Cayeux published his first computer game in 1980, making him, author of the best-selling Ultima series, including Ultima Online, the first major commercial success in the online games market, a true veteran of the computer gaming industry. Throughout his career, Richard has received extensive praise and numerous awards including Computer Gaming World's "15 Most Influential Industry Players," Next Generation's "America's Elite," PC Gamer's "Game Gods," PC Games' "Designer of the Year" and "Entrepreneur of the Year." In an industry that now rivals the movie industry in popularity, Richard Garriott de Cayeux is one of the few well-known "stars."

In 1983, the Garriotts'- including Richard and his brother, Robert -established Origin Systems™, Inc. The company, based in Austin, Texas, is recognized as one of the innovation leaders in the ever-changing world of entertainment software. In 1992, Origin merged with Electronic Arts™, a global leader in the entertainment software industry.

"Lord British™" is a trademark of Richard's, and the pseudonym under which Richard created the Ultima series. Lord British also appeared as a principal character in the storyline. The Ultima saga transpires in the realm of Britannia, and he was the benevolent ruler of this oft-beleaguered land. Spanning two decades, the Ultima series is one of the longest and most successful series in the history of entertainment software - selling millions of copies and winning innumerable awards throughout the world. In 1997, the Ultima series ventured into the realm of the Internet with the release of the technologically groundbreaking title, Ultima Online.

Richard "retired" from Origin/EA last April and formed Destination Games with his brother Robert. In May of 2001, Destination Games became part of NCsoft, a Korean company that is the world's leading publisher of online-subscription based games. Richard has one of the largest fan bases that follow his work closely and are eager to hear of his next game.

Mr. Garriott de Cayeux is the Vice Chairman of Space Adventures, Ltd., the leading space travel company.

As a co-founder and CEO of 2020, Paresh is responsible for the strategic direction and financial strength of the company. He brings years of hands-on management experience from successfully developing and operating business concerns. With expertise in management strategy and vision, Paresh has spent his career building organizations from the ground up. Prior to 2020, Paresh was an investor and operations director at a boutique consulting firm in Chicago, where he directed all corporate engineering and operations efforts in addition to being responsible for the definition of service positioning and marketing. He built the organization from the ground up, growing the company to 55 consultants within the company’s first year. The firm was then acquired by a publicly traded Fortune 500 company. Earlier in his career, Paresh was a senior network analyst at Zurich Insurance, where he was responsible for network design, product evaluation, implementation and operation.

Paresh Ghelani

As a co-founder and CEO of 2020, Paresh is responsible for the strategic direction and financial strength of the company. He brings years of hands-on management experience from successfully developing and operating business concerns. With expertise in management strategy and vision, Paresh has spent his career building organizations from the ground up. Prior to 2020, Paresh was an investor and operations director at a boutique consulting firm in Chicago, where he directed all corporate engineering and operations efforts in addition to being responsible for the definition of service positioning and marketing. He built the organization from the ground up, growing the company to 55 consultants within the company’s first year. The firm was then acquired by a publicly traded Fortune 500 company. Earlier in his career, Paresh was a senior network analyst at Zurich Insurance, where he was responsible for network design, product evaluation, implementation and operation.

James N. (Jim) Gianopulos is chairman and chief executive officer of Fox Filmed Entertainment. Along with Tom Rothman, Jim manages all feature film and television production and marketing, global distribution through all windows and platforms spanning the theatrical, broadcast, cable, home entertainment, digital and mobile markets. He is considered a leading strategist in the film and media industry.

During Jim’s tenure, the studio has released a broad range of successful films including “Taken,” “Marley & Me,” “Night at the Museum,” “The Devil Wears Prada,” “Mr. and Mrs. Smith,” “Walk the Line,” “the Star Wars Trilogy,” “Live Free or Die Hard,” “Master and Commander,” “Minority Report” and “Moulin Rouge.” The studio’s digital animation division Blue Sky Studios produced the classic “Ice Age” series, Dr. Seuss’ “Horton Hears a Who” and “Robots.” Fox Searchlight Pictures has produced critically acclaimed films such as “Slumdog Millionaire,” “The Wrestler,” and “Juno.”

Prior to his current post, Jim was President of Twentieth Century Fox International where he simultaneously releasing four of the five top grossing pictures of all-time internationally: “Titanic,” “Star Wars,” “Independence Day” and “Star Wars: Episode 1 – The Phantom Menace.” Jim also held senior management positions at Paramount and Columbia Pictures following a distinguished career as an entertainment lawyer.

He is a governor of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, a member of the Board of the Motion Picture & Television Fund, and a trustee of the American Film Institute. He also serves on the National Entertainment Advisory Council for the Anti-Defamation League and The Brady Center. He has served on Honorary Committees for The Fulfillment Fund, The City of Hope and the Multiple Sclerosis Society for which he was the 2001 honoree, The Help Group, which honored him with its Humanitarian Award in 2005 and the Alliance for Lupus Research. On April 2, Jim was honored for his service at the MLA (Mentor Los Angeles) Partner Schools Promise Gala.

James N. Gianopulos

James N. (Jim) Gianopulos is chairman and chief executive officer of Fox Filmed Entertainment. Along with Tom Rothman, Jim manages all feature film and television production and marketing, global distribution through all windows and platforms spanning the theatrical, broadcast, cable, home entertainment, digital and mobile markets. He is considered a leading strategist in the film and media industry.

During Jim’s tenure, the studio has released a broad range of successful films including “Taken,” “Marley & Me,” “Night at the Museum,” “The Devil Wears Prada,” “Mr. and Mrs. Smith,” “Walk the Line,” “the Star Wars Trilogy,” “Live Free or Die Hard,” “Master and Commander,” “Minority Report” and “Moulin Rouge.” The studio’s digital animation division Blue Sky Studios produced the classic “Ice Age” series, Dr. Seuss’ “Horton Hears a Who” and “Robots.” Fox Searchlight Pictures has produced critically acclaimed films such as “Slumdog Millionaire,” “The Wrestler,” and “Juno.”

Prior to his current post, Jim was President of Twentieth Century Fox International where he simultaneously releasing four of the five top grossing pictures of all-time internationally: “Titanic,” “Star Wars,” “Independence Day” and “Star Wars: Episode 1 – The Phantom Menace.” Jim also held senior management positions at Paramount and Columbia Pictures following a distinguished career as an entertainment lawyer.

He is a governor of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, a member of the Board of the Motion Picture & Television Fund, and a trustee of the American Film Institute. He also serves on the National Entertainment Advisory Council for the Anti-Defamation League and The Brady Center. He has served on Honorary Committees for The Fulfillment Fund, The City of Hope and the Multiple Sclerosis Society for which he was the 2001 honoree, The Help Group, which honored him with its Humanitarian Award in 2005 and the Alliance for Lupus Research. On April 2, Jim was honored for his service at the MLA (Mentor Los Angeles) Partner Schools Promise Gala.

Jack Hidary built his career as an entrepreneur in the finance and technology sectors and is currently focused on clean energy technology and policy. He co-founded Vista Research in 2001 as an independent financial research company serving institutional investors. Jack sold Vista to the Standard & Poor's division of McGraw-Hill in April of 2005.

In 1995, he co-founded and served as President and CEO of EarthWeb/Dice. He raised three private rounds of equity and completed a record breaking IPO. Under his leadership, EarthWeb/Dice earned the prestigious Business Week Info Tech 100 award as the third fastest growing IT Company. Dice.com is currently traded on the NYSE under ticker DHX.

Committed to community and philanthropic causes, Jack has received several industry and community awards as well as being recognized as a Global Leader of Tomorrow at the World Economic Forum, Davos. He is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Clinton Global Initiative.

Jack has been particularly involved in issues of energy and transportation. He is Chairman and Co-Founder of the Freedom Prize Foundation, which provides monetary prizes to cities, schools and other entities that can most reduce their petroleum use. The Freedom Prizes were mandated by Congress in the Energy Policy Act of 2005 (Title X: 1008).

In New York City, he was a leading proponent of switching over the taxi fleet to high mileage hybrids. Jack serves as Chairman of SmartTransportation.org, a non-profit dedicated to promoting clean energy and transportation policy in the US.

Jack studied philosophy and neuroscience at Columbia University and was then awarded a Stanley Fellowship in Clinical Neuroscience at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Under the fellowship, he conducted research in functional neuroimaging using techniques such as positron emission tomography (PET) and functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI) to study brain and disease states.

Jack serves on several boards including BT Global Services and Trickle Up. A frequent keynote speaker, he has presented at venues including the business schools of Yale and Columbia.

Jack Hidary

Jack Hidary built his career as an entrepreneur in the finance and technology sectors and is currently focused on clean energy technology and policy. He co-founded Vista Research in 2001 as an independent financial research company serving institutional investors. Jack sold Vista to the Standard & Poor's division of McGraw-Hill in April of 2005.

In 1995, he co-founded and served as President and CEO of EarthWeb/Dice. He raised three private rounds of equity and completed a record breaking IPO. Under his leadership, EarthWeb/Dice earned the prestigious Business Week Info Tech 100 award as the third fastest growing IT Company. Dice.com is currently traded on the NYSE under ticker DHX.

Committed to community and philanthropic causes, Jack has received several industry and community awards as well as being recognized as a Global Leader of Tomorrow at the World Economic Forum, Davos. He is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Clinton Global Initiative.

Jack has been particularly involved in issues of energy and transportation. He is Chairman and Co-Founder of the Freedom Prize Foundation, which provides monetary prizes to cities, schools and other entities that can most reduce their petroleum use. The Freedom Prizes were mandated by Congress in the Energy Policy Act of 2005 (Title X: 1008).

In New York City, he was a leading proponent of switching over the taxi fleet to high mileage hybrids. Jack serves as Chairman of SmartTransportation.org, a non-profit dedicated to promoting clean energy and transportation policy in the US.

Jack studied philosophy and neuroscience at Columbia University and was then awarded a Stanley Fellowship in Clinical Neuroscience at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Under the fellowship, he conducted research in functional neuroimaging using techniques such as positron emission tomography (PET) and functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI) to study brain and disease states.

Jack serves on several boards including BT Global Services and Trickle Up. A frequent keynote speaker, he has presented at venues including the business schools of Yale and Columbia.

Eric Hirshberg is the CEO of Activision Publishing, Inc. On Eric’s watch, Activision has delivered the biggest launch in entertainment history with the Call of Duty franchise – three years in a row. Skylanders, developed and launched under Eric’s leadership, was the most successful new IP in the industry in over a decade. Before leading Activision, Eric built and led the world-renowned advertising agency Deutsch LA, where he served as CEO/Chief Creative Officer. He built the agency from just 10 employees into a national powerhouse with clients such as Volkswagen, Sony PlayStation, DirecTV, HTC, Dr. Pepper and Snapple. Eric was named Creative Leader of the Year by the Advertising Agency Association in 2002 and 2006, and was inducted into the American Advertising Federation’s Hall of Achievement in 2007. In 2012, Eric was named one of the ten most influential people in marketing by Advertising Age and one of the 50 most creative people in business by Creativity Magazine.

Eric Hirshberg

Eric Hirshberg is the CEO of Activision Publishing, Inc. On Eric’s watch, Activision has delivered the biggest launch in entertainment history with the Call of Duty franchise – three years in a row. Skylanders, developed and launched under Eric’s leadership, was the most successful new IP in the industry in over a decade. Before leading Activision, Eric built and led the world-renowned advertising agency Deutsch LA, where he served as CEO/Chief Creative Officer. He built the agency from just 10 employees into a national powerhouse with clients such as Volkswagen, Sony PlayStation, DirecTV, HTC, Dr. Pepper and Snapple. Eric was named Creative Leader of the Year by the Advertising Agency Association in 2002 and 2006, and was inducted into the American Advertising Federation’s Hall of Achievement in 2007. In 2012, Eric was named one of the ten most influential people in marketing by Advertising Age and one of the 50 most creative people in business by Creativity Magazine.

Arianna Huffington is the president and editor-in-chief of the Huffington Post Media Group, a nationally syndicated columnist, and author of thirteen books. She is also co-host of "Left, Right & Center," public radio's popular political roundtable program, and is a frequent guest on television shows such as Charlie Rose, Real Time with Bill Maher, Larry King Live, Countdown with Keith Olbermann and The Rachel Maddow Show.

In May 2005, she launched The Huffington Post, a news and blog site that has quickly become one of the most widely-read, linked to, and frequently-cited media brands on the Internet.

In 2006, she was named to the Time 100, Time Magazine's list of the world's 100 most influential people.

In 2008, she was named Media Person of the Year by I Want Media, and wrote the introduction to The Huffington Post Complete Guide to Blogging.

Originally from Greece, Ms. Huffington moved to England when she was 16 and graduated from Cambridge University with an M.A. in economics. At 21, she became president of the famed debating society, the Cambridge Union.

Arianna Huffington

Arianna Huffington is the president and editor-in-chief of the Huffington Post Media Group, a nationally syndicated columnist, and author of thirteen books. She is also co-host of "Left, Right & Center," public radio's popular political roundtable program, and is a frequent guest on television shows such as Charlie Rose, Real Time with Bill Maher, Larry King Live, Countdown with Keith Olbermann and The Rachel Maddow Show.

In May 2005, she launched The Huffington Post, a news and blog site that has quickly become one of the most widely-read, linked to, and frequently-cited media brands on the Internet.

In 2006, she was named to the Time 100, Time Magazine's list of the world's 100 most influential people.

In 2008, she was named Media Person of the Year by I Want Media, and wrote the introduction to The Huffington Post Complete Guide to Blogging.

Originally from Greece, Ms. Huffington moved to England when she was 16 and graduated from Cambridge University with an M.A. in economics. At 21, she became president of the famed debating society, the Cambridge Union.

Naveen Jain is a philanthropist, entrepreneur and a technology pioneer. He is a founder and CEO of Intelius, a company that empowers more than 15 million consumers with information to make intelligent decisions about personal safety and security. Prior to Intelius, Jain founded InfoSpace, a successful dotcom company and innovative developer of mobile software and application services. Jain took the company public in 1998 on the NASDAQ and served as CEO until December 2002. Before starting InfoSpace, Jain was a senior executive at Microsoft Corporation.

Naveen Jain is Co-Chairman of Education and Global Development at the XPRIZE Foundation where he is focused on finding entrepreneurial solutions to address the global challenges in education, poverty, agriculture, health, and clean water. Naveen is currently focused on finding ways to use advances in science to solve problems that, on the surface, look like infrastructure problems. He is exploring a challenge to develop “Digital Doctor,” an AI-based expert system that aims to improve access to primary care physicians around the world. He is determined to find ways to use neuro-plasticity to create better learners and develop neuroscience-based multi-sensory video games that are effective and additive for teaching students skills like math, science and history.

Naveen Jain is a trustee of the board of Singularity University, an interdisciplinary university whose mission is to educate and inspire leaders to address humanity’s grand challenges through innovative technologies and also a member of Pacific Council on International Policy.

Naveen Jain has been awarded many honors for his entrepreneurial successes and leadership skills including “Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year”, “Albert Einstein Technology Medal” for pioneers in technology, “Top 20 Entrepreneurs” by Red Herring, “Six People Who Will Change the Internet” by Information Week. His success with Intelius has earned such accolades as “Best New Company” by the American Business Awards, Puget Sound Business Journal’s “One of Washington’s Top Three Best Workplaces”, “Rising Star” in Deloitte & Touche’s Technology Fast 500 Program, “America’s Top 500 Fastest-Growing Private Companies” by Inc. Magazine and has been listed amongst the top 15 Corporate Philanthropists in the community. Most recently, Red Herring presented him with a “Lifetime Achievement Award” for his continued leadership in the technology industry and his support of other entrepreneurs.

Naveen Jain and his family are actively engaged in many philanthropic activities and have generously contributed to an assortment of organizations dedicated to innovation, entrepreneurship, and education. Many organizations have benefitted from their charitable activities including; The XPRIZE Foundation, The The Intrepid Museum, United Way of King County, Seattle Children’s Hospital, HopeLink, Bellevue LifeSpring, Treehouse for Kids, Boys and Girls Club, America India Foundation, Vedic Cultural Center, Seattle Art Museum, Children Rights & You and the University of Washington.

"The XPRIZE Foundation is a unique group of thought leaders who personally get involved and contribute to solving the largest challenges in the world. I find that working alongside these various experts, and funding XPRIZEs inspires creative innovation and rewards these bigger bets of exponential breakthroughs that are stifled in some vertical industries today. Just imagine that anyone has a chance to take their idea and prove their concept in an XPRIZE and change the world as we know it. This is entrepreneurship open to all scientists, college kids, graduates, PhD’s who have amazing ideas and need funding to realize these dreams." - Naveen Jain

Naveen Jain

Naveen Jain is a philanthropist, entrepreneur and a technology pioneer. He is a founder and CEO of Intelius, a company that empowers more than 15 million consumers with information to make intelligent decisions about personal safety and security. Prior to Intelius, Jain founded InfoSpace, a successful dotcom company and innovative developer of mobile software and application services. Jain took the company public in 1998 on the NASDAQ and served as CEO until December 2002. Before starting InfoSpace, Jain was a senior executive at Microsoft Corporation.

Naveen Jain is Co-Chairman of Education and Global Development at the XPRIZE Foundation where he is focused on finding entrepreneurial solutions to address the global challenges in education, poverty, agriculture, health, and clean water. Naveen is currently focused on finding ways to use advances in science to solve problems that, on the surface, look like infrastructure problems. He is exploring a challenge to develop “Digital Doctor,” an AI-based expert system that aims to improve access to primary care physicians around the world. He is determined to find ways to use neuro-plasticity to create better learners and develop neuroscience-based multi-sensory video games that are effective and additive for teaching students skills like math, science and history.

Naveen Jain is a trustee of the board of Singularity University, an interdisciplinary university whose mission is to educate and inspire leaders to address humanity’s grand challenges through innovative technologies and also a member of Pacific Council on International Policy.

Naveen Jain has been awarded many honors for his entrepreneurial successes and leadership skills including “Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year”, “Albert Einstein Technology Medal” for pioneers in technology, “Top 20 Entrepreneurs” by Red Herring, “Six People Who Will Change the Internet” by Information Week. His success with Intelius has earned such accolades as “Best New Company” by the American Business Awards, Puget Sound Business Journal’s “One of Washington’s Top Three Best Workplaces”, “Rising Star” in Deloitte & Touche’s Technology Fast 500 Program, “America’s Top 500 Fastest-Growing Private Companies” by Inc. Magazine and has been listed amongst the top 15 Corporate Philanthropists in the community. Most recently, Red Herring presented him with a “Lifetime Achievement Award” for his continued leadership in the technology industry and his support of other entrepreneurs.

Naveen Jain and his family are actively engaged in many philanthropic activities and have generously contributed to an assortment of organizations dedicated to innovation, entrepreneurship, and education. Many organizations have benefitted from their charitable activities including; The XPRIZE Foundation, The The Intrepid Museum, United Way of King County, Seattle Children’s Hospital, HopeLink, Bellevue LifeSpring, Treehouse for Kids, Boys and Girls Club, America India Foundation, Vedic Cultural Center, Seattle Art Museum, Children Rights & You and the University of Washington.

"The XPRIZE Foundation is a unique group of thought leaders who personally get involved and contribute to solving the largest challenges in the world. I find that working alongside these various experts, and funding XPRIZEs inspires creative innovation and rewards these bigger bets of exponential breakthroughs that are stifled in some vertical industries today. Just imagine that anyone has a chance to take their idea and prove their concept in an XPRIZE and change the world as we know it. This is entrepreneurship open to all scientists, college kids, graduates, PhD’s who have amazing ideas and need funding to realize these dreams." - Naveen Jain

Dean Kamen is an inventor, entrepreneur, and a tireless advocate for science and technology. He is the founder of DEKA Research & Development Corporation, where he develops internally generated inventions and provides research and development for major corporate clients. He holds more than 440 U.S. and foreign patents for innovative devices that have expanded the frontiers of health care worldwide. Some of his notable inventions include the first wearable insulin pump for diabetics, the HomeChoice™ portable peritoneal dialysis machine, the INDEPENDENCE® IBOT® Mobility System, and the Segway® Human Transporter.

Among Mr. Kamen's proudest accomplishments is founding FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology), an organization dedicated to motivating the next generation to understand, use, and enjoy science and technology.

Mr. Kamen was awarded the National Medal of Technology in 2000, the Lemelson-MIT PRIZE in 2002, and was inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame in May 2005.

Dean Kamen

Dean Kamen is an inventor, entrepreneur, and a tireless advocate for science and technology. He is the founder of DEKA Research & Development Corporation, where he develops internally generated inventions and provides research and development for major corporate clients. He holds more than 440 U.S. and foreign patents for innovative devices that have expanded the frontiers of health care worldwide. Some of his notable inventions include the first wearable insulin pump for diabetics, the HomeChoice™ portable peritoneal dialysis machine, the INDEPENDENCE® IBOT® Mobility System, and the Segway® Human Transporter.

Among Mr. Kamen's proudest accomplishments is founding FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology), an organization dedicated to motivating the next generation to understand, use, and enjoy science and technology.

Mr. Kamen was awarded the National Medal of Technology in 2000, the Lemelson-MIT PRIZE in 2002, and was inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame in May 2005.

Ray Kurzweil has been described as "the restless genius" by the Wall Street Journal, and "the ultimate thinking machine" by Forbes. Inc. magazine ranked him #8 among entrepreneurs in the United States, calling him the "rightful heir to Thomas Edison," and PBS included Ray as one of 16 "revolutionaries who made America," along with other inventors of the past two centuries.

As one of the leading inventors of our time, Ray was the principal developer of the first CCD flat-bed scanner, the first omni-font optical character recognition, the first print-to-speech reading machine for the blind, the first text-to-speech synthesizer, the first music synthesizer capable of recreating the grand piano and other orchestral instruments, and the first commercially marketed large-vocabulary speech recognition. Ray's web site Kurzweil AI.net has over one million readers.

Among Ray's many honors, he is the recipient of the $500,000 MIT-Lemelson Prize, the world's largest for innovation. In 1999, he received the National Medal of Technology, the nation's highest honor in technology, from President Clinton in a White House ceremony. And in 2002, he was inducted into the National Inventor's Hall of Fame, established by the US Patent Office.

He has received thirteen honorary Doctorates and honors from three U.S. presidents.

Ray has written five books, four of which have been national best sellers. The Age of Spiritual Machines has been translated into 9 languages and was the #1 best selling book on Amazon in science. Ray's latest book, The Singularity is Near, was a New York Times best seller, and has been the #1 book on Amazon in both science and philosophy.

Ray Kurzweil

Ray Kurzweil has been described as "the restless genius" by the Wall Street Journal, and "the ultimate thinking machine" by Forbes. Inc. magazine ranked him #8 among entrepreneurs in the United States, calling him the "rightful heir to Thomas Edison," and PBS included Ray as one of 16 "revolutionaries who made America," along with other inventors of the past two centuries.

As one of the leading inventors of our time, Ray was the principal developer of the first CCD flat-bed scanner, the first omni-font optical character recognition, the first print-to-speech reading machine for the blind, the first text-to-speech synthesizer, the first music synthesizer capable of recreating the grand piano and other orchestral instruments, and the first commercially marketed large-vocabulary speech recognition. Ray's web site Kurzweil AI.net has over one million readers.

Among Ray's many honors, he is the recipient of the $500,000 MIT-Lemelson Prize, the world's largest for innovation. In 1999, he received the National Medal of Technology, the nation's highest honor in technology, from President Clinton in a White House ceremony. And in 2002, he was inducted into the National Inventor's Hall of Fame, established by the US Patent Office.

He has received thirteen honorary Doctorates and honors from three U.S. presidents.

Ray has written five books, four of which have been national best sellers. The Age of Spiritual Machines has been translated into 9 languages and was the #1 best selling book on Amazon in science. Ray's latest book, The Singularity is Near, was a New York Times best seller, and has been the #1 book on Amazon in both science and philosophy.

Gregg Maryniak is the Director of the James S. McDonnell Planetarium, the Vice President for Energy and Aerospace of the Saint Louis Science Center and the Corporate Secretary and Chairman of the Executive Committee of the Board of XPRIZE.

Maryniak is a member of the faculty of the International Space University. The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics named him a Distinguished Lecturer for his presentation, "The Harvest of Space." He was awarded Russia’s Tsiolkovsky Medal for his work on the use of the resources of free space. He received the Space Frontier Foundation’s Vision to Reality Award for his role in creating the Lunar Prospector Mission launched in 1998.

An instrument-rated commercial pilot with more than 30 years of flight experience, Maryniak was the Flight Director for Erik Lindbergh’s New Spirit of St. Louis flights in 2002. In 2006 he was the recipient of the St. Louis Flight Instructors Association’s James Byrnes Aviation Excellence Award. He serves as the Vice Chairman of the Lindbergh Foundation.

Gregg E. Maryniak

Gregg Maryniak is the Director of the James S. McDonnell Planetarium, the Vice President for Energy and Aerospace of the Saint Louis Science Center and the Corporate Secretary and Chairman of the Executive Committee of the Board of XPRIZE.

Maryniak is a member of the faculty of the International Space University. The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics named him a Distinguished Lecturer for his presentation, "The Harvest of Space." He was awarded Russia’s Tsiolkovsky Medal for his work on the use of the resources of free space. He received the Space Frontier Foundation’s Vision to Reality Award for his role in creating the Lunar Prospector Mission launched in 1998.

An instrument-rated commercial pilot with more than 30 years of flight experience, Maryniak was the Flight Director for Erik Lindbergh’s New Spirit of St. Louis flights in 2002. In 2006 he was the recipient of the St. Louis Flight Instructors Association’s James Byrnes Aviation Excellence Award. He serves as the Vice Chairman of the Lindbergh Foundation.

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Rob McEwen followed his father into the investment industry and developed a passion for gold. In 1990, Rob jumped into the mining industry, where he transformed Goldcorp from a collection of small companies into a mining powerhouse. From 1993, when Rob started restructuring Goldcorp to the time he stepped down in 2006, Goldcorp's market capitalization had grown from US$50 million to $8.5 billion and its share price had increased at a 31% compound annual growth rate.

Rob McEwen is currently the Chief Owner, CEO and largest shareholder of McEwen Mining Inc.

In 2007, Rob was appointed to the Order of Canada, the country's highest civilian honour.

Rob McEwen

Rob McEwen followed his father into the investment industry and developed a passion for gold. In 1990, Rob jumped into the mining industry, where he transformed Goldcorp from a collection of small companies into a mining powerhouse. From 1993, when Rob started restructuring Goldcorp to the time he stepped down in 2006, Goldcorp's market capitalization had grown from US$50 million to $8.5 billion and its share price had increased at a 31% compound annual growth rate.

Rob McEwen is currently the Chief Owner, CEO and largest shareholder of McEwen Mining Inc.

In 2007, Rob was appointed to the Order of Canada, the country's highest civilian honour.

Diane Murphy is President of Aquarius Group, a multi-disciplinary public relations/public affairs firm, with principals in Los Angeles, Washington, DC, Santa Fe, and Paris. The firm specializes in supporting business initiatives through targeted marketing, communications campaigns, political advocacy, and event management. Murphy has also served as Vice President of Marketing/Communications at SpaceX, the leading player in the next generation of spaceflight; EADS North America, the world’s second largest aerospace and defense company, and Northrop Grumman Corporation, America's second largest defense company, where she led communications for their Space Technology Sector. Murphy has worked with the XPRIZE Foundation since its inception, and has also supported the Foundation as Executive Vice President for Marketing/Communications and Public Affairs.

Murphy began her career in the US House of Representatives as a press secretary to the Republican Leader and subsequently joined the political consulting firm of Smith and Harroff, where she managed political advertising and communications for more than 30 political campaigns, including those of Senator John McCain, Governor John Sununu, Senator (later Secretary of Defense) Bill Cohen, and Representatives Olympia Snowe and numerous initiatives and campaigns in the areas of defense and energy.

Murphy is a graduate of Georgetown University School of Foreign Service and in addition to the XPRIZE Foundation serves as a trustee of the Washington Space Business Roundtable, Youth Service America, and the Dashew International Center for Students and Scholars at UCLA. She resides in Manhattan Beach, California.

Diane Murphy

Diane Murphy is President of Aquarius Group, a multi-disciplinary public relations/public affairs firm, with principals in Los Angeles, Washington, DC, Santa Fe, and Paris. The firm specializes in supporting business initiatives through targeted marketing, communications campaigns, political advocacy, and event management. Murphy has also served as Vice President of Marketing/Communications at SpaceX, the leading player in the next generation of spaceflight; EADS North America, the world’s second largest aerospace and defense company, and Northrop Grumman Corporation, America's second largest defense company, where she led communications for their Space Technology Sector. Murphy has worked with the XPRIZE Foundation since its inception, and has also supported the Foundation as Executive Vice President for Marketing/Communications and Public Affairs.

Murphy began her career in the US House of Representatives as a press secretary to the Republican Leader and subsequently joined the political consulting firm of Smith and Harroff, where she managed political advertising and communications for more than 30 political campaigns, including those of Senator John McCain, Governor John Sununu, Senator (later Secretary of Defense) Bill Cohen, and Representatives Olympia Snowe and numerous initiatives and campaigns in the areas of defense and energy.

Murphy is a graduate of Georgetown University School of Foreign Service and in addition to the XPRIZE Foundation serves as a trustee of the Washington Space Business Roundtable, Youth Service America, and the Dashew International Center for Students and Scholars at UCLA. She resides in Manhattan Beach, California.

Elon is the CEO & Chief Technology Officer of Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) which is developing a family of launch vehicles intended to reduce the cost and increase the reliability of access to space ultimately by a factor of ten. The company officially began operations in June 2002 and is located in the heart of the aerospace industry in Southern California.

SpaceX is the third company founded by Mr. Musk. Prior to SpaceX, he co-founded PayPal, the world's leading electronic payment system, and served as the company's chairman and CEO. PayPal has over twenty million customers in 38 countries, processes several billion dollars per year and went public on the NASDAQ under PYPL in early 2002. Mr. Musk was the largest shareholder of PayPal until the company was acquired by eBay for $1.5 billion in October 2002.

Before PayPal, Mr. Musk co-founded Zip2 Corporation in 1995, a leading provider of enterprise software and services to the media industry, with investments from The New York Times Company, Knight-Ridder, MDV, Softbank and the Hearst Corporation. He served as Chairman, CEO and Chief Technology Officer and in March 1999 sold Zip2 to Compaq for $307 million in an all cash transaction.

Mr. Musk's early experience extends across a spectrum of advanced technology industries, from high energy density ultra-capacitors at Pinnacle Research to software development at Rocket Science and Microsoft. He has a physics degree from the University of Pennsylvania, a business degree from Wharton and originally came out to California to pursue graduate studies in high energy density capacitor physics & materials science at Stanford.

Elon Musk

Elon is the CEO & Chief Technology Officer of Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) which is developing a family of launch vehicles intended to reduce the cost and increase the reliability of access to space ultimately by a factor of ten. The company officially began operations in June 2002 and is located in the heart of the aerospace industry in Southern California.

SpaceX is the third company founded by Mr. Musk. Prior to SpaceX, he co-founded PayPal, the world's leading electronic payment system, and served as the company's chairman and CEO. PayPal has over twenty million customers in 38 countries, processes several billion dollars per year and went public on the NASDAQ under PYPL in early 2002. Mr. Musk was the largest shareholder of PayPal until the company was acquired by eBay for $1.5 billion in October 2002.

Before PayPal, Mr. Musk co-founded Zip2 Corporation in 1995, a leading provider of enterprise software and services to the media industry, with investments from The New York Times Company, Knight-Ridder, MDV, Softbank and the Hearst Corporation. He served as Chairman, CEO and Chief Technology Officer and in March 1999 sold Zip2 to Compaq for $307 million in an all cash transaction.

Mr. Musk's early experience extends across a spectrum of advanced technology industries, from high energy density ultra-capacitors at Pinnacle Research to software development at Rocket Science and Microsoft. He has a physics degree from the University of Pennsylvania, a business degree from Wharton and originally came out to California to pursue graduate studies in high energy density capacitor physics & materials science at Stanford.

Larry Page was Google's founding CEO and grew the company to more than 200 employees and profitability before moving into his role as President, Products in April 2001. He continues to share responsibility for Google's day-to-day operations with Eric Schmidt and Sergey Brin.

The son of Michigan State University computer science professor Dr. Carl Victor Page, Page's love of computers began at age six. While following in his father's footsteps in academics, Page became an honors graduate from the University of Michigan, where he earned a bachelor of science degree in engineering, with a concentration on computer engineering. During his time in Ann Arbor, Page served as President of the University's Eta Kappa Nu Honor Society and built a programmable plotter and inkjet printer out of Legos.

While in the Ph.D. program in computer science at Stanford University, Page met Sergey Brin and together they developed and ran Google, which began operating in 1998. Page went on leave from Stanford after earning his master's degree. He was granted an honorary MBA by Instituto de Empresa and was the first recipient of the University of Michigan Alumni Society Recent Engineering Graduate Award.

Page has been a speaker at such forums as the Technology, Entertainment and Design Conference, The Wall Street Journal Technology Summit, the World Economic Forum and the Commonwealth Club. He was named a World Economic Forum Global Leader for Tomorrow in 2002 as well as a "Young Innovator Who Will Create the Future" by MIT's Technology Review magazine. Page is a member of the National Advisory Committee (NAC) for the University of Michigan College of Engineering, has been recognized as Research and Development Magazine's Innovator of the Year and was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 2004.

"I think it is often easier to make progress on mega-ambitious dreams. Since no one else is crazy enough to do it, you have little competition. In fact, there are so few people this crazy that I feel like I know them all by first name." - Larry Page

Larry Page

Larry Page was Google's founding CEO and grew the company to more than 200 employees and profitability before moving into his role as President, Products in April 2001. He continues to share responsibility for Google's day-to-day operations with Eric Schmidt and Sergey Brin.

The son of Michigan State University computer science professor Dr. Carl Victor Page, Page's love of computers began at age six. While following in his father's footsteps in academics, Page became an honors graduate from the University of Michigan, where he earned a bachelor of science degree in engineering, with a concentration on computer engineering. During his time in Ann Arbor, Page served as President of the University's Eta Kappa Nu Honor Society and built a programmable plotter and inkjet printer out of Legos.

While in the Ph.D. program in computer science at Stanford University, Page met Sergey Brin and together they developed and ran Google, which began operating in 1998. Page went on leave from Stanford after earning his master's degree. He was granted an honorary MBA by Instituto de Empresa and was the first recipient of the University of Michigan Alumni Society Recent Engineering Graduate Award.

Page has been a speaker at such forums as the Technology, Entertainment and Design Conference, The Wall Street Journal Technology Summit, the World Economic Forum and the Commonwealth Club. He was named a World Economic Forum Global Leader for Tomorrow in 2002 as well as a "Young Innovator Who Will Create the Future" by MIT's Technology Review magazine. Page is a member of the National Advisory Committee (NAC) for the University of Michigan College of Engineering, has been recognized as Research and Development Magazine's Innovator of the Year and was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 2004.

"I think it is often easier to make progress on mega-ambitious dreams. Since no one else is crazy enough to do it, you have little competition. In fact, there are so few people this crazy that I feel like I know them all by first name." - Larry Page

Wendy Schmidt is the President of The Schmidt Family Foundation, where she works to advance the development of renewable energy and the wiser use of natural resources. The foundation houses its grant-making operation in The 11th Hour Project, which supports more than 150 nonprofit organizations in program areas including climate and energy, ecological agriculture, human rights, and its maritime connection, 11th Hour Racing.

In 2010, to further her commitment to ocean health issues, Wendy partnered with XPRIZE to sponsor the Wendy Schmidt Oil Cleanup XCHALLENGE, a $1.4 million competition designed to identify efficient and innovative solutions to address oil spillage from ocean platforms, tankers, and other sources. The 18-month long competition, prompted by The Deepwater Horizon disaster, resulted in a solution that yielded fourfold improvement over existing cleanup capabilities.

In 2012, Wendy again partnered with XPRIZE to design the Wendy Schmidt Ocean Health XPRIZE, a prize that responds to the global need for better information about the process of ocean acidification, one of the harbingers of climate change. The prize launched in September 2013.

Wendy has a Masters in Journalism from The University of California at Berkeley, and a B.A. magna cum laude from Smith College. She serves on the boards of The Natural Resources Defense Council, The California Academy of Sciences, Climate Central, XPRIZE, The Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute, GRIST, Maiyet, The Nantucket Dreamland Foundation, and The America's Cup Organizing Committee. Her interests include sailing, scuba diving and tennis.

Wendy Schmidt

Wendy Schmidt is the President of The Schmidt Family Foundation, where she works to advance the development of renewable energy and the wiser use of natural resources. The foundation houses its grant-making operation in The 11th Hour Project, which supports more than 150 nonprofit organizations in program areas including climate and energy, ecological agriculture, human rights, and its maritime connection, 11th Hour Racing.

In 2010, to further her commitment to ocean health issues, Wendy partnered with XPRIZE to sponsor the Wendy Schmidt Oil Cleanup XCHALLENGE, a $1.4 million competition designed to identify efficient and innovative solutions to address oil spillage from ocean platforms, tankers, and other sources. The 18-month long competition, prompted by The Deepwater Horizon disaster, resulted in a solution that yielded fourfold improvement over existing cleanup capabilities.

In 2012, Wendy again partnered with XPRIZE to design the Wendy Schmidt Ocean Health XPRIZE, a prize that responds to the global need for better information about the process of ocean acidification, one of the harbingers of climate change. The prize launched in September 2013.

Wendy has a Masters in Journalism from The University of California at Berkeley, and a B.A. magna cum laude from Smith College. She serves on the boards of The Natural Resources Defense Council, The California Academy of Sciences, Climate Central, XPRIZE, The Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute, GRIST, Maiyet, The Nantucket Dreamland Foundation, and The America's Cup Organizing Committee. Her interests include sailing, scuba diving and tennis.

Jeffrey L. Shames is currently an Executive in Residence at the MIT Sloan School of Management.
He is the retired Chairman of MFS Investment Management® and the boards of trustees of the MFS Funds.

He joined MFS in 1983 as an Industry Analyst and was named a Portfolio Manager in 1985, Chief Equity Officer in 1987, President and a member of the board in 1993 and Chairman and Chief Executive Officer in 1998. In September 2002 he retired as CEO and retained the Chairman title until his retirement in February 2004.

He graduated from Wesleyan University in 1977 and Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Sloan School of Management in 1983. In between college and graduate school he served as a U.S. Peace Corps volunteer in Fiji and with the U.S. Department of Agriculture in Washington, D.C.

He is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Berklee College of Music, the XPRIZE Foundation, City Year, a national service organization, Co-Founder and Trustee of Hurricane Voices, a breast cancer foundation and a member of the Board of Directors of the Elan Corporation. He also serves as a member of the Advisory Board of the MIT Sloan School of Management and the MIT Leadership Center.

Jeffrey L. Shames

Jeffrey L. Shames is currently an Executive in Residence at the MIT Sloan School of Management.
He is the retired Chairman of MFS Investment Management® and the boards of trustees of the MFS Funds.

He joined MFS in 1983 as an Industry Analyst and was named a Portfolio Manager in 1985, Chief Equity Officer in 1987, President and a member of the board in 1993 and Chairman and Chief Executive Officer in 1998. In September 2002 he retired as CEO and retained the Chairman title until his retirement in February 2004.

He graduated from Wesleyan University in 1977 and Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Sloan School of Management in 1983. In between college and graduate school he served as a U.S. Peace Corps volunteer in Fiji and with the U.S. Department of Agriculture in Washington, D.C.

He is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Berklee College of Music, the XPRIZE Foundation, City Year, a national service organization, Co-Founder and Trustee of Hurricane Voices, a breast cancer foundation and a member of the Board of Directors of the Elan Corporation. He also serves as a member of the Advisory Board of the MIT Sloan School of Management and the MIT Leadership Center.

Heading the Tata Group since 1991, Ratan Tata is the Chairman of Tata Sons, holding company of the Tata Group and major Group companies including Tata Motors, Tata Steel, Tata Consultancy Services, Tata Power and more. He is also Chairman of two of the largest private sector promoted philanthropic trusts in India. During his tenure, the Group has further expanded its global reach, with its revenues growing over eleven-fold to around USD$70 billion, after the most recent acquisition of Jaguar Land Rover. Mr. Tata joined the Tata Group in December 1962. After serving in various companies, he was appointed the Director-in-Charge of the National Radio & Electronics Company Limited (Nelco) in 1971. In 1981, he was named Chairman of Tata Industries, the Group's other holding company, which he was responsible for transforming into the Group's strategy think-tank and a promoter of new ventures in high-technology businesses. He is associated with many organizations in India and abroad in varying capacities, some of which are the government of India’s Investment Commission, the Prime Minister’s Council on Trade and Industry, South Africa’s International Investment Council, several prestigious universities and several philanthropies. Mr. Tata received a Bachelor of Science degree in architecture from Cornell University in 1962, and completed the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School in 1975. The government of India honored Mr. Tata with one of its highest civilian awards, the Padma Vibhushan, this year.

Ratan Tata

Heading the Tata Group since 1991, Ratan Tata is the Chairman of Tata Sons, holding company of the Tata Group and major Group companies including Tata Motors, Tata Steel, Tata Consultancy Services, Tata Power and more. He is also Chairman of two of the largest private sector promoted philanthropic trusts in India. During his tenure, the Group has further expanded its global reach, with its revenues growing over eleven-fold to around USD$70 billion, after the most recent acquisition of Jaguar Land Rover. Mr. Tata joined the Tata Group in December 1962. After serving in various companies, he was appointed the Director-in-Charge of the National Radio & Electronics Company Limited (Nelco) in 1971. In 1981, he was named Chairman of Tata Industries, the Group's other holding company, which he was responsible for transforming into the Group's strategy think-tank and a promoter of new ventures in high-technology businesses. He is associated with many organizations in India and abroad in varying capacities, some of which are the government of India’s Investment Commission, the Prime Minister’s Council on Trade and Industry, South Africa’s International Investment Council, several prestigious universities and several philanthropies. Mr. Tata received a Bachelor of Science degree in architecture from Cornell University in 1962, and completed the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School in 1975. The government of India honored Mr. Tata with one of its highest civilian awards, the Padma Vibhushan, this year.

Barry Thompson is the Managing Director of FTL Holding, a management company specializing in merging disruptive business strategy, technical innovation, and corporate activism. FTL Holding’s current portfolio includes 11 companies in the Green Tech, High Tech, and Advanced Materials markets. An entrepreneur and innovator, Mr. Thompson has spent the last two decades disrupting markets by pushing the boundaries of what is possible; with experience ranging from Wall Street to the US Military, and Information Technology to Waste Management.

A self-taught technologist, he began his career as a consultant, designing Information Technology solutions beginning with embedded robotics and imaging, to traditional enterprise systems. Some of his clients included MCI, American Mobile Satellite, The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission and other military, government and private organizations. In 1995, he moved to Wall Street, leading the adoption of new transformative technologies in the financial services industry while working for firms such as AIG, NatWest, Lehman, and UBS, where he was Head of North American Architecture and Head of Diligence Services. Mr. Thompson co-founded Tervela in 2004, a high performance data and transactions infrastructure company, where he twice served as CEO and is currently a board member.

Mr. Thompson also serves as a Trustee, Board Member, and Treasurer of the XPRIZE Foundation.

J. Barry Thompson

Barry Thompson is the Managing Director of FTL Holding, a management company specializing in merging disruptive business strategy, technical innovation, and corporate activism. FTL Holding’s current portfolio includes 11 companies in the Green Tech, High Tech, and Advanced Materials markets. An entrepreneur and innovator, Mr. Thompson has spent the last two decades disrupting markets by pushing the boundaries of what is possible; with experience ranging from Wall Street to the US Military, and Information Technology to Waste Management.

A self-taught technologist, he began his career as a consultant, designing Information Technology solutions beginning with embedded robotics and imaging, to traditional enterprise systems. Some of his clients included MCI, American Mobile Satellite, The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission and other military, government and private organizations. In 1995, he moved to Wall Street, leading the adoption of new transformative technologies in the financial services industry while working for firms such as AIG, NatWest, Lehman, and UBS, where he was Head of North American Architecture and Head of Diligence Services. Mr. Thompson co-founded Tervela in 2004, a high performance data and transactions infrastructure company, where he twice served as CEO and is currently a board member.

Mr. Thompson also serves as a Trustee, Board Member, and Treasurer of the XPRIZE Foundation.

Treasurer
Treasurer

Connecting the news through finance, global issues, contemporary governance, education and big ideas, CNN’s Ali Velshi executes several roles across CNN as the network’s chief business correspondent and anchor of Your Money and World Business Today on CNN International.

In addition to his anchor responsibilities, Velshi frequently reports from the field on breaking news events, politics, and in-depth personal profiles that offer insights into global issues.

Velshi’s in-depth reporting for CNN’s “How The Wheels Came Off” was honored with a National Headliner Award for Business & Consumer Reporting in 2010. He anchored CNN’s breaking news coverage of the attempted terror attack on a flight into Detroit, delivering CNN’s worldwide newsgathering for which the network was nominated for a 2010 Emmy. He was also honored with a 2010 Alumni Achievement Award from his alma mater, Queen’s University.

In 1996, Velshi was awarded a fellowship to the U.S. Congress by the American Political Sciences Association, and worked with now-retired U.S. Rep. Lee Hamilton, (D-Ind.)

Born in Kenya and raised in Toronto, Velshi graduated from Queens University in Canada with a degree in religion. He is a member of the Grand Challenges Advisor Committee for the National Academy of Engineering. Velshi is the co-author of “How To Speak Money,” which releases on November 8, 2011; and author of “Gimme My Money Back,” which released in January 2009.

Ali Velshi

Connecting the news through finance, global issues, contemporary governance, education and big ideas, CNN’s Ali Velshi executes several roles across CNN as the network’s chief business correspondent and anchor of Your Money and World Business Today on CNN International.

In addition to his anchor responsibilities, Velshi frequently reports from the field on breaking news events, politics, and in-depth personal profiles that offer insights into global issues.

Velshi’s in-depth reporting for CNN’s “How The Wheels Came Off” was honored with a National Headliner Award for Business & Consumer Reporting in 2010. He anchored CNN’s breaking news coverage of the attempted terror attack on a flight into Detroit, delivering CNN’s worldwide newsgathering for which the network was nominated for a 2010 Emmy. He was also honored with a 2010 Alumni Achievement Award from his alma mater, Queen’s University.

In 1996, Velshi was awarded a fellowship to the U.S. Congress by the American Political Sciences Association, and worked with now-retired U.S. Rep. Lee Hamilton, (D-Ind.)

Born in Kenya and raised in Toronto, Velshi graduated from Queens University in Canada with a degree in religion. He is a member of the Grand Challenges Advisor Committee for the National Academy of Engineering. Velshi is the co-author of “How To Speak Money,” which releases on November 8, 2011; and author of “Gimme My Money Back,” which released in January 2009.

J. Craig Venter, Ph.D., is one of leading scientists of the 21st century for his visionary contributions in genomic research. He is founder and President of the J. Craig Venter Institute and the J. Craig Venter Science Foundation. The Venter Institute conducts basic research that advances the science of genomics; specializes in high volume genome sequencing, and explores the ethical and policy implications of genomic discoveries and advances. Venter earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in biochemistry and a Ph.D. in Physiology and Pharmacology, both from the University of California at San Diego. He was a professor at the State University of New York at Buffalo and the Roswell Park Cancer Institute, before moving to the National Institutes of Health. While on faculty at the National Institutes of Health, Venter developed expressed sequence tags or EST's, a revolutionary new strategy for discovering genes.

In 1992, he founded The Institute for Genomic Research (TIGR). There, he and his team decoded the genome of the first free-living organism, the bacterium Haemophilus influenzae, pioneering the new whole genome shotgun technique. In 1998, Venter became the first President of Celera Genomics to sequence the human genome using the whole genome shotgun technique, new mathematical algorithms, and new automated DNA sequencing machines. The completed sequence of the human genome was published in February 2001 in the journal, Science. In addition to the human genome, Venter and his team at Celera sequenced the fruit fly, mouse, and rat genomes.

In 2003, Venter launched a global expedition to obtain and study microbes from environments ranging from the world's oceans to urban centers. This mission, now in progress, is yielding insights into genes that make up the vast realm of microbial life. Research at the Venter Institute reflects Venter's interests in advancing the science of genomics and in applying genomic advances to some of the world's most vexing public health and environmental challenges. Major research foci include human genomic medicine, environmental and evolutionary genomics (which includes the Venter Institute Global Sampling Mission), biological energy production, synthetic biology, and the intersection between genomics and environmental and energy policy.

Dr. J. Craig Venter

J. Craig Venter, Ph.D., is one of leading scientists of the 21st century for his visionary contributions in genomic research. He is founder and President of the J. Craig Venter Institute and the J. Craig Venter Science Foundation. The Venter Institute conducts basic research that advances the science of genomics; specializes in high volume genome sequencing, and explores the ethical and policy implications of genomic discoveries and advances. Venter earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in biochemistry and a Ph.D. in Physiology and Pharmacology, both from the University of California at San Diego. He was a professor at the State University of New York at Buffalo and the Roswell Park Cancer Institute, before moving to the National Institutes of Health. While on faculty at the National Institutes of Health, Venter developed expressed sequence tags or EST's, a revolutionary new strategy for discovering genes.

In 1992, he founded The Institute for Genomic Research (TIGR). There, he and his team decoded the genome of the first free-living organism, the bacterium Haemophilus influenzae, pioneering the new whole genome shotgun technique. In 1998, Venter became the first President of Celera Genomics to sequence the human genome using the whole genome shotgun technique, new mathematical algorithms, and new automated DNA sequencing machines. The completed sequence of the human genome was published in February 2001 in the journal, Science. In addition to the human genome, Venter and his team at Celera sequenced the fruit fly, mouse, and rat genomes.

In 2003, Venter launched a global expedition to obtain and study microbes from environments ranging from the world's oceans to urban centers. This mission, now in progress, is yielding insights into genes that make up the vast realm of microbial life. Research at the Venter Institute reflects Venter's interests in advancing the science of genomics and in applying genomic advances to some of the world's most vexing public health and environmental challenges. Major research foci include human genomic medicine, environmental and evolutionary genomics (which includes the Venter Institute Global Sampling Mission), biological energy production, synthetic biology, and the intersection between genomics and environmental and energy policy.

I Prize Creating the Future

Mr. Weiss is Vice Chairman and President of XPRIZE. XPRIZE’s mission is to foster innovation through incentivized competition. XPRIZE has active competitions in Lunar Exploration, Healthy Oceans and Mobile Health Care, and is now developing XPRIZEs in Education, and Energy.

Weiss is a veteran Hollywood television and film producer having produced over 20 feature films and TV series during the past 25 years. He began his career in the late 1970’s producing the feature film, KENTUCKY FRIED MOVIE and later produced the ABC television program POLICE SQUAD! as well as the three NAKED GUN movies starring Leslie Nielsen.

Weiss produced the international hit, THE BLUES BROTHERS for Universal Studios. His other feature films produced for Universal include AMAZON WOMEN ON THE MOON and DRAGNET. Weiss was the Executive Producer for the television series WEIRD SCIENCE and SLIDERS (that he co-created).

As president of Broadway Pictures at Paramount, Weiss joined forces with Saturday Night Live Executive Producer Lorne Michaels. Weiss executive produced many films at Paramount including TOMMY BOY, A NIGHT AT THE ROXBURY, SUPERSTAR, and THE LADIES MAN. He went on to produce the hit movies, SCARY MOVIE 3 & 4.

Weiss served on the Board of Directors of IS Robotics (now called iRobot in Cambridge, Massachusetts) from 1990 to 1994.

Under the banner of Earthlight (a multimedia production company), Weiss has produced award-winning productions for XPRIZE, The Boeing Company, the Zero Gravity Corporation and Anousheh Ansari, the first female private space explorer.

Mr. Weiss has been the Vice Chairman and Executive Producer for XPRIZE since 1996. In the fall of 2004, he produced the award-winning live telecast & webcast of the Ansari XPRIZE space flights. Weiss has been the President of XPRIZE since July 2008.

Robert K. Weiss

I Prize Creating the Future

Mr. Weiss is Vice Chairman and President of XPRIZE. XPRIZE’s mission is to foster innovation through incentivized competition. XPRIZE has active competitions in Lunar Exploration, Healthy Oceans and Mobile Health Care, and is now developing XPRIZEs in Education, and Energy.

Weiss is a veteran Hollywood television and film producer having produced over 20 feature films and TV series during the past 25 years. He began his career in the late 1970’s producing the feature film, KENTUCKY FRIED MOVIE and later produced the ABC television program POLICE SQUAD! as well as the three NAKED GUN movies starring Leslie Nielsen.

Weiss produced the international hit, THE BLUES BROTHERS for Universal Studios. His other feature films produced for Universal include AMAZON WOMEN ON THE MOON and DRAGNET. Weiss was the Executive Producer for the television series WEIRD SCIENCE and SLIDERS (that he co-created).

As president of Broadway Pictures at Paramount, Weiss joined forces with Saturday Night Live Executive Producer Lorne Michaels. Weiss executive produced many films at Paramount including TOMMY BOY, A NIGHT AT THE ROXBURY, SUPERSTAR, and THE LADIES MAN. He went on to produce the hit movies, SCARY MOVIE 3 & 4.

Weiss served on the Board of Directors of IS Robotics (now called iRobot in Cambridge, Massachusetts) from 1990 to 1994.

Under the banner of Earthlight (a multimedia production company), Weiss has produced award-winning productions for XPRIZE, The Boeing Company, the Zero Gravity Corporation and Anousheh Ansari, the first female private space explorer.

Mr. Weiss has been the Vice Chairman and Executive Producer for XPRIZE since 1996. In the fall of 2004, he produced the award-winning live telecast & webcast of the Ansari XPRIZE space flights. Weiss has been the President of XPRIZE since July 2008.

Vice Chairman & President
Vice Chairman & President

Will Wright is a globally recognized visionary in interactive entertainment and Chief Designer for Electronic Arts as the man behind the block-buster game franchises “SimCity™,” “The Sims™” and the soon-to-be-released universe simulator “Spore™.” As a highly respected video game designer, Wright has received numerous awards for his work. In 2007, he received a fellowship from the British Academy of Film and Television Arts. He was given the Lifetime Achievement Award by PC Magazine in 2005, a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Game Developers Choice Awards in 2001, and was the fifth person inducted into the Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences Hall of fame in 2002.

Will Wright

Will Wright is a globally recognized visionary in interactive entertainment and Chief Designer for Electronic Arts as the man behind the block-buster game franchises “SimCity™,” “The Sims™” and the soon-to-be-released universe simulator “Spore™.” As a highly respected video game designer, Wright has received numerous awards for his work. In 2007, he received a fellowship from the British Academy of Film and Television Arts. He was given the Lifetime Achievement Award by PC Magazine in 2005, a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Game Developers Choice Awards in 2001, and was the fifth person inducted into the Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences Hall of fame in 2002.

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