Ramez Naam is a former Microsoft executive, an entrepreneur, and the co-Chair for Energy and Environment at Singularity University. He’s also the award winning author of five books, including the Nexus trilogy of science fiction novels. Ramez spent 13 years at Microsoft, where he led teams working on artificial intelligence, information retrieval, and internet scale systems.
He’s a graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign and the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy at Aurora Illinois.
Between stints at Microsoft, Ramez founded and ran Apex NanoTechnologies, the world’s first company devoted entirely to software tools to accelerate molecular design. He holds 19 patents related to search engines, information retrieval, web browsing, artificial intelligence, and machine learning.
Ramez Naam speaks around the world on innovation, the disruptive power of exponential technologies (AI, robotics, drones, 3D printing, biotechnology, and more), and how organizations can adapt and thrive in an era of technological disruption.
He’s appeared on Sunday morning MSNBC, repeatedly on Yahoo! Finance, on China Cable Television, on BigThink, and Reuters.fm. His work has appeared in, or been reviewed by, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Los Angeles Times, The Atlantic, Slate, Business Week, Business Insider, Discover, Popular Science, Wired, and Scientific American.
Ramez Naam also specializes in the disruption clean energy and related technologies are bringing to the $6 trillion energy, transportation, food, and water industries.
Ramez’s talks focus on preparing audiences for both the incredible challenges of those transitions and the immense opportunities they bring with them.