Category: SF Bios

Joon Yun

The Future of Counterculture

President, Palo Alto Investors

Joon Yun is President of Palo Alto Investors, LLC, a hedge fund founded in 1989 with $2 billion in assets. He is also a physician and a writer.


Osh. Agabi

The Future of Cognition

Founder & CEO, Koniku Inc.

Osh. has over 15+ years of experience in neuroelectronic interfacing in Industry and Academia. As a strategic projects lead at a robotics startup in Switzerland he implemented learning algorithms for pick-and-place robots which worked alongside humans in a factory setting. They achieved success in developing robots that learn object categorization autonomously.

He also led a cross disciplinary industry team to develop an in vitro reflex arc for modeling implantable neural chips. These chips interfaced with the peripheral nervous system (PNS). As a visiting scholar and during his PhD studies at the Imperial College in London, he built and customized 2 photon microscopes for studying synaptic transmission in the mouse visual cortex and Alzheimer’s disease models.

Justine Musk

The Future of Courage


Justine Musk has been a student of story since before she wrote her first novel at age 14.  She is the author of the dark fantasy thrillers BLOODANGEL, LORD OF BONES, and UNINVITED, published by imprints at Penguin and Simon + Schuster. When a tragic event disrupted her own life story, writing became a way of reframing, of asking increasingly personal questions about the broken stories that rule the culture and the people who rise up to challenge them. Her nonfiction has appeared in Marie Claire, Slate, Mashable and others, and she is a 3x TEDx speaker on the shadow side of creativity. In 2015, her Quora answer to the question “How can I be as great as Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, Elon Musk or Sir Richard Branson?” went viral. Find her at her blog or Twitter @justinemusk.

Reese Jones

The Future of Blockchain Genetics

Associate Founder, Singularity University

Reese Jones is a biophysicist and associate founder of Singularity University. A veteran of Silicon Valley, he has helped launch multiple companies, innovations, and patents. He likes building infrastructure companies for emerging technologies in health, biology, mobile, and internet.

Jens Erik Gould

The Future of Real News

Bravery Tapes producer, Former Bloomberg correspondent

Jens Erik Gould is a politics, business and music writer who has reported from more than a dozen countries over the past decade.

Gould is creator, producer and host of Bravery Tapes, a video series that highlights acts of human courage. He is also a former correspondent for Bloomberg News in Mexico City and for TIME Magazine in Los Angeles. He covered Hugo Chavez’s Venezuela as a regular contributor to The New York Times and National Public Radio. Jens Erik Gould is also a singer-songwriter, and has earned a Fulbright scholarship and two Pulitzer Center grants.

Rosa Laura Junco

The Future of Real News

Board member Grupo Reforma

Rosa Laura Junco has served on the executive board and community editorial boards of Grupo Reforma, the largest print media company in Latin America. Born and raised in Monterrey, Mexico, Rosa Laura Junco witnessed Reforma’s newspapers become a key player in the fight for freedom of speech, democratic elections, and access to public information in her country. In the process, she developed a keen sense of the power media has to craft the community it serves, and the responsibility this entails.

Paul Pangaro

The Future of Cybernetics

Associate Professor and Chair of MFA IxD Program at College for Creative Studies

Entrepreneur, Interaction Designer, Educator. Chair of MFA Interaction Design at College for Creative Studies, Detroit. He has founded software startups (General Cybernetics, Idealab’s, future-casted (Nokia, Samsung, Intellectual Ventures), designed innovation processes (DuPont, Ogilvy), and lectured worldwide on cybernetics, design, and conversation.

Chester Santos

The Future of Outsourcing Our Memory

U.S. Memory Champion

Chester Santos, “The International Man of Memory”, is one of the world’s foremost experts on memory training. He’s helped thousands of people around the world to realize the benefits of an improved memory and sharper mind, and has appeared in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, San Francisco Chronicle, Washington Post, USA Today, PBS, CNN, and various other television, radio, and print media all over the world. Chester is also the 2008 USA National Memory Champion. He has spoken for executive organizations such as YPO, CEO Clubs International, and AceTech as well as for many Fortune 500 companies, and prestigious universities including: the Royal University for Women in Bahrain, the Haas Graduate School of Business in Berkeley, Stanford University, and Harvard University.

Chester’s presentations are a wonderfully unique blend of interactivity, entertainment, inspiration, and education. He delights audiences while helping them to develop real world skills that they can apply to achieve more success in their career and personal life.  His presentations are “unforgettable” experiences that everyone will always “remember” and talk about for years to come.

Jose Benavides

The Future of NASA’s Free-Flying Space Robots

Engineering Lead, NASA Aimes Research Center

Jose Benavides leads the NASA International Space Station (ISS) Synchronized Position Hold, Engage, Reorient Experimental Satellites (SPHERES) and Astrobee Facility. The SPHERES Facility ( is one of the most used and popular ISS National Labs with over 80 on-board test sessions and 400+ hours of on-orbit activities to date. Jose has a bachelors and masters degree in Electrical Engineering from Arizona State University. His hobbies include reading, ham-radio, computer networking, and wood working.

Dr. Maya Ackerman

The Future of Music

CEO & Co-Founder, WaveAI Inc., Computer Engineering Professor, Santa Clara University

Dr. Maya Ackerman, PhD., is a Computer Engineering Professor at Santa Clara University and the CEO/Co-founder of WaveAI Inc., where she and her team created ALYSIA, an Artificial Intelligence that makes songwriting accessible to everyone ( Dr. Ackerman specializes in Machine Learning and Computational Creativity with over 26 publications in leading conferences and journals and numerous research awards. Maya is also a trained singer, specializing in opera.