David Roberts

Corporate Disruption


David Roberts is regarded as one of the world top experts on disruptive innovation and exponentially advancing technology. His passion is to help transform the lives of a billion suffering people in the world through disruptive innovation.


David served as Vice President of Singularity University and two-time Director (and alum) of the Graduate Studies Program. He is an award winning CEO and serial entrepreneur, and has started ventures backed with over $100 million of investment from Kleiner Perkins, Vinod Khosla, Cisco, Oracle, Accenture, In-Q-Tel, and others.


He is the recipient of numerous awards and medals and has led the development of some of the most complex, state-of-the art systems ever built, to include satellites, drones, and fusion centers. He also worked as an Investment Banker in the Mergers & Acquisitions Group at Goldman Sachs Headquarters. He received his B.S. in Computer Science & Engineering from M.I.T. was a Distinguished Graduate, and majored in Artificial Intelligence and Bio-Computer Engineering. He holds an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.


David is Chairman at HaloDrop, a revolutionary global drone services company, Chairman at 1QBit the world first software company for quantum computers, and is a formal adviser to Made-In Space, responsible for manufacturing the first object in Space with a 3D printer on the Space Station.


Harvard, Stanford, and Berkeley Business schools have all written and taught case studies on David leadership, management, and decision making. He has been featured on the cover of the Wall Street Journal, and in USA Today, Fortune Magazine, The New York Times, Business Week, CNN, and dozens of others. His startups have received many awards to include Internet World Net Rising Stars,Red Herring Catch, top 50 Private Companies in the World, Red Herring Top100 Private Companies in the World, USA Today Tech Reviews Best Picks, Internet Outlook Investors Choice Award, Enterprise Outlook Investors Choice, Best of the Web from PC World, and Apple Computer Premier Systems Integrator Award.



  • Ai
  • AI & Robotics
  • Alumni
  • Disruptions
  • Drones
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Inspirational
  • Robotics


Daniel Kraft

Founder of Exponential Medicine

  • MD from Stanford University, Pediatrics in Harvard, Specialist in Oncology and Bone Marrow transplant.

Topic: Digital Medicine & Neuroscience 

Jaya Baloo

(CISO) Chief Information Security Officer in KPN Telecom

  •  Tufts University, Massachusetts

Topic: Cybersecurity, Cryptography & Mass Surveillance

David Roberts

Former Vice President of Singularity University. Chairman in HaloDrop and in 1QBit.

  • Ex Officer U.S. Air Force, B.S. in Computer Science & Engineering from M.I.T., MBA from Harvard

Topic: Corporate Disruption

Pilar Manchón

Director of Cognitive Interfaces at Amazon

  • English Philology from Universidad de Sevilla, Master in Cognitive Science and Natural Language from University of Edinburgh
  • Co Author of "Humanizing Conversational Agents: Indisys Practical Case Study in eHealth"; "Modeling Multimodal Multitasking in a Smart House"

Topic: Science and Cognitive Interfaces

Nicholas Haan

Vice President of Impact and Faculty Chair of Global Grand Challenges at Singularity University

  • PhD in Geography from Clark University, Bachelor's in Genetics from U.C. Berkeley

Topic: Global Challenges & Innovation with Purpose

Ramez Naam

Founder of Apex NanoTechnologies - Member of the World Future Society

  • University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign and the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy at Aurora Illinois.
  • Author of "The Infinite Resource: The Power of Ideas on a Finite Planet" ; "More Than Human: Embracing the Promise of Biological Enhancement".

Topic: Energy & Environmental Systems

Margaret Burgraff

Vicepresident of Mobile and Communications Group (MCG) at Intel Corporation.

  • Computer science and economics from University College in Cork

Topic: Leadership in times of Digital Transformation 

Larry Keeley

President & Co-founder of Doblin Group

  • Topic: Innovation Strategy

Amin Toufani

CEO of T Labs, Moonshot Launchpad

  • AI from University of British Columbia, MBA from Stanford University & MPA from Harvard

Topic: Exponential Economic Models, Blockchain & Artificial Intelligence

Denisse Goldfarb

Microsoft Human Resources Director 

  • Psychologist from Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, Singularity University

Topic: Talent and Culture in the Digital Era

Robert Pearlstein

Vice President, Global Business Development at SRI International, Inc

  • MBA from Thunderbird School of Global Management, AeA Executive Management from Stanford University.
  • Co Author "Built for Global: Navigating International Business and Entering New Markets"

Topic: Automation in Mining & Construction

Gary Bolles

President of the Future of Work of Singularity University

  • Co Founder of eParachute.com; Partner in Charrette LLC

Topic: Future of Work

Muriel Clauson

Founder de Oppticity. Co Founder udexter.

  • Industrial and organizational Psychology & Philosophy PhD from University of Georgia
  • Co Author of "Organizational Career Growth and Proactivity: A Typology for Individual Career Development"

Topic: The Future of Organizations

Philip Edgcumbe

Project Lead de Alzheimer’s XPRIZE. Co-founded Lume Biotics

  • MD-PhD at the University of British Columbia
  • Co Author of "Augmented Reality Imaging for Robot-Assisted Partial Nephrectomy Surgery"

Topic: Health Systems

John Hagel

Founder and Co-chairman Center for the Edge

  •  B.Phil. from Oxford University, MBA & JD from Harvard University
  • Author of "Out of the Box"

Topic: Corporate Innovation


Alejandra Mustakis

President of the Asociación of Entrepreneurs of Chile (ASECH)

  • Industrial designer Universidad Diego Portales

Temática: Startup Ecosystems

Kyle Nel

Lowe's Innovation  Lab Executive Director

  • MBA University of Wisconsin

Topic: Retail Innovation 

Greg Barton

Founder BNAmericas

Founder BNAmericas

Topic: Disruption in the Media Industry


Jorge Carey

CEO de Turner Chile

  • Lawyer from Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile
  • Master of Laws from Duke University


Ándres Alonso

Vice-president of the Board of the National Independent Electric System Operator of Chile

  • Associate Researcher of the Advanced Center for Electrical and Electronic Engineering of USM.
  • Industrial Electrical Engineer of USM.
  • GSP11 Alumni from Singularity University in Silicon Valley, USA.
  • Sc. in Economics from the London School of Economics (LSE), UK.
  • A. in Astrophysics from the University of Columbia, USA.

Topic: Disruption in the Electrical Industry: Mining and Distribution.

Gabriel Gurovich

Board Member in Chile Global Angels, Mentor in Founder Institute  and Board Advisor in Fundación Mustakis.

  • Industrial Electric Engineer
  • Exponential Technologies from Singularity University

Topic: Crowdsource & Politics: The  Emergence of  Co-Legislation

Bárbara Silva

CEO at SingularityU Chile & Colombia

CEO  at BeSTinnovation


Jury at Cartier Women’s Initiative Award

Additional speakers will be announced soon!