Geoffrey has been studying ATP, which represents the primary molecule responsible for energy storage and transfer within the cell, since the mid-1950s. During his research he put forward and proved his theory that ATP is capable of transferring information as well as energy. As a result of Geoffrey’s work, a new scientific field dedicated to purinergic signaling appeared. Based on this research, medicines to treat purinergic anti-thrombosis, which helps those who are intolerant to aspirin, have been developed, and work is underway to create drugs to treat Parkinson's disease and Alzheimer's. Dr. Burnstock is one of the most cited scientists of our time, he is President of the Autonomic Neuroscience Centre at the UCL Medical School and Chief Editor of the Purinergic Signalling magazine.
David is a Doctor of Psychology and Professor of Psychology Department at Yale University. He has worked in marketing research and strategic planning. He helped develop the Emotional Intelligence concept, which is one of the newest business management tools for building effective communications in management. He founded his own company EI Skills Group and is a developer of MSCEIT, the Mayer-Salovey-Caruso Emotional Intelligence Test.
Scott is the Cofounder of one of the world’s largest international online music stores – The Orchard, a Professor at London Metropolitan University and board member of the British Phonographic Industry trade association. The Orchard was set up by Scott and music producer Richard Gottehrer in 1997. It has offices in 25 countries, and supplies 20% of all the music distributed over the internet and mobile networks, the company’s music catalog comprises over 3 million tracks, while its revenue amounted to $71.4 million in 2010.
Julie is a freelance consultant who developed interactive training programs for a number of Fortune 500 companies.
She teaches a number of subjects at the Minnesota College of Art and Design, and leads original workshops on the implementation of game and UX design in contemporary education – all for a wide range of students and situations.
After 15 years of working with corporations, IT startups, game developers, and even scientists, Julie has come up with her own approaches for making any educational process interesting, and has described those methods in an accessible and vivid way in her 2012 book Design for How People Learn. This publication has garnered a great deal of expert praise and a number of reviews from publishers that focus primarily on applied interactive and distance learning.
John was born in St. Louis (Missouri U.S.A.) on July 29, 1951. He graduated with a Master’s in Electrical Engineering from Rice University, Houston, then received his MBA from Harvard in 1976. He started working for Intel in 1974, where be became one their top-ranked sales executives. In 1980, he transferred to venture investment company Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers. During his time there, he invested in a range of successful projects including Netscape, Google and Amazon. He also invested in the following green businesses: Amyris (biofuels and malaria drugs), Bloom Energy (fuel cells), Miasole (solar panels). John created iFound in 2008, a $200 million fund that invests in companies developing apps for Apple devices. He became a member of the Economy Recovery Advisory Board, set up by Barrack Obama, in 2009. He is currently 521st in the Forbes Rich List with $2.4 billion.
Semyon was born in Moscow on October 25, 1968. He moved to the U.S.A. with his parents in 1979. He graduated from Columbia University with a Bachelor’s in Computer Science in 1990, and then received his Master’s from MIT in 1993. During his time at university, he joined the MIT Blackjack team and began to outplay the casinos using his math talents. He became the hero of Busting Vegas, 2005, written by Ben Mezrich. He invented and patented the first protocol for making online payments. He stopped playing cards in the 90s, deciding instead to concentrate on business. He founded his first software company Fast Engines in 1997. He sold the company in 2000 for $35 million, most of which he lost in the dotcom bubble. Semyon bought SMTP, the largest provider of transactional and email marketing email delivery services (the company’s revenue in the second quarter of 2012 reached $1.35 million) in 2002. He is involved in charity work and invests in startups, including Terrafugia, which develops roadable aircraft. He is married with five children.
Jacque was born in New York on March 13, 1916. He is a world-renowned engineer, futurologist, and autodidact who did not even complete his school education. He moved to Los Angeles in the middle of the 1930s where he began his career as a design engineer working at Douglas Aircraft designing planes. He left the company in 1939 and went travelling around French Polynesia. Upon his return to California, he worked for various companies as a designer. Jacque was conscripted in 1942, where he continued developing aircraft. In 1945, he invented the Trend home, which was a prefabricated aluminum building that was mass distributed in the U.S.A. He developed a 3D projector in 1949, which allowed people to view 3D images without glasses. Jacque was head of two research labs in the 1940s-1950s, as well as building model sets and creating special effects for Hollywood fantasy films. In the 1960s, he managed the technocratic Americana project, which envisages the automation of city infrastructure. Jacque founded the Sociocyberneering noncommercial organization in 1971, which was subsequently renamed as The Venus Project. The project implies restructuring society through the worldwide utilization of a theoretical design he called a resource-based economy. In his opinion, production will be automated as much as possible in the future, and humanity will move away from a money-based system. Jacque has produced many inventions, nine books and six films.
Thomas graduated from the University of Natural Resources and Applied Life Sciences in Vienna in 1998, majoring in Landscaping. He founded LivingCore in 2010, which designs workplaces. He developed a theory on how space influences a person’s consciousness and rouses creativity along with University of Vienna Professor Markus Peschl. Based on this theory, Thomas has designed a range of offices, including workspaces at the Google offices in Zurich, Moscow and Stockholm. He is a member the commission of the Austrian subsidiary of PDMA, which is the world’s largest innovation support organization. Thomas teaches at a number of Austrian universities.