Chairman and CEO, X PRIZE Foundation
Peter Diamandis is chairman and CEO of the X PRIZE Foundation, known for its $10 million Ansari X PRIZE for private space flight. He is also the executive chairman of Silicon Valley-based Singularity University. An pioneer in the commercial space arena, he has founded and run many of the leading entrepreneurial companies in the sector. Diamandis is the co-founder and co-vice chairman of Space Adventures, the only company to have brokered the launches of private citizens to the International Space Station. He is the author of "Abundance: The Future Is Better Than You Think," which hit No. 1 on Amazon and No. 2 on the New York Times best-seller list. He is the recipient of the Arthur C. Clarke Award for innovation, the Lindbergh Award and the Neil Armstrong Award for Aerospace Achievement and Leadership. Diamandis holds an undergraduate degree in molecular genetics and a graduate degree in aerospace engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and an M.D. from Harvard Medical School.