SANTA CLARA, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The Board of Directors for Singularity University (SU) has appointed Steve Leonard as the organization’s chief executive officer effective May 2020. Leonard moves to SU from SGInnovate, a private-limited company wholly owned by the Singapore Government, where since 2016 he has served as its founding CEO.
Prior to working for the Singapore Government on nation-building priorities, Leonard served in executive leadership positions in the technology industry for almost thirty years, much of that time based in Europe or Asia. He has scaled up information-technology businesses for enterprise and consumer-facing companies in software, hardware, services and consulting. As a passionate advocate for constructive debate about technology and the future of humanity, Leonard is a regular speaker at United Nations Development Program (UN-DP) and United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UN-ESCAP) events. He is also a frequent on-stage and on-air contributor at a wide range of technology events, hosted by leading media groups including WSJ, Forbes, CNBC, Bloomberg, BBC, and The Economist.
“We are fortunate and excited to have Steve join Singularity at such a critical time,” said Erik Anderson, executive chairman at SU and founder and CEO of WestRiver Group. “He is a proven international leader with integrity, a track record of execution to plan, expertise in scaling organizations and is committed to our purpose and global opportunity. The board and I look forward to working with Steve to shape the next phase of growth for SU.”
“I have long admired the work of Singularity University. The company’s mission to empower and enable leaders of all backgrounds and at all levels with the mindset of exponential thinking is something I believe in deeply,” said Steve Leonard, CEO of Singularity University. “SU’s engaged global community, high-value content, and impact-driven programs, align perfectly with rising awareness in the world of the real and urgent needs of humanity. Working with entrepreneurs, investors, corporates, academics and governments to build engaged communities and entrepreneurial companies that tackle hard problems is what I have done for years. I am thrilled to now be able to add my own set of ideas and experiences to an already amazing SU team, and I look forward to working with Erik, the board and investors.”
Founded in 2008 by Dr. Peter Diamandis and Dr. Ray Kurzweil, SU is a global community with a mission to educate, inspire, and empower leaders to apply exponential technologies to address humanity’s grand challenges. It leverages global reach through a network of 8 country partners and boasts a global community in excess of 350,000, through memberships in 190 chapters and 77 countries.
“After a long and exhaustive search, we are excited to welcome Steve to the helm of Singularity, guiding it into its second decade of educating leaders and driving impact,” said Peter H. Diamandis and Ray Kurzweil, co-founders of Singularity University. “Steve is a proven leader who has a demonstrated passion for building high performing companies across the world. We are confident that under Steve’s leadership, Singularity will fulfill its mission of creating exponential and abundance mindsets on a global scale.”
ABOUT SINGULARITY UNIVERSITY
Singularity University (SU) is a global learning and innovation community using exponential technologies to tackle the world’s biggest challenges and build a better future for all. SU’s collaborative platform empowers individuals and organizations across the globe to learn, connect, and innovate breakthrough solutions using accelerating technologies like artificial intelligence, robotics, and digital biology. A certified benefit corporation headquartered in Silicon Valley, SU was founded at NASA Research Park in 2008 by renowned innovators Ray Kurzweil and Peter H. Diamandis with program funding from leading organizations including Google, Deloitte, and UNICEF. To learn more, visit SU.org, read the SU Blog, join us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter @SingularityU, and download the SU App.
Adolph Hunter, Adolph.Hunter@su.org