Diane M. Francis

Singularity Expert: Ethics, Geopolitics, Moderator

Diane Francis is an expert on Canada, the United States, Canada-US relations, Silicon Valley, business and tech ethics, geopolitics, the Ukraine-Russia conflict, Putin, energy, business, and white-collar crime. She has written for the Wall Street Journal to the New York Post, Politico, Newsweek, Washington Post, the Guardian, among others.An award-winning columnist, bestselling author, investigative journalist, speaker, and television commentator, she is Editor-at-Large and a twice-weekly columnist at Canada’s National Post and the PostMedia chain in Canada, a columnist for American Interest, Atlantic Council’s Ukraine Alert, and Kyiv Post. Francis is Singularity Expert, at Singularity University in Mountain View, California, a Distinguished Visiting Professor at Ryerson University in Toronto, a Senior Fellow at the Atlantic Council in Washington, DC, and sits on the boards of the Hudson Institute’s Kleptocracy Initiative in DC and the Canada-US Law Institute in Cleveland. She is a member of Abundance360, created by Silicon Valley influencer and space pioneer Peter Diamandis, who leads this exclusive group of 250 entrepreneurs.In 1991, Francis became Editor of Canada’s Financial Post, the first woman editor of a national daily newspaper in Canada, a position she held until the paper was sold in 1998. She is the author of ten books, including Merger of the Century: Why Canada and America Should Become One Country (2013, featured in a cover story in Foreign Policy) as well as four books on white-collar crime, two on the problem of concentration of economic power and business in Canada, immigration, Quebec separatism, and geopolitical trends.She was a director of two public companies, Aurizon Mines and Lake Shore Gold, until both were sold, and is now involved in software development. She holds three honorary doctorates.