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Jonathan Knowles

Science and Exploration Fellow at Mission Blue —The Sylvia Earle Alliance
  • Location
    United States
  • Area of Expertise
    Exponential Thinking, Innovation, Leadership, Communities
  • Type

Jonathan explores the dynamics of large-scale, long term change with a focus on beyond the horizon technologies, providing insight on the evolving role of applied innovation. Jonathan is a founding faculty member of Singularity University and is the former Head of Faculty. He currently serves as the Distinguished Fellow for Science, Technology, Innovation, and Exploration at Singularity University.

Jonathan currently serves as the Science and Exploration Fellow at Mission Blue—The Sylvia Earle Alliance; Advisor to Schmidt Marine Technology Partners—a program of the Schmidt Family Foundation; Ideation Director at the NASA Frontier Development Lab; and the Exploration Officer for the California Coastal Exploration Academy vessel E/V Discovery. He sits on the boards of, and as an advisor to, several ocean, space, technology, learning, and exploration start-up and nonprofit organizations. With over 20 years in Silicon Valley in leadership positions at Apple, Adobe, and Autodesk, Jonathan is a creative thinker and respected thought leader on future trends, long-range vision, and creating a preferred future. He advises start-ups, business leaders, government officials, and academics around the world.

A popular speaker and moderator in formats ranging from high-profile keynotes to executive roundtables and workshops, Jonathan is passionate about helping others understand, make sense of, and put to good use rapidly advancing technologies and the mindset necessary to apply them for the benefit of everyone. Jonathan covers topics from technology trends, entrepreneurship and open innovation, to creating a preferred future, and more.


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