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Dr. Peter H. Diamandis is an international pioneer in the fields of innovation, incentive competitions and commercial space. In 2014 he was named one of “The World’s 50 Greatest Leaders” – by Fortune Magazine. In the field of Innovation, Diamandis is Chairman and CEO of the X PRIZE Foundation, best known for its $10 million Ansari X PRIZE for private spaceflight. Today the X PRIZE leads the world in designing and operating large-scale global competitions to solve market failures. Diamandis is also the Co-Founder and Vice-Chairman of Human Longevity Inc. (HLI), a genomics and cell therapy-based diagnostic and therapeutic company focused on extending the healthy human lifespan. He is also the Co-Founder and Executive Chairman of Singularity University, a graduate-level Silicon Valley institution that studies exponentially growing technologies, their ability to transform industries and solve humanity’s grand challenges. In the field of commercial space, Diamandis is Co-Founder/Co-Chairman of Planetary Resources, a company designing spacecraft to enable the detection and mining of asteroid for precious materials. Diamandis is the New York Times Bestselling author of Abundance – The Future Is Better Than You Think. Abundance was #1 on Amazon and #2 on New York Times. He earned an undergraduate degree in Molecular Genetics and a graduate degree in Aerospace Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and received his M.D. from Harvard Medical School. Diamandis’ mission is to open the space frontier for humanity. His personal motto is: “The best way to predict the future is to create it yourself.”
CO-CHAIRMAN/CO-FOUNDER, PLANETARY RESOURCES Inc.: Planetary Resources, Inc.(PRI) is focused on the identification, remote sensing and prospecting of near-Earth approaching asteroids. The company is backed by a group of world-class investors (www.PlanetaryResources.com).
Co-FOUNDER/VICE-CHAIRMAN, SPACE ADVENTURES, Ltd. (www.spaceadventures.com). Space Adventures is the leading space- tourism company. Space Adventures has flown 8 private customer-missions to the Int’l Space Station since 2001.
CHAIRMAN/CEO, X PRIZE FOUNDATION: The X PRIZE Foundation creates and operates large $10M incentive competitions in Exploration, Life Sciences, Energy/Environment, and Education/Global Development. The first competition, the Ansari X PRIZE was won in October 2004.. (www.xprize.org)
FOUNDER, MANAGING DIRECTOR & CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER, INTERNATIONAL SPACE UNIVERSITY (ISU). ISU is the world's leading graduate program for multi-national and multi-disciplinary study of space involving over 30 nations and 140 graduates per year. ISU has established a $30M graduate level campus in Strasbourg, France.
CO-FOUNDER/VICE-CHAIRMAN, HUMAN LONGEVITY, Inc..(HLI) is focused extending the healthy human life-span. Making 100 years-old, the “new 60”. The company is backed by a group of world-class investors (www.HumanLongevity.com).
Created as a new university (co-Founded with Ray Kurzweil) on the campus of NASA Ames/Moffett, Singularity University is an interdisciplinary, international graduate level institution focused on exponentially growing technologies and their ability to be used to address humanity’s Grand Challenges. (www.singularityu.org).
ZERO-G is a Space Entertainment Company providing weightless experiences aboard its ‘zero-g aircraft.’ The company operates FAA-certified Boeing 727 aircraft. Zero-G provides NASA with parabolic flight services for research, education and training, having flown over 10,000 customers.
BlastOff! Corporation an idealab! company, which designed the first private mission to land on the Moon as a mix of entertainment, internet and space. The company brought together to talent from NASA/JPL and Hollywood.
Angel Technologies Corporation is a commercial communications company developing wireless broadband communications networks.
1991 - 1993FOUNDER & DIRECTOR, . CCI is one of five low-Earth (L-Band) Orbit satellite constellation for voice telephony. Constellation was funded to deploy an equatorial ring of 10 satellites to provide communications primarily to Brazil and Indonesia. The company was sold to E-Systems & Orbital.
1989 - 1992FOUNDER AND CEO, IMI was an entrepreneurial space technologies company focusing on the provision of low-cost launch services (ORBEX™ launch vehicle program). IMI was awarded a launch services contract for 1 launch plus 9 options from SDIO worth up to $125M. IMI was purchased by CTA Incorporated in 1993.
GRADUATE RESEARCHER at NASA Johnson Space Center and MIT Man-Vehicle Laboratory, and MIT’s Whitehead Biomedical Institute. Conducted research on artificial gravity utilizing short-arm centrifuges for astronaut health maintenance.