Darlene Damm

Social Entrepreneur


Darlene's talk will be in English.

As the Vice Chair of Global Grand Challenges at Singularity University, Darlene Damm works to create a global community with the mindset, skills and network necessary for building an abundant future. For nearly two decades, she has lead social innovation projects along a transformative journey from inspiration to impact. She is determined to solve the planet’s most urgent problems through leveraging exponential technologies like artificial intelligence, robotics and digital biology. In 2012, she founded DIYROCKETS, the first company to crowdsource the development of space technology and in 2011 she co-founded Matternet, a commercial drone company transporting medical goods in the developing world.

Previously, Darlene served with Ashoka, the world's largest association of social entrepreneurs for nearly 9 years. She helped launch a changemaker education initiative now active in schools in over 30 countries, established Ashoka’s fundraising system, and lead the group’s efforts in Silicon Valley, initiating major partnerships with Google, LinkedIn and Facebook. Darlene also spent over a decade in South-East Asia and the US working on educational and economic programs empowering youth and helping developing nations join the global economy. She has a BA in History from Stanford University and an MA in International Affairs from Johns Hopkins SAIS. She was a Fellow with the Japan-US Community Education and Exchange and a graduate of Singularity University. She holds a patent and regularly speaks around the world and publishes on technology and social change. 


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