Ramez Naam

Co-Chair, Energy and Environmental Systems, Singularity University

Ramez Naam is a computer scientist, futurist and award-winning author. Mr. Naam spent 13 years at Microsoft, where he led teams developing early versions of Microsoft Outlook, Internet Explorer and the Bing search engine. His career has focused on bringing advanced collaboration, communication and information retrieval capabilities to roughly one billion people around the world. That led to his role as partner and director of program management within Microsoft.

Between stints at Microsoft, Mr. Naam founded and ran Apex NanoTechnologies, the world’s first company devoted entirely to software tools to accelerate molecular design. He holds 19 patents related to search engines, information retrieval, web browsing, artificial intelligence and machine learning.

Mr. Naam is also an H.G. Wells Award-winning author of four books including “The Infinite Resource: The Power of Ideas on a Finite Planet,” which looks at an array of natural resource and environmental challenges. In it, he charts a course to meet those challenges by investing in the scientific and technological innovation needed to overcome them, and by changing our policies to encourage both conservation and critical innovations.

Mr. Naam is a graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign and the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy at Aurora Illinois.