Speakers

Esther Dyson

Esther Dyson
Chairman, EDventure Holdings
Esther Dyson is the chairman of EDventure Holdings. Her primary activity is investing in and nurturing startups with a recent focus on the healthcare, human capital, and aerospace sectors. Dyson is fascinated by new business models, technologies, and markets both economically and politically. From October 2008 to March 2009, she lived in Star City outside Moscow, Russia, training as a backup cosmonaut. Apart from that, she is also an active board member for a variety of startups. She was the founding chairman of ICANN, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, from 1998 to 2000, and has served as a trustee of, and helped fund, emerging organizations such as Glasses for Humanity, Bridges.org, the National Endowment for Democracy, and the Eurasia Foundation. She wrote the best-selling and widely translated book Release 2.0: A Design for Living in the Digital Age. Dyson holds a bachelor's degree in economics from Harvard University.