Leadership Newton Lee, Chairman Maria Entraigues Abramson, Director of Communications Dr. Greg Fahy, Director of Biomedicine Elizaveta (Elizabeth) Grigoryeva, Director of Program Development Charlie Kam, Director of Networking Dr. Christoph Lahtz, Director of Space Bioscience Alex Lightman, Campaign Director Jessica Milne, Director of Information Science and Technology Lima Mora, Director of Educational Technology and Outreach Michael Murray, Director of Environmental Science Dr. Anca Selariu, Director of Integrative Biosciences R. Nicholas Starr, Director of Edutainment
About the Leaders
Newton Lee, Chairman of the California Transhumanist Party, is education and media advisor to United States Transhumanist Party, president of the Institute for Education, Research & Scholarships (IFERS), adjunct professor of Applied Computer Science at Woodbury University School of Media, Culture & Design (MCD), editor-in-chief of Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) Computers in Entertainment, and book curator for Springer Nature. Previously, Lee was a computer scientist at AT&T Bell Laboratories, senior producer and engineer at The Walt Disney Company, and research staff member at the Institute for Defense Analyses. He was the founder of Disney Online Technology Forum, creator of Bell Labs’ first-ever commercial AI tool, inventor of the world’s first annotated multimedia OPAC for the U.S. National Agricultural Library, and campaign advisor to Zoltan Istvan for the 2016 U.S. Presidential Election. Lee graduated Summa Cum Laude from Virginia Tech with a B.S. and M.S. degree in Computer Science, and he earned a perfect GPA from Vincennes University with an A.S. degree in Electrical Engineering and an honorary doctorate in Computer Science. He has been honored with a Michigan Leading Edge Technologies Award, two community development awards from the California Junior Chamber of Commerce, and four volunteer project leadership awards from The Walt Disney Company. Lee’s Total Information Awareness trilogy (Facebook Nation, Counterterrorism and Cybersecurity, and Google It) has garnered rave reviews from Eleanor Clift of Newsweek and The Daily Beast, ACM Computing Reviews, AdWeek SocialTimes, and Choice Magazine, among others. Dr. Laura Wilhelm of The Hollywood Times wrote, "Newton Lee's thorough and thoughtful analysis should please pacifists in search of lasting solutions to the planet's biggest problems." Veteran Staff Sergeant Andrew Price of the United States Air Force (USAF) remarked, “I am inspired by the prospect of world peace. I’d fully recommend following the author’s steps, reaching beyond our borders, making friends outside our norm, and helping to foster world peace and a better tomorrow.”
Maria Entraigues Abramson, Director of Communications, is currently Global Outreach Coordinator for the SENS Research Foundation co-founded by Dr. Aubrey de Grey. Her main goal in life is to help radically extend human health-span using new biotechnologies and regenerative medicine, so that one day old age will not mean illness and decrepitude. Maria is an Argentinian-American singer, actress, composer, journalist and pilot. She is also a science and technology communicator and one of the leading voices in the field of Longevity. She came to the US for the first time after being granted a full scholarship to study at the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts. She later moved to sunny Los Angeles where she’s been established for the past 23 years. Maria is a radical-change believer and spends her multifaceted life working on facilitating disruptive change to help the world. You can find her giving a scientific talk, singing live for thousands of people, composing and acting for a Hollywood film, doing music journalism, or flying an airplane. She was the appointed Cultural Attache to the Consulate General of Argentina in Los Angeles (2009–2012). Maria also writes a monthly column, and does interviews, for Músico Pro by Music Makers Publications, which is the biggest music magazine in Spanish. In her music career, she’s been privileged to have toured the world as a singer, recording countless hours of professional studio sessions and composing and acting for movies and TV. Some of the people she’s worked with in the entertainment business are; George Duke, David Foster, Ricky Martin, Lalo Schifrin, Maurice Jarre, Luis Miguel, Jeff Rona, Eikichi Yazawa, Alejandro Lerner, Alejandro Fernandez, Woody Allen, Sharon Stone, David Schwimmer, Kiefer Sutherland, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Perry Ferrell, Alejandro Sanz, Jean Michel-Byron, Maria Grazia Cucinotta, Geraldine Chaplin, Brett Ratner, Alfonso Arau, Pepe Aguilar, Cecilia Noël, and Colin Hay, among many others. She is now doing her Tango show called “Tango Passion”, every month at a famous club in Los Angeles. Maria is happily married to Gary Abramson.
Dr. Greg Fahy, Director of Biomedicine, received his Ph.D. in pharmacology and cryobiology from the Medical College of Georgia in 1977 and worked at the American National Red Cross on kidney banking at cryogenic temperatures (cryopreservation) from 1977-1995. He worked at the Naval Medical Research Institute and served as the Chief Scientist of two biotechnology companies from 1995-1997, until moving to California to join 21st Century Medicine (21CM) in 1998, where he rapidly became the Chief Scientific Officer (CSO) and Vice President of the company. While he is mostly known for his work on fundamental cryobiology and kidney cryopreservation, he has also had a lifelong fascination with the biology of aging, and in 2010 published a multi-authored book called “The Future of Aging: Pathways to Human Life Extension” as the editor-in-chief. In addition to continuing to serve as the CSO of 21CM, Dr. Fahy is currently conducting a human clinical trial of aging reversal based at Stanford University, the focus being on reversal of human immune system aging, which is believed to be a major cause of death and illness in people over the age of 65. Some notable recent accomplishments include publication of the first paper demonstrating survival of a kidney after cooling to -130oC, rewarming, and transplantation; the winning, with coworker Robert McIntyre, of the Small Mammal Brain Preservation Prize; the achievement of institutional and FDA approval for his first human clinical trial; and four months of progress in his clinical trial to date with no serious side effects, and with great enthusiasm on the part of trial volunteers. Future plans include demonstrating greatly improved methods of organ banking, the elimination of human autoimmune disorders, and the elimination of transplant rejection.
Elizaveta (Elizabeth) Grigoryeva, Director of Program Development, graduated with honors from Woodbury University with Bachelor of Arts in Communications and Media Studies. She is the Development Manager at the nonprofit Institute for Education, Research, and Scholarships (IFERS). Due to her insatiable curiosity in technological progress, Elizaveta writes articles on technological innovations and reviews for tech events that she regularly attends. She have been published twice by ACM. In the past Elizaveta worked at the State Hermitage Museum at the IT department and had the chance to take part in creating the first Virtual Reality exhibit of the Jupiter Room. Technology is more than just an entertainment tool; it can help the world and humanity to have a better existence than ever before, make rational and well thought choices, resolve multiple struggles that we are facing today, and provide an ultimately new way of life. Elizaveta supports the innovative ideas about emerging humans and technology together which will result in new insights and major solutions to existential problems we all are facing today. As a Transhumanist, Elizaveta believes that the Transhumanist movement can and will become the next step of human evolution. It will grant humans with advanced intellectual, physical, and psychological capacities that will change the world for the better.
Charlie Kam, Director of Networking, is Founder and CEO of Acme Avatars Inc., a software company that creates interactive, life-like, digital, avatars of humans. He's on the Advisory Boards of the Brink Institute, the Lifeboat Foundation and the Center for Creative Consciousness. He is a life-long futurist with a background in biochemistry and music. In 2007 he was the sponsor, organizer, and Master of Ceremonies of the highly successful 3-DAY TRANSVISION 2007 CONFERENCE. Charlie was also one of the executive producers of the film, “Transcendent Man”. In addition, he has composed and sung many futuristic songs including: "I Am the Very Model of a Singularitarian” (Very well-known throughout the Transhumanist community. The music video starring Charlie, is based on Ray Kurzweil’s book, “The Singularity Is Near”. The song was also featured in the movie, “The Singularity Is Near”. The music video can be seen on YouTube; “Our Cryonic World” (the music video stars Aubrey De Grey, which can be seen on YouTube; “If I Had To Build A Brain” (Based on Ray Kurzweil’s book “How To Build A Mind” can be seen on YouTube) and many more, including a song for RAADfest 2016 aptly named, “Radical Life Extension!” for which he also made and starred in, along with Suzanne Somers' granddaughter Camelia Somers, a music video.
Dr. Christoph Lahtz, Director of Space Bioscience, is founder of SpaceBioLab - a private group of citizen scientists, scientists, students, space and science enthusiasts. The goal of SpaceBioLab is to establish a research facility to perform research in the field of space science, especially but not restricted to the areas of spacebiology, astrobiology and spacefarming. Christoph is also a cancer researcher with an expertise in biochemistry, epigenetics and molecular biology, cancer immunotherapeutics and cancer immunology. He was a research scientist at Sorrento Therapeutics and Beckmann Research Institute at City of Hope. He holds a Ph.D. degree in biochemistry from Justus Liebig University.
Alex Lightman, Campaign Director, has 25 years of management and social innovation experience and 15 years of chairman and chief executive experience. Award-winning inventor with multiple US patents issued or pending and author of over one million published words, including the first book on 4G wireless, and over 150 articles in major publications. Chaired and organized 17 international conferences with engineers, scientists, and government officials since 2002 with intention of achieving policy breakthroughs related to innovation. World-class innovator and recipient of the first Economist magazine Readers’ Choice Award for "The Innovation that will Most Radically Change the World over the Decade 2010 to 2020" (awarded Oct. 21, 2010, out of 4,000 initial suggestions and votes over 5 months from 200 countries, and from 32 judges). Recipient (post-humous) of the 2nd Reader’s Award (announced 10/21/2011 was Steve Jobs). Winner of the only SGI Internet 3D contest (both Entertainment and Grand Prize) out of 800 contestants. Social innovation work includes repeatedly putting almost unknown technologies and innovation-accelerating policies that can leverage the abilities of humanity into the mainstream of media, business, government, foundations, and standards bodies, including virtual reality, augmented reality, Internet Protocol version 6, and 4G wireless broadband, open spectrum, technology transfer to developing countries, unified standards, crowd-sourcing, and collective intelligence, via over 40 US government agencies, over 40 national governments, and via international entities including the United Nations and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). Political credentials including national innovation plan entitled "The Acceleration of American Innovation" for the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, work for US Senator Paul E. Tsongas (D-MA) and on several state campaigns and US presidential campaigns for Democratic candidates (Gary Hart, Richard Gephardt), presentations to the United Nations, and advisory services to the governments of Bahrain, United Arab Emirates, New Zealand, Australia, Philippines, Japan, China, Korea and India, as well as to the US Congress, the White House (via Office of Management and Budget), the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, the Defense Information Systems Agency, and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). Trained as an engineer at MIT and as a prospective diplomat and policy analyst at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government.
Jessica Milne, Director of Information Science and Technology, is a Privacy and Security Auditor at Google. Previously, she was an associate information security engineer at Warner Bros. Entertainment Group of Companies. She has designed a training class for young, underprivileged girls that teaches them the basics of firewall/IDS log analysis using Linux. Previously at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), Jessica led a team of interns for the purpose of designing, programming, and wiring a system which allows a quad rotor to autonomously navigate its environment and seek a predesignated target. She holds a B.S. degree in Computer Science from California State Polytechnic University Pomona.
Lima Mora, Director of Educational Technology and Outreach, is founder and managing director of The Last Star: Director of Rehabilitation and Educational Technology. She is a mixed reality experience designer specializing in cinematic Virtual Reality (VR) and stereoscopy with a focus on immersive educational content/concept development, 360 solutions and Digital Health. Cybersecurity and privacy are two major concerns in VR applications, especially when it comes to healthcare and patient data security. She is the founder and editor-in-chief of Moof Monster Tech, sharing her incite on VR/AR software applications, top-rated hardware, cybersecurity and information security. Previously she was a health promoter and volunteer coordinator for the Canadian Blood Services, and cancer research assistant at MD Anderson Cancer Center integrating what she learned from both of these opportunities to concentrate on patient accessibility to healthcare providers and enhanced treatment options through Heath Tech and The Last Star. She holds a B.A. degree in Political Science and Government from Carleton University and University of Guelph.
Michael Murray, Director of Environmental Science, lives in Carlsbad, California and is currently a Ph.D. candidate as a distance learner in Archaeology through the University of Southampton in the UK. His study involves exploring the use of cutting-edge 3D recording technologies within marine science and underwater archaeology. He is an accomplished commercial and scientific diver, licensed Surface-Supplied Diving Technician, Traditional Sail Boat Captain, Maritime Studies Educator, and more recently, 3D scanning and processing specialist. From 2014 to 2016, his research has been made possible through a generous grant by 2G Robotics to evaluate the efficacy of use of a series of close-range (~.50 – 2m), innovative underwater laser line scanners; the ULS – 500 and 200. These systems present a step change in their ability to achieve an unprecedented sub-millimetric level of resolution and millimetric level of accuracy of submerged materials compared to other modalities including SfM multi-image photogrammetric recording techniques already popularly employed in maritime archaeology and marine science. In 2016, his work has provided him with a unique opportunity to be the only individual in the world to own a ULS-200 system for continued development and contractual based scientific research.
Dr. Anca Selariu, Director of Integrative Biosciences, is an inter-disciplinary biomedical scientist, philologist and incurable optimist. She shares a vision for an inter-galactic humanity within the next thousand years, and sees each human being alive today as a precious resource to realize this potential. She seeks to dedicate her efforts to three causes: 1) creating human bio-enhancements and anti-aging therapies using interdisciplinary knowledge and tools available, which will allow humanity to keep up and co-evolve with its own brain products; 2) educating the world on mental flexibility, so that prejudice, fear and discrimination become obsolete; 3) help design an ergonomic habitat for the far-future humanity, both on and above Terra. She believes that our collective mind will always seek to conquer the impossible, and we owe the future humans the best of what we can do today. In March 2018, she gave a talk at TEDxCSU entitled "Future of life and the importance of being unreasonable", in which she proposed that, because evolution is not optional but rather a mathematical condition of existence, it is necessary that humans learn to use their ability for higher achievements in order to intentionally direct their evolution and to mitigate existential risk for all life on earth. She has twelve years of biomedical research in herpes viruses and transmissible spongiform encephalopathies, and three years in cGMP project management and business development. She earned her PhD at Rutgers NJ, where she developed an alternative vaccine for chickenpox and shingles. Her education includes a Bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry and one in Philology, as well as various studies in astrobiology, psychology, criminology, nutrition, etc. She is a founding member of the Future of Thought Consortium, and a member of the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI), Society for Neuroscience (SfN), American Society for Microbiology (ASM), and Eastern Psychology Association (EPA). In her spare time, she enjoys creative writing, painting, maintaining a healthy mind-body connection and attending scientific conferences.
R. Nicholas Starr, Director of Edutainment, is an audio engineer and multimedia artist whose work focuses on Earth's dystopias of past, present, and future. Also a biohacker, researcher, and theorist, he immerses himself in the subjects surrounding these worlds and has published several non-fiction articles and interviews. With an education in electronic signals intelligence from the United States Air Force, and 18 years of digital art and audio production in the US and abroad, he has become a unique voice for science fiction, the U.S. Transhumanist Movement, and American policy.