Salim Ismail

Salim Ismail

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1965 - present

Salim Ismail is a globally recognized technology entrepreneur and renowned futurist. Ismail is the Founder and Chairman of OpenExO and ExO Works, a global transformation ecosystem that helps businesses and organizations into the world of exponential thinking. Ismail founded and led some of the most influential tech companies at the foundation of our digital society. He also has ties to some of the world’s largest companies, serving as Singularity University’s founding executive director and global ambassador, as well as previously holding the role of vice president and head of innovation at Yahoo!, where he built and ran Brickhouse, the company’s internal incubator. He also founded technology companies including Confabb, PubSub Concepts, and Ångströ, which was acquired by Google in 2010. As one of the thought leaders at the forefront of solving humanity’s challenges, Ismail consults with governments and the world’s top Fortune 500 companies on innovation and growth.

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  • Ismail is a prolific speaker, having given more than 150 talks to audiences of all sizes in many different countries.

  • Speaking highlights include keynotes delivered at TED, the Vatican, the G20 Summit and the UN.

  • He has been profiled across a vast array of media outlets, including The New York Times, Bloomberg BusinessWeek, and Fortune.

  • He has been featured at Forbes, WIRED, Vogue, and the BBC, among others.

  • He has appeared as a guest on Real Vision.