The first off-world communities living on the Moon, Mars and beyond will rely heavily on the knowledge and resources of teams on Earth. The Off-World Project constitutes a diverse and wide range of collaborators, from technology partners, to advisors, to team members selected for the Off-World communities. The Off-world experiments are not just simulations, but real communities that will showcase the human spirit and resilience required to build self-sustaining settlements in some of the Earth’s harshest and most isolated environments, through collaboration.
The Proudly Human team is made up of people from around the world taking part in the leaps of imagination, science and technology required for the realisation of the off-world settlement of the near future, as well as sustainability on Earth. Through our collective expertise, curiosity and passion, we will contribute to the most profound achievement humanity has ever aspired to: expanding our society beyond Earth, towards future of which we can be proud, in harmony with each other and the environment, whatever planet we are on.
Do you have the skills to contribute? Apply to join our #ProudlyHuman Research and Technology Partner Network. Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dr Adriana Marais founded Proudly Human in 2019. She has since been on location scouts for the organisation’s Off-World Project to regions including Antarctica and Oman. The Off-World Project will demonstrate exploration-driven innovation for habitation in extreme environments on Earth and beyond.
Adriana has a PhD in quantum physics and is currently designing a blockchain-based economic system towards a second PhD. She is a director at the Foundation for Space Development Africa, a member of the South African 4th Industrial Revolution Ministerial Task Team, Faculty at the Singularity University and Duke Corporate Education, and was previously one of 100 astronaut finalists with the Mars One Project.
head of engineering
Akshay Nayak is a mechanical engineer with a masters in technology management and is currently Technology and Customer Relations Manager at Securonix. With his expertise in areas from engineering design to cybersecurity, he will drive and oversee the Off-World Tech Hub and its relationship with a range of technology partners, and manage the range of technologies in Antarctica for ARC’s sustainability, from life support to communication.
Carla Sharpe has an executive MBA from the International Space University in France and is currently working on her PhD in Economics and Space Studies at the University of Cape Town. She is passionate about space and her motivation is to positively impact lives in Africa through space technology. She is a founder of the South African Space Association and the Foundation for Space Development
Founder & President - Biosphere Foundation
Chief Operations Officer & Captain of sailing vessel Mir - Biosphere Foundation
Chief Financial Officer & Director of Agriculture & Forestry - Biosphere Foundation
CEO of White Desert Antarctica
Having been part of the youngest and fastest team to ever reach the South Pole in 2002, Patrick went on to lead the first ever East to West traverse of Antarctica, covering 1850km in a total of 75 days.
Outside of the Polar World, he has been on many successful expeditions, summiting unclimbed mountains in Tibet and Kyrgyzstan, kayaking down uncharted rivers in the Amazon and being part of the team to set the fastest crossing of the Atlantic Ocean. In 2015 he broke the record for the fastest traverse of Greenland.
Find out more about White Desert here.
Multidisciplinary scientist in the field of Astrobiology
Psychiatrist and mindfulness meditation teacher
Dr. Jonathan Starke is a psychiatrist and mindfulness meditation teacher with a master’s degree looking at the effects of stress on health, and a special interest in the clinical applications of mindfulness in mental healthcare, health professional wellness and burnout-prevention.
Before becoming a psychiatrist, he worked in emergency, remote site and expedition medicine. From 2004 – 2006 he was the over-wintering team leader and doctor for the 44th South African National Antarctic Expedition, and later provided medical support to research teams on the SA Agulhas vessel, Marion Island and Gough Island until 2009. He has also worked for MSF in Pakistan, as well as surviving for 30 days on an uninhabited island in the Andaman sea with only what he could fit in a 5-litre dry bag. He has an ongoing interest in supporting teams working in extreme settings.
ENTREPRENEUR, PEDAGOGUE AND AUTHOR
Gunter Pauli (1956) is an entrepreneur, pedagogue and author. He pioneers innovations and creates new (disruptive) business models. Gunter accompanied over 200 projects over the past quarter of a century, translating ideas with solid science into a vision implemented through entrepreneurship.
These initiatives have evolved in three unicorns and dozens of demonstrations on how to transform society. Gunter adheres to a philosophy summarized in his book “The Blue Economy” (2010) translated in nearly 50 languages. He proposes to avoid dividing opinions centered around “for or against”. Rather he continuously focuses on finding better solutions, much better indeed! He embraces radical change, shifting from the obsession to ever higher levels of efficiency, globalization and ever lower prices, to resilience and the capacity of a better response to the basic needs of all, by generating value with what is locally available. He dedicates half of his time to inspire children with fables that empowers them to create a SuperWorld their parents could never have imagined. His latest book “The Economy of Happiness” is based on the successful implementation of game changing businesses, and outlines underlying principles that establish the successful pursuit of health and happiness..
TRANSITION COACH, CROSS CULTURAL EXPERT & ADVENTURER
Originally from Italy and global citizen for the last 20 years, Vittoria’ focus is on personal development, inner alignment, mindfulness, leadership, cultural awareness & change. Her mission is to empower people to be catalysts for the change they want to see for themselves and for the world.
Vittoria is a proud partner of Women On a Mission with 4 expeditions accomplished in remote lands in Nepal, Iran, Ethiopia and Indonesia. Passionate about social leadership, Vittoria is always in the quest for extreme challenges with the aim to support women and communities affected by trauma, violence and neglect around the world through education and empowerment. With a degree cum laude in Logic and Philosophy, Vittoria is always expanding her discoveries in the areas of psychology, neuroscience, self-development and leadership, in order to keep expanding the human potential.
Transformational Leadership Practitioner,Senior FacilitatoR, Coach & Trainer
Yene is a seasoned Transformational Leadership practitioner with over 20 years’ experience as a professional facilitator, coach and trainer with an extensive background in talent development. Specialising in leadership, transformation and change management, Yene has a talent for working with a wide range of individuals.
She is widely recognized for her capacity to hold space for senior management teams to have delicate and necessary conversations and achieve breakthroughs for the overall organizational wellbeing. Her ability to genuinely relate to people creates a safe environment, enabling sustainable transformation and effective learning at all levels of management. She has a natural understanding of the global mindset, including cross-cultural dynamics in leadership development, change management and team building, in an increasingly diverse and ever more VUCA environment.
Yene has delivered well over 5,000 hours of coaching to date. Her most recent work in leadership training, coaching and facilitation has been with organisations such as: UNICEF, UNSSC, EU, UNAIDS, UNDP, DHL, 3M, Castel Breweries, NATO, African Union, GIZ, Société Générale, British Council, CNV (Dutch Trade Union Federation), and a number of civil society organizations in Africa and Asia.
She has a PhD in Transformation and Change in Human Systems, is a Master Certified Coach (MCC), a level achieved by top 3% of coaches worldwide and is accredited to deliver MBTI, NLP, LEA 360, and Personal Motivation Drivers Assessment (PD-IDI). Yene is proficient in Integral Theory/Approach, Spiral Dynamic and Systems Thinking. She is a motivational speaker and a published author with three books and numerous articles. Yene serves on the Global Board of the International Coaching Foundation (ICFF).
Next milestone in Yene dreams is launching her Leadership Foundation course designed for girls 16-21. The program will be online. There are a few gifts embedded in this program. First, is the gift of learning to engage in an intentional life journey. Second is to meet, work with and build sisterhood with girls from all corners of the world. Third is building a life-long community of sisterhood that will support, nurture and bring joy in each of our lives. The dream is to reach a minimum of 5000 girls in the first 3 years and after impact analysis, take it to bringing a 100,000 girls together in ten years.
ARCHITECT, PLANNER, TECHNOLOGIST
Dr Geci Karuri-Sebina is an architect / planner / technologist whose expertise is in human settlement development, socio-technical systems, and the future. She is an Associate with South African Cities Network, a Visiting Research Fellow at the Wits School of Governance, national organiser of the Civic Tech Innovation Network, and a Singularity University global faculty member on the future of cities and governance. She holds a PhD in planning and innovation systems, Masters’ degrees in Architecture and in Urban Planning, and undergraduate degrees in Computer Science and Sociology.
Francesco Petruccione was born in 1961 in Genova (Italy). He studied Physics at the University of Freiburg i. Br. and received his PhD in 1988. He was conferred the “Habilitation” degree (Dr. rer. nat. habil.) from the same University in 1994. In 2004 he was appointed Professor of Theoretical Physics at the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN), in Durban (South Africa). In 2005 he was awarded an Innovation Fund grant to set up a Centre for Quantum Technology. In 2007 he was granted the South African Research Chair for Quantum Information Processing and Communication. At present, he is the interim Director of the National Institute for Theoretical and Computational Science, Pro Vice-Chancellor Big Data and Informatics of UKZN, and Adjunct Professor in the School of Electrical Engineering of the Korean Advanced Institute for Science and Technology (KAIST).
Prof Petruccione is an elected member of the Academy of Sciences of South Africa, a Fellow of the Royal Society of South Africa and a Fellow of the University of KwaZulu-Natal. He has published about 250 papers in refereed scientific journals. He is the co-author of a monograph on “The Theory of Open Quantum Systems ” (more than 7000 citations according to Google Scholar), that was published in 2002, reprinted as paperback in 2007, and translated in Russian. Recently, he published a monograph (with Maria Schuld) on “Supervised Learning with Quantum Computers”. He is the editor of several proceedings volumes and of special editions of scientific journals. Prof Petruccione is a member of the Editorial Board of the journals “Open Systems and Information Dynamics”, “Scientific Reports”, and “Quantum Machine Intelligence”.
POLAR EXPLORER, ENDURANCE ATHLETE, MOTIVATIONAL SPEAKER
Ben Saunders is one of the world’s leading polar explorers, and a record-breaking long-distance skier who has covered more than 7,000km (4,350 miles) on foot in the Polar Regions since 2001.
His accomplishments include leading The Scott Expedition, the longest human-powered polar journey in history, and the first completion of the expedition that defeated Captain Scott and Sir Ernest Shackleton, a 105-day round-trip from Ross Island on the coast of Antarctica to the South Pole and back again. Ben is the third person in history to ski solo to the North and South poles, and holds the record for the longest solo Arctic journey by a Briton.
He is a global brand ambassador for Land Rover and Canada Goose, an ambassador for The Prince’s Trust, a patron and fellow of British Exploring, a fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, and an acclaimed keynote speaker, described by TED (where he has spoken three times) as ‘A master storyteller’.
In print, Ben is the author of Shackleton (A Ladybird Expert Book) and he has featured in ReWork by David Heinemeier Hansson and Jason Fried, The Rise by Sarah Lewis, and TED Talks: The Official TED Guide to Public Speaking by Chris Anderson.
POLicy analyst, research fellow
Ruvimbo Samanga is a Policy Analyst at Space in Africa, and a Research Fellow at the Open Lunar Foundation. She holds a Masters In International Trade & Investment Law and has specialised in the African space industry and development. She currently represents Zimbabwe in the Space Generation Advisory Council and the Women in Aerospace Africa Chapter. She is also the founder of AgriSpace, an early stage Agri-tech startup developed in collaboration with the Ban Ki-moon Centre for Global Citizens. She has also been recognised as one of the top 10 Under 30 in the African space industry. A keen space enthusiast, she is involved in various capacity building and policy developing initiatives in
the global space sector.
Aerospace Physician, Weightless Flight Surgeon and ZeroG Instructor (Novespace)
Dr Jeremy Saget is an Aerospace Physician, Weightless Flight Surgeon and ZeroG Instructor (Novespace). Flight Surgeon (rotary wing Aeromedical Evacuations) for UN Peace Keepers support. Committed one year to leprosy detection in Comores, Indian Ocean. Crew Commander for Mars Analog Missions in isolated conditions. Masters degree in cognitive science research from the Polytechnic Institute of Bordeaux, specialized in human factors. ATPL theoretical knowledge Instructor (Human Performance and Limitations, EASA ATO). Passionate about Human, space, exploration, science, STEAM, currently working and writing about psychological aspects of ICE missions (Isolated Confined missions in an Extreme environment) and remote medicine challenges.
Ceo of thulium, full-time graduate student at harvard
Tamara is currently a full-time graduate student in residence at Harvard University pursuing dual degrees at both the Harvard Kennedy School and the Harvard Divinity School. Her academic research areas of focus are science, technology & public purpose, ethics, transhumanism, existential risk with a scholarly deep dive into ancient apocalyptic texts. Tamara began her career in 1987 as a trauma and critical care nurse. In 1993 she launched bringing new medical technologies to market in Silicon Valley. Tamara is also the founder and CEO of Thulium and serves as a unique advisor to leading global organizations.
consulting inventor, conservation evangelist and charity planner
Dr Greg Dickens is a consulting inventor from Cambridge, UK. His day job is to identify and solve bioengineering, behavioural, and logistical problems in linking human beings to technology. His clients include J&J, Ford, and The North Face. When not tinkering on the border between medicine and engineering, Greg runs a re-wilding charity and can often be found planning/doing sponsored endurance challenges to raise money for conservation – most recently gathering £8,000 by running/biking for 68 hours straight while posting bug-facts to Facebook.
Before moving to Cambridge, Greg escaped from UK professional sport to live in a tiny hut in the West African rainforest. Working as head vet at an in-forest reserve for monkeys and chimpanzees, allowed him to experience very long hours, very uncomfortable conditions, and unreliable access to reliable water and electricity. He enjoyed the challenge, but is glad to be back.
Dr Dickens is a conservation evangelist. In conservation, a species with only one location is considered very much ‘at risk’. He firmly believes that Terrestrial life, led by humanity, needs to become established throughout the solar system if it is to survive in the long-run.
To support this aim, Greg will provide to the project a huge amount of professional expertise in optimising technical systems that include humans, as well as a lot of personal experience with getting the best out of people near the limits of their endurance.
managing director for space in africa, tedx speaker and former space generation advisory council regional coordinator
Temidayo is the Managing Director for Space in Africa, a leading analytics and consulting company focusing on the African space and satellite industry. With about seven years of experience in the industry, Temidayo advises Governments and commercial space players in the African Space Industry value chain. He is a TEDx speaker and regularly appears on various media commenting on the African Space Program. He has a Masters degree in Satellite Applications from the University of Strathclyde Glasgow and has been awarded several times for his work in the industry. Temidayo is a former Space Generation Advisory Council Regional Coordinator for Africa and a 2020 Karman Fellow.
The Off-World Project is a huge step towards the evolution of humanity. Earth is battling so many issues, from overpopulation and extreme poverty to climate change, all of which can be lessened by an exodus to more habitable planets and, even better, can create a better standard of living for people living in extreme environments on earth. These experiments will also contribute to medical knowledge on better fortifying the human body for life out in space, technological sustainability, and a possibly utopian community. There is so much humanity stands to gain both from these experiments’ successes and failures, and seeing such projects emanating from Africa brings joy. Using his expertise and network in the space industry, Temidayo, as a member of the advisory board, will put his weight behind the organisation for institutional support, promotion, and fundraising.
Founder, neuroscientist, and space nerd
Dr Natalie Rens is a founder, neuroscientist, and space nerd. She is CEO and founder of Astreia, a venture building intelligent homes to enable a sustainable future on Earth and Mars. Natalie is also co-founder of Queensland AI, a founding Board Director for Open Data Australia, and a Nonresident Senior Fellow at the Atlantic Council GeoTech Center, with a focus on ensuring technology for good across the globe.
Natalie formerly served as the Artificial Intelligence Specialist for the Office of the Queensland Chief Entrepreneur, where she developed AI strategy at state and national levels for the Australian government. Natalie holds a PhD in Neuroscience, Master in Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience, and a Bachelor in Biomedical Science (honors).