Tammy Lakes is the Executive Vice President of Online Learning and Digital Business. Tammy joined Singularity University to lead the teams designing and building digital experiences for individuals interested in the power of exponential technologies and uncommon partnerships. 

She spent the past twenty years working at the intersection of education, technology and business. Reasoning from first principles enables her to approach large systems with a methodical process, breaking them down and rebuilding to meet the needs of the market. The focus of her work for the past decade has been in calibrating systems to be customer-centric, creating flexible new business models to support that shift and virtualizing experiences to increase user satisfaction. She has worked in and led groups in Product Management, Product Innovation, Digital Development, Design, Marketing, Sales and Implementation for Pearson, ACT, Inc, and Strada Education Network.


Richard is a long-time resident of South Florida and a University of Florida Gator fan by choice, graduating from the University of Florida’s journalism school with a degree in public relations many winning football seasons ago.

He is currently a senior communications specialist with Florida Power & Light Company, a subsidiary of NextEra Energy, the world’s largest generator of renewable energy from the wind and sun. He is a member of a team that rises to the challenge of communicating the company’s commitments as a corporate citizen to stakeholders and works to support community relations programs and events.

He began his career in communications as a travel industry writer as his first job out of school and became the envy of all his friends over the years as he recounted tales of his overseas adventures. He has swum with sharks, learned how to windsurf at sailing school and became a certified scuba diver.

He then tackled public relations agency work and represented a wide range of businesses and non-profit organizations including travel, transportation/logistics, real estate, environmental and healthcare.

He is most proud of being able to keep up with India, his 12-year-old daughter, as she races around their neighborhood in Miami Beach with her scooter and not appearing to be winded when he gets home.


Dr. Eric Rasmussen is the CEO of Infinitum Humanitarian Systems, a Washington State "Profit for Purpose" social business specializing in vulnerability reduction for systems and populations. He is also a practicing Internal Medicine physician with an additional specialty in Disaster Medicine.

His other roles include Research Professor for Environmental Security and Global Medicine at San Diego State University, Affiliate Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of Washington, Visiting Researcher in Disaster Management at the Institute for Disaster Preparedness in Beijing, China, Senior Lecturer within the International Disaster Academy in Bonn, Germany, and Core Faculty at Singularity University within the NASA Ames Research Center in California.

Dr. Rasmussen retired in 2010 as President and Chief Executive Officer of InSTEDD, a highly-regarded international NGO created by Google.org from a TED Prize awarded to Dr. Larry Brilliant. He remains the Chair of InSTEDD's Board of Directors. Before his selection as CEO of InSTEDD, Dr. Rasmussen had spent 25 years on active duty with the US Navy, including deployments to multiple natural disasters and three wars. On his Navy retirement he was both Chairman of the Department of Medicine within the Navy teaching hospital near Seattle, Washington, and Special Advisor in Humanitarian Informatics for the US Office of the Secretary of Defense.

He has been a Principal Investigator for both the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) and for the National Science Foundation. He now sits on several boards and committees, including the Committee on Grand Challenges in Global Development for the US National Academy of Sciences. Eric is a Combat-Service Disabled Veteran, the CEO of IHS, and the majority owner of IHS. As a consequence IHS is registered as a Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business. Eric has been married for more than 30 years to Demi and they have daughters Melissa and Faith. Eric and Demi live on Bainbridge Island between Seattle and Olympic National Park.


Matt Rutherford is CEO and heads the roster of directors at Roc Noir. Prior to founding Roc Noir, he worked as a creative at Droga5, part of the Cannes Titanium Lion winning team on the UNICEF account. He was subsequently a producer for Charlie Rose, on PBS. Matt received a Double First in Chinese Studies & Politics from Cambridge University, and a Master's in Middle Eastern Studies from Harvard University.


Knight Foundation invests in cities where the Knight brothers once owned newspapers, supporting both authentically local and relevant national ideas.

Last year, with support from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, the 2015 Global Impact Challenges Miami invited applicants to propose innovative solutions to sea level rise in South Florida. The competition was open to all U.S. residents, with ideas focusing on the challenge of sea level rise . Two contestants from this competition won the prize to attend the Graduate Solutions Program during summer of 2015 at no charge. Stay tuned for the GIC MIAMI Announcement. The winner secures a place at the 10-week Global Solutions Program at Singularity University in the summer of 2017. The value of the prize is $35,000 sponsored by the Knight Foundation. Most importantly, the winner gets the tools, knowledge and contacts to make their vision become reality.


Ana C. Benatuil is an Architectural Designer and Urbanist Entrepreneur graduate from Florida International University on 2013. Ana is passionate about the convergence of cities and technology to solve the challenges that affect our environment, infrastructure and quality of life. Ana won the Knight Foundation Global Impact Competition in Miami that led her to the Global Solutions Program at Singularity University in 2015. She is also the recipient of multiple awards and exhibits for her Urban Master Plan proposal to adapt to the upcoming challenges of Sea Level Rise in Miami which was exhibited at the National Headquarters of the American Institute of Architects in Washington DC at their yearly Emerging Professionals Exhibition in 2014.