Nanotech Scenario Series
PRESS RELEASE: JUNE 19, 2003
CRN Forms Board of Advisors
Taking a major step forward, the Center for Responsible Nanotechnology (CRN)
has established a Board of Advisors, including several well-known names. The
first six members of CRN’s Board of Advisors are José Cordeiro, Eric Drexler,
Jerry Glenn, Lisa Hopper, Doug Mulhall, and Rosa Wang. More advisors will be
added in the near future, as CRN identifies and engages leaders in government,
business, and civil society who share a vision of nanotechnology being widely
used for productive and beneficial purposes, with malicious uses limited by
effective administration of the technology.
“We are proud to welcome such accomplished and respected figures to our
Board,” says Mike Treder, Executive Director of CRN. “It’s a great beginning.
We aim to continue building a well-rounded Board, with additional experts in
fields beyond nanotechnology, such as economics, philosophy, sociology,
ecology, and politics. We’re committed to a globally representative mix, with
members from all major world regions.”
José Luis Cordeiro is President of the Sociedad Mundial del Futuro Venezuela,
and author of The Great Taboo. An engineer and economist with expertise
in global affairs, he is Director of the Club of Rome (Venezuela), and an
international advisor to several companies and organizations. As Director of
the Association of Venezuelan Exporters (AVEX), he has participated in the
negotiations of the Free Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA).
K. Eric Drexler, Founder and Chairman of the Foresight Institute, is a
researcher concerned with emerging technologies and their consequences for the
future. In the mid 1980s, he introduced the term 'nanotechnology' to describe
atomically precise molecular manufacturing systems and their products. His
research ranges from computational modeling of molecular machines to
engineering analysis of molecular manufacturing systems and their potential
products. Author of Engines of Creation and Nanosystems, and
co-author of Unbounding the Future, he lectures widely on molecular
nanotechnology, its development, and its implications for the human future.
Jerome C. Glenn is the Executive Director for the American Council for the
United Nations University, where he co-founded and directs the Millennium
Project on global futures research. He has 30 years experience in futures
research with governments, corporations, and international organizations
working for the Committee for the Future, Hudson Institute, Future Options
Room, Millennium Project, and as an independent consultant. He has written
over 90 articles and authored, edited, or co-authored eight books on the
Lisa Hopper is President and Founder of World Care, a non-profit organization
dedicated to raising consciousness in the education, health, environmental,
and community service arenas. World Care converts surplus into valuable
resources for relief efforts throughout the world, creating opportunities for
those who are less fortunate by providing the necessary supplies.
Douglas Mulhall, author of Our Molecular Future, is a leading figure in
global environmentalism. He has participated in designing, building, and
operating water recycling and flood control facilities in China and Brazil, in
cooperation with the European Commission and multinational companies. A former
Managing Director of the Hamburg Environmental Institute, he is cofounder and
director of O Instituto Ambiental, the first South American institute to
specialize in wastewater recycling.
Rosa Wang is founder and principal of GeographicEngine.com, which offers
financial and strategic advisory to non-profits. In addition, she serves as
consultant for Ashoka Innovators for the Public, a non-profit organization
dedicated to the profession of social entrepreneurship. Rosa has extensive
experience in finance and economic policy based in North America and Asia, and
her past employers include Dresdner RCM Global Investors, Lehman Brothers, and
the Federal Reserve Bank of NY.
Since its formation in late 2002, CRN has attracted significant notice for
taking a strong stance on the risks of unregulated molecular nanotechnology,
and the need for a coordinated international program of development. CRN’s
founders, Executive Director Mike Treder and Director of Research Chris
Phoenix, believe that the humanitarian potential of nanotechnology is
enormous, but so also is the potential for misuse. Their mission is to raise
awareness of the issues presented by nanotechnology: the benefits and dangers,
and the possibilities for responsible use.