Geraldine “Geri” Richmond
Geraldine “Geri” Richmond is the Presidential Chair in Science and Professor of Chemistry at the University of Oregon. Her research using laser spectroscopy and computational methods focuses on understanding environmentally and technologically important processes that occur at water, semiconductor, and mineral surfaces. Richmond is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and the American Academy of Arts & Sciences, and is a Fellow of the American Chemical Society (ACS), the American Physical Society (APS), the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), and the Association for Women in Science. She has served in leadership roles on many international, national, and state governing and advisory boards, including her current membership on the National Science Board and most recently as U.S. Science Envoy for the Lower Mekong River countries and President of the AAAS. She is the founder and director of COACh, a grassroots organization that has been assisting in the advancement of women scientists around the globe since 1997. Awards for Richmond’s scientific accomplishments include the National Medal of Science, the ACS Francis P. Garvan-John M. Olin Medal, the ACS Joel Henry Hildebrand Award, and the APS Davisson-Germer Prize in Atomic or Surface Physics. Awards for education-, outreach-, and science-capacity building efforts include the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring; the ACS Award for Encouraging Women into Careers in the Chemical Sciences; and the ACS Charles Lathrop Parsons Award.
In 2012, Greg founded OneWeb with the mission of enabling Internet access for everyone. Setting a goal of connecting every unconnected school in the world by 2022, he built a team and designed a satellite onstellation to achieve that vision. After the system was designed, in 2014 OneWeb raised over $500,000,000 USD in its A-Round from investors including Qualcomm, Bharti, Airbus, Coca-Cola, Echostar, Virgin and Intelsat, and $1.2bn USD in its B-Round with lead investor Softbank. Greg continues to lead the architecture and development of the system looking towards its initial activation in 2019.
Prior to OneWeb, in 2007 Greg founded O3b Networks, Ltd. O3b raised approximately 1.3bn USD to design and build a satellite constellation to provide fiber quality backhaul for telecom operators in the most remote
markets around the world. Today, O3b has launched 12 satellites. The system provides the highest capacity and lowest latency combination of any satellites built to date. O3b Networks was acquired by SES Corporation in 2016.
Prior to developing O3b, Greg spent three years developing telecommunications in Africa for very rural locations. He built a local team and connected over 200 schools to the internet, provided the first 3G and fiber to the home connections on the continent and focused heavily on developing local operational skills.
In the 1990’s Greg founded a semiconductor cooling technology company which provided thermal solutions to most of the top PC manufacturers such as Dell and Hewlett Packard and eventually gaming consoles such as the XBOX.
After the successful sale of his first company Greg became focused on rural connectivity issues in successively larger endeavors. He has spent much of his time in emerging markets working hands on with technology development and deployment leading to his understanding of the intersection between developed world technologies and emerging market needs.
Greg has been named one of the top 50 influencers of technology and recently received the Arthur C. Clarke award for his space innovation. He lives in Florida, USA with his wife and 5 children. He is also an instrument rated private pilot flying both helicopters and fixed wing aircraft.