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Simone Plante Travels from Sydney, NSW

Simone Plante


  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Digital Technology
  • Entrepreneur
  • Female Speaker
  • Startups
  • Technology

Simone Plante is the Founder and Managing Partner of a company investing in and advising on Artificial Intelligence for positive human impact.

Based in San Francisco in the 1990s, she worked closely with the pioneers of big data and the first software solution for data integration that was developed by DARPA. Her first startup was funded by Intel Capital and was acquired by SAP. She co-founded two other startups which were backed by leading VCs and corporate VCs including Microsoft. Simone worked from ideation to product development and scale-up and achieved two successful exits.

They advise governments and corporations on data, AI, ethics, and the future of work. They also continue to invest in startups and assist organisations to identify the biggest opportunities for investing in AI, and mentor their portfolio companies to build successful businesses with positive human impact.

Simone also serves as Board Director of INCO, the largest impact fund and global pioneer of social and environmental impact, supporting entrepreneurs through venture capital, training, and acceleration programs in more than 35 countries.

Simone holds a first-class honors Post Graduate degree and a Bachelor of Commerce (Finance Honors) degrees from the University of Melbourne, Australia


During the summer of 2011 I attended the Singularity University Graduate Studies Program with Paola. Paola was a beacon of leadership for the class and school throughout the GSP-11. Her sense of right, justice, and consideration set the exemplary bar for all students, and staff. More than any other student, Paola demonstrated an understanding of the opportunities and dangers posed by exponential technologies. Better than anyone she articulated the ethical and legal dilemmas posed by accelerating change; challenges to both good governance and industry conscientiousness. We learned from Paola - she could just as well have been on the GSP-11 faculty for our class. Paola was elected by us/her peers to represent GSP-11 into the future, a confirmation of our shared universal admiration. Without reservation I enthusiastically recommend Paula for any leadership and advocacy position at any level, especially those leadership functions that have a high impact on the less advantaged members of humanity, those for whom Paula passionately and effectively advocates!

Franz Joseph Gayl

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