Steering Committee

 
James Strole

James Strole

Director, Coalition for Radical Life Extension

James Strole is the Director of the Coalition for Radical Life Extension, who are the producers of RAAD Fest . He’s a leading anti-death activist and community builder, who has spoken around the world and written on radical life extension and physical immortality for over four decades. Jim has dedicated his life to challenging death-oriented beliefs and practices, and has coached thousands of people to live healthier, fuller, more vibrant lives.

As a successful entrepreneur, he operated several businesses to fund this work. From an early age, Jim was drawn to the purpose of bringing people together to support unlimited life. He started practicing Integral Yoga at 15, and identified with its founder, Sri Aurobindo, who sought to bring together the yogis of India to create a super body to match the super consciousness. Jim is co-author of the book Living Without Death: The Experience of Physical Immortality, and has published Living Unlimited Magazine. He has appeared on numerous TV shows both domestically and abroad, and has co-hosted a weekly radio program on radical life extension and physical immortality.

Aubrey de grey

Dr. Aubrey de Grey

Co-Founder, SENS Foundation

Dr. de Grey is the biomedical gerontologist who researched the idea for and founded SENS Research Foundation. He received his BA in Computer Science and Ph.D. in Biology from the University of Cambridge in 1985 and 2000, respectively. Dr. de Grey is Editor-in-Chief of Rejuvenation Research, is a Fellow of both the Gerontological Society of America and the American Aging Association, and sits on the editorial and scientific advisory boards of numerous journals and organizations.

Bernadeane

Bernadeane

Co-Founder and Co-Director, People Unlimited

Co-founder and Co-director of People Unlimited, and the Coalition for Radical Life Extension. Bernadeane has spoken and written on radical life extension and physical immortality for over four decades, for audiences in 26 countries. Her speaking style is fiery and focused, challenging conventional limited thinking with visionary insight and common sense honesty. She's the co-author of Living Without Death: The Experience of Physical Immortality. She has appeared on numerous TV shows both domestically and abroad and co-hosted a weekly radio program "The Immortality Tonight Show" with James Strole, with whom she also published Living Unlimited Magazine.

Bill Andrews

Dr. Bill Andrews

Founder, Sierra Sciences

Dr. Bill Andrews is the President and CEO of Sierra Sciences. As a scientist, athlete and executive, he continually pushes the envelope and challenges convention. He has been featured in Popular Science, The Today Show and numerous documentaries on the topic of life extension including, most recently, the movie The Immortalists in which he co-stars with Aubrey de Grey.

In his 35 year biotech career, he has focused the last 23 years on finding ways to extend the human lifespan and healthspan through telomere maintenance. As one of the principal discoverers of both the RNA and protein components of human telomerase, Dr. Andrews was awarded 2nd place as “National Inventor of the Year” in 1997. He earned his Ph.D. in Molecular and Population Genetics at the University of Georgia in 1981. He has served as Senior Scientist at Armos Corporation and Codon Corporation, Director of Molecular Biology at Berlex Biosciences and at Geron Corporation, and Director of Technology Development at EOS Biosciences. He is also a named inventor on over 50 US issued patents on telomerase and author of numerous scientific research studies published in peer reviewed scientific journals.

Bill is also an avid ultramarathon runner. At the age of 64, he regularly competes in 100k and 100+ mile runs often finishing at the top of his age group. These grueling races have taken him all over the world to race in some of the most extreme environments, from Death Valley to the Himalayas. His running is presently featured in the movie The High.

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Bill Faloon

Founder, Life Extension Foundation

Bill Faloon compiled the 1,500 page medical reference book Disease Prevention and Treatment and his latest book is Pharmocracy: How Corrupt Deals and Misguided Medical Regulations Are Bankrupting America—and What to Do About It. He is also Director and Co-founder of the Life Extension Foundation. To promote Life Extension’s innovative medical concepts, Bill has been featured in hundreds of media appearances including The Phil Donahue Show, The Joan Rivers Show, Tony Brown’s Journal, ABC News Day One, and Newsweek magazine.

David Kekich

David Kekich

Founder, Maximum Life Foundation

Kekich founded the country’s largest life insurance master general agency, co-founded a major financial services company and arranged venture capital funding for private companies. He is a recognized expert on private investing and authored the venture capital handbook “How the Rich Get Richer with Quiet Private Investments”. Mr. Kekich founded both public and private companies, was engaged as a consultant and served as director to numerous private and public corporations. He also sold and developed real estate. In 1999, Mr. Kekich founded the “Maximum Life Foundation”, a 501(c)(3) corporation dedicated to curing aging related diseases.

Jose Cordeiro

Dr. Jose Cordeiro

Millenium Project and Singularity University

José Luis Cordeiro is a world citizen in our small planet in a big unknown universe. He was born in Latin America, from European parents, was educated in Europe and North America, and has worked extensively in Africa, Asia, Europe and the Americas. He has studied, visited and worked in over 130 countries in 5 continents. Mr. Cordeiro studied at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Cambridge, USA, where he received his Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) and Master of Science (M.Sc.) degrees in Mechanical Engineering, with a minor in Economics and Languages. He has done extensive consulting specialized in the areas of strategy, finance and restructuring. His experience and studies in monetary policy, currency boards, dollarization and monetary unions have taken him to participate in several monetary changes in Latin America and Eastern Europe.

At present, he is chair of the Venezuelan Node of the Millennium Project, Visiting Research Fellow at the Institute of Developing Economies (IDE – JETRO) in Tokyo, Japan, and Founding Faculty and Energy Advisor at Singularity University (SU) in NASA Ames Research Park, Silicon Valley, California, USA. He is also an independent consultant, writer, researcher, professor and “tireless traveler”. He has lectured as an Invited Professor at several major institutions, from MIT in the USA and Sophia University (上智大学) in Japan to the Institute for Higher Studies in Administration (IESA) and the Central University of Venezuela (UCV), where he created the first formal courses of Futures Studies (“Prospectiva”) and the Austrian School of Economics in Venezuela.

Thanks to his extensive work in technological foresight, futures studies, globalization, economic integration, long-term development, energy, education and monetary policy, Mr. Cordeiro has authored and coauthored several books. He has written more than 10 books and co-written over 20 more in five languages, including sections of the "State of the Future" with the Millennium Project.

Liz Parrish

Liz Parrish

Founder, BioViva Inc

Liz, BioViva Sciences Inc. CEO, is a humanitarian, entrepreneur and innovator, and a leading voice for genetic cures. As a strong proponent of progress and education for the advancement of regenerative medicine modalities, she serves as a motivational speaker to the public at large for the life sciences. She is actively involved in international educational media outreach and sits on the board of the International Longevity Alliance (ILA). She is an affiliated member of the Complex Biological Systems Alliance (CBSA), which is a unique platform for Mensa based, highly gifted persons who advance scientific discourse and discovery. The mission of the CBSA is to further scientific understanding of biological complexity and the nature and origins of human disease. She is the founder of BioTrove Investments LLC and the BioTrove Podcasts which is committed to offering a meaningful way for people to learn about and fund research in regenerative medicine. She is also the Secretary of The American Longevity Alliance (ALA) a 501(c)(3) nonprofit trade association that brings together individuals, companies, and organizations who work in advancing the emerging field of cellular and regenerative medicine.

Max More

Dr. Max More

Director, Alcor Foundation

Dr. Max More is an internationally acclaimed strategic futurist who writes, speaks, and organizes events about the fundamental challenges of emerging technologies. Max is concerned that our rapidly developing technological capabilities are racing far ahead of our standard ways of thinking about future possibilities. His work aims to improve our ability to anticipate, adapt to, and shape the future for the better. In developing, communicating, and implementing better ways of foreseeing possible futures and of making decisions under growing uncertainty, Max takes a highly interdisciplinary approach. Drawing on philosophy, economics, cognitive and social psychology, management theory, and other fields, he develops solutions and strategies for minimizing the dangers of progress and maximizing the benefits.

Dr. More co-founded and until 2007 acted as Chairman of Extropy Institute, a diverse network of innovative thinkers committed to creating solutions to enduring human problems. He authored the Principles of Extropy, which form the core of a transhumanist perspective. As a leading transhumanist thinker, Max strongly challenges traditional, limiting beliefs about the possibilities of our future. At the same time, he tempers visionary aims with analytical and practical strategizing. As a writer, Max has authored dozens of articles and papers on topics including how to improve and apply critical and creative thinking, especially about uncertain future possibilities; the ethics of biotechnology and other technologies that directly affect humans; the philosophical implications of technological transformations of human nature; and strategic futures thinking in business. He recently wrote the Proactionary Principle, the latest of influential pieces that include "The Principles of Extropy", and “A Letter to Mother Nature”.

As a speaker, Max frequently lectures at conferences and companies, gives seminars, and engages in debates and panel discussions on issues surrounding the impact of emerging technologies. Known as a highly capable communicator, he is able to synthesize diverse areas of knowledge and communicate the results clearly and insightfully. As an organizer, Max brings together a diverse range of thinkers, scientists, philosophers, artists, and entrepreneurs to examine technological and social trends and then form individual and organizational strategies for flourishing in a time of accelerated change.

Natasha Vita-More

Dr. Natasha Vita-More

Humanity+, Chair. University of Advancing Technology, professor.  Author and designer

Dr. Natasha Vita-More is an “early adapter of revolutionary changes” (Wired) and a “role model for superlongevity”. Natasha is featured in over two dozen televised documentaries and highlighted in numerous publications on emerging technology, human enhancement, and life extension. Natasha’s writings combine emerging technologies with social narratives on human futures, what she calls “Ageless Thinking” and the “Regenerative Generation”, including the visionary and ethical outcomes of biotechnology, human-computer interfaces, and the Singularity. She is currently a Professor at the University of Advancing Technology and has been a visiting lecturer at Stanford, Harvard, UCLA, and Aalto Universities.

She keynotes global conferences, and in Moscow presented her views on a future Super Olympics, in Tokyo on the aging population of the Regenerative Generation, at GF2045 Conference at Lincoln Center, and at TEDx Limassol, TEDxMunich, and Paris at the Space Sciences Pierre-Gilles de Gennes. Her current scientific research focuses on life extension and memory in the cryopreservation of the simple animal C. elegans nematode. In the field of design, her prototype "Primo Posthuman" (1997) whole body prosthetics unmasks the probable outcomes of a regenerative human. The iteration of this project has resulted in “Platform Diverse Body” (2012) and “Substrate Autonomous Persons” (2012), which offer insight into how technological innovation continues to enhance human physiology and diversify identity. She received Special Recognition at Women in Video, and exhibited at the US Film Festival, Filmex LA, London Contemporary Art Museum, Niet Normal, Moscow Film Festival, and GOGBOT. Natasha is co-editor and contributing author of the Transhumanist Reader: Classical and Contemporary Essays on the Science, Technology, and Philosophy of the Future Human. Her essays have been published in the journals Nanotechnology Perceptions, Technoetic Arts, Evolution haute couture, Technology Imagination Future, Metaverse Creativity, New Realities: Being Syncretic, Beyond Darwin, AI Society and D’ARS.

Neal Vanderee

Neal VanDeree

Director, Church of Perpetual Life

Neal's interests and beliefs are that the human species can stop and reverse the aging process. Neal views it as a disease that we can cure and believe this will come to pass within our life time, "The sooner we get this done, the more lives will be saved". In the late 1980's he became interested in the possibilities of extreme longevity and began researching to find other people and groups that were also interested. At that time Neal had some correspondence with Sir Arthur C. Clarke on the subject and began to fully immerse himself into true science fiction to speculate about some future possibilities for the human race. Neal discovered Alcor and the concept of Cryonics and thought of himself as an Immortalist since then. Then he met Dr. Aubrey de Grey in 2008 and flew out to LA to assist in any way that he could with his conference: Understanding Aging 2008.

Over the years Neal maintained contact with Dr. de Grey and others that he met and continued research and discussions. In December of 2012 he was introduced to Bill Faloon and began to assist with the creation of The Church of Perpetual Life, the worlds first brick & mortar Transhumanist Church. The Church of Perpetual Life had it's first service in November of 2013 and have had services ever since. The Church of Perpetual Life typically meet on the 4th Thursday of the month. This can vary as we have world-class speakers come and due to scheduling the presentations may be on other days.