Dr Clarence Tan



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Futurist, technologist, entrepreneur, innovator, speaker… and wannabe Chinese comedian.

Clarence’s mission is to empower and equip people and institutions to solve the grand challenges we face in the world today.

To create an exponential positive impact community (EPIC) by guiding them on how exponential technologies that are causing disruption across industries are also creating amazing opportunities to create sustainable businesses.

Dr. Clarence Tan is a speaker at UN, World Bank and TEDx, where he shares his experience, knowledge and passion. He has also run workshops for the South Korean government on exponential technologies and organizations.

“…he’s an excellent speaker and a pretty funny guy with an awesome sense of humour.”

Aaron Birkby
Co-Founder | Peak Persona
Innovation Advisory Council Member | Qld Government


Dr Clarence N.W. Tan is currently the Australian and Malaysian Ambassador for Singularity University, a think tank based in CTNASA Ames Research Park in Silicon Valley. He is also the founder of Bond Wireless, an Australian-based award-winning company for wireless software applications and services.

He received the Queensland government’s Entrepreneur-in-Residence Fellowship for 2010. He is an Adjunct Professor at Bond University and Griffith University on the Gold Coast in Australia and a founding member of the Gold Coast Angel Investors Group, which has funded a number of innovative companies.

Dr. Tan obtained his Ph.D. from Bond University and his Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering (Computers) from the University of Southern California, where he went on to simultaneously complete a Master of Business Administration (Finance), and a Master of Science in Industrial and Systems Engineering.

Dr. Tan is a Fellow of the Australian Computer Society (FACS) and a Fellow of the Financial Services Institute of Australasia (F Fin).

He has a number of academic publications including a book, book chapters and peer-reviewed papers in the area of soft computing and mobile applications. In addition Dr Tan holds a number of patents in mobility technology globally.

He has been an invited keynote speaker in a number of events including the ‘Awesomemest Fest’ in Bali, the Global Investment Panel for Singularity University at NASA (Ames Research Park), and the World Computer Congress in Brisbane.

An engaging and inspiring speaker, passionate about exponential technologies, organizations and innovation.