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Juan Enriquez

Steering Committee Ambassador

Juan is recognized as one of the world’s leading authorities on the economic and political impacts of life sciences. He is currently managing director of Excel Venture Management, a life sciences venture capital firm. He was formerly Chairman and CEO of Biotechonomy LLC, a life sciences research and investment firm. He was the founding director of the Harvard Business School Life Sciences Project, and author of the global bestseller As the Future Catches You: How Genomics & Other Forces are Changing Your Life, Work, Health & Wealth (selected by Amazon’s editors as one of the best business books of the year).

Enriquez serves on a variety of boards including Cabot Corporation, The Harvard Medical School Genetics Advisory Council, The Chairman’s International Council of the Americas Society, the Visiting Committee of Harvard’s David Rockefeller Center, Tufts University’s EPIIC, Harvard Business School’s PAPSAC.

He was also part of a world discovery voyage led by Craig Venter, who sequenced the human genome. The multi-stage sailing voyage sampled microbial genomes throughout the world’s oceans. This expedition involved a number of institutions and top scholars including The Institute for Genomic Research, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute, The Explorers Club, and Prof. E.O. Wilson. It led to the discovery of an unprecedented number of new species.

He previously served as CEO of Mexico City’s Urban Development Corporation, Coordinator General of Economic Policy and Chief of Staff for Mexico’s Secretary of State, and as a member of the Peace Commission that negotiated the cease-fire in Chiapas’ Zapatista rebellion.