Global Leadership Forum | Distinguished Alumni Award in partnership with the Harvard Kennedy School Center for Public Leadership and the United Nations

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Scientist, diplomat, NASA-trained commercial astronaut Christopher Altman has pioneered next-generation science and technology initiatives at world-leading research centers including multidisciplinary, Deep Future research institute Starlab (featured in a Discovery Channel Special and in the Guinness Book of World Records), at NASA Ames Research Center and Kavli Institute of Nanoscience, as Chairman for the UNISCA First Committee on Disarmament and International Security (recipient of the annual RSA Award for Outstanding Achievement in Government Policy) and as part of the US Government's fast-track QUIST program in the global race to harness the revolutionary promise and potentials of quantum technology.
As flight member and NASA-trained commercial astronaut, then as a Director of the Board and Chief Science Officer for the world's first commercial astronaut corps, he helped develop and expand its astronaut training program, strategic direction and global outreach while working as a tireless advocate to enable widespread access to space and inspire the next generation.





“We are at the very beginning of time for the human race. It is not unreasonable that we grapple with problems. But there are tens of thousands of years in the future. Our responsibility is to do what we can, learn what we can, improve the solutions, and pass them on.”

– Richard Feynman

From early childhood, I set out to convey a profound and positive impact on the long-term future of humanity—to make the world a better place for our children, our children's children, and the generations yet to come, as we continue forwards in our collective journey, scaling the cosmic ladder of evolution, progressing onwards, expanding outwards to other worlds to become a multiplanetary species—as Earth becomes a destination, as well as a point of origin.

From early on, I committed my life purpose to the singular objective of ensuring that integrity, balance and ethical responsibility hold paramount importance as priorities, in both scientific research and in principal government leadership, as we're collectively propelled forwards as a species. With unprecedented leaps and bounds in progress and in our scientific understanding—enabled by the development of converging and expanding exponential technologies—newfound, unexpected discoveries await just over the horizon.

Rapid advances in fields such as artificial intelligence, biotechnology, molecular nanotechnology, neuroscience, renewable energy, spaceflight, supercomputing and quantum technologies—each enabled by the rapid technological progress of Moore’s Law doubling in computer processing power, speed and complexity—will converge to confer radical changes to our society over coming decades, as we move forwards in the collective transition towards the dawn of a post-scarcity economy. The future is unbounded. The responsibility falls upon us to ensure that its limitless potential is filled with dreams of hope, happiness, freedom and fulfillment.