When: Oct 21st, 4:30-7:00 PM (Keynote address at
Where: Nasher Museum of Art
Audience: Open to the public, but RSVP required
Colonel, United States Air Force (retired)
Former NASA Astronaut
Ron Garan, a highly decorated Fighter Pilot and Test Pilot, describes himself as an Explorer, Entrepreneur and Humanitarian who believes that appropriately designed and targeted social enterprise can solve many of the problems facing our world. To date, as a NASA astronaut he traveled 71,075,867 miles during 178 days in space and 27 hours and 3 minutes of EVA during four spacewalks. Ron is also an aquanaut and participated in the joint NASA-NOAA, NEEMO-9 mission, an exploration research mission held in Aquarius, the world's only undersea research laboratory.
Working in partnership with the US Agency for International Development (USAID), Ron is leading an effort called Unity Node to develop a universal, open source, collaborative platform to enable humanitarian organizations around the world to work together toward their common goals and is also leading an effort to establish the Applied Research Projects Agency for Development (ARPA-D) program for USAID.
Outside his work with the US government, Ron is also a serial entrepreneur and has founded multiple business enterprises and social-impact focused startups including Manna Energy Ltd. Manna also developed a four million person program operating in Kenya, completely funded by carbon credits and is currently working on a three million person program in Rwanda.