For event speaking please contact David Lavin at the Lavin Agency, dlavin@thelavinagency.com, 800-265-4870.

Safi regularly speaks with senior leadership teams about implementing the ideas in Loonshots and on innovation, transformation, and reinvention more broadly, with examples that range from the hunt for U-boats in WWII to the search for new cancer drugs, the rise and fall of Pan Am, Google vs. Amazon, and the British Empire vs. the Qing Dynasty.

Recent and upcoming appearances include the Microsoft global CIO summit, Google, Goldman Sachs, Fidelity, Viacom / MTV / Paramount, Spotify, Samsung, Paypal, Gartner, Softbank, CableLabs, the Boston Globe, the American Hospital Association, the US Air Force, and the US Navy. Safi has also presented at leading academic institutions including business schools and science, mathematics, or medical departments at Harvard, MIT, Stanford, Princeton, UC Berkeley, Caltech, Cornell, Bell Labs, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, Massachusetts General Hospital, and the Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel.

For additional information please contact speaking@bahcall.com.


Brief bio:

Safi is the author of Loonshots: How to Nurture the Crazy Ideas that Win Wars, Cure Diseases, and Transform Industries, a national bestseller featured in the Wall Street Journal, the Financial Times, Forbes, Bloomberg, Newsweek, Nature, and Scientific American; selected by Malcolm Gladwell, Dan Pink, Susan Cain, and Adam Grant for the Next Big Idea Club; and recommended by Bill Gates, Tim Ferriss, and the Nobel laureates Daniel Kahneman, Eric Maskin, and Robert Laughlin.

Senator Bob Kerrey wrote: “If The Da Vinci Code and Freakonomics had a child together, it would be called Loonshots.”

In 2001, Safi co-founded a biotechnology company developing new drugs for cancer. He led its IPO and served as its CEO for 13 years. In 2008, he was named E&Y New England Biotechnology Entrepreneur of the Year. In 2011, he worked with President Obama’s council of science advisors (PCAST) on the future of national research. Safi received his BA in physics from Harvard summa cum laude and his PhD in physics from Stanford.

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