Dr Clarence Tan studied electrical engineering at the University of Southern California specialising in computing and completed a dual masters, namely an MBA in Finance and a Masters of Science in Industrial and System Engineering in Robotics. He then joined Citibank in New York and was among 14 people selected to join its North American Investment Banking Associate Programme. He was awarded a full scholarship at Bond University to do a PhD in artificial neural network applications in finance and was chair of the Australian Computer Society (ACS), Gold Coast Chapter for some years and was later made a Fellow. Clarence’s passion is exponential technologies that are happening now and how they can be used to impact society and industries; technologies that are accelerating at an exponential rate such as 3D Printing, synthesis biology, artificial intelligence, internet of things, etc. He received the Queensland government’s Entrepreneur-in-Residence Fellowship for 2010 and has been inducted into the Queensland Science and Innovation Champion Hall of Fame in 2014 as a Queensland Innovation Champion. He runs a private equity fund and is an Adjunct Professor at Bond University and Griffith University on the Gold Coast.