Pascal Kaufmann

President and Founder, Mindfire Foundation

Pascal Kaufmann is a neuroscientist-turned-entrepreneur. The renowned US business journal “Inc.” named Elon Musk, Stephen Hawking and Pascal Kaufmann some of the leading voices in a new understanding of intelligence.

Having received his Master’s Degree in Neuroscience and Economics at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) in Zurich and Northwestern University in Evanston, IL (USA), Pascal has worked at the prestigious Artificial Intelligence Laboratory of the University of Zurich, Switzerland and on numerous projects researching the interface between brains and machines to unravel the secrets of neural networks and brain activity.

In 2010, Kaufmann founded the company Starmind for self-learning knowledge networks which holds numerous patents in AI. In 2017, he launched the Mindfire group that aims to decipher the principles of intelligence and to make this knowledge available to cutting edge research for empowering humans. On July 1, 2022, Kaufmann opened Lab42 in Davos, a global institute tackling the principles of human and artificial intelligence (AI). Kaufmann sits on numerous boards and institutions and is currently president of the Tech category of the Swiss Digital Economy Award and president of the Swiss AI Award.

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