Lauren Fletcher is Co-Founder of Beta Earth and of Regenerative Venture Studio. He is best known as the visionary behind and inventor of Tree Planting Drone technology, which offers a scalable solution to global deforestation that can make a real difference. His newest initiatives focus on realigning global supply chains in order to lower deforestation rates by reducing the amount of wood-based materials in consumer products.
He holds a PhD in Physics (Oxford) and MS in Civil and Environmental Engineering (Stanford). He has 20+ years of experience as an engineer and scientist for NASA and Lockheed Martin across Space Shuttle, International Space Station and Mars exploration programs. He is a serial entrepreneur, a member of the founding faculty of Singularity University, and a Trustee of the Desert Research Institute (Nevada).
He is driven by a genuine concern about the state of our world: degrading climate, loss of natural environments and biodiversity, and ever-increasing human suffering. He believes that emerging and exponential technologies, when appropriately applied, can solve global scale problems in ways that we have never been able to do before.