Paul G. Allen
Four decades after co-founding Microsoft, entrepreneur and philanthropist Paul G. Allen is still exploring the frontiers of technology and human knowledge, and acting to change the future. Mr. Allen is working to save endangered species; combat climate change; improve ocean health; share art, history and film; develop new technology; tackle epidemics; research how the human brain works; and build sustainable communities.
Mr. Allen is deeply committed to honoring our past and the lessons it provides to our future. He has created public spaces including the Flying Heritage and Combat Armor Collection, MoPOP and the Living Computer Museum + Lab — where people learn and interact with historic, cultural and musical heritage. The inaugural Seattle Art Fair helped put the city on the map as one of the premier art destinations in the country. He also thinks globally, making impact investments that will help developing countries expand their health and infrastructure and nurture a diversified economy.
Many of his ventures were seeded in his youth, and reflect the depth and diversity of his passions. Honoring his father’s service in World War II, Mr. Allen is especially interested in collecting and protecting the artifacts that speak to the heroism and service of that day. His recently acquired Research Vessel Petrel provides a platform to search for historic artifacts that have been lost at sea.
To learn more, visit PaulAllen.com.
Robert Kraft, Director, Subsea Ops, Vulcan
Robert Kraft is the director of Subsea Operations and expedition director for Vulcan Inc. He manages all aspects of subsea operations, intervention and survey projects aboard Vulcan’s fleet vessels. He brings nearly 25 years’ experience in marine construction, subsea remote intervention, manned submersibles, remotely operated and autonomous underwater vehicle operations to depths of 6,000 meters and in all major oceans. He has led the expeditions that discovered the IJN Battleship Musashi, surveyed the wrecks of Iron Bottom Sound in Guadalcanal as well the recovery of HMS HOOD’s bell for the UK MOD.