Adriana Marais

Adriana is the Founder of Proudly Human, pioneering new frontiers in research and technology for a
future in harmony with each other and the environment, on Earth, Mars and beyond. She has
recently visited the Antarctic interior and the Oman desert on location scouts for Proudly Human’s
Off-World Project. The Project is a series of off-world settlement experiments, demonstrating offgrid capabilities from life-support to communication systems, as well as community spirit, in the
most extreme environments on Earth.
Adriana is a Director at the Foundation for Space Development, an initiative of which is Africa2Moon,
Africa’s first mission to the Moon, to positively impact lives in Africa through space technology. She is
also a member of the South African Government Ministerial Task Team on the 4th Industrial
Revolution, Faculty at the Singularity University and Duke Corporate Education, and an astronaut
candidate with the Mars One Project.
Previously, Adriana was Head of Innovation at SAP Africa between 2017 and 2019. Her career began
in academia, and she holds an MSc (summa cum laude) in quantum cryptography and a PhD in
quantum biology. Her award-winning postdoctoral research focused on quantum effects in
photosynthesis as well as the origins of prebiotic molecules and life itself. She is currently pursuing a
second PhD in team dynamics in extreme environments at the University of Cape Town’s Graduate
School of Business.