FAI International Drones Conference and Expo

Simon Johnson

Drone Industry Association Switzerland (DIAS)

Simon Johnson mentors and invests in Swiss tech start-ups and is an advisor to the Swiss National Centre for Robotics. After gaining a BSc in Computer Science and Electronic Engineering from University College, London, Simon started his career with Hewlett-Packard, earning his sales and marketing experience as a manager for Africa and the Middle East. A serial entrepreneur, Simon left HP to create a satellite positioning, navigation and tracking systems company. He then co-founded and was CEO of a Softbank funded company, which provided the first premium content on mobile phones for companies including Yahoo! and Microsoft. Simon produced and presented a primetime Swiss television program showcasing technologies that will change our daily lives. His latest venture is about stratospheric solar powered unmanned vehicles that will end the dominance of satellites! Simon is currently advising the World Bank on its future mobility project Lake Victoria Challenge.