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Keller Rinaudo

Keller Rinaudo is a robotics entrepreneur who is showing the world how drone technology can be used to save lives. He is the Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder of Zipline, which has delivered over 1 million COVID-19 vaccines in partnership with GAVI, COVAX, and the UPS Foundation in Ghana and Rwanda, and has completed over 250,000 commercial autonomous flights - becoming the most successful and experience autonomous logistics company in the world.

Called a "visionary project" by the World Health Organization, "the new face of the aerospace industry" in The New York Times, one of Business Insider's Startups to Watch in 2017, and awarded US Secretary of State's Corporate Excellence award in 2021, Zipline uses cutting-edge technology to leapfrog the absence of pre-existing infrastructure all over the globe and deliver medical necessities to healthcare professionals and their patients in the most remote parts of the world. The service has recently expanded in the United States and Japan, working to enable on-demand, instant delivery for every person in the world.

Before founding Zipline, Keller was a software engineer with a special interest in robots and autonomous systems. A graduate of Harvard University, he built computers out of RNA and DNA that operate in human cells as molecular doctors and published this research in Nature Biotechnology, becoming one of the youngest first authors in that publication's history. He was also a nationally ranked professional rock climber.

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For-profit Social Enterprise
Drones; Healthcare Delivery; Fourth Industrial Revolution; Mobility; United States; Supply Chain and Transport; Artificial Intelligence
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Africa, Rwanda


Designs, manufactures and operates the world’s only national-scale drone delivery service.


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