Ozan Varol is a rocket scientist turned award-winning professor and author.
He was born in Istanbul, Turkey. Ozan Varol was part of the 2003 Mars Exploration Rovers operations team for the 2003 Mars Exploration Rovers project that sent two rovers–Spirit and Opportunity–to Mars. Ozan is responsible for the construction of the material that traveled to the red planet, and wrote code that takes pictures from the planet's surface.
Ozan Varol is a sought-after speaker, he delivers keynote speeches at major corporations, nonprofits, and government institutions. He shares stories about the future and how to reimagine the status quo through the disruptive and creative thinking that led to his success in science.
He is the author of the book Think Like a Rocket Scientist: Simple Strategies You Can Use to Make Giant Leaps in Work and life, described as a "must read" and featured in the Wall Street Journal, Time, BBC, CNN and Washington Post, among others.
Ozan Varol graduated from Cornell University Law School, where he earned the highest grade in the school's history, and majored in astrophysics, despite not having learned English as a child and moving to the United States at the age of 17.
Reimagine the Status Quo with Moonshot Thinking
Future Proof: How Businesses Can Fly in the Face of Uncertainty
Think Different: The Power of Cognitive Diversity
Expert on integrated communication, strategic planning and innovation.
Inspirational speaker, former CEO of Sunrise Cambodia (2015-2016)
Professor at Swarthmore, author of Practical Wisdom and one of TED’s most popular speakers.
Chef, owner of DStage, awarded one Michelin star