A Global Nomad




Computational Chemistry

Quantum Computing

Machine Learning/AI

Blockchain-anchored credentials


Organizational development

Applied behavioral leadership

Performance management

STEAM education advocacy


Select Awards, Honors, and recognitions

2020 Invited Speaker, Groningen Declaration Network Annual Meeting, New Delhi, IN (cancelled)

2019 Invited Speaker, Open Government Partnership Global Summit, Ottawa, CA

2019 Invited Speaker, CXC Business Partners’ Meeting, Montego Bay, JM

2019 Invited Speaker, Blockchain Unlocked Summit, Manama, BH

2018 Invited Speaker, BOSCH Venture Forum 2018, Stuttgart, DE

2018 Invited Speaker, TRIUMF Data Science & Quantum Computing Workshop, Vancouver, CA

2018 Invited Speaker, Accenture Barcelona Tech City, Barcelona, ES

2018 Invited Speaker, Katapult Future Fest, Oslo, NO

2018 Invited Speaker, DECHEMA PRAXISforum Big Data Analytics in Process Industry, Frankfurt, DE

2018 Invited Speaker, Accenture HealthTech Innovation Challenge, San Francisco, US

2017 Invited Speaker, Accenture Kaleidoscope, London, UK

2017 Invited Participant, Future Investment Initiative, Riyadh, SA

2017 Invited Speaker, YPO Gold, Vancouver, CA

2017 Invited Participant, Accenture TechJam 2017, Chicago, US

2017 Invited Speaker, University of Georgia Design Thinking Workshop

2017 Horizon 2020 Expert for the European Commission

2016 Invited Speaker, GSPS Career Symposium

2016 Invited Mentor, Singularity University Global Solutions Program

2016 Invited Panelist, House of Genius - Atlanta

2016 Georgia Bio Emerging Leader of the Year Award

2015 Invited Speaker, Georgia Bio Innovation Summit Bioscience Company Showcase

2015 Thinc Accelerator Pitch Competition Judge

2015 Invited Speaker, Singularity University Labs Startup Accelerator

2015 Presenter, National Institutes of Health Commercialization Assistance Program

2015 Invited Speaker, Blue Key National Conference

2014 Invited Speaker, UGA Research Orientation and Online Training Series

2014 Invited Panelist, Georgia Bio “Building the Model Acropolis: Athens’ Life Science Entrepreneurs”

2014 Invited Speaker at Aubrey Daniels Institute, “Global Learning X Prize”

2014 Invited Participant, Singularity University Exponential Medicine Program

2014 Mentor, I-Corps Southeast Regional Life Sciences Startup Accelerator at Georgia Institute of Technology

2014 Invited participant at “Applications of Performance Management Technology” hosted by Aubrey Daniels International

2014 Four Athens Pitch Camp Judge

2014 Recognized on the Georgia State Senate floor as a member of the Blue Key Honor Society for scholarship, leadership, and service.

2013 Four Athens Pitch Camp Judge

2013 Recognized by the Office of the Vice President for Instruction at The University of Georgia for service as a member of the Academic Honesty Panel in the Student Academic Honesty Council

2013 Protein Engineering Summit Poster Presentation Award

2013 Travel Awards - The Complex Carbohydrate Research Center & Glycosensors and Diagnostics, for the Ninth Annual Protein Engineering Summit

2013 Moderator for panel discussion, “Adapting to Rapid Technological Change”, Thinc at UGA

2013 Georgia Science and Engineering Fair Judge & Award Presenter

2013 Recognized on the Georgia State Senate floor as a member of the Blue Key Honor Society for scholarship, leadership, and service.

2012 Speaker at the Society for Glycobiology annual conference.

2012 Travel Awards - The Graduate School at UGA and the Society for Glycobiology

2012 Georgia Bio Life Science Summit Anthony Shuker Scientific Poster Award

2012 Travel Award - The Complex Carbohydrate Research Center for the Eighth Annual Protein Engineering Summit

2012 Blue Key Honor Society lifetime membership

2012 Georgia Science and Engineering Fair Judge

2012 Invited participant at “Managing Performance for Better Business Outcomes” hosted by Aubrey Daniels International

2012 Travel Award - The Complex Carbohydrate Research Center, Entrepreneurial University Startups Conference

2011 Kauffman Foundation FastTrac® TechVenture Scholarship from the Georgia Small Business Development Center

2011 Travel Awards - Society for Glycobiology, The Complex Carbohydrate Research Center, and The Graduate School at UGA

2011 Speaker at the Dept. of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology annual retreat.

2011 Georgia Life Sciences Summit Sponsorship support from The Office of the Vice President for Research at UGA

2011 UGA Graduate Spotlight

2011 UGA Amazing Student

2011 Speaker at Graduate Students and Postdocs in Science 3rd Annual Scientific Research Day, The University of Georgia, May 20, 2011

2011 Cover feature in The Graduate School Magazine at UGA.

2010 Speaker at The Graduate School Advancement Board at UGA

2010 Singularity University Graduate Studies Program Scholarship

2010 Singularity University Graduate Studies Program Sponsorship support from The UGA Graduate School, The UGA Franklin College of Arts and Sciences, The UGA Dept. of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, The Complex Carbohydrate Research Center, and Glycosensors & Diagnostics LLC

2010 Hypercube Scholar

2009 Academic Honesty Panel member for the Student Academic Honesty Council at The University of Georgia

2009 Co-authored €5.17M award from Science Foundation Ireland to the Alimentary Glycoscience Research Cluster

2008 Marie Curie Fellowship (March 2008–09)

2008 Travel Award - Society for Glycobiology

2007 Invited participant at Santa Fe Institute Workshop “Nucleic Acid – The First Billion Years”

2006 The Biodesign Institute Graduate Fellowship at Arizona State University (Aug. 06–June 07)

2005 Cover page publication in Molecular Biosystems V1(2)

2004 Cover page publication in DNA and Cell Biology V23

2004 Collin County Community College Cooperative Work Experience Award

2003 Wharton Business Plan Competition Finalist


Dr. Kausar Samli is an applied-technologies commercialization executive. His engagements span industries (including biotech, quantum computing, and blockchain), non-profit organizations, and academia. As a thought-leader, internationalist, and entrepreneur he leads and/or advises executives, investors, and institutions on strategy, technology commercialization, organizational development, and building ecosystems. A key theme of his efforts includes democratizing enabling technologies through the intersection of academia, industry, and government. Additionally, living in Asia, the Middle East, Europe and North America significantly shaped Dr. Samli’s multi-lingual and multi-cultural global perspective.

Dr. Samli served as SVP Global Services for Learning Machine. Post-acquisition by Hyland, he continued to serve as Head of Global Services for Hyland Credentials. He served as COO at 1QBit, a quantum computing software company developing hardware-agnostic platforms and services for applications in machine learning, optimization, and simulation. He also served as CEO at Lectenz Bio, a biotech company developing novel biomarker detection technologies and products using high performance computing (HPC) and protein engineering. Dr. Samli’s experience includes SaaS and hardware-based intelligent automation, ranging from process-driven to data-driven automation (ML & AI). Example industries include applications in biotech/biopharma, bioprocessing, healthcare, chemicals, cleantech, energy, natural resources, manufacturing, digital credentialing, education, and tech. On the hardware-side, Dr. Samli has worked on projects leveraging robotics, HPC, quantum, and quantum-inspired devices.

In service to communities he is an Expert for Horizon Europe (previously Horizon 2020) for the European Commission; an Investigator for Creative Destruction Lab (Vancouver); an Ignite Review Panelist for Innovate BC, and a member of Singularity University’s Faculty. He serves on the Board of Directors of Genome BC, Lectenz Bio, and Women@TheFrontier. Dr. Samli has a unique blend of scientific expertise in cell-specific targeting, high-throughput screening, molecular evolution, protein engineering, and computational chemistry. He was the recipient of a Marie Curie Fellowship, an NIH awardee, and is a co-inventor on patents. Dr. Samli’s research has been published and presented at international conferences. He holds a Ph.D. in biochemistry and molecular biology (computational chemistry) from the University of Georgia, a M.S. in chemistry from Arizona State University, and a B.S. in biochemistry from the University of Texas at Austin. He attended Singularity University’s Global Solutions Program specializing in technology entrepreneurship, commercialization, and sustainable development goals and has co-founded multiple start-ups.