Zem Joaquin


Super Connector Founder of the Near Future Summit


Zem Joaquin is an entrepreneur and Founder of the Near Future Summit, a visionary event that seeks to scale solutions to the world’s most pressing problems, driven by leading founders, investors, inventors, and influencers. She also co-hosts a circular systems conference in Iceland with William McDonough.

Prior to Near Future, she founded – the authority on stylish sustainability – acquired by Huffington Post in 2015. During her 11 years running ecofabulous, she also held editorial roles at House and Garden, Domino, Architectural Digest and 7×7 magazine. Zem helped create, and is still an active board member of the Cradle to Cradle Product Innovation Institute. She executed the Dwell on Design show-houses for six years in a row, and is also an advisor. Additionally, she founded and chaired the Gorgeous and Green Gala for Global Green for 10 years.

Zem is or has been an active advisor to Obvious Ventures, Station A for NRG, eBay, Whole Foods, numerous start-ups, and other forward-thinking organizations. She is prodigiously connected and a part of many networks such as Women in Tech, Female Founders, NorCal Investors, XPrize, Build-it-Green, Summit, TED, Slush in Finland, and more. Zem lives in the Bay Area with her husband and two children and is an avid equestrian and lifelong learner.

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