Guillermo Söhnlein is a social entrepreneur focused on the exploration and sustainable settlement of extreme environments on land, sea, and space. He currently serves as an Independent Corporate Director for various companies while supporting entrepreneurial ventures pushing humanity into new frontiers.
After serving as an officer in the United States Marine Corps, Guillermo co-founded a speech recognition technology company in Silicon Valley during the peak of the Internet Boom. This started a 22+-year career working with innovative startups in the technology, aerospace, and marine industries. He has helped launch 7 for-profit ventures and 3 nonprofit organizations, including several space-related efforts, such as:
- 2003 – International Association of Space Entrepreneurs
- 2006 – Space Angels Network
- 2009 – OceanGate
- 2011 – Sea-Space Initiative
- 2013 – Blue Marble Exploration
- 2014 – Ansible Space Communications Systems (now RBC Signals)
As co-founder and CEO of OceanGate, which designs, builds, and operates deep sea manned submersibles, he organized and led 6 ocean exploration expeditions. In 2012, he was admitted to The Explorers Club of New York.
Guillermo received his A.B. in Economics from the University of California at Berkeley and his J.D. from the University of California’s Hastings College of the Law in San Francisco. He currently resides in Zurich, Switzerland, with three grown children living in Atlanta, USA.