Randal Koene is a neuroscientist, information theoretician, electrical engineer and physicist who dedicates his efforts towards the accomplishment of substrate-independent minds by uploading to a whole brain emulation, and every step from here to there. He is a founder of the non-profit organization and works at nanotechnology company Halcyon Molecular. Before this, he was Director of the Department of Neuroengineering at the research center Tecnalia. Dr. Koene is a member of the Oxford working group that convened in 2007 to create the first road map toward whole brain emulation. He has spoken extensively on the topic, for example at the recent conference of H+ in Hong Kong (December 2011).