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ABOUT US, OUR VISION, MISSION AND OUR TEAM
The AF Institute has set itself the goal to make the conditions in medicine easier, more logical and better with the help of Artificial Intelligence. For this, algorithms are developed and special software solutions are trained that make it easier to solve medical problems.
Apart from the medical field, we are also working on ways to use artificial intelligence to analyze and thus make tangible all kinds of large amounts of data.
Addison Fischer is the founder and sponsor of the AF Institute for Research and Ethical Use of Artificial Intelligence, one of his latest philanthropic projects, which was founded in August 2016.
Mr. Fischer has a long history of supporting the public interest through philanthropic and other not-for-profit endeavors.
He is a member of the advisory board of the Electronic Privacy Information Center, a public interest research centre with a focus on protecting privacy, freedom of expression, and democratic values in the information age.
He also serves as a board member of the East West Institute, an NGO active in preventing and resolving global conflicts through non-governmental diplomatic channels.
Mr Fischer has also worked extensively to support the environment. His own personal conservation work has included acquiring and preserving rainforests and land in both Costa Rica and the Patagonia region of Chile.
He has supported the worldwide conservation efforts of the Jane Goodall Institute, and has served as a board member and vice-chairman.
He organised and co-founded Oceans 5, an international funder’s collaborative with a focus on marine life, particularly constraining overfishing and establishing marine reserves.
Mr Fischer also founded Planet Heritage Foundation, a non-profit with a focus on global ecological issues. One of Planet Heritage Foundation’s key initiatives is the Electrification Coalition — an alliance of business leaders committed to promoting electric vehicles on a mass scale.
Mr. Fischer’s career began as a computer entrepreneur when he founded his first high-tech start-up company in 1973. He ultimately went on to become majority owner of RSA Data Security, which founded VeriSign. He served as co-owner, with Mr. Stanley Druckenmiller, of Duquesne Capital Management from 1981 until Mr. Druckenmiller’s retirement in 2010.
Specialties: venture capital, start-up investments, high-tech, pharma
Franz Borkovec leads the Investment Management Advisory of A-CAP Management GmbH, which he founded 2008. Since 2005 he has served as General Manager and Investment Advisor to several investment companies, investing in high tech and pharma. Prior to this, he was Secretary General of the Austrian Business Agency / Invest in Austria from 1996 to 2005. In addition to managing the organization overall, he lead the private equity and venture capital advisory of ABA. Franz holds a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Innsbruck and a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Hayward, California.