James Clement Appointed Executive Director for the World Transhumanist Association


The Mormon Transhumanist Association congratulates and expresses support for James Clement, who has been appointed Executive Director of the World Transhumanist Association. The press release from the World Transhumanist Association follows.

WILLINGTON, Conn., Aug. 28 /PRNewswire/ -- The Board of Directors of the World Transhumanist Association ("WTA") is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. James Clement as its new Executive Director effective September 1, 2007.

About James Clement

Mr. Clement is an attorney and serial entrepreneur. His most recent position was C.O.O. of the Maximum Life Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to accelerate research into anti-aging and life- extension. Mr. Clement has successfully launched and operated a number of startup companies and held consulting and management positions in non-profit, government, and corporate organizations. He began his career in international business and real estate law, and worked for several years at Arthur Young & Company in New York City.

Mr. Clement has been awarded degrees from Truman State University, the University of California Hastings College of the Law, and the New York University School of Law.

Mr. Clement notes, "I'm looking forward to working on behalf of Transhumanism and the WTA. Never before have the tools to improve the human condition, including an end to starvation, mental and physical disease, and even death itself, been more powerful or readily available.

“I would like to see the WTA play an important role in encouraging the development and use of new technologies for positive change. I will work to help bring the Tranhumanists' 'Big Ideas' to more people around the world, and especially to college campuses, where these future technologies are being spawned.”

Chair of the WTA and Director of the Oxford Future of Humanity Institute, Dr. Nick Bostrom, added: "Life extension, cognitive enhancement, and the use of biotechnology to enable lives that are 'better than well': these prospects are still opposed by some and regarded with indifference by many. We look forward to working with James Clement as he organizes the WTA, so it can achieve its mission -- to explain why these prospects are significant, and why they deserve to become social priorities."

About The World Transhumanist Association

The World Transhumanist Association is an international nonprofit membership organization which advocates the ethical use of technology to expand human capacities. We support the development of and access to new technologies that enable everyone to enjoy better minds, better bodies and better lives. In other words, we want people to be better than well.

Our website is: [http://www.transhumanism.org/]