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Ben Pring

Globally Recognized Expert on Technology and Its Impact on Business and Society; Pioneering Authority on Cloud Computing, Global Sourcing, IT Strategies and the Future of Work; Veteran Industry Analyst and Futurist; Co-leader, Cognizant’s Future of Work Center; Co-author, “Monster” (March 2021)

Daniel Yergin

Global Authority on Energy, Geopolitics and the Business, Economic and Societal Impacts of the Changing Energy World; Pulitzer Prize-winning, Bestselling Author; Vice Chairman, IHS Markit; Chairman, CERAWeek; Director, Council on Foreign Relations; Trustee, Brookings Institution; Author, “The New Map” (2020), “The Prize” (2011, Pulitzer Prize Winner), “The Quest” (2011) and “The Commanding Heights” (2002); 2020 Energy Writer of the Year

Dava Newman

Aerospace Pioneer and Multidisciplinary Authority on the Requirements of Human Performance On and Beyond Earth; Former NASA Deputy Administrator and Current Director, MIT Media Lab; Apollo Program Professor of Astronautics, MIT

Shantanu Nundy, MD

Physician, Entrepreneur, Technologist, and Digital Health Care Advocate Working to Build a More Effective, Equitable and Affordable Health Care System; Chief Medical Officer, Accolade; Senior Technology Advisor to the World Bank; Health Care Policy Lecturer, George Washington University Milken Institute of Public Health; Author, “Care After Covid” (May 2021)

Ariel Ekblaw

Pioneering Authority on Innovative Space Architecture, the Future of Living in Space and Its Implications for Improving Life on Earth; Founder and Director of the MIT Space Exploration Initiative; Editor, “Into the Anthropocosmos” (September 2021); Former Graduate Fellow, Mars 2020 Rover Hardware Systems Engineering, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory

George Westerman

Pioneering Authority on Digital Transformation Strategies That Drive Competitive Advantage; Technology Futurist and Award-winning Author of “Leading Digital” (2014); Senior Lecturer, MIT Sloan School of Management; Principal Research Scientist, MIT Jameel World Education Laboratory

Ari Wallach

Futurist and Social Systems Strategist; Founder and Executive Director, Longpath Labs; Founder and CEO, Synthesis Corp.; Adjunct Associate Professor, Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs

Steve Horvath

Renowned Geneticist Specializing in Aging; “Godfather of Epigenetic Clocks” and Inventor of the Horvath Clock and Lifespan Predictors; Professor of Human Genetics and Biostatistics, David Geffen School of Medicine, UCLA

Neri Oxman

Award-winning Architect, Designer and Inventor; Pioneer of the Field of Material Ecology; Leading Authority on “Hacking” Nature for the Purposes of Speculative and Practical Design; Founder, Mediated Matter Research Group; Professor, MIT Media Lab

Mary Lou Jepsen

Acclaimed Futurist, Inventor, Entrepreneur & Technology Thought Leader; Pioneer in Medical Imaging and Telepathic Technology; Former Professor, MIT Media Lab; Founder, Openwater

Isha Datar

Cellular Agriculture Pioneer; Executive Director, New Harvest; Co-Founder, Perfect Day (fka Muufri) and Clara Foods

Andrew Hessel

Futurist and Trailblazer in Biological Technologies; Co-Founder and Co-Executive Director, Genome Project-write; Founder and President, Humane Genomics Inc.; Co-author, “The Genesis Machine” (February 2022)

Hugh Herr

Leader of the Bionic Age; Champion for Creating Technology to Improve the Human Body and Redefine Human Potential; Professor & Leader, MIT Center for Extreme Bionics

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Rana El Kaliouby

Pioneer and Inventor of Emotion and Human Perception AI; Visionary Entrepreneur and Authority on Developing and Implementing Ethical Business Strategies; Deputy CEO, Smart Eye; Co-Founder and Former CEO, Affectiva; Bestselling Author, “Girl Decoded,” (April 2020); Executive Fellow, Harvard Business School

Amy Webb

World-Renowned Futurist and Leading Authority on Forecasting and Strategic Foresight for Business; Founder, Future Today Institute; NYU Stern School of Business Professor; Nonresident Senior Fellow Atlantic Council; Visiting Fellow, Oxford University Säid School of Business; Fellow, US-Japan Leadership Program; 3x Bestselling Author, “The Signals Are Talking,” “The Big Nine” and “Data, A Love Story”; Co-author, “The Genesis Machine” (February 2022)

Peter Schwartz

Globally-Recognized Futurist and Business Strategist; Scenario Planning Expert; Strategic Planning Executive, Salesforce.com

Robert Wachter, MD

Futurist and Global Leader in Health Care Safety, Quality, Policy and Digital Technologies That Improve Delivery of Care; Father of the Hospitalist Field; Chair of the Department of Medicine, University of California, San Francisco; New York Times Bestselling Author, “The Digital Doctor”

Lyle Berkowitz, MD

Health Care Futurist, Telehealth Pioneer and Primary Care Physician at the Forefront of Automating and Virtualizing Care; Leading Authority on Designing and Executing Innovative Tech-Based Care Redesign; CEO, Back9 Healthcare Consulting

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Nicholas Negroponte

Visionary on Technology and its Impact on Business and Society; Founding Chairman, MIT Media Lab; Founder, One Laptop per Child

Jason Pontin

Visionary Futurist and Venture Capitalist Funding Dynamic Breakthrough Technologies in Computing, Energy, Life Sciences and Health Care; Leading Expert on New Technology, Innovation and the Future of Work; Renowned Journalist, Speaker and Moderator; Partner, DCVC

Kevin Kelly

Digital Visionary; New York Times Best-Selling Author, “The Inevitable”; Writer on Business and “Cool Tools”; Co-Founder and Senior Maverick, WIRED

Robert Tercek

Business Futurist, Technology Strategist and Digital Media Pioneer; Award-winning Author, “Vaporized” (2015); Former President of Digital Media, Oprah Winfrey Network

Horace Dediu

Leading Global Authority on Micromobility; Expert on the Future of Mobility and Smart Transportation; World-Renowned Mobile Industry Analyst and Visionary on Digital Business Disruption; Founder and Author, Market Intelligence Site Asymco.com

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Stewart Brand

Futurist, Technology Visionary and Pioneering Environmentalist; Former Editor, Whole Earth Catalog; President, The Long Now Foundation