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Alta Charo

Acclaimed Bioethicist; Warren P. Knowles Professor Emerita of Law and Bioethics, University of Wisconsin; Former David A. Hamburg Fellow, Nuclear Threat Initiative; Lead Co-Chair, “BioMade”; Co-Chair, National Academy of Medicine Committee on Emerging Science, Technology and Innovation

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; Former Co-leader, Cognizant’s Future of Work Center; Co-author, “Monster” (March 2021)

Nicholas Bloom

Renowned Global Economist Who Guides Fiscal Decisions Around Management Practices and Workplace Models, Particularly in Times of Uncertainty; Authority on Remote and Hybrid Work Models and the Future of Work; Professor of Economics, Stanford University; Professor, by Courtesy, Stanford Graduate School of Business; Co-director, Productivity, Innovation and Entrepreneurship Program, National Bureau of Economic Research; Senior Fellow, Centre for Economic Performance

Megan Reitz

Leadership Coach and Authority on Psychological Safety and Empowering Employees to Speak Truth to Power; Renowned Educator, Researcher and Consultant on Mindfulness and Diversity in the Workplace; Author, “Speak Up” (2019); Professor, Ashridge Executive Education, Hult Business School

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

Nicholas A. Christakis, MD

Renowned Physician, Epidemiologist, Public Health Expert, and Social Scientist Whose Work Helps Organizations Positively Influence Group Behaviors; Authority on Pandemics and the Future Effects of COVID-19; Professor and Director, The Human Nature Lab, Yale University; New York Times Bestselling Author, “Blueprint” (2019); Author, “Apollo’s Arrow” (2020)

Steven Kotler

Foremost Authority on Generating Peak Organizational and Individual Performance; Leading Expert on the Future of Technology; Award-Winning Journalist and New York Times Bestselling Author, “The Art of Impossible” (2021); Executive Director, Flow Research Collective

Debora Spar

New York Times Bestselling Author and Leading Expert on How Technology Shapes Business, Political and Social Structures, Gender Roles, and Society; Senior Associate Dean, Harvard Business School Online; Professor of Business Administration, Harvard Business School

Deb Roy

Pioneering Expert on Using Media Analytics to Drive Audience Engagement and Create Social Impact; Director, MIT Laboratory for Social Machines and the Center for Constructive Communication; Visiting Professor, Harvard Law School; Former Chief Media Scientist for Twitter; Co-Founder and Chairman, Cortico

Linda A. Hill

World-renowned Expert on Leadership and Diversity-Driven Innovation; Award-winning Co-author of Bestseller “Collective Genius;” Co-founder, Paradox Strategies Leadership Advisory Firm; Chair of the Leadership Initiative and Professor of Business Administration, Harvard Business School

Cass Sunstein

Preeminent Legal Scholar and Winner of the Holberg Prize; Former Administrator at the White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs; New York Times Bestselling Co-author, “Nudge;” Author or Co-Author of Six Books Published in 2021; Professor, Harvard Law School

Sinan Aral

Global Authority on Business Analytics and How Information Spreads Through Social Networks; MIT Professor of Management, Marketing, IT and Data Science; Award-winning Researcher; Entrepreneur and Venture Capitalist; Director, MIT Initiative on the Digital Economy and MIT Social Analytics Lab; Founding Partner, Manifest Capital; Award-winning Author, “The Hype Machine” (2020)

Amy Edmondson

Authority on Psychological Safety and Team Learning in the Workplace; Bestselling Author, “The Fearless Organization” (2018); Novartis Professor of Leadership and Management, Harvard Business School

Andrew McAfee

Innovation and Technology Expert; Scientist Investigating the Sources of Progress and Competitive Differentiation; Evidence-driven Optimist; New York Times Bestselling Author; Co-founder and Co-director of the MIT Initiative on the Digital Economy; Principal Research Scientist, MIT Sloan School of Management; Author, “More From Less”

Zeynep Ton

Award-winning Operations Strategist Whose Profit-Driving Frameworks Satisfy Investors, Customers and Employees; Professor of the Practice at the MIT Sloan School of Management; Founder, Good Jobs Institute (GJI); Author, “The Good Jobs Strategy” (2014)

Jennifer Petriglieri

Leadership Development Authority with Expertise in Crisis Management, Dual-Career Couples and Gender Balance in the Workplace; Award-winning Researcher and Organizational Performance Expert; Associate Professor and Director of the Executive Education Management Acceleration Programme, INSEAD; Author, “Couples That Work” (2019)

Paul Romer

Nobel Laureate Economist and World-renowned Authority on Leveraging Technology and Innovation to Drive Long-Term Growth; Pioneer of Endogenous Growth Theory and Leading Advocate for Charter Cities; Senior Fellow, Marron Institute of Urban Management; COVID-19 Economic Policy Advisor; Former Chief Economist and Senior Vice President of the World Bank; Professor of Economics and Law, New York University

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

Lisa Mosconi

Pioneering Authority on Brain Health, Women’s Brains, and Brain Nutrition; Director, Women’s Brain Initiative at Weill Cornell Medical College (WCMC); Associate Director, WCMC/New York-Presbyterian Hospital Alzheimer’s Prevention Clinic; New York Times Bestselling Author of “The XX Brain” (2020)

Bharat Anand

Leading Expert on Digital Strategy, Media and Entertainment Strategy, Corporate Strategy and Organizational Change; Vice Provost for Advances in Learning, Harvard University; Senior Associate Dean of Harvard Business School Online; Author, “The Content Trap” (2016)

Moran Cerf

Leading Neuroscientist and Expert on Hacking the Human Brain to Make Better Decisions; Professor, Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University

Matt Beane

Leading Expert on the Future of Work Involving Intelligent Machines, Specializing in Robotics; Former Chief Human-Robot Interaction Officer, Humatics; Thinkers50 Radar Class of 2021; Assistant Professor, University of California, Santa Barbara; Digital Fellow, MIT’s Institute for the Digital Economy

Jon McNeill

Visionary Leader and Entrepreneur Who Helps Organizations Exponentially Scale Business and Drive Innovation; Former COO, Lyft; Former President, Tesla Motors; Seven-time Founder/CEO

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

Bart De Langhe

Leading Behavioral Economist with Alternative Models for Building Customer Loyalty; Data Scientist at the Intersection of AI and Human Decision Making; Marketing Thought Leader Helping Companies Optimize Data to Drive Growth; 2021 Best 40-Under-40 Professor, Poets and Quants; Professor, ESADE

Manfred Kets de Vries

Global Authority on Leadership Development and Organizational Change; Award-winning Academic and Bestselling Author/Editor of over 50 Books; Professor, Psychoanalyst, INSEAD

Kelly Peters

Behavioral Economics Expert and Leader in Applying Human Insights to Business Strategy, Marketing and Operations; Faculty Lecturer, Rotman Business School of Management; Co-founder and CEO, BEworks

Renee Richardson Gosline

Globally Recognized Digital Marketing Expert Whose Frameworks Help Organizations Improve Customer Experiences by Leveraging AI and Behavioral Economics; Practitioner and Corporate Advisor on Brand Strategy, Customer Experience and Inclusive Leadership; Senior Lecturer in the Management Science Group, MIT Sloan School of Management; Principal Research Scientist, MIT’s Initiative on the Digital Economy (IDE); Digital Fellow, Stanford Digital Economy Lab

Desmond U. Patton

Pioneering Social Worker at the Intersection of Artificial Intelligence, Social Media, Empathy, Race and Society; Founding Director, SAFE Lab; Co-director, Justice, Equity and Technology Lab, Associate Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, Data Science Institute (DSI), and Associate Dean for Innovation and Academic Affairs, Columbia University; Fellow, Harvard Kennedy School’s Carr Center for Human Rights

Arnav Kapur

Leading Authority on Extended Intelligence, Closely Coupling Human Cognition and Artificial Intelligence; Pioneering Inventor and Lead Innovator Behind AlterEgo; Rising Tech Star and 2019 TED Fellow; Researcher, MIT Media Lab

Hannu Rajaniemi

Acclaimed Sci-Fi Author, Entrepreneur and Scientist; Visionary & Futurist Whose Proven Framework Uses Fiction to Solve Real Problems and Inspire Future Innovation; Co-Founder, Helix Nanotechnologies

Katharine Wilkinson

Renowned Climate Change Strategist, Author and Expert on How Organizations and Changemakers Can Lead on Climate; Trusted Advisor to Business and Government Leaders, Investors, Organizations and Communities; Senior Writer, New York Times Bestseller “Drawdown” (2017); Editor-in-Chief, “The Drawdown Review” (2020); Co-editor, “All We Can Save” (2020); Co-host, “A Matter of Degrees” Podcast; Co-founder, The All We Can Save Project; One of 15 “Women Who Will Save the World,” Time Magazine

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

Courtney D. Cogburn

Pioneer in Using Virtual Reality to Expose the Devastating Impact of Racism on Individuals, Organizations and Society; Expert on Understanding How Racism in the Media Affects Human Health; Transdisciplinary Scholar; Associate Professor of Social Work, Columbia University

Michael Green

Renowned Global Economist and Pioneer in Measuring Social Progress; Expert on Quantifying and Implementing Socially Responsible Business Practices and Investments; CEO, Social Progress Imperative; Former Senior Official in the U.K. Government’s Department for International Development

Jeremy Heimans

World-Renowned Expert on Building Social Movements; Pioneer of Purpose-driven Marketing and Business Models; Lifelong Activist; Co-author of the International Bestseller, “New Power” (2019); Co-founder & CEO, Purpose

Iyad Rahwan

Renowned Computer Scientist and Authority on the Impact of AI on Society, Government and the Future of Work; Leading Researcher on the Ethics of AI and Autonomous Vehicles; Thinkers50 Radar Class of 2020; Director, Max Planck Institute for Human Development; Former Professor, MIT

Ayanna Howard

Pioneering Innovator, Entrepreneur and Inventor of Robotic Technologies and Artificial Intelligence for Industry, Health Care and Education; Founder and Board Director, Zyrobotics; Dean, College of Engineering, The Ohio State University; Bestselling Author, “Sex, Race and Robots” (2020)

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)

Neha Narula

Foremost Expert on Digital Currencies and Blockchains; Financial Democratization Enthusiast; Director of the Digital Currency Initiative at the MIT Media Lab

Ed Boyden

Pioneering Bioscientist and Innovator; Expert on Leading Teams Where Few Rules or Precedents Exist; Neuroengineer Focused on Mapping the Brain to Cure Mental Illness and Neurological Disorders; Professor, MIT Media Lab and MIT McGovern Institute for Brain Research; Co-founder, Cognito Therapeutics

Erik Brynjolfsson

Foremost Authority on Technology’s Effect on Business Strategy, Productivity, Performance, Digital Commerce and Intangible Assets; New York Times Bestselling Co-Author, “The Second Machine Age” and “Machine, Platform, Crowd;” Professor and Senior Fellow, Stanford Institute for Human-Centered AI (HAI); Director, Stanford Digital Economy Lab; Senior Fellow at the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research (SIEPR)

Pattie Maes

Pioneering Authority on Human-Computer Interaction, AI and Human Augmentation; Entrepreneur; Director, MIT Program in Media Arts and Sciences; Professor, MIT

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

Rana el Kaliouby

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

Jeff Hancock

Jeff Hancock

Authority on Social Media Behavior & Psychology of Online Interaction; Expert on Technology’s Role in Deception and Trust; Founding Director, Stanford University Social Media Lab

Rosalind W. Picard

Digital Health Pioneer, Entrepreneur and Inventor of Mobile & Wearable Technology for Emotional Intelligence and Wellbeing; Expert on Emotion AI and the Ethics of Its Use; Top Cited Scholar in the Areas of Digital Health and Affective Computing; Co-founder, Affectiva; Co-founder and Chairman, Empatica; Director, Affective Computing Research, MIT Media Lab; Professor, MIT; Faculty Chair MindHandHeart

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)