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Courtney Cogburn

Leading Authority on Using Virtual Reality to Combat Bias and Prejudice; Expert on Understanding How Racism in the Media Affects Human Health; Award-winning Social Scientist; Assistant Professor of Social Work, Columbia University

Michael Green

Leading Economist; CEO, Social Progress Imperative; Former Senior Official in the U.K. Government’s Department for International Development

Dan Barasch

Leading Expert on Design and Innovation for the Future of Cities; Co-Founder and Executive Director of the Lowline

Joi Ito

Foremost Authority on Designing Innovative Technologies to Transform Business and Society; Advocate of Emergent Democracy, Privacy and Internet Freedom; Co-Author, “Whiplash;” Director and Professor, MIT Media Lab

Jeremy Heimans

World-Renowned Expert on Building Social Movements; Pioneer of Purpose-driven Marketing and Business Models; Lifelong Activist; Co-Founder & CEO, Purpose; Co-Author, “New Power” – shortlisted for the 2018 FT/McKinsey Business Book of the Year

Iyad Rahwan

Renowned Computer Scientist and Developer of AI Technology; Expert on the Ethics and Impact of AI and Social Media on Society, Government and Future of Work; Professor, MIT Media Lab

Gil Weinberg

Leading Pioneer in Creative AI; Authority on Robotics and Music Technology; Bionics Expert Focused on Improving Human Capabilities and Creativity; Professor, Georgia Institute of Technology

Ayanna Howard

Renowned Educator, Researcher and Innovator in the Cutting-Edge Fields of Robotics and Artificial Intelligence; Pioneering Developer of Robotic Technology for Pediatric Health Care; Founder & CTO, Zyrobotics; Professor, Georgia Institute of Technology

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, Genome Project-write; Founder, Humane Genomics Inc.

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

Leading Neuroengineer Focused on Mapping the Brain to Cure Mental Illness and Neurological Disorders; Professor, MIT Media Lab and MIT McGovern Institute; Strategic Innovation Thinker & Expert on Leading Teams Where There Are No Rules

Mariana Mazzucato

Global Expert on Economic and Innovation Policy; Esteemed Public Sector Consultant Focused on Developing Government-led, Mission-oriented Investments; Professor, University College London; Author, “The Entrepreneurial State” (2013) and “The Value of Everything” (September 2018); Recipient of the 2018 Leontief Prize for Advancing the Frontiers of Economic Thought

Erik Brynjolfsson

Foremost Authority on Technology’s Effect on Business Strategy, Productivity and Performance; Best-selling Author, “The Second Machine Age” and “Machine, Platform, Crowd”; Director, MIT Initiative on the Digital Economy

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 of Artificial Emotional Intelligence; Technology Evangelist, Inventor & Research Scientist; Co-Founder & CEO, Affectiva

Jeff Hancock

Jeff Hancock

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

Rosalind W. Picard

Affective Computing Authority and Expert on Emotional Machines Impact on Marketing and Medicine; MIT Media Lab’s Affective Computing Research Group Director; Co-Founder, Affectiva & Empatica

Amy Webb

Amy Webb

Leading Authority on Forecasting & Strategy for Business and Society; Founder, Future Today Institute; NYU Stern Professor, Strategic Foresight; Futures Forecasting; Best-selling Author, “The Signals Are Talking”

Alexander Betts

Alexander Betts

Authority on Refugees & Human Migration; Professor of Forced Migration and International Affairs, Oxford University; Director, Refugee Studies Centre and Refugee Economies; Author, “Refuge: Transforming a Broken Refugee System”

Guy Hoffman

Renowned Robotics and AI Expert, Focused on Human-Robot Interaction; Leading AI Researcher & Innovator; Mechanical Engineering Professor, Cornell University; Former Co-Director, IDC Media Innovation Lab

Moshe Safdie

Renowned Architect & Urban Planner; Visionary on the Future of City Living; Influential Theorist, Author, Educator on Social-Activist Architecture

Zoë Chance

Expert on Persuasion & Decision-Making; Leverages Behavioral Economics to Help People & Business Do Better; Yale School of Management Professor; Author of the Upcoming Book on Gaining Influence Within Organizations, “Influence for Nice People: A New Science of Getting Your Way”

Caleb Harper

Digital Farming Pioneer; Leading Authority on Using Technology and Democratization to Solve Global Food Crises; Founder & Director, OpenAG Initiative, MIT Media Lab

Efosa Ojomo

Champion for Creating Economic Prosperity through Disruptive Innovation; Co-Author with Clay Christensen, the Forthcoming “The Prosperity Paradox” (2019); Research Fellow at the Clayton Christensen Institute for Disruptive Innovation; Founder & President, Poverty Stops Here

Jeffrey Schnapp

Jeffrey Schnapp

Cultural Historian & Expert on Future of Innovation and Technology; Autonomous Vehicles Authority & CEO, Piaggio Fast Forward; Catalyzing Force in Digital Humanities; Professor, Harvard

Jonathan Zittrain

Jonathan Zittrain

Leading Expert in the Governance of Future Technology, Including Artificial Intelligence and Cybersecurity; Healthy Blockchain Skeptic; Master Moderator; Professor of Law and Professor of Computer Science, Harvard University

Sherry Turkle

Sherry Turkle

New York Times Best-Selling Author of “Reclaiming Conversation”; Expert on Technology and Its Role in Transforming Relationships in a Digital Society; Sociologist and MIT Professor

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Ethan Zuckerman

Acclaimed Digital Media Expert; Author; Director, MIT Center for Civic Media; Co-Founder, Global Voices

Jason Hwang, MD

Authority on Health Care Innovation; Co-Founder & Previously CMO of Telehealth Startup Lemonaid Health; Co-Author, “The Innovator’s Prescription”

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Robert Wachter, MD

Global Leader in Healthcare Safety, Quality, Policy, IT; Chair of the Department of Medicine, University of California, San Francisco; Best-Selling Author, “The Digital Doctor: Hope, Hype and Harm at the Dawn of Medicine’s Computer Age”

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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

Leading Expert on the Future of Technology and Innovation; Senior Partner, Flagship Pioneering; Renowned Journalist, Speaker and Moderator

Kevin Kelly

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

Larry Keeley

Authority on Integrating Firms into Dynamic Business Ecosystems; Innovation Strategy and Effectiveness Expert; Influential Designer; Co-Founder and President, Doblin; Author, “Ten Types of Innovation”

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Rosabeth Moss Kanter

Distinguished Expert on Strategy, Innovation and Leadership for Corporate Change; Social Scientist and Harvard Business School Professor; Best-Selling Author, “MOVE” and “SuperCorp”

Michael Raynor

Foremost Authority on How Companies Capture and Create Value; Expert on Breaking Constraints Through Innovation; Author, “The Three Rules” and “The Innovator’s Solution” with Clayton Christensen; Director, Deloitte Services LP

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Stewart Brand

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

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Rachel Botsman

Global Authority on a New Era of Trust; Best-selling Author, “Who Can You Trust?” (Hachette, November 2017); Visiting Lecturer & Researcher, Oxford University

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Clay Christensen

Foremost Authority on Innovation and Father of Disruptive Innovation Theory; Author of Revolutionary Book “The Innovator’s Dilemma”; Co-Author of the Forthcoming “The Prosperity Paradox” (2019)

Michael E. Porter

Foremost Authority on Strategy, Competition and Competitive Advantage; Creator of Shared Value Concept; Professor, Harvard Business School