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Renee Richardson Gosline

Leading Marketing Expert Specializing in the Intersection of Technology and Behavioral Economics; Authority on Brand Strategy, User Experience and Leadership; World’s Top 40 Professors Under 40, Poets & Quants; Senior Lecturer in the Management Science Group, MIT Sloan School of Management

E. Freya Williams

Leading Expert on Sustainability and its Positive Impact on Consumers, Business and Investors; CEO North America of Futerra; Author, “Green Giants”

Desmond U. Patton

Pioneer and Social Engineer at the Intersection of Artificial Intelligence, Social Media, Empathy, Race and Society; Founding Director, SAFE Lab; Co-director, Justice, Equity and Technology Lab; Associate Dean for Innovation and Academic Affairs, Columbia University; Fellow, Harvard Kennedy School’s Carr Center for Human Rights

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 Strategist, Expert and Author on How Organizations and Changemakers Can Address the Climate Crisis; Advisor on Advancing and Communicating Proactive Climate Solutions; Senior Writer, New York Times Best-Seller “Drawdown” (2017)

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

Dan Barasch

Leading Expert on Design and Innovation for the Future of Cities; Pioneer of Urban Futurism; Authority on Carrying Out Large-Scale Urban Development Projects; CEO, Stae; Co-Founder and Executive Director of the Lowline; Author, “Ruin and Redemption in Architecture” (2019)

Jeremy Heimans

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

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; Director of the Max Planck Institute for Human Development; 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 and 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 and Co-Executive Director, Genome Project-write; Founder and President, 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

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

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 Co-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 and Research Scientist; Co-Founder and 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 and Empatica

Amy Webb

Leading Authority on Forecasting and Strategy for Business and Society; Founder, Future Today Institute; NYU Stern Professor, Strategic Foresight; Futures Forecasting; Best-selling Author, “The Signals Are Talking” and “The Big Nine” (2019)

Alexander Betts

Alexander Betts

Authority on Refugees and Human Migration; Professor of Forced Migration and International Affairs, Oxford University; Director, Refugee Studies Centre and Refugee Economies; Author, “Refuge” (2017)

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 and Urban Planner; Visionary on the Future of City Living; Influential Theorist, Author, Educator on Social-Activist Architecture; Recipient of Israel’s 2019 Wolf Prize for Architecture

Zoë Chance

Expert on Persuasion and Decision-Making; Leverages Behavioral Economics to Help People & Business Do Better; Professor, Yale School of Management; Author, “Influence for Nice People” (2020)

Caleb Harper

Digital Farming Pioneer; Leading Authority on Using Technology and Democratization to Solve Global Food Crises; Author, “The Future of Food” (2020); Founder & Director, OpenAG Initiative, MIT Media Lab

Efosa Ojomo

Champion for Creating Economic Prosperity Through Innovation; Leading Authority on Market-Creating Innovations; Co-Author, with Clayton Christensen and Karen Dillon, “The Prosperity Paradox” (2019); Senior Research Fellow at the Clayton Christensen Institute for Disruptive Innovation; Co-Founder & President, Poverty Stops Here

Jonathan Zittrain

Jonathan Zittrain

Leading Expert on 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

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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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; 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”

Karen Dillon

Authority on Leadership, Innovation and Problem-solving; Co-author with Clay Christensen of Bestsellers “How Will You Measure Your Life?,” “Competing Against Luck” and the “The Prosperity Paradox” (2019); Former Harvard Business Review Editor; Master Moderator

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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, “Think Outside the Building” (January 2020)

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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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Clay Christensen

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

Michael E. Porter

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