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Dava Newman

Director, MIT Media Lab; Apollo Program Professor of Astronautics, MIT; Former NASA Administrator; Multidisciplinary Authority on the Requirements of Human Performance in Aerospace Futures

Sandra J. Sucher

Internationally Recognized Authority and Researcher on How Organizations Become Trusted; Co-Author, “The Power of Trust” (2021); Professor of Management Practice at Harvard Business School

Ariel Ekblaw

Founder and Director of the MIT Space Exploration Initiative; Authority on Blockchain, Decentralized Networks, and Distributed Systems Technologies Exploring Digital Currencies; Leading Expert on the TESSERAE Platform, Supersymmetry and Big Data Programming; Researcher, Mars2020 Rover Hardware Systems Engineering at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory

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; Executive Director, MIT Media Lab and Director, MIT Laboratory for Social Machines and the Center for Constructive Communication; Former Chief Media Scientist for Twitter; Co-Founder and Chairman, Cortico

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

Karim Lakhani

Architect of Digital Transformation and AI-enabled Business and Operating Models; Leading Scholar of Technology Management and Innovation Experiments; Professor of Business Administration, Harvard Business School; Co-founder and Co-director of the Laboratory for Innovation Science at Harvard (LISH) and the Harvard Business Analytics Program; Co-author, “Competing in the Age of AI” (2020)

Andrew J Scott

World’s Leading Expert on the Economics of Longevity; Award-Winning Author of Global Best Seller “The 100 Year Life;” Award-Winning Professor of Economics, London Business School; Experienced NED and Policy Advisor; Co-Founder, The Longevity Forum

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

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

Scott Pulsipher

Expert on Leadership, Disruptive Innovation and Transforming Organizations in the Digital Age; Foremost Authority on the Online Learning Revolution in Higher Education; Advocate of Using Data to Evaluate Performance and Improve Outcomes; President, Western Governors University

Kevin Werbach

Leading Expert on the Business, Legal and Public Policy Implications of Emerging Technologies; Authority on the Future of Blockchain and its Implications for Trust in Business and Society; Professor of Legal Studies and Business Ethics, The Wharton School; Author, “For the Win” (Revised, November 2020)

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

Barbara Kahn

Renowned Brand Marketing Strategist Whose Retailing Success Matrix Offers Companies Winning Strategies for Surviving Disruption; Expert on Brand Loyalty, Management and Consumer Decision-Making; Professor of Marketing, The Wharton School; Executive Director, Marketing Science Institute

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

Ben Waber

Leading Authority on the Revolution of Big Data in the Workplace; Expert on Using Analytics to Inform Strategy and Decision Making; Specialist in Creating and Sustaining Innovative, Data-Driven Corporate Cultures; President and CEO of Humanyze; Visiting Scientist, MIT Media Lab

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; Thinkers50 Radar Class of 2020; Director of the Max Planck Institute for Human Development

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

Erik Brynjolfsson

Foremost Authority on Technology’s Effect on Business Strategy, Productivity, Performance, Digital Commerce and Intangible Assets; New York Times Best-selling 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; Co-Founder and CEO, Affectiva; 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

Leading Expert on AI, Digital Health, Affective Computing and Wearables; Entrepreneur and Co-founder of Affectiva, Inc. and Co-founder and Chairman of Empatica, Inc.; Innovator and Professor, MIT Media Lab

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”

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

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

Michelle R. Weise

Leading Expert on Designing the Future of Learning and Work in the Age of Longevity; Entrepreneur-in-Residence and Senior Advisor at Imaginable Futures; Thinkers50 Radar Class of 2021; Author, “Long Life Learning” (November 2020)

Peter Schwartz

Global Futurist and Business Strategist; Salesforce.com Executive Focused on Strategic Planning; Scenario Planning Expert

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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

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Jeremy Bailenson

Virtual Reality Pioneer and Authority on Emerging Technologies that Impact Virtual Experiences in Business and Society; Cognitive Psychologist; Founding Director, Virtual Human Interaction Lab, Stanford University; Author, “Experience on Demand” (2018)

Howard Gardner

Renowned Developmental and Cognitive Psychologist; Father of Multiple Intelligences Theory; Professor, Harvard Graduate School of Education; Co-director, The Good Project; Author, “A Synthesizing Mind”

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

Thomas Malone

Renowned Expert on the Future of Work and Organizational Visionary; Professor, MIT Sloan School of Management; Author, “Superminds” (May 2018); Founding Director, MIT Center for Collective Intelligence

Larry Keeley

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

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