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Katharine Wilkinson

Renowned Expert on Climate Change; Senior Writer, New York Times best-seller “Drawdown: The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed to Reverse Global Warming;” Author, “Between God & Green”

Neri Oxman

Renowned Architect, Designer and Inventor; Founder, Mediated Matter Research Group; Professor, MIT Media Lab

Barbara Kahn

Leading Authority on Retailing, Marketing and Branding in an Age of Uncertainty; Expert on Brand Loyalty and Management and Consumer Decision-Making; Patty and Jay H. Baker Professor of Marketing, The Wharton School; Incoming Executive Director of the Marketing Science Institute

Courtney 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; Assistant Professor of Social Work, Columbia University

Christina Åkerman, MD

World-Renowned Physician and Expert on Value-Based Health Care; Leading Authority on Creating Common Global Standards for Measuring Patient Outcomes; Senior Institute Associate, Institute for Strategy and Competitiveness, Harvard Business School; Former President, ICHOM

Katherine Gehl

Champion of Systemic Political Change; Former Special Assistant to Mayor Richard M. Daley; Chairman, Gehl Foods

Kelly Palmer

Cutting-Edge Thought Leader on the Future of Learning, Career Development and Competitiveness in the New Economy; Chief Learning Officer, Degreed; Co-Author, “The Expertise Economy” (2018)

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

Betsy Cooper

Expert on the Intersection of Security and Technology; Analyst of High Tech Threats and Organizations’ Preparedness; Senior Advisor, Albright Stonebridge Group; Director, Aspen Institute’s Cybersecurity and Technology Program

Isha Datar

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

Neha Narula

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

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

Pattie Maes

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

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Rana El Kaliouby

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

Beth Altringer

Unrivaled Authority on Design Thinking; Expert on Combining Design, Behavioral Science and Innovation to Create Better Products; Harvard University Professor and Desirability Lab Founder

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

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”; Author, “The Big Nine” (2019)

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”

Julia Freeland Fisher

Expert on the Future of Education, Focused on Building Students’ Social Capital, Competency-Based Education and Blending Learning; Director, Education at Clayton Christensen Institute; Author, “Who You Know” (August, 2018)

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

Michelle R. Weise, Ph.D., a Senior Research Fellow at the Higher Education Clayton Christensen Institute in San Mateo, California. Darcy Padilla / Agence VU

Michelle R. Weise

Leading Authority on the Future of the Workforce and Innovative Employment Pathways; Expert on How Disruptive Innovation is Transforming Higher Education; Senior VP, Strada Education Network; Chief Innovation Officer, Strada Institute for the Future of Work; Co-Author with Clayton Christensen, “Hire Education: Mastery, Modularization, and the Workforce Revolution”

Rebecca Henderson

Foremost Authority on Sustainable Business, Technology and Innovation; Author, “Reimagining Capitalism” (Hachette, 2019); Professor, Harvard Business School

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

Tammy Erickson

Award-Winning Author and Expert on the Changing Workforce, Generations at Work, and Organizational Collaboration; Adjunct Professor, Organisational Behaviour at the London Business School

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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”

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Rachel Botsman

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