Speakers and Moderators

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Sandra Aamodt
Sandra Aamodt

Neuroscientist; Author, Why Diets Make Us Fat: The Unintended Consequences of Our Obsession with Weight Loss

Nabeel Abboud-Ashkar
Nabeel Abboud-Ashkar

Co-Founder and Artistic Director, Polyphony Foundation

Zein Abdalla
Zein Abdalla

President, PepsiCo

Garba Abdul
Garba Abdul

Director, Vaccines and Government Relations, Clinton Health Access Initiative Nigeria

Feisal Abdul Rauf
Feisal Abdul Rauf

Founder and Chairman, Cordoba Initiative

Saad Abdul-Latif
Saad Abdul-Latif

CEO, PepsiCo Asia, Middle East, and Africa

Jeffrey Abelson
Jeffrey Abelson
Mike Abramowitz
Mike Abramowitz

Director of the Committee on Conscience, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

Donald Abrams
Donald Abrams

Chief of Hematology–Oncology, San Francisco General Hospital; Professor, Clinical Medicine, University of California, San Francisco

Joel Achenbach
Joel Achenbach

Staff Writer, The Washington Post; Author, A Hole at the Bottom of the Sea

Hugh Acheson
Hugh Acheson

Chef and Partner, Five & Ten; Author, A New Turn in the South

Beverly Adams
Beverly Adams
Kiku Adatto
Kiku Adatto
Stephanie Addenbrooke
Stephanie Addenbrooke

Editor in Chief, Yale Daily News

Carol Adelman
Carol Adelman

President, Movers and Shakespeares

Ken Adelman
Ken Adelman

Vice President, Movers and Shakespeares; Former US Ambassador to the United Nations

Kenneth Adelman
Kenneth Adelman

Vice President, Movers and Shakespeares

Stephen J. Adler
Stephen J. Adler

Editor-in-Chief, Reuters News

Anant Agarwal
Anant Agarwal

President, edX

Sam Agbo
Sam Agbo

Chief of Health and Child Survival and Development, UNICEF Angola

Ellen Agler
Ellen Agler

CEO, END Fund

Priya Agrawal
Priya Agrawal

Senior Advisor, Patients for Patient Safety, World Health Organization

Blaise Agüera y Arcas
Blaise Agüera y Arcas

Architect of Bing Mobile and Mapping, Microsoft

David Aguilar
David Aguilar

Founder, Aspen Skies Corp.

Pamela A. Aguilar
Pamela A. Aguilar
Ernesto Aguilera
Ernesto Aguilera
David Agus
David Agus

Professor of Medicine and Engineering, University of Southern California; Co-Founder, Navigenics; Author, The End of Illness

Liaquat Ahamed
Liaquat Ahamed

Investment Manager; Author, Lords of Finance: The Bankers Who Broke the World

Chris Ahearn
Chris Ahearn
Gary Ahlquist
Gary Ahlquist
Maria Aiolova
Maria Aiolova

Co-Founder, Terreform ONE

Lisa Airan
Lisa Airan
Enola Aird
Enola Aird

Founder and President, Community Healing Network

Swaminathan Anklesaria Aiyar
Swaminathan Anklesaria Aiyar
Waqar Ajmal
Waqar Ajmal

Senior Program Officer, Polio Team, Global Development, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (Festival Underwriter)

Noura Al Kaabi
Noura Al Kaabi

CEO, twofour54

Yousef Al Otaiba
Yousef Al Otaiba
Ehab Al Shihabi
Ehab Al Shihabi

Interim CEO, Al Jazeera America; Executive Director for International Operations, Al Jazeera

Nadia Al-Sakkaf
Nadia Al-Sakkaf

Editor-in-Chief, Yemen Times Establishment

Jordan Alam
Jordan Alam

Writer, Founder and Editor, Project As[I]Am

Jim Albaugh
Jim Albaugh
Ellen Alberding
Ellen Alberding

President, Joyce Foundation

Marilyn Albert, MD
Marilyn Albert, MD
Madeleine K. Albright
Madeleine K. Albright
Madeleine K. Albright
Madeleine K. Albright

Chair, Albright Stonebridge Group; Former US Secretary of State; Trustee, The Aspen Institute

Charles Alcock
Charles Alcock

Director, Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics

T. Alexander Aleinikoff
T. Alexander Aleinikoff
Elizabeth Alexander
Elizabeth Alexander

Poet; Frederick Iseman Professor of Poetry, Yale University

Keith Alexander
Keith Alexander

Former Director, National Security Agency; Chief, Central Security Service

Ayaan Hirsi Ali
Ayaan Hirsi Ali
Bisi Alimi
Bisi Alimi

Executive Director, Bisi Alimi Foundation

Sonita Alizadeh
Sonita Alizadeh

Girls' Rights Activist; Rapper

John Allen
John Allen

Special Presidential Envoy, Global Coalition to Counter ISIL, U.S. Department of State; Senior Advisor, Middle East Security, Department of Defense; Retired General, United States Marine Corps

Mike Allen
Mike Allen

Chief White House Correspondent, POLITICO

Thad Allen
Thad Allen

Executive Vice President, Booz Allen Hamilton (Festival Underwriter)

Graham Allison
Graham Allison
Jay Allison
Jay Allison

Independent Journalist; Radio Producer

Michael W. Allman
Michael W. Allman

President and CEO, Southern California Gas Company

Laura Alonso
Laura Alonso

National Representative, Argentina

David Alpert
David Alpert

Founder and Editor-in-Chief, Greater Greater Washington

Hilton Als
Hilton Als

Staff Writer, The New Yorker

Nicole Alston
Nicole Alston

Vice President of Legal, Google

Chris Altchek
Chris Altchek

Co-Founder and CEO, Mic (formerly PolicyMic)

Jonathan Alter
Jonathan Alter

Columnist, Daily Beast; Correspondent, NBC

Vicki Amalfitano
Vicki Amalfitano

Vice President, Marketing and Planning, Brigham and Women’s Hospital (Festival Underwriter)

Emilio Amigo
Emilio Amigo

Clinical Psychologist; Director, Amigo Family Counseling

John Amos
John Amos

Geologist; Founder and President, SkyTruth

Kurt Andersen
Kurt Andersen

Host, "Studio 360 from PRI and WNYC"; Author

Ross Andersen
Ross Andersen

Senior Editor, The Atlantic

Chris Anderson
Chris Anderson

Curator, TED

Kristen Soltis Anderson
Kristen Soltis Anderson

Co-Founder and Partner, Echelon Insights; Author, The Selfie Vote: Where Millennials Are Leading America (And How Republicans Can Keep Up)

Amale Andraos
Amale Andraos
Nancy Andreasen
Nancy Andreasen

Neuroscientist; Andrew H. Woods Chair of Psychiatry and Director, Iowa Neuroimaging Consortium, University of Iowa

Tim Andrews
Tim Andrews

Vice President, Health Team, Booz Allen Hamilton (Festival Underwriter)

Julia Angwin
Julia Angwin

Senior Reporter, ProPublica; Author, Dragnet Nation

Ify Aniebo
Ify Aniebo

PhD candidate, Clinical Medicine and Infectious Tropic Diseases, Oxford University

Marco Annunziata
Marco Annunziata

Chief Economist and Executive Director, Global Market Insights, General Electric Co.

Anousheh Ansari
Anousheh Ansari

Co-Founder and Chairwoman, Prodea Systems; Astronaut

Michael Anti
Michael Anti

Journalist, Columnist, and Political Blogger, Caixin Media

Paola Antonelli
Paola Antonelli

Senior Curator, Department of Architecture and Design, Museum of Modern Art, New York

Nancy Aossey
Nancy Aossey
Kwame Anthony Appiah
Kwame Anthony Appiah

Professor, Departments of Philosophy and Law, New York University; Author, Honor Code

Paula Apsell
Paula Apsell

Senior Executive Producer, WGBH Educational Foundation

Michael Arad
Michael Arad

Partner, Handel Architects; Architect, National September 11 Memorial & Museum

Diane Archer
Diane Archer

Chair of the Board, Consumer Reports (Festival Underwriter); Founder, JustCare

Gustavo Arellano
Gustavo Arellano

Editor, OC Weekly; Syndicated Columnist, "Ask the Mexican!"; Author, Taco USA

Elizabeth Arias
Elizabeth Arias

Lead Statistical Analyst, Mortality Statics Branch, National Center for Health Statistics, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Festival Underwriter)

James Arinaitwe
James Arinaitwe

School Partnerships Manager, Educate!

Karen Armstrong
Karen Armstrong

Author, A History of God, Holy War, and Fields of Blood

Lance Armstrong
Lance Armstrong

Founder and Chairman, LIVESTRONG

Gustavo Arnavat
Gustavo Arnavat
Jeff Arnold
Jeff Arnold

Founder, Chairman, and CEO, Sharecare

Raney Aronson-Rath
Raney Aronson-Rath

Executive Producer, PBS (Festival Underwriter)

Raney Aronson-Rath
Raney Aronson-Rath

Executive Producer, "FRONTLINE," PBS

Christie Aschwanden
Christie Aschwanden

Lead Science Writer, FiveThirtyEight; Health Columnist, The Washington Post

Ken Ash
Ken Ash
Jeffrey Ashby
Jeffrey Ashby

Chief of Mission Assurance, Blue Origin; Former Astronaut, NASA

Maurice Ashley
Maurice Ashley

Storyteller, "The Moth"

Reza Aslan
Reza Aslan

Professor of Creative Writing, University of California, Riverside; Author, Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth

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Aram al-Doumany
Aram al-Doumany

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