Aspen Ideas Festival Speakers and Moderators

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Mohamed Abdel-Kader
Mohamed Abdel-Kader

Executive Director, Stevens Initiative, The Aspen Institute

Ismahan Abdullahi
Ismahan Abdullahi

Director of Movement and Campaign Strategies, Partnership for the Advancement of New Americans (PANA)

Jennifer Ackerman
Jennifer Ackerman

Science and Nature Writer; Author, The Genius of Birds

Faisal Al Mutar
Faisal Al Mutar

Human Rights Activist; Founder and Chairman, Ideas Beyond Borders

Yvette Alberdingk Thijm
Yvette Alberdingk Thijm

Executive Director, WITNESS

Hala Aldosari
Hala Aldosari

Robert G. James Scholar Fellow, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University

Wajahat Ali
Wajahat Ali

Op-Ed Contributor, New York Times; Writer

Danielle Allen
Danielle Allen

James Bryant Conant University Professor and Director, Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics, Harvard University

Mike Allen
Mike Allen

Co-Founder & Executive Editor, Axios

Ross Andersen
Ross Andersen

Senior Editor, The Atlantic

Mark Applebaum
Mark Applebaum

Leland and Edith Smith Professor of Composition, Department of Music, Stanford University

Meredith Artley
Meredith Artley

Senior Vice President and Editor in Chief, CNN Digital Worldwide

René Auberjonois
René Auberjonois

Actor

David Azerrad
David Azerrad

AWC Family Foundation Fellow and Director, B. Kenneth Simon Center for Principles and Politics, The Heritage Foundation

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Zoë Baird
Zoë Baird

CEO and President, Markle Foundation

Raquel Baldelomar
Raquel Baldelomar

Writer, Forbes; Author

Rye Barcott
Rye Barcott

Co-Founder and CEO, With Honor

Melody Barnes
Melody Barnes

Co-Founder and Principal, MB2 Solutions; Former Domestic Policy Advisor, Obama White House; Chair, Forum for Community Solutions, The Aspen Institute

Martin Baron
Martin Baron

Executive Editor, The Washington Post

Kathy Baughman McLeod
Kathy Baughman McLeod

Senior Vice President, Global Environmental and Social Risk, Bank of America

Emily Bazelon
Emily Bazelon

Staff Writer, The New York Times Magazine; Truman Capote Fellow for Creative Writing and Law, Yale Law School

Janine Benyus
Janine Benyus

Co-Founder, Biomimicry 3.8; Co-Founder, Biomimicry Institute

Kai-Uwe Bergmann
Kai-Uwe Bergmann

Partner, BIG Architecture

Sheri Berman
Sheri Berman

Professor of Political Science, Barnard College of Columbia University

Jared Bernstein
Jared Bernstein

Senior Fellow, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities

Jackie Bezos
Jackie Bezos

Co-Founder and President, Bezos Family Foundation

Ash Bhat
Ash Bhat

CEO and Co-Founder, RoBhat Labs

Monika Bickert
Monika Bickert

Head of Product Policy and Counterterrorism, Facebook (Festival Underwriter)

Rebecca Blumenstein
Rebecca Blumenstein

Deputy Managing Editor, The New York Times

Elan Bogarín
Elan Bogarín

Director and Producer, El Tigre Productions

Jonathan Bogarín
Jonathan Bogarín

El Tigre Productions, Director and Producer

Trevon Bosley
Trevon Bosley

Student, Chicago Strong

Rachel Botsman
Rachel Botsman

Visiting Academic, University of Oxford; Author, Who Can You Trust?

Jamelle Bouie
Jamelle Bouie

Chief Political Correspondent, Slate

Leslie Greene Bowman
Leslie Greene Bowman

President, Thomas Jefferson Foundation, Monticello

Chad Bown
Chad Bown

Reginald Jones Senior Fellow, Peterson Institute for International Economics

David G. Bradley
David G. Bradley

Chairman and Owner, Atlantic Media Company

Katherine Bradley
Katherine Bradley

Founding Chair, CityBridge Education; Board Member, National Geographic

David Brancaccio
David Brancaccio

Host and Senior Editor, "Marketplace Morning Report"

Stewart Brand
Stewart Brand

Co-Founder, Revive & Restore; Co-Chair and President, The Long Now Foundation; Founder and Editor, Whole Earth Catalog

Eric Braverman
Eric Braverman

CEO, Schmidt Futures

Joe Brewster
Joe Brewster

Filmmaker; Co-Founder, Rada Film Group

Tristan Bridges
Tristan Bridges

Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology, University of California Santa Barbara

Arthur Brooks
Arthur Brooks

President and Beth and Ravenel Curry Scholar in Free Enterprise, American Enterprise Institute

Daphne Brooks
Daphne Brooks

Professor, Department of African American Studies, Yale University; Author

David Brooks
David Brooks

Op-Ed Columnist, The New York Times; Executive Director, Aspen Institute

Campbell Brown
Campbell Brown

Global Head of News Partnerships, Facebook (Festival Underwriter)

Tarana Burke
Tarana Burke

Social Justice Activist; Senior Director, Girls for Gender Equity

Larry Burns
Larry Burns

Mobility and Innovation Consultant

Dylan Byers
Dylan Byers

Senior Reporter & Author of PACIFIC, CNN

Bill Bynum
Bill Bynum

CEO, Hope Enterprise Corporation; Henry Crown Fellow, The Aspen Institute

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Robyn Calder
Robyn Calder

Executive Director, The ELMA Philanthropies Services (US), The ELMA Group of Foundations

Gillian Caldwell
Gillian Caldwell

CEO, Global Witness

Jonathan Capehart
Jonathan Capehart

Opinion Writer, The Washington Post

John Carlin
John Carlin

Partner, Morrison & Foerster; Chair, Cybersecurity & Technology Program, The Aspen Institute

Steve Case
Steve Case

Co-Founder, CEO, and Chairman, Revolution; Chairman, Case Foundation

Annie Castillo
Annie Castillo

Student Poet, Creative Young Leaders Alliance, The Aspen Institute

Daniel Castro
Daniel Castro

Vice President and Director, Center for Data Innovation, Information Technology and Innovation Foundation

Victor Cha
Victor Cha

D.S Song-KF Endowed Chair in Government and International Affairs, Director, Asian Studies, Walsh School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University

Mona Charen
Mona Charen

Syndicated Columnist; Senior Fellow, Ethics and Public Policy Center

Mike Chase
Mike Chase

Criminal Defense Lawyer; Creator, @CrimeADay

Meryl Chertoff
Meryl Chertoff

Executive Director, Justice and Society Program, The Aspen Institute; Adjunct Professor, Georgetown University Law Center

Michael Chertoff
Michael Chertoff

Co-Founder and Executive Chairman, The Chertoff Group; Former Secretary, US Department of Homeland Security

Raj Chetty
Raj Chetty

Professor of Economics, Stanford University

Carol Christ
Carol Christ

Chancellor, University of California, Berkeley

Amy Chua
Amy Chua

John M. Duff Jr. Professor of Law, Yale Law School; Author, Political Tribes: Group Instinct and the Fate of Nations

John Church
John Church

Executive Vice President, Chief Supply Chain Officer, and Leader of Global Business Solutions, General Mills Inc. (Festival Underwriter)

Peggy Clark
Peggy Clark

Vice President, Policy Programs, Executive Director, Aspen Global Innovators Group; Director, Alliance for Artisan Enterprise, The Aspen Institute

Steve Clemons
Steve Clemons

Editor in Chief, AtlanticLIVE; Washington Editor at Large, The Atlantic

Jelani Cobb
Jelani Cobb

Staff Writer, The New Yorker; Professor, Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism

David L. Cohen
David L. Cohen

Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer, Comcast Corporation (Festival Underwriter)

Noam Cohen
Noam Cohen

Journalist; Author, The Know-It-Alls: The Rise of Silicon Valley as a Political Powerhouse and Social Wrecking Ball

Yuga Cohler
Yuga Cohler

Conductor; Co-Creator, Yeethoven

David Coleman
David Coleman

President and CEO, College Board

James Comey
James Comey

Former Director, Federal Bureau of Investigation; Author, A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies, and Leadership

Brittney Cooper
Brittney Cooper

Associate Professor, Women's and Gender Studies Department, Rutgers University; Author, Eloquent Rage: A Black Feminist Discovers Her Superpower

Katie Couric
Katie Couric

Journalist; Founder and Executive Producer, Katie Couric Media

Chris Cox
Chris Cox

Chief Product Officer, Facebook (Festival Underwriter)

Ryan Crocker
Ryan Crocker

Diplomat in Residence, Princeton University

Katy Croff Bell
Katy Croff Bell

Fellow, National Geographic Society; Founder, Open Ocean Initiative, MIT Media Lab

Jim Crown
Jim Crown

Chairman and CEO, Henry Crown and Company

Paula Crown
Paula Crown

Artist; Board Member, Aspen Institute Committee of the Arts; Principal, Henry Crown and Company

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Malik Dahlan
Malik Dahlan

Founder and Principal, Institution Quraysh for Law & Policy (iQ); Professor of International Law and Public Policy, Queen Mary University of London Law School

Ray Dalio
Ray Dalio

Founder, Co-Chief Investment Officer, Co-Chairman, Bridgewater Associates

Michael Davidson
Michael Davidson

CEO, Gen Next

Kenneth L. Davis
Kenneth L. Davis

President and CEO, Mount Sinai Health System (Festival Underwriter); Trustee, The Aspen Institute

Michelle De La Isla
Michelle De La Isla

Mayor, City of Topeka, KS

Linda V. DeCherrie
Linda V. DeCherrie

Clinical Director, Mount Sinai at Home; Professor of Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine, Mount Sinai Health System (Festival Underwriter)

John Delaney
John Delaney

United States Congressman

Kevin Delaney
Kevin Delaney

Co-Founder, Editor in Chief, and Co-President, Quartz

Makan Delrahim
Makan Delrahim

Assistant Attorney General, US Department of Justice, Antitrust Division

Brian Depew
Brian Depew

Executive Director, Center for Rural Affairs

Jared Diamond
Jared Diamond

Professor, Geography Department, UCLA; Author, Guns, Germs, and Steel

John Dickerson
John Dickerson

Co-Host, "CBS This Morning," CBS News

Renee DiResta
Renee DiResta

Head of Policy, Data for Democracy; Research Director, New Knowledge

John Doerr
John Doerr

Chairman, Kleiner Perkins Caufield Byers; Trustee, The Aspen Institute

Ben Domenech
Ben Domenech

Founder and Publisher, The Federalist

Pete Dominick
Pete Dominick

Comedian; Host, "Stand Up! With Pete Dominick," Sirius XM

John Donvan
John Donvan

Moderator, Intelligence Squared US; Correspondent, ABC News

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Ludovic de Gromart
Ludovic de Gromart

Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder, Chance

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