Spotlight Health Speakers and Moderators

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Jerome Adams
Jerome Adams

US Surgeon General, US Department of Health and Human Services

Toyin Ajayi
Toyin Ajayi

Co-Founder and Chief Health Officer, Cityblock Health

Shada Alsalamah
Shada Alsalamah

Visiting Scholar, MIT Media Lab; Assistant Professor of Information Systems Security, College of Computer and Information Science, King Saud University

Margaret Anderson
Margaret Anderson

Managing Director, Deloitte Consulting

Jack Andraka
Jack Andraka

National Geographic Emerging Explorer; Student, Stanford University

Sonia Angell
Sonia Angell

Deputy Commissioner, New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene; Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons

Kwanele Asante
Kwanele Asante

Chairperson, Ministerial Advisory Committee on Cancer Prevention and Control, Republic of South Africa; Founder, BreastSens

Jennifer Ashton
Jennifer Ashton

Chief Medical Correspondent, ABC News

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Ripley Ballou
Ripley Ballou

Vice President and Head, Global Vaccines US R&D Center, GSK (Festival Underwriter)

Sarika Bansal
Sarika Bansal

Editor in Chief, BRIGHT Magazine

Ronald Bartek
Ronald Bartek

President and Co-Founder, Friedreich’s Ataxia Research Alliance (FARA)

Max Baucus
Max Baucus

Founder, Baucus Group; Former US Ambassador to China; Former US Senator (D-MT)

Rodrigo Bazua Lobato
Rodrigo Bazua Lobato

Community Programs Coordinator, Compañeros en Salud | Partners in Health Mexico; Physician

Katherine Beaverson
Katherine Beaverson

Senior Director and Patient Advocacy Lead, Rare Disease Research Unit, Pfizer (Festival Underwriter)

Richard Berke
Richard Berke

Executive Editor, STAT

Seth Berkley
Seth Berkley

CEO, GAVI, the Vaccine Alliance; Founder, International AIDS Vaccine Initiative

Melissa Berman
Melissa Berman

President and CEO, Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors

Richard Besser
Richard Besser

President and CEO, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (Festival Underwriter)

Jay Bhatt
Jay Bhatt

CMO, American Hospital Association (Festival Underwriter); President, Health Research and Educational Trust

Agnes Binagwaho
Agnes Binagwaho

Vice Chancellor, University of Global Health Equity; Senior Lecturer, Global Health and Social Medicine Department, Harvard Medical School

David Blumenthal
David Blumenthal

President and CEO, The Commonwealth Fund (Festival Underwriter)

Cory Booker
Cory Booker

US Senator, (D-NJ)

Kate Bowler
Kate Bowler

Assistant Professor of the History of Christianity in North America, Duke University Divinity School

Jimmie Briggs
Jimmie Briggs

Gender Equality Activist; Documentary Storyteller

Dan Buettner
Dan Buettner

Founder and CEO, Blue Zones LLC; Fellow, National Geographic; Author, The Blue Zones Solution: Eating and Living Like the World's Healthiest People

Steve Bullock
Steve Bullock

Governor (D-MT)

Lori Ann Burd
Lori Ann Burd

Environmental Health Director, Center for Biological Diversity

Clare Byarugaba
Clare Byarugaba

Equality and Non-Discrimination Coordinator, Chapter Four Uganda

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John Cary
John Cary

Senior Program Officer, The Audacious Project, TED; Co-Founder and Partner, FRESH Speakers

Michelangelo Cestari
Michelangelo Cestari

Partner and Board Member, Grupo Gustu; Co-Founder, Melting Pot Bolivia

Dana Charatan
Dana Charatan

Clinical Psychologist; Psychoanalyst

Lanhee Chen
Lanhee Chen

David and Diane Steffy Research Fellow, Hoover Institution; Domestic Policy Studies Director, Stanford University

Judy Cho
Judy Cho

Director of the Institute for Personalized Medicine, Senior Associate Dean for Precision Medicine, and Professor of Genetics and Genomic Sciences and Gastroenterology, Icahn School of Medicine, Mount Sinai Health System (Festival Underwriter)

Dave Chokshi
Dave Chokshi

Chief Population Health Officer, New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation; CEO, NYC H+H Accountable Care Organization

Melanie Choukas-Bradley
Melanie Choukas-Bradley

Certified Nature and Forest Therapy Guide; Author, City of Trees

Peggy Clark
Peggy Clark

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

Ralph A. Clark
Ralph A. Clark

President and CEO, ShotSpotter, Inc.

Steve Clemons
Steve Clemons

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

Gary Cohen
Gary Cohen

Co-Founder and President, Health Care Without Harm and Practice Greenhealth

Mark Constantine
Mark Constantine

President and CEO, Richmond Memorial Health Foundation

Bertha Coombs
Bertha Coombs

Health Care and Financial Reporter, CNBC

Alan Copperman
Alan Copperman

Director, Division of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility, Vice Chairman, Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Science, Mount Sinai Health System (Festival Underwriter)

James Corbett
James Corbett

Principal, Initium Health

Phyllis Costanza
Phyllis Costanza

CEO, UBS Optimus Foundation

James Crapo
James Crapo

Professor of Medicine (Pulmonology), National Jewish Health and University of Colorado, Denver

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ElsaMarie D'Silva
ElsaMarie D'Silva

Founder and CEO, Red Dot Foundation (SafeCity)

Kenneth L. Davis
Kenneth L. Davis

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

Devita Davison
Devita Davison

Executive Director, FoodLab Detroit

Karen DeSalvo
Karen DeSalvo

Professor of Medicine and Population Health, University of Texas at Austin Dell Medical School; Former Acting Assistant Secretary for Health, US Department of Health and Human Services

Dan Diamond
Dan Diamond

Author, POLITICO Pulse; Creator, "Pulse Check" Podcast

Claire Dion Fletcher
Claire Dion Fletcher

Registered Midwife, Seventh Generation Midwives and the National Aboriginal Council of Midwives

Christopher Dodd
Christopher Dodd

Senior Counsel, Arnold & Porter; Former US Senator (D-CT), US Senate

Mikael Dolsten
Mikael Dolsten

President, Worldwide Research and Development, Pfizer (Festival Underwriter)

Lizzie Dorfman
Lizzie Dorfman

Technical Program Manager, Google Brain

Katie Drasser
Katie Drasser

Managing Director, Aspen Global Innovators Group, The Aspen Institute

Fred Dust
Fred Dust

Senior Partner, IDEO

Ava DuVernay
Ava DuVernay

Film Director, Producer, and Screenwriter

Esther Dyson
Esther Dyson

Executive Founder, Wellville; Investor

Victor Dzau
Victor Dzau

President, National Academy of Medicine

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Ashlee Earl
Ashlee Earl

Senior Group Leader, Bacterial Genomics, Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard

Marta Echavarria
Marta Echavarria

Founding Director, EcoDecisión

Elmo
Elmo

Muppet from Sesame Street

David Erickson
David Erickson

Director, Community Development Department, Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco

Bill Evans
Bill Evans

CEO and Managing Director, Rock Health

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Lou Fierens
Lou Fierens

Senior Vice President of Supply Chain and Fixed Asset Management, Trinity Health

Darren Foster
Darren Foster

Documentary Filmmaker and Journalist; Director, Science Fair

Jennifer Fox
Jennifer Fox

Filmmaker; Writer and Director, The Tale

Radhika Fox
Radhika Fox

CEO, US Water Alliance

Tom Frieden
Tom Frieden

President and CEO, Resolve to Save Lives; Former Director, US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Frostpaw
Frostpaw

Polar Bear; Activist by Necessity

Howard Frumkin
Howard Frumkin

Head, Our Planet, Our Health, Wellcome Trust

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Atul Gawande
Atul Gawande

Professor, Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health and Harvard Medical School; Surgeon, Brigham and Women’s Hospital; Executive Director, Ariadne Labs; Staff Writer, The New Yorker; Author, Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End

Jasmine Lovely George
Jasmine Lovely George

Founder and Coordinator of Knowledge Production, Hidden Pockets Collective

Elliot Gerson
Elliot Gerson

Executive Vice President of Policy and Public Programs, International Partners, The Aspen Institute

Richard Gibbs
Richard Gibbs

Wofford Cain Distinguished Professor and Director, Human Genome Sequencing Center, Baylor College School of Medicine

Cindy Gillespie
Cindy Gillespie

Director, Department of Human Services, State of Arkansas

Françoise Girard
Françoise Girard

President, International Women's Health Coalition

Dan Glickman
Dan Glickman

Vice President and Executive Director, Congressional Program, The Aspen Institute; Senior Fellow, Bipartisan Policy Center

Jeffrey Goldberg
Jeffrey Goldberg

Editor in Chief, The Atlantic

Maxwell Gomera
Maxwell Gomera

Director of Biodiversity and Ecosystems Services Branch, United Nations Environment Programme

Garth Graham
Garth Graham

President, Aetna Foundation; Vice President of Community Health Aetna; Cardiologist; Associate Professor, University of Connecticut School of Medicine

Robert C. Green
Robert C. Green

Professor of Medicine (Genetics) and Director, Genomes2People Research Program, Harvard Medical School

Lorin Gresser
Lorin Gresser

Founder and CEO, DemDx

Ari Grinspan
Ari Grinspan

Assistant Professor of Medicine and Director of GI Microbial Therapeutics, Mount Sinai Health System (Festival Underwriter)

Grover
Grover

Muppet from Sesame Street

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Rodney Harrell
Rodney Harrell

Director of Livability Thought Leadership, AARP Public Policy Institute

John Hickenlooper
John Hickenlooper

Governor, State of Colorado

Maria Hinojosa
Maria Hinojosa

President and CEO, Futuro Media Group; Anchor and Executive Producer, "Latino USA," NPR; Anchor and Executive Producer, "America by the Numbers with Maria Hinojosa," PBS (Festival Underwriter)

Margot Hirsch
Margot Hirsch

President, Smart Tech Challenges Foundation

Diane Holder
Diane Holder

President and CEO, UPMC Health Plan; Executive Vice President, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (Festival Underwriter)

Thilmeeza Hussain
Thilmeeza Hussain

Co-Founder, Voice of Women; Former Deputy Ambassador to the United Nations, Maldives

Wende Hutton
Wende Hutton

General Partner, Canaan Partners

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Agnes Igoye
Agnes Igoye

National Coordinator for Prevention of Trafficking in Persons, Directorate of Citizenship and Immigration, Uganda Ministry of Internal Affairs

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Michael Jenkins
Michael Jenkins

Founder, President, and CEO, Forest Trends

Ari Johnson
Ari Johnson

Founder and CEO, Muso; Assistant Professor, University of California San Francisco Institute for Global Health Sciences

Paula Johnson
Paula Johnson

President, Wellesley College

Tracy Johnson
Tracy Johnson

Senior Program Officer, User Experience and Innovation, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Suzanne Jones
Suzanne Jones

Mayor, City of Boulder (CO)

Jackie Judd
Jackie Judd

Communications Consultant

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Lucy Kalanithi
Lucy Kalanithi

Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine, Stanford University School of Medicine

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