Speakers and Moderators

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Mohamed Abdel-Kader
Mohamed Abdel-Kader

Executive Director, Stevens Initiative, The Aspen Institute

Christina Agapakis
Christina Agapakis

Creative Director, Ginkgo Bioworks

Elizabeth Alexander
Elizabeth Alexander

Poet; Director of Creativity and Free Expression, Ford Foundation; Wun Tsun Tam Mellon Professor in the Humanities, Columbia University

Wajahat Ali
Wajahat Ali

Op-Ed Contributor, New York Times; Writer

Anita Allen
Anita Allen

Henry R. Silverman Professor of Law, Professor of Philosophy, and Vice Provost for Faculty, University of Pennsylvania

Dmitri Alperovitch
Dmitri Alperovitch

Co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer, CrowdStrike

Kurt Andersen
Kurt Andersen

Writer; Host and Co-Creator, "Studio 360," PRI and WNYC

Ross Andersen
Ross Andersen

Senior Editor, The Atlantic

Julia Angwin
Julia Angwin

Senior Reporter, ProPublica

Abdullah Antepli
Abdullah Antepli

Chief Representative of Muslim Affairs, Duke University

Yoni Appelbaum
Yoni Appelbaum

Senior Editor for Politics and Policy, The Atlantic

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Don Baer
Don Baer

Worldwide Chairman and CEO, Burson-Marsteller

Zoë Baird
Zoë Baird

CEO and President, Markle Foundation

Gerard Baker
Gerard Baker

Editor in Chief, The Wall Street Journal; Editor in Chief, Dow Jones

Molly Ball
Molly Ball

Staff Writer, The Atlantic

James Balog
James Balog

Founder and Director, Extreme Ice Survey and Earth Vision Institute Institute

Banny Banerjee
Banny Banerjee

Founder and Director, Stanford Change Labs; Professor of the Practice, Stanford School of Earth Energy and Environmental Sciences

Keith Banks
Keith Banks

President, U.S. Trust, Private Wealth Management, Bank of America (Festival Underwriter)

Jason Barnes
Jason Barnes

Drummer, Shimon Robot and Friends

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

Richard Barth
Richard Barth

CEO, KIPP Foundation

Xavier Becerra
Xavier Becerra

Attorney General, State of California

Heidi Beirich
Heidi Beirich

Director, Intelligence Project, Southern Poverty Law Center

Alexander Betts
Alexander Betts

Professor of Forced Migration and International Affairs and Director, Refugee Studies Centre, Oxford University

Jackie Bezos
Jackie Bezos

Co-Founder and President, Bezos Family Foundation

Mike Bezos
Mike Bezos

Co-Founder and Vice President, Bezos Family Foundation

Yudhijit Bhattacharjee
Yudhijit Bhattacharjee

Writer

William Bishop
William Bishop

Journalist; Author, The Big Sort: Why the Clustering of Like-Minded America is Tearing Us Apart; Contributing Editor, The Daily Yonder

Barbara Block
Barbara Block

Charles and Elizabeth Prothro Professor in Marine Sciences and Senior Fellow, Woods Institute for the Environment, Stanford University

Melissa Block
Melissa Block

Special Correspondent and Guest Host, "All Things Considered," NPR

Paul Bloom
Paul Bloom

Brooks and Suzanne Ragen Professor of Psychology and Cognitive Science, Yale University

James Bonini
James Bonini

Vice President, Toyota Production System Support Center, Toyota Motor Engineering and Manufacturing North America (TEMA) (Festival Underwriter)

Jon Boogz
Jon Boogz

Movement Artist, Choreographer, and Director, Sozo Artists

Cory Booker
Cory Booker

US Senator, State of New Jersey (D)

Sarah Borgman
Sarah Borgman

Director and Curator, Skoll World Forum, Skoll Foundation (Festival Underwriter)

Nate Bowling
Nate Bowling

AP Teacher, Lincoln High School, Tacoma, WA

Tim Bozik
Tim Bozik

President, Global Product, Pearson (Festival Underwriter)

Richard Braddock
Richard Braddock

Investor; Trustee, The Aspen Institute

David G. Bradley
David G. Bradley

Chairman and Owner, Atlantic Media Company

Anthony Brandt
Anthony Brandt

Composer; Professor, Shepherd School of Music, Rice University

Mason Bretan
Mason Bretan

Guitarist, Shimon Robot and Friends

Arthur Brooks
Arthur Brooks

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

Corey Brooks
Corey Brooks

Founder and Pastor, New Beginnings Church, Chicago

David Brooks
David Brooks

Op-Ed Columnist, The New York Times

Campbell Brown
Campbell Brown

Head of News Partnerships, Facebook (Festival Underwriter)

Ron Brownstein
Ron Brownstein

Senior Editor, The Atlantic

Frank Bruni
Frank Bruni

Op-Ed Columnist, The New York Times

Erik Brynjolfsson
Erik Brynjolfsson

Professor, Sloan School of Management, Massachusetts Institute of Technology; Director, MIT Initiative on the Digital Economy

Joanna Bryson
Joanna Bryson

Associate Professor, Department of Computer Science, University of Bath

William D. Budinger
William D. Budinger

Founder and Former CEO, Rodel, Inc.; Trustee, Aspen Institute

Elisabeth Bumiller
Elisabeth Bumiller

Washington Bureau Chief, The New York Times

Joy Buolamwini
Joy Buolamwini

Graduate Researcher, Civic Media Group, MIT Media Lab; Founder, Code4Rights

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Alisyn Camerota
Alisyn Camerota

Co-Anchor, "New Day," CNN

John Carlin
John Carlin

Chair, Cybersecurity & Technology Program, The Aspen Institute

Jean Case
Jean Case

CEO, Case Foundation; Chair, National Geographic Society

Steve Case
Steve Case

CEO and Chairman, Revolution; Chairman, Case Foundation

Samidh Chakrabarti
Samidh Chakrabarti

Product Manager, Civic Engagement, Facebook (Festival Underwriter)

Elaine L. Chao
Elaine L. Chao

US Secretary of Transportation; Former US Secretary of Labor (2001-2009)

Bob Chapman
Bob Chapman

Chairman and CEO, Barry Wehmiller

Rabia Chaudry
Rabia Chaudry

Founder, Safe Nation Collaborative; Author, Adnan's Story; Co-Host, "Undisclosed"

Michael Che
Michael Che

Screenwriter and Co-Anchor, "Weekend Edition," "Saturday Night Live," NBC

Albert Cho
Albert Cho

Vice President, Strategy and Business Development, Xylem

Michael Chui
Michael Chui

Partner, McKinsey Global Institute (Festival Underwriter)

Henry Cisneros
Henry Cisneros

Founder and Chairman, CityView

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

Bonni Cohen
Bonni Cohen

Filmmaker; Co-Founder, Actual Films; Co-Founder, Catapult Film Fund

David L. Cohen
David L. Cohen

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

Maureen Conway
Maureen Conway

Vice President for Policy Programs and Executive Director, Economic Opportunities Program, The Aspen Institute

Lisa Cook
Lisa Cook

Associate Professor of Economics and International Relations, Michigan State University

Christopher Coons
Christopher Coons

US Senator, State of Delaware (D)

Lee Cooper
Lee Cooper

Associate Director, Business Development, Moderna Therapeutics

McKay Coppins
McKay Coppins

Staff Writer, The Atlantic

Katie Couric
Katie Couric

Award Winning Journalist; Best Selling Author

Dusty Crary
Dusty Crary

Rancher; Owner and Operator, 7 Lazy P Outfitting and Crary Beef

Paula Crown
Paula Crown

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

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Kate Darling
Kate Darling

Research Specialist, MIT Media Lab

Thomas Dart
Thomas Dart

Sheriff, Cook County, IL

Anil Dash
Anil Dash

CEO, Fog Creek Software

Ken Davis
Ken Davis

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

Kevin Delaney
Kevin Delaney

Editor in Chief and Co-President, Quartz

Nikhil Deogun
Nikhil Deogun

Editor in Chief and Senior Vice President of Business News, CNBC

John Dickerson
John Dickerson

Political Director and Anchor, "Face the Nation," CBS News

Michael Dimock
Michael Dimock

President, Pew Research Center

Ben Domenech
Ben Domenech

Founder and Publisher, The Federalist

Pete Dominick
Pete Dominick

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

Jennifer Doudna
Jennifer Doudna

Li Ka Shing Chancellor's Chair in Biomedical and Health Sciences, Investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, University of California, Berkeley

Liz Dozier
Liz Dozier

Founder and Managing Director, Chicago Beyond

Stephanie Dua
Stephanie Dua

Founder, President, and CEO, Homer

Charles Duhigg
Charles Duhigg

Columnist, Senior Editor, The New York Times

Fred Dust
Fred Dust

Senior Partner and Global Managing Director, IDEO

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David Eagleman
David Eagleman

Neuroscientist; Adjunct Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Stanford University School of Medicine

Sylvia Earle
Sylvia Earle

Explorer in Residence, National Geographic Society; Founder, Mission Blue/Sylvia Earle Alliance

Elizabeth Economy
Elizabeth Economy

C. V. Starr Senior Fellow and Director of Asia Studies, Council on Foreign Relations

Richard Edelman
Richard Edelman

President and CEO, Edelman

Amanda Edwards
Amanda Edwards

Member, Houston City Council

Mickey Edwards
Mickey Edwards

Vice President and Director, Rodel Fellowships in Public Leadership, The Aspen Institute

Michael Eisner
Michael Eisner

President and CEO, The Tornante Company; Trustee, The Aspen Institute

Ezekiel Emanuel
Ezekiel Emanuel

Vice Provost for Global Initiatives, Diane v. S. Levy and Robert M. Levy University Professor, and Chair, Department of Medical Ethics and Health Policy, University of Pennsylvania

Drew Endy
Drew Endy

Bioengineering Professor, Stanford University

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