Speakers and Moderators

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Yvonne Rolzhausen
Yvonne Rolzhausen

Senior Editor, The Atlantic

Rebecca Rosen
Rebecca Rosen

Senior Editor, The Atlantic

David Rothkopf
David Rothkopf

CEO, The Rothkopf Group

Reeta Roy
Reeta Roy

President and CEO, The MasterCard Foundation

David Rubenstein
David Rubenstein

Co-Founder and Co-CEO, The Carlyle Group

Kelly Ryan
Kelly Ryan

CEO, Incourage

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Dipender Saluja
Dipender Saluja

Managing Director, Capricorn Investment Group

Judith Samuelson
Judith Samuelson

Vice President, Executive Director, Business and Society Program, The Aspen Institute

Will Sarni
Will Sarni

Founder and CEO, Water Foundry

Smita Satiani
Smita Satiani

Innovation Policy Designer, X, Alphabet

Erik Schatzker
Erik Schatzker

Anchor, Editor at Large, Bloomberg TV

Robert Schenkkan
Robert Schenkkan

Playwright; Screenwriter

Nick Schulz
Nick Schulz

Director of Stakeholder Relations, ExxonMobil

Tina Seelig
Tina Seelig

Professor of the Practice, Department of Management Science and Engineering, Stanford University

Jeffrey Seller
Jeffrey Seller

Owner and Producer, Adventureland

George Serafeim
George Serafeim

Jakurski Family Associate Professor of Business Administration, Harvard Business School

Josh Shapiro
Josh Shapiro

Attorney General, State of Pennsylvania

Azim Shariff
Azim Shariff

Assistant Professor of Psychology and Social Behavior and Director, Culture and Morality Lab, University of California, Irvine

David Shaw
David Shaw

Managing Partner, Black Point Group

Jeff Shell
Jeff Shell

Chairman, Universal Filmed Entertainment Group (Festival Underwriter)

Jon Shenk
Jon Shenk

Filmmaker; Co-Founder, Actual Films

Wendy Sherman
Wendy Sherman

Senior Counselor, Albright Stonebridge Group

Howard Shrobe
Howard Shrobe

Principal Research Scientist, Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab, MIT

Hiren Shukla
Hiren Shukla

Neuro-Diversity Center of Excellence Leader, EY (Festival Underwriter)

Bobbi Silten
Bobbi Silten

Former EVP, Global Talent and Sustainability, Gap Inc.

Simon Sinek
Simon Sinek

Optimist and Best Selling Author; Author, Start With Why, Leaders Eat Last, and Find Your Why

Paul Singer
Paul Singer

President, Elliott Management Corporation

Esau Sinnok
Esau Sinnok

Alaska Native Studies Student, University of Alaska Fairbanks; Former Arctic Youth Ambassador

Varun Sivaram
Varun Sivaram

Douglas Dillon Fellow and Acting Director, Program on Energy Security and Climate Change, Council on Foreign Relations

Bradford Smith
Bradford Smith

President, Chief Legal Officer, and Chief Compliance Officer, Microsoft Corporation (Festival Underwriter)

Andrew Ross Sorkin
Andrew Ross Sorkin

Co-Anchor, "Squawk Box," CNBC; Financial Columnist, Editor at Large, DealBook, The New York Times

Michael Specter
Michael Specter

Staff Writer, The New Yorker

KR Sridhar
KR Sridhar

Founder, Chairman, and CEO, Bloom Energy

Geoffrey Stone
Geoffrey Stone

Edward H. Levi Distinguished Service Professor of Law, University of Chicago

Keith Stout
Keith Stout

Executive Vice President, Ace Metal Crafts Company

Nancy Sullivan
Nancy Sullivan

Senior Investigator, Biodefense Research Section, NIAID/VRC

Cass Sunstein
Cass Sunstein

Robert Walmsley University Professor, Founder and Director, Program on Behavioral Economics and Public Policy, Harvard Law School

Ashley Swearengin
Ashley Swearengin

President and CEO, Central Valley Community Foundation

Nelson Switzer
Nelson Switzer

Chief Sustainability Officer, Nestlé Waters (Festival Underwriter)

Charles Sykes
Charles Sykes

Commentator, MSNBC; Co-Host, "Indivisible," WNYC and NPR; Author

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Jonathan Taplin
Jonathan Taplin

Director Emeritus, Innovation Lab, USC Annenberg School of Communication

Haris Tarin
Haris Tarin

Senior Policy Advisor, US Department of Homeland Security

Astro Teller
Astro Teller

CEO and Captain of Moonshots, X

Mark Tercek
Mark Tercek

President and CEO, The Nature Conservancy (Festival Underwriter)

Gillian Tett
Gillian Tett

US Managing Editor, Financial Times

Derek Thompson
Derek Thompson

Senior Editor, The Atlantic

Matt Thompson
Matt Thompson

Deputy Editor, TheAtlantic.com

Susan Tierney
Susan Tierney

Senior Advisor, Analysis Group

Galina Timchenko
Galina Timchenko

Executive Editor, Meduza

Benjamin Timpson
Benjamin Timpson

Photography and New Media Studio Coordinator, Anderson Ranch Arts Center

Janet Topolsky
Janet Topolsky

Executive Director, Community Strategies Group, The Aspen Institute

Sherry Turkle
Sherry Turkle

Abby Rockefeller Mauzé Professor of the Social Studies of Science and Technology, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

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Cyrus Vance Jr.
Cyrus Vance Jr.

District Attorney, New York County (Manhattan)

Jose Antonio Vargas
Jose Antonio Vargas

Journalist; Filmmaker; Founder and CEO, Define American

Shankar Vedantam
Shankar Vedantam

Social Science Correspondent, NPR; Host, "The Hidden Brain"

Bina Venkataraman
Bina Venkataraman

Director, Global Policy Initiatives, Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard

Rajiv Vinnakota
Rajiv Vinnakota

Executive Vice President, Youth & Engagement, The Aspen Institute

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Vivek Wadhwa
Vivek Wadhwa

Distinguished Fellow, Carnegie Mellon University, College of Engineering; Faculty Member, Singularity University

Jane Wales
Jane Wales

Vice President of Philanthropy and Society, Director, Program on Philanthropy and Social Innovation, The Aspen Institute; Founder and CEO, Global Philanthropy Forum

Darren Walker
Darren Walker

President, Ford Foundation

Andrea Wallace
Andrea Wallace

Artistic Director of Photography and New Media, Anderson Ranch Arts Center

Amy Walter
Amy Walter

National Editor, The Cook Political Report

Chip Walton
Chip Walton

Producing Artistic Director, Curious Theatre Company

Steuart Walton
Steuart Walton

CEO, Game Composites; Board Member, Walton Family Foundation (Festival Underwriter)

Tom Walton
Tom Walton

Managing Principal, RopeSwing; Chair, Home Region Program Committee Chair, Walton Family Foundation (Festival Underwriter)

Mark Warner
Mark Warner

US Senator, Commonwealth of Virginia (D)

Peter Wehner
Peter Wehner

Senior Fellow, Ethics and Public Policy Center

Gil Weinberg
Gil Weinberg

Professor and Director, Georgia Tech Center for Music Technology

Mark Weinberger
Mark Weinberger

Global Chairman and CEO, EY (Festival Underwriter)

Amy Whitaker
Amy Whitaker

Assistant Professor of Visual Arts Management, New York University Steinhardt School; Author, Art Thinking

Gillian White
Gillian White

Senior Associate Editor, The Atlantic

Ross Wiener
Ross Wiener

Executive Director, Education and Society Program, and Vice President, The Aspen Institute

Robb Willer
Robb Willer

Professor of Sociology, Psychology, and Organizational Behavior, Stanford University

Florence Williams
Florence Williams

Contributing Editor, Outside Magazine; Freelance Writer; Author, The Nature Fix: Why Nature Makes Us Happier, Healthier, and More Creative

Timothy Wilson
Timothy Wilson

Sherrell J. Aston Professor of Psychology, Department of Psychology, University of Virginia

Tom Wilson
Tom Wilson

Chairman and CEO, The Allstate Corporation (Festival Underwriter)

Bayard Winthrop
Bayard Winthrop

CEO and Founder, American Giant

Peter Wittig
Peter Wittig

Ambassador to the United States, Embassy of the Republic of Germany

Damian Woetzel
Damian Woetzel

Director, Arts Program, The Aspen Institute; Artistic Director, Vail International Dance Festival

Chris Womack
Chris Womack

President, External Affairs, Southern Company (Festival Underwriter)

Jeff Wong
Jeff Wong

Global Chief Innovation Officer, EY (Festival Underwriter)

Graeme Wood
Graeme Wood

National Correspondent, The Atlantic; Lecturer, Yale University

Joshua Wyner
Joshua Wyner

Executive Director, College Excellence Program, The Aspen Institute

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Sally Yates
Sally Yates

Former U.S. Deputy Attorney General

Ed Yong
Ed Yong

Science Journalist; Staff Writer, The Atlantic

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Parisa Zagat
Parisa Zagat

Head of Global Counter-Speech Programs, Facebook (Festival Underwriter)

Fareed Zakaria
Fareed Zakaria

Host, "Fareed Zakaria Global Public Square," CNN

Carl Zimmer
Carl Zimmer

Science Columnist, The New York Times

Manoush Zomorodi
Manoush Zomorodi

Host and Managing Editor, "Note to Self," WNYC

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