Speakers and Moderators

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Chandrakant D. Patel
Chandrakant D. Patel

Senior Fellow and Director, Sustainable Ecosystems Research Lab, HP Laboratories

Stephen Patrick
Stephen Patrick

Executive Director, Aspen Forum for Community Solutions, The Aspen Institute

Wendy Paulson
Wendy Paulson

Chair Emerita, Rare Conservation; Lifetime Trustee, The Nature Conservancy

Henry M. Paulson, Jr.
Henry M. Paulson, Jr.

Chairman, The Paulson Institute; Former US Secretary of the Treasury

Mark Penn
Mark Penn

Executive Vice President and Chief Insights Officer, Microsoft Corporation

James Braxton Peterson
James Braxton Peterson

Director of Africana Studies and Associate Professor of English, Lehigh University

Jason Pollock
Jason Pollock

Founder, Boom Content

Eric Pooley
Eric Pooley

Senior Vice President, Strategy and Communications, Environmental Defense Fund

William Powers
William Powers

Journalist;  Author, Hamlet’s Blackberry

Balaji Prabhakar
Balaji Prabhakar

Professor, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Stanford University

Penny Pritzker
Penny Pritzker

Founder and Chairman, PSP Capital Partners and Pritzker Realty Group; Former US Secretary of Commerce

Robert D. Putnam
Robert D. Putnam

Peter and Isabel Malkin Professor of Public Policy, Harvard Kennedy School

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Thomas A. Rando
Thomas A. Rando

Professor, Department of Neurology and Neurological Sciences, Director, The Glenn Laboratories for the Biology of Aging, Stanford University School of Medicine

Diane Ravitch
Diane Ravitch

Research Professor of Education, New York University; Nonresident Senior Fellow, Brookings Institution

Edward Reilly
Edward Reilly

Global CEO, FD

Lynda Resnick
Lynda Resnick

Vice Chairman, Roll Global; Trustee, The Aspen Institute

Stewart Resnick
Stewart Resnick

Chairman and President, The Wonderful Company

Matthieu Ricard
Matthieu Ricard

Director, Karuna-Shechen; Author, Why Meditate?

Amanda Ripley
Amanda Ripley

Journalist, Emerson Senior Fellow; Author, The Smartest Kids in the World

Lyndon Rive
Lyndon Rive

Founder and CEO, SolarCity

James E. Rogers
James E. Rogers

Chairman, President, and CEO, Duke Energy Corporation; Trustee, The Aspen Institute

Nicolas Rohatyn
Nicolas Rohatyn

Partner, CEO, and Chief Investment Officer, The Rohatyn Group

David Rohde
David Rohde

Investigative Journalist, The New York Times; Co-Author, A Rope and a Prayer: A Kidnapping From Two Sides

Paul Romer
Paul Romer

Senior Fellow, Stanford Center for International Development, Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research

Joel Rose
Joel Rose

Co-Founder and CEO, New Classrooms Innovation Partners

Jeffrey Rosen
Jeffrey Rosen

President and CEO, National Constitution Center; Professor of Law, George Washington University Law School; Contributing Editor, The Atlantic

Hanna Rosin
Hanna Rosin

Host, "Invisibilia," NPR; Author, The End of Men

Andrew Rossi
Andrew Rossi

Director and Producer, Ivory Tower

Nouriel Roubini
Nouriel Roubini

Chairman and Co-Founder, Roubini Global Economics

David M. Rubenstein
David M. Rubenstein

Co-Founder and Co-CEO, The Carlyle Group

Robert Rubin
Robert Rubin

Senior Counselor, Centerview Partners; Co-Founder, The Hamilton Project, Brookings Institution

Witold Rybczynski
Witold Rybczynski

Martin and Margy Meyerson Professor of Urbanism and Professor of Real Estate, The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania

Kai Ryssdal
Kai Ryssdal

Host, Senior Editor, American Public Media's "Marketplace"

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Eva Sage-Gavin
Eva Sage-Gavin

Executive Vice President, Global Human Resources and Corporate Affairs, Gap, Inc.

Katie Salen
Katie Salen

Executive Director, The Institute of Play; Professor, DePaul University

Judith A. Salerno
Judith A. Salerno

Leonard D. Schaeffer Executive Officer, Institute of Medicine

Michael J. Sandel
Michael J. Sandel

Anne T. and Robert M. Bass Professor of Government, Department of Government, Harvard University

Orville Schell
Orville Schell

Arthur Ross Director, Center on US China Relations, Asia Society

Robin Schepper
Robin Schepper

Former Executive Director, Let’s Move Initiative, Office of the First Lady of the United States

Vivian Schiller
Vivian Schiller

Head of News, Twitter

David Schlesinger
David Schlesinger

Chairman, Thomson Reuters China

Bob Schukai
Bob Schukai

Global Head of Mobile Technology, Thomson Reuters

Tony Schwartz
Tony Schwartz

President and CEO, The Energy Project

John Seely Brown
John Seely Brown

Visiting Scholar, Advisor to the Provost, University of Southern California; Independent Co-Chairman, Deloitte Center for the Edge

Martin E. P. Seligman
Martin E. P. Seligman

Zellerbach Family Professor of Psychology and Director of the Positive Psychology Center, University of Pennsylvania

Eldar Shafir
Eldar Shafir

William Stewart Tod Professor of Psychology and Public Affairs, Princeton University; Co-Founder, ideas42

Gil Shaham
Gil Shaham

Violinist

Thom Shanker
Thom Shanker

Pentagon Correspondent, The New York Times

Nigel Sheinwald
Nigel Sheinwald

British Ambassador to the United States

Tiffany Shlain
Tiffany Shlain

Filmmaker, Artist; The Moxie Institute

Alan Simpson
Alan Simpson

Co-Chairman; Former US Senator (WY), The White House National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform

Gillian Sorensen
Gillian Sorensen

Senior Advisor/National Advocate, United Nations Foundation

Andrew Ross Sorkin
Andrew Ross Sorkin

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

Robert Spano
Robert Spano

Music Director, Aspen Music Festival and School; Music Director, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra

Sandy Speicher
Sandy Speicher

Associate Partner, IDEO

Eric Spiegel
Eric Spiegel

President and CEO, Siemens Corporation

Morgan Spurlock
Morgan Spurlock

Director, POM Wonderful Presents: The Greatest Movie Ever Sold, Super Size Me

Laura Stachel
Laura Stachel

 Co-Founder, WE CARE Solar

Robert K. Steel
Robert K. Steel

Deputy Mayor for Economic Development, New York City; Chairman, The Aspen Institute

James Steinberg
James Steinberg

University Professor of Social Science, International Affairs, and Law, Former Dean, Maxwell School of Syracuse University; Former Deputy Secretary of State

Richard Stengel
Richard Stengel

Undersecretary for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs, US State Department

James P. Steyer
James P. Steyer

Founder and CEO, Common Sense Media

James P. Steyer
James P. Steyer

Founder and CEO, Common Sense Media

Biz Stone
Biz Stone

Co-Founder and CEO, Super; Co-Founder, Twitter

Linda Stone
Linda Stone

Generalist

JB Straubel
JB Straubel

Co-Founder and Chief Technical Officer, Tesla Motors

Rod Stryker
Rod Stryker

Founder and Instructor, ParaYoga

Tom Sturges
Tom Sturges

Executive Vice President, Head of Creative, Universal Music Publishing Group

Ray Suarez
Ray Suarez

Host, Al Jazeera America's "Inside Story"

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Don Tapscott
Don Tapscott

Adjunct Professor, University of Toronto

Gary Taubes
Gary Taubes

Journalist; Author, Good Calories, Bad Calories

Gillian Tett
Gillian Tett

US Managing Editor, Financial Times

Shashi Tharoor
Shashi Tharoor

Member, Indian Parliament; Trustee, The Aspen Institute

Laura Thielen
Laura Thielen

Artistic Director, aspenFilm

Douglas Thomas
Douglas Thomas

Associate Professor, Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, University of Southern California

Linda Tischler
Linda Tischler

Senior Editor, Fast Company

Eric Topol
Eric Topol

Cardiologist; Chief Academic Officer, Scripps Translational Science Institute; Author, The Patient Will See You Now

Yasuhisa Toyota
Yasuhisa Toyota

President, Nagata Acoustics America Inc.

Mark Jude Tramo
Mark Jude Tramo

Director, Institute for Music and Brain Science, Professor, David Geffen School of Medicine and Herb Alpert School of Music, UCLA

Peter Trick
Peter Trick

Senior Vice President, Booz Allen Hamilton

Sherry Turkle
Sherry Turkle

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

Josh Tyrangiel
Josh Tyrangiel

Editor, Bloomberg Businessweek

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Doug Ulman
Doug Ulman

President and CEO, LIVESTRONG

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Orlando “Maraca” Valle
Orlando “Maraca” Valle

Musician, Composer; Bandleader, Maraca

Josh Viertel
Josh Viertel

President, Slow Food USA

Antonio R. Villaraigosa
Antonio R. Villaraigosa

Mayor, City of Los Angeles

Thomas Vilsack
Thomas Vilsack

US Secretary of Agriculture

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Peter Walker
Peter Walker

Founder and Partner, PWP Landscape Architecture; Landscape Architect, National September 11 Memorial & Museum

Lauren Walters
Lauren Walters

Co-Founder and CEO, Two Degrees Food

Carlos Watson
Carlos Watson

Host, “Point Taken,” PBS

Vin Weber
Vin Weber

Co-Chairman and Partner, Mercury/Clark & Weinstock; Former US Representative (R-MN); Trustee, The Aspen Institute

Eric Weiner
Eric Weiner

Journalist; Author, The Geography of Bliss

Ross Wiener
Ross Wiener

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

Leon Wieseltier
Leon Wieseltier

Contributing Editor, The Atlantic; Berlin Senior Fellow in Culture and Policy, Brookings Institution

Richard Wilhelm
Richard Wilhelm

Executive Vice President, Booz Allen Hamilton (Festival Underwriter)

Evan Williams
Evan Williams

Co-Founder, Twitter, Inc.

Tom Wilson
Tom Wilson

Chairman and CEO, The Allstate Corporation (Festival Underwriter)

Damian Woetzel
Damian Woetzel

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

Justin Wolfers
Justin Wolfers

Associate Professor of Economics, Business and Public Policy, The Wharton School of Business, University of Pennsylvania

James O. Woolliscroft
James O. Woolliscroft

Dean, University of Michigan Medical School

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