Speakers and Moderators

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Steven Sacks
Steven Sacks

Founder and Director, Bitforms Gallery

Barham Salih
Barham Salih

Founder and Chairman, American University of Iraq, Sulaimani; Former Prime Minister of Iraqi Kurdistan

Marcus Samuelsson
Marcus Samuelsson

Chef and Owner, Red Rooster Harlem

Ted Sarandos
Ted Sarandos

Chief Content Officer, Netflix, Inc.; Henry Crown Fellow, The Aspen Institute

Dimitar Sasselov
Dimitar Sasselov

Professor of Astronomy, Harvard University; Director, Harvard Origins of Life Initiative, Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics

Mick Sawka
Mick Sawka

Director of Business Development, Harvard University

Cynthia Schneider
Cynthia Schneider

Distinguished Professor in the Practice of Diplomacy, Georgetown Public Policy Institute, Georgetown University

Dennis Scholl
Dennis Scholl

Vice President, Arts Program, John S. and James L. Knight Foundation

Tom Schuler
Tom Schuler

President and CEO, Solidia Technologies, Inc.

Lawrence Scripp
Lawrence Scripp

Founding Chair, Music-in-Education Certificate Program, New England Conservatory

John Seely Brown
John Seely Brown

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

Stuart Sender
Stuart Sender

Producer, Writer, Director, Harmony; Co-Owner, Balcony Films

Eldar Shafir
Eldar Shafir

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

Shiza Shahid
Shiza Shahid

Co-Founder and Ambassador, Malala Fund

Jim Shelton
Jim Shelton

President, Chan Zuckerberg Education Initiative; Former Deputy Secretary for Innovation and Improvement, US Department of Education

Nate Silver
Nate Silver

Columnist, FiveThirtyEight, The New York Times

John Skipper
John Skipper

President, ESPN

Moncef Slaoui
Moncef Slaoui

Chairman, Global R&D and Vaccines, GlaxoSmithKline

Jeff Smisek
Jeff Smisek

Chairman, President, and CEO, United Airlines

Anna Deavere Smith
Anna Deavere Smith

Actress; Playwright; Professor, New York University; Trustee, The Aspen Institute

Heather Smith
Heather Smith

President, Rock the Vote

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

Scott Speck
Scott Speck

Conductor; Music Director, Mobile Symphony Orchestra

Sandy Speicher
Sandy Speicher

Associate Partner, IDEO

Margaret Spellings
Margaret Spellings

President and CEO, Margaret Spellings & Company; Former US Secretary of Education

Daniel Sperling
Daniel Sperling

Professor and Founding Director, Institute of Transportation Studies, University of California, Davis

Hari Sreenivasan
Hari Sreenivasan

Anchor, Senior Correspondent, and Director of Digital Partnerships, “PBS NewsHour” and "PBS NewsHour Weekend"

Michael Stern
Michael Stern

Conductor; Music Director, Kansas City Symphony

Jon Stewart
Jon Stewart

Reporter and Columnist, BBC; Host, World Service's "Science in Action"

James P. Steyer
James P. Steyer

Founder and CEO, Common Sense Media

James P. Steyer
James P. Steyer

Founder and CEO, Common Sense Media

Tracy Straus
Tracy Straus

Founder and Artistic Director, Celebrate the Beat

Rod Stryker
Rod Stryker

Founder and Instructor, ParaYoga