Speakers and Moderators

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David Ensor
David Ensor

Director, Voice of America

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Tony Fadell
Tony Fadell

Founder and CEO, Nest

James Fallows
James Fallows

National Correspondent, The Atlantic

Tom Fanning
Tom Fanning

Chairman, President, and CEO, Southern Company (Festival Underwriter)

Noah Feldman
Noah Feldman

Felix Frankfurter Professor of Law, Harvard Law School

Howard Fillit
Howard Fillit

Executive Director and Chief Science Officer, Alzheimer's Drug Discovery Foundation; Executive Director and Chief Science Officer, Institute for the Study of Aging

Howard Fineman
Howard Fineman

Editorial Director, Huffington Post Media Group

Elliott S. Fisher
Elliott S. Fisher

Professor of Medicine, Geisel School of Medicine, Dartmouth College

Michèle Fluornoy
Michèle Fluornoy

Senior Advisor, The Boston Consultant Group; Former Undersecretary of Defense for Policy, US Department of Defense

Ben Fountain
Ben Fountain

Author, Billy Lynns' Long Halftime Walk

Chrystia Freeland
Chrystia Freeland

Managing Director and Editor, Consumer News, Thomson Reuters; Contributor, The Atlantic

Tom Freston
Tom Freston

Principal, Firefly3; Former CEO, Viacom, Inc.

Tom Frieden
Tom Frieden

Director, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Thomas L. Friedman
Thomas L. Friedman

Foreign Affairs Columnist, The New York Times; Author, Thank You for Being Late

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Michael D. Gallagher
Michael D. Gallagher

President and CEO, ESA

Michael D. Gallagher
Michael D. Gallagher

President and CEO, Entertainment Software Association

David Gallo
David Gallo

Oceanographer and Director of Special Projects, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

William A. Galston
William A. Galston

Senior Fellow and Ezra K. Zilkha Chair in Governance Studies, Brookings Institution; College Park Professor, University of Maryland

Ned Gardiner
Ned Gardiner

Visualization Manager, Climate Program Office, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Howard Gardner
Howard Gardner

John H. and Elisabeth A. Hobbs Professor of Cognition and Education, Harvard Graduate School of Education

Theaster Gates
Theaster Gates

Professor and Director of Arts + Public Life, Visual Arts Department, University of Chicago; Founder and Artistic Director, Rebuild Foundation; Aspen Institute Arts Program Harman-Eisner Artist-in-Residence

Julius Genachowski
Julius Genachowski

Managing Director and Partner, The Carlyle Group; Former Chairman, FCC; Senior Fellow, Communications and Society Program, The Aspen Institute

David Gergen
David Gergen

Professor of Public Service and Co-Director, Center for Public Leadership, Harvard Kennedy School; Trustee, The Aspen Institute

Sean Gerrity
Sean Gerrity

President, American Prairie Reserve

Elliot Gerson
Elliot Gerson

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

Michael Gerson
Michael Gerson

Syndicated Columnist, The Washington Post

Fadi Ghandour
Fadi Ghandour

Founder, Vice Chairman, and Former CEO, Aramex

Gabrielle Giffords
Gabrielle Giffords

Former Member, US House of Representatives (D-AZ); Founder, Americans for Responsible Solutions

Martha Gilmer
Martha Gilmer

Vice President, Artistic Planning and Audience Development, Chicago Symphony Orchestra

Anand Giridharadas
Anand Giridharadas

Columnist, The New York Times; Author, The True American; Henry Crown Fellow, The Aspen Institute

Jeffrey Goldberg
Jeffrey Goldberg

Editor in Chief, The Atlantic

Thelma Golden
Thelma Golden

Director and Chief Curator, The Studio Museum in Harlem

Niel Golightly
Niel Golightly

Vice President, External Affairs, Upstream Americas, Shell Oil Company

Bianna Golodryga
Bianna Golodryga

Business Correspondent, Co-Anchor, ABC News's "Good Morning America Weekend"

Austan Goolsbee
Austan Goolsbee

Robert P. Gwinn Professor of Economics, Booth School of Business, University of Chicago; Former Chairman, Council of Economic Advisors, Obama White House

Solly Granatstein
Solly Granatstein

Co-Executive Producer, The Years Project

Joseph Grima
Joseph Grima

Editor, Domus

Dan Gross
Dan Gross

President, Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence

Robert J. Gruendel
Robert J. Gruendel

Partner, DLA Piper

Jason Grumet
Jason Grumet

Founder and President, Bipartisan Policy Center

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Richard Haass
Richard Haass

President, Council on Foreign Relations

Jim Halpert
Jim Halpert

Partner, DLA Piper

Margaret A. Hamburg
Margaret A. Hamburg

Foreign Secretary, Institute of Medicine; Former Commissioner, US Food and Drug Administration

Mona Hammami
Mona Hammami

Senior Manager, Office of Strategic Affairs, Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Court

Husain Haqqani
Husain Haqqani

Director for South and Central Asia, Hudson Institute; Professor of the Practice of International Relations, Boston University

Jane Harman
Jane Harman

Director, President, and CEO, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars; Trustee, The Aspen Institute

Jay Harman
Jay Harman

President and CEO, PAX Scientific, Inc.

Hal Harvey
Hal Harvey

CEO, Energy Innovation: Policy and Technology; Senior Fellow for Energy and the Environment, The Paulson Institute

Kendall Haven
Kendall Haven

Master Storyteller; Story Consultant; Author, Story Proof

Chris Heilmann
Chris Heilmann

Managing Director and Chief Fiduciary Executive, U.S. Trust, Bank of America Private Wealth Management

Sarah Heyward
Sarah Heyward

Executive Story Editor, HBO's "Girls"

John Hickenlooper
John Hickenlooper

Governor, State of Colorado (D)

Ryan Hill
Ryan Hill

Founder and Executive Director, TEAM Academy Charter Schools

Peter Hirshberg
Peter Hirshberg

Chairman, Re:Imagine Group

Craig Hogan
Craig Hogan

Director, Fermilab Center for Particle Astrophysics; Professor of Astronomy and Astrophysics, University of Chicago

Richard Hollingham
Richard Hollingham

Science Journalist; Presenter, Space Boffins

Douglas Holtz-Eakin
Douglas Holtz-Eakin

President, American Action Forum

Dan Hooper
Dan Hooper

Staff Scientist, Theoretical Astrophysics Group, Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory; Associate Professor, Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics, University of Chicago

Chris Hostetter
Chris Hostetter

Group Vice President of Strategic Planning, Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc.

Tony Hsieh
Tony Hsieh

CEO, Zappos.com

Arianna Huffington
Arianna Huffington

Chair and President, Huffington Post Media Group; Founder and Editor-in-Chief, The Huffington Post

Asa Hutchinson
Asa Hutchinson

Senior Partner, AH Law Group

Christopher M. Hyzy
Christopher M. Hyzy

Managing Director and Chief Investment Officer, U.S. Trust, Bank of America Private Wealth Management

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David Ignatius
David Ignatius

Associate Editor and Columnist, The Washington Post

Steve Inskeep
Steve Inskeep

Host, NPR's "Morning Edition"

Robert Irion
Robert Irion

Director, Science Communication Program, University of California, Santa Cruz

Eric Isaacs
Eric Isaacs

Director, Argonne National Laboratory; President, UChicago Argonne, LLC

Walter Isaacson
Walter Isaacson

President and CEO, The Aspen Institute

Hiroshi Ishii
Hiroshi Ishii

Associate Director and Jerome B. Wiesner Professor of Media Arts and Sciences, MIT Media Lab, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Farahnaz Ispahani
Farahnaz Ispahani

Media Advisor to President Asif Ali Zardari; Public Policy Scholar, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars

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Shirley Ann Jackson
Shirley Ann Jackson

President, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Brad Jakeman
Brad Jakeman

President, Global Beverages Group, PepsiCo

Saru Jayaraman
Saru Jayaraman

Co-Founder and Co-Director, Restaurant Opportunities Centers United; Director, Food Labor Research Center, University of California, Berkeley

Cristina Jiménez
Cristina Jiménez

Co-Founder and Managing Director, United We Dream

Kristina M. Johnson
Kristina M. Johnson

Founder and CEO, Enduring Hydro; Former Undersecretary of Energy, US Department of Energy

Lindley Johnson
Lindley Johnson

Program Executive, Near-Earth Object Program, NASA

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Elena Kagan
Elena Kagan

Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States

Robert D. Kaplan
Robert D. Kaplan

Chief Geopolitical Analyst, Stratfor; Author

Justin Kasper
Justin Kasper

Astrophysicist, High Energy Astrophysics Division, Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics

Bruce Katz
Bruce Katz

Vice President and Founding Director, Metropolitan Policy Program, Brookings Institution

Mark Kelly
Mark Kelly

Co-Founder, Americans for Responsible Solutions; Former Astronaut, NASA

Bridget Kendall
Bridget Kendall

Host, BBC World Service's "The Forum"

Philip Kennicott
Philip Kennicott

Art and Architecture Critic, The Washington Post

Paula Kerger
Paula Kerger

President and CEO, PBS (Festival Underwriter)

Alan Khazei
Alan Khazei

Founder and CEO, The Action Tank; Co-Chair, Franklin Project, The Aspen Institute

Chris Kibarian
Chris Kibarian

President, Intellectual Property and Science, Thomson Reuters

Danny Kim
Danny Kim

Founder, President, Chief Technical Officer, Lit Motors

Ezra Klein
Ezra Klein

Economic Columnist, The Washington Post; Founder, Wonkblog

Gabe Klein
Gabe Klein

Senior Visiting Fellow, Urban Land Institute; Former Commissioner, Department of Transportation, City of Chicago

Joel Klein
Joel Klein

CEO, Amplify; Executive Vice President, Office of the Chairman, News Corporation

Nancy F. Koehn
Nancy F. Koehn

James E. Robison Chair of Business Administration, Harvard Business School

Patricia K. Kuhl
Patricia K. Kuhl

Co-Director and Bezos Family Foundation Endowed Chair in Early Childhood Learning, Institute for Learning and Brain Sciences; Professor of Speech and Hearing Sciences, University of Washington

Corby Kummer
Corby Kummer

Senior Editor, The Atlantic; Editor in Chief, Ideas: The Magazine of the Aspen Institute

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Ray LaHood
Ray LaHood

Senior Policy Advisor, DLA Piper; Former US Secretary of Transportation

David Laibson
David Laibson

Robert I. Goldman Professor of Economics, Harvard University

Eric Lander
Eric Lander

President and Founding Director, Broad Institute of Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard; Professor of Biology, MIT; Professor of Systems Biology, Harvard Medical School

Mitch Landrieu
Mitch Landrieu

Mayor, City of New Orleans

Daniel Leithinger
Daniel Leithinger

Doctoral Candidate, MIT Media Lab, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Annie Lennox
Annie Lennox

Singer; Songwriter; Activist, The SING Campaign

David Leonhardt
David Leonhardt

Op-Ed Columnist, The New York Times

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