Speakers and Moderators

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Don Bacigalupi
Don Bacigalupi

President, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art

Don Baer
Don Baer

Worldwide Chairman and CEO, Burson-Marsteller

Drake Baer
Drake Baer

Reporter, Business Insider; Co-Author, Everything Connects

Neal Baer
Neal Baer

Physician; Television Writer and Producer

Ted Bailey
Ted Bailey

CEO, Dataminr

Spencer Baim
Spencer Baim

Chief Strategic Officer, VICE Media, Inc.

Zoë Baird
Zoë Baird

CEO and President, Markle Foundation

Stewart Baker
Stewart Baker

Partner, Steptoe and Johnson LLP

Guruduth Banavar
Guruduth Banavar

Vice President of Cognitive Computing, IBM Research

Jim Bankoff
Jim Bankoff

CEO, Vox Media

Keith Banks
Keith Banks

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

Brian Bannon
Brian Bannon

Commissioner, Chicago Public Library

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

Mitch Barns
Mitch Barns

CEO, Nielsen

Jon Batiste
Jon Batiste

Bandleader, "The Late Show"; Artistic Director at Large, National Jazz Museum in Harlem; Pianist

Sandy Baum
Sandy Baum

Senior Fellow, Urban Institute; Research Professor, Graduate School of Education and Human Development, George Washington University

Mark Beeman
Mark Beeman

Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience, Northwestern University

Brett Begemann
Brett Begemann

President and Chief Operating Officer, Monsanto

Peter Beinart
Peter Beinart

Contributing Editor, The Atlantic; Associate Professor, The City University of New York Graduate School of Journalism

Eric Beinhocker
Eric Beinhocker

Executive Director, INET@Oxford, University of Oxford

James Bennet
James Bennet

Co-President and Editor in Chief, The Atlantic

Jamie Bennett
Jamie Bennett

Executive Director, ArtPlace America

Theodore W. Berger
Theodore W. Berger

Professor of Biomedical Engineering, Viterbi School of Engineering, University of Southern California

Jonathan Berman
Jonathan Berman

Consultant; Investor; Author, Success in Africa

Jed Bernstein
Jed Bernstein

President, Lincoln Center

Carrie Besnette Hauser
Carrie Besnette Hauser

President and CEO, Colorado Mountain College

Luís Bettencourt
Luís Bettencourt

Professor of Complex Systems, Santa Fe Institute

Deepak Bhargava
Deepak Bhargava

Executive Director, Center for Community Change

Monika Bickert
Monika Bickert

Head of Product Policy and Counterterrorism, Facebook

Assaf Biderman
Assaf Biderman

Founder and CEO, Superpedestrian; Associate Director, SENSEable City Laboratory, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Matthew Bishop
Matthew Bishop

US Business Editor and New York Bureau Chief, The Economist

Tony Blair
Tony Blair

Former Prime Minister, Great Britain and Northern Ireland

Yoni Bloch
Yoni Bloch

Co-Founder and CEO, Interlude

Sally Blount
Sally Blount

Dean, Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University

Myrna Blyth
Myrna Blyth

Senior Vice President and Editorial Director, AARP Media

Danah Boyd
Danah Boyd

Principal Researcher, Microsoft Research; Founder, Data and Society Research Institute; Author, It's Complicated

Mike Bracken
Mike Bracken

Executive Director of Digital, Cabinet Office, Government of the United Kingdom

David G. Bradley
David G. Bradley

Chairman and Owner, Atlantic Media Company

Jennifer Bradley
Jennifer Bradley

Founding Director, Center for Urban Innovation, The Aspen Institute

Julie Brill
Julie Brill

Commissioner, Federal Trade Commission

Beth A. Brooke-Marciniak
Beth A. Brooke-Marciniak

Global Vice Chair, Public Policy, EY; Trustee, The Aspen Institute

David Brooks
David Brooks

Op-Ed Columnist, The New York Times

Margaret Brown
Margaret Brown

Documentary Filmmaker; Director, The Great Invisible

Ronald Brownstein
Ronald Brownstein

Columnist, Contributor, and Editorial Director for Strategic Partnerships, Atlantic Media Company

Catherine Burns
Catherine Burns

Artistic Director, The Moth

Nicholas Burns
Nicholas Burns

Roy and Barbara Goodman Family Professor of Diplomacy and International Relations, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard Kennedy School of Government; Director, Aspen Strategy Group, The Aspen Institute

Steve Burns
Steve Burns

Host, The Moth; Actor; Musician

Bill Bynum
Bill Bynum

CEO, Hope Enterprise Corporation; Henry Crown Fellow, The Aspen Institute