Speakers and Moderators

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David M. Rubenstein
David M. Rubenstein

Co-Founder and Co-CEO, The Carlyle Group

Barbara J. Ryan
Barbara J. Ryan

Secretariat Director, Group on Earth Observations

Kai Ryssdal
Kai Ryssdal

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

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Janette Sadik-Khan
Janette Sadik-Khan

Principal, Bloomberg Associates

Jerry Saltz
Jerry Saltz

Senior Art Critic, New York

M. Sanjayan
M. Sanjayan

Executive Vice President and Senior Scientist, Conservation International

Shirish Sankhe
Shirish Sankhe

Director, Mumbai Office, McKinsey & Company

Roger W. Sant
Roger W. Sant

Co-Founder and Chairman Emeritus, AES Corporation

Keith Sawyer
Keith Sawyer

Morgan Distinguished Professor in Educational Innovations, University of North Carolina

Bob Schieffer
Bob Schieffer

Moderator, “Face The Nation,” Chief Washington Correspondent, CBS News

Vivian Schiller
Vivian Schiller

Head of News, Twitter

Mark Schlageter
Mark Schlageter

Managing Director, Americas, Thomson Reuters

Dennis Scholl
Dennis Scholl

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

Robert Schukai
Robert Schukai

Head of Advanced Product Innovation, Thomson Reuters

Dan Schulman
Dan Schulman

Group President of Enterprise Growth, American Express

John Seely Brown
John Seely Brown

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

Carla Shatz
Carla Shatz

Director, Bio-X, Sapp Family Provostial Professor, Stanford University

Jim Shelton
Jim Shelton

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

Curtis Sittenfeld
Curtis Sittenfeld

Author, Sisterland

Viktoria Siumar
Viktoria Siumar

Deputy Secretary, National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine

Anne-Marie Slaughter
Anne-Marie Slaughter

President and CEO, New America; Professor Emerita, Princeton University

Matthew Slaughter
Matthew Slaughter

Associate Dean for Faculty, Tuck School of Business, Dartmouth College

Anna Deavere Smith
Anna Deavere Smith

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

Aaron Sorkin
Aaron Sorkin

Screenwriter, Producer, and Playwright

Andrew Ross Sorkin
Andrew Ross Sorkin

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

Jeff Speck
Jeff Speck

Principal, Speck and Associates; Author, Walkable City

Sandy Speicher
Sandy Speicher

Associate Partner, IDEO

Hari Sreenivasan
Hari Sreenivasan

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

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

Jon Steinberg
Jon Steinberg

Advisor, Lerer Ventures; Former President and COO, BuzzFeed

Angela Stent
Angela Stent

Director, CERES, Georgetown University

Darnell Strom
Darnell Strom

Agent, Creative Artist Agency

Ray Suarez
Ray Suarez

Host, Al Jazeera America's "Inside Story"

Lawrence H. Summers
Lawrence H. Summers

Charles W. Eliot University Professor, Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University; Former Secretary of the Treasury; Former Director National Economic Council, Obama Administration

Vitaliy Sych
Vitaliy Sych

Journalist, Novoye Vremya; Ukrainian Activist

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Strobe Talbott
Strobe Talbott

President, Brookings Institution; Former US Deputy Secretary of State

Don Tapscott
Don Tapscott

Adjunct Professor, University of Toronto

Paul Taylor
Paul Taylor

Executive Vice President, Special Projects, Pew Research Center; Author, The Next America

Julie Taymor
Julie Taymor

Theater, Opera, and Film Director

Kate Tellers
Kate Tellers

Senior Producer, Corporate Trainer, and Storyteller, The Moth

Gillian Tett
Gillian Tett

US Managing Editor, Financial Times

Candace Thille
Candace Thille

Founding Director, Open Learning Initiative, Stanford Graduate School of Education and Carnegie Mellon University

Bill Thoet
Bill Thoet

Executive Vice President, Booz Allen Hamilton (Festival Underwriter)

Derek Thompson
Derek Thompson

Senior Editor, The Atlantic

Ken Thompson
Ken Thompson

Program Officer, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Sebastian Thrun
Sebastian Thrun

CEO, Udacity

Zeynep Ton
Zeynep Ton

Adjunct Associate Professor, MIT Sloan School of Management

Bradford Tousley
Bradford Tousley

Director, Tactical Technology Office, DARPA, US Department of Defense

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Martina Vandenberg
Martina Vandenberg

Founder and President, The Human Trafficking Pro Bono Legal Center

Bina Venkataraman
Bina Venkataraman

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

Emily Verellen
Emily Verellen

Director, The Fledgling Fund

Monique Villa
Monique Villa

CEO, Thomson Reuters Foundation

Thomas Vilsack
Thomas Vilsack

US Secretary of Agriculture

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Alice Walton
Alice Walton

Founder and Chairwoman, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art

David Weinberger
David Weinberger

Senior Researcher, Berkman Center for Internet and Society, Co-Director, Harvard Library Innovation Lab, Harvard Law School

Mark A. Weinberger
Mark A. Weinberger

Global Chairman and CEO, EY

Randi Weingarten
Randi Weingarten

President, American Federation of Teachers, AFL-CIO (Festival Underwriter)

Geoffrey West
Geoffrey West

Distinguished Professor and Past President, Santa Fe Institute

Ryan White
Ryan White

Director, The Case Against 8

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)

Jane Williams
Jane Williams

Host and Producer, Bloomberg EDU

Jane Stoddard Williams
Jane Stoddard Williams

Host and Executive Producer, “Bloomberg EDU”

Beau Willimon
Beau Willimon

Writer and Producer, Netflix's "House of Cards"

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

Alfre Woodard
Alfre Woodard

Actress; Harman-Eisner Artist in Residence, The Aspen Institute

Molly Worthen
Molly Worthen

Assistant Professor of History, University of North Carolina; Author, Apostles of Reason

Jocelyn Wyatt
Jocelyn Wyatt

Co-Lead and Executive Director, IDEO.org

Josh Wyner
Josh Wyner

Executive Director, College Excellence Program, The Aspen Institute

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Laura Zabel
Laura Zabel

Executive Director, Springboard for the Arts

Paul J. Zak
Paul J. Zak

Professor of Economics, Psychology, and Management; Founding Director, Center for Neuroeconomics Studies, Claremont Graduate University

Philip Zelikow
Philip Zelikow

White Burkett Miller Professor of History, Dean of Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, University of Virginia

Strauss Zelnick
Strauss Zelnick

Chairman and CEO, Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc.; Managing Partner, Zelnick Media

Heidi Zuckerman Jacobson
Heidi Zuckerman Jacobson

CEO and Director, Aspen Art Museum

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