Speakers and Moderators

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Nabeel Abboud-Ashkar
Nabeel Abboud-Ashkar

Co-Founder and Artistic Director, Polyphony Foundation

Carol Adelman
Carol Adelman

President, Movers and Shakespeares

Ken Adelman
Ken Adelman

Vice President, Movers and Shakespeares; Former US Ambassador to the United Nations

Jordan Alam
Jordan Alam

Writer, Founder and Editor, Project As[I]Am

Elizabeth Alexander
Elizabeth Alexander

Poet; Director of Creativity and Free Expression, Ford Foundation; Wun Tsun Tam Mellon Professor in the Humanities, Columbia University

John Amos
John Amos

Geologist; Founder and President, SkyTruth

Michael Anti
Michael Anti

Journalist, Columnist, and Political Blogger, Caixin Media

Paula Apsell
Paula Apsell

Senior Executive Producer, WGBH Educational Foundation

Karen Armstrong
Karen Armstrong

Author, A History of God, Holy War, and Fields of Blood

Raney Aronson-Rath
Raney Aronson-Rath

Executive Producer, PBS (Festival Underwriter)

Maurice Ashley
Maurice Ashley

Storyteller, "The Moth"

Reza Aslan
Reza Aslan

Professor of Creative Writing, University of California, Riverside; Author, Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth

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Don Baer
Don Baer

Worldwide Chairman and CEO, Burson-Marsteller

Ramón Baez
Ramón Baez

Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer, Hewlett Packard (Festival Underwriter)

Erin Bailey
Erin Bailey

Executive Director, Center for Native American Youth, The Aspen Institute

Zoë Baird
Zoë Baird

CEO and President, Markle Foundation

Jeffrey Ball
Jeffrey Ball

Energy and Environment Writer; Scholar in Residence, Steyer-Taylor Center for Energy Policy and Finance, Stanford University

Keith Banks
Keith Banks

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

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

Jason Baron
Jason Baron

Head Portfolio Manager, Social Investment Strategies, U.S. Trust, Bank of America Private Wealth Management (Festival Underwriter)

Joe Louis Barrow
Joe Louis Barrow

Spokesperson, Southern Company (Festival Underwriter)

Angela Bassett
Angela Bassett

Actress; Brand Partner, Genworth Financial, Inc. (Festival Underwriter)

Jon Batiste
Jon Batiste

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

Ron Bechet
Ron Bechet

Artist; Victor Labat Endowed Professor, Department of Art, Xavier University of Louisiana

James Bennet
James Bennet

Co-President and Editor in Chief, The Atlantic

Suman Bery
Suman Bery

Chief Economist, Shell Oil Company (Festival Underwriter)

Jackie Bezos
Jackie Bezos

Co-Founder and President, Bezos Family Foundation

Deepak Bhargava
Deepak Bhargava

Executive Director, Center for Community Change

Reggie Bicha
Reggie Bicha

Executive Director, Department of Human Services, State of Colorado

Paul Blavin
Paul Blavin

Chief Executive Officer, Graceful Light Entertainment

Gretchen Bleiler
Gretchen Bleiler

Professional Halfpipe Snowboarder; Entrepreneur

Gene D. Block
Gene D. Block

Chancellor, University of California, Los Angeles

Paul Bloom
Paul Bloom

Brooks and Suzanne Ragen Professor of Psychology and Cognitive Science, Yale University

Charles Blow
Charles Blow

Columnist, The New York Times

Allen Blue
Allen Blue

VP for Product Management & Co-Founder, LinkedIn

Rebecca Blumenstein
Rebecca Blumenstein

Deputy Managing Editor, The New York Times

Jo Boaler
Jo Boaler

Professor, Mathematics Education and Teacher Education, Stanford University

David Boies
David Boies

Chairman, Boies, Schiller & Flexner LLP

Cory Booker
Cory Booker

US Senator, State of New Jersey (D)

Brian Borrello
Brian Borrello

Artist

Beth Ann Bovino
Beth Ann Bovino

US Chief Economist, Standard & Poor's Ratings Services

Tom Bradicich
Tom Bradicich

Vice President of Server Engineering, Enterprise Group, Hewlett Packard (Festival Underwriter)

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

Frédéric Brenner
Frédéric Brenner

Artist, This Place

Joe Brewster
Joe Brewster

Psychiatrist; Director and Producer, American Promise

John Bridgeland
John Bridgeland

President and CEO, Civic Enterprises; Chair, Franklin Project, The Aspen Institute

David Brooks
David Brooks

Op-Ed Columnist, The New York Times

William Browder
William Browder

CEO and Co-Founder, Hermitage Capital Management; Author, Red Notice: A True Story of High Finance, Murder, and One Man's Fight for Justice

Tim Brown
Tim Brown

CEO, IDEO

Carrie Brownstein
Carrie Brownstein

Seafood Quality Standards Coordinator, Whole Foods Market

Ronald Brownstein
Ronald Brownstein

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

Paul Bunje
Paul Bunje

Senior Director, Wendy Schmidt Ocean Health XPRIZE

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

Peter Byck
Peter Byck

Professor of Practice, School of Sustainability and Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communications, Arizona State University; Writer, Director, and Producer, Carbon Nation

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Chet Cadieux
Chet Cadieux

Chairman, President and CEO, QuickTrip

Pamela Cantor
Pamela Cantor

Founder, President, and CEO, Turnaround for Children

Jonathan Capehart
Jonathan Capehart

Writer and Editorial Board Member, The Washington Post

Kevin Carey
Kevin Carey

Director, Education Policy Program, New America Foundation; Author, The End of College: Creating the Future of Learning and the University of Everywhere

Cameron Carpenter
Cameron Carpenter

Organist; Harman-Eisner Artist in Residence, Arts Program, The Aspen Institute

Robin Chase
Robin Chase

Founder and Former CEO, Zipcar; Executive Chairman, Veniam; Author, Peers Inc: How People and Platforms Are Inventing the Collaborative Economy and Reinventing Capitalism

Meryl Chertoff
Meryl Chertoff

Executive Director, Justice and Society Program, The Aspen Institute; Adjunct Professor, Georgetown University Law Center

Jane Chu
Jane Chu

Chairman, National Endowment for the Arts

Vitaly Churkin
Vitaly Churkin

Ambassador, Permanent Representative of Russia to the United Nations

Deborah Clark
Deborah Clark

Vice President and Executive Producer, "Marketplace", American Public Media

Alexa Clay
Alexa Clay

Founder, Wisdom Hackers; Co-Founder, League of Intrapreneurs; Author, The Misfit Economy

Steve Clemons
Steve Clemons

Editor in Chief, AtlanticLIVE; Washington Editor at Large, The Atlantic

Ta-Nehisi Coates
Ta-Nehisi Coates

Senior Editor and National Correspondent, The Atlantic

David Coleman
David Coleman

President and CEO, College Board

Maureen Conway
Maureen Conway

Vice President for Policy Programs and Executive Director, Economic Opportunities Program, The Aspen Institute

Christopher Coons
Christopher Coons

US Senator, State of Delaware (D)

Alan Cooperman
Alan Cooperman

Director of Religion Research, Pew Research Center

Katie Couric
Katie Couric

Award Winning Journalist; Best Selling Author

Philippe Cousteau
Philippe Cousteau

Founder and CEO, EarthEcho International

Jerry Coyne
Jerry Coyne

Professor, Department of Ecology and Evolution, University of Chicago; Author, Faith vs. Fact: Why Science and Religion Are Incompatible.

Kate Crawford
Kate Crawford

Principal Researcher, New York City, Microsoft Research; Visiting Professor, MIT Center for Civic Media; Senior Fellow, NYU Information Law Institute

Ed Crooks
Ed Crooks

US Industry and Energy Editor, Financial Times

Michael Crow
Michael Crow

President, Arizona State University

Amy Cuddy
Amy Cuddy

Social Psychologist; Associate Professor and Hellman Faculty Fellow, Harvard Business School

Yi Cui
Yi Cui

Associate Professor, Materials Science and Engineering, Stanford University

Erin Currier
Erin Currier

Director, Projects on Family Financial Security and Mobility, The Pew Charitable Trusts

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Karen Dahut
Karen Dahut

Executive Vice President, Booz Allen Hamilton (Festival Underwriter)

Chris Davenport
Chris Davenport

Big Mountain Skier; Mountaineer

Richard J. Davidson
Richard J. Davidson

William James and Vilas Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry, University of Wisconsin

Ken Davis
Ken Davis

President and CEO, Mount Sinai Health System (Festival Underwriter); Trustee, The Aspen Institute

Ron Davis
Ron Davis

President and CEO, The Jordan Davis Foundation

Richard Dawkins
Richard Dawkins

Ethologist; Evolutionary Biologist; Writer

Eric Dawson
Eric Dawson

Co-Founder and President, Peace First

Joel Dawson
Joel Dawson

Chief Technology Officer, Eta Devices, Inc.; Associate Professor, Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Kevin J. Delaney
Kevin J. Delaney

Editor-in-Chief and Co-Founder, Quartz

William Deresiewicz
William Deresiewicz

Essayist; Speaker; Author, Excellent Sheep

Sue Desmond-Hellmann
Sue Desmond-Hellmann

CEO, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (Festival Underwriter)

Kirby Dick
Kirby Dick

Documentary Filmmaker; Director, The Hunting Ground

John Dickerson
John Dickerson

Political Director and Anchor, "Face the Nation," CBS News

Noah Diffenbaugh
Noah Diffenbaugh

Associate Professor and Senior Fellow, Stanford University

Dave Dillon
Dave Dillon

Retired Chairman, The Kroger Co.

Vicky Dinges
Vicky Dinges

Senior Vice President of Corporate Social Responsibility, The Allstate Insurance Company (Festival Underwriter)

Pete Dominick
Pete Dominick

Comedian; Host, "Stand Up! With Pete Dominick," Sirius XM

Thomas Duesterberg
Thomas Duesterberg

Executive Director, Manufacturing and Society in the 21st Century, The Aspen Institute

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Peter de Menocal
Peter de Menocal

Professor, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Columbia University

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