Speakers and Moderators

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Ron Prosor
Ron Prosor

Ambassador, Permanent Representative of Israel to the United Nations; Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Israel

Louie Psihoyos
Louie Psihoyos

Executive Director, Oceanic Preservation Society; Director, Racing Extinction

John Pudner
John Pudner

Executive Director, Take Back Our Republic

Robert D. Putnam
Robert D. Putnam

Peter and Isabel Malkin Professor of Public Policy, Harvard Kennedy School of Government

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Joseph Quinlan
Joseph Quinlan

Managing Director and Chief Market Strategist, U.S. Trust, Bank of America Private Wealth Management (Festival Underwriter)

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Ida Rademacher
Ida Rademacher

Executive Director, Financial Security Program, The Aspen Institute

Claudia Rankine
Claudia Rankine

Henry G. Lee Professor, Department of English, Pomona College; Poet, Citizen: An American Lyric; Playwright, The Provenance of Beauty: A South Bronx Travelogue

Rip Rapson
Rip Rapson

President and CEO, The Kresge Foundation

Steven Rattner
Steven Rattner

Chairman, Willett Advisors

Ben Rattray
Ben Rattray

Founder and CEO, Change.org

Bob Raynolds
Bob Raynolds

Research Associate, Denver Museum of Nature and Science; Adjunct Faculty, Geophysics Department, Colorado School of Mines

Pamela Reeves
Pamela Reeves

Senior Advisor for Gender Strategy, Executive Office of Melinda Gates

Diane Regas
Diane Regas

Senior Vice President, Programs, Environmental Defense Fund (Festival Underwriter)

Regina Reichert
Regina Reichert

Co-Director and Co-Founder, Power House Productions; Artist, Design 99

Stewart Resnick
Stewart Resnick

Chairman and President, The Wonderful Company

Andrew Revkin
Andrew Revkin

Senior Reporter for Climate and Related Issues, ProPublica; Journalist and Blogger, The New York Times

James Reynolds Jr.
James Reynolds Jr.

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Loop Capital

Ben Rhodes
Ben Rhodes

Assistant to the President and Deputy National Security Advisor for Strategic Communications and Speechwriting

Connie Rice
Connie Rice

Co-Founder and Co-Director, Advancement Project

Dara Richardson-Heron
Dara Richardson-Heron

CEO, YWCA USA

Charles "Lil Buck" Riley
Charles "Lil Buck" Riley

Movement Artist; Co-Founder, Movement Art Is

Naomi Schaefer Riley
Naomi Schaefer Riley

Columnist, New York Post; Author, Got Religion?, 'Til Faith Do Us Part

Amanda Ripley
Amanda Ripley

Journalist, Emerson Senior Fellow; Author, The Smartest Kids in the World

Julia Roberson
Julia Roberson

Director, Strategic Communications and Ocean Acidification, Ocean Conservancy

Luiz Rocha
Luiz Rocha

Associate Curator and Follett Chair of Ichthyology, Biology, California Academy of Sciences

L. Todd Rose
L. Todd Rose

President, Center for Individual Opportunity; Lecturer on Educational Neuroscience, Harvard Graduate School of Education

Jeffrey Rosen
Jeffrey Rosen

President and CEO, National Constitution Center; Professor of Law, George Washington University Law School; Contributing Editor, The Atlantic

Zack Rosenberg
Zack Rosenberg

Co-Founder and CEO, St. Bernard Project

Hanna Rosin
Hanna Rosin

Host, "Invisibilia," NPR; Author, The End of Men

Robert Roth
Robert Roth

Executive Director, David Lynch Foundation; Meditation Teacher

Horacio Rozanski
Horacio Rozanski

President and CEO, Booz Allen Hamilton (Festival Underwriter)

David M. Rubenstein
David M. Rubenstein

Co-Founder and Co-CEO, The Carlyle Group

Karla Ruiz Cofiño
Karla Ruiz Cofiño

Interactive Communications & Social Media Strategist, Co-Founder, MILKnCOOKIES

Deborah Rutter
Deborah Rutter

President, The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts

Paul Ryan
Paul Ryan

US Representative (R-WI)

Kai Ryssdal
Kai Ryssdal

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

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Karim Sadjadpour
Karim Sadjadpour

Senior Associate, Middle East Program, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

Babatunde Salaam
Babatunde Salaam

Filmmaker, Griot's Eye

Ricardo Salinas
Ricardo Salinas

Founder and Chairman, Salinas Group

Gary Samore
Gary Samore

Executive Director for Research, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard Kennedy School of Government

Judith Samuelson
Judith Samuelson

Vice President, Executive Director, Business and Society Program, The Aspen Institute

M. Sanjayan
M. Sanjayan

Executive Vice President and Senior Scientist, Conservation International

Nakul Saran
Nakul Saran

Vice President, Fish Forever, Rare

Ted Sarandos
Ted Sarandos

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

Rose Schooler
Rose Schooler

Vice President, Internet of Things Group; General Manager, Strategy and Technology Office

Tim Scoones
Tim Scoones

Executive Producer, BBC Natural History Unit

Shaka Senghor
Shaka Senghor

Director of Strategy, #cut50; Author, Writing My Wrongs

Jennifer Senior
Jennifer Senior

Contributing Editor, New York; Author, All Work, No Fun: The Paradox of Modern Parenthood

Danielle Sered
Danielle Sered

Founder and Director, Common Justice, Vera Institute of Justice

Shiza Shahid
Shiza Shahid

Co-Founder and Ambassador, Malala Fund

Jane Shaw
Jane Shaw

Dean for Religious Life and Professor, Religious Studies, Stanford University

Daniel Shoy
Daniel Shoy

President, East Lake Foundation; Spokesperson, Southern Company (Festival Underwriter)

Seth Siegel
Seth Siegel

Entrepreneur; Co-Founder, Sixpoint Partners; Author, Let There Be Water

Phumzile Sitole
Phumzile Sitole

Actress

Anne-Marie Slaughter
Anne-Marie Slaughter

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

Gary Small
Gary Small

Director, UCLA Longevity Center; Professor of Psychiatry and Aging and Director, Geriatric Psychiatry, UCLA

Jeff Smisek
Jeff Smisek

Chairman, President, and CEO, United Airlines

Heather Smith
Heather Smith

President, Rock the Vote

Ashkan Soltani
Ashkan Soltani

Chief Technologist, Federal Trade Commission

Aaron Sorkin
Aaron Sorkin

Screenwriter, Producer, and Playwright

Hilary Sparrow
Hilary Sparrow

Senior Supervising Producer, Vulcan Productions

Margaret Spring
Margaret Spring

Chief Conservation Officer and Vice President, Conservation & Science, Monterey Bay Aquarium

Laurence Steinberg
Laurence Steinberg

Distinguished University Professor and Laura H. Carnell Professor of Psychology, Temple University; Author, Age of Opportunity: Lessons from the New Science of Adolescence

Edward Steinfeld
Edward Steinfeld

Director of the China Initiative, Dean's Professor of China Studies, and Professor of Political Science, Watson Institute of International Studies, Brown University

Michèle Stephenson
Michèle Stephenson

Co-Founder, Rada Film Group; Author, Promises Kept: Raising Black Boys to Succeed in School and in Life

Andrew Stern
Andrew Stern

Executive Director, Lost Bird Project; Co-Inventor, SmartPhin

James P. Steyer
James P. Steyer

Founder and CEO, Common Sense Media

Tom Steyer
Tom Steyer

Founder and President, NextGen Climate; Founder and Former Senior Managing Member, Farallon Capital Management

Biz Stone
Biz Stone

Co-Founder and CEO, Super; Co-Founder, Twitter

Steven Strogatz
Steven Strogatz

Jacob Gould Schurman Professor of Applied Mathematics, Department of Mathematics, Cornell University

Kathryn Sullivan
Kathryn Sullivan

Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Lawrence H. Summers
Lawrence H. Summers

Charles W. Eliot University Professor and President Emeritus, Harvard University

Kevin Surace
Kevin Surace

Executive Chairman, WaterCity; CEO, Appvance

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Sam Tanenhaus
Sam Tanenhaus

Editor, The New York Times

Jonathan Taplin
Jonathan Taplin

Director Emeritus, Innovation Lab, USC Annenberg School of Communication

Blair Taylor
Blair Taylor

Chief Community Officer, Starbucks Coffee Company

Phyllis Taylor
Phyllis Taylor

Chairman and CEO, Taylor Energy

Mark Tercek
Mark Tercek

President and CEO, The Nature Conservancy (Festival Underwriter)

Gillian Tett
Gillian Tett

US Managing Editor, Financial Times

Peter Thiel
Peter Thiel

Co-Founder, PayPal; Technology Entrepreneur and Investor, Founders Fund

Buzz Thompson
Buzz Thompson

Robert E. Paradise Professor of Natural Resources Law and Perry L. McCarty Director, Woods Institute for the Environment; Senior Fellow, Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies, Stanford University

Derek Thompson
Derek Thompson

Senior Editor, The Atlantic

Zeynep Ton
Zeynep Ton

Adjunct Associate Professor, MIT Sloan School of Management

Janet Topolsky
Janet Topolsky

Executive Director, Community Strategies Group, The Aspen Institute

Kentaro Toyama
Kentaro Toyama

W.K. Kellogg Associate Professor of Community Information, University of Michigan

Sherry Turkle
Sherry Turkle

Abby Rockefeller Mauzé Professor of the Social Studies of Science and Technology, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Merlijn Twaalfhoven
Merlijn Twaalfhoven

Composer

Matt Tyrnauer
Matt Tyrnauer

Special Correspondent, Vanity Fair; Director, Valentino: The Last Emperor

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Casper ter Kuile
Casper ter Kuile

Ministry Innovation Fellow, Harvard Divinity School

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Jackie Vanderbrug
Jackie Vanderbrug

Senior Vice President and Investment Strategist, U.S. Trust, Bank of America Private Wealth Management (Festival Underwriter)

Bina Venkataraman
Bina Venkataraman

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

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Michael Waldman
Michael Waldman

President, Brennan Center for Justice, New York University School of Law

Jane Wales
Jane Wales

Vice President of Philanthropy and Society, Director, Program on Philanthropy and Social Innovation, The Aspen Institute; Founder and CEO, Global Philanthropy Forum

Jim Wallis
Jim Wallis

Founder and President, Sojourners; Author, On God's Side

Martin Walsh
Martin Walsh

Mayor, City of Boston

Mark Warner
Mark Warner

US Senator, Commonwealth of Virginia (D)

Mark Weinberger
Mark Weinberger

Global Chairman and CEO, EY (Festival Underwriter)

Randi Weingarten
Randi Weingarten

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

Dana Weiss
Dana Weiss

Anchor and Chief Correspondent, Channel 2 (Israel) "Saturday Night News"

Lucas Welch
Lucas Welch

Executive Director, Pluribus Project

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