Speakers and Moderators

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Michael Eric Dyson
Michael Eric Dyson

University Professor of Sociology, Georgetown University; Author, The Black Presidency: Barack Obama and the Politics of Race in America

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Martin Eakes
Martin Eakes

Co-Founder and CEO, Self-Help Credit Union; CEO, Center for Responsible Lending

Josh Earnest
Josh Earnest

Assistant to the President and Press Secretary, Office of Communications, The White House

Richard Edelman
Richard Edelman

President and CEO, Edelman

Mickey Edwards
Mickey Edwards

Vice President and Director, Rodel Fellowships in Public Leadership, The Aspen Institute

Kassem Eid
Kassem Eid

Media & Human Rights Activist

Michael Eisner
Michael Eisner

President and CEO, The Tornante Company; Trustee, The Aspen Institute

Ezekiel Emanuel
Ezekiel Emanuel

Vice Provost for Global Initiatives, Diane v. S. Levy and Robert M. Levy University Professor, and Chair, Department of Medical Ethics and Health Policy, University of Pennsylvania

Kelly Evans
Kelly Evans

Co-Anchor, "Closing Bell," CNBC

Jenny Everett
Jenny Everett

Deputy Director, Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs (ANDE), The Aspen Institute

Helena Bottemiller Evich
Helena Bottemiller Evich

Senior Reporter, POLITICO

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Mohammed Fairouz
Mohammed Fairouz

Composer

John Fallon
John Fallon

CEO, Pearson (Festival Underwriter)

James Fallows
James Fallows

National Correspondent, The Atlantic

Tom Fanning
Tom Fanning

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

Drew Gilpin Faust
Drew Gilpin Faust

President, Harvard University

John Feinblatt
John Feinblatt

President, Everytown for Gun Safety

Teresita Fernández
Teresita Fernández

Artist

Leah Fessler
Leah Fessler

Modern Sexuality Freelance Writer; Author, "Can She Really 'Play That Game, Too'?"

David Festa
David Festa

Senior Vice President of Ecosystems, Environmental Defense Fund

Alissa Figueroa
Alissa Figueroa

Investigative Reporter and Producer, Fusion

Alex Filippenko
Alex Filippenko

Astronomy Professor and Richard and Rhoda Goldman Distinguished Professor in the Physical Sciences, University of California, Berkeley

Larry Fink
Larry Fink

Chairman and CEO, BlackRock

Helen Fisher
Helen Fisher

Biological Anthropologist; Senior Research Fellow, The Kinsey Institute; Member, Center for Evolutionary Studies, Rutgers University; Chief Scientific Advisor, Match.com

Ira Flatow
Ira Flatow

Host and Executive Producer, "Science Friday," PRI

Renée Fleming
Renée Fleming

Soprano; Trustee, Carnegie Hall Corporation; Aspen Institute Arts Program Harman-Eisner Artist-in-Residence

Rana Foroohar
Rana Foroohar

Global Business Columnist, Associate Editor, Financial Times

Adam Foss
Adam Foss

Co-Founder, Prosecutor Integrity Institute; Assistant District Attorney, Juvenile Division, Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office

Robert Fraley
Robert Fraley

Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, Monsanto (Festival Underwriter)

Mike Frank
Mike Frank

Chief Commercial Officer, Monsanto (Festival Underwriter Presenter)

Travon Free
Travon Free

Comedian; Actor; Writer, "Full Frontal with Samantha Bee," TBS

Thomas L. Friedman
Thomas L. Friedman

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

Michael Froman
Michael Froman

United States Trade Representative, Executive Office of the President

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Matthew Galsky
Matthew Galsky

Director of Genitourinary Medical Oncology, Tisch Cancer Institute, Icahn School of Medicine, Mount Sinai Health System (Festival Underwriter)

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

Julie Gehrki
Julie Gehrki

Senior Director, Walmart Foundation

David Gergen
David Gergen

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

Elliot Gerson
Elliot Gerson

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

Nancy Gertner
Nancy Gertner

Senior Lecturer on Law, Harvard Law School

Mohammed Alaa Ghanem
Mohammed Alaa Ghanem

Senior Political Adviser, Government Relations Director, and Strategist, Syrian American Council

Adam Ghetti
Adam Ghetti

Founder and CEO, Ionic Security

Matty Gilliland
Matty Gilliland

Head of Process Analysis, New Belgium Brewing Company

Newt Gingrich
Newt Gingrich

Gingrich Productions; Former Speaker of the US House of Representatives

Jeffrey Goldberg
Jeffrey Goldberg

Editor in Chief, The Atlantic

Thelma Golden
Thelma Golden

Director and Chief Curator, The Studio Museum in Harlem

Abigail Golden-Vazquez
Abigail Golden-Vazquez

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

Allan Golston
Allan Golston

President, United States Program, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Michael Govan
Michael Govan

CEO and Wallis Annenberg Director, Los Angeles County Museum of Art

Adam Grant
Adam Grant

Class of 1965 Wharton Professor of Management, Psychology Professor, The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania; Co-Author, Option B

Stanley Greenberg
Stanley Greenberg

Chairman, CEO, and Partner, Greenberg Quinlan Rosner; Co-Founder, Democracy Corps

Jonathan Greenblatt
Jonathan Greenblatt

CEO and National Director, Anti-Defamation League

Robert Griffin
Robert Griffin

Executive Director, Renewable Energy Program Office, United States Navy

Paul Grimwood
Paul Grimwood

Chairman and CEO, Nestlé USA

Gideon Grinstein
Gideon Grinstein

President and Founder, Reut Institute; Author, Flexigidity: The Secret of Jewish Adaptability and the Challenge and Opportunity Facing Israel

John Grunsfeld
John Grunsfeld

Former Associate Administrator, Science Mission Directorate, NASA

Janine Guillot
Janine Guillot

Director, Capital Markets Policy and Outreach, Sustainable Accounting Standards Board

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Richard Haass
Richard Haass

President, Council on Foreign Relations

Shadi Hamid
Shadi Hamid

Senior Fellow, Project on US Relations with the Islamic World Project, Saban Center for Middle East Policy, Brookings Institution

Katherine Hammack
Katherine Hammack

Assistant Secretary, Installations, Energy, and Environment, United States Army

Jane Harman
Jane Harman

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

Caleb Harper
Caleb Harper

Principal Investigator and Director, Open Agriculture Initiative (OpenAG), MIT Media Lab

Dianne Harrison
Dianne Harrison

President, California State University, Northridge

Christie Hefner
Christie Hefner

Chairman, Hatch Beauty

John Hickenlooper
John Hickenlooper

Governor, State of Colorado (D)

Maria Hinojosa
Maria Hinojosa

President and CEO, Futuro Media Group; Anchor and Executive Producer, "Latino USA," NPR and "America by the Numbers with Maria Hinojosa," PBS

Nicole Hockley
Nicole Hockley

Managing Director, Sandy Hook Promise

Frederic Hof
Frederic Hof

Director, Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East, Atlantic Council

Jonathan Holloway
Jonathan Holloway

Dean, Yale College and Edmund S. Morgan Professor of African American Studies, History, and American Studies, Yale University

Anna Holmes
Anna Holmes

Senior Vice President of Editorial, First Look Media; Columnist, Sunday Book Review, The New York Times

Ron Huberman
Ron Huberman

Co-Founder and Executive Chair, TeacherMatch

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Sherrilyn Ifill
Sherrilyn Ifill

President and Director-Counsel , NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund

David Ignatius
David Ignatius

Associate Editor and Columnist, The Washington Post

Melissa Ingber
Melissa Ingber

Vice President and Director of the Stevens Initiative, International Partners, and the Socrates Program, The Aspen Institute

Julia Ioffe
Julia Ioffe

Staff Writer, The Atlantic

Walter Isaacson
Walter Isaacson

President and CEO, The Aspen Institute

Wolfgang Ischinger
Wolfgang Ischinger

Chairman, Munich Security Conference

Sasha Issenberg
Sasha Issenberg

Washington Correspondent, Monocle; Contributor, Bloomberg Politics

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Chris Jackson
Chris Jackson

Executive Editor, Spiegel & Grau, Penguin-Random House

Kate James
Kate James

Chief Corporate Affairs and Global Marketing Officer, Pearson (Festival Underwriter)

Malek Jandali
Malek Jandali

Composer and Pianist

Natalie Jaresko
Natalie Jaresko

Chair, Aspen Institute Kyiv; Former Finance Minister, Government of Ukraine

Mae Jemison
Mae Jemison

Astronaut, MD, NASA

Brett Jenks
Brett Jenks

President and CEO, Rare

Gayle Jennings-O'Byrne
Gayle Jennings-O'Byrne

CEO, The Prometheus Exchange; Principal, Maya Ventures Partners

Maz Jobrani
Maz Jobrani

Comedian; Actor; Author, I'm Not a Terrorist, But I've Played One on TV

Peggy Johnson
Peggy Johnson

Executive Vice President, Business Development, Microsoft Corporation (Festival Underwriter)

Stephen Jones
Stephen Jones

Professor, Department of Crop and Soil Sciences and Director, The Bread Lab, Washington State University

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Lisa Kaltenegger
Lisa Kaltenegger

Director, Carl Sagan Institute, Cornell University

Erika Karp
Erika Karp

Founder and CEO, Cornerstone Capital

Sam Kass
Sam Kass

Founder, TROVE; Senior Food Analyst, NBC News

Neal Katyal
Neal Katyal

Paul and Patricia Saunders Professor of National Security Law, Georgetown Law; Partner, Hogan Lovells

Melissa Kearney
Melissa Kearney

Economics Professor, University of Maryland; Research Associate, National Bureau of Economic Research; Senior Fellow, Brookings Institution

Chris Kelly
Chris Kelly

Founder, Kelly Investments; Chair, Fandor

Max Kenner
Max Kenner

Founder and Executive Director, Bard Prison Initiative

Paula Kerger
Paula Kerger

President and CEO, PBS (Festival Underwriter)

Piper Kerman
Piper Kerman

Author, Orange is the New Black: My Year in a Women's Prison

John Kerry
John Kerry

Secretary, US Department of State

Asma Khalid
Asma Khalid

Campaign Reporter, NPR

Zia Khan
Zia Khan

Vice President, Initiatives and Strategy, The Rockefeller Foundation (Festival Underwriter)

Navina Khanna
Navina Khanna

Director, HEAL Food Alliance; Co-Founder and Field Director, Live Real

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