Speakers and Moderators

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Mohamed Abdel-Kader
Mohamed Abdel-Kader

Executive Director, Stevens Initiative, Aspen Institute

Christina Agapakis
Christina Agapakis

Creative Director, Ginkgo Bioworks

Elizabeth Alexander
Elizabeth Alexander

Poet; Frederick Iseman Professor of Poetry, Yale University

Wajahat Ali
Wajahat Ali

Creative Director, Affinis Labs; Writer

Anita Allen
Anita Allen

Henry R. Silverman professor of Law, Professor of Philosophy, and Vice Provost for Faculty, University of Pennsylvania

Dmitri Alperovitch
Dmitri Alperovitch

Co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer, CrowdStrike

Kurt Andersen
Kurt Andersen

Writer; Host and Co-Creator, "Studio 360"

Ross Andersen
Ross Andersen

Senior Editor, The Atlantic

Julia Angwin
Julia Angwin

Senior Reporter, ProPublica

Abdullah Antepli
Abdullah Antepli

Chief Representative of Muslim Affairs, Duke University

Yoni Appelbaum
Yoni Appelbaum

Senior Editor for Politics and Policy, The Atlantic

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Don Baer
Don Baer

Worldwide Chairman and CEO, Burson-Marsteller; Chairman, Penn Schoen Berland; Co-Founder and Chairman, Palisades Media Ventures

Gerard Baker
Gerard Baker

Editor in Chief, The Wall Street Journal and Dow Jones

Molly Ball
Molly Ball

Staff Writer, The Atlantic

James Balog
James Balog

Founder and Director, Extreme Ice Survey and Earth Vision Institute Institute

Banny Banerjee
Banny Banerjee

Director, Stanford Change Labs

Keith Banks
Keith Banks

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

Mike Barnicle
Mike Barnicle

Senior Contributor , MSNBC; Columnist, The Daily Beast

Richard Barth
Richard Barth

President and CEO, KIPP Foundation

Heidi Beirich
Heidi Beirich

Director, Intelligence Project, Southern Poverty Law Center

Alexander Betts
Alexander Betts

Professor of Forced Migration and International Affairs and Director, Refugee Studies Centre, Oxford University

Jackie Bezos
Jackie Bezos

Co-Founder and President, Bezos Family Foundation

William Bishop
William Bishop

Author, The Big Sort: Why the Clustering of Like-Minded America is Tearing Us Apart, More; Contributing Editor, The Daily Yonder

Melissa Block
Melissa Block

Special Correspondent and Guest Host, "All Things Considered", NPR

Paul Bloom
Paul Bloom

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

James Bonini
James Bonini

Vice President, Toyota Production System Support Center, Toyota Motor Engineering and Manufacturing North America (TEMA) (Festival Underwriter)

Jon Boogz
Jon Boogz

Movement Artist, Choreographer, and Director, Sozo Artists

Cory A. Booker
Cory A. Booker

US Senator, State of New Jersey (D)

Nate Bowling
Nate Bowling

AP Teacher, Lincoln High School, Tacoma, WA

Tim Bozik
Tim Bozik

President, Global Product, Pearson (Festival Underwriter)

Richard Braddock
Richard Braddock

Trustee, The Aspen Institute

Anthony Brandt
Anthony Brandt

Composer; Professor, Shepherd School of Music, Rice University

Arthur Brooks
Arthur Brooks

President and Beth and Ravenel Curry Scholar in Free Enterprise, American Enterprise Institute

Corey Brooks
Corey Brooks

Founder and Pastor, New Beginnings Church, Chicago

David Brooks
David Brooks

Op-Ed Columnist, The New York Times

Campbell Brown
Campbell Brown

Head of News Partnerships, Facebook (Festival Underwriter)

Ron Brownstein
Ron Brownstein

Senior Editor, The Atlantic

Frank Bruni
Frank Bruni

Op-Ed Columnist, The New York Times

Erik Brynjolfsson
Erik Brynjolfsson

Professor, Sloan School of Management, Massachusetts Institute of Technology; Director, MIT Initiative on the Digital Economy

Joanna Bryson
Joanna Bryson

Associate Professor, Department of Computer Science, University of Bath

Elisabeth Bumiller
Elisabeth Bumiller

Washington Bureau Chief, The New York Times

Joy Buolamwini
Joy Buolamwini

Graduate Researcher, Civic Media Group, MIT Media Lab; Founder, Code4Rights

Ken Burns
Ken Burns

Documentary Filmmaker

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Alisyn Camerota
Alisyn Camerota

Co-Anchor, "New Day" , CNN

John Carlin
John Carlin

Chair, Cybersecurity & Technology Program, The Aspen Institute

Jean Case
Jean Case

CEO, Case Foundation; Chair, National Geographic Society

Steve Case
Steve Case

CEO and Chairman, Revolution; Chairman, Case Foundation

Victor Cha
Victor Cha

D.S Song-KF Endowed Chair In Government and International Affairs, Director, Asian Studies, Walsh School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University

Elaine L. Chao
Elaine L. Chao

Secretary of Transportation, United States Department of Transportation; Former US Secretary of Labor (2001-2009); Distinguished Fellow, The Heritage Foundation

Rabia Chaudry
Rabia Chaudry

Founder, Safe Nation Collaborative; Author, Adnan's Story; Co-Host, "Undisclosed"

Steve Clemons
Steve Clemons

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

Bonni Cohen
Bonni Cohen

Co-Founder and Filmmaker, Actual Films; Co-Founder, Catapult Film Fund

David Cohen
David Cohen

Executive Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer, Comcast NBCUniversal (Festival Underwriter)

Maureen Conway
Maureen Conway

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

Chris Coons
Chris Coons

US Senator, Delaware (D)

McKay Coppins
McKay Coppins

Staff Writer, The Atlantic

Katie Couric
Katie Couric

Award-Winning Journalist, Bestselling Author

Dusty Crary
Dusty Crary

Rancher

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Kate Darling
Kate Darling

Research Specialist, MIT Media Lab

Thomas Dart
Thomas Dart

Sheriff, Cook County

Anil Dash
Anil Dash

CEO, Fog Creek Software

Ken Davis
Ken Davis

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

Kevin Delaney
Kevin Delaney

Editor in Chief and Co-President, Quartz

Nikhil Deogun
Nikhil Deogun

Editor in Chief and Senior Vice President, CNBC Business News

John Dickerson
John Dickerson

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

Michael Dimock
Michael Dimock

President, Pew Research Center

Bryan Doerries
Bryan Doerries

Theater Director, Theater of War; Director, Antigone in Ferguson

Pete Dominick
Pete Dominick

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

Jennifer Doudna
Jennifer Doudna

Li Ka Shing Chancellor's Chair in Biomedical and Health Sciences, Investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, University of California, Berkeley

Liz Dozier
Liz Dozier

Founder and Managing Director, Chicago Beyond

Stephanie Dua
Stephanie Dua

Founder, President, and CEO, Homer

Doug Ducey
Doug Ducey

Governor of Arizona

Charles Duhigg
Charles Duhigg

Columnist, Senior Editor, The New York Times

Fred Dust
Fred Dust

Senior Partner and Global Managing Director, IDEO

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David Eagleman
David Eagleman

Neuroscientist; Adjunct Professor , Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Stanford University School of Medicine

Sylvia Earle
Sylvia Earle

Explorer-in-Residence, National Geographic Society; Founder, Mission Blue/Sylvia Earle Alliance

Elizabeth Economy
Elizabeth Economy

C.V. Starr Senior Fellow and Director of Asia Studies, Council on Foreign Relations

Richard Edelman
Richard Edelman

President and CEO, Edelman

Mickey Edwards
Mickey Edwards

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

Ezekiel Emanuel
Ezekiel Emanuel

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

Drew Endy
Drew Endy

Assistant Professor, Synthetic Biology, Stanford University

Kevin Esvelt
Kevin Esvelt

Assistant Professor, Leader, Sculpting Evolution Group, MIT Media Lab

Aimée Eubanks Davis
Aimée Eubanks Davis

Founder and CEO, Braven

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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)

Nita Farahany
Nita Farahany

Professor of Law and Philosophy, Director, Duke Science & Society, Duke University

Jon Favreau
Jon Favreau

Co-Host, Pod Save America; Former Director of Speechwriting for President Barack Obama

Peter Feaver
Peter Feaver

Professor of Political Science and Public Policy, Duke University; Director, Triangle Institute for Security Studies

Julie Fedorchak
Julie Fedorchak

Comissioner, Public Service Commission of North Dakota

Matthew Feinberg
Matthew Feinberg

Assistant Professor of Organizational Behavior, Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto

Noah Feldman
Noah Feldman

Felix Frankfurter Professor of Law, Harvard Law School

John Fernald
John Fernald

Senior Research Advisor, Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco

Anne Finucane
Anne Finucane

Vice Chairman, Bank of America (Festival Underwriter)

Charlie Firestone
Charlie Firestone

Executive Director, Communications and Society Program, The Aspen Institute

Al Fitzpayne
Al Fitzpayne

Executive Director, Future of Workforce Program, Aspen Institute

Caitlin Flanagan
Caitlin Flanagan

Contributing Editor, The Atlantic; Author, Girl Land

John Foley
John Foley

Co-Founder and CEO, Peloton

Lynn Forester de Rothschild
Lynn Forester de Rothschild

CEO, E.L Rothschild

Rana Foroohar
Rana Foroohar

Global Business Columnist, Associate Editor, Financial Times

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