Speakers and Moderators

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David Kessler
David Kessler

Professor of Pediatrics and Epidemiology and Biostatistics, University of California, San Francisco; Former Commissioner, US Food and Drug Administration; Author, Capture: Unraveling the Mystery of Mental Suffering

Olga Khazan
Olga Khazan

Staff Writer, The Atlantic

Folake Kio-Olayinka
Folake Kio-Olayinka

Senior Technical Immunization Officer, John Snow Inc. Immunization Center

Harold Koplewicz
Harold Koplewicz

President, Child Mind Institute

Marc Koska
Marc Koska

Founder, The SafePoint Trust; Inventor, K1 Auto-Disable Syringe

Robin Koval
Robin Koval

CEO and President, Truth Initiative (Festival Underwriter); Author, Grit to Great

Corby Kummer
Corby Kummer

Senior Editor, The Atlantic; Editor in Chief, Ideas: The Magazine of the Aspen Institute

Ellen Kunes
Ellen Kunes

Director of Health and Food Content, Consumer Reports (Festival Underwriter)

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Dawn Laguens
Dawn Laguens

Executive Vice President and Chief Experience Officer, Planned Parenthood Federation of America and the Planned Parenthood Action Fund

Eric Lander
Eric Lander

President and Founding Director, Broad Institute of Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard; Professor of Biology, MIT; Professor of Systems Biology, Harvard Medical School

Jonathan LaPook
Jonathan LaPook

Chief Medical Correspondent, CBS News; Professor of Medicine, NYU School of Medicine; Executive Director, Empathy Project, NYU Langone Medical Center

Risa Lavizzo-Mourey
Risa Lavizzo-Mourey

President and CEO, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (Festival Underwriter)

Vivian Lee
Vivian Lee

CEO, University of Utah Health Care; Senior Vice President for Health Sciences and Dean, School of Medicine, University of Utah

Amir Levine
Amir Levine

Psychiatrist; Neuroscientist, Columbia University; Co-Author, Attached

Madeline Levine
Madeline Levine

Psychologist; Author, Teach Your Children Well: Parenting for Authentic Success

John Lichtenberger
John Lichtenberger

Assistant Professor of Radiology, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences; Service Chief, 3D Medical Applications Center, Walter Reed National Military Medical Center

Catherine Limperopoulos
Catherine Limperopoulos

Director, Advanced Pediatric Brain Imaging Lab, Children's National Health System (Festival Underwriter)

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Edward Mabaya
Edward Mabaya

Associate Director, Cornell International Institute for Food, Agriculture and Development

Paulo Machado
Paulo Machado

Chef; Founder, Instituto Paulo Machado

Vivian Maduekeh
Vivian Maduekeh

Founder and Managing Principal, Food Health Systems Advisory Africa

Jo Marchant
Jo Marchant

Journalist; Author, Cure: A Journey into the Science of Mind Over Body

Courtney Marsh
Courtney Marsh

Filmmaker; Director, Chau, Beyond the Lines

Johnny Matheny
Johnny Matheny

Pioneer, Advanced Arm Prosthetics

Mark McClellan
Mark McClellan

Professor and Director, Duke-Robert J. Margolis, MD, Center for Health Policy, Duke University; Former Commissioner, US Food and Drug Administration

Michael McLoughlin
Michael McLoughlin

Chief Engineer, Research and Exploratory Development, Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory

Julie McPherson
Julie McPherson

Senior Vice President, Booz Allen Hamilton (Festival Underwriter)

BJ Miller
BJ Miller

Senior Director and Advocate, Zen Hospice Project

Christina Miller
Christina Miller

Emergency Physician; Certified Health Coach and Nutrition Education Trainer, The Aspen Club

Patti Miller
Patti Miller

Director, Too Small to Fail, The Clinton Foundation

Vivienne Ming
Vivienne Ming

Co-Founder and Executive Chair, Socos; Visiting Scholar, Redwood Center for Theoretical Neuroscience, University of California, Berkeley

Monir Moniruzzaman
Monir Moniruzzaman

Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology and Center for Ethics and Humanities in the Life Sciences, Michigan State University

Tara Montgomery
Tara Montgomery

Senior Director, Health Impact, Consumer Reports (Festival Underwriter)

Courtney Moran
Courtney Moran

Clinical Prosthetist, Research and Exploratory Development, Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory

Dariush Mozaffarian
Dariush Mozaffarian

Cardiologist; Dean, Friedman School of Nutrition Policy, Tufts University

Vivek Murthy
Vivek Murthy

19th US Surgeon General, US Department of Health and Human Services; Co-Founder, Doctors for America

Thumbi Mwangi
Thumbi Mwangi

Clinical Assistant Professor, Paul G. Allen School for Global Animal Health, Washington State University

Michael Myers
Michael Myers

Managing Director, The Rockefeller Foundation (Festival Underwriter)

Samuel Myers
Samuel Myers

Senior Research Scientist, Department of Environmental Health, Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health; Director, Planetary Health Alliance

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Kurt Newman
Kurt Newman

President and CEO, Children's National Health System (Festival Underwriter)

Duy Nguyen
Duy Nguyen

Associate Producer, Translator, Camera, Chau, Beyond the Lines

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Siobhan O'Connor
Siobhan O'Connor

Journalist; Health Director, TIME and Time.com

Bennet Omalu
Bennet Omalu

Founder and President, Bennet Omalu Pathology; Chief Medical Examiner, San Joaquin County, California

John Osborne
John Osborne

Co-Founder and National Director, Project Welcome Home Troops

Steven Osofsky
Steven Osofsky

Executive Director, Wildlife Health and Health Policy, Wildlife Conservation Society

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Perri Peltz
Perri Peltz

Documentary Filmmaker; Director, Warning: This Drug May Kill You

Chellie Pingree
Chellie Pingree

US Representative (D-ME)

Jorge Plutzky
Jorge Plutzky

Director, Preventive Cardiology, Brigham and Women’s Hospital (Festival Underwriter)

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Andrew Quinn
Andrew Quinn

Director, New Voices Fellowship, The Aspen Institute

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Sathya Raghu
Sathya Raghu

Co-Founder, Cosmos Green; Co-Founder, Kheyti

Urvashi Rangan
Urvashi Rangan

Director, Consumer Safety and Sustainability, Consumer Reports (Festival Underwriter)

Doug Rauch
Doug Rauch

Founder and President, Daily Table

Dorene Rentz
Dorene Rentz

Associate Professor of Neurology, Harvard Medical School

Eric Reynolds
Eric Reynolds

Founder and CEO, Inyenyeri

Bob Roth
Bob Roth

Executive Director, David Lynch Foundation; Meditation Teacher

Julie Rovner
Julie Rovner

Chief Washington Correspondent, Kaiser Health News

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Justin Sanchez
Justin Sanchez

Director, Biological Technologies Office, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), US Department of Defense

Margot Sanger-Katz
Margot Sanger-Katz

Health Care Correspondent, The Upshot, The New York Times

Reshma Saujani
Reshma Saujani

Founder and CEO, Girls Who Code; Author, Women Who Don't Wait inLine

Eric Schadt
Eric Schadt

Director, Icahn Institute for Genomics & Multiscale Biology; Chair, Department of Genetics and Genomic Sciences, Mount Sinai Health System (Festival Underwriter)

Pedro Miguel Schiaffino
Pedro Miguel Schiaffino

Owner/Chef, Amaz, and Schiaffino Gastronomica Catering

Anne Schuchat
Anne Schuchat

Principal Deputy Director, US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Kathleen Sebelius
Kathleen Sebelius

CEO, Sebelius Resources; 21st Secretary, US Department of Health and Human Services

Kamilla Seidler
Kamilla Seidler

Executive Chef, Gustu Gastronomia

Donna Shalala
Donna Shalala

President and CEO, The Clinton Foundation; Former Secretary, US Department of Health and Human Services

Lindiwe Majele Sibanda
Lindiwe Majele Sibanda

CEO and Head of Mission, Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources Policy Analysis Network (FANRPAN)

Susan Silbermann
Susan Silbermann

President and General Manager, Pfizer Vaccines, Pfizer (Festival Underwriter)

Prabhjot Singh
Prabhjot Singh

Director, Arnhold Institute for Global Health and Chairman, Department of Health System Design and Global Health, Mount Sinai Health System (Festival Underwriter)

Riya Singh
Riya Singh

Researcher, Centre for Girls Education (Nigeria)

Anna Deavere Smith
Anna Deavere Smith

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

Margaret Low Smith
Margaret Low Smith

President, AtlanticLIVE

Shobhita Soor
Shobhita Soor

Co-Founder and Chief Impact Officer, Aspire Food Group

Sofia Caballero Stafford
Sofia Caballero Stafford

BA Candidate, Global Health and Cultural Anthropology, Duke University; Regional Lead, Girl Up

Kevin Starr
Kevin Starr

Managing Director, Mulago Foundation and Rainer Arnhold Fellows Program

Vic Strecher
Vic Strecher

Professor and Director for Innovation and Social Entrepreneurship, School of Public Health, University of Michigan; Founder and CEO, JOOL Health; Author, Life on Purpose: How Living For What Matters Most Changes Everything

Louis W. Sullivan
Louis W. Sullivan

Chairman of the Board, National Health Museum; Former Secretary, US Department of Health and Human Services

Marshall Summar
Marshall Summar

Chief, Division of Genetics and Metabolism, Margaret O’Malley Chair of Molecular Genetics, Children's National Health System (Festival Underwriter)

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Michael Taylor
Michael Taylor

Former Deputy Commissioner, Foods and Veterinary Medicine, US Food and Drug Administration; Senior Fellow, Freedman Consulting, LLC

Wendy Taylor
Wendy Taylor

Former Director, Center for Accelerating Innovation and Impact, USAID

Bob Tedeschi
Bob Tedeschi

Senior Writer, STAT

Adrian Thomas
Adrian Thomas

VP of Global Public Health, Johnson & Johnson

Damon Tweedy
Damon Tweedy

Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Duke University Medical Center; Physician, Durham VA Medical Center; Author, Black Man in a White Coat: A Doctor's Reflections on Race and Medicine

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Michel Varisco
Michel Varisco

Artist; Subject, Gleason

J. Craig Venter
J. Craig Venter

Co-Founder, Executive Chairman, and CEO, Human Longevity Inc.; Author, Life at the Speed of Light

Kevin Vigilante
Kevin Vigilante

Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer, Booz Allen Hamilton (Festival Underwriter)

Tom Vilsack
Tom Vilsack

US Secretary of Agriculture

Tom Voss
Tom Voss

National Veteran Liaison, Project Welcome Home Troops

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Andrew von Eschenbach
Andrew von Eschenbach

President, Samaritan Health Initiatives; 12th Director, National Cancer Institute, National Institutes of Health; 20th Commissioner, US Food and Drug Administration, US Department of Health and Human Services

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Sitawa Wafula
Sitawa Wafula

Founder and Executive Director, My Mind, My Funk

Melissa Walker
Melissa Walker

Art Therapist, National Intrepid Center of Excellence, Walter Reed National Military Medical Center

Harriet Washington
Harriet Washington

Science Writer; Editor; Ethicist; Author, Infectious Madness: The Surprising Science of How We “Catch” Mental Illness

Chrystelle Wedi
Chrystelle Wedi

Co-founder, Ono Mtoto Wako

Alan Weil
Alan Weil

Editor in Chief, Health Affairs

Karen Weintraub
Karen Weintraub

Freelance Health and Science Journalist

Patricia Will
Patricia Will

Co-Founder and President, Belmont Village Senior Living

Kiah Williams
Kiah Williams

Co-Founder and Director, SIRUM

Elijah Wolfson
Elijah Wolfson

Senior Editor, Newsweek

Jocelyn Wyatt
Jocelyn Wyatt

Co-Lead and Executive Director, IDEO.org

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Frank Young
Frank Young

Executive Vice President, Regulatory and Medical, Braeburn Pharmaceuticals; Former Commissioner, US Food and Drug Administration

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Andrew Zolli
Andrew Zolli

Strategic Advisor, Planet Labs; Author, Resilience: Why Things Bounce Back

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