Speakers and Moderators

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Sandra Aamodt
Sandra Aamodt

Neuroscientist; Author, Why Diets Make Us Fat: The Unintended Consequences of Our Obsession with Weight Loss

Garba Abdul
Garba Abdul

Director, Vaccines and Government Relations, Clinton Health Access Initiative Nigeria

Sam Agbo
Sam Agbo

Chief of Health and Child Survival and Development, UNICEF Angola

Ellen Agler
Ellen Agler

CEO, END Fund

Waqar Ajmal
Waqar Ajmal

Senior Program Officer, Polio Team, Global Development, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (Festival Underwriter)

Bisi Alimi
Bisi Alimi

Executive Director, Bisi Alimi Foundation

Vicki Amalfitano
Vicki Amalfitano

Vice President, Marketing and Planning, Brigham and Women’s Hospital (Festival Underwriter)

Tim Andrews
Tim Andrews

Vice President, Health Team, Booz Allen Hamilton (Festival Underwriter)

Ify Aniebo
Ify Aniebo

PhD candidate, Clinical Medicine and Infectious Tropic Diseases, Oxford University

Elizabeth Arias
Elizabeth Arias

Lead Statistical Analyst, Mortality Statics Branch, National Center for Health Statistics, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Festival Underwriter)

Christie Aschwanden
Christie Aschwanden

Lead Science Writer, FiveThirtyEight; Health Columnist, The Washington Post

Kirsten Axelsen
Kirsten Axelsen

Vice President Global Policy, Pfizer (Festival Underwriter)

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Paul Bakus
Paul Bakus

President Corporate Affairs, Nestlé USA

David Baltimore
David Baltimore

President Emeritus and Robert Andrews Millikan Professor of Biology, California Institute of Technology

Shoshana Berger
Shoshana Berger

Editorial Director, IDEO

Richard Berke
Richard Berke

Executive Editor, STAT

Seth Berkley
Seth Berkley

CEO, GAVI Alliance; Founder, International AIDS Vaccine Initiative

Steve Beshear
Steve Beshear

Senior Member, Stites & Harbison; Former Governor, Kentucky

Richard Besser
Richard Besser

Chief Health and Medical Editor, ABC News

Jeanette Betancourt
Jeanette Betancourt

Senior Vice President, Community and Family Engagement, Sesame Workshop

Jackie Bezos
Jackie Bezos

Co-Founder and President, Bezos Family Foundation

Jay Bhatt
Jay Bhatt

Physician; Chief Health Officer, Illinois Hospital Association

Ethan Bier
Ethan Bier

Professor, Division of Biological Sciences, University of California, San Diego

Buzz Bissinger
Buzz Bissinger

Author; Journalist; Contributing Editor, Vanity Fair

Jennifer Bloomer
Jennifer Bloomer

Graduate/Volunteer, Project Welcome Home Troops; Chief Master Sergeant (Ret), US Air Force

Jack Bonneau
Jack Bonneau

Founder and CEO, Jack's Stands and Marketplaces

Stephen Boppart
Stephen Boppart

Professor and Director, Biophotonics Imaging Laboratory, Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

Helen Branswell
Helen Branswell

Senior Writer, Global Health, STAT

Joshua Brody
Joshua Brody

Director, Lymphoma Immunotherapy Program, Icahn School of Medicine, Mount Sinai Health System (Festival Underwriter)

Ethan Brown
Ethan Brown

Co-Founder and CEO, Beyond Meat

Kelly Brownell
Kelly Brownell

Dean and Robert L. Flowers Professor of Public Policy, Sanford School of Public Policy, Duke University

Dan Buettner
Dan Buettner

Founder and CEO, Blue Zones LLC; Fellow, National Geographic; Author, The Blue Zones Solution: Eating and Living Like the World's Healthiest People

Steven Burakoff
Steven Burakoff

Director, The Tisch Cancer Institute; Lilian and Henry M. Stratton Professor of Cancer Medicine, Mount Sinai Health System (Festival Underwriter)

Sylvia Mathews Burwell
Sylvia Mathews Burwell

Secretary, US Department of Health and Human Services

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Ross Cagan
Ross Cagan

Professor, Department of Developmental and Regenerative Biology and Director, Center for Personalized Cancer Therapeutics, Mount Sinai Health System (Festival Underwriter)

Robert Califf
Robert Califf

Commissioner, US Food and Drug Administration

Irin Carmon
Irin Carmon

National Reporter, MSNBC; Author, Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Robert Carter III
Robert Carter III

Lieutenant Colonel, US Army; Adjunct Professor of Emergency Medicine, The University of Texas Health Science Center

Blair Casey
Blair Casey

Associate Director, The Gleason Initiative Foundation

Geoffrey Chaiken
Geoffrey Chaiken

Co-Founder and CEO, Blink Health

Bruce Chernof
Bruce Chernof

President and CEO, The SCAN Foundation (Festival Underwriter)

Peggy Clark
Peggy Clark

Vice President, Policy Programs; Executive Director, Aspen Global Health and Development; Director, Alliance for Artisan Enterprise, The Aspen Institute

Steve Clemons
Steve Clemons

Washington Editor at Large, The Atlantic; Editor in Chief, AtlanticLIVE, National Journal LIVE, and QuartzLIVE

Elizabeth Cohen
Elizabeth Cohen

Senior Medical Correspondent, CNN

Ann Cooper
Ann Cooper

Director of Food Services, Boulder Valley School District; Founder and President, Chef Ann Foundation

Toby Cosgrove
Toby Cosgrove

President and CEO, Cleveland Clinic

Kimi Culp
Kimi Culp

Filmmaker; Producer, Gleason

Francis Cuss
Francis Cuss

Chief Scientific Officer, Bristol-Myers Squibb (Festival Underwriter)

Charles Czeisler
Charles Czeisler

Chief, Division of Sleep and Circadian Disorders, Departments of Medicine and Neurology, Brigham and Women’s Hospital (Festival Underwriter); Baldino Professor and Director, Division of Sleep Medicine, Harvard Medical School

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Theresa Dankovich
Theresa Dankovich

Co-Founder and Chief Technical Officer, Folia Water

Thomas Daschle
Thomas Daschle

Founder and CEO, The Daschle Group, A Public Advisory of Baker Donelson; Former US Senator (D-SD)

Ken Davis
Ken Davis

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

Tom DeRosa
Tom DeRosa

Chief Executive Officer, Welltower (Festival Underwriter)

Karen DeSalvo
Karen DeSalvo

Acting Assistant Secretary for Health and National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, US Department of Health and Human Services

Sue Desmond-Hellmann
Sue Desmond-Hellmann

CEO, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (Festival Underwriter)

Leah Devlin
Leah Devlin

Professor of Health Policy and Management, Gillings School of Global Public Health, University of North Carolina

Matthew Dillon
Matthew Dillon

Director of Agricultural Policy and Programs, Clif Bar & Company; Director, Seed Matters, Clif Bar Family Foundation

Katie Drasser
Katie Drasser

Deputy Director, Aspen Global Health and Development and Director, Aspen in the Bay Area, The Aspen Institute

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Zoé de Las Cases
Zoé de Las Cases

Designer; Stylist; Illustrator; Author, Color Your Way To Calm series

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Mickey Edwards
Mickey Edwards

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

Jonathan Eisen
Jonathan Eisen

Professor, Genome Center, Department of Medical Microbiology and Immunology, Department of Evolution and Ecology, University of California at Davis

Mona Eltahawy
Mona Eltahawy

Columnist, The New York Times; Author, Headscarves and Hymens: Why the Middle East Needs a Sexual Revolution

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

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Scott Faber
Scott Faber

Vice President of Government Affairs, Environmental Working Group

Anthony Fauci
Anthony Fauci

Director, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, National Institutes of Health; Chief, NIAID Laboratory of Immunoregulation

Carlos Ferreira
Carlos Ferreira

Geneticist Specialist, Children's National Health System (Festival Underwriter)

Daniel Fletcher
Daniel Fletcher

Chatterjee Professor of Bioengineering and Biophysics and Chair, Department of Bioengineering, University of California, Berkeley

Sander Florman
Sander Florman

Director, Recanti/Miller Transplantation Institute, Mount Sinai Health System (Festival Underwriter)

Mei Fong
Mei Fong

Journalist; Fellow, New America; Author, One Child; The Story of China's Most Radical Experiment

Jerry Franck
Jerry Franck

Filmmaker; Producer, Chau, Beyond the Lines

Amy Friedman
Amy Friedman

Executive Vice President and Chief Medical Officer, LiveOnNY

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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)

Elliot Gerson
Elliot Gerson

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

William Gerson
William Gerson

Peidatrician; Managing Partner, Pediatric Medicine, South Burlinton, VT

Lisa Gill
Lisa Gill

Deputy Content Editor, Best Buy Drugs, Consumer Reports (Festival Underwriter)

Farah Ramzan Golant
Farah Ramzan Golant

CEO, Girl Effect

Jeffrey Goldberg
Jeffrey Goldberg

National Correspondent, The Atlantic

Louise Greenspan
Louise Greenspan

Pediatric Endocrinologist, Kaiser Permanente; Clinical Professor, Pediatrics Department, University of California San Francisco School of Medicine; Co-Author, The New Puberty

Renzo Guinto
Renzo Guinto

Director and Co-Founder, #Reimagine Global Health

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Kevin Hall
Kevin Hall

Section Chief, Integrative Physiology, Laboratory of Biological Modeling, National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Disease, National Institutes of Health

James Hamblin
James Hamblin

Senior Editor, The Atlantic

Margaret A. Hamburg
Margaret A. Hamburg

Foreign Secretary, Institute of Medicine; Former Commissioner, US Food and Drug Administration

Mona Hanna-Attisha
Mona Hanna-Attisha

Director, Pediatric Public Health Initiative, Hurley Children's Hospital and Michigan State University; Director, Pediatric Residency Program, Hurley Medical Center

Jane Henney
Jane Henney

Former Commissioner, US Food and Drug Administration

Sean Hofherr
Sean Hofherr

Director, Biochemical Genetics and Metabolism and Molecular Diagnostics, Children's National Health System (Festival Underwriter)

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Walter Isaacson
Walter Isaacson

President and CEO, The Aspen Institute

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Anthony James
Anthony James

Professor, Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics, University of California Irvine School of Medicine; Professor, Department of Molecular Biology and Biochemistry, UCI School for Biological Sciences

Nicolas Jammet
Nicolas Jammet

Co-Founder and Co-CEO, sweetgreen

Rasha Jarhum
Rasha Jarhum

Founder, Yemeni Youth for Humanitarian Relief; Founder, Aden Initiative

Michael Jenkins
Michael Jenkins

Founder, President, and CEO, Forest Trends

Caitlyn Jenner
Caitlyn Jenner

Executive Producer and Star, "I Am Cait," E! Network

Paula Johnson
Paula Johnson

Incoming President, Wellesley College; Executive Director, Connors Center for Women's Health; Grayce A. Young Family Professor of Medicine in the Field of Women's Health, Harvard Medical School

Clay Johnston
Clay Johnston

Vice President for Medical Affairs and Dean, Dell Medical School, University of Texas at Austin

Jackie Judd
Jackie Judd

Special Correspondent, "PBS NewsHour"

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Musimbi Kanyoro
Musimbi Kanyoro

President and CEO, Global Fund for Women

Jason Karlawish
Jason Karlawish

Professor, Medicine, Medical Ethics & Health Policy and Neurology, University of Pennsylvania; Author

Sam Kass
Sam Kass

Founder, TROVE; Senior Food Analyst, NBC News

Inge Kauer
Inge Kauer

Executive Director, Access to Nutrition Foundation

Joanne Kenen
Joanne Kenen

Executive Editor, Health Care, Politico

Stephen Kennedy
Stephen Kennedy

Co-Principal Investigator and Coordinator, Ebola Virus Vaccine Trial

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