Speakers and Moderators

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Aaron Kesselheim
Aaron Kesselheim

Associate Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School; Director, Program on Regulation, Therapeutics, and Law (PORTAL), Division of Pharmacoepidemiology and Pharmacoeconomics, Brigham and Women’s Hospital (Festival Underwriter); Visiting Associate Professor of Law, Yale Law School

Olga Khazan
Olga Khazan

Staff Writer, The Atlantic

Omezzine Khelifa
Omezzine Khelifa

Founder and President, Mobdi’un

YuJin Kim
YuJin Kim

Dancer, Alonzo King LINES Ballet

Alonzo King
Alonzo King

Choreographer; Founder and Artistic Director, Alonzo King LINES Ballet

Christopher Kirchhoff
Christopher Kirchhoff

Partner, Defense Innovation Unit Experimental

Richard Klausner
Richard Klausner

Cell Biologist; Director and Co-Founder, Juno Therapeutics; Director and Co-Founder, GRAIL; 11th Director, National Cancer Institute, National Institutes of Health, US Department of Health and Human Services

Daniel Kraft
Daniel Kraft

Faculty Chair of Medicine, Singularity University; Fellow, Health Innovators Fellowship, The Aspen Institute

Seema Kumar
Seema Kumar

Vice President, Innovation, Global Health and Science Policy Communication, Johnson & Johnson (Festival Underwriter)

Corby Kummer
Corby Kummer

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

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Philip Landrigan
Philip Landrigan

Dean for Global Health, Professor of Preventive Medicine and Pediatrics, Icahn School of Medicine, Mount Sinai Health System (Festival Underwriter)

Jonathan LaPook
Jonathan LaPook

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

Kelly Leonard
Kelly Leonard

Executive Director, Insights and Applied Improvisation, The Second City; Author, Yes, And: How Improvisation Reverses 'No, But' Thinking and Improves Creativity and Collaboration

David Leonhardt
David Leonhardt

Op-Ed Columnist, The New York Times

Elizabeth Lesser
Elizabeth Lesser

Co-Founder, Omega Institute; Author, Marrow: A Love Story

Anne Libera
Anne Libera

Director of Comedy Studies, Columbia College Chicago

Mercy Lung'aho
Mercy Lung'aho

Research Scientist, International Center for Tropical Agriculture

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Linda Malkas
Linda Malkas

Professor of Molecular and Cellular Biology, Deputy Director of Basic Research, and Co-Founder, Molecular Oncology Program, City of Hope (Festival Underwriter)

Carl Manlan
Carl Manlan

COO, Ecobank Foundation

Rose Marcario
Rose Marcario

President and CEO, Patagonia

Sheila Marcelo
Sheila Marcelo

Founder, CEO, and Chair, Care.com (Festival Underwriter)

Elaine Mardis
Elaine Mardis

Co-Executive Director, Institute for Genomic Medicine, Nationwide Children's Hospital; Professor of Pediatrics, College of Medicine, Ohio State University

Courtney E. Martin
Courtney E. Martin

Author; Speaker; Co-Founder, Solutions Journalism Network

Kedar Mate
Kedar Mate

Chief Innovation and Education Officer, Institute for Healthcare Improvement

Kelly McBride
Kelly McBride

Vice President, The Poynter Institute

Kathleen McCartney
Kathleen McCartney

President, Smith College

Janet Midega
Janet Midega

Scientist, KEMRI-Wellcome Trust Research Programme; Research Associate, Center for Genomics and Global Health, University of Oxford

Pat Mitchell
Pat Mitchell

President and CEO, Pat Mitchell Media; Co-Curator and Host, TEDWomen

Michael Montgomery
Michael Montgomery

Dancer, Alonzo King LINES Ballet

Lauren Moore
Lauren Moore

Vice President of Global Community Impact, Johnson & Johnson (Festival Underwriter)

Jeffrey Morgan
Jeffrey Morgan

Dean, School of Osteopathic Medicine in Arizona, A.T. Still University

Andrew Morris-Singer
Andrew Morris-Singer

President and Founder, Primary Care Progress; Internist

Vivek Murthy
Vivek Murthy

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

Michael Myers
Michael Myers

Managing Director, The Rockefeller Foundation (Festival Underwriter)

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Jenara Nerenberg
Jenara Nerenberg

Innovation and Science Writer

Kurt Newman
Kurt Newman

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

Michele Norris
Michele Norris

Journalist; Founder, The Race Card Project; Executive Director, The Bridge, The Aspen Institute

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Javier Okhuysen
Javier Okhuysen

Co-CEO, salaUno

Bernard Olayo
Bernard Olayo

Founder, Center for Public Health and Development

Phyllis Omido
Phyllis Omido

Social Justice Activist; Founder, The Center for Justice, Governance, and Environmental Action

Rebecca Onie
Rebecca Onie

Co-Founder and CEO, Health Leads; Fellow, Health Innovators Fellowship, The Aspen Institute

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Raj Panjabi
Raj Panjabi

CEO and Co-Founder, Last Mile Health; Associate Physician, Division of Global Health Equity, Brigham and Women's Hospital

Vera Papisova
Vera Papisova

Wellness Editor, Teen Vogue

Willie J. Parker
Willie J. Parker

Board Chair, Physicians for Reproductive Health

Perri Peltz
Perri Peltz

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

Carrie Walton Penner
Carrie Walton Penner

Board Chair, Walton Family Foundation (Festival Underwriter)

Miriam Zoila Pèrez
Miriam Zoila Pèrez

Freelance Race and Gender Writer; Doula

Carla Perissinotto
Carla Perissinotto

Associate Professor, Geriatrics Division, Department of Medicine, University of California San Francisco

Margery Perry
Margery Perry

Director, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation

Montira Pongsiri
Montira Pongsiri

Senior Research Associate, Planetary Health Science Policy, College of Veterinary Medicine, Department of Population Medicine and Diagnostic Sciences, Cornell University

Ai-jen Poo
Ai-jen Poo

Executive Director, National Domestic Workers Alliance; Co-Director, Caring Across Generations (Festival Underwriter)

Tom Price
Tom Price

Secretary, Department of Health and Human Services

Peter J. Pronovost
Peter J. Pronovost

Director and Senior Vice President for Patient Safety and Quality, Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality, Johns Hopkins Medicine

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Cecile Richards
Cecile Richards

President, Planned Parenthood Federation of America

Caroline Roan
Caroline Roan

Vice President, Corporate Responsibility, Pfizer Inc.; President, Pfizer Foundation, Pfizer (Festival Underwriter)

Bart Roep
Bart Roep

Founding Chair, Department of Diabetes Immunology, City of Hope (Festival Underwriter)

Julie Rovner
Julie Rovner

Chief Washington Correspondent, Kaiser Health News

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Jeffrey Sachs
Jeffrey Sachs

Quetelet Professor of Sustainable Development, Columbia University

Margot Sanger-Katz
Margot Sanger-Katz

Health Care Correspondent, The Upshot, The New York Times

Erin Sauber-Schatz
Erin Sauber-Schatz

Team Lead, Transportation Safety Team, Division of Unintentional Injury Prevention, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), US Department of Health and Human Services

Kathleen Sebelius
Kathleen Sebelius

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

Marilyn Serafini
Marilyn Serafini

Health Care Policy Consultant

Jenny Sia
Jenny Sia

Director, Corporate Responsibility, Pfizer (Festival Underwriter)

Bakary Sidibe
Bakary Sidibe

Country Director, Mali, Marie Stopes International

Sue Siegel
Sue Siegel

CEO, GE Ventures; CEO, Healthymagination, GE

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)

Andy Slavitt
Andy Slavitt

Senior Advisor, Bipartisan Policy Center; Former Acting Administrator, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), US Department of Health and Human Services

Gary Small
Gary Small

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

Mark Smolinski
Mark Smolinski

CMO and Director of Global Health Threats, Skoll Global Threats Fund

Brian Southwell
Brian Southwell

Program Director, Science in the Public Sphere, Center for Communication Science, RTI International (Festival Underwriter)

Cori Shepherd Stern
Cori Shepherd Stern

Producer and Writer, Bending the Arc

Lisa Suennen
Lisa Suennen

Managing Director, GE Ventures; Managing Partner, Venture Valkyrie Consulting; Fellow, Health Innovators Fellowship, The Aspen Institute

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Heather Tallis
Heather Tallis

Global Managing Director and Lead Scientist for Strategy Innovation, The Nature Conservancy

Neo Tapela
Neo Tapela

Director, Non-Communicable Disease Program, Botswana Ministry of Health and Wellness

John Torres
John Torres

Medical Correspondent, NBC News and MSNBC

Anne Tumlinson
Anne Tumlinson

Founder and CEO, Daughterhood

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Casper ter Kuile
Casper ter Kuile

Ministry Innovation Fellow, Harvard Divinity School

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Stephen Ubl
Stephen Ubl

President and CEO, Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (Festival Underwriter)

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Nora Volkow
Nora Volkow

Director, National Institute on Drug Abuse, National Institutes of Health, US Department of Health and Human Services

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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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Robert Wachter
Robert Wachter

Professor and Chairman, Department of Medicine, University of California San Francisco

Matt Wansley
Matt Wansley

General Counsel, nuTonomy

Kevin Washington
Kevin Washington

President and CEO, YMCA of the USA

Sarah Watamura
Sarah Watamura

Associate Professor of Psychology and Director, Child Health and Development Lab, University of Denver

Mark Weber
Mark Weber

Senior Vice President of Health Care Development, Infor (Festival Underwriter)

Adrienne White-Faines
Adrienne White-Faines

CEO, American Osteopathic Association (Festival Underwriter)

Joe Wilkins
Joe Wilkins

Senior Vice President and Chief Transformation Officer, Atlantic Health System

Angel Kyodo Williams
Angel Kyodo Williams

Zen Sensei; Founder and Senior Fellow, Center for Transformative Change

Florence Williams
Florence Williams

Contributing Editor, Outside Magazine; Freelance Writer; Author, The Nature Fix: Why Nature Makes Us Happier, Healthier, and More Creative

Andrew Witty
Andrew Witty

Chancellor, University of Nottingham

Judy Woodruff
Judy Woodruff

Managing Editor and Anchor, "PBS NewsHour"

Robert Wright
Robert Wright

Ethel H. Wise Chair, Department of Environmental Medicine and Public Health, Director, Institute for Exposomic Research, Icahn School of Medicine, Mount Sinai Health System (Festival Underwriter)

Maryjane Wurth
Maryjane Wurth

Executive Vice President, American Hospital Association (Festival Underwriter)

Matthew Wynia
Matthew Wynia

Director, Center for Bioethics and Humanities, University of Colorado, Anschutz Medical Campus

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Teresa Younger
Teresa Younger

President and CEO, Ms. Foundation for Women

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