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2023 Festival

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2028 speakers

President, Freedom House

Executive Director, Aspen Global Innovators Group and Co-Chair, Aspen Forum on Women and Girls, The Aspen Institute

Architect; Founder and Principal, Adjaye Associates

Editor in Chief, Foreign Policy

Author; Producer

President, University of Chicago

Founder, Explore.org; Vice President and Director, Annenberg Foundation

Vice President, Civil Rights and Deputy General Counsel, Meta


Co-Founder, “The Slowdown” Podcast

Senior Counselor to the Secretary for Technology and Economic Growth, Department of Commerce

Professor, University of British Columbia; Author, The Sounds of Life: How Digital Technology Is Bringing Us Closer to the Worlds of Animals and Plants

Saudi Arabian Ambassador to the United States

Director of Strategy & Strategic Partnership with East Jerusalem & the Palestinian Community, FeelBeit​

Chair, Forum for Community Solutions and Opportunity Youth Forum, The Aspen Institute; Former Domestic Policy Advisor, Obama Administration

Chair and CEO, General Motors

Helen and Charles Schwab Director, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art

Chairman and CEO, Redemption Holding Company; Founder and CEO, Ready Life; Former White House Policy Advisor for Entrepreneurship and Innovation

Associate Professor, Art and Design History, Loyola University New Orleans

Executive Vice President of Digital, NBCUniversal News Group

President and CEO, Levi Strauss & Co.

Co-Founder and Chief Creative Officer, Robinhood

CEO, Pearson

Executive Director and Distinguished Lecturer, Leon Levy Center for Biography, City University of New York Graduate Center

President of Editorial, NBC News

Co-Founder and Dean, Columbia Climate School; Professor of Professional Practice in International and Public Affairs and Director, Center on Global Energy Policy, School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University

Anchor, “TechCheck,” CNBC

Chief Economist, Invest in America Cabinet, The White House; Member, Council of Economic Advisors

Author; Podcaster; Professor, Duke University

Mayor, Washington, D.C.

Program Manager, Center for Native American Youth, The Aspen Institute

Senior Economist, Goldman Sachs

Author; Executive Director, Aspen Words, The Aspen Institute

William Henry Bloomberg Professor of the Practice of Public Leadership, Harvard Kennedy School; Professor of Management Practice, Harvard Business School

Op-Ed Columnist, The New York Times; Chair, Weave: The Social Fabric Project, The Aspen Institute

Co-Founder and Chief Strategy Officer, Mekudeshet; Leader, FeelBeit

Founder, A New Way of Life Reentry Project

Co-Host, “Today with Hoda and Jenna,” NBC

Specialist Executive, Deloitte; Former New York City Firefighter and Disaster Response and Recovery Executive at FEMA


Professor of Political Science and a Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University

U.S. Secretary of Education

Associate Professor, Sociology and Government and Public Policy, University of Arizona

Founding Director, School of Civic and Economic Thought and Leadership, Arizona State University

Special Presidential Envoy for Hostage Affairs, US Department of State

Mayor, St. Paul, Minnesota

Administrator, U.S. Small Business Administration

Executive Producer, Director, Writer

Michael J. Zak Professor for China and Asia-Pacific Studies, Cornell University

Professor of Practice, University of Virginia Center for Politics; Former U.S. Representative (R-WY)

Vice President, Mission and Sustainability, Danone

Co-Founder and Principal, The Marathon Initiative; Former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Strategy and Force Development

Professor, Psychology and Education; Executive Director, Advanced Consortium on Cooperation, Conflict, and Complexity, Earth Institute, Columbia University

Founder, Center for Rural Enterprise and Environmental Justice

Chairman, NBCUniversal News Group; Trustee, The Aspen Institute

Author; Podcast Host, “Kelly Corrigan Wonders”; Host, “Tell Me More with Kelly Corrigan,” PBS

Journalist; Founder and Executive Producer, Katie Couric Media

Actor; Author

U.S. Representative (D-CO)


President, Chicago Council on Global Affairs​

Clinical Psychologist; Senior Advisor, Schubert Center for Child Studies, Case Western Reserve University

Author, The Last Thing He Told Me

Assistant Secretary of Commerce, Communications and Information, U.S. Department of Commerce

CEO, Mount Sinai Health System

Co-Founder and CEO, World Science Festival

Co-Founder and CEO, Charter

Associate Director, Energy and Environment Program, Aspen Institute

Senior Fellow, American Enterprise Institute

Senior Fellow and Director, Africa Program, Center for Strategic and International Studies; Lecturer in African Studies, Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies

President, American Enterprise Institute

Moderator, Open to Debate; Correspondent, ABC News

Senior Vice President and Lead Futurist, SSM Health

Executive Vice President and President, U.S. Healthcare, Walgreens

Education Program Director, Walton Family Foundation

Senior Fellow, Political Reform Program, New America

Executive Director, iCivics

Former Governor, State of Arizona 


Founder, The Tornante Company; Trustee, The Aspen Institute

Assistant Professor of Neurology, Neuroscience, and Pathology, Mount Sinai Icahn School of Medicine; Director of Fluid Biomarker Research, Barbara and Maurice Deane Center for Cognitive Health, Mount Sinai

CEO, FoodCorps

Columnist, The Washington Post

Second Gentleman of the United States

General Manager, Southern Nevada Water Authority and Las Vegas Valley Water District

University Professor of Law and Political Science, Charles L. and Ramona I. Hilliard Distinguished Professor of Law, University of Southern California

Artistic Director, The Public Theater

Former World No. 1 tennis player; Head, Evert Enterprises

Executive Editor, Race, Equality, and Justice, NBC News


Vice Chair and Member, Board of Directors, Prudential Financial

Robinson O. Everett Distinguished Professor of Law and Philosophy, Duke Law School; Director, Science and Society, Duke University

Author; Speaker

President, Everytown for Gun Safety

Founder, Maya Feller Nutrition

Head of Diverse Segments, Representation, and Inclusion, Wells Fargo

Steven A. Tananbaum Distinguished Fellow for International Economics, Council on Foreign Relations; Former Vice Chair, Federal Reserve System

Perry L. McCarty Director, Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment, Stanford University

Chairman and CEO, BlackRock

Staff Writer, The Atlantic

Author, Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet

Founder, CEO, and Chief Product Officer, Cognixion

Extrapolations, Executive Producer

Professor of Law and Michael R. Klein Distinguished Scholar Chair, University of Miami School of Law; President and Legislative and Tech Policy Director, Cyber Civil Rights Initiative

President and CEO, 50 Ventures

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

Chief Scientist and Chief Carbon Wrangler, Carbon Direct


Founder and CEO, Prisms

CEO, Patagonia Works and Patagonia, Inc.

Dean, Faculty of Arts and Sciences; Vincent J. Scully Professor of Philosophy; Professor of Philosophy, Psychology, and Cognitive Science, Yale University

John H. Watson, Jr. Professor of Law, Harvard Law School

Executive Director, Energy and Environment Program, The Aspen Institute; Co-Director, Aspen Ideas: Climate

Executive Vice President, The Aspen Institute

Founder, Grow with Google

David and Cindy Edelson Fellow, US Foreign Policy and International Security, John Sloan Dickey Center for International Understanding, Dartmouth College

President and CEO, Doris Duke Foundation

Artistic Director, Shakespeare Theatre Company

Co-Founder and President, KoBold Metals

U.S. Representative (R-TX)

Governor, State of Wyoming

Nonresident Senior Fellow, American Enterprise Institute; Vice Chairman, Lone Star Global Acquisitions; Former U.S. Senator

Group Deputy CEO, CEO of the Americas, and Executive Vice President, Danone

CEO and National Director, Anti-Defamation League

Co-Founder and Chairman, World Science Festival; Professor of Physics and Mathematics and Director, Center for Theoretical Physics, Columbia University

Senior Director, Cybersecurity Programs, Aspen Digital, The Aspen Institute

Partner, Dentons Global Advisors; Former Mexican Ambassador to the People's Republic of China

Senior Fellow for Public Practice, Braver Angels


Senior Fellow, Brookings Institution; Contributing Writer, The Atlantic; Co-Founder and Editor, Wisdom of Crowds

CEO, Center for Strategic and International Studies

Co-Founder and President, Dandelion Energy

Executive Editor, Cipher

Chair, Commission on the National Defense Strategy; Former Member of Congress

Co-Founder and Executive Director, Center for Humane Technology

Vice President, Worldwide Sustainability, Amazon

Racial Healing Facilitator and Trainer; Founder and Executive Director, Little Black Pearl

Co-Creator and Host, “Unexplainable,” Vox

Anchor and Director, “Planeta Tierra,” Noticias Telemundo

International President, Service Employees International Union

President, Prudential Individual Life Insurance

Anchor, "NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt"; Anchor, "Dateline NBC"

Chairman and CEO, Stand Together; President, Charles Koch Foundation and Charles Koch Institute

Vice President of Hydrogen, Invenergy

Chief of Sports Diplomacy, U.S. Department of State

Dean, Schwarzman College of Computing​, MIT


Chief Operating Officer, Google DeepMind

Playwright; Director; Associate Professor of Theater, Villanova University; Co-Artistic Director, Wilma Theater

Lowy Distinguished Fellow, US-Middle East Diplomacy, Council on Foreign Relations

Professor of History, Tulane University; Author, The Code Breaker; Distinguished Fellow, Aspen Institute

S.T. Lee Professor of Business, Columbia Business School Management Division


Executive Director of the Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University

Founder and Chief Investment Officer, Engine No. 1

Global Board Treasurer, The Nature Conservancy

Executive Vice President, Public Policy and Digital Equity, Comcast


Nonresident Scholar, Georgetown University McCourt School of Public Policy

Managing Director of International Programs, Energy Opportunity Lab, Center on Global Energy Policy

Kenneth and Harle Montgomery Professor of Public Interest Law; Co-director, Supreme Court Litigation Clinic, Stanford University

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

Founder, Audible

Senior Maverick, Wired

Co-Host, “All Things Considered,” NPR

Ward-Coleman Professor and Chair, Nash Family Department of Neuroscience, Director, Drug Discovery Institute, Icahn School of Medicine, Mount Sinai

Founder and CEO, Khan Academy; Founder, Schoolhouse.world, Khan Lab School, and Khan World School

CEO, Uber

Founding Director, Philosophy and Society Initiative, The Aspen Institute

Partner, O’Melveny and Myers LLP; Former White House Chief of Staff, Biden Administration

Managing Director, Deloitte Tax

Professor of Information, Operations, and Management Sciences, Stern School of Business; Professor of Civil and Urban Engineering, Tandon School of Engineering, New York University


Director of Leadership Programs, W.K. Kellogg Foundation

Executive Vice President, Leadership Division, The Aspen Institute

CEO, Dow Jones; Publisher, The Wall Street Journal

Actor; Comedian; Film Producer

Senior Writer, The New York Times

President and CEO, TerraPower

Principal, Cultural Assets Management, Bloomberg Associates; Lead, Arts Program, Bloomberg Philanthropies

Senior Vice President, Devices and Services, Amazon.com

Deputy Director, Domestic Policy Council for Health and Veterans, The White House

Journalist; Author, Next!: The Power of Reinvention in Life and Work

Co-Founder and CEO, Citizen University; Executive Director, Citizenship and American Identity Program, The Aspen Institute

Senior National Correspondent, NBC News; Anchor, NBC News Now

President and CEO, Ralph Lauren

American singer-songwriter

Founder and CEO, Ludwig Advisors

Philanthropist; Vice Chair, Partnership for Los Angeles Schools


Senior Fellow, Foreign Policy Program, Brookings Institution

Chester Naramore Dean, Doerr School of Sustainability and Senior Fellow, Precourt Institute for Energy, Stanford University

Senior Vice President of Research, Technology, and Society, Google/Alphabet; Chairman Emeritus, McKinsey Global Institute

Senior Astrophysicist and Goddard Fellow; Senior Project Scientist, James Webb Space Telescope, NASA

Head of Minecraft Education, Microsoft

U.S. Representative (D-GA)

Writer; Consultant; Chief Strategy Officer and Creative Producer, Big Sea Entertainment

Author, Superpower in Peril: A Battle Plan to Renew America; Former CEO, Bridgewater Associates

Executive Chairman and Former CEO, McCourt Global; Founder, Project Liberty

Professor of Linguistics, Columbia University

Carolyn T. and Robert M. Rogers Chair, American Presidency, Vanderbilt University; Author, And There Was Light

President and CEO, Wildlife Conservation Society

Director, Community Investing and Development, Citi

Vice President; Managing Director, Aspen Forum for Community Solutions; and Director, Opportunity Youth Forum and Fund, The Aspen Institute

Executive Director, Ownership Works

Chief Foreign Affairs and Chief Washington Correspondent, NBC News; Host, “Andrea Mitchell Reports,” MSNBC

Director of Strategy at The Concordia Forum; Author; Commentator

Vice President and Chief Privacy and Trust Officer, IBM

Vice President, Executive Director, Ascend, and Co-Chair, Forum on Women and Girls, The Aspen Institute

Research Fellow, Center for Public Leadership, Harvard Kennedy School

CEO, Govini

Science Journalist; Author, The Extended Mind


Senior Vice President, Legal Studies, Cato Institute

Harold F. Linder Chair, School of Social Science, Institute for Advanced Study

Chief of Breast Surgery, NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center

Forager and TikToker

CEO, PEN America


President and CEO, Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service

Markos and Eleni Kounalakis Chair in Honor of Constantine Mitsotakis, School of Humanities and Sciences; Professor, Political Science and Classics, Stanford University

Associate Dean for Research and Professor of Psychological Science and Informatics, University of California, Irvine

CEO, SYPartners

CEO, Synchron; Associate Professor and Head, Vascular Bionics Laboratory, of University of Melbourne; Director of Innovation Strategy, Department of Neurosurgery, Mount Sinai Health System


President, John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation

Global Sports Reporter, The New York Times

Sustainability, Climate, and Equity Leader, Government and Public Services, Deloitte

Shelby White and Leon Levy Director, Brooklyn Art Museum

Vice President, Aspen Institute; Executive Director, Aspen Forum for Community Solutions

Documentary Filmmaker and Journalist; Co-Director and Producer, Alternate Endings: Six New Ways to Die in America

Hughes-Rogers Professor of African American Studies, Princeton University

Director, Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism

President and CEO, Middle East Investment Initiative

Director, Colorado River Program, National Audubon Society

President, Israel Democracy Institute

Senior Advisor, Clean Energy Innovation and Implementation, White House Office of Domestic Climate Policy

President and CEO, The Aspen Institute

CEO, ClearPath and ClearPath Action

Global Head of Sustainability and Inclusive Growth, Goldman Sachs

Science Journalist and Author, How to Break Up With Your Phone and The Power of Fun: How to Feel Alive Again

Chairman and CEO, The Pritzker Organization; Executive Chairman, Hyatt Hotels Corporation


Vice President; Co-Executive Director, Financial Security Program; and Co-Chair, Aspen Partnership for an Inclusive Economy, The Aspen Institute

Founder, Host, and Producer, First Draft: A Dialogue on Writing; Certified Integral Coach; Writer

Co-Founder, Center for Humane Technology; Co-Founder, Earth Species Project

Chairman and CEO, Willett Advisors

A.I, Artist

CEO, Habitat for Humanity International

Senior Vice President of Inclusive Solutions, Prudential Financial; Chair, The Prudential Foundation

President and CEO, Center for Democracy and Technology

Professor of Political Science, Graduate School of Education, Stanford University

Founder and CEO, Rappler

Global Opinions Writer, Washington Post

Executive Director, Weave: The Social Fabric Project, The Aspen Institute

Senior Fellow, Paul Tsai Center China Center, Yale Law School

President and CEO, National Constitution Center

Founder and Chief Scientific Officer, Cala Health

Op-Ed Columnist, The Wall Street Journal; Contributor, Fox News

Professor, Media Arts and Sciences, MIT

Co-Founder and Co-Chairman, The Carlyle Group

Leader, Sustainability, Equity, and Climate, Deloitte Risk and Financial Advisory


Assistant Professor of Neuroscience, Neurosurgery, and Neurology, Icahn School of Medicine, Mount Sinai

Vice President, Machine Learning and A.I. services, Amazon Web Services

​James and Ellenor Chesebrough Professor, School of Engineering; Tencent Chair, Computer Science Department, Stanford University​

Senior Reporter, Future Perfect, Vox; Co-Host, “Future Perfect”

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

Executive Director, Center for Native American Youth, Aspen Institute

Writer; Advice Columnist, Savage Love; Podcast Host, "Savage Lovecast"

Morgan Distinguished Professor in Educational Innovations, University of North Carolina

President and CEO, Wells Fargo

Executive Director, Aspen Digital, Aspen Institute

Co-Founder, Schmidt Futures; Founder, Special Competitive Studies Project; Executive Chairman, Steel Perlot

Managing Director, Risk and Financial Advisory Practice, Deloitte

Anchor, “Morning News Now,” NBC News Now; co-host, “Stay Tuned,” NBC News on Snapchat; Correspondent, NBC News

White House Homeland Security Advisor

Co-Director, Alzheimer’s Prevention Program, Loma Linda University

Co-Director, Alzheimer’s Prevention Program, Loma Linda University

Principal, SYPartners

Vice President of Sustainable Workplaces and Chief Sustainability Officer, General Motors

Executive Director, Religion and Society Program, The Aspen Institute

Author, Romantic Comedy

Podcast Host, “a16z,” Andreessen Horowitz

Co-Executive Director, Financial Security Program, The Aspen Institute

Co-Anchor, “Squawk Box,” CNBC; Financial Columnist, The New York Times; Founder and Editor at Large, DealBook

Vice President and Global Head of Public Policy, Cloudflare

Executive Director, UL Standards and Engagement

Distinguished University Professor and Laura H. Carnell Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience, Temple University; Author, You and Your Adult Child: How to Grow Together in Challenging Times

Senior Personal Technology Columnist, The Wall Street Journal

Founder and CEO, Common Sense Media

Senior Program Officer, Racial Equity and Community Engagement, W.K. Kellogg Foundation

Host of Chutzpod Podcast and Founder, Mixed Multitudes

Anchor, Noticias Telemundo

Seryl Kushner Dean of the College of Arts and Science; Professor, neural science and psychology, New York University

CEO, Malta


Anwar Sadat Professor for Peace and Development, University of Maryland

Editorial Board Chair and U.S. Editor at Large, Financial Times

Mortenson Endowed Chair in Global Engineering, University of Colorado at Boulder

Regents Professor of English, Arizona State University

Comedian; Host, “How to Citizen” Podcast

CEO, National Geographic Society

Founder, The On Being Project; Podcast Creator and Host, “On Being”

Writer; Author, The Lincoln Highway

Principal and U.S. Hydrogen Practice Leader, Deloitte


Founder and CEO, National Skills Coalition

​Executive Director, Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs, The Aspen Institute​

CEO, Teach for America

Henry B. Wright Professor of Systematic Theology and Founding Director, Yale Center for Faith and Culture, Yale Divinity School


Executive Director, Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency

Vice President of Philanthropy and Society and Executive Director, Program on Philanthropy and Social Innovation, The Aspen Institute; Founder, Global Philanthropy Forum; Co-Chair, Generosity Commission

President, Ford Foundation

Robert and Renee Belfer Professor of International Relations, Harvard Kennedy School

​Conservationist and Philanthropist

Executive Vice President, Race Forward

Senior Manager, Climate Data Science, Deloitte

Journalist; Host, “1A,” NPR

CEO of United Way Worldwide

Co-Founder and President, SoLo Funds

U.S. Policy and Advocacy Director, Breakthrough Energy

Actor; Producer; Author, Soul Boom: Why We Need a Spiritual Revolution

President and CEO, Children’s Defense Fund

Chair, President, and CEO, The Allstate Corporation

Executive Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer, Comcast Corporation; President, Comcast NBCUniversal Foundation

Chairman and CEO, Chevron Corporation

President, The Juilliard School; Artistic Director, Vail Dance Festival

Vice President and Director, Ambassador Alfred Hoffman, Jr. Center for Critical Minerals Strategy, Securing America's Future Energy (SAFE)​


Co-Chair, Forward Party


Poet; Author, Solito

Senior Assistant Dean, Admissions and Financial Aid, University of Michigan Law School

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