In the past, diplomacy would occur in quiet settings involving mostly government officials and policy elites. Now exchanges are out in the open, with newly empowered citizens offering their views and hoping for a genuine dialogue. Social media will lead to a shift in the form and strategy of public diplomacy, providing a way to amplify traditional diplomatic efforts, develop tech-based policy solutions, and encourage cyber activism.
The Digital Diplomacy Forum will bring together key stakeholders from the private sector, government, and non-profits to discuss the impact of digital diplomacy.
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Aaron Sherinian is the Vice President of Communications and Public Relations for the United Nations Foundation. Aaron has led the Foundation’s public relations efforts, media relationships, strategic outreach, and online presence since 2009, managing an award-winning team of communicators and digital pioneers who believe that innovative communications can help change the world. He has helped build some of the most talked about milestones in digital global engagement around causes and UN issues over the last few years including the Social Good Summit, #GivingTuesday, Rio+Social and the Momentum1000 global social media rally. He is a passionate supporter of efforts to build a new era of global activism and philanthropy among a younger generation that is emerging on the global scene.
Adrian Thompson is a current Ph. D. Student in the Clinical Psychology program at Howard University. Primarily, Adrian’s clinical work is with African American youth and their families. In combination with his clinical pursuits, Adrian’s research interests include looking at Heart Rate Variability in African Americans as a predictor of health functioning. Current research indicates that health disparities in the African American community are affected by a myriad of factors, however the exact mechanisms have not been adequately defined.
A current Ronald E. McNair Doctoral Fellow, Adrian has strong passions for increasing African American presence in both the academy and the clinical field. To this aim, Adrian plans to assist YDP in reaching its goals by offering both his clinical and research services to continue to support young African American men.
Alan Matheson has been the Senior Environmental Advisor to Utah Governor Gary R. Herbert since October, 2011 and State Planning Coordinator since September, 2013. In these roles, he oversees “Your Utah Your Future” -- a major statewide growth-planning initiative, coordinates planning efforts among state agencies, and works closely with stakeholders throughout Utah to develop sound natural resource and environmental policy and implement environmental initiatives.
Alan previously served as Executive Director of Envision Utah, where he oversaw numerous regional initiatives to help communities address growth challenges in ways consistent with their values. He has consulted with dozens of regions around the country and has published articles on water, transportation and land use. He has additional experience as a partner in a Phoenix law firm, as senior attorney and environmental policy advisor for Arizona’s largest electric utility, and as the founding director of the Utah Water Project.
Alan has served on several boards and committees, including the Western Governors’ Association Staff Advisory Council (Chair), Envision Utah Board of Trustees (Vice Chair), Utah Clean Air Partnership (UCAIR) board (Secretary), Wasatch Front Regional Council, Mountain Accord Management and Executive Committees, and the Sandy City Planning Commission (Chair). Alan received his A.B. in International Relations from Stanford University and graduated from the UCLA School of Law where he was an editor of the UCLA Law Review. He received the 2013 Sandy City “Key to the City” and the 2014 League of Women Voters Community Service Award, and was a finalist for the 2010 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award.
Alison LeBreton is the Senior Vice President, Points of Light Digital. In this role, she is responsible for managing and driving adoption of two digital platforms for volunteerism and civic action: All For Good the largest online database of volunteer opportunities used by organizations from AARP to the White House to engage people in service; and HandsOn Connect the best in class volunteer management platform used by the HandsOn Network and leading nonprofits such as the Food Bank for NYC, Special Olympics World Games, Golden Gate National Park and Catholic Charities. Alison also oversees the ideation and design of other digital campaigns within Points of Light, including cause campaigns such as One America and new social volunteering tools such as the first Facebook application to allow nonprofits to showcase volunteer opportunities on their Facebook pages.
Before joining Points of Light in December 2012, Alison held leadership roles in launching new products such as PowerAde and Fruitopia at The Coca-Cola Company, and FastAccess DSL at BellSouth. Alison earned an MBA from Southern Methodist University and a BA in Economics from the University of Colorado, Boulder.
Ambassador Amina Salum Ali became the permanent representative of the African Union to the United States on April 13, 2007. Ambassador Ali speaks on behalf of the African Union and its member states to accelerate socio-economic integration of the continent, promote peace and stability, and build partnerships between African governments and all segments of civil society, in particular women and youth, as well as the private sector. One of the major functions of her office is to support the African diplomatic corps in its efforts to consolidate and strengthen partnerships with both the executive and legislative branches of the U.S. government, as well as other federal agencies, the Bretton Woods institutions and the Organization of American States.
A veteran Tanzanian civil servant and politician, Ambassador Ali was born and raised on the island of Zanzibar and educated in India, where in 1979 she earned a bachelor's degree in economics, and two years later a master's in business administration in marketing. She was a long-serving member of Parliament and has held various ministerial positions in the Tanzanian government, the most recent of which was minister of state in the office of the chief minister in Zanzibar.
Ambassador Ali also served as a board member of various institutions such as the Tanzania Telecommunication Company and Mzumbe University in Morogoro. In addition, she established various capacity-building institutions including the Institution of Finance Administration and the Presidential Fund for Self- Reliance.As the African Union's first woman ambassador, Ambassador Ali is committed to promoting women's rights and children's issues. She is also the founder of Zanzibar Women Welfare Trust, an NGO that supports the development of women and children to combat devastating health issues like HIV/AIDS. Ambassador Ali is also is a member of IDB Bank eminent women panel to mainstream women development policies in the bank.
Former telecommunications entrepreneur and CEO, Akan Ismaili was credentialed as the Republic of Kosovo’s second Ambassador to the United States on May 2. Immediately after the NATO bombing ended in 1999, Mr. Ismaili co-founded Internet Project Kosovo (IPKO), a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the use of information and communications technology as a tool to foster rebuilding and development in Kosovo. IPKO has been credited with bringing the internet to Kosovo. In 2001, IPKO split into two entities: IPKOnet and IPKO Institute, and Mr. Ismaili served as the CEO of IPKOnet, a company that expanded access to broadband, mobile, fixed telephone and television in Kosovo. Over his 10 year tenure, IPKO became a modern enterprise and is now recognized as one of the fastest growing telecommunications companies in Europe and a fundamental pillar of the new economy in Kosovo.
Mr. Ismaili’s work has been featured by The Advocacy Project, WIRED and the New York Times. In December 2007, the Economic Chamber of Kosova (ECK) named him “Manager of the Year.”
Laurie S. Fulton served as U.S. Ambassador to Denmark from July 2009 to February 2013. She recently retired as a partner in the law firm Williams & Connolly LLP in Washington, D.C., where she practiced law for more than two decades and was recognized as one of “Washington’s Top Lawyers” by Washingtonian Magazine in 2004.
As Ambassador, she managed U.S. relations with Denmark, Greenland and the Faroe Islands in areas related to national security, counter-terrorism, arctic policy, piracy and international law enforcement, among others. She co-founded Green Partnerships for Growth, a bi-lateral, public-private initiative to develop U.S.–Danish business opportunities in green technology sectors. Ambassador Fulton organized and co-hosted the 2010 Conference on the Role of Women in Global Security for the U.S. and Nordic-Baltic countries, identifying best practices to assist women in becoming productive citizens in countries emerging from conflict, specifically Afghanistan, Liberia and Uganda. She was recognized for leadership and advocacy for inclusion and tolerance. Ambassador Fulton was awarded the Grand Cross of the Danish Royal Order of Dannebrog by Her Majesty Queen Margrethe II.
Ambassador Mulamula is a career diplomat with 35 years of experience having served in various capacities at the Tanzania Ministry of Foreign Affairs and its Diplomatic missions in New York (Permanent Mission to the UN), Canada and USA. She also served as the first Executive Secretary of the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region of Africa for Peace, Stability and Development with headquarters in Bujumbura, Burundi and covering 11 countries from 2006-2011
As the Tanzanian Ambassador to the USA, Ambassador Mulamula has participated actively in the preparations for the first U.S.-Africa Summit on the partnership for economic growth. This summit also focused on strengthening mutual cooperation between the countries in areas of investment and trade. She also assisted the implementation of various programs that are funded by U.S. development agencies and institutions including the Millennium Challenge Compact, the Power Africa Initiative, the Feed the Future Program, the Scaling Up Nutrition Movement, the U.S President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief, the President’s Malaria Initiative, maternal and child health care initiatives, among numerous others.
Manual Sager graduated with a Ph.D. from the Law School of the University of Zurich and earned a Master of Laws and Letters (L.L.M.) degree at Duke University Law School.
In 1988, he began his career with the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA) and was posted as a diplomat in training in Bern and Athens. From 1990 to 1995, he worked in the FDFA’s Directorate of International Law in Bern, specializing in International Humanitarian Law. From 1995 to 1999, he served as Deputy Consul General in New York, and from 1999 to 2001 as Head of Communications of the Embassy of Switzerland in Washington, D.C. From 2001 to 2002, he headed the Coordination Office for Humanitarian Law EAPC/PfP of the Directorate of International Law. From 2002 to 2005, he served as Head of Communications, first in the FDFA, thereafter in the Federal Department of Economic Affairs. From 2005 to 2008, Mr. Sager worked as Executive Director, with the title of ambassador, at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development in London. From 2008 to 2010, also with the title of ambassador, he headed the Political Affairs Division in the FDFA responsible for coordinating thematic foreign policy.
He was appointed Ambassador of Switzerland to the United States of America in October 2010 and formally presented his credentials to President Barack Obama on December 7, 2010.
Olexander Motsyk is Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Ukraine to the United States of America. In the past he has served as Ukraine’s Ambassador to Trinidad and Tobago, Antigua and Barbuda and the Republic of Poland. In 2005 he served as First Deputy State Secretary, First Deputy Head, Secretariat of President of Ukraine. Ambassador Motskyk has headed a number of Ukrainian delegations on bilateral and multilateral negotiations and international forums. He has headed Ukrainian delegations on negotiations with the Russian Federation on different issues such as: citizenship issues, delimitation of state border, and maritime delimitation in the Black Sea. He is the author of numerous essays and articles in the field of International Law and International Relations. The main topics are: succession of States in respect of State property, archives and debts; the Maritime Law; BSEC; GUAM; bilateral Ukrainian-Turkish, Ukrainian-Polish and Ukrainian-American relations.
Ambassador Paula J. Dobriansky is a Senior Fellow at Harvard University's JFK Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs and Chair of the National Board of the World Affairs Councils of America.
From 2010-2012, she was Senior Vice President and Global Head of Government and Regulatory Affairs at Thomson Reuters. In this position, she was responsible for designing and implementing corporate strategy in Washington, DC and other key capitals around the globe. During this time, she also held the Distinguished National Security Chair at the U.S. Naval Academy. From 2001 to 2009, Ambassador Dobriansky served as Under Secretary of State for Democracy and Global Affairs (longest serving in history.) In February 2007, she was appointed the President's Special Envoy to Northern Ireland. Prior to her Presidential appointments, Ambassador Dobriansky served as Senior Vice President and Director of the Washington Office of the Council on Foreign Relations. She was also the Council's first George F. Kennan Senior Fellow for Russian and Eurasian Studies.
Her other government appointments include Associate Director for Policy and Programs at the United States Information Agency, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Human Rights and Humanitarian Affairs, Deputy Head of the U.S. Delegation to the 1990 Copenhagen Conference on Security and Cooperation in Europe (CSCE), Advisor to the U.S. Delegation to the 1985 U.N. Decade for Women Conference in Nairobi, Kenya, and Director of European and Soviet Affairs at the National Security Council, the White House. From 1997-2001, she served on the Presidentially-appointed U.S. Advisory Commission on Public Diplomacy.
Ambassador Dobriansky received a B.S.F.S. summa cum laude in International Politics from Georgetown University School of Foreign Service and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Soviet political/military affairs from Harvard University. She is a Fulbright-Hays scholar, Ford and Rotary Foundation Fellow, a member of Phi Beta Kappa and a recipient of various honors, including the Secretary of State’s highest honor, the Distinguished Service Medal, and high-level international recognition such as the Commander Cross of the Order of Merit of Poland, Poland's Highest Medal of Merit, Grand Cross of Commander of the Order of the Lithuanian Grand Duke Gediminas, National Order "Star of Romania", Hungary’s Commander’s Cross Order of Merit and Ukraine’s Order of Merit. In 2008, she was the recipient of the International Republican Institute's Women's Democracy Network Jeane Kirkpatrick Award. She has also received three Honorary Doctorates of Humane Letters, one Honorary Doctorate of Laws, and one Honorary Doctorate of International Affairs.
Ambassador Paula Dobriansky is a Senior Fellow at Harvard University’s JFK Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs. Previously, she was Senior Vice President and Global Head of Government and Regulatory Affairs from 2010 to 2012 at Thomson Reuters. She also held the Distinguished National Security Chair at the U.S. Naval Academy. From 2001-2009, Ambassador Dobriansky served as Under Secretary of State for Democracy and Global Affairs; and in February 2007, she was appointed the President’s Special Envoy on Northern Ireland.
Ambassador Stuart Holliday is the President and CEO of Meridian International Center. Meridian works closely with the U.S. Department of State and other U.S. government agencies, NGOs, international governments, and the private sector. It creates global leadership programs, partnerships, and initiatives that strengthen international cooperation on key issues such as security, energy and the environment, economic development, entrepreneurship, global health and culture.
Holliday served as United States Ambassador for Special Political Affairs at the United Nations (2003-2005). Prior to serving at the United Nations, Holliday was Coordinator (Assistant Secretary) of the U.S. State Department’s Bureau of International Information Programs and Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs.
Holliday is a frequent speaker on national security and foreign policy issues. He regularly appears on television programs such as CNN, Fox News, National Public Radio, CBS, BBC, MSNBC, and a variety of international media networks as an expert commentator.
Mr Abdulla is currently based in New York and oversees the WFP offices of Addis Ababa, Geneva and New York. Mr Abdulla is responsible for coordinating WFP’s activities and relationships within the UN system, including the many summits and events in 2015 and 2016. Before moving to New York, Mr Abdulla was the Chief Operating Officer (COO), overseeing the WFP Regional Directors and Directors of Emergency and Field Security and was responsible for leading WFP’s extensive eld operations. Prior to becoming the Deputy Executive Director, Mr Abdulla was WFP’s Chief Financial Offcer (CFO) from January 2008. During his tenure as CFO he led WFP’s successful implementation of IPSAS (International Public Sector Accounting Standards), the first large-scale adoption of IPSAS within the UN system.
Anand leads General Assembly’s European operations, and has been with the company since its founding in 2011, responsible for various roles over the past 6 years. Anand is also responsible for General Assembly’s work with consumer products companies globally, managing teams in London and New York City.
Prior to that Anand worked in business development roles at SCVNGR (a US tech startup) and The Ad Club (a regional trade association) in Boston, Massachusetts. He grew up in India and attended Boston University.
General Assembly is a global education startup focused on helping individuals and large companies build the skills they need to succeed in the digital age. Since launching in 2011, the company has raised over $110m in venture capital from investors including Jeff Bezos, Howard Schultz, Tony Hsieh, and more. GA operates in 25 cities around the world and online, has graduated over 50,000 individuals, and
works with over 100 large companies including Walmart, GE, Visa, L'Oreal, Lloyds Banking Group, and more. In November 2017 GA was named as one of the 25 most disruptive startups by LinkedIn.
Anastasia Dellaccio overseas special initiatives and outreach for the United Nations Foundation as part of the global public affairs team. This outreach work includes helping plan strategic initiatives and collaborative partnerships with the Washington DC Diplomatic community, Corporate and Non-Profit community. Anastasia leads marquee projects for the UN Foundation including The Social Good Summit, the Post 2015 agenda and +SocialGood and a new global day focused on giving back called #GivingTuesday. Anastasia has helped win various prestigious awards for her work including a PR Award, a Global PR award, a Sabre, a Big Apple and an International Cannes Lion.
Anastasia graduated from The George Washington University with a degree in Communications and Marketing. Anastasia then went to work for the United States Senate Committee on Foreign Relations under Vice President Biden before completing her Master’s Degree in International Policy at the University of London.
Ana C. Rold is the Founder and Publisher of Diplomatic Courier. Rold is also the Founder of Medauras Global LLC, which provides business leaders with reports on the political and economic situation of countries around the world, specializing on conflict-prone or conflict-afflicted countries. Since 2009 Rold has served as the Editor-in-Chief of the annual leadership publications of the G7 (formerly the G8), G20/B20, and APEC Summits. She covered and managed the editorial production of these publications for the Summits in Italy, Canada, South Korea, the United States, France, as well as the G8 and NATO in the United States, the G20 in Mexico, and the APEC Summit in Russia.
In tandem with her publishing and editorial work, Rold teaches Comparative Politics and Political Science at Northeastern University’s College of Professional Studies. At Northeastern, she has also served as Director of the Cyprus Program and co-Director for the Egypt Program for Northeastern’s Dialogue of Civilizations Initiative. In Washington, DC, Rold has worked with a number of organizations including the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), the UN Foundation (UNF), and the U.S. Institute of Peace (USIP).
Rold received a Masters in International Peace and Conflict Resolution, with a focus on the negotiation of Peace Treaties and Alternative Dispute Resolution at American University and a Bachelor’s Degree in International Affairs at Northeastern University.
Rold is a member of the National Press Club (NPC), an Advisory Board Member of the Center for Education Diplomacy, and a Member of the Council of Women’s Democracy Network (WDN) in Washington, DC.
Andra Keay is the Managing Director of Silicon Valley Robotics, non-profit industry group supporting innovation and commercialization of robotics technologies. Andra is also founder of the Robot Launch global startup competition and a mentor, investor and advisor to startups, accelerators and think tanks, with a strong interest in commercializing socially positive robotics and AI.
Andra cofounded Robohub, the global robotics research news site, building on her background in film, television and media production, internet and computing technologies, with degrees in Interaction, Communication and Human/Robot Cultural Studies. Andra also cofounded Robot Garden, a robotics makerspace and teaches Interaction Design and Theory. Andra has a particular interest in understanding diversity and representation in robotics and AI and started the Women in Robotics community. Andra speaks regularly to international audiences on robotics/AI ethics, innovation, commercialization and interaction.
Fun fact: Andra used to play in early Australian punk rock bands.
Andreas Sandre is a Press and Public Affairs Officer at the Embassy of Italy in Washington DC. He was previously in New York, at the Permanent Mission of Italy to the United Nations during Italy joined the UN Security Council as a non-permanent member (2007-2008). He is the author of Twitter for Diplomats” (February 2013) and a regular contributor on topics of foreign policy and digital diplomacy to numerous publications, including the Huffington Post, the London School of Economics’ Global Policy Journal, DiploFoundation, and BigThink. He’s currently working on his second book project on digital diplomacy, which focuses on innovation in foreign policy. Find him on Twitter: @andreas212nyc
Andrew F. Gelfuso is Vice-President at Trade Center Management Associates (TCMA), a privately held, wholly owned subsidiary of the Boston based Drew Company. TCMA serves as the fullservice, property management company for the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center. This facility is also designated as the official World Trade Center of Washington, DC, which is part of the global network of the Centers with affiliates in over 90 countries around the world. As Vice-President, Mr. Gelfuso leads the global mission of the Center while focusing on international business development, program promotion, business matchmaking, outreach, trade counseling, strategic partnerships, government, and diplomatic relations.
Under Mr. Gelfuso’s leadership, the Office for Trade Promotion is responsible for driving the Congressional mandate of the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center and for positioning the Center to be Washington’s focal point for a wide array of international trade, cultural, and educational programming.
Andrew Keen is one of the world’s best known and controversial commentators on the digital revolution. He is the author of three books: Cult of the Amateur, Digital Vertigo and his current international hit The Internet Is Not The Answer which the London Sunday Times acclaimed as a "powerful, frightening read" and the Washington Post called "an enormously useful primer for those of us concerned that online life isn't as shiny as our digital avatars would like us to believe". He is executive director of the Silicon Valley innovation salonFutureCast and a much acclaimed public speaker around the world. In 2015, he was named by GQ magazine in their list of the "100 Most Connected Men”. His next book, How To Fix The Future, will be published worldwide in January 2018.
Andrew Mack is Principal of AMGlobal Consulting, a specialized Washington, DC-based consulting firm that helps companies and NGOs do more business in Emerging Markets. A former World Bank project manager and banker with experience in more than 80 countries, Mack is internationally-recognized for his work on economic development issues and technology policy in Africa, Latin America and other underserved regions.
Andrew Salkin joined 100 Resilient Cities from New York City's Department of Finance, where he was the Deputy Commissioner of Operations, managing more than 800 people and responsible for collecting $30 billion annually through real estate, business, and excise taxes, as well as parking summonses. In this role he improved efficiencies and customer service, including introducing web-based payment options. Previously he served as the First Deputy Commissioner of the Taxi and Limousine Commission, overseeing day-to-day operations of the agency, including the regulations of New York City's medallion taxi fleet, livery vehicles, commuter vans and paratransit vehicles – comprising 50,000 vehicles and 100,000 drivers. Some of his hallmark projects included equipping taxis with credit card payment machines and New York City's Taxi of Tomorrow competition. During the transit strike of 2005, he developed and oversaw the implementation of the Transit Strike Plan that allowed for an additional 1,500,000 taxi rides a day.
Prior to joining the Taxi and Limousine Commission, Andrew worked at the Department of Transportation as Lower Manhattan Borough Commissioner, the “Downtown Construction Czar,” where he led the City’s efforts to balance the needs of residents, employees, and tourists of Lower Manhattan amidst the clean-up, construction, and rebuilding post-September 11.
Andrew holds a Master of Public Administration degree from Syracuse University, and a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison
Aneesh Chopra is the co-founder and EVP of Hunch Analytics, a “hatchery” incubating ideas that improve the productivity of health and education markets, including NavHealth, an open data intelligence service. From 2009-2012, he served as the first U.S. Chief Technology Officer with a focus on better public/private collaboration as described in his 2014 book, "Innovative State: How New Technologies can Transform Government." In 2011, he was named to Modern Healthcare's list of the 100 Most Influential People in Healthcare and in 2008, to Government Technology magazine's Top 25 in their Doers, Dreamers, and Drivers issue. He is a Member of the Council on Virginia’s Future, earned his master's degree in public policy from Harvard Kennedy School in 1997 and his bachelor's degree from The Johns Hopkins University in 1994.
Anita McBride is Executive-in-Residence at the Center for Congressional and Presidential Studies in the School of Public Affairs at American University in Washington, DC. She directs programming and national conferences on the legacies of America’s first ladies and their historical influence on politics, policy and global diplomacy.
McBride previously served as assistant to President George W. Bush and chief of staff to First Lady Laura Bush from 2005 to 2009, directing the staff’s work on the wide variety of domestic and global initiatives in which Mrs. Bush was involved. She had primary responsibility for the First Lady’s efforts to support US foreign policy objectives in human rights, women’s empowerment, global health and human freedom. She directed Mrs. Bush’s travel to 67 countries in 4 years including historic visits to Afghanistan, the Middle East and the Thai-Burma border.
McBride's White House service spans two decades and three presidential administrations, including serving as Director of White House Personnel under Presidents Ronald Reagan and George H. W. Bush, and as Director of the U.S. Speaker's Bureau at the United States Information Agency.
Also under President George W. Bush, Mrs. McBride served as senior advisor in the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of International Organizations and as the State Department's White House liaison.
She co-founded the RAND African First Ladies Initiative and Fellowship program, a program that partners with Africa’s first ladies, supporting their efforts to become champions of change for health and education in their countries as well as train their staff and advisors in various strategies for establishing and managing an effective First Lady’s office.
McBride is senior advisor to the Laura Bush Women’s Initiative at the George W. Bush Institute as well as a strategic consultant to global nonprofit organizations. She is a member of several organizations including the US Afghan Women's Council, the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board, the International Republican Institute’s Women’s Democracy Network, and the White House Historical Association.
Ann’s swift rise to prominence across social media platforms can be attributed to her entrepreneurial drive that is tempered by her gentle spirit, generosity and down-to-earth charm. She currently helps several high-profile clients create brand awareness and foster brand loyalty, as well as enabling their online presence to reach new heights with her innovative social media campaigns. Most recently, Forbes’ Haydn Shaughnessy named Ann as one of 2013’s Top 20 Women Social Media Influencers.
Aubrey Fox is the Executive Director of the US office of the Institute for Economics and Peace. Prior to joining IEP, Aubrey was a member of the senior leadership team of the Center for Court Innovation, an organization which helps the justice system aid victims, reduce crime, strengthen neighborhoods, and improve public trust in justice. Aubrey is the co-author of Trial & Error in Criminal Justice Reform: Learning from Failure (Urban Institute Press, 2010). Aubrey is on the Board of Trustees of the Centre for Justice Innovation, an institution that seeks to promote criminal justice reform in the United Kingdom.
Ayris is the Managing Director of 7 Concepts, LLC where she advises non-profits and city agencies on public-private partnerships, program design and out-reach strategies to advance community revitalization initiatives. She also serves as the Senior Director of External Affairs with the Equal Rights Center (ERC), a DC-based civil rights organization that remediates discriminatory practices in housing, employment, retail and public services. In this role, Ayris manages the organization’s thirty plus corporate partnerships, sustainability initiatives, membership engagement and communications. Her accomplishments have been featured in such publications as Fast Company, Ebony Magazine, the Huffington Post, and the Washington Post among others.
As the Head of Workforce Effectiveness, Balaji oversees the functions of Talent Management, HR Business Consulting, Corporate Social Responsibility, Employee Retention, and Diversity & Inclusion for over 22,000 employees of Tata Consultancy Services in North America.
His primary responsibilities include coaching sales & business teams for new business acquisition, driving talent management & employee retention initiatives, leading the corporate sustainability initiatives & chairing the Diversity & Inclusion Council for TCS North America.
Prior to this stint, as the Head of HR, CTO/R&D, Balaji was part of TCS Corporate Technology Board & spearheaded the mandate for institutionalizing a culture of innovation across TCS. Prior to that, as Head of HR for the Corporate Learning Center, he led a team responsible for inducting & orienting over 12,000 campus hires. Before joining TCS, he co-founded & operated an entrepreneurial venture that provided process consulting services & coaching to companies in the manufacturing sector.
He has been a speaker at numerous venues, presenting a range of topics relating to business, human resources & the information technology industry. He is an active advocate of deriving social good through the confluence of public, private & non-profit partnerships. He holds a Post Graduation in Human Resources Management from Xavier Labor Relations Institute (XLRI), Jamshedpur and a Bachelor of Technology from College of Engineering, Trivandrum.
Barbara Stinson, Founding and Senior Partner of Meridian Institute (1997–present), offers more than 30 years of experience designing, facilitating, and managing collaborative decision-making processes of all types. Her expertise and insights have helped individuals and organizations in the public and private sectors pursue innovative approaches to resolving conflicts, particularly in the arenas of agricultural development, alternative energy development, ecosystem restoration, climate change, air-quality management, land use, natural resource management, and low-level radioactive waste disposal. Ms. Stinson has designed international collaborative processes, mediated national regulatory negotiations in the U.S., conducted policy dialogues, and convened numerous multi-stakeholder workshops on controversial public policy issues.
Bill Allred is a native of Ogden, Utah. He attended public school and Weber State College where he received his Bachelor of Arts degree in theatre. He then went on to Penn State where he did three years work on a Master’s Degree in acting.
Bill then pursued a career as an actor, finding work with the Long Beach Repertory Company; the State Theatre of Florida at Asolo; the Barn Dinner Theatre in Roanoke, Virginia; the Utah Shakespearean Festival: as well as work off-off Broadway in New York City. Bill’s acting has also included a role in Saturday’s Voyeur at the Salt Lake Acting Company; and as Pozzo in Waiting For Godot at the Rose Wagner Theater . Bill also played the role of Vicious in the Trent Harris film, Delightful Water Universe.
Since 1980, Bill’s full time job has been in Radio. He has worked at KJQ and has been with X-96 (KXRK 96.3 FM) since it’s inception. At X-96, Bill is part of the Radio From Hell Show, with Kerry Jackson and Gina Barberi, weekday mornings from 6:00-10am.
Bill enjoys outdoor activities particularly biking, camping, and hiking. Bill is an avid reader with a prolific vocabulary and appreciation for fine food. He was honored with an Emmy for Outstanding Achievement in Public/Current/Community Affairs-Program Special for KUED’s Utah Now.
Bill is married to the talented graphic designer Jennifer Parsons. He has four children: two old ones and two new ones.
Bill spent the first 16 years of his professional career with Intel in various business development and account executive roles. His passion for sustainability led him down the solar energy path where Bill became a Principal with Utah Solar & Alternative Energy in 2008.
In 2010, Bill became one of three Principals for DwellTek, a company providing home energy efficiency services and energy audits, in addition to solar energy design and installations. DwellTek was the first Certified Benefits Corporation in the state of Utah. Bill’s tenure at DwellTek taught him the intricacies of the importance of building occupancy behavior as it relates to energy savings.
In an effort to play a larger role in the sustainability space, Bill founded Sustain3, a platform that educates and engages employees around energy efficiency and sustainability both at work and at home. Bill is deeply involved in all aspects of the business from product development and implementation to business development and operations. The platform has successfully been running for 11 months at Varian Medical Systems affecting a measurable positive impact to the behavior of the building occupants.
Bill is also Board Chair of P3 Utah, a business network for People, Planet and Profit. In this capacity, Bill helped drive the passing of SB0133, a bill introducing Benefit Corporation legislation to the state of Utah, which passed 96 – 0. In addition to policy work and networking events, Bill manages Green Team Exchange events and is a thought leader in sustainability in the state of Utah.
Brad Cole currently serves as a corporate officer of a privately owned, multi-state, soft drink bottling and full-line snack vending and distribution business. As Senior Vice President of Pepsi MidAmerica, Cole helps lead nearly 1,000 employees and services a five-state franchise territory in the Midwest.
Mr. Cole was formerly the Downstate Director for United States Senator Mark Kirk, of Illinois. He served as Mayor of the City of Carbondale, Illinois from May 2003 through May 2011. Mayor Cole served two full terms in office, choosing not to seek a third term, and set policy direction for the home rule municipal government. He was elected the youngest-ever Mayor of Carbondale at the age of 31. Mr. Cole also previously served as Deputy Chief of Staff to a Governor of Illinois.
Mr. Cole serves as a member of numerous boards for both public and private organizations. He has served as Vice President of the Illinois Municipal League, and as a board member for the National League of Cities. Cole was appointed by the Governor of Illinois to the Illinois Human Rights Commission in 2014. He is currently Chairman Emeritus of Sister Cities International, after serving two years as Chairman of the Board of Directors.
Brad Cole is a graduate of Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, with a bachelor’s degree in a double major of Political Science and Biological Sciences and a Master of Legal Studies degree from the SIU School of Law.
Brandon Busteed, Executive Director of Education and Workforce Development, leads Gallup's education work. His career spans a wide range of important work in education as an educational entrepreneur, speaker, writer and university trustee. Brandon's work integrates Gallup's research and science on talent selection, strengths, engagement and well-being to improve student success, teacher effectiveness and educational outcomes. His mission is to create a national movement to measure the educational outcomes that matter most, connect education to jobs and job creation and promote a paradigm shift from knowledge mastery to emotional engagement in education.
With Brandon’s leadership, Gallup Education has released several ground-breaking Gallup studies. These include State of America's Schools: The Path to Winning Again in Education, which explores student and teacher engagement in public schools, and Great Jobs, Great Lives: The 2014 Gallup- Purdue Index Report, a comprehensive, nationally representative study of U.S. college graduates that focuses on their long-term outcomes in work and life.
Brandon has founded two companies and one nonprofit organization as a social entrepreneur. He is the founder and former CEO of Outside The Classroom, a company that pioneered adaptive online education in alcohol abuse prevention. A three-year, 30-school, national study funded by the National Institutes of Health showed that AlcoholEdu — the organization’s flagship alcohol-abuse prevention program — was effective in reducing binge drinking, drunk driving and sexual assaults. More than 5 million students have participated in the program. The company was acquired by EverFi in 2011.
An internationally known speaker and author on education policy, Brandon has written frequently for The Chronicle of Higher Education, Trusteeship Magazine, The Huffington Post, Fast Company and other publications. His work has been featured in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post and USA Today and on NPR and the NBC News “TODAY” show, among others.
Brandon received his bachelor’s degree in public policy from Duke University and an honorary doctorate from Augustana College. He is a trustee emeritus of Duke and has served on the Board of Visitors of the Sanford School of Public Policy. A former two-sport NCAA Division 1 athlete at Duke, Brandon continues to hone his competitive drive as an avid CrossFitter. He lives in Vienna, Virginia, with his wife, Deanna, and two children, Anabelle and Harrison.
Carissa Carter is the Director of Teaching and Learning at the Stanford d.school. In this role she guides the development of the d.school’s pedagogy, leads its instructors, and shapes its class offering. She teaches courses on the intersection of data and design, design for climate change, and maps and the visual sorting of information.
Carissa was one of the co-leaders of Stanford 2025, a multi-year d.school project that envisioned the future of higher education.
Prior to the d.school, Carissa ran her own design practice, Parallel Design Labs, and focused on helping companies of all sizes execute their internal innovation projects and programs. She also spent time living in Hong Kong working for Herman Miller leading their user research efforts for the Asian market.
Carissa’s first career was in the geosciences. As a geomorphologist she studied subglacial deposits, slot canyon incision, and bedforms and cross-bedding. She continues to pursue projects at the crossover between design and science. Maps, and the experiences they create, are a consistent thread in her work.
Carissa is a graduate of Williams College, and also has graduate degrees in Earth Science from UC Santa Cruz and in Product Design from Stanford University. Her interests are best viewed in her popular Graphic CV.
For the last seven years, Carissa has taken a photo every day at 6:06pm. She also loves to build in the garage, enjoys awkward moments, and can only think in comfortable clothing.
Carlos Gutierrez is a Chair of Albright Stonebridge Group (ASG), a premier strategic advisory and commercial diplomacy firm.
Secretary Gutierrez spent nearly thirty years with Kellogg Company, a global manufacturer and marketer of well-known food brands. After assignments in Latin America, Canada, Asia, and the United States, he became President and Chief Executive Officer of Kellogg in 1999 − the youngest CEO in the company's hundred year history. In April 2000, he was named Chairman of the Board of Kellogg Company.
He also served as U.S. Secretary of Commerce from 2005 to 2009 under President George W. Bush. As the 35th Secretary of the U.S. Department of Commerce he worked with foreign government and business leaders to advance economic relationships, enhance trade, and promote U.S. exports. Secretary Gutierrez also played a key role in the passage of landmark free trade agreements that strip away trade barriers, expand export opportunities, and boost global investment.
Secretary Gutierrez joined ASG from Citi, where he served as Vice Chairman of the Institutional Clients Group and as a member of the Senior Strategic Advisory Group.
Dr. Carol O’Donnell is the Director of the Smithsonian Science Education Center (SSEC), a unit of the Smithsonian Institution that is dedicated to transforming the learning and teaching of science throughout the nation. As the Senior Executive of the SSEC, Carol is responsible for all operational activities and planning for the unit, including building awareness for P-12 science education reform among State and district leaders; conducting programs that support the professional growth of P-12 teachers and school leaders; and, overseeing all research and curricular resource development, philanthropic development, and administration. In this capacity, Carol was recently appointed by the National Academy of Sciences, a founding organization of the SSEC, to serve as the US representative on the Global Council of the InterAcademy Partnership (IAP) Science Education Programme (SEP), the global network of the science academies.
Carol earned her Bachelor of Science in Education at the University of Pittsburgh, a Master of Science in Geosciences at Mississippi State University, and her doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction with a focus on science education at The George Washington University (GWU). Prior to coming to the Smithsonian, Carol worked at the US Department of Education for nearly a decade, where her experiences included overseeing nearly $17 billion in annual federal investments under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act focused on education reform, school improvement, teacher professional development, and improved student achievement, and assisting States as they build their capacity to implement and sustain those education reforms and achieve continued improvement in student outcomes. Carol also oversaw the Cognition and Student Learning research program at the Institute of Education Sciences (IES), the research arm of ED. While earning her doctorate at GWU, Carol managed a five-year NSF-funded clustered randomized control trial aimed at identifying the conditions under which effective middle school science curricular interventions improve student learning and reduce achievement gaps when scaled-up. Carol’s seminal research on curriculum implementation, which was published in the Review of Educational Research, earned her an “American Educational Research Association Division of Learning and Instruction Graduate Research Award” in 2008. Before joining GWU, Carol spent 11 years developing science curriculum materials for SSEC’s Science and Technology Concepts (STC) Elementary and Secondary Programs. One of her six books, Catastrophic Events, won a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Mark Trail Award for raising students’ awareness of natural hazards and weather alerts.
Dr. O’Donnell, who began her science teaching career in Virginia public schools, is still in the classroom today, serving on the part-time faculty of the GWU Physics Department. Carol is the proud mother of four children and the wife of a 30-year veteran special.
As Director of the Smithsonian Science Education Center (SSEC) unit, Carol O’Donnell is responsible for all operational activities and planning for the SSEC at Smithsonian Institution, including building awareness for K-12 science education reform among State and district leaders; conducting programs that support the professional growth of K-12 science teachers and school leaders; and, overseeing all research and curricular resource development, philanthropic development, and administration. In this capacity, Carol also serves as the US representative on the Global Council of the InterAcademy Partnership (IAP) Science Education Programme (SEP), the global network of the science academies.
Carrie Hessler-Radelet, the 19th Director of the Peace Corps, was sworn in on June 25, 2014. Prior to this, she served as the agency’s acting Director and deputy director from 2010-14. A member of a four-generation Peace Corps family, Hessler-Radelet began her career in international development as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Western Samoa (1981-83), teaching secondary school with her husband, Steve Radelet. She went on to spend more than two decades working in public health, focus- ing on HIV/AIDS and maternal and child health. During her time at the Peace Corps, Hessler-Radelet has led historic reforms to modernize and strengthen the agency to meet the challenges and opportunities of the 21st century.
As the host and producer of Park City Television's Mountain Morning Show and the Mountain Weekend Show, Chelsea Haviland has interviewed Olympic athletes, celebrities, Sundance Film Festival award winners, and her personal favorite: local Utah small business owners. She served as the Public Relations Director for the Utah Valley Chamber of Commerce and was an Assistant Producer for KBYU. Chelsea received her undergraduate degree in Broadcast Journalism from Brigham Young University where she studied abroad in Paris, France. As a Master of Public Administration student at the University of Utah, she will study community development in Costa Rica this spring. Chelsea is a volunteer for Friends of Animals Utah and a mentor for the Girl Scouts of Utah.
Chic Dambach’s wide ranging career includes President of the Alliance for Peacebuilding, President of the National Peace Corps Association, and Chief of Staff for Congressman John Garamendi. Together with Peter Yarrow, he led the Operation Respect program to address bullying, ridicule, and violence in schools. His memoir, Exhaust the Limits, the Life and Times of a Global Peacebuilder, features a lifetime of service and successful initiatives for peace. He is a Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellow and adjunct faculty at both Johns Hopkins University and American University. His career began as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Colombia, and the Peace Corps just hired him to be a part-time “expert” adviser to the director.
Chris Luebkeman’s interest in the built environment blossomed early, propelling him to pursue a multi-faceted education, beginning with engineering and culminating in a Doctorate in Architecture from ETH in Zurich, a city to which he remains deeply connected. Chris gained valuable experience as the protégé of esteemed Spanish Architect, Santiago Calatrava. But, subsequently he turned to his other love, education, by accepting teaching positions at several prestigious universities. In 1999, Chris joined Arup as the co-Director for Research and Development. A couple of years later, he formed the Foresight, Innovation and Incubation team, which has evolved into its present form as Research + Foresight + Innovation.
Christopher Bradshaw is founder and executive director of Dreaming Out Loud, which was created as a response to the educational and economic disparities in underserved urban communities. Since 2014, Dreaming Out Loud, Inc. has reached nearly 40,000 people through community-centered farmers markets helping to provide access to fresh, local produce in communities impacted by “food deserts”. Working with local farmers, we have distributed more than 250,000 pounds of produce, hosted more than 1,400 people in healthy cooking demonstrations, and while building a stronger regional food system. Aya Community Markets is their growing network of farmers markets and mobile farm-stands. Christopher Bradshaw was named a 2015 American Express Emerging Innovator.
Christopher Schroeder is the author of Startup Rising: The Entrepreneurial Revolution Remaking the Middle East. Previously, he co-founded the content/social platform healthcentral.com (backed by top Silicon Valley venture capital) sold in 2012. He also ran washingtonpost.newsweek interactive. He is an active venture investor in the United States, who also sits on the board of the American University of Cairo School of Business and serves as an advisor to Middle East incubators Flat6Labs, Oasis500 and the new Wamda Fund for A-round investing. He is an angel investor in consumer-facing content and social companies like Vox Media and Skift.
As Director of VOA’s Latin America Division, Clara Dominguez oversees broadcasts to Haiti and the Spanish speaking countries of the Americas over radio, television and Internet. She is also responsible for determining content for affiliate stations as well as developing the Division’s new initiatives.
Prior to joining VOA in 2010, Ms. Dominguez served 5 years as News Director at the Office of Cuba Broadcasting, where she led radio and television news coverage of major events in Latin America and the United States, including presidential elections in both the United States and Latin America.
A native of Havana, Cuba, she is fluent in Spanish.
As Executive Dean of two colleges at University of Phoenix, Dr. St. Germain’s primary focus is on retention and student engagement, as well as ensuring students develop the requisite foundational skills and knowledge they need to be successful in both their personal and professional lives. Dr. St. Germain has spent almost 15 years in higher education. Prior to joining the University of Phoenix she was Dean of the School of Public Service & Health for American Public University System (APUS). While there, Dr. St. Germain was responsible for 26 degree programs and 27,000 students, where she provided the administrative and fiscal oversight, as well as strategic visioning for the school.
Crystal Arredondo is a Partner at MPACT Financial Group and a Retirement Planning Specialist. After obtaining her MBA in Finance at the University of North Texas, she began her career as a financial advisor. She realized that her parents could have avoided many difficult obstacles in running their own small family business for years with financial guidance and trusted advice. As a result, her passion is working with people to provide a “total strategy” for a successful retirement. Another area of focus is helping owners of closely held businesses plan for succession and transition out of their businesses.
Dan Lee is a senior executive with +20 years of successful cross functional and cross regional experience. She started her career as a financial analyst in New York, then went on to found General Components, Inc servicing to the fast expanding broadband network market in Asia, she worked as the general manager for the company from 1998 to 2004. After she successfully sold the business to a Chinese state own enterprise, Dan joined Alcoa in 2005 as the council director responsible for Alco’s global $2.5B indirect procurement, she was also one of the key leaders who transformed Alcoa’s global supply chain and procurement organization structure and process. Dan Joined TE Connectivity in 2008 as the senior director of global commodities, responsible for over $6B global direct & indirect material spend with team members over 12 countries. She also led the TE Center-led procurement transformation. She was appointed to be the senior director of operations for TE’s Broadband Network Solution Asia Pacific Region in 2011, based in Shanghai, China, responsible for the manufacturing and supply chain of four manufacturing sites in China and Australia. She was recently appointed as the senior director of operation for Broadband Network Solutions Central and North America’s region in June, 2014, responsible for six manufacturing sites in US and Mexico. Dan holds a bachelor of Science degree from Xiamen University in China, MBA degree from New York Institute of Technology, and Mater of Law degree from University of Pittsburg. She and her family live in Raleigh, NC.
Recognized as one of the nation’s leading authorities on public contracting, Daniel M. Jacobs is Chairman & CEO of The Federal Market Group (FMG), a veteran owned company, that includes Government Business Solutions (GBS), Federal Market Publishing (FMP), and The Federal Market Institute (FMI), Washington, D. C. based organizations providing professional training, research, publishing and consulting services to government and industry in public contracts management. FMG also includes The EuroMarket Group based in Brussels, Belgium and FMG Middle East in Tel Aviv. He is Chairman of the Subcontract Management Institute (ScMI) and a Director of the Procurement Round Table (PRT).
Dan Witters serves as Research Director of the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index. This daily assessment of U.S. residents’ well-being provides real-time measurement and insights needed to improve health, increase daily productivity, enhance basic needs and lower healthcare costs. Dan frequently presents at conferences and summits, and his insights from this research regularly appear on Gallup.com and in the media, including interviews in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Economist and The Wall Street Journal and appearances on “CBS Sunday Morning,” CNBC, HuffPost Live, WSJ Live and NPR.
As a consultant and analyst for Gallup, Dan has used his expertise in survey design, methodology, analysis, business outcomes modeling, report writing and presenting results to help leaders better understand their company’s marketplace, customers and employees. He has played an important role as an adviser and researcher to Gallup clients, creating effective strategies that enhance a business’ overall health and strength through improved engagement and well-being.
Dan’s extensive experience and his understanding of customer and employee research have earned him high distinction awards throughout his career. In 1999, he received the prestigious Senior Analyst Quality of Report Award for Outstanding Writing, an award given to one Gallup Senior Analyst worldwide each year. In 2002, Dan became the 13th researcher in Gallup’s history to earn the Diplomat Analyst certification. This distinction is awarded to tenured researchers who create an original research thesis that expands Gallup’s body of knowledge.
Dan received his master’s degree in cell biology and genetics and his bachelor’s degree in biological sciences from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Daniel Stone is an editor and staff writer for National Geographic magazine in Washington. He covers environmental science and global economics across the magazine’s digital and print platforms. Before joining National Geographic, Dan served as Newsweek magazine’s White House Correspondent, reporting on the first family and the Obama Administration. His reports have appeared in Scientific American, E (the environmental magazine) and on CBS’s “60 Minutes.” Dan holds a bachelor's in political science from the University of California, Davis, and a master's in environmental science from The Johns Hopkins University. Dan is currently working on a book about the global adventures of America's first food spy, to be published by Penguin Random House in fall 2016.
Daniella Foster is a policy innovator and social entrepreneur. She has worked in government, business and the non-profit sectors leading strategic initiatives to improve public health outcomes, develop job skills via mobile technology, and accelerate innovation through crowdfunding.
She is Co-founder of the Emergent Leaders Network and the Director of Corporate Affairs and Science Communications for Mars Symbioscience, the technology-based health and life sciences segment and in-house incubator for Mars, Incorporated.
Ms. Foster previously served as the Director of Public-Private Partnerships at the U.S. Department of State, where she led the establishment of partnerships to commit skills and capital for social impact projects in 165+ countries. She also served as Chief of Staff for the Secretary of State’s Senior Advisor for Civil Society and Emerging Democracies, where she managed the work of the office to implement policy initiatives and partnerships designed to strengthen emerging democracies and civil society worldwide.
A respected authority on public-private partnerships, Daniella has worked on six continents, spearheading science and technology partnerships for the White House, State Department, United Nations, global businesses and NGOs. Ms. Foster holds an M.A. in Social and Public Policy from Georgetown University and a B.A. in Intercultural Communications and Business from Pepperdine University.
David C. Chavern is executive vice president and chief operating officer at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Chavern serves as chair of the Chamber’s Management Committee and is responsible for day-to-day operations as well as long-term planning. This includes responsibility for a range of policy, financial, administrative, and legal operations. He also oversees several revenue operations, including corporate partnerships and small business outreach and membership. Further, he is deeply involved in the Chamber’s innovative push into social and new media. Previously, Chavern served as the Chamber’s chief of staff and vice president of its Capital Markets initiative, where he quickly became one of the nation’s leading voices on corporate governance and on the regulation of U.S. capital markets. Earlier, he served in several senior positions at the U.S. Export-Import (Ex-Im) Bank.
Chavern holds an M.B.A. from Georgetown University and is a graduate of the Villanova University School of Law and the University of Pittsburgh.
One of Esquire Magazine’s “2012 Americans of the Year,” David spent the last decade as a first responder and frontline contributor for Reuters, the BBC and CNN, covering some of the world’s largest natural disasters and wars. As a filmmaker, David has won numerous awards including a Special Jury Mention at the 2012 Tribeca film festival as Co-Director of Baseball in the Time of Cholera. David grew up in the Middle East and England. After receiving his degree in Philosophy from Oxford University, he moved to Africa to work in the non-profit sector. David loves to surf and play guitar.
Before joining Politico, Pittman served as the lone Washington reporter for the health news website MedPage Today, covering nearly all aspects of health policy from Medicare and Medicaid to the Affordable Care Act and Capitol Hill. He has also covered science and regulatory policy for trade newsletter company FDAnews and the weekly newsmagazine Chemical & Engineering News. Pittman got his start in journalism covering healthcare for the daily newspaper in the West Texas town of Amarillo. Pittman holds bachelor’s degrees in journalism and chemistry from the University of Georgia, where he graduated in 2006. While in Athens, Pittman worked as a staff writer of The Red & Black and eventually became editor-in-chief, pestering school administrators.
Lord Browne of Ladyton (Des Browne) is a British Labour Party politician who was the Member of Parliament for Kilmarnock and Loudoun from 1997 to 2010. As a back-bencher, he served on the Northern Ireland Affairs and Public Administration Select Committees. In 1998, he became the Parliamentary Private Secretary (PPS) to Donald Dewar, Secretary of State for Scotland. In 2000, he became PPS to Adam Ingram, Minister of State for Northern Ireland. Subsequently, he served on the first Joint Committee on Human Rights. Since 2014, Lord Browne has served as NTI’s Vice Chairman. In this role, he helps shape NTI’s strategic direction, including long-term planning and international outreach.
Dina Fine Maron is an associate editor for medicine, biology and health at Scientific American. Maron’s reporting has also appeared in Newsweek, Time.com, The Boston Globe and Science News, among other publications. She was also a staff reporter for ClimateWire and Greenwire. She has expertise covering everything from the role of climate change in wildfires to responsibility to clean up war zones. She has a master’s degree in public health from Johns Hopkins University and a B.A. from Brandeis University. She has also worked on global health projects on the Thai-Burma border and in Kenya. Her coverage on mental illness and stigma for Newsweek was awarded the Outstanding Media Award for 2009 from the National Alliance on Mental Illness.
Dr. Dinges is the current Editor in Chief of SLEEP, past president of SRS, previous AASM Board member and NSF Board member, past president of the World Sleep Federation, and he has served on an NIH Advisory Council. His science focuses on neurobehavioral and physiological regulation of health and behavior by circadian and sleep biology. His Sleep & Chronobiology isolation laboratory in Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania is part of PENN's Clinical Translational Research Center has been continuously federally funded for the past 35 years. A number of his scientific papers are among the most highly cited in the sleep field.
For many years, Dr. David Hill has utilized the benefits of essential oils in modern health practices. As a physician, he is a well-known expert in essential oils and integrative medicine. Dr. Hill partners with physicians and hospitals around the world defining and establishing the medical integration and use of essential oils in modern health practices. He fosters education and advances in essential oil science through a number of university and research affiliations, providing cutting-edge science for essential oil users. He is a frequent guest on many radio and televisions shows and has authored a number of books and other publications. Dr. Hill stands at the head of a new era dedicated to empowering others to take control of their own health.
Dr. Heidi Kleinbach-Sauter is the Senior Vice President of PepsiCo’s Global Foods R&D where she has global R&D responsibility for PepsiCo’s worldwide innovation platforms for savory snacks and overall foods business. Her responsibility covers several $1bln dollar brands such as Lays-the world’s largest snacks brand-Doritos, Cheetos and Quaker. These brands deliver close to 1bln consumer touch points every day and are enjoyed by consumers in all major parts of the world. Her role includes accelerating the global innovation agenda by developing R&D strategies enabled by differentiated and ownable technology platforms to drive consumer centric and scientifically based transformational innovation. Dr. Kleinbach-Sauter also has operational responsibility for all R&D teams within PepsiCo Americas Foods, such as Frito Lay, Quaker, Sabritas and Gamesa R&D in Mexico and our South American R&D teams. With more than 25 years of experience in the CPG Foods and Beverages industry, Dr. Kleinbach-Sauter has a proven track record of leading and commercializing a large number of foods and beverages innovations in more than 10 different categories that have delighted consumers in many parts of the world and have driven impressive business results. Dr. Kleinbach-Sauter earned her PhD, Master’s and Bachelor’s Degree in Food Science/ Engineering/Nutrition from the Universities of Hohenheim and Giessen in Germany. She has also studied Marketing Management, Consumer Behavior at the State University of New York, Product Development at the University of Tennessee, and completed the TGMP General Manager Program at Harvard Business School.
Dr. Howard-Yana Shapiro is Chief Agricultural Officer, Fellow Mars Advanced Research Institute Mars, Incorporated, Senior Fellow, College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences at the University of California, Davis, and Distinguished Fellow at the World Agroforestry Centre. Howard has been involved with sustainable agricultural and agroforestry systems, pattern recognition, plant breeding, molecular biology and genetics for over 40 years. He led the global effort sequencing, assembling and annotating the Theobroma cacao genome. September 2011, he announced the formation of the African Orphan Crops Con-sortium, working with 101 of the key African food crops in order to breed more nutritious plants.
Dr. Jeff Welser oversees scientists and engineers performing exploratory and applied research. Home of the relational database and the world's first hard disk drive, the Almaden laboratory today continues its legacy of advancing data technology & analytics, specializing in areas including: Watson cognitive technologies, brain-inspired computing, augmented intelligence, data curation and platforms, computing as a service, fundamental science and nanotechnology in the areas of magnetics, spintronics, polymers and theory. Almaden's Accelerated Discovery Lab, focusing on data-centric systems, ad-hoc infrastructure and analytics, is part of the IBM Research THINKLab client innovation experience, focused on providing industry solutions in areas including nance, retail, food safety, water management and healthcare.
Dr. Manson is an endocrinologist, epidemiologist, and Principal Investigator of several research studies, including the Women’s Health Initiative Clinical Center In Boston (since study inception); the VITamin D and OmegA-3 TriaL (VITAL); the cardio- vascular component of the Nurses’ Health Study; and the newly-launched COcoa Supplement and Multivitamin Outcomes Study (COSMOS; dual PI with Dr. H. Sesso). Her primary research interests include the role of lifestyle and nutritional factors, including vitamin D, omega-3s, and cocoa flavanols, in reducing risks of cardiovascular disease (CVD), diabetes, cancer, and cognitive decline. Other interests include the role of endogenous and exogenous estrogen on CVD, diabetes, and cognitive function.
Dr. Jorida Tabaku represents the Democratic Party as a Member of the Parliament of Albania. Tabaku was elected to parliament in 2013 with priorities regarding neo liberal tax reform, European integration and support for persons persecuted under Communist rule. Since her election, Tabaku has proposed a resolution for the European Integration and for two consecutive years proposed changes to the fiscal package supporting small and medium enterprises (SME). Tabaku also proposed changes to the law on social insurance to support women during pregnancy, and also supportedlegislation in favor of compensation of land owners and ex-persecuted under communism.
Tabaku is a member of the women’s caucus titled Women’s Alliance in the Parliament of Albania. The caucus is comprised of 25 women representing three political parties. Priorities of the women’s caucus include: supporting legislation for increased women’s political participation, economic strengthening of women and equal pay for women among others. Within the caucus she is responsible for the economic strengthening of women, particularly those that are heads of their families.
Tabaku serves on the Finance and Economic Committee and European Integration Committee within parliament and was previously elected as the Deputy Mayor of Tirana. Tabaku was inspirited to run for elected office in order to support economic development of the Capital believing that all elected officials should support initiatives from the Albanian constitution as well as act with integrity and professionalism. Prior to serving in public office, Tabaku worked for the Students in Free Enterprise, supporting students through an international network of students in implementing concepts of free market economy. She holds a PhD in Economics.
An entrepreneur, activist, politician, and philanthropist, Her Excellency Dr. Joyce Banda was also the President of the Republic of Malawi (2012-2014). She was Malawi’s first female president and Africa’s second. Voted as Africa's most powerful woman by Forbes Magazine for two years running and voted as one of the most powerful women in the world, Her Excellency Dr. Joyce Banda is a champion for the rights of women, children, the disabled, and other marginalized groups.
Before becoming President of Malawi, Dr. Banda served as a Member of Parliament; Minister of Gender and Child Welfare; and Foreign Minister and Vice President of the Republic of Malawi. While serving as Minister of Gender and Child Welfare, Dr. Banda championed the enactment of the Prevention of Domestic Violence Bill in 2006, which provides a legal framework for the elimination and prevention of all forms of violence against women and girls.
Dr. Cardwell serves as the national program leader for plant pathology with the USDA-NIFA. She runs competitive grants programs on methyl bromide alternatives and citrus tristeza and is developing the National Plant Pest and Disease Diagnostic Network for homeland security. She was a Peace Corps volunteer in Nicaragua from 1977 to 1978, serving as an extension plant pathologist with the Instituto Bienestar Agropecuario, a USAID-financed agricultural project for small-scale farmers. In 1989, she became a plant pathologist and program leader for the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) in Nigeria. In 1993, she received funding from the German government to open a new laboratory in the IITA Centre for Biological Control in Benin and led a large multinational research programme until 2001.
Linda Katehi became chancellor of the University of California, Davis, on August 17, 2009. As chancellor, she oversees all aspects of the university’s teaching, research and public service mission. Chancellor Katehi also holds UC Davis faculty appointments in electrical and computer engineering and in women and gender studies. A member of the National Academy of Engineering, she chaired until 2010 the President’s Committee for the National Medal of Science and the Secretary of Commerce’s committee for the National Medal of Technology and Innovation. She is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the American Academy of Arts and Science, and is a member of many other national boards and committees.
Dr. Philip Rubin is a Senior Advisor to the President of Haskins Laboratories. Haskins is a private, non-profit research institute affiliated with Yale University and the University of Connecticut that has a primary focus on the science of the spoken and written word. Previously, he was the Principal Assistant Director for Science in the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) in the Executive Office of the President of the United States, where he also served as Assistant Director for Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences, led the White House neuroscience initiative, and was a senior advisor on national policy. He is the former co-chair of the National Science and Technology Council (NSTC) Committee on Science, with the Directors of the NIH and NSF.
Prabhu Pingali is a Professor in the Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management at Cornell University, with a joint appointment in the Division of Nutritional Sciences, and the Founding Director of the Tata-Cornell Agriculture and Nutrition Initiative (TCi). Prior to joining Cornell, he was the Deputy Director, Agricultural Development Division of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, from 2008–May 2013. Pingali has over three decades of experience working with some of the leading international agricultural development organizations as a research economist, development practitioner and senior manager. He has written 10 books and over 100 referred journal articles and book chapters on food policy.
Scott T. Massey is a national leader in innovation, economic development and strategy with extensive experience with regions and universities. His professional leadership roles have been exclusively at the CEO level. Massey has founded and led major institutions, led regional economic strategy, developed innovation metrics, and worked with universities on tech transfer and commercialization. He has designed capital campaigns, advised national organizations on strategic planning, advised universities and regions on regional strategy, and served as an external academic evaluator of university programs. He is the past CEO of The Meridian Institute, a national think tank with programs in economics, education, and healthcare, and he served as President and CEO of The Indiana Humanities Council, and Founding President and CEO of the Leonard Bernstein Center.
In 2009, Armstrong joined the National FFA Organization as Chief Operating Officer and was later named Chief Executive Officer. In 2014, he was also named Chief Executive Officer for the National FFA Foundation and currently serves both organizations in a joint appointment.
Dustin Haggett is Co-founder and CEO at Impact Hub Salt Lake. Impact Hub Salt Lake provides Utah’s entrepreneurs, investors, and freelance professionals a dedicated space to connect and co-create ventures that benefit the community and world at large. Impact Hub was founded in London in 2005 and is part of a larger, global community of more than 10,000 change makers spanning six continents who collaborate on enterprising ideas.
With three top rate universities nearby and a community known for its entrepreneurial spirit and drive to serve others, Dustin believes creating the needed infrastructure for a high level of collaboration will provide a catalyst for finding solutions to some of the largest social, and environmental issues we face today.
Dustin studied Sustainable Management at the Presidio Graduate School in San Francisco. Over the past decade he has worked with startups in diverse industries from agriculture and energy to telecom and electric vehicles. He was also recruited to help produce a Sustainability Roadmap, commissioned by the Mayor of Park City, to assist in guiding long-term energy policy for the community. Outside of his business endeavors Dustin served in the U.S. Army as a reservist for eight years, is a combat veteran of the Iraq War, and a member of Rotary.
Ebonie is an enthusiastic leader whose professional expertise and vocational passion have provided the framework for her decade-long career.
As the Chief Millennial Officer of Friends of Ebonie, LLC, Ebonie uses her research, thought-leadership, and expertise on young black philanthropy to serve as a bridge connecting civically engaged black millennials and public sector organizations. In 2013 Ebonie released the groundbreaking research as an NYU scholar entitled: African American Millennials: Discovering the Next Generation of Black Philanthropy for the Effective Communication of Non-Profit Organizations. Through workshops and trainings Ebonie educates young black professionals ages 25 - 40, to strengthen their civic leadership and giving. As a consultant through Friends of Ebonie, Ebonie guides and directs clients through strategies that will build relationships and increase engagement with diverse next generation leadership. Her leadership as a millennial leader and the work of Friends of Ebonie have been featured in The Washington Post, Huffington Post Impact, Forbes and Policy Mic.
Edith Cecil is a Vice President at the Institute of International Education (IIE) in Washington, D.C. In this capacity, she is responsible for the oversight of multiple program Divisions including Professional and Global Exchange Programs, the International Visitor Leadership Program, the Fulbright Teacher's Program, Hubert Humphrey Fellowship Program and numerous corporate and foundation scholarship and development programs globally. Ms. Cecil is responsible for the operations of IIE's offices located in Houston and San Francisco and program staff and consultants worldwide and leads many of the Institute's higher education programs in the Middle East and Gulf Region. In addition, she is responsible for the oversight of IIE’s Center for Women’s Leadership Initiatives and the management of the Higher Education Readiness Program (HER) in Ethiopia.
Prior to joining IIE, Ms. Cecil was Director of Washington DC operations for Concurrent Technologies Corporation, a large non-profit organization focused on finding solutions to global environmental industrial and technology issues. She was also the Founding Executive Director of the United States Environmental Training Institute (USETI), a non-profit organization that developed training and outreach programs for government, private sector and NGO officials globally to promote the appropriate application of environmental technologies and management solutions. Prior to USETI, Ms. Cecil was Special Assistant to the Assistant Secretary of State at the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development between 1990 and 1992 and Manager, Corporate Communications at the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC).
Ms. Cecil holds a M.A. in geography and a B.A. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Elisa Villanueva Beard’s passion for educational equity comes from personal experience. Elisa grew up in the Rio Grande Valley of South Texas and developed a deep commitment to Teach For America's mission as a student at DePauw University, where she was one of just a few Mexican-American students. Her journey with Teach For America started 15 years ago in Phoenix where she taught first and second grade bilingual education as a 1998 corps member. She joined Teach For America's staff in 2001 to lead the organization's work in her hometown in the position of executive director. Four years later, she stepped into the role of chief operating officer, leading Teach For America’s field operations. In this role for the past eight years, Villanueva Beard has led Teach For America’s dramatic growth in our regions from 22 regions to 46. It is Teach For America’s regions where the organization’s program is put into practice and where 80 percent of its funding is raised.
In 2013, Elisa was named co-CEO alongside Matt Kramer. Under their leadership, Teach For America currently impacts more than 750,000 students in over 2,600 schools. Together they manage the leadership team, work with the board, and are held fully accountable for the organization’s success.
Emily is one of the Case Foundation’s leading advocates for identifying innovative and scalable approaches that address many of today’s social challenges. Emily creates and facilitates opportunities for social change through Foundation initiatives including the development and implementation of key programs, campaigns and partnerships.
Her current focus at the Foundation includes understanding how to better engage individuals who are looking to create change using new technology, social media and cross-sector collaborations. Using these evolving insights, she is able to apply a marketing and communications lens to the Foundation’s programs with the goal of mobilizing, empowering and educating others. She also leads the Foundation's next gen initiative, which explores how the rising generation of young adults will influence change across sectors over the coming decade. Emily sees great potential for this generation to create positive change that will impact us all.
Epameinondas Gousopoulos is a physician, scientist and social advocate working on post-cancer treatment complications.
Epameinondas was born in Greece; he studied medicine and worked in Greece, Brazil, Germany and Switzerland. Driven by his strong desire for increased impact, he decided to follow an additional education in science, aiming to bridge the gap between bench and clinics. His passion stands for translational medicine and thus how research can synergize with clinical work to raise the highest benefit for the patients. Currently he is completing his PhD on regenerative medicine at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, developing a therapeutic treatment against post-cancer lymphedema.
Driven by his motivation to scale up the impact for patients and particularly of those suffering under post-cancer complications, Epameinondas joined the US-based Lymphatic Education and Research Network, the most influential foundation in this field, as Chair of Europe Chapter. His vision is to develop a care-oriented, research-focused and evidence-based platform for patients, physicians and practitioners with post-cancer related complications. In the center of his attentions lays post-cancer health and wellbeing as the most significant determinant of life quality.
Epameinondas has been a scholar with the Onassis and Leventis Foundations and a member of various scientific organizations including, among others, the American Plastic Surgery Research Council and European Society of Nanomedicine. In 2014 the Swiss Academy of Medicine nominated him Chairman of the European MD/PhD Conference in Switzerland.
Since 2013 Epameinondas has been a Shaper with the Global Shapers Zurich Hub. During 2014-2015 he was Curator and led Zurich Hub`s migration project. He has been twice the host of the Pre-Davos Summits in Zurich and worked on the organic growth of Zurich Hub`s partnerships and Community notion.
In his free time Epameinondas enjoys the company of good friends, traveling, cooking and sailing.
Erdenechimeg Luvsan has been a Member of the State of Great Hural, Parliament of Mongolia since July 2012 representing Mongolia’s Democratic Party. Currently Luvsan is the Chair of the Mongolian Parliamentary Women’s Caucus, as well as a Member of the Standing Committee of Social Policy, Education, Culture and Science, the Standing Committee of Budget and the Standing Committee of Environmental Issues. Luvsan originally ran for office with the aim of improving the standard of living for the Mongolian people.
Since entering office, Luvsan’s priorities for her term include protecting family rights and promoting gender equality in general. With these aims, she works to increase women’s participation and representation in all sectors of government, promote family development and protect the rights of children, seniors and citizens with disabilities. In order to accomplish this and the other priorities of the Mongolian Parliament, Luvsan continues to work to improve the transparency of the government, ministries and sub-organizations. Additionally, Luvsan has worked on a number of significant draft laws and amendments including the tobacco control law, the alcohol control, childcare licensing act and the joint pension law. To-date, Luvsan’s major achievements in parliament have been within the sectors of women and gender equality, children’s rights, social protection of seniors and people with disabilities, public health and women in economics.
Luvsan has served as Chair of the Mongolian parliamentary Women’s Caucus which is comprised of 11 women that were elected to parliament in 2012, the highest number of women elected to Parliament, leading the way to establishing the Women’s Caucus of Mongolian Parliament and marking a milestone for women’s involvement in politics. Although there are representatives from five different political parties, members of the caucus are independent from party platforms and represent the women who are the minority in decision making, but are united in reflecting experience and the needs of women. The caucus’s mission is to protect women’s rights, improve gender equality, increase participation and representation of women in all sectors, promote family development and secure children, elders and disabled people’s rights while improving transparency and responsibility of the government and other political organizations.
In addition to her current roles, Luvsan has chaired the Sub-Committee on Matters of Reducing Air Pollution and served as the Democratic Party’s Secretary in Charge of Media. Luvsan would like all elected officials to remember to represent the people who elected them and whom they serve, to represent their government in an effort to maintain their country’s reputation and to serve the people and the government outside of personal interests. In addition to her work in Parliament, Luvsan is a strong supporter of the Mongolian Women’s Foundation. Luvsan graduated from the University of Sofia in Bulgaria’s School of Law as well as the National University of Mongolia. She also speaks English, Russian and Bulgarian.
Erika Veberyte is Director of WDN at the International Republican Institute (IRI). She joined IRI in 2010, following a successful career as Lithuania’s diplomat to the United States. From 2007-2010, Veberyte served as Political Council at the Embassy of the Republic of Lithuania in Washington, DC. As a diplomat, Veberyte was responsible for reaching out to the U.S. Congress and assisting in developing relations with the members of Parliament of the Republic of Lithuania.
Prior to her posting in Washington, DC, Veberyte served in the office of the President of the Republic of Lithuania as Diplomatic Advisor to the Acting President. Veberyte provided council on international relations, formulated, and implemented Acting President’s foreign policy strategy during Lithuania’s first months in the European Union and NATO, and participated in the drafting of Lithuania’s revised foreign policy guidelines and goals.
While serving as Chief Foreign Policy Advisor to the Speaker of the Parliament of the Republic of Lithuania from 2001-2006, Veberyte directed all aspects of the Speaker’s foreign policy. In this role she formulated and implemented parliament foreign policy strategy, managed business and logistical issues of the Speaker’s in-country meetings with numerous foreign leaders, Heads of State and parliamentary delegations and oversaw foreign visits to more than 32 countries around the world. Additionally, she coordinated foreign policy work among the parliament, government, Foreign Ministry, and President’s office and administered the passage of EU-related legislation and referendum.
Veberyte also worked at the World Bank Washington, DC office, the U.S. Embassy in Vilnius, Lithuania, and the IRI office in Vilnius, Lithuania. Born and raised in Kaunas, Lithuania, Veberyte has two Master’s degrees from Georgetown University, where she received a Master of Science in Foreign Service in 2000, and Vilnius University Philology faculty. She has done additional studies at Aalborg University in Denmark and the University of Colorado.
Erlingur Erlingsson has been a member of the Icelandic Foreign Service since 2005. He currently serves as a Defense and Security Counselor for the Embassy of Iceland. He has previously served as a member of the team negotiating the closure of Keflavik Naval Air Station in 2006 with DoS/DoD and the Deputy Director of the Iceland Crisis Response Unit and as a Middle East and UN Desk Officer at the MFA. He also has field experience with UNICEF in Tajikistan (2008-2009), was a NATO ISAF Deputy Director for Development in early 2009, and joined UNAMA as the Political Officer and acting Head of Office in Khost Province (2009-2010).
Erlingsson received his BA in History summa cum laude from Suffolk University in Boston MA. He also earned an M.St. in Military History from Oxford University and an MBA from Reykjavik University.
Evan Kraus is president, managing director of operations and managing director, Washington, at APCO Worldwide.
Mr. Kraus has served as a senior strategic counselor for many of the world’s largest businesses – helping them optimize their Web presence; tell a better corporate story; “push” their messages out to target audiences; shape online issue debates; identify, attract and mobilize supporters and endorsers; conduct outreach to bloggers and other new media channels; and analyze the online environment to form strategy.
Mr. Kraus is an expert in the emerging fields of media convergence – the blending of online and offline content into a highly integrated, dynamic and fast-moving news flow – and is a leader in movement marketing. He founded APCO's globally integrated Digital practice. In partnership with the Huffington Post and APCO’s in-house opinion research arm, APCO Insight, he pioneered a new proprietary approach to engaging social influencers called SocialEQ.
He holds his Bachelor of Science in aerospace engineering from the School of Engineering and Applied Science at the University of Virginia.
Fadesola is responsible for driving Dell’s solutions and strategy for broader care and population health management to support health plans, payors and providers. She is an experienced Health Policy and Regulatory expert with nearly a decade of experience working in the healthcare industry as it relates to healthcare policy, program/project management and infrastructure development. She is a former Senior Advisor and subject matter expert, with experience overseeing communications and collaboration efforts with congressional and other stakeholders with interests in Health IT and health Policy.
A social profit entrepreneur, Farah Mohamed created G(irls)20 and now serves as its CEO. G(irls)20 cultivates a new generation of leaders through education, entrepreneurship and global experiences. G(irls)20 provides advice on female labour force participation to the G20 and Business20. She has served as co-anchor for the Clinton Global Initiative’s Network on Investing in Girls & Women, as Advisor to Virgin Unite Canada and as an International Election Observer for the 2012 Egyptian & 2013 Jordanian elections. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree at Queens University and a Master of Arts degree from the University of Western Ontario in the field of Political Science and International Relations.
Frances Dare leads the Virtual Health practice within Accenture’s Clinical Services business service. With her clients and teams she works to transform healthcare organizations as well as health and care services. Above all she strives to integrate healthcare, connect the care continuum, and transform the experiences of both patients and health professionals. Much of her current work focuses on how virtual health approaches through telemedicine, telehealth and mHealth impact the business, practice and economics of healthcare. She brings more than 25 years’ experience to her work with private and public sector healthcare organizations. Ms. Dare began her healthcare career working in hospitals with wide-ranging leadership responsibilities across departments and programs.
After five years at the White House, Frances launched a brand new division of POLITICO’s audience solutions team called Social Enterprise, which aims to bolster content, partnerships and events with purpose-driven organizations, foundations, nonprofits and private sector partners with strong corporate social responsibility. At the White House, Frances served as a strategic millennial voice for the office of Global Engagement. She was instrumental in balancing a series of initiatives that the President placed as a priority for global engagement priorities as well as advancement in U.S. Public Diplomacy Issues.
Fumbi Chima is an accomplished business executive with exceptional senior management skills in strategic planning, acquisition and business development. As Chief Information Officer for Walmart Asia, she provides vision and leadership for developing and implementing information technology initiatives that align with their objectives. She leads IT strategic and operational planning to achieve Walmart’s goals by fostering innovation, prioritizing IT initiatives, and coordinating the evaluation, deployment, and management of current and future IT systems across the organization.
Chima is a seasoned, ROI-driven Business Leader who possesses extensive experience leading large Global IT organizations with particular expertise in: executing global growth strategies—M&A; post-merger synergy capture, technology build-out, and rapidly scalable IT infrastructure—critical to the success of start-up, mid-sized, and multibillion-dollar organizations in complex, high-volume and information-intensive environments.
Chima has been responsible for IT organizations upwards of 2000 practitioners, including onshore/offshore sourcing solutions, to deliver IT capabilities globally across 5 continents and within 12 countries for multiple industries. She has established stakeholder engagements with key executive leaders (LOB, C-Suite and Board of Directors), securing buy-in between business areas and ensuring current and future goals are fully supported.
Chima received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Hull in the U.K. and serves in numerous leadership volunteer roles, including Walmart’s Women’s Resource Council, STEM Innovation Task Force and the African American Officer Caucus. She also serves on numerous external boards and participates in mentoring networks which include: World Affairs Council – DC; StemConnector; West Essex YMCA; NJ School of Ballet; and Information Technology Senior Management Forum (ITSMF) Executive Leadership Council (ELC) and International Women’s Forum (IWF). Chima demonstrates her passion for global education, female mentoring and international communications through her service in leadership roles within women’s organization as an Officer Sponsor for the Walmart Women’s Resource Council and Secretary of the African-American Officer Caucus.
Chima is married with 2 girls and she has recently relocated her family to Hong Kong. Her interests include: Fitness, spending time with family, reading and vacationing.
Gary J. Beach brings more than thirty years of information technology experience to his role as publisher emeritus of International Data Group’s CIO magazine. Considered an expert source on the role of the chief information officer and future IT trends, he is frequently quoted by major media organizations such as CNN, USA Today, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and CBS MarketWatch. For the past ten years Beach has been a regular contributor on CNBC’s “Squawk Box” and “Squawk on the Street” commenting on technology investment trends and key industry issues. From 1998 through 2002 he contributed technology commentaries on tech issues for National Public Radio’s “All Things Considered” and “Morning Edition” programs. From the Oval Office of The White House in October 1996, Beach launched an information technology non-profit called Tech Corps which remains the nation’s longest standing non-profit focused on educational technology issues.
In August 2013 John Wiley and Sons published Beach’s book The U.S.Technology Skills Gap which at launch was listed as an Amazon Bestseller among computing and technology titles.
Governor Gary Richard Herbert has led Utah's recovery from the Great Recession to a position of national economic prominence. His unwavering focus on economic development includes attracting businesses and investment to the state while helping homegrown businesses flourish.
The Governor is focused on four cornerstones to strengthen Utah's economy: education, economic development, energy, and self-determination. As a result, Utah has become a premier destination for business, jobs, and an unsurpassed quality of life.
The Governor currently serves as Vice Chair of the National Governors Association (NGA), and will chair the organization in 2015-2016.
As Utah's 17th Governor, he took the Oath of Office on August 11, 2009. Prior to becoming the state's chief executive, Governor Herbert served as Lieutenant Governor for five years. In 1990, the Governor was appointed to the Utah County Commission.
Governor Herbert and his wife, Jeanette, are the proud parents of six children and 15 grandchildren.
Guillermo Fernandez has been the President and CEO of the US-Mexico Foundation for Science since 1996. He holds a Bachelor of Electrical and Mechanical Engineering and a Bachelor of Physics from the National University of Mexico (UNAM) as well as a Master of Science in Engineering and Economics Systems from Stanford University.
As Deputy Director of the National Council for Science and Technology (CONACYT) Mr. Fernandez created several different scientific and technological information services for industry, including INFOTEC. He worked as a researcher and engineer at the Federal Electricity Commission in Mexico (CFE). He was Executive Director of the Electrical Research Institute (IIE) and oversaw more than 200 innovation projects jointly with the CFE and LyFC, from which enterprises such as SINTEC and SIDETEC were created.
Haitham Al Mussawi is currently the Digital Diplomacy/Media Editor at the Embassy of the United Arab Emirates in Washington DC, where he creates and advises on public relations initiatives in the United States for the government of the United Arab Emirates. Since his appointment, Mr. Al Mussawi was instrumental in the significant positive shift in public perception of the UAE in the United States. Prior to joining the UAE embassy, Mr. Al Mussawi was assigned to the U.S. Department of State’s Foreign Service Institute as Political Affairs course coordinator. In this role, Mr. Al Mussawi designed, coordinated and implemented subject specific courses for Senior Foreign Service and Ambassador level officers.
Haitham Al Mussawi attended Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, Florida where he attained a Commercial Pilot’s License, received qualifications and ratings for heavy lift and corporate aircraft. Mr. Al Mussawi is a United States Marine serving in the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing in El Toro, California from 1990 to 1996.
Helen Seidel has been the Australian Embassy's Counsellor (Public Affairs) in Washington DC since April 2012. Before being posted to Washington, Ms Seidel was the Director of the Counter-Terrorism Cooperation Section with Australia's Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) in Canberra. She also served previously as the Director of DFAT's Afghanistan International and Special Envoy Section. In addition to having been the Executive Officer to DFAT's CEO, Ms Seidel has worked in Canberra on the Australia-US Ministerial Meeting, Myanmar and APEC. She has completed postings in Kuala Lumpur and Berlin.
Ian Shelledy is the co-founder and Exectuive Director of Sustainable Startups, a non-profit organization dedicated to growing entrepreneurs committed to the "triple bottom-line." Previously, he has worked in clean tech commercialization, watershed management and public deliberation. Ian has an M.A. focused in sustainable development and public administration from Colorado State University.
Iris Bohnet, the Roy E. Larsen Professor of Public Policy, is a behavioral economist at Harvard Kennedy School, combining insights from economics and psychology to improve decision-making in organizations and society, often with a gender or cross-cultural perspective. Her most recent research examines behavioral design to de-bias how we live, learn and work. She is the author of the award-winning book What Works: Gender Equality by Design, (an example of a book talk can be viewed HERE) and advises governments and companies on the topic around the world. Professor Bohnet served as the academic dean of the Kennedy School, is the director of its research center, the Women and Public Policy Program, co-chair of the Behavioral Insights Group, an associate director of the Harvard Decision Science Laboratory, and the faculty chair of the executive program “Global Leadership and Public Policy for the 21st Century” for the World Economic Forum’s Young Global Leaders. She is a co-chair of the Global Future Council on Behavioral Science of the World Economic Forum and serves on the boards or advisory boards of Credit Suisse Group, Applied, and Edge, as well as numerous academic journals. She is married and the mother of two children.
JR Kerr is co-lead of Frequency540’s corporate social innovation practice where he helps curate partnerships between clients and social change organizations to create a positive impact that extends beyond a marketing campaign alone. Working with clients Caterpillar Foundation, Caterpillar, INC, YWCA, Starwood Hotels and the United Way of Dallas, JR helps tell compelling brand stories centered on social impact.
Prior to joining Frequency540, JR was the director for programming & curation for Chicago Ideas Week and was also lead curator for the Curation Group. With over 15 years experience in convening networks of influence around social issues and creating compelling stories around these partnerships, JR has worked with influencers and organizations such as Soledad O’Brien, The Gates Foundation, The One Campaign, The White House Public Engagement Office and the Office for Faith Based & Neighborhood Partnerships.
Jacob is an established quantum physicist who has, amongst other achievements, set the world record for quantum teleportation. He founded ScienceAtHome to create an online gaming platform that democratizes science by turning scientific problems into engaging games. Now, with the help of gamers around the world, Jacob aspires to create a quantum computer and turn social science inside out with massive multiplayer games.
Jason Green, Co-Founder, SVP & GC of SkillSmart, is an entrepreneur, lawyer, and political strategist that has spent his career empowering individuals and communities. Previously, Green served in a number of state and local political positions. Most recently, he served for four years as Special Assistant to the President and Associate Counsel to President Obama, where he advised on legal, economic and domestic policy matters. Prior to joining the White House, Green served as the National Voter Registration Director for the Obama for America 2008 campaign.
Jean-Claude brings 28 years of leadership to Cambridge’s activities. He works with community leaders and healthcare executives to champion development of communities and facilities that support healthy, mindful living, made easy. Jean-Claude’s appointments include: Representative, World Economic Forum’s Global Growth Companies Community; Chairman of the Advisory Board of the Alcuin School, which serves Montessori and International Baccalaureate students; Board of Trustees of the Dallas Museum of Art; Founder and Chairman of the Saada Foundation, supporting advancements in healthcare and education; and Founder and Chairman of the Cambridge Mindful Living Foundation, supporting personal, community and global health initiatives. Jean-Claude holds Master of Science (engineering), Master of Business Administration, and Bachelor of Science (engineering) degrees from Case Western Reserve University.
Jed Shein is the Digital Director at the Embassy of Israel in Washington, D.C. where he leads the Embassy’s digital engagement with online communities through the website and social media channels. Since joining the Embassy, Jed has focused on strengthening the voice and knowledge of Israel and the U.S.-Israel relationship online. Jed works in close cooperation with senior diplomats and officials in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Prime Minister’s Office, and other Israel agencies in planning and executing both local and international digital campaigns. Jed is also a co-founder of the Digital Diplomacy Coalition, a Washington-based grassroots organization bringing together digital strategists and communicators in the diplomatic and international affairs community.
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The Global Talent Summit's mission is to convene strategists, key opinion leaders and relevant stakeholders to shape the future of talent through education, innovation and recruitment. Global Talent Summit is the premier space for multi-disciplinary stakeholders from the private sector, policy, academia/education and innovation to come together to discuss the trends and solutions for the future of global talent. The Global Talent Summit—on its 5th year now—aims to contribute to the discussions of the World Economic Forum’s Fourth Industrial Revolution and its impact on the future of work and education.
“What can be automated, will be automated.” This was the conclusion of last year’s Global Talent Summit. Automation is inevitable and will contribute to a continuous change in the workforce landscape as human jobs disappear, and new, yet to be defined jobs emerge. No specific education and knowledge/skill specialization can guarantee protection against loss of employment. It will not be possible to truly foresee skill needs created by the rapid development of technology. It will therefore be necessary to prepare the individual for a future of Lifelong Learning aimed at continuous re-adaptation to ever-changing circumstances of the global talent market. While the young learner must become a skilled user of new and emerging technologies, he/she must also learn how to quickly adapt to change and develop new skills for 21st century jobs.
The intensifying war for global talent. Fewer students are graduating with the skills needed for the jobs AI and robotics are either replacing or re-creating. Many companies and entire countries are now confronted with significant talent shortages. According to a PwC report in 2015, 73% of CEOs surveyed see skills shortages as a key business threat.
Given the essential role of human capital in the coming expansion, a global war for talent is beginning and will intensify. At the heart of this competition are three issues:
Skill Gaps: Almost 200 million people around the world (40 million of which are in the advanced economies alone) are unemployed. Yet global businesses are struggling with jobs that remain vacant. Seventy-five million of these unemployed are youth. The inability to fill jobs despite massive unemployment is not only due to geographic imbalances in demand and supply, but also due to large skill gaps between the needs of the industry and the output of the education systems.
Technology Development: Advances in technology, especially AI, Robotics and Information Technology, will continue to disrupt societies in the coming years. Cloud, mobile technology, social networks and collaboration technologies, and big data provide almost infinite computing, storage, and bandwidth at very low cost. This has increased the amount of innovation in every sector and aspect of our lives. These developments are redefining jobs of the future and with it, the talent needed for the future.
Change in Demographics: Emerging economies like India and China are increasingly becoming magnets for talent while advanced economies like Japan, the EU and the U.S. are facing the challenges of an aging workforce. The most direct impact of the widespread aging around the globe is that regional and national economies that depend on a largely static local workforce will be challenged, as the local population ages out of the working economy.
Audience: The Global Talent Summit is positioned as the convener of multi-stakeholders—private sector, educators from early grades through academia, and innovators—working together to close the skills gap for employers now and the future.
By the numbers: We have convened over 2000 participants in the past four years of the summit’s lifetime, including c-level executives from fortune 100 companies, media influentials, policy makers, civil society and startup founders. Since the first summit in 2014 there has been enormous interest on social media, garnering a total of over 300 million social media impressions through campaigns, live-tweeting and live broadcasting. We have published numerous reports, white papers and multimedia—including hundreds of videos and infographics.
Who attends the Global Talent Summit?
Corporate: Human Resource Directors, Heads of Recruitment, Directors of Corporate Strategy and R&D, Heads of Corporate Training or Corporate Universities, COOs, CIOs, CTOs.
Academia: Career Services Directors, Foundation and Development Directors and Officers, School Deans and Presidents, Heads of Work/Talent Development Centers, University Research Center Directors, Early Childhood and K-12 Educators, Heads of Education Non-Profits and Civil Society, Heads of Global Educational Organizations.
Startup: Venture Managers, Investors, Global Incubator & Accelerator Directors, Innovation and Impact Investment Specialists, Government Innovation Officials, Futurists, Innovators, Startup Founders.
Join us on 20 January 2018, in Zurich, Switzerland at the historic campus of ETH Zurich for our 5th edition of the Global Talent Summit.
To register visit here.