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Richard Branson
Founder at Virgin Group
Sir Richard Branson is the founder of the Virgin Group, one of the world's most recognized and respected brands. Most of his time is now spent building businesses and working with Virgin Unite and organizations it has incubated, such as The Elders, The Carbon War Room, The B Team and, Ocean Unite. He also serves on the Global Commission on Drug Policy and supports ocean conservation with the Ocean Elders.
Ian Bremmer
President, Eurasia Group and GZERO Media
Ian Bremmer is the president and founder of Eurasia Group, a global political risk research and consulting firm. He is also an author and regularly expresses his views in public speeches, television appearances, and top publications, including Time magazine, where he is the foreign affairs columnist and editor-at-large.
Maryam Banikarim
Global Chief Marketing Officer at Hyatt
Maryam Banikarim began as the Hyatt Hotel Corporation’s Chief Marketing Officer in 2015 following more than 20 years of marketing expertise across multiple industries. Previously, she was Gannett’s first-ever Chief Marketing Officer, where she successfully guided one of the largest newspaper publishers in the U.S. through a major decline in the news industry. She also served as senior vice president at NBC Universal and the chief marketing officer for Univision Communications, Inc.
Candy Crowley
Former CNN Political News Anchor
Candy Crowley is an award-winning journalist and an astute political observer. She served as CNN’s chief political correspondent and the host of “State of the Union with Candy Crowley,” a political hour of interviews and analysis of the week’s most important issues.
Matt Wallaert
Chief Behavioral Officer at Clover Health
Matt Wallaert is a behavioral scientist and entrepreneur working at the intersection of technology and human behavior, designing products and programs that help people live happier, healthier lives. After building two successful startups, he became Microsoft’s first behavioral scientist and a director at Microsoft Ventures. He is now the industry’s first Chief Behavioral Officer at Clover Health, a Medicare Advantage plan changing the model of insurance by changing behavior.
Marcela Sapone
CEO and Co-Founder of Hello Alfred
Marcela Sapone is the co-founder and CEO of Hello Alfred. Through Alfred, she works to redefine urban living and advocates for pro-human, pro-labor policies. She was among the first founders in the sharing economy to write on the importance of meaningful work and a meaningful income for employees. She worked with the Brookings Institute, the Secretary of Labor, and the Obama Administration and was named one of Goldman Sachs’ “most intriguing entrepreneurs.”
Phillip Lipscy
Political Science Faculty at Stanford University
Phillip Lipscy is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at Stanford University. He is also The Thomas Rohlen Center Fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies. His fields of research include international and comparative political economy, international security, and the politics of East Asia and Japan.
Adaora Udoji
Principal at Boshia Group
Adaora Udoji is an award-winning storyteller working in film and video as well as virtual, augmented, and mixed reality. She’s a creative producer who loves the business of content. She is also an adjunct professor at NYU’s Interactive Telecommunications Program.