Born in Iran and raised as a member of the Baha’i faith, Payam Zamani is the founder, chairman, and CEO of One Planet, a socially responsible hybrid tech firm that owns and operates a suite of online technology and media businesses and is an early stage investor. He is also the Founder and the Editor-in-Chief of BahaiTeachings.org.
Ron Adner is an award-winning professor of strategy at the Tuck School and the author of The Wide Lens. His research and teaching focus on innovation, strategy, and entrepreneurship and his work introduces a new perspective on the relationship among firms, customers, and the broader "innovation ecosystems" in which they interact to create value.
Winner of the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for History for his book Lords of Finance, Ahamed is a former economist at the World Bank. Lords of Finance was a New York Times Bestseller and was chosen as one of The New Yorker’s top 20 nonfiction books of 2009, and one of the New York Times’s top 10 books of 2009.
Dr. Simone Ahuja is the founder of Blood Orange, an innovation and strategy consultancy and an advisor to global entrepreneurs and corporate ’intrapreneurs.’
Professor of Marketing at the University of Michigan-Dearborn College of Business, Aaron Ahuvia is one of the leading experts in the world on consumer behavior. The winner of the Consumer Brand Relationships Association’s Lifetime Achievement Award for Industry Impact, he studies how and why we love our favorite possessions, brands and activities.
Fouad Ajami, an internationally renowned scholar and writer, was Director of the Middle East Studies Program at Johns Hopkins University, a recipient of a MacArthur genius grant, a founding member of The Association for the Study of the Middle East and Africa, a recipient of the National Humanities Medal, and author of several books including, most recently, The Foreigner’s Gift: The Americans, the Arabs, and the Iraqis (Free Press).
Jonathan Allen is a senior political analyst with NBC News digital. A winner of the Dirksen and Hume awards for reporting, he was previously the White House bureau chief for Politico and the Washington bureau chief for Bloomberg News.
Author of the nationally-syndicated column "Ask a Mexican," Arellano is the editor of the OC Weekly. He has contributed to NPR’s Marketplace and The Los Angeles Times, and has appeared on The Today Show, Chelsea Lately, and The Colbert Report. He lectures widely and is represented by Verbatim.
Erin Arvedlund, a leading financial journalist who has written for Barron’s, The Wall Street Journal, and The New York Times, is the author of Too Good To Be True: The Rise and Fall of Bernie Madoff and Open Secret: The Conspiracy to Fix Libor (Penguin/Portfolio).
James Ashton is a business writer, commentator and consultant. His journalism appears regularly in the Evening Standard and Sunday Telegraph (where he writes the ‘Questor’ column) as well as CEO interviews for the Mail on Sunday, Times and Telegraph. He was City Editor and Executive Editor of the Evening Standard and Independent and before that City Editor of the Sunday Times. His podcast series Leadingwith James Ashton brings together people from the top of very different organisations in the worlds of business, charity, the arts and beyond to discuss their take on leading vital causes, famous brand names and multi-million-pound enterprises. Take a listen here. Through Lingmell Media, his content and consulting business, James helps companies and individuals tell great stories. He also runs Oscar’s Book Prize, a competition to find the best pre-school book of the year.
Philip Augar’s the Augar Report into post-18 education was published by the May government in 2019. A former banker with a History PhD, he contributes to the FT, Sunday Times and BBC.
Iyad el-Baghdadi is a prominent Arab Spring intellectual, writer, and activist. He is resident fellow at Civita, Norway’s leading liberal think tank and participates regularly in the Oslo Freedom Forum and the Global Tolerance Forum.Iyad el-Baghdadi is a self-styled ‘Islamic libertarian’, and writes on issues related to Islam and liberty; the Arab Spring; and Middle Eastern and world affairs. He also writes about radicalization, jihadist ideology, and populism. His articles have appeared in the New York Times, Foreign Policy, Prospect and the International Business Times. He is a regular interviewee on Al-Jazeera and other global news media. He also sits on the board of The Munathara Initiative, the Arab world’s leading society-run debate platform & TV show.Before becoming a writer, Iyad el-Baghdadi was a serial tech entrepreneur, with over a decade’s experience working with start-ups. When the Arab uprisings started in 2011, his Twitter account, which promoted democracy and human rights, became hugely influential and respected. In 2014, this led to him being arrested, jailed and eventually exiled from the United Arab Emirates. He recounted his tale in July 2019 on BBC HARDtalk.Iyad now lives and works in Oslo, Norway. He is a skilled and eloquent public speaker, and is available to speak at events and conferences.
Dave Balter is a pioneer in the world of word-of-mouth marketing, the founder and CEO of bzzagent.com and the author of Grapevine: The New Art of Word-of-Mouth Marketing (Penguin/Portfolio).
David Banks is the inspirational founder of the Eagle Academy for Young Men and the president and CEO of the Eagle Academy Foundation, a network of all-boys public schools in New York City, and the author of Soar: How Boys Learn, Succeed, and Develop Character.
Theo Barclay is a barrister based in London. Educated at Brasenose College, Oxford, he can often be found around the Royal Courts of Justice in his wig and gown. He started writing about politics in 2010 after developing an unhealthy obsession with the autobiographies of minor Blair-era ministers. He has written extensively about the blurred line between politics and law for several industry journals and for The Times’s Red Box politics website, and given lectures at King’s College, London.
Thomas P. M. Barnett is a highly sought after military strategist, a contributor to Esquire magazine and author of the New York Times bestseller The Pentagon’s New Map (Putnam) as well as Blueprint for Action and Great Powers (Putnam).
A former Special Inspector General of the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP), Barofsky is a Senior Fellow at NYU’s Center on the Administration of Criminal Law and a partner in the Litigation Department of national law firm Jenner & Block LLP. His book Bailout was a New York Times Bestseller.
Jean-Louis Barsoux is a Research Professor at IMD (Lausanne, Switzerland) and has published extensively in Harvard Business Review and MIT Sloan Management Review. He is also the author of several books on management, including the award-winning Set-Up-To-Fail Syndrome: How Good Managers Cause Great People To Fail (with Jean-François Manzoni, HBSP, 2002).
Christian Bason, Ph.D., is CEO of the Danish Design Centre, a foundation working to advance the value of design for business and society. A political scientist and design thinker, he is the former Director of MindLab, the Danish governments innovation team, and the author of seven books on leadership, innovation and design.
David Benjamin is Chief Technology Officer/Chief Architect of Syntegrity, a global leader in Business Orchestration Solutions, which has a unique platform, combining scientific methodologies and proprietary technologies, that helps companies and organizations solve their most complex challenges and clear the way for execution.
Mark T. Bertolini is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Aetna, a Fortune 50 diversified health care benefits company with over $60 billion in 2015 revenue. Aetna serves an estimated 46.5 million people with information and resources to help them make better informed decisions about their health care and has operations in North America, Asia, Europe and the Middle East.
Arindam Bhattacharya is a managing director and senior partner at Boston Consulting Group. He is a cofounder and the former director of the BCG Henderson Institute. He is a current member of the global leadership team of the firm’s Global Advantage practice and a former member of the global leadership team of the Industrial Goods, Operations, and Public Sector practices. He previously led BCG India for six years.As a BCG Fellow, he has focused his research on new globalization over the past four years, leading the firm’s work in this area. His research has uncovered the radical shift of globalization and its implications for global firms across sectors.His first book, Globality: Competing with Everyone from Everywhere for Everything, was included in the Economist’s Books of the Year list in 2008.
Dr Chris Bickerton is Reader in Politics at Cambridge University and fellow of Queens’ College, Cambridge. Born in Glasgow to a French mother and an English father, he read Politics, Philosophy and Economics at Somerville College, Oxford. He did his Masters in International Relations at the Graduate Institute for International Studies in Geneva, Switzerland, returning to St Johns’ College, Oxford, for his D.Phil. He taught at the Universities of Oxford, Amsterdam and Sciences Po in Paris, before moving to Cambridge in 2013.Chris writes regularly on European politics for newspapers such as the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times and the Guardian, and also for Prospect, the Big Issue and other magazines. He is also a panelist on the hugely popular and insightful podcast Talking Politics.
Zac Bissonnette has written for The Boston Globe Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, and the New York Times. He’s appeared on CNN, The Today Show, and MSNBC, among others. His book How to Be Richer, Smarter, and Better-Looking Than Your Parents was a New York Times bestseller.
Kate Black is the Chief of Staff at EMILY's List, a nonprofit dedicated to helping Democratic pro-choice women run for office.
Melissa Estes Blair is a historian of women and politics in the 20th-century United States, and an associate professor of history at Auburn University. Her first book was Revolutionizing Expectations: Women’s Organizations, Feminism, and American Politics 1965-1980.
Heidi Blake is an award-winning investigative reporter for BuzzFeed UK, who has also written for The Sunday Times, and has won 18 national and international media awards including Scoop of the Year, Investigation of the Year and the Paul Foot Award for Campaigning and Investigative Journalism. She was named Digital Journalist of 2016 by the London Press Club and ranked on last year’s Forbes 30 Under 30 list of the most influential young media professionals in Europe.
Jenny Blake is an author, career and business strategist and international speaker. She has been featured on Forbes.com, US News & World Report, Real Simple magazine, and has spoken at major universities and top companies such as Columbia, TEDxCMU, Yale, Parsons, UCLA, Google, Intuit, KPMG and Best Buy. She worked at Google for over five years on the Training and Career Development teams, and since then has been running her own business for over three years. Jenny created her first website, Life After College in 2005 and released a book of the same name in 2011 that was featured in Target’s 2012 graduation display. Jenny is also the co-founder of an app called Lucent (@LucentApp) for people who are “meditation-curious.” She is based in New York City.
Arthur Blank is the co-founder of the Home Depot. He is the owner of the NFL’s Atlanta Falcons, Atlanta United of Major League Soccer, Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, the PGA Tour Superstores retail chain and is one of America’s most effective philanthropists.
The New York Times’s Visual Op-Ed Columnist, Blow was previously the paper’s Graphics Director and Design Director for News. In those roles he led the Times to numerous design awards. His Op-Ed column appears twice a week on Mondays and Thursdays.
Greg Bluestein is a political reporter who covers the governor's office and state politics for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. He joined the newspaper in June 2012 after spending seven years with the Atlanta bureau of The Associated Press, where he covered a range of beats that included politics and legal affairs.
A journalist, screenwriter, and film producer, Boal won two Academy Awards, Best Original Screenplay and Best Picture, for his film The Hurt Locker. His 2013 film, Zero Dark Thirty, was nominated for five Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Screenplay.
Dan Bouk is an award winning historian who is Associate Professor of History and University Studies at Colgate University, a core member of the Max Planck Institute of Science’s working group on “Histories of Data”, and currently serves as a Faculty Fellow at the Date & Research Institute. His first book, How Our Days Became Numbered: Risk and the Rise of the Statistical Individual, was awarded prizes from the History of Science Society and the Society for U.S. Intellectual History.
Cyril Bouquet is a Professor of Strategy and Innovation at IMD (Lausanne, Switzerland) where he works with companies trying to re-invent themselves, orchestrating their innovation journeys to help executives create the future and not just hold on to the formulas that have worked well in the past.
Luc de Brabandère is a fellow and senior advisor at The Boston Consulting Group, teacher at The Louvain School of Management and at the École Centrale Paris, former general manager of the Brussels Stock Exchange, and author or co-author of 12 books, most recently Thinking in New Boxes: A New Paradigm for Business Creativity (Random House), written with Alan Iny.
Mark A. Bradley is an award-winning author and national security expert who served for years at the CIA and Department of Justice and, later, was appointed by President Obama to the Director of the Information Security Oversight Office at the National Archives.
A journalist and entrepreneur, Brill is the creator of the widely acclaimed magazine Brill’s Content. He’s written for The New Yorker, the New York Times, Harper’s, and TIME and his March 2013 TIME cover story, "Bitter Pill," marked the first time That the magazine dedicated an entire issue to a single article.
The co-founder of Hope for the Sold, an abolitionist charity dedicated to the eradication of human trafficking and exploitation, Jared Brock speaks regularly at universities and churches throughout the United States and Canada. He is the author of A Year of Living Prayerfully and his writing has also appeared in Esquire, the Huffington Post, TODAY.com, and Writer’s Digest.
Tobias Buck is the managing editor of the Financial Times. He was previously the Berlin and Madrid correspondent.
Maggie Bullock is a journalist and former Condé Nast editor who covers the worlds of fashion, retail, and celebrity for The New York Times, Vanity Fair, Elle, and Vogue among many other national publications.
Will Bunch is national opinion columnist at the Philadelphia Inquirer who shared the 1992 Pulitzer Prize for spot news reporting, and the author of several books on American politics and culture.
Tara Button is the CEO and founder of buymeonce.com.
Jonathan Byrnes is a Senior Lecturer at MIT, where he has supervised research and taught graduate students and executives for thirty years. He is the founding chairman of Profit Isle, a trusted partner whose unique, proprietary profit analytics have produced 10-30% year-on-year profit increases on over $100 billion in client revenues. He holds a doctorate from Harvard Business School. With John Wass, he is the author of Choose Your Customer, from McGraw-Hill.
Louise Callaghan is the Middle East correspondent for the Sunday Times. She was named New Journalist of the Year in 2017, and won the Marie Colvin Award at the British Journalism Awards in 2018. The citation read, in part: 'Louise Callaghan's work fights to get to the truth of what is happening on the ground in rebel-held Syria... She bore witness to crimes governments and armed groups would rather were hidden away.' Forbes Magazine named her as one of their '30 under 30' key people in the media.
An investigative journalist and anthropologist, Carney blends narrative nonfiction with ethnography in his stories. His first book The Red Market: On the Trail of the World’s Organ Brokers, Bone Thieves, Blood Farmers and Child Traffickers received critical acclaim from Michiko Kakutani in the New York Times and won the Clarion Award for best work of nonfiction in 2012.
Shawn Casemore, author of Operational Empowerment, is a frequent speaker and expert on operations management, team-building, human resources and customer service who works with companies all around the world.
Adam Chandler is a journalist whose work has appeared in The Atlantic, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, Texas Monthly, and beyond, while appearing across television, radio, and digital platforms like CBS Sunday Morning, Hardball with Chris Matthews, The History Channel’s The Food That Built America and Modern Marvels, National Geographic’s The ‘80s, NPR’s On Point, Planet Money, and Morning Shift, PRI’s The Takeaway, and more. He is the author of Drive-Thru Dreams: A Journey Through the Heart of America's Fast-Food Kingdom (Flatiron Books).
Arun Chaudhary served as the first official White House videographer from 2009 to 2011 and was also a key member of Obama's new media team during the 2008 campaign. He previously worked in film in New York and was a member of the NYU Graduate Film Department faculty. He received his MFA in filmmaking from NYU and his BA in film theory from Cornell University. Chaudhary has been profiled by The New York Times, the BBC, National Journal, Politico, Fortune, and many political websites. He lives in Washington, DC, with his wife and son.
Tom Chiarella was a writer at large for Esquire for 20 years and was also the Hampton and Esther Boswell Distinguished University Professor of Creative Writing at DePauw University. He is the author of three books: a story collection, Foley’s Luck (Knopf), the essay collection Thursday’s Game, as well as Writing Dialogue.
London-based Eric is a technology executive who has spent a career building the value of digital companies through innovative strategies including at AOL, Time Warner and SwiftKey/Microsoft. In 2011 President Obama appointed him to the Small Business Administration’s Council on Underserved Communities and as an evaluator for White House Fellow applicants. Along with a prominent group of Black European and US serial entrepreneurs, institutional investors, investment bankers, corporate leaders and entertainers, Eric co-founded Impact X Capital Partners in 2018. He presents Channel 4’s business reality series The Profit.
Tyler Cowen is Holbert L. Harris Professor of Economics at George Mason University, Director and Chairman of the Board of the Mercatus Center. He has written numerous books on economics including the bestsellers, The Great Stagnation and The Complacent Class. He is a columnist with Bloomberg Opinion and his work has appeared in The New York Times, The Atlantic, Slate, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, NPR.org, Foreign Policy, The New Yorker, and many other outlets. He writes the daily blog, Marginal Revolution, runs an on-line economics education site, Marginal Revolution University, and produces and hosts the podcast, Conversations with Tyler.
James Crabtree is an Associate Professor at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy in Singapore, as well as a Senior Fellow at the Centre on Asia and Globalisation (CAG). He is also a non-resident fellow at the Asia programme at Chatham House in London, and writes a fortnightly column for Nikkei Asian Review. From 2011 to 2016, he led coverage of corporate India for the Financial Times, having previously worked on the paper’s opinion page in London as Comment Editor. James worked previously for Prospect, Britain’s leading monthly magazine of politics and ideas, and has written elsewhere for a range of global publications, including the Economist and Wired. Prior to that, he worked as a policy advisor in the UK Prime Minister’s Strategy Unit, and also for various think tanks in London and Washington DC. He spent a number of years living in the United States, initially as a Fulbright Scholar at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government.
Kimberlé Crenshaw is the Co-Founder and Executive Director of the African American Policy Forum, Professor of Law at UCLA and Columbia University, and the most cited woman legal scholar in the history of the law. She developed the theories of, wrote the globally influential academic papers on, and coined the terms for “intersectionality,” Critical Race Theory, and the SayHerName campaign.
A former chancellor of the New York City public school system and former superintendent for Miami-Dade county’s public schools, Crew is an education consultant and frequent lecturer. The Board of Trustees of The City University of New York appointed Crew as president of Medgar Evers College.
Jim Cullen is an ex-Navy officer who started with Merrill Lynch in 1965. He later worked with the high-quality research firms of Spencer Trask & Co. and Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette. In 1984, he started his own firm and they presently manage approximately $20 billion for individual and institutional clients.
An Emmy-winning actor best known for his role as Sam Malone on the television series "Cheers," Danson appears regularly on HBO’s "Curb Your Enthusiasm" and currently stars in "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation." He is on the board of Oceana, the world’s largest non-profit devoted to marine issues.
Matthew Davis is the founder and Executive Director of the Alan Cheuse International Writers Center at George Mason University. He is the author of the memoir When Things Get Dark: A Mongolian Winter's Tale. And his work has appeared, among other places, in the New Yorker, the Atlantic, the LA Review of Books, and Guernica.