Glen Weyl is a political economist and social technologist whose work focuses on harnessing computers and markets to create a radically equal and cooperative society. He is the Founder and Chairman of the RadicalxChange Foundation, a Principal Researcher at Microsoft Research and a lecturer at Princeton University. Glen was recently honored as a Bloomberg Top 50, one Wired Magazine’s 25 leaders shaping the next 25 years of technology, and one of Coindesk’s most influential people in blockchain for 2018. Glen is currently Chairperson of the Board.
Vitalik Buterin is the creator of the Ethereum Foundation. He first discovered blockchain and cryptocurrency technologies through Bitcoin in 2011, and was immediately excited by the technology and its potential. He co-founded Bitcoin Magazine in September 2011, and after two and a half years looking at what the existing blockchain technology and applications had to offer, wrote the Ethereum white paper in November 2013. He now leads Ethereum’s research team, working on future versions of the Ethereum protocol.
Audrey Tang, formerly known as Autrijus Tang), is a Taiwanese free software programmer, who has been described as one of the 'ten greats of Taiwanese computing personalities' and is considered one of Taiwan’s brightest. In August 2016, she was invited to join the Taiwan Executive Yuan as a minister without portfolio, making her the first transgender official in the top executive cabinet. At the age of 16 Tang founded her own company after dropping out of school, she then went on to become an adviser to BenQ and Apple, and by 33 she announced her retirement. She is a prominent member of groups using Haskell and Perl programming languages and has contributed to the designs of systems such as Kwiki, Windows RT and Slash, and she has devoted her time to Internet public welfare projects, such as the g0v.tw platform and the promotion of the vTaiwan platform.
Danielle Allen is an American classicist and political scientist. She is the James Bryant Conant University Professor and the Director of the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics at Harvard University. Prior to joining the faculty at Harvard in 2015, Allen was UPS Foundation Professor at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, New Jersey. As of January 1, 2017, she is also James Bryant Conant University Professor, Harvard’s highest faculty honor. She has published broadly in democratic theory, political sociology, and the history of political thought. Widely known for her work on justice and citizenship in both ancient Athens and modern America, Allen is the author of The World of Prometheus: The Politics of Punishing in Democratic Athens (2000), Talking to Strangers: Anxieties of Citizenship since Brown v. Board of Education (2004), Why Plato Wrote (2010), and Our Declaration (Norton/Liveright, 2014). In 2002, she was awarded a MacArthur Fellowship for her ability to combine “the classicist’s careful attention to texts and language with the political theorist’s sophisticated and informed engagement.” She is currently working on books on citizenship in the digital age and political equality. Allen is a frequent public lecturer and regular guest on public radio affiliates to discuss issues of citizenship, as well as an occasional contributor on similar subjects to the Washington Post, Boston Review, Democracy, Cabinet, and The Nation.
Fred Turner is the Harry and Norman Chandler Professor of Communication at Stanford University. He is the author of three books: The Democratic Surround: Multimedia and American Liberalism from World War II to the Psychedelic Sixties (University of Chicago Press, 2013); From Counterculture to Cyberculture: Stewart Brand, the Whole Earth Network, and the Rise of Digital Utopianism (University of Chicago Press, 2006); and Echoes of Combat: The Vietnam War in American Memory (Anchor/Doubleday, 1996; 2nd ed., University of Minnesota Press, 2001). Before coming to Stanford, he taught Communication at Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government and MIT’s Sloan School of Management. He also worked for ten years as a journalist. He has written for newspapers and magazines ranging from the Boston Globe Sunday Magazine to Harper’s.
Marina Silva is a Brazilian politician and environmentalist. She is currently the spokeswoman for the Sustainability Party (REDE). During her political career, Silva served as a Senator of the state of Acre between 1995 and 2011 and Minister of the Environment from 2003 to 2008. She ran for president in 2010, 2014 and 2018.
Recognized by Forbes as "30 under 30", author of the book "Female Entrepreneurship: Strategic look without romanticism", Monique Evelle is the creator of Desabafo Social, a laboratory of social technologies applied to income generation, communication and education and a partner at SHARP, cultural intelligence hub. She leads high performance teams to prototype solutions in up to five days, using the MESA method, developing on-demand solutions for major brands such as Google, Santander, Klabin, UOL and more. She has already done three TEDx, participated in Conectados Al Sur, Global Symposium Artificial Intelligence & Inclusion, from Harvard University and several other national and international events.
Founder of Democracy Earth Foundation, a non-profit organization backed by Y Combinator and Templeton Foundation building open source censorship resistant digital democracies. Also co-founder of Partido de la Red, a political party that ran for elections with candidates committed to people's will online in 2013. Partner of Bitex.la, leading bitcoin exchange in South America operating from Buenos Aires since 2014. Author of "Hacktivismo", published in 2015 by Random House. Argentine.
Margaret Levi is Sara Miller McCune Director of the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences (CASBS) and professor of political science, Stanford University. She earned her BA from Bryn Mawr College and PhD from Harvard University. She is the 2019 recipient of the Johan Skytte Prize. She is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Academy of Political and Social Sciences, the American Philosophical Society, and the National Academy of Sciences. She was a John Simon Guggenheim Fellow. She served as president of the American Political Science Association from 2004-5. Her books include the sole-authored Of Rule and Revenue and Consent, Dissent, and Patriotism and the coauthored Analytic Narratives; Cooperation without Trust?; In the Interest of Others; and Labor Standards in International Supply Chains. She is general coeditor of the Annual Review of Political Science and an editor of Cambridge Studies in Comparative Politics.
Jody creates superhumans, not supercomputers. Rather than teaching humans the right buttons to push, she uses cognitive computing (AI, AR/VR, robotics, sensors, etc.) to make tech understand humans. The resulting tools dramatically extend, augment, and amplify human abilities and are as easy to control as our own bodies. She might read too much Batman, but in her 23-year design career, Jody has created just about everything from AI and holograms to robots and R&D. Her most notable work includes UX design for DARPA’S Big Dog, Principal Experience Designer on the HoloLens Project at Microsoft, HMI for Toyota’s AiCar, and Director of Design for Singularity University Labs. Today, as CEO of Superhuman-X, she is working to define the future of human-machine interface (HMI) through radical inclusion by leveraging brain-machine interface, sensors, robotics, AI, and AR/VR. She travels around the world speaking about the future of these technologies and their impact on humanity as faculty at Singularity University and for groups like WIRED, Google, and TEDx.
Jody is also a practicing fine artist. She has an MFA from San Francisco Art Institute, teaches at Calfornia College of Arts, and has exhibited across the United States from New York City to Los Angeles with big pieces in tiny little galleries and a tiny piece in the Smithsonian. She is a founding artist of the art crew Five Ton Crane and continues to collaborate with the group on large scale artworks.
Renato Cymbalista is Architect and Planner. He Holds a Phd in Architeture (University of São Paulo, Brazil) and a PhD in History (University of Campinas, Brazil). He is a professor in the Department of History of Architecture and Urbanism at the School of Architecture and Urbanism of the University of São Paulo. He coordinates the research group "Sites of Memory and Conscience" and the "Lab for Other Urbanisms" at the University of São Paulo. He is the president of Instituto Pólis. He sits in the boards of Casa do Povo (São Paulo) and Centro de Preservação Cultural of the University of São Paulo. He is an associate of the Goethe Institut São Paulo. He was visiting professor in the Tecnhische Universität Cottbus (2008), Université Paris 7 - Diderot (2013); Parsons - The New School of Design, New York (2014) and Labex Dynamite Paris 1 (2015).
Paula Berman heads up the Ambassadors Program for Democracy Earth Foundation (DEF), where she works with leaders in more than 10 countries to create local movements around liquid democracy. Prior to her work with DEF, Paula’s history was one of social hacktivism: acting as Team Captain of Code for Curitiba, a group of hacker activists working to make public management better through technology, and leading the creation of Politikei, a software platform connecting citizens with Brazilian City Councils. In 2017 she was named a Young Leader of Civic Technology by Stanford University and the US National Democratic Institute. Based in Brasil, Paula speaks Portuguese, Spanish, English and Hebrew.
Matt Prewitt is the President of the RadicalxChange Foundation, a writer and blockchain advisor, former plaintiff's side antitrust and consumer class action litigator, and federal law clerk.
Professor of Economic Law at the University of São Paulo (FDRP / USP), with postdoctoral fellowship as Visiting-Scholar at Georgetown University (USA). First and only Brazilian selected by the American Bar Association (Antitrust Section) for the program of International Scholar in Residence (2018). Her book entitled "Antitrust Law", published by Ed. Saraiva was considered the "best legal book of the year" ("Trofeu Cultura Econômica" - 2008).
For a decade she was appointed as a leading lawyer in antitrust and international trade (Cf. Latin Lawyers, Chambers and Partners, Euromoney, among others). Mrs. Domingues worked in several national and international high-profile cases and won national and international awards and prizes as a leading lawyer on antitrust, economic regulation, and international trade (WTO). She won IBRAC-ESSO Award in 2004 and the IBRAC-TIM Award in 2013 and 2018. Member and Regional Director of the Academic Society for Competiton Law (ASCOLA) and internationally recognized as a leading scholar with several articles and books published.
She is the Leader of the Competition and Innovation research Group from FDRP/USP. Non-Governmental Adviser of the International Competition Network. Member of the Brazilian Institute for Studies on Competition, Consumer Relations, and International Trade (IBRAC). Member of the Commission on Competition Studies and Economic Regulation-OAB/SP (São Paulo Bar Association). Founder of the Network #WomenInAntitrust (WIA).
Michelle is the Member of Parliament for Calgary Nose Hill. In government, Michelle held the positions of Minister of State for Western Economic Diversification and Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of the Environment. In opposition, Michelle is the Shadow Minister for Industry and Economic Development. Previously Michelle served as the Shadow Minister for Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship and was the Vice-Chair of the House of Commons Standing Committee on Citizenship and Immigration. She is a member of the Queen’s Privy Council for Canada.
Previously, Michelle built a strong reputation for successfully promoting innovative academic and business research partnerships, serving in a senior managerial capacity at the University of Calgary. She also worked in the technology commercialization division of the University of Manitoba, where she assisted in administering commercialization strategies for a portfolio of over 200 emerging technologies.
Prior to this, she was engaged as a managerial consultant in Calgary, applying her knowledge of intellectual property management within a professional service framework in the areas of strategic planning, project management, process reengineering, and marketing where she gained insight in the health and educational sectors.
Michelle holds a degree in economics. Highlights of her many honours include being named one of Canada's Top 100 Most Powerful Women by the Women's Executive Network, Calgary’s “Top 40 under 40”, and being named twice by Maclean’s Magazine as their Parliamentarian of the Year – Rising Star calling her “one of the government’s most impressive performers.” Michelle is also a Young Global Leader, invited to be so by the World Economic Forum. The World Economic Forum calls the Forum of Young Global Leaders a “unique and diverse community of the world’s most outstanding, next generation leaders." Rempel was also recently named one of "Alberta's 50 Most Influential People".
Michelle is considered to be one of the Conservative Party of Canada’s top performing MPs. She has accomplished much for Canada as a policy maker, both in government and in opposition. Michelle is also sought after writer, speaker, and commentator, and has one of the most prominent social media presences of any Canadian politician.
Michelle’s volunteer work has made a difference in Calgary. She has planned events, raised tens of thousands of dollars, and acted a volunteer leader for numerous local not-for-profit organizations including the Children’s Wish Foundation and the Northern Hills Community Association.
A Maple Leaf Award winner, Michelle has been extremely active in the Conservative Party in many important roles as a volunteer, organizer and leader. She was co‐chair of the Conservative Party’s National Policy Committee, co‐chair of the Alberta’s CPC President’s Council and co-chair of the inaugural Alberta Congress, the Conservative Party’s policy forum for Alberta CPC members. Michelle was co-chair of the enormously successful Conservative Party Convention in Calgary in 2013.
Michael Albert is a founder and current member of the staff of Z Magazine as well as staff of Z Magazine's web system: ZCommunications, including ZNet. Albert's radicalization occurred during the 1960s. His political involvements, starting then and continuing to the present, have ranged from local, regional, and national organizing projects and campaigns to co-founding South End Press, Z Magazine, the Z Media Institute, and ZNet, and to working on all these and other projects, writing for various publications and publishers, giving public talks, etc. Albert is the author of over twenty books Including: Fanfare for the Future (ZBooks), Remembering Tomorrow (Seven Stories Press), Realizing Hope (Zed Press), Parecon: Life After Capitalism (Verso), and Practical Utopia (PM Press). Many of Albert's articles are stored in ZCom and can be accessed there along with thousands of other Z Magazine and ZNet articles essays, interviews, etc. You can find lots of videos of his presentation, etc., on YouTube.
Beatriz Helena Ramos is an artist, a social anarchist, tech entrepreneur, and the founder of dada.art the only visual conversation platform where people from all over the world speak to each other through drawings, creating collaborative art. DADA is using blockchain technology to create a new economic paradigm for artists in which art making is decoupled from art sale transactions, allowing artists to create and experiment freely while they receive a passive income for their contribution to the community.
Judy Mam is the cofounder and CMO of dada.art, the only visual conversation platform where people from all over the world speak to each other through drawings, creating collaborative art. Judy writes about film and other topics. Before devoting herself to DADA, she was a creative director in advertising.
Rori Knudtson is an artist, architect and writer working with installation, sound, film and performance in questions that seek to pragmatically engage architectural, technological and economic theory. She is the Founder/Director of Infinite Seed, a decentralized entertainment world building ecosystem that incentivizes people to adopt new behavior patterns with a positive impact on environmental and social disruption.
She serves as a critic in the Body and Space Morphologies program of the Oslo School of Architecture and Design, and has served as an M.Arch assessor at the Bergen Architecture School (Norway), a critic at the Otis College of Art and Design Public Practice Department (Los Angeles), Woodbury University School of Architecture (Los Angeles) and the Bergen Academy of Art and Design (Norway). She is former faculty at the University of Colorado (Boulder/Denver) and is currently a Research Affiliate with the Consortium for Capacity Building/Institute for Arctic and Alpine Research.
Rori was a co-founder and the director of School of Critical Engagement, a now dormant organization that challenged city planning processes with citizen stakeholder-designed art and architecture actions in public space. She has been in residency with Galleri Svalbard (Norwegian Territory), USF Verftet (Norway) and RedLine (US). She is the recipient of grants from the Royal Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Danish Arts Council, the Jennifer Moulton Foundation, New York Foundation for the Arts, and was awarded the Alpha Rho Chi Medal for leadership in architecture in 2007.
Hans Bouwknegt is digital strategist at UNSense, an Archtech company founded by UNStudio. UNSense develops an adaptive neighbourhood of 100 Homes in Brainport Smart District, Helmond. The neighborhood is aimed at testing an alternative and fairer economic model in which the residents themselves benefit from the exchange of their data. In addition, Hans is a research affiliate of the Augmented Environments Lab at GeorgiaTech and an independent advisor to various media companies.
Nick Couldry is a sociologist of media and culture. He is Professor of Media Communications and Social Theory at the London School of Economics and Political Science, and from 2017 has been a Faculty Associate at Harvard’s Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society. In fall 2018 he was also a Visiting Professor at MIT. He jointly led, with Clemencia Rodriguez, the chapter on media and communications in the 22 chapter 2018 report of the International Panel on social Progress: www.ipsp.org. He is the author or editor of fourteen books including The Med-iated Construction of Reality (with Andreas Hepp, Polity, 2016), Media, Society, World: Social Theory and Digital Media Practice_ (Polity 2012) and Why Voice Matters (Sage 2010). His latest books are The Costs of Connection and Media: Why It Matters (Polity: October 2019). nickcouldry.org
Ulises Ali Mejias is associate professor of Communication Studies and director of the Institute for Global Engagement at the State University of New York, College at Oswego. He is a media scholar whose work encompasses critical internet studies, network theory and science, philosophy and sociology of technology, and political economy of digital media. He is the author of Off the Network: Disrupting the Digital World (University of Minnesota Press, 2013) and various articles including ‘Disinformation and the Media: The case of Russia and Ukraine’ in Media, Culture and Society (2017, with N. Vokuev), and ‘Liberation Technology and the Arab Spring: From Utopia to Atopia and Beyond’ in Fibreculture (2012). ulisesmejias.com
Nicole's research lies broadly within the field of algorithmic game theory. Using tools and modeling concepts from both theoretical computer science and economics, Nicole hopes to explain, predict, and shape behavioral patterns in various online and offline systems, markets, and games. Her areas of specialty include social networks and mechanism design. Nicole received her Ph.D. from MIT in Cambridge, MA in 2005 and then completed three years of postdocs at both Microsoft Research in Redmond, WA and CWI in Amsterdam, Netherlands before accepting a job as an assistant professor at Northwestern University in Chicago, IL in 2008. She joined the Microsoft Research Northeast Labs in 2012.
Charlotte Cavaillé is an Assistant Professor at The Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy at the University of Michigan. In her research, Charlotte seeks to further our understanding of democratic politics’ effect on mitigating or enhancing market-driven economic inequality. More specifically, she focuses on the demand side of redistributive politics in post-industrial democracies, examining the dynamics of popular attitudes toward redistributive social polices at a time of rising inequality, fiscal stress and high immigration levels. In one of her more recent projects, she examines the relationship between immigration, the welfare state and the rise of populism. Through her work on policy preferences, she has become keenly aware of the ubiquity of "cheap talk" in surveys. In the context of a project titled “Who Cares? Measuring Attitude Strength in a Polarized Environment," she and her co-authors test a new survey tool, quadratic voting for survey research, that not only measures the level of support for a given policy package, but also seeks to capture the proportion of people who care intensely enough to translate their policy position into political action.
Suji Yan is founder of Dimension.im. Dimension created Maskbook and other free software for empowering Cyberian to use Internet freely on top of today’s giants. Suji is also an independent journalist at Caixin Media & Qdaily, FOSS advocator and help created Anti-996 License.
Prof. Kobbi Nissim is McDevitt Chair in Computer Science, Georgetown University. Nissim’s work is focused on the mathematical formulation and understanding of privacy. His work from 2003 and 2004 with Dinur and Dwork initiated rigorous foundational research of privacy and in 2006 he introduced differential privacy with Dwork, McSherry and Smith. Nissim was awarded the Caspar Bowden Award for Outstanding Research in Privacy Enhancing Technologies in 2019, the Gödel Prize In 2017, the IACR TCC Test of Time Award in 2016 and in 2018, and the ACM PODS Alberto O. Mendelzon Test-of-Time Award in 2013.
Katrina Ligett is an Associate Professor of Computer Science and Head of the Program on Internet & Society at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Her research interests include data privacy, algorithmic economics, and algorithmic fairness. She is currently serving on the executive committee of the ACM Special Interest Group on Economics and Computation. Her work has been recognized with an NSF Career Award and a Microsoft Faculty Fellowship.
Mei-chun is an anthropologist who studies digital activism and network politics. She is an active participant of g0v, a Taiwan-based civic tech community, and has served in the program committee of the g0v summit 2018. She holds an MPhil in Social Anthropology from the University of Cambridge and is finishing up her PhD degree at UC Davis. She is also the co-authored of Taiwan Open Government Report 2014-2016, and a former writer of g0v.news.
Zaretsky is a Wet-Lab Art Practitioner mixing Ecology, Biotechnology, Non-human Relations, Body Performance and Gastronomy. Zaretsky stages lively, hands-on bioart production labs based on topics such as: foreign species invasion (pure/impure), radical food science (edible/inedible), jazz bioinformatics (code/flesh), tissue culture (undead/semi-alive), transgenic design issues (traits/desires), interactive ethology (person/machine/non-human) and physiology (performance/stress). A former researcher at the MIT department of biology, for the past decade Zaretsky has been teaching an experimental bioart class called VivoArts at: San Francisco State University (SFSU), SymbioticA (UWA), Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI), University of Leiden’s The Arts and Genomic Centre (TAGC) and with the Waag Society. He has also taught DIY-IGM (Do-It-Yourself Inherited Genetic Modification of the Human Genome) at New York University (NYU) and Carnegie Melon University (CMU). He also runs a public life arts school: VASTAL (The Vivoarts School for Transgenic Aesthetics Ltd.) His art practice focuses on an array of legal, ethical, social and libidinal implications of biotechnological materials and methods with a focus on transgenic humans. Adam is currently Media Arts Faculty in the School of Communication and the Arts at Marist College. Zaretsky received his BFA in Studio Art from the University of California at Davis, his MFA in Art and Technology from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and his PhD in BioArt from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
Alice Barbe is the co-founder and global CEO of SINGA, a global movement connecting migrants and host societies and supporting migration led entrepreneurship. SINGA exists in 10 countries, involving 50 000 members, and running 8 incubators supporting 200 entrepreneurs each year. SINGA is today an award winning organization, having received many distinction, such as Ashoka Fellowship, Forbes 30-under-30 Social, the Global Pluralism Award by the Aga Khan network, the medal of honor of the City of Paris, the Intercultural Award of the UNAOC, or the German Integration Prize. In 2018, Alice was part of the first cohort of the Obama Foundation Scholar program at Columbia University supporting civic leaders. She graduated in law and political sciences at the Universities of Montpellier and Siena. Before SINGA, Alice has worked as a CSR consultant and was collaborating with the United Nations, Save the Children, or Central School of Paris. She has co-founded other non profits related to civic engagement, such as #StopStreetHarassment in France or the Crazy Toad Initiative that has led her to work with the Dalaï Lama in 2018 on migration and its links to artificial intelligence.
Alisha C. Holland is an associate professor in the Government Department at Harvard University. She studies the comparative political economy of development with a focus on Latin America. Her first book, Forbearance as Redistribution: The Politics of Informal Welfare in Latin America (Cambridge University Press, 2017), examines the politics of law enforcement against the poor. She is working on a new book on the institutional determinants and challenges of large-scale infrastructure projects.
Amy X. Zhang is a fall 2020 incoming assistant professor at University of Washington's Allen School of Computer Science and Engineering. She is currently doing a 1-year postdoc in the Computer Science Department of Stanford University after just finishing her Ph.D. at MIT CSAIL. She is also a current affiliate and 2018-19 Fellow at the Berkman Klein Center at Harvard University. She is a founding member of the Credibility Coalition, a group dedicated to research and standards for information credibility online. She has interned at Microsoft Research and Google Research. Her work has received a best paper award at ACM CSCW, a best paper honorable mention award at ACM CHI, and has been profiled on BBC's Click television program, CBC radio, and featured in articles by ABC News, The Verge, New Scientist, and Poynter. She received an M.Phil. in Computer Science at the University of Cambridge on a Gates Fellowship and a B.S. in Computer Science at Rutgers University, where she was captain of the Division I Women's tennis team. Her Ph.D. research was supported by a Google PhD Fellowship and an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship.
Aroussiak Gabrielian is a speculative designer working with biological materials, natural systems, and atmospheric phenomena. She holds a Ph.D. in Media Arts Practice from the School of Cinematic Arts at USC and a dual masters in Architecture and Landscape Architecture from the University of Pennsylvania. Her design work aims to torque our imaginaries to help us re-think our interactions with both human and non-human agents on this planet. Aroussiak is co-founder and Design Director of foreground design agency, a critical design practice based in Los Angeles. Her work on alternative environmental futures has received numerous recognitions including, most recently, the Emerging Designer Awards from the Design Futures Initiative, the Tomorrowland Projects Foundation Award administered through the New York Foundation for the Arts, the Word Changing Ideas Awards recognized by Fast Company, and the Rome Prize from the American Academy in Rome. Her work has been exhibited in Los Angeles, Austin, Portland, San Francisco, St. Louis, Philadelphia, New York City, and in venues across Italy, Germany, and China - most recently as part of the "Human (Un)limited" exhibition in Beijing, curated by Ars Electronica.
Carla Gannis is an interdisciplinary artist based in Brooklyn, New York. She produces virtual and physical works that are darkly comical in their contemplation of human, earthly and cosmological conditions. Fascinated by digital semiotics and the lineage of hybrid identity, Gannis takes a horror vacui approach to her artistic practice, culling inspiration from networked communication, art and literary history, emerging technologies and speculative fiction.
Gannis’s work has appeared in exhibitions, screenings and internet projects across the globe. Recent projects include “Portraits in Landscape,” Midnight Moment, Times Square Arts, NY and “Sunrise/Sunset,” Whitney Museum of American Art, Artport. A regular lecturer on art, innovation and society, in March 2019 Gannis was a speaker at the SXSW Interactive Festival on the panel “Human Presence and Humor Make Us Better Storytellers.” Publications who have featured Gannis’s work include The Creators Project, Wired, FastCo, Hyperallergic, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, El PaÍs and The LA Times, among others. In 2015 her speculative fiction was included in DEVOURING THE GREEN:: fear of a human planet: a cyborg / eco poetry anthology, published by Jaded Ibis Press. Gannis holds an MFA in Painting from Boston University. Currently, she is Industry Professor at New York University (NYU) in the Integrated Digital Media Program, Department of Technology, Culture and Society, Tandon School of Engineering.
Carla Maldonado is a multimedia artist, working in photography, film and installation. Her work responds to socio-political issues; patriarchy and the environmental crisis, and explores the struggle of progressive movements in Bolsonaro's Brazil, and her immigrant experience in Trump's era U.S. Maldonado's intuitively observational process is based on photographic and video documentation of environments she navigates and people she encounters – focusing on rebels, misfits and revolutionaries. She showed at the Satellite Art Show in Miami and Brooklyn; Film Fest at the Farm, Rhinebeck, NY; School of Visual Arts, NYC, SoMad Studio, NYC (all 2019); Barcelona Planet Film Festival, Spain (2018); and The Knockdown Center, Brooklyn (2017). She has BFA in Fashion Design from Senai Cetiqt, Rio de Janeiro, 2007; and MFA in Photography, Video & Related Media, SVA in New York, 2019. Maldonado lives and works in New York City and is currently AIM Fellow at The Bronx Museum. www.carlamaldonado.com
Charlotte Kent is the Assistant Professor of Visual Culture and Program Director for Art History and Visual Studies at Montclair State University. With a background in aesthetics and the history of ideas, as well as deconstruction and narrative theory, she analyzes the power structures surrounding the discourse of art, with current research on how contemporary artists and speculative designers working in the digital sphere adopt the absurd. She has contributed to both academic and general audience resources, including Word and Image, Journal of Visual Culture, Harvard Design Magazine, and Brooklyn Rail and writes a monthly column on the Business of Art for Artist’s Magazine.
Colin Mayer is the Peter Moores Professor of Management Studies at the Saïd Business School at the University of Oxford. He is a Fellow of the British Academy and the European Corporate Governance Institute, a Professorial Fellow of Wadham College, Oxford and an Honorary Fellow of Oriel College, Oxford and St Anne’s College, Oxford. He is a member of the UK Competition Appeal Tribunal, the UK Government Natural Capital Committee, and the Board of Trustees of the Oxford Playhouse. He was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2017 New Year Honours. He was chairman of Oxera Ltd. between 1986 and 2010 and is a director of the energy modelling company, Aurora Energy Research Ltd. He leads the British Academy enquiry into “the Future of the Corporation” and his most recent book Prosperity: Better Business Makes the Greater Good is published by Oxford University Press.
Fanny is a New-York-based communication & operations specialist with 12+ years of experience in art+tech, blockchain, and ESG projects. She is the head of communications for RadicalxChange foundation. Besides, she is involved in CADAF art fairs, held by New Art Academy, and ETHTURIN hackathon. She regularly speak at conferences around the world and guest teach at New York University, Fashion Institute of Technology and Christie’s Education. Prior to this, she worked with larger organizations such as Christie’s auction house, Collectrium SaaS inventory management system, Artnet e-commerce site, and Societe Generale & Royal Bank of Scotland banks. She holds a master from HEC Paris business school and a BA in Art History / Art Appraisal, and speak English, French and German. Follow her on Twitter or connect on LinkedIn.
Software Developer. Math Student. Cypherpunk and Anarchist at heart. Interest in cryptography, security, game theoretical protocols and all that can help building a more decentralized and secure world.
Griff holds a masters degree in Digital Currency and has been a well respected leader within the Ethereum community since 2015. He is currently focused on building funding solutions for public goods with the Commons Stack. As community manager for Slock.it and TheDAO, he led every angle of the cleanup effort following TheDAO Hack. He co-founded the White Hat Group, which secured the at-risk funds (10% of the total supply of ETH) during TheDAO hack and rescued $210 million dollars worth of crypto assets following the Parity Multisig Hack one year later. Griff and the WHG also audited Aragon and MakerDAO systems. In 2016, Griff founded Giveth, a smart contract platform that radically empowers individuals and communities to affect real change in a transparent, decentralized way. He is currently leading the Commons Stack, the natural progression of Giveth’s efforts to build the future of giving but from a Token Engineering perspective. Griff has been involved in dozens of other projects as well, most notably DAppNode, iden3, ETHSignals, and brightID all of which he helped to initiate and continues to support in an advisory capacity.
Janks Archive is a collective research project which investigates traditions of insult humor in cultures from around the world. This multifaceted study documents this tradition through field recording, and presents the collection through an online archive, public events, exhibitions, publications, and a podcast. Since 2012 they have travelled to 16 cities in 9 countries, talking to residents, and learning about local variations of this type of humor. Janks Archive was founded in 2012 by artists Jerstin Crosby (1979, USA), Ben Kinsley (1982, USA), and Jessica Langley (1981, USA). They have presented this ongoing project internationally through exhibitions and screenings at venues such as Kallio Kunsthalle Taidehalli, Helsinki; Catalyst Arts, Belfast; La Galería de Comercio, Mexico City; Miller Gallery, Pittsburgh; Queens Museum, New York; POST Gallery, Kaunas; Kaņepes Kultūras centra, Riga; Askeaton Contemporary Art, Ireland; Sexyland, Amsterdam; and Lump Projects, Raleigh. They have been artists-in-residence at Platform in Vaasa, Finland and The Luminary Center for the Arts in St. Louis and featured on NPR Weekend Edition, Surprisingly Awesome podcast, Yale University Radio, Hyperallergic podcast, and YLE Radio Vega among others. The Janks Archive team also produces a podcast titled Don’t Spit, Can’t Swim which can be found on iTunes, Stitcher or wherever you get your podcasts.
Katherine Benton-Cohen is professor of history at Georgetown University. Her most recent book is Inventing the Immigration Problem: The Dillingham Commission and Its Legacy (Harvard, 2018). She is also the author of Borderline Americans: Racial Division and Labor War in the Arizona Borderlands (Harvard 2009), which was the basis for her work as historical advisor for the much-acclaimed documentary feature film, Bisbee ’17. Her interests include the history of the American West, race and immigration, and women and gender in the United States. She is now working on a global history of the Phelps-Dodge family, whose capitalist and philanthropic links between New York, the US-Mexico Borderlands, and the Middle East profoundly changed each region.
Katherine Guinness is a theorist and historian of contemporary art. She is Assistant Professor and Director of Art History in the Department of Visual and Performing Arts at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs and the author of Schizogenesis: The Art of Rosemarie Trockel (University of Minnesota Press, 2019). She is the academic director of the downtown Gallery of Contemporary Art in Colorado Springs and co-founder of the Female Emerging Artist Residency Series (FEARS).
Liam Young is a speculative architect and director who operates in the spaces between design, fiction and futures. He is cofounder of Tomorrows Thoughts Today, an urban futures think tank, exploring the local and global implications of new technologies and Unknown Fields, a nomadic research studio that travels on expeditions to chronicle these emerging conditions as they occur on the ground. His worldbuilding for the film and television industries has been acclaimed in both mainstream and architectural media, including the BBC, NBC, Wired, Guardian, Time Magazine and New Scientist, he is a BAFTA nominated producer and his work has been collected by institutions such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Victoria and Albert Museum and MAAS in Sydney. He has published several books including the recent Machine Landscapes: Architectures of the Post Anthropocene and has taught internationally at the Architectural Association, Princeton University and now runs the ground breaking Masters in Fiction and Entertainment at Sci Arc in Los Angles. Liam's narrative approach sits between documentary and fiction as he focuses on projects that aim to reveal the invisible connections and systems that make the modern world work. Liam now manages his time between exploring distant landscapes and visualising the future worlds he extrapolates from them.
Marielle S. Gross, MD, MBE is an OB/GYN bioethicist whose work focuses on the ethics of evidence in women's healthcare with special attention to learning health systems, emerging information technologies and dismantling "prejudice based medicine." She is currently completing a postdoctoral fellowship at the Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics and looking forward to starting as an assistant professor at the University of Pittsburgh and UPMC in July 2020.
Dr. Mark Lutter is Founder and Executive Director of the Charter Cities Institute, as well as the host of the Charter Cities Podcast. He is on the Board of Directors of Explorer Academy. He has a PhD in economics from George Mason University where his research focused on charter cities. Prior to launching the Institute, he was Lead Economist for NeWAY Capital, an asset management firm which made early stage investments in charter cities. He has been published in several newspapers and magazines including the Chicago Tribune, City Journal, CityAM, and Cato Unbound.
I'm a musician who turned to crypto because that's where the best Rock was. I started to work as a Livestream operator and event manager for Livepeer TV in Berlin in 2018, and ended up organizing ETHTurin this last April. I'm directly involved in two token-curated market projects, one for audio distribution called Audiowallet and a second for urban and community farming called uFarm, both currently under development.
Michelle Meagher is a Senior Policy Fellow at the University College London Centre for Law, Economics and Society and co-founder of the Inclusive Competition Forum, a think tank focused on democratising corporate power and the enforcement of competition law. Michelle is a UK- and US-qualified lawyer, specialising in competition law and corporate governance. Michelle sits on the corporate governance committee of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales. Michelle's first book, Competition is Killing Us: How Big Business is Harming Our Society and Planet - and What To Do About It, will be published by Penguin Business in September 2020.
Nathan Schneider is an assistant professor of media studies at the University of Colorado Boulder, where he leads the Media Enterprise Design Lab. He is the author of Everything for Everyone: The Radical Tradition that Is Shaping the Next Economy, published by Nation Books, and two previous books, God in Proof: The Story of a Search from the Ancients to the Internet and Thank You, Anarchy: Notes from the Occupy Apocalypse, both published by University of California Press. His articles have appeared in publications including Harper’s, The Nation, The New Republic, The Chronicle of Higher Education, The New York Times, The New Yorker, and others, along with regular columns for America, a national Catholic weekly. He has lectured at universities including Columbia, Fordham, Harvard, MIT, NYU, the University of Bologna, and Yale. In 2015, he co-organized “Platform Cooperativism,” a pioneering conference on democratic online platforms at The New School, and co-edited the subsequent book, Ours to Hack and to Own: The Rise of Platform Cooperativism, a New Vision for the Future of Work and a Fairer Internet. Follow his work on social media at @ntnsndr or at his website, nathanschneider.info.
Primavera De Filippi is a permanent researcher at the National Center of Scientific Research (CNRS) in Paris, a faculty associate at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University, and a Visiting Fellow at the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies at the European University Institute. She is a member of the Global Future Council on Blockchain Technologies at the World Economic Forum, and co-founder of the Internet Governance Forum’s dynamic coalitions on Blockchain Technology (COALA). Her fields of interest focus on legal challenges raised by decentralized technologies, with a particular focus on blockchain technologies. She is investigating the new opportunities for these technologies to enable new governance models and participatory decision-making through the concept of governance-by-design. Her book, “Blockchain and the Law,” was published in 2018 by Harvard University Press (co-authored with Aaron Wright).
Robert is the Director of Product Management and Strategy at ConsenSys Health, where he focuses on privacy preserving technologies and value-based care. He manages a weekly newsletter on emerging technologies in healthcare (https://bert.substack.com/) and previously founded a startup empowering patients with rare diseases to manage their health data.
Artist, curator and researcher of emancipatory network cultures, practices and poetics. Artistic director of Furtherfield, a not-for-profit international community hub for arts, technology and social change founded with Marc Garrett in London, in 1996. Co-editor of Artists Re:Thinking the Blockchain (2017); curator of the touring exhibition New World Order (2017-18); runs the award winning DAOWO arts and blockchain lab series with Ben Vickers, in collaboration with Goethe Institute; principal investigator for the blockchain research lab at Serpentine Galleries. Director of DECAL Decentralised Arts Lab, a Furtherfield initiative which exists to mobilise research and development by leading artists, using blockchain and web 3.0 technologies for fairer, more dynamic and connected cultural ecologies and economies.
Shumi Bose is a teacher, curator and editor based in London. She is a senior lecturer in history and theory of architecture at Central Saint Martins, and teaches Critical and Historical Studies at the Royal College of Art. She is also curator of exhibitions at the Royal Institute of British Architects. Exhibitions include Freestyle: Architectural Adventures in Mass Media, a RIBA commission by Space Popular, currently on both virtual and shuttered physical display, and Conservatism, or The Long Reign of Pseudo Georgian Architecture, with Pablo Bronstein in 2017. . Shumi co-curated Home Economics at the British Pavilion, for the 15th Venice Biennale of Architecture in 2016, exploring the future of the home through a series of 1:1 domestic proposals. In 2012, she was curatorial collaborator and publications editor for Sir David Chipperfield on Common Ground, the 13th Venice Biennale of Architecture. Shumi has held editorial positions at Blueprint, Strelka Press, Afterall, Volume and the Architects’ Journal, and contributes to titles including PIN UP, Metropolis and Avery Review. In 2015, she co-founded the publication Real Review, currently run by Jack Self. Recent publications include Spatial Practices: Modes of Action and Engagement with the City (ed. Mel Dodd, Routledge, 2019), Home Economics (The Spaces, 2016), Places for Strangers (with mæ architects, Park Books, 2014) and Real Estates (with Fulcrum, Bedford Press, 2014).
Simon de la Rouviere has been a part of the blockchain community since 2014, having experimented at the cross-section of music, art, intellectual property, & novel economics. He co-designed the ERC20 token standard, invented the token bonding curve, and created the first COST blockchain collectible: 'This Artwork Is Always On Sale'. He is now writing a novel that contains elements from Radical Markets, and is advising several companies in the blockchain space.
Winslow Porter is a Brooklyn based director, producer and creative technologist specializing in ground-breaking virtual/augmented reality and large-scale immersive installations. Starting out as a commercial film and video director/editor, he pivoted to interactive music for modern dance and art/tech after graduating from NYU Tisch’s Interactive Telecommunications Program (ITP) in 2010. With over 10 years of experiential work under his belt, he has helped create interactive art experiences for the World Economic Forum, TED, UN General Assembly, Google, Delta, Diesel and Wired to name a few. Winslow also produced the Tribeca Film Festival Transmedia Award-winning documentary CLOUDS in 2014, among other acclaimed new media projects. Winslow formed the award-winning, impact-focused studio New Reality Company with Milica Zec in 2016, creating both Tree and Giant. Tree, a multi-sensory VR experience based around become a Kapok tree in the Peruvian Amazon, received a range of awards including the Games For Change Award for Most Innovative, Webby People’s Voice award for VR: Interactive, Game or Real-Time, and a Lumiere Award for Best VR Location Based Short. Porter and Zec were the first AR/VR artists in residence at Technicolor Experience Center, an immersive hub in Los Angeles. Also in 2017 they were both named designers in residence at A/D/O, a design center in Greenpoint Brooklyn; the two were selected to Adweek’s Top 100 creatives as two of only twelve digital innovators. Winslow is a Cultural Leader at World Economic Forum in both Tianjin (2018) and Davos (2019 and 2020), where New Reality Company showed Tree to world leaders including Sheikh Hamdan, the Crown Prince of the UAE and Madame Christine Lagarde, the Managing Director of IMF; Tree was then respectively invited to World Government Summit 2019 in Dubai and IMF Spring Meetings 2019 in Washington D.C. As of May 25th, Winslow is a participant in the NFB/Goethe Institut’s New Nature summit with his new mobile augmented reality project, Rainforest. Winslow is also a creative director specializing in AR/VR at R/GA’s Prototype Studio. Winslow has spoken on panels and given keynotes at leading universities and institutions around the world, including Johns Hopkins, NYU, Columbia University, MIT, Emerson College, Carnegie Mellon, Cannes Film Festival, Microsoft, NVIDIA, Siggraph and given masterclasses for major networks including A&E, Disney and ABC News. Winslow is currently a mentor at the New Museum Incubator in New York City.
Avital Balwit studies political and social thought and cognitive science at the University of Virginia. She wrote her capstone thesis on regulatory questions concerning the Big Five technology companies (Amazon, Apple, Google, Facebook, and Microsoft) in the areas of privacy, antitrust, and taxation. She also writes short stories, personal essays, and poetry. She has work published in Kanstellation, and New Reader Magazine, and forthcoming in World Weaver Press. She won the Atlantic's 2020 poetry contest.
Jennifer Lyn Morone is the CEO of RadicalxChange and a multi-disciplinary visual artist, activist, and filmmaker. Her work focuses on the human experience in relation to technology, economics, politics, and identity and the moral and ethical issues that arise from such systems. Her interests lie in exploring ways of creating social justice and equal distribution of the future. Morone is a trained sculptor with BFA from SUNY Purchase and earned her MA in Design Interactions at the Royal College of Art in London with Dunne and Raby. Her work has been presented at institutions, festivals, museums, and galleries around the world including ZKM, Kunsthalle Düsseldorf, Ars Electronica, HEK, the Martin Gropius Bau, the Science Gallery, Transmediale, SMBA, Carroll/Fletcher Gallery, panke.gallery, Aksioma, Drugo more, and featured extensively on international media outlets such as the Economist, WIRED, WMMNA, Vice, the Guardian, BBC World News, Tagesspiegel, Netzpolitik, the Observer.
Christopher Kulendran Thomas is an artist and the founder of New Eelam, an R&D studio building a distributed evolution of traditional models of cooperative housing (new-eelam.com). His artistic work, which manipulates some of the structural processes by which art produces reality, is currently on view at the de Young Museum in San Francisco as part of Uncanny Valley: Being Human in the Age of AI. Recent solo exhibitions include Schinkel Pavillon, Berlin (2019); Institute for Modern Art, Brisbane (2019); Spike Island, Bristol (2019); and Tensta konsthall, Stockholm (2017). Kulendran Thomas’ work has been included in the 7th Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism/Architecture, Shenzhen (2017); the 11th Gwangju Biennale; the 9th Berlin Biennale; and the 3rd Dhaka Art Summit (all 2016). Other recent exhibitions include, Time, Forward!, V–A–C Zattere for the 58th Venice Biennale (2019); Alternatives for Living, Kunstmuseen Krefeld (2019); I was raised on the internet, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago (2018); moving is in every direction, Hamburger Bahnhof, Museum für Gegenwart, Berlin (2017); Bread and Roses, Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw (2016); Co-Workers: Network As Artist, Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris (2015); and Art Turning Left: How Values Changed Making, Tate Liverpool (2013).
Annika Kuhlmann is a curator who works predominantly through long term collaborations. Together with artist Christopher Kulendran Thomas she conceived of the research and development project New Eelam (new-eelam.com), with presentations for the 9th Berlin Biennale, the 11th Gwangju Biennale, Berlin’s Hamburger Bahnhof – Museum für Gegenwart, Tensta konsthall (Stockholm), Spike Island (Bristol), the Institute for Modern Art (Brisbane), the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago and the V–A–C Foundation (Venice) amongst others. She has also worked on exhibitions at Haus der Kulturen der Welt (Berlin), BFI Miami, Kunstverein Harburger Bahnhof (Hamburg) and Gropius Bau (Berlin). She’s currently Executive Director at Berlin’s Schinkel Pavillon.
Cassie Thornton is an artist and activist from the US, currently living in Canada. Since before the 2008 financial collapse, Thornton has focused on researching and revealing the complex nature of debt through socially engaged art. She is the Artist-in-Pandemic at Furtherfield in London, working on a social cure for a cooperative species: The Hologram. She is currently the co-director of the Re-Imagining Value Action Lab in Thunder Bay, an art and social center at Lakehead University in Ontario, Canada.
Max Haiven is Canada Research Chair in Culture, Media and Social Justice at Lakehead University in Northwest Ontario and director of the ReImagining Value Action Lab (RiVAL). He writes articles for both academic and general audiences and is the author of the books Crises of Imagination, Crises of Power: Capitalism, Creativity and the Commons (2014), The Radical Imagination: Social Movement Research in the Age of Austerity (with Alex Khasnabish, 2014) and Cultures of Financialization: Fictitious Capital in Popular Culture and Everyday Life (2014). His latest book, Art after Money, Money after Art: Creative Strategies Against Financialization, was published by Pluto in Fall 2018. His book Revenge Capitalism: The Ghosts of Empire, the Demons of Capital, and the Settling of Unpayable Debts will appear in May 2020.
Tomislav Medak is a PhD researcher at Coventry University’s Centre for Postdigital Cultures. He's also a part of the theory and publishing team of Multimedia Institute/MAMA, an amateur librarian for the Memory of the World & Pirate Care initiatives, and a member of the performing arts collective BADco. His research interests are in technology, capitalist development and post-capitalist transition, with a particular focus on planetary ecological crisis, techno-science and intellectual property.
Nam Patel is interested in economics and consumer culture. She’s working on product at airbnb and (previously) minted.
Rob Cheung is interested in ideas across computation, complex systems, cultural studies, and narrative. He’s worked on software at venmo, fin, and (currently) substack.
Maïmonatou Mar, phD, is the cofounder of Gribouilli, the French social venture empowering domestic workers. Gribouilli launched the first community for nannies in Paris. They are key workers but invisible: mainly middle-age women with migration backgrounds who suffered from isolation and the digital divide. Nearly a thousand nannies benefit from information, P2P learning, basic learning and soft skills class for their economic inclusion and access to decent work. Gribouilli offers leadership programs through an Ambassador program for nannies. Ambassadors of Gribouilli therefore collaborate with public-private partners to improve the public policies. They also develop a coop with more inclusive and accessible commercial services to the benefit of the families. Gribouilli is a 3yr multi-award winning organization (Prizes from Paris City, the Foundations JL Lagardère and Deloitte...). Maïmonatou is an A. de Rothschild Fellow, CXC/Ashoka Fellow and a 2020 Paris Talent.
Marco Bonomo is professor of economics at Insper. His main research interests are in macroeconomics, finance and the Brazilian economy. In addition to his academic work, he has also done research for government and multilateral organizations, as the Ministry of Finance of Brazil, IDB, IMF, and the World Bank. He is currently a member of the Economic Cycle Dating Committee of Brazil (CODACE, IBRE-FGV), and of the CVM (Brazilian Securities Exchange Commission) Behavioral Studies Nucleus. He served as president of the Brazilian Econometric Society and of the Brazilian Finance Society. Previously, he has been a faculty member of EPGE-FGV and PUC-Rio. He was born and raised in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and holds a Ph.D. in Economics from the Princeton University.
Paul Healy is a Policy Advisor at the RadicalxChange Foundation, where he works with governments, NGOs, and private companies who are implementing RadicalxChange mechanisms. He is also a student at Yale Law School, where he focuses on antitrust and state/local government issues.
Professor Cao is the Betty Hutton Williams Professor of International Economic Law at the Fowler Law School of Chapman University. She joined the Fowler School of Law in 2013 after serving for more than a decade on the faculty at William & Mary Law School, where she was the Boyd Fellow and Professor of Law. She clerked for Judge Constance Baker Motley of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. She practiced with Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton and Garrison in New York City. Professor Cao was a Ford Foundation Scholar in 1991. She has published scholarly articles in the area of international trade and finance, international economic development, finance and culture in law.
Colin Megill is an entrepreneur who builds tools which empower people to explore high dimensional spaces — from the life sciences to democracies. He worked with scientists at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center to design and build nextstrain.org, which won the 2017 Open Science Prize, and is used by public health officials around the world to study virus evolution collaboratively in real time. He is CEO of pol.is, the digital democracy and public participation efforts of which were the subject of documentary programming by the BBC, and have been featured in The New York Times, Wired, MIT Technology Review, The Economist, Le Monde, Monocle, and The Guardian, as well as in recent books published by Penguin and Harper Business. He is a father and homeschool educator to three daring little boys.
Joeri Torfs is the Operational Director of the Quality of Life World Foundation. Joeri is driven by knowledge and learning, his allergy to rules and authority made him choose to become an entrepreneur. He found his true calling in software development. He enjoys finding and building structures from chaos and challenging the status quo. His purpose is to free humanity from the enslavement of society by building and using systems, frameworks, and tools capable of converting human intuitive participative and collaborative energy into constructive outcomes. He’s convinced that together we can increase our quality of life by accepting life's challenges, building trust, letting go of control and rely on frictionless participation and collaboration in a framework that evolves with societal needs.
Holly Herndon operates at the edges of electronic and avant-garde pop and emerges with a dynamic and disruptive canon of her own. On her most recent full-length album PROTO, Herndon fronts and conducts an electronic pop choir comprised of both human and A.I. voices over a musical palette that encompasses everything from synths to Sacred Harp stylings. CNN noted that Herndon is “shaping the future of A.I.,” and she has demonstrated this nexus of technological evolution and musical catharsis with elevated performances at The Barbican (London), Volksbühne (Berlin), Sónar (Barcelona), Unsound (Krakow), and Club 2 Club (Milan). The sounds synthesized on PROTO by Herndon, her A.I. “baby” Spawn, and the vocal ensemble combine elements from Herndon’s dynamic and idiosyncratic personal journey: the timeless folk traditions of her childhood experiences in church-going East Tennessee (particularly the prismatic layered practice of Sacred Harp singing), the avant-garde music she explored while at Mills College, and the radical club culture of Berlin, all enhanced by her recent PhD composition studies at Stanford University, researching machine learning and music.
Mathew Dryhurst is an artist and researcher based in Berlin Germany. His research focuses on technical and ethical protocols. He makes music and creates art with Holly Herndon, and their albums PROTO and Platform (4AD) have provoked international critical acclaim. He teaches at NYU’s Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music, Strelka Institute and European Graduate School. He previously served as Director of Programming at Gray Area in San Francisco. Most recently, Dryhurst co-founded the podcast series Interdependence alongside Holly Herndon.
Tony unleashes collective potential at a human and a systems level. He is a lawyer, researcher, and technology entrepreneur, advising and working with companies, government agencies, law firms, and nonprofits to build the future of trust, transactions, and dispute resolution. He is an Entrepreneurial Fellow and Founder of the Blockchain Group at CodeX, Stanford's Center for Legal Informatics. Tony founded the company, Legal.io, to deploy technology to scale legal access worldwide, and serves on the boards of various companies and non-profit organizations working on improving data governance and legal inter-operability. He consults on collaboration design with DSIL Global and learnt design thinking at Stanford’s d.school. He helped design and research the first legal technology course at Stanford Law School, and was on the founding team of StartX, the Stanford-affiliated startup accelerator. He advises government agencies, startups, enterprises, and legal service organizations at the intersection of computational law, smart legal contracts, digital identity, and service technologies and protocols. Prior to his work at Stanford, Tony clocked 10,000 hours’ experience as a lawyer advising companies, public sector bodies and charities on regulatory, transactional and IP issues in Europe, Asia and Africa. He holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Oxford University, and a Master of Laws degree in Law, Science and Technology from Stanford. Specialties: Legal informatics; blockchain governance; smart contracts; entrepreneurship and social innovation; design thinking; intellectual property, privacy, data protection, internet, technology, licensing, outsourcing, general corporate, commercial, emerging companies, and M&A law.
Shiv Malik is the author of two books, the co-founder of the Intergenerational Foundation think tank, and a former investigative journalist for the Guardian. He currently evanglises about a new decentralised data economy for the open source project Streamr and is completely psyched about bringing data unions to the world.
Angela Benton is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Streamlytics, which helps everyday people and companies ethically access consumer data streams while helping them own their data in the process. Prior to her role at Streamlytics she founded the first accelerator for minorities globally in 2011, NewME was acquired in December 2018. To date, Ms. Benton has received numerous accolades, some of which include Goldman Sachs’ 100 Most Intriguing Entrepreneurs, Fast Company’s Most Influential Women In Technology, Business Insiders’ 25 Most Influential African-Americans in Technology, Marie Claire’s 50 Women Who Rule, and many more. She’s been featured in numerous national and international media outlets including CNN, MSNBC, Bloomberg, Inc, Forbes, Good Morning America, and the Wall Street Journal where she was a featured essayist alongside Mark Zuckerberg for the paper’s 125th Anniversary edition on The Future of Entrepreneurship. At the helm of Streamlytics, Angela continues to uncover untapped spaces in technology and innovation.
Joshua Tan is currently a doctoral student in computer science at Oxford studying under Samson Abramsky and Bob Coecke; previously, he completed my master’s in pure math at the Courant Institute at NYU, where his research involved applications of geometry and topology to artificial intelligence. For his thesis, he’s been exploring different ways of applying category theory and sheaf theory to computational learning theory, from work on the sample compression conjecture to diversity measures in boosting. His interests include category theory, computational learning theory, sheaf theory, robotics, and art history.
Crystal Good is an artist, advocate and entrepreneur. She is a member of the Affrilachian Poets, a group of writers and artists whose creations and existence combat the erasure of African American identity in the Appalachian region, an Irene McKinney Scholar, and author of Valley Girl. She is the founder and CEO of Mixxed Media, a government relations consulting firm that leverages social & media engagement strategies for mission-driven organizations. Her advocacy bridges the issues that range from the arts, environmental, women's health, Appalachian economic development and agriculture. She is passionate about digital and political literacy and has created a digital commons for voters to express their concerns through her self-made performance art character, Social Media Senator for the Digital District of West Virginia. She is a former member of the award winning literary avant garde jazz band Heroes Are Gang Leaders. She was a presenter for the 2013 TEDx conference in Lewisburg on, “West Virginia and Quantum Physics” and the 2019 TEDx Conference in Corbit, Kentucky. She is the recipient of a 2020 Telly Award with West Virginia Department of Education and 84 Agency.
Professor Shani Orgad is a Professor of Media and Communications at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). Her research and teaching focus on media representations, gender, care, and inequality. She is the author of numerous articles and four books, including her most recent book, Heading Home: Motherhood, Work and the Failed Promise of Equality (2019, Columbia University Press), which examines the stark gap between the promise of gender equality and women’s experience of continued injustice. Orgad has won numerous awards including the 2019 LSE Teaching Excellence Prize, the Sociological Research Online SAGE Prize for Innovation and Excellence (with Rosalind Gill), 2018 LSE Excellence in Education Award and the LSE Innovator Award. Orgad is the Director of the social sciences program of the Ariane de Rothschild Fellowship.
Karthik Iyer is the ambassador of the P2P-Foundation and runs BlockchainMonk, a DLT / Decentralised Autonomous Organization (DAO) think tank out of Singapore and San Francisco. He was featured in the top FinTech influencers' list and has mentored dozens of Blockchain and FinTech startups in four continents. He is a serial entrepreneur and founded Asia's first neural network in the matching space and was part of the team that built one of the first tablet devices way back in 2007; he has successfully exited all his ventures to date. He holds close to half a dozen degrees from leading schools in the world like KTH in Sweden, Fudan University in China, among others. Karthik is regularly featured in Forbes, Economist and leading newspapers in Europe, India and other Asian countries.
Born in 1976, I’m a passionate, eager to learn and entrepreneurial woman, mother of two. I care about the well-being of others and love coaching and supporting people. My purpose is to increase quality of life of people by expanding their ability to adapt and self-manage in the face of life challenges, whether they are emotional, social, physical, intellectual or economic. On a professional level, I pursued an exciting career in the mental health and welfare sector. I worked in different roles (drama therapist, counselor, team leader, care coordinator, manager, supervisor, lecturer) and with various methods and frameworks in which I’m professionally trained (drama therapy, solution-focused therapy, dialectic behavioral therapy, MBTI, Holacracy, Prosocial).
Keller Easterling is an architect, writer and professor at Yale. Her most recent book, Extrastatecraft: The Power of Infrastructure Space (Verso, 2014), examines global infrastructure as a medium of polity. A recently published e-book essay titled Medium Design (Strelka Press, 2018) previews a forthcoming book of the same title. Medium Design inverts an emphasis on object and figure to prompt innovative thought about both spatial and non-spatial problems. Other books include: Enduring Innocence: Global Architecture and its Political Masquerades (MIT, 2005) which researched familiar spatial products in difficult or hyperbolic political situations around the world. Organization Space: Landscapes, Highways and Houses in America (MIT, 1999) which applied network theory to a discussion of American infrastructure, and Subtraction (Sternberg, 2014), which considers building removal or how to put the development machine into reverse. Easterling is a 2019 United States Artist Fellow in Architecture and Design. She was also the recipient of the 2019 Blueprint Award for Critical Thinking. Her MANY project, an online platform facilitating migration through an exchange of needs, was exhibited at the 2018 Venice Architecture Biennale. Her research and writing on the floor comprised one of the elements in Rem Koolhaas's Elements exhibition for the 2014 Venice Biennale. Easterling is also the co-author (with Richard Prelinger) of Call it Home: The House that Private Enterprise Built, a laserdisc/DVD history of US suburbia from 1934–1960. She has published web installations including: Extrastatecraft, Wildcards: a Game of Orgman and Highline: Plotting NYC. Easterling has exhibited at Henry Art Gallery, the Istanbul Design Biennale, Storefront for Art and Architecture, the Rotterdam Biennale, the Queens Museum and the Architectural League. Easterling has lectured and published widely in the United States and abroad. The journals to which she has contributed include Domus, Artforum, Grey Room, Cabinet, Volume, Assemblage, e-flux, Log, Praxis, Harvard Design Magazine, Perspecta, and ANY.
Steve Omohundro has been a scientist, professor, author, software architect, and entrepreneur and is developing the next generation of artificial intelligence. He has degrees in Physics and Mathematics from Stanford and a Ph.D. in Physics from U.C. Berkeley. He was an award-winning computer science professor at the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana and cofounded the Center for Complex Systems Research. He is the Chief Scientist of AIBrain and serves on its Board of Directors. AIBrain is creating new AI technologies for learning, conversation, robotics, simulation, and music and has offices in Menlo Park, Seoul, Berlin, and Shenzhen. It is creating Turingworld, a powerful AI learning social media platform based on AI-optimized learning, AI-powered gamification, and AI-enhanced social interaction. He is also Founder and CEO of Possibility Research which is working to develop new foundations for Artificial Intelligence based on precise mathematical semantics and Self-Aware Systems which is working to ensure that intelligent technologies have a positive impact. Steve published the book “Geometric Perturbation Theory in Physics”, designed the first data parallel language StarLisp, wrote the 3D graphics for Mathematica, developed fast neural data structures like balltrees, designed the fastest and safest object-oriented language Sather, invented manifold learning, co-created the first neural focus of attention systems, co-designed the best lip reading system, invented model merging for fast one-shot learning, co-designed the best stochastic grammar learning system, co-created the first Bayesian image search engine PicHunter, invented self-improving AI, discovered the Basic AI Drives, and proposed many of the basic AI safety mechanisms including AI smart contracts. Steve is an award-winning teacher and has given hundreds of talks around the world. Some of his talks and scientific papers are available here. He holds the vision that new technologies can help humanity create a more compassionate, peaceful, and life-serving world.
Puja Ohlhaver is a technologist and lawyer who explores the intersection of technology, democracy, and markets. She is an advocate of digital social innovation, as a path to rebooting democracy and testing regulatory innovations. She is an inventor and founder of ClearPath Surgical, a company that seeks to improve health outcomes in minimally invasive surgery. She holds a law degree from Stanford Law School and was previously an investment management attorney.
Mathias Dufour is founder and chairman of #Leplusimportant (#Themostimportant). #Leplus important is an innovative and independent think tank & action lab. We put into action a committed community of experts and professionals of all ages and backgrounds to empower people and promote a more inclusive society. We promote the development of the capacities and skills of the middle classes and low skilled workers to meet the social challenges of the digital economy. Our think tank inspires and shares concrete solutions with public and private decision-makers. Our action lab advises and boosts pro bono the growth players of the social and solidarity economy.
Sarah Friend is an artist and software engineer, specializing in blockchain and the p2p web. She is an alumni of Recurse Centre, New York, and an organiser of Our Networks, a conference on all aspects of the distributed web in Toronto. Previous exhibitions include: Screensavers, Piksel Festival, Bergen; Seasons of Media Art, ZKM Centre for Media Art, Karlsruhe; Remembering Network, Radical Networks, New York; Crypto Grows on Trees, Devcon V, Osaka; Scaffolds I can no longer see, Interaccess, Toronto (2019). She has been the recipient of the 30 Under 30 Developers In Canada award, the GDC Scholarship for Women in Games and the Blockchain Art Commission from Furtherfield and Neon Festival. She has spoken at Transmediale, Berlin; The New School, New York; and Interaccess, Toronto, amongst others. Her work has been featured in The Art Newspaper, Art the Science, Motherboard and Spike Art Magazine.
Marc Garrett is co-director and co-founder, with artist Ruth Catlow of the arts collective Furtherfield, beginning on the Internet in 96. Furtherfield has two physical venues, a gallery and a Commons lab, both situated in the park, in Finsbury Park, London. Co-Founder DECAL Decentralised Arts Lab, an arts, blockchain & web 3.0 technologies research hub for fairer, more dynamic & connected cultural ecologies & economies now - http://decal.is/ Has curated over 50 contemporary Media Arts exhibitions, projects nationally and internationally. Curated the renowned major exhibition Monsters of the Machine: Frankenstein in the 21st Century, at Laboral, Spain. Main editor of the Furtherfield web site. Written for various books and articles about art, technology and social change. Two key Furtherfield publications include co-editing of Artists Re:Thinking Games with Ruth Catlow and Corrado Morgana 2010, and recently on Artists Re:thinking the Blockchain with Ruth Catlow, Nathan Jones and Sam Skinner 2017. State Machines: Reflections & Actions at the Edge of Digital Citizenship, Finance, & Art. Edited by Yiannis Colakides, Marc Garrett, Inte Gloerich. Institute of Network Cultures, Amsterdam 2019. Will be publishing another book in 2020 called, Frankenstein Reanimated: Conversations with Artists in Dystopian Times. Just ended his Phd at the University of London, Birkbeck College.
Dr. Thibault Schrepel is an Assistant Professor in European Economic Law at Utrecht University School of Law, and a Faculty Associate at Harvard University's Berkman Center. He also holds research and teaching positions at the University of Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne and Sciences Po Paris. His website is http://thibaultschrepel.com/en/, and his work related to blockchain can be found at http://blockchainantitrust.com/. Lastly, Thibault's latest article, co-authored with Vitalik Buterin, can be access at https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=3597399
Joel Rogers is the Sewell-Bascom Professor of Law, Political Science, Public Affairs, and Sociology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he also directs COWS, a national resource and strategy center on high-road development that also operates the Mayors Innovation Project, State Smart Transportation Initiative (with Smart Growth America), and ProGov21. Rogers has written widely on party politics, democratic theory, and cities and urban regions. Along with many scholarly and popular articles, his books include The Hidden Election, On Democracy, Right Turn, Metro Futures, Associations and Democracy, Works Councils, Working Capital, What Workers Want, Cites at Work, and American Society: How It Really Works. Joel is an active citizen as well as academic. He has worked with and advised many politicians and social movement leaders, and has initiated and/or helped lead several progressive NGOs (including the New Party [now the Working Families Party], EARN, WRTP, Apollo Alliance [now part of the Blue Green Alliance], Emerald Cities Collaborative, State Innovation Exchange, and EPIC-N (Educational Partnership for Innovation in Communities Network). He is a contributing editor of The Nation and Boston Review, a MacArthur Foundation Fellow, and identified by Newsweek as one of the 100 living Americans most likely to shape U.S. politics and culture in the 21st century.
Peter is an independent game designer and artist. They work toward the deconstruction of the white supremacist capitalist heteropatriarchy. Towards this end, their work tackles the personal and the political. pdlla.org.
Christophe is cofounder at Guildeur: the 1st Worker Tech whose goal is to foster social endeavour in businesses, through peer-to-peer support and collaboration between worker representatives. Christophe has a 15-year tech experience from Orange to HP. He has been an advisor to French listed companies as a subject matter expert in corporate social responsibility. For the last 20 years, Christophe has helped countless firms to improve relations and agreements between employees and other stakeholders. Using a combination of open source software, new collaboration approaches, and a shared governance model, Guildeur aims at becoming a rent-free, digital commons, for a better future both for humans at work and our planet.
Martha (Marty) Chen is a Lecturer in Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School and Co-Founder, Emeritus International Coordinator and Senior Advisor of the global network Women in Informal Employment: Globalizing and Organizing (www.wiego.org). An experienced development practitioner and scholar, her areas of specialization are employment, gender and poverty with a focus on the working poor in the informal economy. Before joining Harvard in 1987, she had two decades of resident work experience in Bangladesh and in India. Dr. Chen co-founded and, for twenty years, led the WIEGO network which is well known worldwide for its work to improve the status of the working poor in the informal economy through stronger organizations, improved statistics and research and a more favorable policy environment. Dr. Chen received a PhD in South Asia Regional Studies from the University of Pennsylvania. She was awarded a high civilian award, the Padma Shri, by the Government of India in April 2011; and a Friends of Bangladesh Liberation War award by the Government of Bangladesh in December 2012.
Christopher Roth is an artist, film director and tv producer. In September 2020, he will shoot a fictional film for the cinema about a commune in the 1980s. In 2018, Roth co-launched space–time. tv, a cooperativist tv-platform with (so far) 3 stations: realty-v, s+ and 42. In the same year Architecting after Politics premiered, after The Property Drama and its prequel Legislating Architecture it is the third film with Brandlhuber+. They were screened at the biennials in Chicago and Venice. Christopher shows at Esther Schipper and made Hyperstition with Armen Avanessian and parts of The Seasons in Quincy, Four portraits on John Berger screened at the Berlinale, 2016. And Baader which won the Alfred Bauer Prize at the Berlinale 2002. Christopher teaches in the architecture departement at the ETH, Zurich. He is one of the initiators of 2038, a project which was supposed to be shown at this year’s Venice Biennale. Now it is postponed to 2039. At that time we have mastered the great crises. It was close, but we made it. We call it The New Serenity. christopherroth.org
Kevin Owocki is the founder of Gitcoin.co -- An blockchain-based network for growing open source software with incentivization mechanics. He has a BS in Computer Science, 10 years of engineering leadership experience in startups and Open Source Software, and is a community organizer in the Boulder Colorado Tech Scene. Kevin believes strongly that Open Source Software Development should be sustainably funded. Gitcoin a one-stop shop that gives Software Developers the skills & connections to survive and thrive in this new blockchain ecosystem. You can find out more about Gitcoin at https://gitcoin.co and Kevin at https://owocki.com
Francisco H. G. Ferreira is a Senior Adviser in the World Bank’s Development Research Group, where he oversees the Bank’s research programs on poverty and inequality. He was formerly the Bank’s Chief Economist for the Africa Region. Francisco has published widely in the fields of poverty and inequality in developing countries, including in journals such as the Journal of Public Economics, Journal of Development Economics, Journal of Applied Econometrics, Review of Income and Wealth, Journal of Agricultural Economics, and many others. He is a co- editor of the World Bank Economic Review and has served as Editor in Chief of the Journal of Economic Inequality. Francisco has previously taught at the Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro and at the Paris School of Economics. From July 1 st , 2020 he will hold the inaugural Amartya Sen Chair in Inequality Studies at the London School of Economics, where he will also direct the International Inequalities Institute. He was born and raised in São Paulo, Brazil, and holds a Ph.D. in Economics from the London School of Economics.
Nick Vincent is a PhD student in Northwestern University's Technology and Social Behavior program and is part of the People, Space, and Algorithms Research Group. His broad research interests include human-computer interaction, human-centered machine learning, and social computing. He is studying the relationships between human-generated content and intelligent technologies to mitigate negative impacts of computing. Several of his recent projects have focused on "data dividends", and how the public might exert "data leverage" against tech companies through "data strikes" and "conscious data contribution".
Hanlin Li is a Ph.D. student in Technology and Social Behavior at Northwestern University. Her research focuses on the utility and value of user-generated content for businesses and the public. She also explores ways to inform technology users of their data value through design research. Her work contributes to the field of human-computer interaction and social computing.
Dr. Yakov Feygin is responsible for developing the research agenda, projects, initiatives and partnerships for the Future of Capitalism program at the Berggruen Institute. As a core part of the Berggruen Institute’s work to develop and promote long-term answers to the biggest challenges of the 21st Century, the Future of Capitalism program will work to identify new ideas, models and mechanisms about how to manage and legitimate market economies.
Prior to joining the Berggruen Institute, Yakov was a fellow in History and Policy at the Harvard University Kennedy School of Government and managing editor of The Private Debt Project. In these capacities, he conducted and coordinated research into international political economy, financialization, and comparative economics systems.
Partner at Butelmann Consultores since 2015. Ph.D. in Economics from The University of Chicago. Long career in the area of competition and economic regulation, both in the public and private sector. Former Judge at the Chilean Competition Tribunal (2004-2014), Head of the Regulation Division at the Ministry of Economy (2000-2004), leading the drafting of regulations for public services and overseeing tarification processes in energy, water and telecom. Has taught microeconomics and economics of regulation in several Chilean universities. Dr. Butelmann is a Counselor at the Chilean Foreign Investment Agency and was a member of the board on the National Productivity Commission (2014-2018).
Eduardo is a 20 years experienced legal professional and professor of law. In the legal practice, he has worked in renowned law firms (from specialized boutiques to international firms where, for 6 years, he was a partner and was able to expand his practice and expertise to also lead cross-border cases involving mainly the United States and the European Union). As a public official, he has served at the Brazilian Antitrust Authority (CADE, 2002- 2004). Back to the private legal practice, Eduardo has successfully conducted complex cases relating to mergers and acquisitions, national and international investigations involving criminal organizations, conspiracies, collusions and related crimes (such as bid rigging, evasion, corruption, money laundering, etc.). He has also conducted complex litigation in the civil, criminal, intellectual property, disputes and advocacy on regulatory issues involving logistics and transportation, aviation, energy, telecommunications, financial services, and education. Eduardo is founder and partner of Nishioka & Gaban Advogados Associados, a strategic litigation and corporate solutions boutique with offices in São Paulo-SP and Brasilia-DF.
In the academia, as Professor of Law, he teaches Economic Law, White Collar Defense, Risk, Compliance and Corporate Governance in post-graduation programs in the main Brazilian educational institutions, with special emphasis on the University of São Paulo (USP, Ribeirão Preto Law School). In 2012, he founded the Nucleus for Studies and Research on Competition and Innovation - NCI – PUC/SP (official group of the graduate program with CNPQ), which he co-leads since then with Professor Maria Garcia, one of the most prominent Brazilian Professors of Constitutional Law.
In 2012, he has founded together with Professor Juliana Domingues (USP) the Brazilian Institute for Competition and Innovation – IBCI. The IBCI is an open and not-for-profit think tank created from the joint initiative of a group of professors and researchers that preaches values of free enterprise, free competition, innovation, level playing field for the construction of a fairer society with more social welfare and equality through open market solutions.
Eduardo has served from 2014 until 2020 in a pro-bono basis as an Executive Board Member at the Fulbright Commission in Brazil, and still serves since 2012 in the same pro-bono basis as a Board member at the Federation of Industries of the State of São Paulo (FIESP).
Eduardo holds a Bachelor's, Master's and Ph.D. in Law from PUC/SP. He lived in New York (2010 and 2011), where he was a visiting Fulbright Scholar at New York University School of Law in the Competition Law, Trade, and Regulation program (currently named Competition, Innovation, and Information Law). He authored more than 10 books and many articles published in Brazil, in the EU, and in the US. He is married and has two daughters.
Andreas has spent his whole professional career working for software and cloud companies including IBM, Novell, SuccessFactors and SAP. Currently he works at the horizontal AI scale up arago. A recurring theme in these engagements was to leverage the enabling power of exponential digital technologies to innovate and drive change at large organizations. In addition Andreas is a board member of the German digital political association #cnetz and an advisory board member of the smart city project Digitalstadt Darmstadt. Andreas is an active member of the RadicalxChange and Blockchain communities and is based in Frankfurt, Germany.
Max started in the business world and consulted corporates on how to utilize digital trends & technologies. Stumbling upon Blockchain made him think about new concepts and possibilities on how to coordinate as people. As part of deora and LeapDAO he builds and explores decentralized OrgTech solutions for small scale to any scale communities.
Imam Dr. Omar Suleiman is a world renowned scholar and theologically driven activist for human rights. He is the Founder and President of the Yaqeen Institute for Islamic Research and a professor of Islamic Studies at Southern Methodist University. He's also the resident scholar of the Valley Ranch Islamic Center and Co-Chair Emeritus of Faith Forward Dallas at Thanks-Giving Square, a multi-faith coalition of clergy for peace and justice. He frequently writes for CNN, USA Today, The Guardian, Huffpo, and The Dallas Morning News.His career started in his hometown of New Orleans where he served as the Imam of the Jefferson Muslim Association in New Orleans for 6 years and directed the "Muslims for Humanity" Hurricane Katrina Relief effort. It was in this time that he was noted on a national level as being a strong advocate of community service, interfaith dialogue, and social justice. Most recently, he was recognized by CNN as one of the 25 most influential Muslims in America and included amongst the Fredrick Douglass 200 most influential Americans whose modern day work embody the legacy of the great abolitionist.
Erik Rind is the CEO of ImagineBC and an expert in understanding the largely untapped potential that Blockchain and AI technologies bring forward in order to help secure user’s data. He has had significant exposure to writing software in the HCM space and is in the position to bring these skills to his new company.
Erik graduated from George Washington University in 1983 with a B.A. in History. Erik has over 30 years of experience in building advanced technology solutions and has been involved in the HR services industry since 1990. His professional track-record includes starting and then selling PowerPay software for $22 million and becoming President and CEO of Lyceum Business Services until 2018, when he chose to embrace his entrepreneurial side. Additionally, Erik is an advisory board member to Vertalo, Dashub, and Health Wizz.
Joe Lambke is an architect and founder of Animate a full service architecture firm. Animate is currently designing mixed-community buildings, reinventing urban zoning regulations with the KidCities.org Mechanism, and designing the next generation metropolis-wide fast travel services with infiniteTransit.com. His experience includes designing buildings such as the award-winning Theory and Computing Sciences Building, research with the Santa Fe Institute, and teaching as a Studio Professor at Illinois Institute of Technology. When not thinking about the interactions of people and space, he enjoys music, surfing, cycling and listening.
Wei-Li King (they/he) is a community organizer with a background in software engineering and systems thinking. His current interests have lead him out of the blockchain industry to pursue research at the intersection of game design, ecology and spirituality at the Center for Creative Inquiry.
Born & raised in berlin, Victor studied print & media.
Interested in economics, history, arts & creation, publishing & development.
Taking optimism over denial & despair.
It is about ingenuity, independence & community.
Believing in a post-scarcity, post-hierarchy, post-materialistic world.
Embracing counterculture & activism.
Listening to science while practising spirituality.
Elsa James (born in 1968, London, England) is an artist and activist living in Essex since 1999. Her work intervenes in the overlapping discourses of race, gender, diaspora and belonging. Her black British identity ignites her interdisciplinary and research-based practice, located within the fields of contemporary performance, text and language-based art, socio-political and socially engaged art; occasionally dabbling with drawing and painting. Solo works employ aural and the archives to examine ideas surrounding regionality of race and black subjectivity. Recent projects Forgotten Black Essex (2018) and Black Girl Essex (2019) explores the historical, temporal and spatial dimensions of what it means to be black in Essex; England's most misunderstood, and, homogeneously white county. Her social practice includes advocating for the inclusion of marginalised voices and communities in the arts sector; New Ways of Seeing, Making and Telling (2018), a visual provocation and live debate, challenged how the art sector can 'genuinely' address barriers to participation and involvement in the arts for Black, Asian and other minority communities.
Anouk Ruhaak is a Mozilla Fellow, embedded with AlgorithmWatch. Her research focusses on data governance models, specifically data trusts. Before joining Mozilla, Anouk worked as a consultant for the Open Data Institute and a data journalist for Platform Investico, where she researched investigative stories around surveillance and privacy. She has a background in political economics and software development, and founded several communities in the tech space.
Ioana Marinescu is assistant professor at UPenn's School of Social Policy & Practice. She is an economist who studies the labor market to craft policies that can enhance employment, productivity, and economic security. To make an informed policy decision, it is crucial to determine the costs and benefits of policies. Dr. Marinescu’s research expertise includes online job search, antitrust & the labor market, the universal basic income, unemployment insurance, and the minimum wage. Dr. Marinescu’s research has been published in leading academic journals such as the Journal of Labor Economics. She has testified for policy makers, including the House Judiciary Committee, the Department of Justice and the Federal Trade Commission. Her research has been cited in many media outlets including the New York Times, CNN, and the Wall Street Journal. You can follow her on twitter @mioana and check out her research on her website, marinescu.eu
Bill is the co-founder of Peeps Democracy. Peeps created Peeps DAO, a cause-based, decentralized organization platform for nonprofits, political organizations, and social movements. Currently, Peeps is working on PeepsVest, which will be a way for friends, neighbors, and strangers to save together for a shared goal or purchase, all while earning interest. Prior to Peeps Democracy Bill spent a few years both in corporate law and working for political campaigns.
Supriyo Roy is a veteran designer with product design experience spanning multiple contexts, geographies, mediums, and industries. Currently he leads the foundational UX team at Amazon Alexa Smart Home. He is a strong proponent of inclusive design, and exploring ideas that will disrupt and bring more connectivity and empowerment to the developing countries.
Supriyo holds a Masters in Industrial Design from Indian Institute of Technology, New Delhi. He has been working across channels and mediums with past design stints extending to roles with Klaviyo, Flipkart, Spangle, Faasos, and Microsoft. Supriyo’s work for the mobile form factor has fetched him multiple design accolades. His contribution to the growing product design community in India has helped in fostering a new wave of problem solvers for the emerging markets. Currently, he is a community member in Idena project exploring the bounds of pseudonymous crypto-identity.
Nina-Luisa Siedler is partner at DWF, a technology-oriented global law firm, and head of the international Blockchain Competence Group. She focusses on the legal implication of blockchain/distributed ledger technology projects and assists her clients with the structuring of business cases with view to legal and regulatory compliance. Nina-Luisa Siedler is active member of several associations and initiatives (Blockchain Bundesverband, ITSA, EU Blockchain Observatory & Forum) and member of the board of directors of thinkBLOCKtank, IPDB and INATBA.
Coming from the field of Business Informatics and having gained experience in various IT positions at Europe's largest software company SAP, Mario Brandenburg started his political career as a member of the Free Democratic Party. In 2017, he was elected a member of the German Bundestag for the Free Democratic Party and has since represented his constituency at the federal level. Today, he is a technology policy spokesman and a member of the Committee on Education, Research, and Technology Assessment. He also serves as spokesman for the Digital Agenda Committee and the Study Group on Artificial Intelligence in the German Parliament.
Dr. Magali Eben is a lecturer in competition law at the University of Glasgow, where she teaches both EU competition law and US antitrust law. Magali was the 2018 ABA’s Antitrust Law International Scholar-in-Residence. She was a visiting researcher at Georgetown University. She teaches competition policy summer classes at the London School of Economics. Magali consults on a wide variety of topics for UK and Belgian law firms. She has particular consultancy expertise before the EU courts in EU foundational principles of law and liability of EU institutions. She holds a PhD from the University of Leeds, which addressed three key challenges for product market definition for online services: products, price, and dynamic competition. Her current research interests lie in the development of markets within the digital economy, EU and European national divergences, and the rule of law.
Vince Kuraitis JD, MBA is Principal and founder of Better Health Technologies, LLC (http://e-CareManagement.com). BHT consults in developing strategy, partne rships and business models with a unique focus on helping companies build platforms, networks and network effects . BHT’s clients -- both established organizations a nd early - stage companies -- include: Intel Digital Health Group, Philips Electronics, Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) for Health IT, Amedisys, Alere/RMD, Joslin Diabetes Center, Ascension Health System, Matrix Medical Network, Samsung Electronics , Siemens Medical Solutions, Medtronic, Varian Medical Systems, Disease Management Association of America, and many others. Following the path of many other industries, health care is transforming from "hoarding" to "sharing" health information and workf low. D igital networks, platforms and apps are disrupting proprietary, closed technologies and business models. The shift from hoarding to sharing is leading to the era of "st rategic openness" – where companies gain competitive advantage from sharing inform ation and workflow. Vince brings 30 + years health care experience in multiple roles: President, VP Corporate Development, VP operations, management consultant, and marketing executive. His consu lting and work projects span 150+ different organizations, including tech companies, hospitals, physician groups, IT, medical devices, pharma, health plans, disease management, home health, and others. Vince speaks frequently at industry conferences and corporate events. He has been th e opening keynote speaker at 11 Healthcare Unbound conferences and has spoken an average of 10 conferences per year over the past 15 years . He has extensive experience leading strategic planning retreats for Boards and physicians. Vince’s experience includes: Principal, Better Health Technologies (since 1997) ; President, Health Choice (medical call center), VP Corporate Development and VP Specialty Operations, Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center; Regional Director o f Marketing, National Medical Enterprises (hospital chain with 100 facilities); Senior Consultant, Amherst Associates, national health care management consulting company. His education includes MBA and JD degrees from UCLA, and a BS degree in business a dministration from USC. Vince is on the editorial advisory boards of Accountable Care News and Population Health News . He served as a Board member of the Collaborative Health Consortium . He served on the ASTM International E31 T echnical Committee on Healt hcare Informatics (CCR) . Vince is a member of the California State Bar (inactive). He also is on advisory boards for several early stage companies.
Agatha Bacelar leads Field Operations at Curative, one of the largest COVID-19 testing companies in the United States. Prior to joining Curative, she ran for U.S. Congress in San Francisco and spent five years at Emerson Collective. There she partnered with leading nonprofits, activists, artists, and policy-makers to advance education, immigration, criminal justice, and environmental reform. Agatha is a dual Brazilian-American citizen, founding member of the non-profit, Democracy Earth, and she studied product design engineering at Stanford.
John Surico is a journalist and urban planning researcher. His reporting can be found in The New York Times, CityLab, VICE and numerous other outlets, where he primarily writes about cities, transit and open space. Previously, he was a research fellow at Center for an Urban Future, a leading think tank in New York, and taught undergraduate journalism at NYU. He is currently pursuing an MSc at University College London's The Bartlett in Transport and City Planning. He is based in Oxford, UK.
Alex Gladstein is Chief Strategy Officer at the Human Rights Foundation and the Oslo Freedom Forum. In his work, Alex has connected hundreds of dissidents and civil society groups with business leaders, technologists, journalists, philanthropists, policymakers, and artists to promote free and open societies. Alex’s writing and views on human rights and technology have appeared in The Atlantic, BBC, CNN, Fast Company, The Guardian, NPR, The New York Times, TIME, The Wall Street Journal, and WIRED. He has spoken at universities ranging from MIT to Stanford, provided expert briefings at the US State Department and European Parliament, and has presented at a range of fintech and innovation events around the world about why Bitcoin matters for freedom. He serves as faculty for Singularity University and also serves as an advisor to Blockchain Capital, a leading venture firm in the fintech industry. He recently co-authored "The Little Bitcoin Book" and lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Anna Blender’s career has centered on data-driven advisory and thought leadership in branding, advertising, and social trends. Currently, she leads strategic insights and thought leadership initiatives for CafeMedia. CafeMedia is a uniquely human ad tech company working to build a creator-first future by supporting the internet’s independent publishers. Prior to her current role, Anna served as a Senior VP at VMLY&R’s BAV Group, where she led the company’s Nation Branding practice. During her time there, she helped launch the Best Countries Study – the world’s largest study of nations as brands – at the World Economic Forum at Davos in 2016. Anna has been a guest lecturer at NYU Stern, Yale, and Columbia Business School. She has been a featured speaker at numerous conferences, including SXSW and Ad Week Canada, and has spoken at the United Nations. Anna is a graduate of the Huntsman Program in International Studies and Business at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School. Her fascination with National Identity dates back to her childhood as a Latvian-born, Russian-speaking, stateless person living in the United States. Anna’s University thesis explored the impact of expatriate voting laws on national elections.
I am formally trained as a neuroscientist, and having completed postdoctoral positions at University College London, and then UCSF, I have published around 27 peer reviewed papers in strong journals. My passion as a scientist underlies all that I do, and it is for this reason that I begin this biography with this fact. I am passionate about asking why things are the why they are? do they have to be like this? how do they work and can we shift them to make them better? Whether this is the brains of healthy people, or the damaged brains of the patients that I work with, whether it is communities, governance, the legal system, or other social dynamics. I am passionate about communication of these issues with the public, and have been centrally involved with public engagement of science since the first year of my PhD. I am a Guerrilla Scientist, speaker for Museums and science nights all over the world, and have tried my hand at science stand up comedy.
James Felton Keith, affectionately known as JFK, is an award-winning engineer and author who was the first Black member of the LGBTQ community to run for federal office in the USA via Congress. As an author and ethnographer of technology, he defined data as a natural resource. He is currently President of The Data Union and an editor of the Anthem Press Ethics of Personal Data Collection series. His core philosophy is Inclusionism and he hosts the WHCR 90.3FM radio show with that title on Sundays from Harlem, NYC.
JFK has incubated the data industry via his founding of The Data Union and Personal Data Week conferences. He and his institutions have either written, consulted on, or influenced all of the global cyber policy during the 2010s years. A serial entrepreneur, he has founded multiple companies across the InsurTech FinTech and AdTech sectors. Most notably: Slay TV, Accrue.com, and Cyberfense. His expertise is in the ethnography of technology, or the study of the culture of tech. Over the past 20 years between 4 continents, he has been obsessing about economic inclusion, and how to get equity in the hands of the people who have increasingly less, while the world becomes more productive from their input.
Working between government and business he regularly says “it’s necessary to have the mind of a CEO and the heart of a Social Worker to solve real people's problems”. His career transitioned after founding an LGBT Chamber of Commerce and the "Pride Nights" at the four Big Box American sports franchises: NBA, NHL, MLB, & NFL. James has been appointed to the cabinet of Elected Officials, taken over for and advised CEOs, Academics, Governments, and Non-profiteers.
He currently advises boards at Rutgers University, the $DATA crypto network, Black & Latino LGBTQ Coalition, Copenhagen 2021 World Pride, the Democratic National Committee, and is an elected member of the New York County Democratic Committee. JFK advises multiple governments and is a frequent keynote at global venues like the United Nations, Future Tech Congress, Data Protection World Forum, Money 20/20, and Hope Global Forums to name a few. He has been honored as one of the UN's International Young Leaders Assembly members, the United Kingdom’s Technology & Investment Financial Technology Delegation, an IBM Global Entrepreneur, the US Department of Homeland Security, and multiple 40 under 40 notices.
Jaron Lanier coined the terms Virtual Reality and Mixed Reality – and had the first VR startup, manufacturing VR headsets and gloves for the first time, and creating the first surgical simulators, vehicle prototyping, and other apps – all in his youth back in the 1980s. In the 1990s he was chief scientist for Internet2 (the academic consortium charged with making sure the internet would scale) and then of the first company to do AI processing of faces, such as changing identities or adding ornaments; that company went to Google, alas. He’s also known as a constructive critic of technology. He was concerned about how the internet was turning out from way back before it was popular to do that; has written a number of bestselling books on the topic. Plenty of awards and accolades, including an IEEE Lifetime Achievement Award, the German Peace Prize for Books, one of the highest literary honors, and multiple honorary PhDs. In 2018, Wired named Jaron one of the 25 most influential figures in tech from the previous 25 years. Jaron’s also a musician specializing in unusual and obscure instruments; in the last year, he played with Sara Bareilles and T Bone Burnett on a #1 single, appeared on Colbert playing with Jon Batiste, and collaborated with Philip Glass. Officially, Jaron is Microsoft’s “Octopus”, which stands for Office of the Chief Technology Officer Prime Unifying Scientist.
Tom Rossman is a consultant, international speaker and author that has spent his career analyzing the economic, political, social, and cultural factors that determine the growth and prosperity within society. As a part of the newly formed Junto Group his focus is exploring and developing a new model for society and the construction of an advanced urban ecosystem to help maximize human potential and a thriving urban environment for a new city in development. Mr. Rossman began his professional career in finance becoming a financial consultant and emerging markets specialist. He played a key role as a Country Manager at the largest Turkish investment bank, bringing American capital and investment to the developing markets of the Former Soviet Union, Eastern Europe, Turkey, Middle East, and North Africa. Tom is also the author of The Synthesis Revolution, a guide to more effective social and political decision making. He completed his master’s work in international relations at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy in Medford, Massachusetts.
Jonathan Herzog is a civil rights organizer, legal advocate, and Democratic congressional candidate in New York's 10th District. He has worked hand in hand with the Senior Adviser & Counselor to the Attorney General on New York's first-of-its-kind anti-corruption joint task force. He graduated first in his class at Harvard University, completed his MBA at NYU Stern, and served as co-President of Harvard Law School's student government, where he is a teaching fellow for legal and political philosophy.
Jake Interrante is an MPP candidate at the University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy. He is a founding member of UChicago RadicalxChange and is Editor in Chief of the Chicago Policy Review. Previously, Jake worked in the community development sector. As a program associate with Massachusetts Housing Partnership’s ONE Mortgage Program, he helped working class households buy homes in otherwise unaffordable parts of the State. Prior to that, he helped finance amenities in economically disadvantaged communities as Development Coordinator for Partners for the Common Good, a DC-based CDFI Loan Fund. His published work on comparative borrower outcomes in the ONE Mortgage program and FHA Mortgage Program has appeared in the March 2020 edition of Cityscape.
Russell Cui is a PhD student in political science at University of Rochester. His research interests include cooperation theory, international political economy (especially China and globalization) and the epistemic aspects of quadratic voting. He is interested in applying RxC concepts in the field of international organization and decentralized media platforms. Russell started and is currently running the RadicalxChange Rochester Chapter (Twitter: @rxcrochester). He is also a Frédéric Bastiat Fellow at Mercatus Center.
Divya Siddarth works on building, testing, and studying impactful technology. Her work covers a broad range of applications in the intersection of technology and society, including digital work, political communication, digital security and privacy, and tech-augmented cooperation and collectivization. She is currently a Fellow at Microsoft Research India, and has done extensive fieldwork in urban and rural contexts, studying and implementing large-scale technology interventions for societal good. Her work has been published in the ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, the ACM Conference on Computing and Sustainable Societies, and the ACM Conference on Information and Communication Technologies for Development, and is forthcoming in Information, Communication, and Society. She has previously taught classes at Stanford University in both the computer science and political science departments, in collaboration with the Digital Civil Society Lab.
Shoukei Matsumoto is Buddhist Monk in Komyoji Temple. Born in 1979 in Japan, he graduated with B.A. degree in Literature from the University of Tokyo. Right after graduation, he joined Komyoji temple and initiated new projects such as Temple Café Project. In 2008, the association was awarded "Shoriki Matsutaro Prize" from a foundation for education. He completed MBA from Indian School of Business as an Ambassadorial Scholar of Rotary Foundation in 2011. After MBA, he started a project of “Mirai no Jushoku-Juku” or temple management school for Buddhist priests and monks. In 2013, he was nominated as a member of Young Global Leaders from World Economic Forum. In 2019, he was also appointed as a member of the Global Future Councils from World Economic Forum. He has published five titles and "A Monk's Guide to a Clean House and Mind” was translated into more than fifteen languages.
Rabbi Amichai Lau-Lavie is the Founding Spiritual Leader of Lab/Shul NYC and the creator of Storahtelling, Inc. An Israeli-born Jewish educator, writer, and performance artist, he received his rabbinical ordination from the Jewish Theological Seminary of America in 2016. Rabbi Amichai is a member of the Global Justice Fellowship of the American Jewish World Service, a founding member of the Jewish Emergent Network, and serves on the faculty of the Reboot Network. Since 2018 he serves on the Advisory Council of the International School for Peace – a Refugee Support Project in Greece. Rabbi Amichai has been hailed as “an iconoclastic mystic” by Time Out New York, a “rock star” by the New York Times, a “Judaic Pied Piper” by the Denver Westword, a “maverick spiritual leader” by The Times of Israel and “one of the most interesting thinkers in the Jewish world” by the Jewish Week. In 2016 The Forward named him one of the thirty-two “Most Inspiring Rabbis” in America, and in 2017 he was top five on “The Forward 50,” their annual list of the most influential and accomplished Jews in America. In June 2017 Rabbi Amichai published the JOY Proposal, offering a new response to the reality of Intermarriage and taking on a personal position on this issue, including his resignation from the Rabbinical Assembly of the Conservative Movement. Amichai is Abba to Alice, Ezra and Charlotte.
Lourenço Bustani is Brazilian, though he was born and raised abroad. He studied at the University of Pennsylvania and upon returning to Brazil in 2006, founded Mandalah, a Conscious Innovation consultancy which today has a presence in São Paulo, New York, San Francisco, Mexico City, Berlin and Tokyo, servicing different types of clients including Nike, Telefonica, GM, Samsung, Anheuser-Busch Inbev, Kimberly Clark, Unilever, Itaú, Danone, UNHCR, Russell Brand, Kobe Bryant, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, as well as dozens of Brazilian startups. In 2015, he launched Human Experience Design (HED), an Experience Design agency, which has been responsible for the production of over 40 philanthropic morning parties in Brazil and Mexico. In 2016, he launched Diálogos, which provides mentoring for young professionals, directors and C-level executives. In 2018, Mandalah invested in a Brazilian health tech startup called Cuidas (together with VC funds Kaszek Ventures & Canary) and in the following year, opened a superfood-based vegan smoothie bar, together with a yoga studio and spa in São Paulo called Smuv (sold in 2020). In mid 2018, Lourenço took a leave and on a volunteer basis, managed the campaign for the Brazilian Presidency of Marina Silva, a leading global environmentalist. His most recent ventures include: a company dedicated to branded projects with large-scale social impact, in partnership with a leading design agency in Brazil and the producers of the largest rock festival in the world (Rock 'n Rio); a company comprised of academic researchers and practitioners from around the world dedicated to developing a Consciousness Index; as well as investing in an AgTech startup focused on the early detection of forest fires. His connecting thread: all that reveals who we are and what we came for.
Christian is a seasoned technical leader at Microsoft. He manages a multidisciplinary team of program managers, designers and developers to incubate disruptive ML/AI products that are directly sponsored by Microsoft's senior leadership team. This includes a set of key cross-company initiatives & projects to evolve the approach to ML/AI & data at Microsoft and throughout the industry.
Before his current role, Christian led part of the Microsoft mobility experiences charter. He assembled a team that focused on cross-device experiences for Windows 10 PCs and Android/iOS phones.
Christian drove the Cortana at Work program. He built and led a global team of product managers to deliver industry leading productivity skills for Cortana, including calendar, email, task extraction skills for Gmail, O365 and Outlook.com. He connected Outlook and Cortana and built native assistive experiences into Outlook including Cortana augmenting the calendar with frequently visited locations, suggestions when it’s time to leave for the next appointment and the ability to read out & triage recent emails while driving in the car. Before that he ran the international program for Cortana including bringing the assistant to 10+ countries.
During his tenure at Microsoft he worked on many products in the cloud, big data, and ML/AI space, including SQL Azure, Azure Marketplace, Power BI and Azure Data Lake.
Before joining Microsoft, he had his own startup where he built successful data management & abstraction SDKs for developers. He has experience working in various startups as product manager and developer.
He enjoys building teams, growing people, taking on challenging & diverse problems, and shipping products - from building the vision to seeing them go to market and becoming a habit.
Sonal Shah is Professor and Executive Director of the Beeck Center for Social Impact & Innovation at Georgetown University. An economist and entrepreneur, Sonal has spent her career focused on actionable innovation in the public and private sectors. Most recently, she was the Deputy Assistant to the President and founding Director of the White House Office of Social Innovation and Civic Participation.
She spent seven years at the U.S. Department of Treasury where she was an international economist working on timely issues, including post-conflict development in Bosnia, Asian financial crisis, and poverty reduction in Africa. She then went to Goldman Sachs and Google while simultaneously co-founded Indicorps, a nonprofit building a new generation of socially conscious global leaders. She is a senior fellow at the Case Foundation and the Center for American Progress. Sonal serves on the Board of Social Finance, Inc., Oxfam America, The Century Foundation, Case Foundation and the Urban Alliance.
She has served as Senior Fellow at the Case Foundation working on Impact Investing focusing increasing the flow of capital to impact investments and the Center for American Progress working on Social Impact Bonds. In the fall of 2012 she served as a Fellow of the Institute of Politics at Harvard University.
- She's an entrepreneur with more than 18 years of experience working with international, regional and local entities in Latin America, Europe and Asia. She has professional experience in operations, digital transformation, blockchain, smart cities, finance, government contracting, international diplomacy, commercialization of technologies, environmental planning, sustainable building, zoning, land use, mobility, public engagement and infrastructure development.
- She was the Regional Administrator for the U.S. Small Business Administration, serving as Obama’s Presidential Appointee from 2011-2017, responsible for delivery and management of small business programs, development initiatives and financial assistance & lending, throughout the Mid-Atlantic region. Olson-Urtecho oversaw 180 SBA offices; Business Development Centers and other resources while managing a field staff of finance, business, and community outreach specialists.
- She worked with local lenders and successful firms across the region, overseeing more than $34 billion yearly in federal government contracts. Managed the region’s loan program supporting $8 billion in small business loans and $2 billion in grants.
- She was appointed to the U.S. Innovation Advisory Board to advise Congress & the White House on competitiveness and innovation.
- She served on the Philadelphia City Planning Commission and Zoning Code Commission boards.
- Recognized as a “Latina Powerhouse” in Maryland, one of Delaware Valley's (NJ, PA, DE) Most Influential Latinos, Business Journal’s Minority Business Leader Awardee and receiving the Women of Distinction Award for her work in growing the green economy and sustainable infrastructure.
- A triathlete who has climbed Kilimanjaro, Everest, Machu Picchu, loves scuba diving & hiking with her Australian Shepherd. “Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts."
Jessica Lynch is a founding partner at Generation Titans, a social impact firm with a race and equity lens. At Generation Titans, Jessica has worked with organizations like American Eagle, Girls Who Code, Ben & Jerry’s, and Google on community engagement strategies and DEI efforts.
Ahmed is the Director, Partnership & Professional Learning at Overcoming Racism where he facilitates race and equity professional development and provides coaching and support for partner organizations while working to expand the scope and impact of the organization. A Boston University alumnus, Ahmed taught middle school mathematics, science, and reading in Atlanta, GA prior to beginning his career in teacher coaching and development. Ahmed received his certification from the Center for Transformative Teacher Training (CT3) as a Real-Time Teacher Coach (RTTC), implementing specialized intervention strategies to support teachers in developing strong skills and mindsets around classroom management and culture through a lens of cultural competency while coaching school leaders in the development and implementation of school-wide visions for culture.
Jermaine Johnson is a manager and producer at the Beverly Hills-based 3 Arts Entertainment. Jermaine represents a wide variety of writers, directors, journalists, and comedians from many different backgrounds. Amongst these clients are Attica Locke (award-winning author of BLUEBIRD, BLUEBIRD), Azie Dungey (UNBREAKABLE KIMMY SCHMIDT, SWEETBITTER, TWENTIES), Cord Jefferson (WATCHMEN, SUCCESSION, THE GOOD PLACE), Fatimah Asghar (BROWN GIRLS, IF THEY COME FOR US), Eve Ewing (IRONHEART, ELECTRIC ARCHES), JUSTIN HILLIAN (THE CHI), JIA TOLENTINO (TRICK MIRROR) and more. He prides himself on finding fresh voices in places where others don’t often look, and giving them a platform to share their unique points of view and opinions.
Jasmin Baier has a BSc. in Socioeconomics from Vienna University of Economics and Business and an M.A. in International and Development Economics from Yale University. She is passionate about innovative organizations and creative ideas in international development and has spent a significant amount of time working on her Social Entrepreneurship Project in Togo. Before her Master's, she supported the formulation of a new real-time, forward-looking narrative on global poverty, hunger, and the middle class at the World Data Lab. It is her mission to create impact by finding new ways to use emerging technologies and new economic thinking for the Sustainable Development Goals and to promote a more human-centered approach to development issues.
Antonio is currently trying to understand how the world works to be able to contribute to improve it. Has a passion for history, programming, and cooking (pa amb tomaca).
Connor O'Day joined ConsenSys in 2015 while studying Economics and Computer Science. He's a long time cryptocurrency researcher, miner, and investor, who currently works at Gitcoin on Business Development and as a Senior Account Manager.
Juan Ortiz Freuler is a PhD candidate in Communication at the University of Southern California (USC), where he explores how political systems can be affected by the internet. Juan is also an Associate at JustLabs, and has held positions as a Fellow (2017-2018) and an Affiliate (2018-2020) at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society. Before moving to the US, Juan developed and executed research projects at several non-profit organizations in Argentina and Mexico. A graduate from the Di Tella Law School in Buenos Aires, Juan has also obtained Masters degrees in both Public Policy and Social Science of the Internet at the University of Oxford.
I am an economic and geopolitical analyst based in Pakistan. I have written for several English newspapers here in Pakistan as a columnist and have also contributed to international digital media sites such as Oilprice, SeekingAlpha, Business Insider and Thrive Global. I want to play my role in creating pluralistic policies that focus on intergenerational justice and equality of opportunity subsequently improving living standards.
Elena Landau is an economist and lawyer. Landau is the President of Livres, a movement that advocates the liberalization of trade and the economy in Brazil. She served as Privatization Director at BNDES during President Fernando Henrique Cardoso's first term. She also chaired the Board of Directors of Eletrobrás.
Ben Henderson is the Director of Operations and Cabinet Affairs for Governor Polis. Graduating with his Masters in Public Administration from Arizona State University, Ben has spent his career focusing on improving social outcomes using math and science. He began his career as a Fiscal Analyst for the Arizona Legislature, worked in community and economic development for downtown Phoenix, and subsequently served as the Deputy COO for Governor Doug Ducey where he helped design and implement the Arizona Management System. Most recently Ben served as the Deputy Director for Budget in the Colorado Office of State Planning and Budgeting before taking on his current role. He currently lives in Denver with his dog and girlfriend and enjoys hiking and marching band.
Micah L. Sifry is Founder and President of Civic Hall, curator of the annual Personal Democracy Forum, and editor of Civicist, Civic Hall’s news site. From 2006-16 he was a senior adviser to the Sunlight Foundation, which he helped found, and currently serves on the boards of Consumer Reports and the Public Laboratory for Open Technology and Science. He is the author or editor of nine books, most recently Civic Tech in the Global South (co-edited with Tiago Peixoto) (World Bank, 2017); A Lever and a Place to Stand: How Civic Tech Can Move the World (PDM Books, 2015), with Jessica McKenzie; The Big Disconnect: Why the Internet Hasn’t Transformed Politics (Yet) (OR Books, 2014); and Wikileaks and the Age of the Transparency (OR Books, 2011). In 2012 he taught “The Politics of the Internet” as a visiting lecturer at Harvard’s Kennedy School. From 1997-2006, he worked closely with Public Campaign, a non-profit, non-partisan organization focused on comprehensive campaign finance reform, as its senior analyst. Prior to that, Micah was an editor and writer with The Nation magazine for thirteen years. He is the author of Spoiling for a Fight: Third-Party Politics in America (Routledge, 2002), co-author with Nancy Watzman of Is That a Politician in Your Pocket? Washington on $2 Million a Day (John Wiley & Sons, 2004), co-editor of Rebooting America, and co-editor of The Iraq War Reader (Touchstone, 2003) and The Gulf War Reader (Times Books, 1991).
Michelle Kobayashi M.S.P.H is the Senior Vice President for Innovation for Polco/National Research Center. She began her career as a research analyst for the City of Boulder in 1989 and then helped to found National Research Center (NRC) in 1995. Michelle has 30 years of experience conducting research, surveys and policy studies for local, state and federal government. She has authored numerous journal articles, book chapters and books on research techniques and trained hundreds of government and non-profit workers on the methods of evaluation, survey research and uses of data for community decisionmaking and performance measurement. Last year, NRC and Polco,a tech company providing a digital engagement platform, merged creating new opportunities for Michelle to modernize her survey work and the methods she uses to bring the voice of residents and stakeholders into local governing.
Anton Korinek is an associate professor of economics at UVA's Department of Economics and Darden School of Business and focuses his current research and teaching on the implications of artificial intelligence for business, for the economy and for the future of work.
He studied economics, math and law at the University of Vienna and worked for several years at the intersection of IT and finance. After earning his Ph.D. in economics from Columbia University in 2007, he worked on designing policy measures to prevent financial crises and developed an influential framework for capital flow regulation in emerging economies. He also analyzed when countries should coordinate their policy actions. His research has been published in top journals including the American Economic Review, the Review of Economic Studies, the Journal of Econometrics, the Journal of Monetary Economics, the Journal of International Economics and the Journal of Public Economics. It has also been cited on Bloomberg, in The Economist and in The Wall Street Journal. He has won several fellowships and awards for this work, including from the Institute for New Economic Thinking.
Prior to joining the University of Virginia, Professor Korinek held positions at the University of Maryland and Johns Hopkins University and was a visiting scholar at Harvard University, the Bank for International Settlements, the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank, as well as a frequent visitor to numerous central banks, where he has given lectures and courses. He is also a Faculty Research Fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research.
Olúfẹ́mi O. Táíwò is an Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Georgetown University. He completed his PhD at University of California, Los Angeles. Before that, he completed BAs in Philosophy and Political Science at Indiana University.
Emmanuel Midy is the Community Lead of RadicalxChange Foundation. He is a writer and consultant on the intersection of media and technology.
Geanluca Lorenzon is Secretary for Economic Monitoring of Brazil. Lorenzon is a lawyer, former consultant from McKinsey and he’s an author and researcher on economics and human rights.
Artist and researcher. Her current research focuses on conceptual art in connection with alternative economies and currency design. Has taught several graduate and undergraduate classes, as well as independent workshops, on the topic of art, technology and collaboration. She consults for blockchain art platforms and is a founder of Coinspiration.org.
Brianna Agyemang is the renowned co-founder of #TheShowMustBePaused & The Brownie Agency. Agyemang is also Sr. Artist Campaign Manager at Apple’s artist-services division, Platoon.
Raymond Yeh is a software engineer at Government Technology Agency (Singapore). His work is on building decentralized digital credentials. In 2019, his team launched OpenCerts, a verifiable credential framework for education credentials, to power all education credentials in Singapore. He is currently building OpenAttestation, an open source framework for verifiable documents and transferable records.
Leon Erichsen is Entrepreneurship and Technology Associate at RadicalxChange Foundation. His work focuses on design and implementation of institutions for decentralized human cooperation and coordination. He turned cryptopunk early on in his studies of Management, Philosophy & Economics (B.Sc.) at Frankfurt School of Finance & Management and that way discovered his fascination for radical political economic updates of society.
Mohammad Najmuzzaman (Nazz) is the Senior Product Manager at Wadhwani Foundation building products to help Startups & SMEs build viable businesses. He is on the Board of Trustees of AFS that provides intercultural learning opportunities like exchange programs to create global citizens that can create a just & peaceful world. Nazz is a part of the RxC Bangalore community and involved in bringing organizations together for lake conservation, equal access to water and better local governance.
Yuqing Hu is a PhD candidate in psychology at the Chinese Academy of Sciences, a team member at the CAS Key Laboratory of Behavioral Science. She is also an ACI certified international psychological consultant, the cofounder of StartupNow, and the cofounder of RadicalxChange China. She has helped (re)designed or proposed designs for several markets in China, including the national college admission system, the job-matching system of Boss Zhipin, and China’s kidney exchange system. Website: https://sites.google.com/site/hyq533/
Badrun Khan is a candidate for Congress in New York's 14th District. She is a first-generation immigrant and the eldest daughter of Bengali born parents who migrated to the U.S. in search of a better life. She is an active presence in schools and service to all in her Queens community, and volunteered and served with honor as member of Community Board 2.
Blair Walsingham is committed to putting people before politics. Endorsed by key community and national organizations, including Andrew Yang’s Humanity Forward, Humanity First Party, Black Coffee Justice, and Income Movement, Blair is an Air Force veteran, outdoorswoman, small business owner and mother who has been named a Gun Sense Candidate by Moms Demand Action. Her campaign is laser-focused on helping the 1st District survive today and thrive tomorrow through policies built on compassion, personal freedom and common-sense data driven solutions. Blair walks the walk. She values our traditions, our rights, and contends that true leaders seek to build coalitions of compassion, not walls of divisiveness. In order to balance the effects of big money in politics Blair is committed to lifting every American out of the despair that arises when faced with economic insecurity. She looks forward to the day when the American dream is not just a dream, but a reality made possible by a Universal Basic Income paid to every citizen as a dividend of the wealth generated by the labor of our ancestors, incredible gains in technology and automation, and the buying and selling of our personal data by private companies.
In 2014, Darren joined BuzzFeed News as a national politics reporter, covering the White House, the US Congress, and four elections. In addition to profiling Democratic candidates such as Stacey Abrams, Ayanna Pressley, Kirsten Gillibrand, and Cory Booker, Darren also covered the internal politics of both the Democratic Party and the Black Lives Matter movement and its impact on the 2016 and 2018 elections. In between those years, he wrote one of the few definitive pieces profiling the movement for BuzzFeed in the immediate aftermath of the election of Donald Trump. Darren’s writing has also appeared in The Boston Globe, Grantland, The New York Times Magazine, Black Enterprise, and Esquire Magazine. He and his wife Jummy live in Washington, D.C.
Democracy activist, open source sustainer, co-founder & CEO at Open Collective and Chair of DemocracyEarth Foundation. I worked in politics in Argentina and developed technology for democracy around the world. YC Alum, YGL (World Economic Forum).
Victòria Alsina is an Industry Assistant Professor and Academic Director at the NYU Center for Urban Science and Progress and Senior Fellow at The GovLab. Alsina’s current research and teaching focus on finding innovative solutions to rethink public institutions, exploring how collaborative governance and civic engagement can change the way we govern, solving some of society’s most pressing problems at the intersection of the public and private sectors and helping communities and institutions to work together to solve public problems more effectively and legitimately. She advises numerous governments, organizations and private institutions on issues related to public sector reform and democratic innovation. At the Harvard Kennedy School, she is a Fellow at the Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business and Government, a Democracy Fellow at the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation,and an Associate at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs. She holds a B.A. in Political Science and Public Administration from Universitat Pompeu Fabra; an MPA from Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona; an M.A. in Public Leadership from ESADE Business School; and a Ph.D. in Political and Social Sciences from Universitat Pompeu Fabra. She has been recipient of the prestigious Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowship.
Nick is an academic, public servant, and technologist. Nick served 10 years on Active Duty in the Air Force: on faculty at the Air Force Academy, as a Research Physicist and Technology Program Manager at the Air Force Research Laboratory, in the Pentagon in the Office of the Secretary of Defense, and in the White House on the President’s Council of Economic Advisers. Nick still serves as a Reservist for the United States Cyber Command. After active duty, Nick led data science projects for Amazon as a Senior Economist before returning to the public sector mission and founding Polco. Nick holds undergraduate degrees in Math & Physics, a PhD in Economics, and is the CEO of Polco and National Research Center. Nick’s current role is leading a talented team of technologists and industry experts at POLCO and NRC aligned in our mission to better connect local leaders and constituents through advanced policy polls, surveys, civic dialogue, and performance data.
Ann Young Lee has almost 20 years of experience managing large scale humanitarian response and sustainable development programming across a variety of sectors: including emergency relief, community upgrading and infrastructure, livelihoods and economic growth, and local governance. Since 2016, she has served as the Chief Executive Officer of CORE (Community Organized Relief Effort), formerly J/P HRO, Sean Penn’s disaster relief charity. During that time, she has overseen the successful transition from a Haiti-based recovery organization to an international response and resilience- building NGO, responding to crises in Puerto Rico, across the Caribbean, in Latin America, and the continental United States. In her current role, Ms. Lee provides vision and strategic leadership for a comprehensive array of programs including reforestation, sustainable agriculture, education and youth development, community health, women’s entrepreneurship, and extensive rebuilding and reconstruction efforts. Additionally, in 2018, she launched a pioneering disaster preparedness training program, targeting young people from low- income communities of color in the US “Hurricane Belt.” On behalf of CORE, she has led high-level partnership with public and private stakeholders such as The World Bank, the United Nations, the Sean Parker Foundation, the Supreme Committee of Qatar, the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation, Salesforce, World Central Kitchen, and Airbnb. Prior to joining CORE, Ms. Lee worked at the UN’s Organization for Coordination and Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), serving as the lead on urban humanitarian response and as the private sector liaison for the Secretary General’s World Humanitarian Summit. Previously, she served as Country Director for CHF, where she was responsible for a $150MM portfolio of projects including emergency shelter, neighborhood planning, construction, debris removal, and livelihoods. She has extensive field-based experience, and has lived in Haiti, both before and after the 2010 earthquake; the Philippines, responding to Typhoon Haiyan; Kosovo, working to address the post-war refugee crisis; and the Congo, participating in humanitarian response efforts. Lee is the author of “Livelihoods in Emergencies: A Double-Edged Sword.” She developed a gender-sensitive emergency assessment tool, called the CLARA, while with the Women’s Refugee Commission, which is now being used by international organizations around the world. She has presented on crisis response and recovery at leading conferences and high-level meetings, such as the Concordia Summit, the Clinton Global Initiative, the Harvard Humanitarian Summit, InterAction, and Chain X Change, one of the largest blockchain conferences in the world. Ms. Lee holds a Masters in Urban Planning from New York University, and a Masters in Economics & Conflict Management from Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS). She received the Society for International Development’s prestigious Truman Award, in May 2009.
Steven McKie is a crypto veteran of 8 years, now Managing Partner of Amentum Capital. Previously Head of Growth and Product Content at Purse, he expanded Purse’s operations with value-added partnerships in multiple regions globally and assisted in building out the bcoin developer team and support team. McKie also hosts and edits BlockChannel, a podcast and educational publication focused on Bitcoin and Ethereum, and recently assisted with launching the Handshake public blockchain. He received his BSBA in Information Systems & Technology at Old Dominion University in ‘14.
Kaliya known as the "Identity Woman" has spent the last 15 years working to bring about the creation of a new layer of the internet for people based on open standards. She was recently profiled in Wired UK where her work co-founding the Internet Identity Workshop was featured. In 2017 she graduated in the first ever cohort from UT Austin's iSchool with a Master of Science in Identity Management and Security. Her master's thesis *The Domains of Identity: A framework for understanding identity systems in contemporary society *is being published this month by Anthem Press. In 2019, she travelled to India for two months as a New America India-US Public Interest Technology fellow to study Aadhaar their national ID system. She co-founded HumanFirst.Tech with Shireen Mitchel, a project focused on creating space for diverse voices and building a more inclusive industry. In 2012 she was recognized as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum and Fast Company named her as one of the most influential women in tech in 2009. She consults with Governments, NGO's, Startups and Enterprises on decentralized identity technologies.
Jonathan Stray is a research fellow at the Partnership on AI, specializing on the development of human-centered metrics for AI systems. He previously taught the dual masters degree in computer science and journalism Columbia university, and built software for investigative journalism. He has worked as an editor at the Associated Press, a reporter in Hong Kong, and a research scientist at Adobe Systems. He holds an M.Sc. in Computer Science from the University of Toronto, and an MA in Journalism from the University of Hong Kong.
B Cavello is a Program Lead at the Partnership on AI (PAI), a non-profit multi-stakeholder initiative focused on advancing the benefits and addressing the challenges of machine intelligence. B leads PAI research in areas such as fairness, transparency, and AI's impact on labor, and works closely with PAI Partner organizations to steer the responsible development of AI. B also served as a MIT-Harvard Assembly Fellow as part of the 2019 Ethics and Governance in AI Initiative. Previously, B served as Senior Engagement Lead for IBM's AI division, the Watson Group, where they led strategic conversations with world leaders about implementing Artificial Intelligence in the real world. In June of 2017, B was recognized as an IBM LGBT+ 'Out Role Model' for championing diversity and inclusion in and beyond IBM. Prior to IBM, B was both Product Development and Community Director at Exploding Kittens, a record-breaking crowdfunded card game startup. B also co-led Phenomenon Media 501c3, and arts and education nonprofit, developing an educational tool for teaching code without the need for computers.
Katya Klinova leads AI, Labor, and the Economy Research Programs at the Partnership on AI, focusing on studying the mechanisms for steering AI progress towards greater equality of opportunity and improving the working conditions along the AI supply chain.Prior to PAI, Katya's graduate research focused on understanding the potential impact of AI advancement on the economic growth prospects of developing countries. She worked at the UN Executive Office of the Secretary-General to prepare the launch of the SG’s Strategy for New Technology, and at Google in a variety of communications and partnerships roles on Chrome, Search, core brand, Play, and developer relations. Katya holds an MPA in International Development from Harvard University (USA), an M.Sc. in Networks and e-Business Centered Computing from University of Reading (UK), and a B.S. cum laude in Applied Mathematics and Computer Science from Rostov state University (Russia).
Gilad is a musician, entrepreneur, and local municipality board member. He joined the Bitcoin community in Israel in 2012 and started running the Ethereum meetups in Israel shortly after discovering the Ethereum white paper in late 2013. Gilad had experienced the disruptive force of decentralization almost a decade before, during the collapse of the music industry. Since then, decentralization has become a connecting thread between his projects and endeavors. After developing tools for independent artists to engage directly with their audience in "iAlbums", Gilad founded "Backed", a company that produced peer-to-peer lending mechanisms. Today Gilad volunteers at his local community of 400+ families, promoting decentralized public-resource and fund management solutions and hoping to drive institutional change from the bottom up.
Bill is deeply involved in social and environmental justice work with a focus on agricultural sustainability and social healing. As part of Tools for Change, he is known for his activism and training in the service of racial and gender justice. Versed in opening the heart and imagination, awakening people’s best thinking and inspiring group transformation, Aal works with group reflection to unleash collective genius in organizational settings. He is also co-director of UnConference.net, providing innovative meeting design and facilitation for industry, education and the scientific community. As a cofounder of Riseup.net, he has a keen appreciation for the role technology plays in movements for social transformation.
Li Duan is the head of the Blockchain Economic Research Center of Sichuan Quality Development Institute. He is committed to promoting and applying blockchain technology in industrial solutions. The research center provides business application implementation, compliance, and risk avoidance; Cutting-edge technology research, enterprise blockchain strategy consulting. He is also a member of RxC Chengdu Community, bringing together industry expert consultants to promote industrial development and improve local governance.
Rhys is helping ambitious frontier people understand and build post-capitalist structures through The Bento Society and the Center for Paradigm Change. Before that, he was the Head of Long-Term Societal Impact at MIT DCI. His podcast "The Rhys Show" has 150,000+ plays and he self-taxes 10% of his income.
Jason is a proponent of the Blockchain technology and Software Engineer from South Africa. He started his blockchain journey ConsenSys as a blockchain engineer then he went on as a founding member of Adhara, where he helped build Project Khokha, a RTGS (real time gross settlement) system for the South African Reserve Bank (SARB). Prior to this he worked on a number of other early stage Ethereum projects, including building the withdraw DAPP, monitoring system and oracle for the Crypto20 project, which was the first tokenised index fund to go into production on the main Ethereum network.
Now he is focussing his attention on Wildcards.world a fun and engaging platform that connects users to wildlife organisations via novel economic mechanisms. Jason is fascinated by radical economics, governance mechanisms and community currencies; and strives to engineer and build systems with new technology that solve problems of coordination, openness and transparency.
About Vinicius Dias:
- He holds an LL.M. in Civil Law Studies at the University of São Paulo - FDRP / USP.
- Selected during Undergraduate Law Studies by the Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development (DFATD) for the Emerging Leaders in the Americas Program (ELAP) to support the development of human capital and the next generation of leaders in Latin America.
- He is member of the Radical Market research Group from FDRP/USP led by Professor Juliana Domingues.
- Member of the Commission of Civil Law-OAB/RP/SP (Ribeirão Preto Bar Association) and member of RadicalxChange Brazil Chapter.
Vivian Chen currently serves as the community advocate at Bitmark, a startup focuses on restoring trust in data. She is the program director of Girls in Tech Taiwan, aiming at accelerating the growth of innovative women who are entering into the high-tech industry and building successful startups. Vivian also served as the Chinese Taipei delegation of Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation, she worked on promoting women's participation in higher-wage high-growth industries.
Hai-Ching Chang is the team lead of CMX Taiwan (the community to help professional community builders thrive), and a volunteer at COSCUP (Conference for Open Source Coders, Users and Promoters). She’s worked at Academia Sinica, Backer-Founder, and currently at Bitmark to help restore the trust in data.
Yahsin is the marketing manager at Diode. She covers impacts of emerging technologies, especially blockchain, for various media outlets, such as Make magazine, TechLife magazine, Business Next, Meet Startup, Thinking Taiwan, Blockcast.it, BlockTempo, and Hacker Noon. Notable works are her tech reports of DevCon in Prague, Czech Republic, and EDCON in Sydney, Australia. In 2016, Yahsin helped start the Taipei Ethereum Meetup community. In 2019, Yahsin founded the RadicalxChange Taipei chapter. She has a bachelor’s degree in English literature from National Dong Hwa University.
Cristina is a Master’s student in Comparative Law and Legal Theory at École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales in Paris. She graduated in Political Science and Law from Carlos III University of Madrid in 2018 and moved to France to work as a policy analyst trainee at the Public Governance Directorate in OECD. She specialized in anti-corruption laws and transparency. Before moving to France, she spent two years working and studying in Montreal and in Rio de Janeiro. She has also been an active campus member in Spain and abroad, combining her two degrees with real personal commitment in associations and research projects on human rights and migration laws. Cristina is currently conducting a research project to analyze the use of legal language and constitutional law rhetoric through mass media and public debate. She is self-taught in discourse analysis and topic modeling through R-programming and data mining. Above all, she is passionate about exploring interdisciplinary approaches and research methods in legal and social sciences.
Minako Kojima is the CEO of Andoromeda, a blockchain company that aims to promote the development of blockchain techniques and blockchain communities. She formerly was a Xoogler in the DIA team (2011-2016), the cofounder of Gpool.net (2010-2014), and the founder as well as the organizer of Shanghai Cryptocurrency Study Group (2007-2017). She is the co-founder of RadicalxChange China and is the organizer of the RxC Shanghai community.
Haitao Long (Mr. Pundun) is the lead business consultant from Pundun Intelligent Venture. He is an expert on the top-level digital design of business strategy. He is also an investor and advisor for enterprises, especially in the areas of internet and finance (e.g. StartupNow, CCTV). He studied at West Point and is now involved in RadicalxChange Beijing and Guangzhou communities.
Professor Dr. Fatimah Kari earned a Bachelor’s degree from National University of Malaysia (UKM), a Master of Economics from the University of Leicester, UK and a PhD (Economics) from Mississippi State University, United States. She is formerly the director of the Centre for Poverty and Development Studies (CPDS), University of Malaya, former head of Department of Economics, former deputy Dean of Undergraduate and Post Graduate, Faculty of Economics and Administration, University of Malaya. She has published and presented many scholarly papers in the area of Environment and Poverty, Poverty Indexing and Environment and Growth. She has been a consultant for several consultancy project sponsored by the Ministry of Energy, Green Technology and Water (KeTTHA), Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MNRE) and Economic Planning Unit, Prime Ministers Department, UNDP, Malaysia, JCorp and Ministry of Communication and Multimedia, Malaysia. Prof. Fatimah Kari has published in several index journals such as Energy Policy, Energy, Energy and Environment, Journal of Transportation, Social Indicators Research, Journal of Environmental Management and Journal of Development Studies.
I received my B.S. and Ph.D. degrees from Mississippi State University, both with distinctions, in 2007 and 2012, respectively. I conducted my dissertation work under the direction of Prof. James E. Fowler on the application of compressed sensing techniques to high-dimensional media, e.g. natural video, multiview image and video, light-field images, and hyperspectral imagery for geosciences. During my Ph.D. studies, I also worked as a research intern for Canon USA, Inc.’s research division in San Jose, CA, where my work lead to a patent for a novel lightfield acquisition system, for which I am listed as a co-inventor.
Diana Rodríguez Franco is the Secretary for Women for the city of Bogotá (Colombia). She holds a Ph.D. and an M.A. in Sociology from Northwestern University, and a J.D. and B.A. in Economics from the University of Los Andes (Colombia). Previously, she was Deputy Director at the Center for Law, Justice and Society (Dejusticia) and head of its Environmental Justice division. She has been a lecturer at University of Los Andes. In 2018, she was an Advocate in Residence at Yale University. Her publications include Radical Deprivation on Trial: The Impact of Judicial Activism on Socioeconomic Rights in the Global South (Cambridge University Press, 2015, coaut.), “Internal Wars, Taxation, and State-Building” (American Sociological Review, 2016), Environmental Peace: Challenges and Proposals in the Post-accorde (Dejusticia, 2017); “Dependency Theory” (Oxford Handbook on the Politics of Development, coauthor, 2016) and “Globalizing Intellectual Property Rights: The Politics of Law and Public Health” (Routledge, 2012).
Amanda Brink is a Wisconsin based political operative with over 12 years experience in the field. A solid utility infielder, who is happy to provide assistance with campaign management, overall strategy, fundraising, organizing, operations, compliance, digital, press, training, recounts, logistics, advance and more. Former OFA, HFA, Tony for WI, Burns for WI, Dems in Philly, DNC, WisDems, Raj for Madison, and more. Currently working for Organizing Empowerment, helping organizations put relationships back into organizing.
Esme is a Masters student at the University of Sussex, studying Sustainable Development with SPRU (The Science Policy Research Unit). Her interest in development issues has led her to volunteer and work on several grassroots projects both at home and around the world related to climate change and gender equality. During the course of her current studies she has developed particular interests in infrastructures (digital, social and physical), their adaptation for sustainability goals, and how to transform decision making processes to better reflect the interests of wider society. Currently she is facilitating research on the impacts of digitalisation within social services.
Dr. Hecht received a Ph.D. in computer science from Northwestern University, a Master’s degree in geography from UC Santa Barbara, and a Bachelor’s degree in computer science and geography from Macalester College. He is the recipient of a CAREER award from the U.S. National Science Foundation and has received awards for his research at top-tier publication venues in human-computer interaction, data science, and geography (e.g. ACM SIGCHI, ACM CSCW, ACM Mobile HCI, AAAI ICWSM, COSIT). At Northwestern, Dr. Hecht holds appointments in the Department of Computer Science and the School of Communication. Dr. Hecht also serves on the Executive Committee of ACM FAccT (formerly ACM FAT*), the premier publication venue for research on understanding and mitigating societal biases in artificial intelligence systems. Dr. Hecht has collaborated with Google Research, Xerox PARC, and Microsoft Research, and his work has been featured by The New York Times, the Washington Post, Le Monde, Der Spiegel, and various other TV, radio, and Internet outlets. Dr. Hecht advises students in the Computer Science Ph.D. program and the Technology and Social Behavior (TSB) Ph.D. program.
Carlotta Gradin is the Vice President of Advocacy for UN Women France.
She holds a Master in International Administration from the University of Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne and is also a graduate of Sciences Po Strasbourg. Currently, she pursues a thesis on the European and International legal framework for the prevention and the penalty of cyberviolence at the University of Paris II Panthéon-Assas. Carlotta is a legal expert, researcher and lecturer on legal issues regarding human rights, gender equality and discrimination. She worked for the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) in Rome and for the High Council for Gender Equality in Paris.
João Mello is Deputy Governor for Licensing and Resolution at the Central Bank of Brazil. Among other responsibilities, he is in charge of supporting financial innovation, which involves fostering the debate concerning the impacts of new technologies in competition and financial stability. Formerly, João has worked in the Brazilian Ministry of Economy as Secretary for Economic Policy; Secretary for the Promotion of Productivity and Competition Advocacy; and Special Advisor for Microeconomic Reforms.
João received his BA in Public Policy from the Escola de Administração de Empresas de São Paulo - Fundação Getulio Vargas (1996), his master's in economics from Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio de Janeiro (2000) and his PhD in economics from Stanford University (2005).
Seth Frey is data scientist and behavioral scientist who specializes in institutional approaches to self-governance and collective action online. He is an Assistant Professor of Communication at the University of California, Davis. Before that, he was in the behavioral economics group at Disney Research, a part of Walt Disney Imagineering, where he used engineered social systems like web team sports, theme parks, video games, and economic games to study sociality. He earned his bachelor's at UC Berkeley and his Ph.D., in "Cognitive Science and Informatics," at Indiana University in 2013.
A background of concern for existential risk has shaped half my life. My initial descent into this came from the implicit assessment that "this world just isn't going to work out" - after learning about the future of technological power and connecting that with an account of historic and present abuses of power.
Being exposed to Nonviolent Communication (as formulated by Marshall Rosenberg) I got the reality that all conflicts happens at the level of strategy - meanwhile we human beings all have the same needs. Failing to make this distinction between our strategies & needs, we'll hang on to the strategy as if it were the need, and when these inevitable conflict with the strategies of others, they'll occur for us as enemies. My presentation has developed from the power of this insight.
I live in Santa Cruz, CA, where I moved to work at a community based nonprofit to share the practice of Nonviolent Communication. I've contributed a chapter "Structured Listening: Technological design to help humanize humanity" to the book The Future of Text: A 2020 Vision.
Jack Henderson is an independent researcher & writer who works with non-profit leaders to implement Quadratic Finance. He recently graduated from Princeton where he studied economics and co-founded RadicalxChange Students.
Jonjon Clark is co-founder of wildcards.world, a platform funding animal conservation through the radical markets idea of Harberger tax. He enjoys chess, yoga and designing blockchain based systems underpinned by interesting incentive mechanisms. He is also very passionate about education, having previously lectured computer science and economics at the University of Cape Town.
Nestor Bonilla is a tech and social changemaker from Nicaragua, and Co-Founder of Digital Bonds. His experience has been focused on social innovation, working mostly with local and international and non-profit organizations. He has extensive experience in the design, development, and implementation of web platforms, mobile apps, virtual reality, and data science projects for social good for the last six years. Now, since 2019, he’s focusing on Blockchain technology for social good. His background has let him understand social problems from a holistic perspective, narrowing its solutions with a scalable technology inclusion.
Russell is a product-minded software developer who has helped global brands build products in a more agile way. He’s an advocate for inclusive design, and recently spent 9 months helping the City of Toronto shift their approach to building homeless shelter software by starting with user needs. He has a background in political philosophy and is excited to use design to bring important ideas from academia into the real world.