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Founder at Virgin Group
Technology Global Business
Sir Richard Branson is the founder of the Virgin Group, one of the world’s most recognized and respected brands. Most of his time is now spent building businesses and working with Virgin Unite and organizations it has incubated, such as The Elders, The Carbon War Room, The B Team and, Ocean Unite. He also serves on the Global Commission on Drug Policy and supports ocean conservation with the Ocean Elders.
President, Eurasia Group and GZERO Media
Politics Geopolitics International Affairs
Security Policy
Ian Bremmer is the president and founder of Eurasia Group, a global political risk research and consulting firm. He is also an author and regularly expresses his views in public speeches, television appearances, and top publications, including Time magazine, where he is the foreign affairs columnist and editor-at-large.
Founder and CEO at Thrive Global
Media Entrepreneurship Health Lifestyle
Arianna Huffington is the the founder and CEO of Thrive Global, founder of The Huffington Post, and the author of several books, including, most recently, “Thrive” and “The Sleep Revolution.” She has been named to Time Magazine’s list of the world’s 100 most influential people and the Forbes Most Powerful Women list. She serves on numerous boards, including Uber and The Center for Public Integrity.
Global Chief Marketing Officer at Hyatt
Global Business Marketing Media
Maryam Banikarim began as the Hyatt Hotel Corporation’s Chief Marketing Officer in 2015 following more than 20 years of marketing expertise across multiple industries. Previously, she was Gannett’s first-ever Chief Marketing Officer, where she successfully guided one of the largest newspaper publishers in the U.S. through a major decline in the news industry. She also served as senior vice president at NBC Universal and the chief marketing officer for Univision Communications, Inc.
Former CNN Political News Anchor
Politics Journalism Media
Candy Crowley is an award-winning journalist and an astute political observer. She served as CNN’s chief political correspondent and the host of “State of the Union with Candy Crowley,” a political hour of interviews and analysis of the week’s most important issues.
Founder & CEO at Tenshey, Inc.
Maggie Chan Jones is an award-winning CMO and the Founder and CEO of Tenshey, a tech-enabled startup dedicated to advancing gender diversity through executive coaching for female leaders at all career levels.
A trailblazer for women in technology, Maggie was the first woman to be named Chief Marketing Officer of SAP and has held leadership positions at Microsoft, Level 3 Communications, and Sun Microsystems.
Recording Artist & Investor
Entertainment Startup
D.A. Wallach (also known as D.A.) is an American musician and business executive. He is the former lead singer of the group Chester French and is currently a solo artist signed by Harvest Records, a subsidiary of Capitol Records. He is the former artist-in-residence at Spotify, a company where he was an early investor. As a business executive, he has invested in and advised several companies that have included SpaceX, Emulate, and Ripple.
Political Science Professor at Stanford
International Politics
Phillip Lipscy is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at Stanford University. He is also The Thomas Rohlen Center Fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies. His fields of research include international and comparative political economy, international security, and the politics of East Asia and Japan.