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Craig McDonald

Crime novelist
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Playwright, Producer
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Tay Yoshitani

CEO, Port of Seattle
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Lionel Barber

U.S. Managing Editor, Financial Times
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Sonia Arrison

Futurist, Policy Analyst
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Steven Mazie

Professor of Political Studies, BHSEC-Manhattan | Supreme Court Correspondent, The Economist
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Michael Ellsberg

Author, The Education of Millionaires and The Power of Eye Contact
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William Ackman

Activist Investor and Hedge-Fund Manager
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Eric Schmidt

Executive Chairman, Google
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Saul Levmore

William B. Graham Distinguished Professor of Law at The University of Chicago
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Mary Ellen Iskenderian

President and CEO, Women's World Bank
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Sophal Ear

Leading Researcher on Post-Crisis Nations
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Megan Erickson

Associate Editor, Big Think
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Editor, Big Think
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Ian Bremmer

President, Eurasia Group
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Joseph F Coughlin

Director of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology AgeLab
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Daniel Altman

Chief Economist, Big Think
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Daniel Honan

Managing Editor, Big Think
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Garry Kasparov

World Chess Champion 1985-2000
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Gregory Johnsen

Near East Studies Scholar, Princeton University
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Van Jones

Co-Founder and President, Rebuild the Dream and Former Special Advisor, White House Council on Environmental Quality
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Matthew C. Nisbet

Professor of Communication, American University
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Managing Director, Grameen Bank
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Michael Sandel

Professor of Government, Harvard University
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Paul Krugman

Professor of Economics, Princeton; Columnist, The New York Times
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Lawrence Summers

Harvard University Professor, Former Presidential Economic Advisor