Season 2

The Digital Economist Speaker Series

The Digital Economist successfully launched two inspiring seasons of the weekly Speaker Series, beginning October of 2020. Stay tuned for our Season Three announcement - sign up for our newsletter to be the first to hear! We drive radical collaboration between global action leaders on the most urgent topics and challenges we face today: climate, health, society, economics. With the global population facing multiple man-made crises that threaten our existence and the wellbeing of the planet, using science and technology to serve human needs is no longer a choice – it's a necessity.

Featured Speaker | Season 2 
Diversity Students

Joe Atkinson

 

Vice Chair, Chief Products and Technology Officer

PwC US

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Season 2 Speakers

Samira Khan

Senior Manager, Salesforce

Samira Khan is a senior manager of Global Impact Experience at Salesforce.org, working at the nexus of social innovation/impact and tech. She is a former strategy consultant at A.T. Kearney.

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Felipe Carazo

Head of Public Sector Engagement, WEF

Felipe is currently at WEF's Tropical Forest Alliance. Previously, advisor to Government of Costa Rica, The Nature Conservancy and Head of The Environmental Program Unit at UNDP.

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Vanessa Eguavoen

Materials Engineer, Apple

Vanessa Eguavoen is a Materials Engineer in Product design at Apple. Vanessa holds a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from the California Institute of Technology. 

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Gurvinder Ahluwalia

Founder, Digital Twin Labs

Founder and CEO of Digital Twin Labs and Advisor to the Gates Foundation. Cofounder and CPO of StreamSum. Former CTO for IBM Blockchain-IoT-Cloud.

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Dr. Christian Busch

Author, The Serendipity Mindset

Professor at New York University & London School of Economics, author of The Serendipity Mindset: The Art & Science of Creating Good Luck and member, World Economic Expert Forum.

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Dr. Mandeep Rai

Author, The Values Compass

Author of "The Values Compass" and former broadcast journalist for the BBC World Service and Reuters. Mandeep holds a PhD in global values. She has traveled to over 150 countries.

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Harsh Acharya

VP, Global eCommerce Experience, Dell

Harsh is responsible for driving vision, strategy, and execution for Dell’s e-Commerce experiences across the globe. Masters in Information and Operations Management from Texas A&M.

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Joe Atkinson

Chief Products & Technology Officer, PwC

Joe is the Vice Chair, Chief Products and Technology Officer at PwC. Joe serves on PwC's US Leadership Team and graduated from Smeal College of Business at Pennsylvania State University.

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Joe Adams

Attorney, Joe Adams & Associates

Joe Adams is an immigration lawyer with a large celebrity and entrepreneurial clientele. Member of the American Immigration Lawyer’s Association and JD from University of California.

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Perianne Boring

President, Chamber of Digital Commerce

Founder and president of the Chamber of Digital Commerce, the world's largest trade association representing the blockchain industry. America’s Top 50 Women in Tech by Forbes.

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Frank-Jürgen Richter

Chairman, Horasis

German entrepreneur and Chairman of Horasis, an independent international organization dedicated to inspiring our future. Former Director of Asia at the World Economic Forum. 

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Clara Ferreira Marques

Columnist, Bloomberg

Bloomberg Opinion columnist covering commodities and environmental, social and governance issues. Previously, associate editor for Reuters Breakingviews.

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Featured Speaker | Season 1
Diversity Students

Can technology make us better human beings?

Top MIT scientist Professor Pentland weighs in

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Season 1 Speakers

David Givens

North America Head, Argus Media

David Givens is Head of Natural Gas and Power Services for North America for Argus Media, Inc., the leading independent provider of energy and commodity markets across different regions in the world.

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Leslee Udwin

Founder & Executive Chair, Think Equal

Former filmmaker, Human Rights Campaigner, UN Women for Peace Activist Award winner and NY Times the Second Most Impactful woman of 2016, after Hillary Clinton

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Nathan Kaiser

General Counsel, Six Digital Exchange

Swiss lawyer, General Counsel at SDX, and Associate at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society at Harvard.

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Andrew Andrea

Cofounder & Director, Impact17

Co-founder and Director, Impact17 and President and Founding Board Member, Sustainable Impact Association, Switzerland.

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Alex Pentland

Professor, MIT

Faculty Director of MIT Connection Science and Forbes "7 most powerful data scientists in the world".

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Tomaso Aste

Faculty Director, UCL CBT

Professor of Complexity Science at University College London and Faculty Director of the UCL Centre for Blockchain Technologies. 

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Sophie Alcorn

Contributor, TechCrunch

Top 10 immigration attorney in the State of California, founder of Alcorn Immigration Law, author of TechCrunch’s “Dear Sophie”.

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Sonia Bashir Kabir

Founder, SBK Tech Ventures

Founder of SBK Tech Ventures and the SBK Foundation. Previously, Managing Director at Microsoft.

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Jeffrey Saviano

Global Tax Innovation Leader, EY

EY Global Tax Innovation Leader, MIT Connection Science Fellow and Boston University School of Law Lecturer.

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Harald Stieber

Senior Economist, European Commission

Senior Economist at the European Commission and former Fellow at the Weatherhead Center of Harvard University.

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Martin Wainstein

Founder, Yale OpenLab

Founder and President of the Open Earth Foundation. Founder and lead scientist at the Yale Open Innovation Lab. 

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Neelima Parasker

CEO, SnapIT Solutions

President and CEO at SnapIT Solutions, Innovator in Residence, Kauffman Foundation & member of Advisory Council, Federal Reserve of Kansas City.

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