Dmitri Alperovitch is the Co‑Founder and CTO of CrowdStrike Inc., a leading provider of next‑generation endpoint security, threat intelligence and incident response services. A renowned computer security researcher, he is a thought‑leader on cybersecurity policies and state tradecraft. Prior to founding CrowdStrike, Dmitri was a Vice President of Threat Research at McAfee, where he led company’s global Internet threat intelligence analysis and investigations.
In 2010 and 2011, Alperovitch led the global team that investigated and brought to light Operation Aurora, Night Dragon and Shady RAT groundbreaking cyberespionage intrusions, and gave those incidents their names.
In 2013, Alperovitch received the prestigious recognition of being selected as MIT Technology Review’s “Young Innovators under 35” (TR35), an award previously won by such technology luminaries as Larry Page and Sergey Brin, Mark Zuckerberg and Jonathan Ive.
Alperovitch was named Foreign Policy Magazine’s Leading Global Thinker for 2013, an award shared with Secretary of State John Kerry, Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos. He was the recipient of the prestigious Federal 100 Award for his contributions to the federal information security in 2011 and recognized in 2013 and 2015 as one of Washingtonian’s Tech Titans for his accomplishments in the field of cybersecurity.
With more than a decade of experience in the field of information security, Alperovitch is an inventor of 25 patented technologies and has conducted extensive research on reputation systems, spam detection, web security, public‑key and identity‑based cryptography, malware and intrusion detection and prevention.
As a recognized authority on cyberespionage, cyber warfare, online organized criminal activity, and cybersecurity, Alperovitch has significant experience working as a subject matter expert with all levels of U.S. and international policy makers, intelligence and law enforcement agencies on analysis, investigations, and profiling of transnational organized criminal activities and cyber threats from terrorist and nation‑state adversaries. He is a well‑respected technical and policy thinker on the most difficult global cybersecurity issues, and is a frequent speaker at military, intelligence, law‑enforcement, academic and security industry conferences. Alperovitch has published and given numerous talks on the contemporary issues in cybersecurity policy such as cyberdeterrence doctrine, Chinese‑sponsored cyberespionage and the use of cyber weapons on the future battlefield. Alperovitch is frequently quoted as a cyberpolicy and cybersecurity expert source in national publications, including The New York Times, USA Today, and The Washington Post, The Associated Press and Reuters.
Prior to joining McAfee, Alperovitch led the research team and the Cloud Security business unit at Secure Computing.
Alperovitch is currently a Senior Fellow at Atlantic Council and has served on the board of Georgia Tech Information Security Center (GTISC) Industry Advisory Board. He currently serves on the RSA Conference Advisory Board.
Alperovitch holds a master's degree in Information Security and a bachelor's degree in Computer Science, both from Georgia Institute of Technology.
Bill Boulding is the Dean and J.B. Fuqua Professor of Business Administration at the Fuqua School of Business, Duke University.
His research interests lie at the intersection of management, marketing, and strategy. Of particular interest to Dr. Boulding is evaluating how managers make decisions and how consumers respond to those decisions. He is also interested in health care policy research, particularly in assessing the role of the patient experience and managerial activity in the quality of care.
Dr. Boulding's teaching interests also span the areas of management, marketing, and strategy. He has taught core courses in all three areas (Leadership, Ethics and Organizations; Marketing Management; Foundations of Strategy, and the Culture, Civilization and Leadership course). He is a past recipient of The Outstanding Teacher award from Fuqua, and has been cited for teaching excellence in various editions of the book Business Week Guide to the Best Business Schools spanning a period of two decades. He is also a recipient of the Bank of America Faculty Award "for excellence in teaching, research, leadership and service." With respect to industry contact, he has engaged in sponsored research, consulting, or executive development with a number of companies such as IBM, AT&T, Bank of America, Sears, Eli Lilly, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Ford Motor Company, Lafarge, U.S. Postal Service, Stride Rite, Wolseley, Hanes, Harnischfeger, Thomson Newspapers, Siemens, and Citibank.
Dr. Boulding serves as a member of the World Economic Forum's Council on Values. He also serves as a Board member on the Graduate Management Admission Council® (GMAC®), which is the organization that administers the GMAT exam.
Stephen Brooks is an Associate Professor of Government at Dartmouth, and has previously held fellowships at Harvard and Princeton. He is the author of Producing Security: Multinational Corporations, Globalization, and the Changing Calculus of Conflict (Princeton), and co-author, with William Wohlforth, of World out of Balance: International Relations and the Challenge of American Primacy (Princeton) and America Abroad: The United States’ Global Role in the 21st Century (Oxford, 2016). He has published articles International Organization, International Security, Journal of Conflict Resolution, Perspectives on Politics, Cambridge Review of International Affairs, Foreign Affairs, and Security Studies. He received his Ph.D. in Political Science with Distinction from Yale University, where his dissertation received the American Political Science Association's Helen Dwight Reid Award for the best doctoral dissertation in international relations, law, and politics.
Joyce Chang is Global Head of Research and a member of the management committee for J.P. Morgan’s Corporate & Investment Bank. J.P. Morgan holds top industry research rankings and has ranked #1 for U.S. equity and fixed income research in Institutional Investor’s and Greenwich Associates research surveys since 2010. From 1997 through 2012, Joyce held top rankings in Institutional Investor’s Fixed-Income Research surveys for Emerging Markets research, including the distinction of earning 25 #1 individual rankings. In 2014, she was inducted into the Fixed Income Analyst Society Hall of Fame. Prior to joining J.P. Morgan in 1999 Joyce was a Managing Director at Merrill Lynch and Salomon Brothers. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Inter-American Dialogue and serves on the Board of Directors of Trickle Up and Girls Inc. She is also co-chair of J.P. Morgan’s Corporate and Investment Bank Women’s Network.
Juju Chang is an Emmy Award-winning co-anchor of ABC News’ “Nightline.” She also reports regularly for “Good Morning America” and “20/20.”
Chang’s work often involves in-depth personal narratives from the most extensive face transplant ever attempted on a former firefighter named Pat Hardison to the multi-year coming of age odyssey of a transgendered teen which won a 2015 Front Page award.
Chang covers breaking news from Superstorm Sandy to the mass shootings in Newtown, CT. After the shooting at Sandy Hook, she profiled a young family of gun enthusiasts for a special edition of “Guns in America”. She’s since explored the issue of “kids and guns” and the growing popularity of firearms among women.
Chang has covered global events and issues like the earthquake in Haiti and maternal and infant mortality in Mozambique. Her longer “Nightline” segments cover topics like juvenile justice; rape on college campuses; race and policing; and addiction including a report on the shocking epidemic of newborns de-toxing from painkillers.
Chang received one of her two Emmys for team coverage of the California wildfires. She won one of her two Gracies for a “20/20” story on gender equality in the sciences.
Her hour-long primetime reports include the story of murdered 8th grader Larry King, which examined the issues of anti-gay bullying; the impact on foreign adoptions gone wrong; the struggles of people with Albinism globally, including the plight of Tanzanian albinos.
She’s interviewed artists from Tom Hanks to Celine Dion to Channing Tatum.
A former news anchor for “Good Morning America,” Chang had previously anchored the early morning newscasts “World News Now” and “World News This Morning” in 2000. She began her career at ABC News as a desk assistant and eventually became a producer at “World News Tonight.” From 1996-97, Chang covered the White House, Capitol Hill and the Presidential election for NewsOne, ABC’s affiliate service in DC. She was also a reporter for KGO-TV in San Francisco, from 1995-96.
Born in Seoul, South Korea and raised in California, Chang graduated with honors from Stanford University with a BA in political science and communication. At Stanford, she was awarded the Edwin Cotrell Political Science Prize.
Chang is married to Neal Shapiro and has three sons. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and a founding board member of the Korean American Community Foundation.
General Martin E. Dempsey recently retired after 41 years of military service. During his time in the Army, he commanded a Cavalry Troop, a Tank Battalion, a Cavalry Regiment, a Tank Division, and United States Central Command where he was responsible for securing U.S. interests in the Middle East and South Asia. He served in both Operation Desert Storm and Operation Iraqi Freedom accumulating 42 months in combat.
General Dempsey is a 1974 graduate of West Point and has Master’s Degrees from Duke in Literature, from the Army Command & General Staff College in Military Science, and from the National War College in National Security Strategy.
His military awards include the Bronze Star with valor device, the Defense Distinguished Service Medal, and Distinguished Service Medals from the Army, Navy, Air Force, and Coast Guard as well as awards from other Departments in the United States Government including the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, the Central Intelligence Agency, and the National Security Agency. He has received awards from many of our allies including France, Germany, Italy, Poland, Croatia, Israel, Japan, the Republic of Korea, and Singapore.
In the past five years he served as the Chief of Staff of the United States Army and then as the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. As Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff he was the senior officer in the Armed Forces and the military advisor to the Secretary of Defense and to the President.
In 2015, General Dempsey was named one of the 100 most influential leaders in the world by Time Magazine.
General Dempsey and his wife, Deanie, have been married for 39 years. They served the military as a team, and Deanie was instrumental in supporting military families and championing many of the family programs that have been critical to our success over the past 14 years of conflict.
Marty and Deanie have three children and nine grandchildren. Each of their three children served in the Army, and their son, Chris, continues to serve as a Major recently assigned to the Pentagon.
General Dempsey’s post-military career includes a teaching position at Duke University in public policy and leadership, a role as the Special Advisor to the Commissioner of the National Basketball Association for leader development and youth programs, and motivational speaking through the Washington Speakers’ Bureau.
Judith H. Germano is a Senior Fellow on Cybersecurity and Adjunct Professor of Law at NYU School of Law; she also is the founding member of GermanoLawLLC, advising companies on issues of cybersecurity, privacy, financial fraud and regulatory compliance. Judith is the former Chief of Economic Crimes at the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of New Jersey; a federal prosecutor for 11 years, Judith handled matters of cybercrime, securities and other financial fraud, identity theft, exportation offenses, political corruption and national security. Judith previously worked at Shearman & Sterling in New York City and served as a law clerk to two federal judges, on the U.S. District Court in Connecticut and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit in New York. Judith’s publications include: “Cybersecurity Partnerships: A New Era of Collaboration,” and “After the Breach: Cybersecurity Liability Risk,” both available at www.germanolaw.com.
Anil K. Gupta is the Michael D. Dingman Chair in Strategy, Globalization and Entrepreneurship at the Robert H. Smith School of Business, The University of Maryland at College Park.
Ranked by Thinkers50 as “one of the world’s most influential management thinkers” and by HotTopics as “one of the world’s most influential professors of entrepreneurship,” he has also been named by The Economist as one of the world's "superstars" for research on emerging economies, and inducted into the Academy of Management Journals’ “Hall of Fame.” He is one of only three professors, out of over 25000 worldwide, to have been elected a Lifetime Fellow of the three most prestigious academic bodies in his field – Academy of Management, Strategic Management Society, and Academy of International Business.
Anil is the author of several highly acclaimed books including The Quest for Global Dominance, Getting China and India Right, Global Strategies for Emerging Asia, and The Silk Road Rediscovered. He is also a frequent contributor to leading media such as Harvard Business Review, The Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, and Bloomberg Businessweek and is interviewed regularly by CNBC, Bloomberg TV, and CCTV among other media.
Anil is a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Emerging Multinationals and has participated in various Forum summits including the flagship event in Davos. He also serves as an active keynote speaker, adviser, and/or board member for a number of Fortune 500 companies as well as venture capital backed technology ventures and accelerators.
Anil earned a B.Tech. from the Indian Institute of Technology, an M.B.A. from the Indian Institute of Management, and a Ph.D. from Harvard University.
Arthur R. Kroeber is head of research at Gavekal, a financial-services firm based in Hong Kong, founder of the China-focused Gavekal Dragonomics research service, and editor of China Economic Quarterly. He divides his time between Beijing and New York. Before founding Dragonomics in 2002, he spent fifteen years as a financial and economic journalist in China and South Asia. He is a senior non-resident fellow of the Brookings-Tsinghua Center, an adjunct professor at the Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs, and a member of the National Committee on US-China Relations. His book China’s Economy: What Everyone Needs to Know is published by Oxford University Press in April 2016.
Maggie Lake is a CNNMoney anchor and correspondent based at CNN's New York headquarters. She anchors ‘CNNMoney with Maggie Lake’ weekdays at 9a ET/3p CET on CNN International, and provides daily in-depth market coverage for ‘Quest Means Business’ and other CNN International programs.
Lake has covered a number of international business stories including the collapse of Lehman Brothers and seismic changes across the world of investment banking, the global financial crisis and subsequent U.S. economic recovery, European debt crisis, climate change as well as the latest technology trends impacting consumers and investors in Silicon Valley and beyond.
From Microsoft’s Satya Nadella to Ford’s Mark Fields and Intel’s Brian Krzanich, Lake has interviewed many CEOs from a wide range of professions. She spoke to Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis the day he was elected to his position earlier this year, and recently sat down with Angel Gurria, Secretary-General of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).
In addition to her daily business reporting, Lake has interviewed notable figures across the auto, entertainment, technology and fashion industries including Nissan and Renault CEO Carlos Ghosn, actress Sarah Jessica Parker, actors Neil Patrick Harris and Hugh Jackman, Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey and fashion designers Michael Kors, Tommy Hilfiger, Jason Wu and Rebecca Minkoff.
Before joining CNN in 2001, Lake worked for eight years at the news agency Reuters. In various reporting roles for Reuters Television in New York she provided coverage of U-S bond, stock and currency markets; interviewed Fortune 500 CEO's and reported on the 1998 global financial crisis. Moving to London in 1999, Lake anchored programs covering top business stories from around the world, including interviews with finance ministers and leading policy officials. Lastly, she served a senior reporter on the print side for Reuters in New York.
Lake holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from BostonUniversity.
Cheri McGuire leads Symantec’s public policy and government engagement strategy, managing a team across the U.S., Canada, Europe, and Asia. She serves on the World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council on Cybersecurity, and on the boards of The George Washington University Center for Cyber and Homeland Security, the Information Technology Industry Council, and the National Cyber Security Alliance. She chaired the US IT Sector Coordinating Council from 2010 to 2012, and also is a past board member of the IT Information Sharing and Analysis Center, and a former member of the Industry Executive Subcommittee of the President’s National Security Telecommunications Advisory Committee. A frequent presenter on technology and policy issues, she has testified numerous times before Congress. Past positions include: Acting Director and Deputy Director of the DHS National Cyber Security Division/US-CERT, and Director for Critical Infrastructure and Cybersecurity in Microsoft’s Trustworthy Computing Group.
Christopher Painter has been on the vanguard of cyber issues for over twenty years. In his current role as the Secretary’s first Coordinator for Cyber Issues, Mr. Painter coordinates and leads the United States’ diplomatic efforts to advance an open, interoperable, secure and reliable Internet and information infrastructure. He works closely with components across the Department, other agencies, the White House, the private sector and civil society to implement the President’s International Strategy for Cyberspace and ensures that U.S. foreign policy positions on cross-cutting cyber issues are fully synchronized. These issues include promoting norms of responsible state behavior and cyber stability, advancing cybersecurity, fighting cybercrime, promoting multi-stakeholder Internet governance and advancing Internet freedom.
Mr. Painter and his team have launched “whole of government” cyber dialogues with numerous countries (including chairing the U.S.-China Cyber Working Group established by Secretary Kerry), designed and carried out regional capacity building initiatives, worked to reduce cyber threats worldwide by combatting operational threats such as Distributed Denial of Service and large-scale cyber intrusions for the purposes of stealing intellectual property and proprietary business information, worked to ensure that fundamental freedoms can be exercised online, and worked diplomatically to build a consensus around our vision of an open, interoperable, secure and reliable cyberspace. His team spearheaded the promotion of transparency and confidence-building measures designed to reduce the risk of miscalculation that could inadvertently lead to conflict in cyberspace—resulting in the negotiation of the first ever bilateral cyber confidence building measures that were announced in June 2013 by President Obama and President Putin, and the agreement to the first set of multi-lateral confidence building measures in the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe.
Prior to joining the State Department, Mr. Painter served in the White House as Senior Director for Cybersecurity Policy in the National Security Council. During his two years at the White House, Mr. Painter was a senior member of the team that conducted the President's Cyberspace Policy Review and subsequently served as Acting Cybersecurity Coordinator. He coordinated the development of the President’s 2011 International Strategy for Cyberspace and chaired high-level interagency groups devoted to international cyber issues.
Mr. Painter began his federal career as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in Los Angeles where he led some of the most high profile and significant cybercrime prosecutions in the country, including the prosecution of notorious computer hacker Kevin Mitnick. He subsequently helped lead the case and policy efforts of the Computer Crime and Intellectual Property Section in the U.S. Department of Justice and served, for a short time, as Deputy Assistant Director of the F.B.I.'s Cyber Division.
For over fifteen years, Mr. Painter has been a leader in international cyber issues. He has represented the United States in numerous international fora, including chairing the cutting edge G8 High Tech Crime Subgroup from 2002-2012. He has worked with dozens of foreign governments in bilateral meetings and has been a frequent spokesperson and presenter on cyber issues around the globe. Mr. Painter is a graduate of Stanford Law School and Cornell University.
As The Coca-Cola Company’s first Chief Sustainability Officer (CSO), Bea Perez advances a global sustainability strategy designed to help grow the business while making a lasting, positive difference for consumers, communities and the environment. Bea is leading a global effort to embed sustainability into operations. With her direction, the Coca-Cola system is making progress toward a comprehensive set of sustainability commitments across all areas of the business with a focus on women’s economic empowerment, water stewardship and well-being. She also directs the efforts of the Coca-Cola Foundation – the Company’s philanthropic arm.
Prior to establishing The Office of Sustainability, Bea served as Chief Marketing Officer for Coca-Cola North America. As one of Coca-Cola’s top marketers, she brought brands to life for consumers by developing strategic partnerships with American Idol, NASCAR, NBA, The Oscars and by working with notable celebrities like Ryan Seacrest and LeBron James.
Often recognized for her leadership, Bea is a member of the American Advertising Hall of Achievement and the Sports Business Journal’s Hall of Fame. She has been recognized as a “Conservation Trailblazer” by The Trust for the Public Land. She was on Hispanic Executive magazine’s list of Top 10 Leaders, one of Green Building & Design magazine’s “10 Most Powerful Women in Sustainability”, and she was featured as one of the “25 Most Powerful Latinas” on CNN and in People en Español.
Bea is also a strong advocate for community service, serving on several boards including Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta Foundation, the USO, International Council on Women's Business Leadership and The Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation, among others. She also serves on the corporate board for Primerica.
Bea and her family reside in Atlanta.
Dina Powell is head of Goldman Sachs’ Impact Investing business and president of the Goldman Sachs Foundation. She also serves as global head of the Office of Corporate Engagement and is a member of the Partnership Committee. Dina joined Goldman Sachs as a managing director in 2007 and was named partner in 2010.
As head of the Impact Investing business, Dina is responsible for the firm’s investments in housing and community development projects, deploying more than $4 billion in loans and equity investments to revitalize neighborhoods and support underserved communities across the United States.
As president of the Goldman Sachs Foundation, Dina oversees strategic programs to foster global economic growth and opportunity, including 10,000 Women, an initiative offering business and management education to women entrepreneurs around the world, and 10,000 Small Businesses, a program providing small business owners with access to capital, business education, and mentorship.
Dina had a longstanding career in government before joining Goldman Sachs, serving as assistant secretary of state for Educational and Cultural Affairs and deputy undersecretary of Public Affairs and Public Diplomacy. Prior to being confirmed as assistant secretary, Dina served as a member of the senior staff of the White House as assistant to the president for Presidential Personnel.
Dina serves on the boards of the Harvard Business School Social Enterprise Initiative, the American University in Cairo, and the Center for Global Development. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
Gideon Rose is the editor of Foreign Affairs and the Peter G. Peterson chair. He served as managing editor of the magazine from 2000 to 2010. Prior to this, he was the Olin senior fellow and deputy director of national security studies at the Council on Foreign Relations. From 1994 to 1995, Mr. Rose served as associate director for Near East and South Asian affairs on the staff of the National Security Council. He was assistant editor at the foreign policy quarterly the National Interest from 1986 to 1987, and held the same position at the domestic policy quarterly the Public Interest from 1985 to 1986. He received his BA in classics from Yale and his PhD in government from Harvard, and has taught American foreign policy at Columbia and Princeton.
He is author of How Wars End: Why We Always Fight the Last Battle (Simon & Schuster, 2010). His other publications include Understanding the War on Terror (Council on Foreign Relations, 2005, co-edited with James F. Hoge Jr.); America and the World: Debating the New Shape of International Politics (Council on Foreign Relations, 2002, co-edited with James F. Hoge Jr.); and How Did This Happen? Terrorism and the New War (PublicAffairs, 2001, co-edited with James F. Hoge Jr.); “Democracy Promotion and American Foreign Policy,” International Security (Winter 2000/2001); “Conservatism and American Foreign Policy: Present Laughter vs. Utopian Bliss,” the National Interest (Fall 1999); “It Can Happen Here: Facing the New Terrorism,” Foreign Affairs (March/April 1999); “The Rollback Fantasy,” Foreign Affairs (January/February 1999); and “Neoclassical Realism and Theories of Foreign Policy,” World Politics (October 1998)
Adam Segal is the Maurice R. Greenberg senior fellow for China studies and director of the Digital and Cyberspace Policy Program at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR). An expert on security issues, technology development, and Chinese domestic and foreign policy, Segal was the project director for the CFR-sponsored Independent Task Force report Defending an Open, Global, Secure, and Resilient Internet. His book The Hacked World Order: How Nations Fight, Trade, Maneuver, and Manipulate in the Digital Age (PublicAffairs, 2016) describes the increasingly contentious geopolitics of cyberspace. His work has appeared in the Financial Times, The Economist, Foreign Policy, The Wall Street Journal, and Foreign Affairs, among others. He currently writes for the blog, “Net Politics.”
Before coming to CFR, Segal was an arms control analyst for the China Project at the Union of Concerned Scientists. There, he wrote about missile defense, nuclear weapons, and Asian security issues. He has been a visiting scholar at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Center for International Studies, the Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences, and Tsinghua University in Beijing. He has taught at Vassar College and Columbia University. Segal is the author of Advantage: How American Innovation Can Overcome the Asian Challenge (W.W. Norton, 2011) and Digital Dragon: High-Technology Enterprises in China (Cornell University Press, 2003), as well as several articles and book chapters on Chinese technology policy.
Segal has a BA and PhD in government from Cornell University, and an MA in international relations from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University.
Ruchir Sharma is head of Emerging Markets and Global Macro at Morgan Stanley Investment Management.
With more than $20 billion of assets under management in emerging markets and another $20 billion in assets in various macro strategies that he oversees, Ruchir is one of the world's largest investors. He typically spends one week every month in a different emerging market where he meets leading politicians, top CEOs and other local characters. He has been with the firm for 19 years and is a currently a member of the Executive Committee of the Investment Management division.
Ruchir has been a writer for even longer than he has been an investor. He started writing at the age of 17 for India's largest economic daily, The Economic Times and is now a frequent contributor to the op-ed pages of The Wall Street Journal, The Financial Times and The Times of India. His essays have also appeared in Foreign Affairs, Time, The New York Times, Foreign Policy, Forbes and Bloomberg View. For much of the last decade he had been a contributing editor with Newsweek, where he wrote a regular column titled 'Global Investor'.
Ruchir may be most well-known for his 2012 book, Breakout Nations: In Pursuit of the Next Economic Miracles. Breakout Nations debuted as the number one bestseller in India, and earned Sharma the Tata Literature Live! First Book Award for 2012. Breakout Nations also made the Wall Street Journal hardcover business bestseller list, and was chosen by Foreign Policy as one of its “21 Books to Read in 2012”. Ruchir’s next book, The Rise and Fall of Nations: Forces of Change in the Post-Crisis World will be released in June 2016.
Bloomberg named Ruchir one of the top 50 Most Influential people in the world in October 2015. In 2012, Sharma was selected as one of the top global thinkers by Foreign Policy magazine and in June 2013, India's premier weekly magazine Outlook named Ruchir as one of The World's 25 Smartest Indians. The World Economic Forum in Davos selected Ruchir as one of the world’s “Top Young Leaders” in 2007.
Ruchir is especially passionate about politics and has formed an informal group of senior Indian editors with whom he travels extensively before every major state or national election; usually logging in over 1,000 miles over 4-5 days, meeting with the nation’s top leaders and getting a first-hand feel of local politics. Ruchir arranged the first trip with three journalist friends in 1998 and has since nurtured it into a much sought-after ritual with 20 regular fellow travelers. Recently the group, occasionally referred to as ‘the limousine liberals’ in the local media, toured one of India's largest states, Bihar for the state election in October 2015. To date, Ruchir has made around two dozen such trips into the country’s heartland.
Ruchir's other interests include athletics and a serious commitment to running. Despite his extensive travels, he tries not to miss a single day of training no matter where he is in the world. He regularly trains with his former Olympics coach and competes in sprinting events. In 2011, he represented India in the World Masters Athletic championship in Sacramento. Ruchir also has a keen interest in wildlife and in international cinema and makes it a point to attend major film festivals anytime he can find a moment from his investing, writing and running.
Åsa Skogström Feldt became President and CEO of The Hunger Project in September 2014. Åsa was Country Director of The Hunger Project Sweden (2004-2012) and on Sweden’s national Board (2012-2014).
Prior to joining The Hunger Project, Åsa worked at IKEA, where she established an initiative through which IKEA supports social enterprises within their value chains through business partnerships. Åsa has over 20 years of business experience with Sony Ericsson, Aspiro, and Ericsson Mobile Communications in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa.
Åsa is on the Board for Doers’ Event, Stratiteq Sweden AB, Women for Sustainable Growth, and the Forum for Social Innovation Sweden.
Adam Silver was unanimously elected NBA Commissioner on Feb. 1, 2014, by the NBA Board of Governors.
Silver presides over a league that is a global leader in social responsibility, a model for international sports marketing and one of the largest providers of sports programming in the world. He is dedicated to increasing transparency, leading with integrity, and inspiring youth to live healthy lifestyles through basketball.
In 2015, Silver was named to TIME’s list of the 100 Most Influential People. He also earned Sports Executive of the Year honors at the 2015 Sports Business Awards and was named to Fortune’s 2015 list of the World’s 50 Greatest Leaders. In 2014, SportsBusiness Journal ranked Silver No. 1 on its list of the 50 Most Influential People in Sports Business and Sports Illustrated named him Executive of the Year.
Prior to becoming commissioner, Silver served as NBA Deputy Commissioner and Chief Operating Officer for eight years. In that role he was instrumental to many of the league’s signature achievements, including the negotiation of the league's last three collective bargaining agreements with the National Basketball Players Association, the development of the WNBA and NBA Development League, the partnership with Turner Broadcasting to manage the NBA's digital assets, and the creation of NBA China.
Before serving as the league’s second-in-command, Silver spent more than eight years as President and COO, NBA Entertainment. Since joining the league in 1992, Silver has also held the positions of Senior VP & COO, NBA Entertainment; NBA Chief of Staff; and Special Assistant to the Commissioner.
Silver was elected to Duke University’s Board of Trustees in 2015. He also serves on the boards of NBA China, the Lustgarten Pancreatic Cancer Foundation and New York Road Runners.
Before joining the NBA, Silver was a litigation associate at the New York law firm of Cravath, Swaine & Moore, where he concentrated on media and antitrust cases. He also served as a law clerk to Federal District Court Judge Kimba Wood in New York. Silver graduated from Duke University and the University of Chicago Law School.
Kim Taylor-Thompson is Professor of Clinical Law at New York University and former CEO of Duke CE.
She works with Fortune 500 companies and governments, teaching in numerous programs focusing on translating and executing strategy and leading in complex environments. She is a frequent moderator of Socratic Dialogues.
Kim teaches courses related to criminal law and community and criminal defense. Her teaching focuses on the impact of race and gender in public policy—particularly criminal and juvenile justice policy—and the need to prepare lawyers to meet the demands of practice in and on behalf of subordinated communities.
She was previously associate professor of law at Stanford and is the former director of the D.C. Public Defender Service. Kim received her J.D. from Yale Law School and her B.A. from Brown University.
Jonathan Tepperman is the managing editor of Foreign Affairs magazine and author of the upcoming book, The Fix: How Nations Survive and Thrive in a World in Decline (Crown, September 2016).
Tepperman has spent close to twenty years working on international affairs as an editor, writer, and analyst. He started his career in foreign policy working as a speechwriter at the UN in Geneva, Switzerland, in 1994. After stints as a reporter at the Forward and theJerusalem Post, he joined Foreign Affairs in 1998 as a junior editor. He later moved toNewsweek International, where he was deputy editor (under Fareed Zakaria), and then worked as a political risk consultant before returning to Foreign Affairs in January 2011.
Tepperman has written for a range of publications, including Foreign Affairs, the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal, the Atlantic, the New Republic, and others, on subjects ranging from international affairs to municipal politics to food and fashion. Tepperman has interviewed more than a dozen world leaders, including Syria’s Bashar al-Assad, Japan’s Shinzo Abe, Brazil’s Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, Mexico’s Enrique Peña Nieto, Indonesia’s Joko Widodo, and Rwanda’s Paul Kagame. He is the coeditor of the books The U.S. vs. al Qaeda (2011), Iran and the Bomb (2012), and The Clash of Ideas(2012).
Tepperman has a BA in English from Yale, an MA in law from Oxford, and an LLM in law from New York University. He is vice chairman of the Halifax International Security Forum, a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and a fellow of the New York Institute of Humanities. He lives in Brooklyn with his family.
Haiyan Wang is Managing Partner, China India Institute, a Washington DC based research and advisory organization with a focus on creating winning global strategies, organizations and mindsets that leverage the transformational rise of emerging markets, foremost China and India. She has also been an Adjunct Professor of Strategy at INSEAD.
Haiyan has been listed by Thinkers50 in “On the Guru Radar” and short-listed for the the “2013 Global Solutions Award” and “2011 Global Village Award.” She has also been named a “New Guru” by The Economic Times.
Haiyan writes frequently for Harvard Business Review and has served as a regular columnist for Bloomberg Businessweek. She is the co-author of three highly acclaimed books: The Silk Road Rediscovered, Getting China and India Right (which received the 2009 Axiom Book Awards’ Silver Prize as one of the world’s two best books on globalization/international business) and The Quest for Global Dominance (2nd Edition).
Haiyan has served as a Contributing Editor for the Chief Executive magazine. Her opinion pieces have also appeared in leading international media such as The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg Businessweek, Financial Times, Wired, The Economic Times, China Daily, The Times of India, South China Morning Post, as well as other outlets. She has been frequently interviewed by CNBC, The Wall Street Journal, Fox Business, India Today, CCTV, CNN Expansión, Shanghai Daily, INSEAD Knowledge and other prominent business media.
A native of China, Haiyan has spoken at major conferences such as Summer Davos, Economist, TEDx, CNN Expansión, Brookings Institution, Asia Society events as well as corporate forums in the United States, Europe, Asia, and Latin America. Some of her speaking clients include Accenture, BAE Systems, Bombardier, CIGNA, Dell, TOTAL, KWM, RE/MAX, Hershey, JLL, Parker Hannifin, KPMG, PwC, EY, Fairmont Raffles Hotels, Phillips Healthcare, Russell Investments, Anglo American, RHB Bank, Wesfarmers as well as universities and many industry associations.
Thomas Wedell-Wedellsborg is the co-author of Innovation as Usual, a Harvard Business Review Press book on the art of driving innovation in regular organizations.
As Partner at the advisory firm The Innovation Architects, he has worked with managers in nearly all parts of the globe, including China, India, Russia, Singapore, Britain, France and his native country, Denmark. His research has been featured in Harvard Business Review, The Sunday Times, The Telegraph, BBC Radio, Bloomberg Businessweek and the Financial Times. As a keynote speaker, he has addressed organizations such as Time Warner Group, Cisco, T-Mobile, Johnson & Johnson, UBS, Deloitte, and The United Nations.
Mr. Wedell-Wedellsborg holds an MA in Media Science from the University of Copenhagen and an MBA from IESE Business School. He has founded two startups and currently serves as an adviser to the venture development firm Prehype. In 2014, Britain’s HR Magazine included him on their list of “Top 20 International Thinkers”.
Prior to his business career, Wedell-Wedellsborg served for four years as an officer and infantry platoon commander with the Danish Royal Guards. He is currently working on a new project aimed at upgrading the world’s ability to solve problems.