Niall Ferguson is a senior fellow of the Hoover Institution, Stanford, and a senior fellow of the Center for European Studies, Harvard. He is also a visiting professor at Tsinghua University, Beijing, and the Diller-von Furstenberg Family Foundation Distinguished Scholar at the Nitze School of Advanced International Studies in Washington, DC. He has written fourteen books, including The House of Rothschild, Empire, The War of the World, The Ascent of Money, The Great Degeneration, and Kissinger, 1923-1968: The Idealist.
As Chair of the World Economic Forum (Davos) Global Agenda Council on The Future of Oil and Gas, Amy Myers Jaffe is a leading expert on the geopolitics of energy and sustainability, and an influential thought leader on global energy policy. A frequent keynote speaker at major energy industry and investment conferences and board of directors meetings, Jaffe is a widely quoted commentator and appears regularly on a variety of television and print media, including CNN, The New Hour, FOX, Al-Jazeera TV, MSNBC, National Public Radio, the Wall Street Journal and the Financial Times of London.
Paul Collier is one of the world's leading experts on developing markets and financial opportunities within the poorest countries. Director for the Centre of the Study of African Economies at Oxford University, Collier is currently Advisor to the Strategy and Policy Department of the IMF and advisor to the Africa Region of the World Bank, where he previously served as Director of the Development Research Group.
David Daokui Li is a prominent Chinese economist, a former member of the Monetary Policy Committee of the People’s Bank of China, and director of the Center for China in the World Economy at the School of Economics and Management of Tsinghua University. He holds a Ph.D. in Economics from Harvard University and speaks fluent English. He is quoted frequently in the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, and financial media throughout the world. Before joining Tsinghua, he served on the faculty of Hong Kong University of Science and Technology and the University of Michigan.
David Weinberger's status as one of our foremost interpreters of technology's impact on business and society continues to grow. His latest book, Too Big to Know: Rethinking Knowledge Now That the Facts Aren't the Facts, Experts Are Everywhere, and the Smartest People in the Room Is the Room, gets to the heart of what we need to know, and too often don't, about how the network world's flood of information is transforming business and society.
His earlier book, Everything Is Miscellaneous: The Power of the New Digital Disorder, reveals new principles for taking advantage of the onrushing flood of information in order to help us pull ourselves together now that we've blown ourselves to bits.
Sean Carroll is the acknowledged leader of the exciting new biological field known as Evo Devo. His most recent book, "Remarkable Creatures: Epic Adventures in the Search for the Origins of Species", was a finalist for the National Book Award. It is an account of some of the most dramatic adventures and important discoveries in two centuries of biological exploration - from the epic journeys of pioneering naturalists to the expeditions making headlines today - and how they gave birth to and nourished the science of evolution.
Viktor Mayer-Schönberger is co-author (with Kenn Cukier) of the current business bestseller “Big Data: A Revolution That Will Transform How We Live, Work and Think.” Acclaimed for his ground-breaking research into the role of information in the networked economy, Mayer-Schönberger is a visionary thinker about information innovation and governance, data privacy, memory and forgetting in a digital age, electronic government, and - of course - big data.
Matthew B. Crawford is a philosopher, New York Times bestselling author, and mechanic. His latest book is The World Beyond Your Head: On Becoming an Individual in an Age of Distraction.
In The World Beyond Your Head, Crawford investigates the challenge of mastering one's own mind. We often complain about our fractured mental lives and feel beset by outside forces that destroy our focus and disrupt our peace of mind. Any defense against this, Crawford argues, requires that we reckon with the way attention sculpts the self. With implications for the way we raise our children, the design of public spaces, and democracy itself, this is a book of urgent relevance to contemporary life.
Rob Wolcott is a leading expert on business innovation and corporate growth. Co-Founder & Executive Director of the Kellogg Innovation Network, he is a Clinical Professor of Innovation and Entrepreneurship at the Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University.
Wolcott is co-author of Grow From Within: Mastering Corporate Entrepreneurship and Innovation and his work has appeared in MIT Sloan Management Review, strategy+business, The Wall Street Journal, Advertising Age, Business Week, The Financial Times (European Edition), The New York Times and numerous overseas publications.