Conference Speakers

HARVARD CONFERENCE 2019

OPENING CEREMONY

 

George D. Yancopoulos

President & Chief Scientific Officer, Regeneron Pharmaceuticals

MK Tang

Chief China Economist, Goldman Sachs

ANM Muniruzzaman

President and CEO, Bangladesh Institute of Peace and Security Studies (BIPSS)

 
 

KEYNOTE SPEECHES

Andrew Jones

Guardian, Sanctuary Resorts

Mat Jacobson

Founder & CEO, IQ University - Ducere globl Business School

Karen Thornber

Director of the Harvard University Asia Center; Chair of the Harvard Asia Center Council; Harvard Professor of East Asian Languages and Civilizations and of Comparative Literature


CLOSING CEREMONY

Richard Robinson

Founding Partner, nHack

Dino Patti Djalal

Former Indonesian Ambassador to the U.S.


Art, Media & Culture

PANEL 1: Crazy Famous Asians: Asian Representation in Entertainment

Robert Cain

President, Pacific Bridge Pictures

Michelle Sugihara

Executive Director, CAPE (Coalition of Asian Pacifics in Entertainment)

Minji Chang

Board of Directors, Kollaboration; Actor; Writer; Producer

LeeJ Razalan

Co-Owner / Manager,
Kinjaz, LLC


PANEL 2: MEDIA FOR THE MASSES: CREATING CONTENT UNDER CENSORSHIP

Esther Htusan

Foreign Correspondent, Associated Press

Nathan Freitas

Founder, Guardian Project

Puangthong Pawakapan

Associate Professor of Political Science, Chulalonglongkorn University

Hangwei Li

Freelance Journalist & PhD candidate, Harvard Kennedy School


SEMINAR: ASIA IN DESIGN - PERSPECTIVES FROM FASHION AND ARCHITECTURE

Wen Zhou

CEO / Co-Founder, 3.1 Phillip Lim

Dingliang Yang

Instructor in Urban Planning and Design, Harvard University Graduate School of Design

Max Kuo

Partner, ALLTHATISSOLID; Lecturer, Harvard Graduate School of Design


Energy & Environmental Sustainability

PANEL 1: AN UNQUENCHABLE THIRST: THE DIRE SITUATION OF WATER SCARCITY

Adam Wolf

Founder and Chief Scientist, Arable Labs

Chi Ho Sham

Vice President & Chief Scientist, Eastern Research Group, Inc.

Stuart Orr

Freshwater Practice Lead, WWF

Alicia Harley

Giorgio Ruffolo Post-doctoral Research Fellow, Harvard Kennedy School


PANEL 2: MISSION FOR FISSION: THE FUTURE OF NUCLEAR ENERGY

Lenka Kollar

Director of Strategy & External Relations, NuScale Power

Lin-wu Hu

Director for Research and Services, MIT Nuclear Reactor Laboratory

Matthew Bunn

Professor of Practice, Harvard Kennedy School

Patricia Wieland

Head, World Nuclear University

Michael Ford

French Environmental Fellow, Harvard University


SEMINAR: MIND OVER MATTER - THE PSYCHOLOGY BEHIND INDIVIDUAL DUTY

Adam Wolf

Founder and Chief Scientist, Arable Labs

 

Entrepreneurship & Technology

PANEL 1: THE STARTUP ECOSYSTEM: VENTURE CAPITAL, SERIES CAPITAL, SERIES FUNDING ROUNDS, AND SCALING COMPANIES WITH HIGH IMPACT TECHNOLOGIES

Swish Goswami

CEO & Co-Founder, Trufan

Richard Robinson

Founding Partner, nHack

Scott McNally

Program Manager, Crescent Point Energy

Aaron Easaw

General Partner, ACE Venture Capital

Ihsan Erhuy

CEO, Mountain View Pain Center

Alistair McNally

CEO, Mountain View Pain Center


PANEL 2: BUILDING THE FUTURE WITH ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE - TECHNOLOGICAL INNOVATION AND EMPOWERING HUMANITY

Jack Cable

Student, Stanford; Time's 25 Most Influential Teens for 2018

Tim Kraska

Associate Professor, MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL)

Co-founder of the Data System and AI Lab (DSAIL) at MIT

Nima Baiati

Global Director of Strategy and Corporate Business Development for Cybersecurity and Emerging Technologies, Lenovo

Vijay Janapa Reddi

Associate Professor, Harvard University


SEMINAR: HPAIR - DEVELOPING VENTURES OF THE FUTURE

Aaron Easaw

General Partner, ACE Venture Capital

Swish Goswami

CEO & Co-Founder, Trufan


Global Markets & The Economy

PANEL 1: SLUGGISH GIANTS: A SHIFT TO STABLE, SUSTAINABLE GROWTH

MK Tang

Chief China Economist, Goldman Sachs

Yasheng Huang

Professor of Global Economics and Management, MIT Sloan

Anne Stevenson-Yang

Co-Founder and Research Director, J Capital Research

Warren McFarlan

T.J. Dermot Dunphy Baker Foundation Professor of Business Administration Emeritus, Harvard Business School

Charlene Chu

Senior Partner and Head, Autonomous Research


PANEL 2: PERSONALIZED SHOPPING: CUSTOMER ENGAGEMENT ON SOCIAL MEDIA

Helen Lawrence

Global Head of Social Media, Twitter

John Deighton

Harold M. Brierley Professor of Business Administration Emeritus, Harvard Business School

Benita Bhatia Dua

CEO, Vanilla Skills

Kimberly Lee

Senior Marketing and Business Development Manager, Tencent


SEMINAR: TAKING THE LEAD: ASIA IN THE FOURTH INDUSTRIAL REVOLUTION

Frank Friedman

COO, Deloitte


Governance & Geopolitics

PANEL 1: CHINA RISING - A NEW GEOPOLITICAL WORLD ORDER

Timothy Heath

Senior International/Defense Researcher, RAND Corporation

Meicen Sun

Ph.D Candidate, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Ravi Ramamurti

University Distinguished Professor, Northeastern University

Kwamina Panford

Professor, Northeastern University

Scott Swift

Robert E. Wilhelm Fellow, MIT Center for International Studies


PANEL 2: RACE IN SPACE

Moon Kim

Ph.D Fellow at Pardee RAND Graduate School / Assistant Policy Researcher at RAND

Jim Dimarogonas

Senior Researcher, The RAND Corporation

John Rockaway

Propulsion Engineer, SpaceX (ex)

Joan Freese

Chair of Science, Space & Technology, Naval War College

Alissa Haddaji

Senior Researcher, Harvard Business School


SEMINAR: A NEW CHAPTER FOR THE KOREAN PENINSULA AND THE WORLD

Paul Behringer

Ernest May Predoctoral Fellow in History and Policy, Belfer Center at the Harvard Kennedy School

Nobuyasu Abe

Senior Fellow, HKS Belfer Center


Social Policy & Justice

PANEL 1: RELIGION: VICTIM OF OPPRESSION, VEHICLE FOR VIOLENCE

Chiara Formichi

Associate Professor, Cornell University

Neha Sahgal

Associate Director of Research, Pew Research Center

Warren Goldstein

Executive Director, Center for Critical Research on Religion

 

PANEL 2: HUMAN TRAFFICKING IN THE FACE OF INSTABILITY

Donna Hughes

Professor and Eleanor M. and Oscar M. Carlson Endowed Chair Editor-in-Chief, University of Rhode Island

Kimberly Mehlman-Orozco

Founding Partner, Mahn, Mehlman & Associates, LLC

Timothy Palmbach

Chair of Forensic Science Department and Founder of Center for Forensic Investigation of Trafficking in Persons, University of New Haven


SEMINAR: #METOO IN ASIA: BEYOND THE HASHTAG

Leta Hong Fincher

Author, journalist, scholar