Speakers

Damon Acemoglu

  • MIT

Damon Acemoglu is the Elizabeth and James Killian Professor of Economics at MIT, where he has taught since 1993. Prior to that, Damon was a Lecturer in Economics at the London School of Economics. Among his research interests are economic development, income and wage inequality, human capital and training, and political economy. Damon’s most recent book, co-authored with James A. Robinson, Why Nations Fail: Origins of Power, Poverty and Prosperity (2012), has been widely reviewed and discussed on radio and in print. His previous book, also co-authored with James A. Robinson, is Economic Origins of Dictatorship and Democracy (2005). Damon earned his Ph.D. in economics at the London School of Economics.

Anant Agarwal

  • MIT and edX

Anant Agarwal is the CEO of edX and a professor of electrical engineering and computer science at MIT. Anant taught the first edX course on circuits and electronics from MIT, which drew 155,000 students from 162 countries. He has served as the director of CSAIL, MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory. He is a serial entrepreneur, having co-founded several companies including Tilera Corporation, which created the Tile multicore processor, and Virtual Machine Works. Anant won the Maurice Wilkes prize for computer architecture, and MIT’s Smullin and Jamieson prizes for teaching. He is co-author of the textbook Foundations of Analog and Digital Electronic Circuits (2005). Scientific American selected his work on organic computing as one of 10 World-Changing Ideas in 2011, and he was named in Forbes’ list of top 15 education innovators in 2012. Anant is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and a fellow of the Association for Computing Machinery. Anant earned his Ph.D. from Stanford.

Dennis Ahlburg

  • Trinity University

Dennis Ahlburg is president of Trinity University, a position he assumed on January 1, 2010. Prior to that, he was dean at the Leeds School of Business at the University of Colorado for five years. Prior to Leeds, Dennis spent 25 years as a professor of economics and academic administrator at the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota, where he held the Fesler-Lampert Chair in Urban and Regional Affairs and served as senior associate dean. Dennis has written more than 100 academic articles and books and has consulted extensively with a variety of organizations including the United Nations, the World Health Organization, the World Bank, and the governments of Great Britain and Australia. He is a native of Australia. Dennis earned his Ph.D. in economics at the University of Pennsylvania.

Gen. John R. Allen

  • USMC (Ret.)

General John Allen departed active service in April 2013. In 2014, President Obama appointed General Allen as the Special Presidential Envoy to the Global Coalition Against ISIL. Prior to retirement, General Allen served for 19 months as the commander of United States forces in Afghanistan, and the commander of the fifty nation NATO International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in Afghanistan. He is the first Marine Corps General Officer to command a theatre of war. Prior to his appointment as Commander, ISAF, he served for three years as Deputy Commander of the US Central Command. While Deputy Commanding General, Multinational Force – West, in Iraq, he was a key figure in the emergence of the Anbar Awakening movement (Sahawa al Anbar) which fundamentally changed the course of the war. Immediately following retirement, he led the Security Dialogue of the Middle Peace process as Special Advisor to the Secretary of Defense. General Allen is a 1976 graduate of the Naval Academy and holds several advanced degrees, including from Georgetown University. He is a Senior Fellow and Co-Director of the Center for 21st Century Security and Intelligence at the Brookings Institution, and is a Senior Fellow in the Merrill Center at the School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins.

Teresa Amabile

  • Harvard Business School

Teresa Amabile is the Edsel Bryant Ford Professor of Business Administration at Harvard Business School, as well as a Director of Research there. Her research investigates how life inside organizations can influence people and their performance. Her current research program focuses on the psychology of everyday work life: how events in the work environment influence subjective experience and performance, including creativity, productivity, and commitment to the work. She is the author of The Progress Principle, Creativity in Context, and Growing Up Creative (Harvard Business Press, 2011), as well as more than 150 scholarly papers, chapters, case studies, and presentations. Teresa has presented her theories, research results, and practical implications to various groups in business, government, and education, including Google, Pixar, Intel, TEDx Atlanta, Procter & Gamble, Novartis International AG, and Genentech. She currently serves as a director of Seaman Corporation and a trustee of Canisius College. Teresa earned her Ph.D. in psychology from Stanford University.

Maria Anguiano

  • University of California, Riverside

Maria Anguiano serves as Vice Chancellor for Planning and Budget at the University of California, Riverside. In this position, she oversees campus-wide strategic planning, financial planning and analysis, institutional research, and capital asset strategies. She is responsible for managing a budget of $800 million. Anguiano has also served as a senior advisor to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Postsecondary Success Team. Prior to this work, Anguiano worked at Barclays Capital in public finance investment banking and at Deloitte & Touche in corporate and nonprofit auditing and financial statement analysis. She currently serves on the board of The James Irvine Foundation and the Impact Board.  Anguiano holds an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business and a BA in Economics-Accounting and Spanish from Claremont McKenna College. She is a first generation college graduate.

Steve Arnold

  • The George Lucas Educational Foundation

Steve Arnold is CFO and vice-chair of the board of the George Lucas Educational Foundation, which is dedicated to improving the K-12 learning process by using digital media to document, disseminate, and advocate for innovative, replicable strategies that prepare students for their future education, careers, and adult lives. In the early 1990s, Steve served as vice president of Broadband Media Applications at Microsoft Corporation, and as president and CEO of Continuum Productions (now Corbis), a private company founded by Bill Gates to pioneer the creation of large digital libraries for online distribution. Prior to Continuum, Steve served as vice president and general manager of LucasArts Games and Learning divisions, and vice president of the New Media Group at Lucasfilm Ltd. He co-founded Polaris Venture Partners in 1996, and focuses on investments in information technology and digital media. Steve earned his Ph.D. from the California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS) in San Francisco.

Richard Arum

  • New York University and Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Richard Arum is Professor of Sociology and Education at New York University and Senior Fellow at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.  In addition to being coauthor of Academically Adrift: Limited Learning on College Campuses (University of Chicago Press, 2011) and the forthcoming Aspiring Adults Adrift: Tentative Transitions of College Graduates (University of Chicago Press, 2014), he is author of Judging School Discipline: The Crisis of Moral Authority (Harvard University Press, 2003); co-director with Adam Gamoran and Yossi Shavit of a comparative project on expansion, differentiation and access to higher education in fifteen countries, published as Stratification in Higher Education: A Comparative Study (Stanford University Press, 2007); and director of a comparative project on school discipline in nine countries, published as Improving Learning Environments: School Discipline and Student Achievement in Comparative Perspective (Stanford University Press, 2012). Richard earned his Ph.D. in sociology at the University of California, Berkeley.

Norman R. Augustine

  • CEO (Ret.) Lockheed Martin Corporation

Norm Augustine has had a long and distinguished career in the defense arena and is retired Chairman and CEO of Lockheed Martin Corporation. He served as Assistant Secretary of the Army (R&D) from 1973-75 and Undersecretary from 1975-77. He was a professor at Princeton University from 1997-99. Norm has been presented the National Medal of Technology by the President of the United States and received the Joint Chiefs of Staff Distinguished Public Service Award. He has five times received the Department of Defense’s highest civilian decoration, the Distinguished Service Medal. He is Co-Author of The Defense Revolution and Shakespeare in Charge and author of Augustine’s Laws and Augustine’s Travels. Norm is a Trustee Emeritus of Johns Hopkins, a former member of the Board of Trustees of Princeton and MIT, and is a Regent of the University System of Maryland. He has a BSE and MSE from Princeton and holds 34 honorary degrees.

David Autor

  • MIT

David Autor is Professor and Associate Head of the MIT Department of Economics, and Faculty Research Associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research. He is also co-director of the MIT School Effectiveness and Inequality Initiative, and director of the NBER Disability Research Center. His research analyzes the labor market impacts of technological change and globalization, earnings inequality, and disability insurance and labor supply. Autor is an elected Fellow of the Econometrics Society, the Society of Labor Economists, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He received an NSF Career award, an Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Fellowship, the Sherwin Rosen Prize for outstanding contributions in the field of Labor Economics, and numerous teaching awards, including MIT’s James A. and Ruth Levitan Award for excellence in teaching. Autor earned a B.A. in Psychology from Tufts University and a Ph.D. in Public Policy from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government in 1999. Autor is the co-captain of the MIT Economics hockey team, which is reputed to be one of the most highly cited teams in the MIT intramural league.