Speakers: TEDxSF: 7 Billion Well
November 10, 2012


Speaker Bios:

Michael Blum, M.D.
Chief Medical Information Officer and a Professor of Medicine in Cardiology, UCSF

Dr. Michael Blum is the Chief Medical Information Officer and a Professor of Medicine in Cardiology at the University of California, San Francisco. Dr. Blum is responsible for the strategic design, implementation, and optimization of enterprise clinical applications for the Medical Center. He is also an active clinician, specializing in preventative cardiology as well as the care of patients with congestive heart failure, valvular heart disease, and general cardiology. Dr. Blum is passionate about wellness and the prevention of heart disease through a heart-healthy lifestyle that includes diet, exercise and stress reduction, as well as early detection of heart disease and aggressive medical intervention to reduce its impact and the need for invasive procedures. Prior to his medical career, Dr. Blum was trained as an engineer and applies his expertise in technology to health care as UCSF’s Chief Medical Information Officer. He is currently overseeing a $160M enterprise deployment of Epic’s electronic health record and the development of a large scale research data repository. He has a special research interest in clinical decision support technology and its impact on the quality and cost of patient care and population health.


David Bolinsky
Faculty at FutureMed Conference - Singularity University Partner, XVIVO Scientific Animation

A former lead medical illustrator at Yale University, David Bolinsky is the co-founder of XVIVO, which produced the movie The Inner Life of the Cell. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Medical Illustration at Ohio State University and launched his first illustration company, Advanced Imaging Inc.


Adam Bosworth

Adam spent the first 25 years of his life building Lego blocks for adults and intends to spend the next 25 years trying to help people live healthier lives and live longer by working with the Health community to help out where he can. He was a Vice President of Product Management at Google from 2004–2007; prior to that, he was senior VP Engineering and Chief Software Architect at BEA Systems responsible for the engineering efforts for BEA's Framework Division. Bosworth had co-founded Crossgain, a software development firm acquired by BEA in 2001. Crossgain's "Cajun" project developed into BEA's WebLogic Workshop product. At BEA, Bosworth also developed the Alchemy intelligent caching framework in a team consisting of Bosworth and his son, Alex. Alchemy was a software layer used by Internet Explorer to communicate with a corresponding software layer on the web server allowing both upload and download data to be cached when the browser was disconnected from the network. Architecturally, this approach is similar to the design of the Google Web Accelerator although that product only performs server-side caching, rather than client-side caching.


Atul Butte, MD, PhD
Researcher in Biomedical Informatics
Assoc. Professor, Stanford's School of Medicine
Biotechnology entrepreneur

Atul Butte, M.D., Ph.D. is an Associate Professor in Medicine (Medical Informatics) and Pediatrics at the Stanford University School of Medicine, and a board-certified pediatric endocrinologist. Dr. Butte's laboratory focuses on solving problems relevant to genomic medicine by developing new biomedical-informatics methodologies in translational bioinformatics. Dr. Butte has authored more than 100 publications and delivered more than 120 invited presentations in personalized and systems medicine, biomedical informatics, and molecular diabetes, including 20 at the National Institutes of Health or NIH-related meetings. Dr. Butte received his undergraduate degree in Computer Science from Brown University. Dr. Butte received a Ph.D. in Health Sciences and Technology from the Medical Engineering / Medical Physics Program in the Division of Health Sciences and Technology, at Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Montana Cherney
Associate Creative Director
Frog Design

Montana Cherney is an Associate Creative Director at frog's San Francisco office. Her true passion lies in the health and wellness space. She has developed physical, digital and convergent solutions focusing on emergency disaster management, neonatal intensive care units, holistic lifestyle management, chronic disease management and caregiving of the elderly. Montana got her start in the healthcare space working as a Researcher and Designer at Mayo Clinic's Center for Innovation. Most recently at frog she has been working on a mobile and web-based proof of concept healthcare solution for patients and providers that demonstrates the potential of a new connected care paradigm. Montana holds a B.A. in Modern Languages and Linguistics from McGill University, a B.F.A. from Cooper Union and an M.I.D. from Rhode Island School of Design.

Elissa Epel, PhD
Assoc. Professor, University of California, San Francisco (UCSF)
Founder & Director, UCSF Center on Obesity Assessment, Study, and Treatment (COAST)

Elissa S. Epel, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at UCSF. She is also a faculty mentor in the Health Psychology Postdoctoral Program, the Osher Center for Integrative Medicine, and the Robert Wood Johnson Health and Society Scholars Program on population health. She is a co-founder and now director of the UCSF Center for Obesity Assessment, Study, and Treatment (COAST), Assistant Director of the Center for Health and Community, and Director of the Aging, Emotions, and Metabolism Laboratory. She received a BA in psychology from Stanford University, and a PhD in clinical psychology from Yale University, with a focus on health psychology. Through her research on stress and training in the Yale Center for Eating and Weight disorders, she became interested in the intricate relationships between chronic psychological stress, eating behavior, and energy balance. She completed a clinical internship focusing on Behavioral Medicine at the Veterans Affairs Palo Alto Health Care System. With interdisciplinary colleagues, she is involved in clinical trial studies testing effects of stress reduction and mindfulness training on outcomes such as weight loss, rate of cellular aging, and birth outcomes. She is particularly interested in innovative ways to promote stress reduction using technology.

Jess Ghannam
Clinical Professor, Psychiatry and Global Health Sciences, UCSF Global Mental Health Consultant

Dr. Jess Ghannam is Clinical Professor of Psychiatry and Global Health Sciences in the School of Medicine at UCSF. His research areas include evaluating the long-term health consequences of war on displaced communities and the psychological and psychiatric effects of armed conflict on children. Dr. Ghannam has developed community health clinics in the Middle East that focus on developing community-based treatment programs for families in crisis. He is also a consultant with the Center for Constitutional Rights, Reprieve and other international NGO's that work with torture survivors. Locally he works to promote and enhance the health and wellness of refugee, displaced, and immigrant populations from the Middle East,North Africa and South Asia and has established a community-based Mental Health Treatment Programs to support these communitiesDr. Ghannam did his fellowship at Stanford University, and he received his PhD from University of California, Berkeley, and his BA from University of Michigan.

Michele Goodwin
Everett Fraser Professor in Law at the University of Minnesota

Michele Goodwin is the Everett Fraser Professor in Law at the University of Minnesota. She holds joint appointments at the University of Minnesota Medical School and the University of Minnesota School of Public Health. Professor Goodwin served as a Visiting Professor at the University of Chicago and as a Visiting Scholar at the University of California-Berkeley. Prior to law teaching, Goodwin was a Gilder-Lehrman post-doctoral fellow at Yale University. Professor Goodwin serves as a member of the Editorial Advisory Board of the Journal of Law and Social Inquiry. In addition, she is a reviewer for Cambridge University Press, New York University Press, the Journal of Population Economics, Law and Society Review, Law and Politics Review, and the Journal of Law, Medicine, and Ethics. Professor Goodwin is the Executive Director of the Institute for Global Child Advocacy. She is an author, professors, and lecturer. Her commentaries can be read in the L.A. Times, N.Y. Times, Washington Post, Chicago Sun Times and other publications.

Sam Hamner, PhD
D-Rev: Design Revolution

Sam is motivated to design and create solutions that reduce poverty, improve access to education and healthcare, and promote social justice on both a local and global scale. D-Rev's combination of human-centered design, market-driven entrepreneurship, and dedication to sustainable impact made for a perfect fit. Before joining D-Rev, Sam earned his PhD in Mechanical Engineering at Stanford University as part of the Neuromuscular Biomechanics Lab, where he focused on understanding the principles of human movement through simulation. His thesis work centered on characterizing the functional role of muscles during running. He also supported the development of OpenSim, an open-source biomechanical simulation software package. While at Stanford, Sam pursued several social entrepreneurship projects including co-founding The Pepper Eater, which started as part of the Design for Extreme Affordability course at the Hasso Plattner Institute of Design (aka the d.school). The Pepper Eater was featured in National Geographic and is now part of Compatible Technology International.

Rabia Hayek

Rabia Hayek is the founder & visionary of Do As One, a non-profit organization whose mission is to raise the awareness of optimal, conscious and synchronous breathing on the planet. In meditation late one night in October 2006, Rabia had the vision of one billion people synchronously breathing together, which sparked the beginning of Do As One. On 7/7/07 DoAsOne.org was born and people all over the Internet started breathing in unison, literally as One. Rabia is a master breath worker who has studied conscious breathing around the globe with many gurus, medical doctors and healers to gather the secrets of breathing and make them known to human kind. He travels the globe teaching his Conscious Flow and Simultaneum breathing methods to audiences of hundreds to thousands of people. A Webster University degreed singer and composer, Rabia taught the art of voice professionally for over a decade. In workshops, conferences, expos and other engagements, Rabia enlivens crowds as a dynamic and inspiring speaker. He is widely regarded as a leading expert on conscious breathing, specifically for using the breath as a tool to cultivate optimal wellness and experience oneness. Rabia is committed to making sure that humanity will remember the power of conscious breathing forevermore.

Ankur Jain
Philanthropist and Entrepreneur

Ankur Jain is a philanthropist and entrepreneur, with a focus on leveraging innovation and entrepreneurship as a means to solve global problems. He is the Founder and CEO of Panjia, a company that brings innovative technologies into new markets in the United States, China, and Middle East. Jain is also the Founder and Chairman of the Kairos Society, an organization of young entrepreneurs working to create billion-dollar solutions to the world challenges. Ankur Jain graduated from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania in May, 2011 – the same year in which Inc Magazine named him "30 Under 30" and the "Best Connected 21-Year-Old in the World".

Naveen Jain
Entrepreneur, Philanthropist, and Tech Pioneer

Naveen Jain is an entrepreneur, philanthropist and technology pioneer. He is the founder of World Innovation Institute, Moon Express, Inome and InfoSpace. Naveen is a regular contributor to the Forbes, Huffington Post, and Inc. He is a trustee of the board for the X Prize Foundation and Singularity University where he is focused on using innovation and entrepreneurship to address the global challenges. He is a member of the Pacific Council on International Policy and The Explorers club.
Naveen Jain has been awarded many honors for his entrepreneurial successes and leadership skills, including "Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year," the "Albert Einstein Technology Medal" for pioneers in technology, "Light of India Award" for Business Leadership, "Top 20 Entrepreneurs" and "Life Time Achievement Award for contribution to Technology and Entrepreneurship" by Red Herring, "Most Admired Serial Entrepreneur" by Silicon India, and "A Visionary for the 21st Century" by Leaders Magazine.

Priyanka Jain
Philanthropist and Entrepreneur

Priyanka is the founder and President of iCAREweCARE, a student-run non-profit that leverages the power of social media for social good. iCAREweCARE helps high school and college students connect with friends who CARE about the same causes, provides them with meaningful opportunities in their local community, and makes social change a social effort. She serves as a Youth Champion for the United Nation’s Foundation Girl Up campaign to inspire other young girls to get involved in their communities. She was one of two high school students working with QuestBridge to connect bright, low-income girls to educational opportunities at the nation’s leading colleges.

Patricia Y. Jones, Ph.D., DABPS

Dr. Patricia Y. Jones is a licensed clinical psychologist with over twenty five years of experience as a clinician and administrator of mental health programs. Her vocational experience encompasses a diverse array of clinical settings; public and private, profit and not-for-profit as well as academic institutions. The integrating theme throughout her varied work experience has been the consistent focus on access to and development of appropriate mental health care for children and their families. She has a specific interest in applied psychological practice with culturally diverse populations, in interpersonal violence with concomitant post traumatic stress disorders and in child abuse. Her current professional work transcends the typical parameters of clinical psychology and is focusing on social justice issues and environmental activism. Dr. Jones serves on the Investor Advisory Committee for Rebuild The Dream/Rebuild America, and she is a board trustee for the Family Defense Center.

Reese Jones
Board Trustee at Singularity University

Reese Jones' academic background is biophysics and human brain research (10 years at Berkeley biophysics, then Lester Fellow in innovation and entrepreneurship at Haas School of Business). Reese is experienced in inventing, patents, starting and growing successful infrastructure companies for broadband, mobile internet, health, digital media, and serving synthetic biology (programming in DNA). Reese is an associate founder and serves as a Trustee for Singularity University at NASA Ames research park in silicon valley.  He also serves as a member of the Genetics Advisory Council at Harvard Medical School, supports open education, Wikipedia, EFF, Chabot Space/Science Center and posts actively on Facebook.

Vinod Khosla
Entrepreneur, Investor, and Technology Fan

Vinod Khosla is the founder of Khosla Ventures, focused on impactful clean technology and information technology investments. Mr. Khosla was a co-founder of Daisy systems and founding CEO of Sun Microsystems where he pioneered open systems and commercial RISC processors. One of Mr. Khosla's greatest passions is being a mentor to entrepreneurs, assisting entrepreneurs and helping them build technology based businesses. Mr. Khosla is driven by the desire to make positive impact through scaling alternative energy, achieving petroleum independence, and promoting a pragmatic approach to the environment. He is also passionate about Social Entrepreneurship. Vinod holds a Bachelor of Technology in Electrical Engineering from IIT, New Delhi, a Master's in Biomedical Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University and an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.

Daniel Kraft, MD
Executive Director, FutureMed, Faculty chair for Medicine, Singularity University

Dr. Daniel Kraft M.D. is a Stanford and Harvard trained physician-scientist with over 20 years of clinical, research and innovation experience. Daniel is Executive Director for FutureMed & chairs the Medicine track for Singularity University. Daniel has multiple inventions, including the MarrowMiner, and is founder of RegenMed Systems and IntelliMedicine.

Sri Kumaré

Sri Kumaré is a revered Guru from the remote region of Aali'kash, and the current torchbearer of the sacred Kumaré lineage. A respected, charismatic teacher of yogic science, Sri Kumaré teaches an esoteric philosophy of felt transformation called The Mirror. He is known for his youthful energy, profound honesty, and disarming gaze. Kumaré's teaching are documented in the critically acclaimed film, " Kumaré", releasing digitally on December 11th, 2012.

Fang "Jenni" Lee
Chinese adoptee featured in "Somewhere Between" documentary

Jenni "Fang" Lee is featured in the award-winning documentary "Somewhere Between" which follows the lives of four adopted Chinese girls and explores the intrinsic question "Who am I?". Abandoned at age five on the streets of China as a result of the One Child Policy, she remembers the vivid details of her past life. Jenni was raised in Berkeley, is fluent in Mandarin, and continues to return to China every summer to volunteer in rural orphanages. A double major in sociology and economics, Jenni is currently studying at Mount Holyoke, a premiere liberal arts college for women.

Patrick T. Lee, MD, DTM&H
Founding Director, Global Primary Care Program
Massachusetts General Hospital

Patrick Lee is the Founding Director of the Global Primary Care Program at Massachusetts General Hospital. The Global Primary Care Program teaches the next generation of health care leaders how to use a global-local systems approach to transform primary care at home. It is the first fully integrated global health and primary care residency in the world. At Harvard Medical School, Dr. Lee co-founded and co-directs Clinical Topics in Global Health, a practical introduction to the top ten causes of global burden of disease and cross-cutting systems issues. With the Dartmouth Center for Health Care Delivery Science, he consults on the development of learner-driven approaches to teaching optimal care delivery. Dr. Lee has served as Medical Director of Tiyatien Health, a health non-profit that provides clinical care and social services in rural Liberia, and Clinical Mentor for Partners In Health in Rwanda. He graduated BA from Princeton University and MD from the University of California, San Francisco. He completed his residency in internal medicine and primary care at Massachusetts General Hospital and holds an advanced diploma from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

Amy Lockwood
Deputy Director of the Center for Innovation in Global Health, Stanford University

Amy Lockwood brings experience in management, strategy and international development focused on issues of globa health to Stanford. Previously, Amy was the Executive Director of Project Healthy Children, which works with governments and local industries in Haiti, Honduras, Liberia, Malawi, Nepal and Rwanda to develop and implement comprehensive food fortification strategies to combat micronutrient malnutrition. Amy has also worked with the Clinton Foundation as the Director of the Global Pediatric HIV/AIDS Program and Deputy Country Director for India, where she was responsible for supporting governments to develop strategies and implementation plans; design guidelines; build systems, procure drugs and diagnostics; and deliver care to HIV-positive children and adults. In addition to receiving her MBA from Stanford, Amy holds a B.Sc. in Communication Studies and a M.S.in Integrated Marketing Communications from Northwestern University.

Suellen Miller, PhD, CNM
Professor, Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology & Reproductive Sciences Director, Safe Motherhood Programs, UCSF

Dr. Miller is a maternal health specialist with over 35 years of experience in reproductive health care. She is currently the Director of the Safe Motherhood Program, Bixby Center for Global Reproductive Health, and Professor with appointments in the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Sciences, University of California, San Francisco and the School of Public Health, Maternal and Child Health Program, University of California, Berkeley. She is co-author of the Hesperian Foundation's "A Book for Midwives," an obstetrical first aid training manual in use in dozens of developing countries. She has conducted Safe Motherhood projects in Nigeria, India, Mexico, Tibet, the Dominican Republic, Egypt, Zambia, and Zimbabwe. She has been the Principal Investigator of the NASG intervention studies in Egypt and Nigeria as well as a Randomized Cluster Trial currently underway in Zambia and Zimbabwe. She has published over 50 journal articles and hundreds of international presentations on the Non-pneumatic Anti-Shock Garment (NASG) and has trained over 7,000 providers in the use, protocols, data collection, monitoring and evaluation necessary for NASG implementation.

Dean Ornish, M.D.,

Dean Ornish, M.D., is the founder and president of the non-profit Preventive Medicine Research Institute and Clinical Professor of Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco. For over 34 years, he has directed clinical research demonstrating that comprehensive lifestyle changes may begin to reverse severe coronary heart disease, without drugs or surgery. He was appointed by President Clinton to the White House Commission on Complementary and Alternative Medicine Policy and by President Obama to the Advisory Group on Prevention, Health Promotion, and Integrative and Public Health. He was selected as one of the "TIME 100" in integrative medicine and by Forbes as "one of the seven most powerful teachers in the world." He received his medical training from the Baylor College of Medicine, Harvard Medical School, and the Massachusetts General Hospital. He earned a B.A. in Humanities summa cum laude from the University of Texas in Austin.

Aza Raskin
CEO of Massive Health

A serial entrepreneur and renowned interface and product designer, Aza Raskin is the Co-Founder and CEO of Massive Health. Aza has been the Creative Lead at Mozilla and has founded two companies: Songza—a music meta-search company, and Bloxes—a company which sells cardboard furniture. In 2012, he was named to both Inc and Forbes 30-under-30 and Fast Company’s 2011 Master of Design and top 40 influential US designer.

Jaime Sepulveda, MD, MPH, DrSc
Executive Director, UCSF Global Health Sciences

Dr. Jaime Sepulveda is the Executive Director of UCSF Global Health Sciences. Previously he was Senior Fellow in the Global Health Program at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Sepulveda worked closely with key foundation partners—including the GAVI Alliance, where he currently chairs the Executive Committee—to increase access to vaccines and other effective health solutions in developing countries. Sepulveda served for more than 20 years in a variety of senior health posts in the Mexican government. As Mexico's Director-General of Epidemiology and later Vice-Minister of Health, Sepulveda designed Mexico's Universal Vaccination Program, which eliminated polio, measles, and diphtheria by more than doubling childhood immunization coverage in two years. He also modernized the national health surveillance system and founded Mexico's National AIDS Council. Sepulveda holds a medical degree from National Autonomous University of Mexico and three advanced degrees from the Harvard School of Public Health.

Sandeep Sood
President of Monsoon Company

Sandeep Sood is the President of Monsoon Company, which is is a web development company with offices in Berkeley and various cities in India. Sandeep conceptualizes, designs, and develops web and mobile applications. He is also an avid writer of screenplays and shorts.

Tanvi Shah
Grammy Award-Winning Singer and Songwriter
for Slumdog Millionaire

Tanvi's love for music started at a young age. She was a regular on the Western music circuit with her band Zahrra which specialised in Latin American music , the first of its kind in Chennai. She has a running collaboration with AR Rahman and has sung a number of songs for him, including songs from Rang De Basanti, Jillunu Oru Kadhal, and Grammy Award-winning Slumdog Millionaire and recently Delhi 6. After the success of Slumdog Millionaire, Shah has been featured in Snoop Dogg's song, Snoop Dogg Millionaire. Apart from the Grammy, she also received the BMI Award in 2009 in London for the same and also shares the World Soundtrack Award (2009) with Rahman and renowned lyricist Gulzar. She has sung for many films including Yuva, Sivaji The Boss, Raavanan, Enthiran, Puli and Naan Mahaan Alla.

Dr. Piya Sorcar
Founder & CEO, TeachAIDS
Adjunct Affiliate, Stanford’s School of Medicine

Dr. Piya Sorcar is the founder and CEO of TeachAIDS, and also an Adjunct Affiliate at Stanford’s School of Medicine and a Visiting Scholar in Stanford’s Department of Communication. She leads a team of world experts in medicine, public health and education to develop software that solves numerous persistent problems in HIV prevention. She has been an invited speaker at many universities, including Caltech, Columbia, Tsinghua, Utrecht and Yale. She holds a Ph.D. in Learning Sciences and Technology Design from Stanford University. In 2011, MIT Technology Review named her to its TR35 list of the top 35 innovators in the world under 35.

Jeff Tangney
Co-founder and CEO of Doximity and former President & COO of Epocrates
Kellogg School of Management

Jeff Tangney is the Founder and CEO of Doximity, and former Co-Founder, President, and COO at Epocrates (Nasdaq: EPOC). Jeff’s 15-yr career has focused on mobile software tools for physicians. The Epocrates drug guide is used by over 50% of U.S. physicians and helps avoid over 2 million adverse drug events per year. Founded in 2010, Doximity is simplifying the way physicians collaborate and already counts 1 in 7 U.S. physicians as active members. Before founding Epocrates, Jeff did stints as a healthcare consultant/banker at Goldman Sachs and ZS Associates. Jeff holds an M.B.A. from Stanford and a B.S. from the University of Wisconsin.

Shefali Tsabary, PhD

Shefali Tsabary, Ph.D., is a clinical psychologist with a private practice in New York. She received her doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Columbia University, New York. She is the author of the multi-award-winning, The Conscious Parent. Heralded as a game-changer in the parenting genre, this book turns the traditional parenting paradigms on its head and revolutionizes how we raise our families. She has been exposed to Eastern mindfulness at an early age and integrates its teachings with Western psychology. This blend of East and West allows her to reach a global audience. Her ability to appeal to both a psychologically astute and consciousness-driven audience establishes her as one of a kind in the parenting field. She lectures extensively on mindful living and conscious parenting around the world and is in private practice. She resides with her husband and daughter in New York.

Daniel Whitman
Founder & CEO, GlobalTap

Daniel Whitman grew up in Chicago before attending the University of Colorado where he earned a Bachelors Degree in Psychology in 1984. After several years of global travel, he attended the Illinois Institute of Technology, graduating in 1991 with a Masters Degree in Architecture. From 1990-2000 he established his own architecture firm, focusing on projects to renew neglected urban communities. From 1999-2008 Daniel developed the International Children's Foundation Centre to empower children, and youth with leadership skills, while connecting them with nature. In 2009 Daniel founded GLOBALTAP as a mission based company to provide an innovative way for people to connect with each through easier access to clean, free drinking water in cities, and schools. GLOBALTAP has implemented projects in numerous municipalities, and recently partnered with HBO in conjunction with their Weight of the Nation documentary to provide tap stations in schools throughout the US to combat childhood obesity with water as a healthy alternative. Daniel is honored to be the visionary behind GLOBALTAP, and will continue to further its mission to make clean drinking water available to all people around the world. http://www.globaltap.org

Robert Wolcott, Ph.D.
Founder & Executive Director, Kellogg Innovation Network (KIN)
Senior Lecturer, Entrepreneurship & Innovation
Center for Research in Technology & Innovation (CRTI)
Kellogg School of Management

Robert Wolcott is Co-Founder & Executive Director of the Kellogg Innovation Network (KIN) and a member of the faculty of the Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University. He teaches corporate innovation and entrepreneurship for Kellogg in Evanston, Miami and Hong Kong (with HKUST), and is formerly a visiting professor at the Keio Business School (Japan). He also serves on the advisory boards of Nordic Innovation for the Nordic Council, Oslo, Norway, and GE’s Innovation Accelerator. Wolcott’s work has appeared in MIT Sloan Management Review, The Wall Street Journal, Advertising Age, Business Week, The Financial Times(European Edition), The New York Times and numerous overseas publications. He is a frequent speaker at events worldwide. In 2003, Wolcott founded the Kellogg Innovation Network (KIN), a network of senior executives dedicated to driving sustainable innovation. The KIN’s annual summit, KIN Global, takes place in late spring and includes leaders from around the world from business, government, academia, non-profits and the arts who collaborate around issues of significance for their organizations and for humanity (www.kinglobal.org).

Gavin Yamey, MD, MA, MRCP
Leader of Evidence-to-Policy Initiative(E2Pi), for the UCSF Global Health Group.

Gavin Yamey spent the last 15 years working as a physician, global health journalist, and journal editor, picking up training in public health along the way. He now puts all these skills together in his leadership of e2pi, the Evidence to Policy initiative, in UCSF’s Global Health Group. e2pi believes that millions of lives could be saved if global health decision-makers made better use of research evidence. The e2pi team delivers timely and targeted evidence to key policymakers to foster evidence-informed policymaking. Yamey was one of the founding editors of PLOS Medicine and PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases, two open access journals that have revolutionized biomedical communications. He has been a regular commentator on NPR, including on Science Friday and This American Life, and his writing has been published widely, including in the BMJ, the PLOS journals, The Lancet, and the UK newspapers The Times and The Telegraph. His new book, The Handbook of Global Health Policy, will be published by Wiley-Blackwell in 2013.


Yasmina Zaidman
Director of Communications and Strategic Partnerships at Acumen Fund

Yasmina Zaidman is the Director of Communications and Strategic Partnerships at Acumen Fund, a global non-profit venture fund working to change the way the world tackles poverty by investing in social enterprises, emerging leaders and breakthrough ideas. She leads Acumen Fund's external communications work globally as well as its efforts to engage with strategic corporate and academic partners that share Acumen Fund's commitment to supporting entrepreneurial approaches to tackling poverty. Previously, Ms. Zaidman initiated and managed the Water Portfolio at Acumen Fund, where she oversaw $3 million in investments in start-up water and sanitation enterprises in India and East Africa. Ms. Zaidman has worked in the arenas of international development, corporate sustainability and social entrepreneurship for fifteen years including three years at Ashoka working with its environmental fellows. She received a BA from Vassar College and her MBA from Stanford's GSB with a certificate in Public Management.

David Ewing Duncan
Journalist, TV, Radio and Film Producer

David Ewing Duncan is an award-winning, best-selling author of eight books published in 19 languages; he is a journalist and a television, radio and film producer and correspondent. His most recent book is When I'm 164: The new science of radical life extension, and what happens if it succeeds. He also wrote Experimental Man: What One Man's Body Reveals about His Future, Your Health, and Our Toxic World. He is a correspondent for The Atlantic and the chief correspondent for NPR Talk’s Biotech Nation. David writes for The New York Times, Fortune, Wired, National Geographic, Discover and many other publications. He is the founding director of the Center of Life Science Policy at UC Berkeley. He has been a commentator on NPR’s Morning Edition and a contributing editor for Wired, Discover and Conde Nast Portfolio. He is a former special correspondent and producer for ABC’s Nightline and a correspondent for NOVA’s ScienceNOW! David’s work has won numerous awards, including Magazine Story of the Year from the American Association for the Advancement of Science. His articles have twice been cited in nominations for National Magazine Awards, and his work has appeared twice in The Best American Science and Nature Writing.

Michele Hunt
CEO of Vision & Values, Former Clinton Appointee

Michele Hunt is a strategic adviser on leadership, team development, HR and organizational transformation. Her clients include IBM, Motorola, Banco Popular, EVERTEC, SRA International, BHP of Australia, the US Veterans Administration, the US Food and Drug Administration, the US Customs Service, The Association of Human Resources of Brazil, Junior Achievement of New York, World Vision International, and Harvard's Episcopal Divinity School. Michele has served as an advisor to leaders across sectors, including: Max De Pree, Herman Miller; William Pollard, ServiceMaster; Richard Carrion and Roberto Herencia, Banco Popular; Felix Villamil, EVERTEC; Arne Duncan, US Secretary of Education; Frances Hesselbein, Leader to Leader; and Rodrigo Baggio, The Center for Digital Inclusion in Brazil.

Boback Emad

Boback Emad has worked as a sculptor for 25 years, with memory and place as recurring themes throughout his works, some of which are monumental. His pieces express a powerful geometric language, juxtaposing curves and straights with negative space. There is an inherent yearning for a sense of belonging and connection that is evident in his public sculptures. His focus on compositional expressions and geometric exuberance have been shown worldwide and are displayed in private and public collections in North America and Europe, Including Melinda French Gates Children's Hospital. Boback attended California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, CA, and graduated with a degree in Art and Architecture in 1991. See the works at www.bobackemad.com.