Speakers and discussion leaders

Speakers and discussion leaders

Speakers and discussion leaders

Our distinguished discussion leaders will facilitate interesting and compelling on-stage debates and moderated panel discussions that will set the tone and elevate the debate for the roundtable talks that follow.

Kathy Calvin

Kathy Calvin

Kathy Calvin is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the United Nations Foundation. In her role as CEO of the UN Foundation, she has an excellent bird’s-eye perspective on key urban issues such as climate change, energy challenges and sustainable economic development.

Ben Hammersley

Ben Hammersley

Ben Hammersley is an author, futurist and technologist who specializes in the impact of the Internet on world politics, culture and society. He is currently the UK Prime Minister’s Ambassador to Tech City in East London, an innovation hub that is intended to be Europe’s center of innovation and location of choice for tech and digital companies and investors.

Steven Lewitt

Steven Lewitt

Co-Author of the bestselling business books Freakonomics and SuperFreakonomics, and winner of the highly esteemed John Bates Clark Medal as the most influential economist in America under the age of 40. Recently named one of Time Magazine’s "100 People Who Shape Our World".

Lowell McAdam

Lowell McAdam

As Chairman and CEO of Verizon, Lowell McAdam stands at the helm of one of North American’s true telecom powerhouses, an organization with the resources and ability to help transform many aspects of tomorrow’s urban centers. He and his team have been active in investigating how new cloud-based services and access to public data can open up new value chains for the benefit of all.

John Rossant

John Rossant

Founder and Chairman of New Cities Foundation whose mission is to create more dynamic, sustainable, just and creative cities around the world. Mr Rossant is also the Executive Chairman of PublicisLive, the events organizer responsible for the production of the annual World Economic Forum in Davos.

Sir Martin Sorrell

Sir Martin Sorrell

Sir Martin Sorrell oversees WPP, one of the world’s largest communication services and advertising groups with 162,000 employees in 100 countries. Having built up WPP from scratch, Sir Martin’s group of companies has had an immense impact on the ongoing transformation of global media.

Jimmy Wales

Jimmy Wales

Jimmy Wales is the founder of both the non-profit encyclopedia Wikipedia and the for-profit Wikia web-hosting company. A strong proponent of free access to human knowledge, Wales believes in the power of shared information.

Forest Whitaker

Forest Whitaker

Forest Whitaker is an Oscar-winning actor, humanist, UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador for Peace and Reconciliation and Founder and CEO of PeaceEarth Foundation. Through his advocacy work for peace, he seeks to support communities affected by violence and conflict. Many of his projects have a special focus on youth empowerment.

Don Tapscott

Don Tapscott

Don takes a farseeing look at our digital, connected, hyper-collaborative world. He has written 14 books helping readers to understand where the world is heading as our civilization fundamentally reshapes itself.

Greg Lindsay

Greg Lindsay

Author of the bestselling book Aerotropolis: The Way We'll Live Next, which examines how we choose to live in an interconnected world.

Larry Huston

Larry Huston

Former Innovation officer of P&G and head of their crowdsourcing strategy, which resulted in over 600 products in market, 60% improvement in innovation productivity and over $12 billion in top line revenue.

Robin Chase

Robin Chase

Founder and CEO of Buzzcar, co-founder and former CEO of Zipcar. A leading expert on peer-to-peer car sharing services and social media.

Pete Cashmore

Pete Cashmore

Founder and CEO of award winning blog Mashable, one of the most popular digital, social media, and technology blogs with more than 20 million unique visitors per month.