Dan Schulman is group president, Enterprise Growth, for American Express, where he is responsible for the company’s global strategy to expand alternative mobile and online payment services, form new partnerships and build revenue streams beyond the traditional card and travel businesses.
Lisa Servon is professor and former dean at Milano School of International Affairs, Management, and Urban Policy. She teaches and conducts research in the areas of urban poverty, community development, economic development and issues of gender and race.
As an entrepreneur, Kevin Slavin has successfully integrated digital media, game development, technology and design. He is a pioneer in rethinking game design and development around new technologies (like GPS) and new platforms (like Facebook).
Charlie Todd is the founder of Improv Everywhere, producing, directing, performing and documenting the group’s work for over 12 years. He is also a performer at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre in New York City. Charlie is the author of “Causing a Scene,” a book about Improv Everywhere published by Harper Collins.
Anil Dash is cofounder and CEO of ThinkUp, a new app that helps make sure all the time we spend online or social networks isn't wasted. Dash is also cofounder of Activate, the consultancy which helps define strategy for the most important companies in technology and media. He is recognized as one of the earliest and most influential technologists in social media. Described as a "blogging pioneer" by the New Yorker, he has been publishing his site Dashes.com continuously since 1999, earning recognition as a Webby honoree and acting as a platform for his activism as well as his thoughts on technology, policy, pop culture and media. In 2013, Time named @anildash one of the best accounts on Twitter, and some of its nearly half million followers agree.
Nicole Stubbs is CEO of First Access, which aims to reduce lending and borrowing costs across the developing world. Using patent-pending cloud technology, First Access interacts with consumers and organizations via SMS and web in real-time, aggregating big data and producing customized, highly predictive recommendations about products and loan sizes. Better information translates to faster and more affordable financial services for more people.
Nick Martin is founder and president of TechChange, which has developed a unique, scalable, and interactive model for online training in international development. With courses ranging from mHealth to financial literacy to open government, TechChange uses a mobile-friendly, MOOC-ready learning management system that includes low-bandwidth support, live video streaming, social media integration, game mechanics, translation support, security and more. To date, TechChange has prepared over 2,000 alumni from over 100 countries to apply technology effectively and appropriately in response to global challenges.
Nathaniel Raymond works with the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative (HHI) to advance the science and practice of humanitarian response worldwide.
Through founding HHI’s Signal Program on Human Security and Technology, Raymond has helped pioneer the use of satellite imaging and other remote sensing techniques to document deteriorating humanitarian conditions and collect evidence of alleged mass atrocities. A leader in the development of comprehensive ethical and technical standards to guide the use of information communication technologies during humanitarian emergencies, Raymond is helping ensure that the use of new technologies and methods protect, rather than endanger, vulnerable populations.
Miriah Meyer designs visualization systems that support exploratory, complex data analysis tasks and help scientists make sense of complex data. Her visualizations combine novel mathematical models with principles from a range of fields including perception, design and human-computer interaction. Meyer was named a Microsoft Research Faculty Fellow and to MIT Technology Review’s Top 35 Innovators Under 35. Meyer’s work allows scientists to understand their underlying data in detail and to develop new hypotheses and insights.
Lisa Aziz-Zadeh studies aspects of social cognitive neuroscience including creativity, empathy, embodied representations and social interaction. In addition, her work looks at how motor performance and sensory experience are essential contributors to higher cognitive processes. Aziz-Zadeh has been a fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in Berlin, has received numerous grants from agencies such as the NIH and the Dana Foundation, and her work has been featured in a broad range of publications including Current Biology and Journal of Neuroscience. Her work is highly relevant to everyday human experiences, and will shape how we think about and understand ourselves and those around us.