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Larry Ellison

Executive Chairman of the Board and Chief Technology Officer, Oracle

Mark Hurd

Chief Executive Officer, Oracle

Edward Screven

Chief Corporate Architect, Oracle

Sherry A. Aaholm

Chief Information Officer, Cummins Inc.

Navindra Yadav

Founder of Tetration Analytics, Cisco

Thaddeus Arroyo

Chief Executive Officer—AT&T Business, AT&T Communications, LLC

Michael Hayden

Former Director of the Central Intelligence Agency and the National Security Agency

Jeh Johnson

Former Head of Department of Homeland Security

Sir John McLeod Scarlett KCMG OBE

Former Chief of the British Secret Intelligence Service

Ian Bremmer

President, Eurasia Group

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Brian Greene

Physicist and String Theorist

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Professor Greene is world-renowned for his groundbreaking discoveries in the field of superstring theory, including the co-discovery of mirror symmetry and the discovery of spatial topology change. He is the director of Columbia's Center for Theoretical Physics.

Professor Greene is known to the public through his New York Times best selling books and numerous media appearances from the Late Show with Stephen Colbert to Charlie Rose. The Washington Post called him "the single best explainer of abstruse concepts in the world today." Professor Greene has hosted two NOVA mini-series based on his books, receiving the George Foster Peabody award for "The Elegant Universe with Brian Greene." Greene has had cameo roles in a number of Hollywood films including Frequency, Maze and The Last Mimzy and in 2008, with producer Tracy Day, co-founded the World Science Festival. He is the director of Columbia's Center for Theoretical Physics.

Sophie Hackford

Chief Executive Officer, 1715 Labs

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Sophie Hackford is a futurist, synthesising explosive and interconnected technology and science breakthroughs from around the world. From satellite swarms to AI demonstrating intuition, we are becoming entangled with machines and will be surprised by the consequences. As part of her research, Hackford advises executive teams and boards of large companies on understanding new technologies defining the new economy.

Hackford is also founding CEO of a data and AI company, 1715 Labs, which she is currently working on out of the Astrophysics department at Oxford University. This follows a career building businesses for WIRED magazine, for Singularity University at the NASA Research Park in Silicon Valley, and prior to California, the interdisciplinary Oxford Martin School at Oxford University, where Hackford raised more than US$120m of research investment.

Dr. Rand Hindi

Chief Executive Officer, Snips

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Dr. Rand Hindi (@randhindi) is an entrepreneur and data scientist. He is the founder and CEO of Snips, the first AI voice platform for connected devices that offers "privacy by design." Hindi started coding at the age of 10, founded a social network at 14 and a web agency at 15 before getting into machine learning at 18, and then earned a PhD in bioinformatics at 21. He has been elected as a TR35 by the MIT Technology Review, named a "30 under 30" by Forbes, and is a member of the French Digital Council where he leads the AI and Jobs taskforce in the government's AI strategy. He holds a BSc in computer science and a PhD in bioinformatics from University College London, as well as graduate degrees from Singularity University in Silicon Valley and THNK in Amsterdam.

Nely Galán

Producer and Author

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Nely Galán is a self-made media mogul. Dubbed the Tropical Tycoon by the New York Times Magazine, she was the first Latina president of entertainment for a US television network (Telemundo). She is an Emmy Award–winning producer of more than 700 episodes of television in Spanish and English, which she produced through her multimedia company Galan Entertainment. Galán is the founder of the Adelante Movement, which seeks to empower multicultural women economically and entrepreneurially. She is the author of The NY Times bestselling book Self Made, Becoming Empowered, Self-Reliant, and Rich in Every Way (2016 Random House) about the revolution in women's entrepreneurship led by multicultural women in the US and emerging women around the world. Her book has been published in English, Spanish, and Mandarin Chinese. Her next book, Don't Buy Shoes Buy Buildings, comes out in 2019.

Rick Welts

President and Chief Operating Officer, Golden State Warriors

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One of the most respected business executives in the NBA and a member of the Basketball Hall of Fame's Class of 2018, Rick Welts has more than 40 years of experience in the league and has spent the last seven seasons as president and chief operating officer of the Golden State Warriors. In this role, reporting to owner and CEO Joe Lacob and owner Peter Guber, Welts oversees all business-related operations for the Warriors, including the development of the Chase Center, a privately financed sports and entertainment center in San Francisco's Mission Bay neighborhood that broke ground in January 2017. He owns the rare distinction of being part of championship teams in the NBA (4), WNBA (2), and NBA G League (1).

Under Welts' direction, the organization has established several franchise benchmarks from a business standpoint in recent years, as the Warriors brand continues to grow in stature following four consecutive NBA Finals appearances and three NBA championships in 2015, 2017, and 2018. The organization has won numerous awards across all facets of the business in recent years, including the Warriors being named "Sports Team of the Year" across all sports in both 2014 and 2016 by the Sports Business Journal/Daily. The Warriors are the first professional team to win this coveted award twice. Welts' impressive résumé includes myriad different capacities spanning virtually every level of an NBA operation. Prior to joining the Warriors in October 2011, he spent nine years as president of the Phoenix Suns.

Welts' responsibilities in Phoenix included the supervision of all business operations for the Suns, while also overseeing the team's interest in the management of the US Airways Center and the WNBA's Phoenix Mercury. Prior to joining the Suns, Welts enjoyed a successful 17-year (1982–1999) stint at the NBA league office in New York, where he ascended through the ranks to eventually become the league's third-in-command as the executive vice president, chief marketing officer, and president of NBA Properties. In addition to his overall contributions to the revitalization of the league's image and popularity, his notable accomplishments at the NBA include the creation of NBA All-Star Weekend in 1984 and the marketing program for USA Basketball for the 1992 Olympic "Dream Team." Along with Val Ackerman, Welts was named "Marketer of the Year" by Brandweek in 1998 for his role in launching the WNBA. During his time at the NBA office, he supervised a wide-range of departments, including corporate sponsorship and media sales, consumer products, international business activities, media relations, community relations, team services, special events, and creative services. Welts also played a prominent role in the organization of preseason games in international cities and the eventual opening of international NBA offices in Australia, Asia, Europe, Mexico, and Canada. A native of Seattle, Washington, Welts began his NBA career in 1969 at the age of 16, as a ball boy with the Seattle SuperSonics. He spent 10 years with his hometown team serving a number of roles including as the team's director of public relations during back-to-back appearances in the NBA Finals (1978 and 1979) and the SuperSonics' lone NBA Championship in 1979. In 2006, he was the recipient of the annual Splaver/McHugh "Tribute to Excellence Award," which is given annually by the NBA Public Relations Directors' Association to a current or former member of the NBA PR family who has demonstrated an outstanding level of performance and service during their NBA career.

After leaving the SuperSonics, the University of Washington graduate spent the following three years (1980–1982) at Bob Walsh & Associates, a sports marketing firm in the Seattle area. His non-NBA résumé also includes serving as president of Fox Sports Enterprises (1999–2000). In May of 2011, in a front-page story in the New York Times, Welts became the highest-ranking executive in men's professional team sports to publicly acknowledge that he is gay. He was presented with a United States Tennis Association 2011 ICON Award at the US Open in New York City, an award that recognizes and celebrates those who have had a positive impact on diversity and inclusion in the sports industry and society. Also in 2011, he was honored with GLSEN's (Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network) Respect Award, which honors those who have made a difference in the areas of diversity and inclusion. In September 2014, he was honored by GLAAD, the nation's LGBT media advocacy organization, with the Davidson/Valentini Award, which is presented to an LGBT media professional who has made a significant difference in promoting equality for the LGBT community. He also served as the celebrity Grand Marshall of San Francisco's Pride Parade in 2015. In 2016 he was honored by the Anti-Defamation League with its "Torch of Liberty Award." A member of Delta Chi fraternity while attending the University of Washington, in 2015 he was named "Delta Chi of the Year" by the national organization. Welts currently serves as a board member of the Bay Area Council and the Warriors Community Foundation. He is a member the NBA's Team Advisory Committee and Global Inclusion Council.

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