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Filmmaker & Founder, Family Health Alliance

Taraneh Salke is the founder & executive director of Family Health Alliance (FHA), a nonprofit organization focused on advancing women's reproductive health & rights in underdeveloped & resource-poor environments.

Author & Journalist

In suburban America, she lived in two worlds. At home, she was the daughter of the Iranian exile community, serving tea, clinging to tradition, and dreaming of Tehran. Outside, she was a California girl who practiced yoga and listened to Madonna...

Iranian Writer & Journalist

A celebrated poet and filmmaker, Hakakian’s recent film, Armed and Innocent, takes a close look at the involvement of underage children in wars around the world. Speaking on the Middle East and the importance of human rights, Hakakian is...

Senior Partner at John Zogby Strategies, Seasoned & Successful Forecaster

Hailed a "maverick predictor," speaker John Zogby is a skilled pollster and trendspotter whose latest research sheds light on how to better understand, recruit, and retain the Millennial generation in today's...

Founder of Google Ideas; Chief Advisor to Alphabet Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt; President of Jigsaw

According to Jared Cohen, “You can’t understand the future of anything without applying both a physical and digital lens to it. As the president of the world’s preeminent technology incubator, Jigsaw (previously, Google Ideas, a top-ranked global...

Chair of Arab Studies at the University of Columbia

Rashid Khalidi is the Edward Said Chair in Arab Studies at Columbia University. Khalidi is past President of the Middle East Studies Association, and is President of the American Committee on Jerusalem, and editor of the Journal of Palestine...

Academy Award Nominated Director of The Square & Control Room

Noujaim's controversial documentary Control Room, about the Arabic-language cable news station Al Jazeera, called into question the prevailing images and positions offered up by the US news media about the war in Iraq. The Los Angeles...

Executive Director of the American Islamic Congress

As co-founder and executive director of the nonprofit American Islamic Congress, speaker Zainab Al-Suwaij works to promote a positive Muslim American voice.

International Strategic Communications Expert

An Indian Muslim childhood, Jesuit schools and universities, and a perpetual inquisitiveness power this American businessman, author and foreign policy speaker's observations. Host of the Foreign Policy Association's Global Currents...

Award-Winning Journalist & Author

Robin Wright has reported on numerous wars and revolutions and recently covered foreign policy for The Washington Post. She authored The Last Great Revolution.

Former Pakistan Ambassador to the United States

Husain Haqqani served as Pakistan's ambassador to the United States from 2008-2011 and is widely credited with managing a difficult partnership during a critical phase in the global war on terrorism.

NYT Correspondent & Filmmaker Behind “Class Dismissed: Malala’s Story”

Adam B. Ellick is a Senior Video Journalist at The New York Times who reports on the world in video and print. Towing a backpack and small camera, Ellick has visited more then 70 countries, often earning a front row seat to historic events...

Nobel Prize Winning Human Rights Activist & Journalist

Tawakkol Karman is a Yemeni journalist, politician, human rights activist and the co-recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize. As the international face of the Yemeni uprising of 2011, she was instrumental in helping shape and give voice to the Arab...

Hamas Whistleblower, Star of the Film The Green Prince & Bestselling Author of Son of Hamas

Mosab Hassan Yousef is the bestselling author of The Son of Hamas, as well as star in the film, The Green Prince which chronicles his intense journey as a spy for the Israeli Shin Bet against Hamas. Yousef’s message has never been...

Best-Selling Author of The Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable

A philosopher, scholar of randomness, essayist, risk-management expert and former trader. He is known for a multidisciplinary approach to the role of the high impact rare event. He is author of The New York Times bestseller The Black...

International Bestselling Author & Founder of Moral Courage TV

In her internationally acclaimed work, Prof. Manji role models the key teaching of moral courage: that doing the right thing in the face of our fears makes us whole. A senior fellow at the University of Southern California, Prof. Manji is an...

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