::: Session 4: Money Talks :::
9:45h – 11:15h
1. Plutocracy chronicler – Chrystia Freeland (@cafreeland)
In "Plutocrats," Chrystia Freeland explores the growing gap between the working poor and the increasingly disconnected mega-rich.
2. Rating agency reformar – Annette Heuser (@AnnetteHeuser)
Annette Heuser proposes critical reforms to loosen the iron grip of rating agencies on national credit scores.
3. Social investment visionary – Toby Eccles (@tobyecc)
Toby Eccles has created a radical financial instrument that helps private investors contribute to solving thorny public problems.
4. Risk economist – Didier Sornette
Didier Sornette studies whether it is possible to anticipate big changes or predict crises in complex systems
5. Gentleman thief – Apollo Robbins (@ApolloRobbins)
Apollo Robbins will take the watch off your wrist and the phone from your pocket, then hand them back to you and (maybe) show you how he did it.
6. Innovation economist – Mariana Mazzucato (@MazzucatoM)
Which actor in the economy is most responsible for making radical innovation happen? Mariana Mazzucato comes up with a surprising answer: the State.
::: Session 5: Listening to Nature :::
12:00h – 13:45h
7. Natural sounds legend - Bernie Krause (@BernieKrause)
Bernie Krause records the sounds of endangered biospheres. His soundscapes uncover nature’s rich sonic tapestry -- along with some unexpected results.
8. Bees scholar – Marla Spivak
Marla Spivak researches bees’ behavior and biology in an effort to preserve this threatened, but ecologically essential, insect.
9. Science writer – Sonia Shah (@soniashah)
Science historian Sonia Shah explores the surprisingly fascinating story behind an ancient scourge: malaria.
10. Neuroscientist – Greg Gage (@BackyardBrains)
Greg Gage helps kids investigate the neuroscience in their own backyards.
11. Jazz pianist – Yaron Herman (@yaronherman)
Reflective and precise, Yaron Herman plays piano jazz.
12. Neuroscientist - Suzana Herculano-Houzel (@suzanahh)
Suzana Herculano-Houzel shrunk the human brain by 14 billion neurons -- by developing a new way to count them.
13. Wild sex biologist – Carin Bondar (@DrBondar)
Carin Bondar is an expert on the sexual life of animals -- and loves to tell their wild sex stories.
::: Session 6: World on Its Head :::
15:15h – 17:00h
14. Doctor, novelist, Guest Host – Nassim Assefi (@nassefi)
Physician-novelist and activist writer Nassim Assefi confronts health and human rights challenges around the globe.
15. Creativity Officer, Guest Host – Gabriella Gomez-Mont (@ToxicoCultura)
TED Senior Fellow Gabriella Gomez-Mont directs "Laboratorio para la Ciudad", Mexico City´s new creative think tank and experimental space.
16. Architect and urbanist – Teddy Cruz
Teddy Cruz looks for clues to the "city of the future" in the emerging urban areas of today.
17. Explorer and filmmaker – Holly Morris (@hollymorris)
Holly Morris tells the stories of women around the world through documentary, television, print and the web.
18. Economic policy innovator – Juan Pardinas (@jepardinas)
Juan Pardinas works to increase prosperity in Mexico and Latin America by challenging conventional wisdom along with investors' preconceptions.
19. Political scientist – Trita Parsi (@tparsi)
Trita Parsi delves into Middle Eastern history and politics, uncovering fresh perspectives on Iranian, Israeli, and U.S. relations -- and discovers potential solutions to brewing conflicts.
20. Singer – Dina El Wedidi (@ElwedidiDina)
Singled out for the originality of her voice and style, Egyptian singer Dina El Wedidi has made her mark on her country’s music scene in just a few years.
21. Performance artist – Tania Bruguera (@immigrantmove)
With provocative actions that erase the lines between performance and politics, Tania Bruguera transforms passive audiences into engaged citizens.
22. Accidental theologist – Lesley Hazleton (@accidentaltheo)
Writer Lesley Hazleton is the author of 'The First Muslim,' a new look at the life of Muhammad.
23. Founder of the Beirut Marathon –May El-Khalil (@beirutmarathon)
The Beirut Marathon is the largest running event in the Middle East. May El-Khalil founded it as an instrument of peace.
::: Session 7: Regeneration :::
18:00h – 19:45h
24. Biomaterials researcher – Molly Stevens
Molly Stevens studies and creates new biomaterials that could be used to detect disease and repair bones and human tissue.
25. Regenerative neurologist – Siddharthan Chandran
Can we repair the brain? Siddharthan Chandran explores how to heal damage from degenerative disorders such as MS and motor neuron disease.
26. Spinal cord researcher – Grégoire Courtine (@gcourtine)
Grégoire Courtine and his interdisciplinary lab imagine new ways to recover after devastating, mobility-impairing injury to the spinal cord.
27. Biomedical engineer – Mark Kendall
Mark Kendall aims to shake up how vaccines are delivered with the Nanopatch.
28. Photographer – Fabian Oefner
Fabian Oefner creates stunning visual representations of natural forces.
29. Oud trio – Le Trio Joubran (@LeTrioJoubran)
Drawing on threads stretching deeply into their musical ancestry, the brothers of Le Trio Joubran spin passionate oud music for the 21st century.