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Learn more about all of our remarkable and inspirational speakers representing 81 countries on six continents.

  • Mohamed Nasheed

    Mohamed Nasheed

    2017 Speaker - Former Maldivian president, democracy and environmental activist.

  • Elif Shafak

    Elif Shafak

    2017 Speaker - Award-winning Turkish novelist and political commentator.

  • Firuzeh Mahmoudi

    Firuzeh Mahmoudi

    2017 Speaker - Iranian-American tech entrepreneur, founder and director of United for Iran.

  • Maria Toorpakai Wazir

    Maria Toorpakai Wazir

    2017 Speaker - Professional Pakistani squash player and women's rights advocate.

  • Joe Lonsdale

    Joe Lonsdale

    2017 Speaker - American tech entrepreneur, investor, and philanthropist.

  • Leyla Hussein

    Leyla Hussein

    2017 Speaker - Somali psychotherapist and anti-FGM activist.

  • Deirdre McCloskey

    Deirdre McCloskey

    2017 Speaker - American economist, professor, and historian.

  • Erna Solberg

    Erna Solberg

    2017 Speaker - Prime Minister of Norway.

  • Wai Wai Nu

    Wai Wai Nu

    2017 Speaker - Burmese Rohingya lawyer and political activist.

  • Evan Mawarire

    Evan Mawarire

    2017 Speaker - Civil rights activist, pastor, and leader of the #ThisFlag movement.

  • Ahmedur Rashid Chowdhury

    Ahmedur Rashid Chowdhury

    2017 Speaker - Publisher, writer, and editor from Bangladesh.

  • Anne Applebaum

    Anne Applebaum

    2017 Speaker - American-Polish journalist and Pulitzer Prize-winning author.

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