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Learn more about our remarkable speakers representing 97 countries, with talks given in 21 languages.

  • Lapiro de Mbanga

    Lapiro de Mbanga

    Cameroonian musician, pro-democracy activist, and former political prisoner.

  • Justin Kosslyn

    Justin Kosslyn

    Product manager at Google Ideas, an inter-disciplinary think tank dedicated to applying technological solutions to global challenges.

  • James Kirchick

    James Kirchick

    American journalist and foreign correspondent who has covered such stories as the fraudulent 2010 election in Belarus, ethnic cleansing in Kyrgyzstan, and the Libyan Civil War.

  • Natalia Kaliada

    Natalia Kaliada

    Co-founder of the Belarus Free Theatre, an underground theatre group performing secretly in Alexander Lukashenko’s regime.

  • Leah Siegel

    Leah Siegel

    American musician, singer, and songwriter.

  • Afua Hirsch

    Afua Hirsch

    Ghanaian-British journalist, barrister, and human rights activist.

  • Steven Pinker

    Steven Pinker

    Leading authority on language and the mind, and author of “The Better Angels of Our Nature,” about the worldwide decline in violence and why the present is the most peaceful time in history.

  • Luke Harding

    Luke Harding

    British author, senior international correspondent for The Guardian, and the first foreign journalist to be expelled from Russia since the end of the Cold War.

  • Haddy N’jie

    Haddy N’jie

    Norwegian singer, writer, and journalist.

  • Roberto de Jesús  Guerra Pérez

    Roberto de Jesús Guerra Pérez

    Cuban independent journalist and founder of the Hablemos Press news agency.

  • Peter Godwin

    Peter Godwin

    Zimbabwean journalist, filmmaker, former human rights lawyer, and author of “The Fear: Robert Mugabe and the Martyrdom of Zimbabwe.”

  • Asmaa al-Ghoul

    Asmaa al-Ghoul

    Palestinian journalist and secular feminist, known for her vocal criticism of civil rights violations in Gaza.

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