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

  • Memory Banda

    Memory Banda

    2017 speaker - Malawian girls’ rights activist.

  • Grace Gao

    Grace Gao

    2017 Speaker - Daughter of Gao Zhisheng, a dissident Chinese human rights lawyer.

  • Raed Al Saleh

    Raed Al Saleh

    2017 Speaker - Head of the Syrian Civil Defense (White Helmets), a Syrian volunteer rescue group.

  • Antonietta Ledezma

    Antonietta Ledezma

    2017 Speaker - Venezuelan human rights activist and daughter of political prisoner Antonio Ledezma.

  • Luis Almagro

    Luis Almagro

    2017 Speaker - Uruguayan lawyer, diplomat, and the Secretary General of the Organization of American States.

  • Anas Aremeyaw Anas

    Anas Aremeyaw Anas

    2017 Speaker - Undercover journalist from Ghana.

  • Raed Fares

    Raed Fares

    2017 Speaker - Syrian pro-democracy and civil society activist.

  • 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.

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