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Speakers
Ricky Kej
Grammy Award Winner
Shanti Samsara - World Music for Environmental Consciousness

 

2014 Grammy® Award Winner, ‘Project Peace on Earth Ambassador’ and US Billboard #1 artist Ricky Kej is an internationally renowned Indian Music Composer and Conservationist. He is the youngest Indian to win the Grammy® Award. Rickys Grammy® winning album "Winds of Samsara" was based on the ideals of peace by Mahatma Gandhi and Nelson Mandela. 

 

Ricky Kej composed and produced the album ‘Shanti Samsara’ which was launched by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and French President Francois Hollande in the presence of World Leaders at the United Nations COP21 Paris Summit. This album has gone on to winning numerous awards.

 

"Shanti Samsara is an international gift of music to celebrate the unequaled gifts of mother nature - love this music - as you would your own mother."
--Tom Brokaw (Legendary US News Anchor)

Ann Rosenberg
Senior Vice President & Global Head
SAP Next-Gen

 

Ann leads SAP Next-Gen, a purpose driven innovation community empowered by SAP Leonardo and an innovation platform for SAP’s 365,000+ customers across 25 industries in 180+ countries. The platform leverages 3,360+ educational institutions in 111 countries as well as startups, accelerators, purpose driven partners, futurists, and 70+ SAP Next-Gen labs/hubs at university campuses in the SAP Next-Gen innovation with purpose network. The platform also leverages SAP’s 100+ innovation and development centers and SAP’s network of 17,000+ partner companies.

Camille Zamora
Co-Founder and Co-Executive Director
Sing for Hope

 

An internationally acclaimed soprano, she has appeared with collaborators ranging from Plácido Domingo to Sting, with ensembles including London Symphony and Glimmerglass Opera, and in live broadcasts on NPR, BBC Radio, Deutsche Radio and Sirius. A graduate of The Juilliard School, she has been recognized by the Congressional Hispanic Caucus and named one of CNN’s Most Intriguing People, NY1’s “New Yorker of the Week” and one of the “Top 50 Americans in Philanthropy” by Town & Country. A regular contributor to The Huffington Postand a leading voice in the “artist as citizen” discussion, Camille has performed and spoken at Fortune’s Most Powerful Women Summit, Skoll World Forum, Aspen Ideas Festival, and the United Nations.

Monica Yunus
Co-Founder and Co-Executive Director
Sing for Hope

 

Ms. Yunus has performed with the world’s leading opera companies, including The Metropolitan Opera, Washington National Opera, The Zouk Festival, and in recitals in Spain, Guatemala, and her native Bangladesh. She has been named a 2016 Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum, honored with a 21st Century Leaders Award, as “New Yorker of the Week” by NY1, and named one of the “Top 50 Americans in Philanthropy” by Town & Country. A leading voice in the “artist as citizen” discussion, she has performed and spoken at the Fortune’s Most Powerful Women Summit, Skoll World Forum, Aspen Ideas Festival, and the United Nations. The daughter of Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Muhammad Yunus, Ms. Yunus is a graduate of The Juilliard School.

Kunal Sood
Founder and Partner
X-Impact Group

 

Kunal Sood is an internationally renowned visionary deeply passionate about transforming the lives of a billion people worldwide by leveraging exponential technologies and innovation.  From working in the slums of Mumbai to partnering with the United Nations, Kunal has an unwavering commitment to making a positive impact on humanity.  He has spoken at TED, United Nations, Nexus, Kellogg School of Management, Google, University of Pennsylvania, and the White House.  Founder of NOVUS and Executive Producer at TEDxUNPlaza, Kunal also serves on the Advisory Boards of EDCast, KIN Global, Hack Cancer, and Women’s Entrepreneurship Day.  He has a lifelong love for learning having earned five master’s degrees, and is a graduate of the GSP program at Singularity University.

Jules Schroeder
Founder & CEO
Unconventional Life

Jules is a sought-after speaker and musician who delivers fresh, improv-style talks combined with channeled music to audiences worldwide, including the United Nations, Summit Series, and many International arenas. 

 

What distinguishes Jules’ music is her ability to channel “transmissions,” or intuitively inspired messages that are customized and created in-the-moment for each live audience. Her distinctive voice combined with compelling chord progressions and “channeled” insights work together harmoniously to create an unforgettable experience for her audience.

 

Jules is on a mission through her music and work with her company Unconventional Life to empower Millennials to create their own nontraditional paths by prospering and profiting from doing what they are most passionate about. Jules has been ranked one of the "Top 27 Women Entrepreneurs To Change The World In 2017" by Inc Magazine and one of the "Top Millennials To Follow in 2018". 

Jeff Scult
Founder & Social Impact Entrepreneur
One Golden Thread

Jeff Scult is a social impact entrepreneur passionate about weaving his life discovery with his business experiences, and for the first time, sharing his language art with the world. Founder and steward of One Golden Thread, Jeff has sparked a heartfelt, grassroots movement touching thousands worldwide, rooted in the simple reminder message that each person is whole and already golden just as they are. Offering sensuous-living products within a “business for good” model, all walks are invited to claim their resonant voice and share their wisdom. One Golden Thread is soulful impact company on a mission to remind that world peace begins from within. 

Jeff also supports artists and leaders to unleash the “rawthentic” story behind their why, through his brand soul consultancy, conSculting.

Learn more at jeffscult.com

Miriam Novalle
TSalon
Mary Ann Thompson-Frenk
Co-Founder/President
The Memnosyne Institute and The John Philp Thompson Foundation

Mary Ann is a frequently requested international speaker, (having spoken at the United Nations several times, as well as for the Cordoba Initiative, STEP Global Congress, NEXUS Youth Summit, etc.), mediator, (including negotiating the first alliance/treaty in 300 years between the Hopi and Navajo Nations and for the Liberian Truth and Reconciliation Commission in New York), collected and award winning sculptor (including recognition from the Buckminster Fuller Institute as being the first artist to invert the geodesic dome to create the human figure, and selected out of 500 international sculptors for Sculptor of the Year by the ARTV Awards), and board member for several organizations. 

Paul W. Noglows
Executive Director, Development
ForbesLive

Paul has spent his entire career focused on identifying, analyzing, explaining, investing in and helping build ground-breaking business models whether as a journalist, award-winning equity analyst, director of research, producer, angel investor or teacher. As Executive Director, Development for ForbesLive, Paul conceives and creates high-profile live content events that identify and define new communities of interest and showcase the wealth of talent and innovation blossoming within them.

 

With Co-Founder Brendan Doherty, Paul is currently building the Forbes Impact Investing Community—an eclectic and diverse invitation-only gathering of the world’s most influential family offices, next generation leaders, musicians, professional athletes, CEOs / founders, & impact investors—whose mission is to scale impact investing by moving capital and influencing culture. In the belief that Impact Investing is quite simply the Future of Investing, Paul, Brendan and Forbes will launch the inaugural Forbes Impact Investing Summit on June 12-13, 2018 in New York City.

 

Paul also created and produces the Forbes AgTech Summit, an annual gathering of world agriculture stakeholders focused on identifying, funding and implementing innovation. The AgTech Summit, which launched in July 2015, last summer brought over 50 start-ups and 650 participants to Salinas, CA and will return in June 2018 before also expanding to Indianapolis IN in September 2018.

Amir A. Dossal
Founder and President
Global Partnerships Forum

Amir Dossal is Founder and President of the Global Partnerships Forum – a not-for-profit knowledge platform to provide changemakers with tools to build innovative partnerships to address economic and social challenges.

Amir is co-founder of the Pearl Initiative, and Ocean Sanctuary Alliance.  He is also a Commissioner of the Broadband Commission for Sustainable Development.

 

Amir is a 25-year veteran of the United Nations, and served as Executive Director of the UN Office for Partnerships until September 2010, which he established in 1998 to manage the $1 billion gift by media mogul Ted Turner.  He is an accomplished diplomat, with a deep understanding of global diplomacy as well as extensive experience in managing technical assistance projects in emerging markets.

 

Amir Dossal works globally across sectors, including education, environment, finance, health, media, technology, as well as peace, security & human rights.  Amir has worked with sustained commitment toward an overarching vision of uniting public and private energies for social progress.  By nature, a social entrepreneur and innovator, his work is an endeavour to bond the power of the private sector, government, and civil society; in order that together, they may better serve the greater good. 

Samara Cohen (Princess Lockerooo)

Samara is a dancer, producer, and activist. She has been showcased on many of the entertainment industry's leading television platforms (Harry Connick Jr., Wendy Williams, So You Think You Can Dance), has worked with iconic pop artists (Madonna, Jody Watley, Icona Pop), and has produced entertainment for numerous events across the world (Lincoln Center, Summerstage, Bali Spirit Festival).  Her mission is to encourage women's empowerment, gender equality, and sensuality without objectification though dance.

Angelin Chang
Pianist

Internationally acclaimed pianist Angelin Chang is the first American female pianist awarded the GRAMMY® for Best Instrumental Soloist with Orchestra. She is recognized for her sense of poetry and technical brilliance. Concertizing in Europe, Asia, Africa, North and South America, Miss Chang’s concert tours have led her to such venues as the Kennedy Center (Washington, D.C.), Kimmel Center (Philadelphia), Lincoln Center (New York), Severance Hall (Cleveland), St. Martin-in-the-Fields (London), Zelazowa Wola (Warsaw), Shanghai Grand Theatre (China), Sala Luis Ángel Arango (Bogotá), Schnittke Philharmonic Hall (Russia) and the South African Broadcasting Corporation. She is the first American awarded First Prizes in both piano and chamber music during the same year from the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris, France. As the first Artist-in-Residence at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., Angelin Chang participated in the development and launching of the Arts for Everyone initiative. She has performed at the U.S. Department of State, for the United Nations Women's Organization in Nepal and for World AIDS Day in New York for the United Nations before the Secretary-General. An active chamber musician, she concertized and recorded for decades as exclusive pianist of the legendary violist Joseph de Pasquale and The de Pasquale String Quartet, and performs regularly with members of the Philadelphia Orchestra and Cleveland Orchestra.

Matan Berkowitz

The "Rock Star of Music Technology", Matanhas created a series of unique, biofeedback-based musical instruments, exhibited interactive art installations in museums and galleries, and developed assistive devices that enable paralyzed, blind, amputated and autistic musicians to express themselves in new ways.

Matanregularly speaks and performs worldwide and has appeared on stages such as TEDx, Google Day and Microsoft Think Next. His talks often include live demos of his musical inventions.

Featured on Forbes’ 30 Under 30 list of most promising young Israelis in science & technology, Matanis also an alumni of The Generational Ambassadors

Program (by MIT, Harvard and the Richardson Center), Global Social Impact House (University of Pennsylvania) and an ROI Community member.

As the founder of Shift, a company which specializes in impact-driven innovation, Matanworks with corporates, startups, municipalities, hospitals and organizations on forward thinking projects.

Andrew Nemr
Tap Dance Artist

Andrew Nemr is considered one of the most diverse tap dance artists today. An international performer, choreographer, educator and speaker, Andrew has played with Grammy Award winning musicians across multiple genres, founded the tap dance company Cats Paying Dues, directs the Tap Dance Freedom education platform, and co-founded the Tap Legacy™ Foundation, Inc., along with his mentor Gregory Hines.

“A masterly tapper” (New York Times), Nemr’s work has been recognized with a TED Fellowship, grants from the National Endowment for the Arts American Masterpieces: Dance Initiative and the CUNY Dance Initiative, a FloBert Award for Tap Dance Excellence, and residencies with Quarterly Arts Soiree at Webster Hall, BRICLab, More Art’s Engaging Artists program, Surel’s Place, and TED Conferences. Nemr is recorded on the Grammy nominated recording Itsbynne Reel by Dave Eggar, the DVD Documentary and companion album Tuesdays at Mona’s by Mona’s Hot Four, and narrates the DanceTime Publications DVD, Tap Dance History: From Vaudeville to Film.

Harold O'Neal
Pianist

Harold O'Neal is a pianist, composer, producer, and public speaker. During the many years of his career, he has performed with U2 , has been featured in Jay-Z's music video for the hit record "Young Forever", and has portrayed a piano playing hepcat in HBO's "Boardwalk Empire". Harold's voice has been heard on many platforms, with features on MTV, the 92Y's "7 Days of Genius", NPR's "All Things Considered", Public Radio International's "Studio 360", Fortune Magazine, The New York Times, and many of the world's largest publications.

He is world-renowned for developing his signature style of solo piano, "Piano Cinema", being a fusion of the works of early 20th century composers and modern music. "I have an idea where the music comes from, but I'm not hearing it anywhere else." (- BEN RATLIFF, The New York Times).

Dr. Anna Yusim

Dr. Anna Yusim completed her undergraduate education at Stanford University, where she studied Biology & Philosophy. She attended Yale Medical School & the NYU Residency Training Program in Psychiatry. She has traveled, lived and worked in over 50 countries and presented at numerous national and international medical conferences. Dr. Yusim has published over 60 academic articles, book chapters, scientific abstracts and book reviews on various topics in psychiatry.

 

Max Lugavere
Filmmaker

Max Lugavere is a filmmaker, TV personality, and health and science journalist and brain food expert. He is also the director of the upcoming film Bread Head, the first-ever documentary about dementia prevention through diet and lifestyle and author of the soon-to-be released, Genius Foods: Become Smarter, Happier, and More Productive While Protecting Your Brain For Life (Harper Wave, March 2018). Lugavere has contributed to Medscape, Vice, Fast Company, and the Daily Beast and has been featured on NBC Nightly News, the Dr. Oz Show, and in The Wall Street Journal. He is a sought-after speaker, invited to lecture at esteemed academic institutions such as the New York Academy of Sciences and Weill Cornell Medicine, has given keynotes at such events as the Biohacker Summit in Stockholm, Sweden. From 2005-2011, Lugavere was a journalist for Al Gore’s Current TV. He lives in New York City and Los Angeles

Dr. Gabrielle Francis
The Herban Alchemist
Yelena Dudochkin
Soprano

Yelena Dudochkin, soprano, has captivated audiences across the world with her expressive stage presence, rich soprano voice, and powerful interpretations.  Her recent roles include Tatyana in Eugene Onegin, Violetta in La Traviata, Snow Maiden in Snow Maiden, Brigitta in Iolanta, Gilda in Rigoletto, Norina in Don Pasquale, Chernyafka in Magic Mirror, Manon in Manon, Podtochina’s Daughter in The Nose, and Marfa in Tsar’s Bride, with a wealth of companies including Opera Boston, New Opera NYC, Commonwealth Lyric Theater, Opera Classica Europa, and The Mariinsky Opera Young Artists. A recipient of over 20 awards and honors, Yelena has been touted for her “gorgeous, expressive and rich voice” (Voice of America) and her “dramatic intelligence” (Boston Globe) that have repeatedly“amazed the audience” (Kontact). She is sought after to perform with opera houses, as soloist with symphony orchestras, jazz and other world ensembles and has performed at Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Jordan Hall, The Majestic Theater, and Boston's Symphony Hall among others. Yelena also performed extensively abroad in Russia, Finland, Germany, Italy, Greece, Switzerland and France, with radio and television appearances including the Russian Radio, Russian Television RTVI and Rai Italian television. Ms. Dudochkin studied with world-renowned sopranos including Diana Soviero, Elena Obraztsova, Mirella Freni and Luciana Serra. Outside of her performance career, Yelena launched a series of initiatives to improve and shape humanity focusing on saving classical music and culture.

www.yelenadudochkin.com