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Dr. Eric R. Kandel

Eric R. Kandel, M.D., is University Professor at Columbia; Kavli Professor and Director, Kavli Institute for Brain Science; Co-Director, Mortimer B. Zuckerman Mind Brain Behavior Institute; and a Senior Investigator at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. A graduate of Harvard College and N.Y.U. School of Medicine, Dr. Kandel trained in Neurobiology at the NIH and in Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. He joined the faculty of the College of Physicians and Surgeons at Columbia University in 1974 as the founding director of the Center for Neurobiology and Behavior.

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Mr. Yasheng Huang

Huang founded and runs the China Lab and the India Lab, which aim to help entrepreneurs in those countries improve their management skills. He is an expert source on international business, political economy, and international management. In collaboration with other scholars, Huang is conducting research on human capital formation in China and India, entrepreneurship, and ethnic and labor-intensive foreign direct investment (FDI). Prior to MIT Sloan, he held faculty positions at the University of Michigan and at Harvard Business School. Huang also served as a consultant to the World Bank.

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Mr. Nathan Tinker

Nathan Tinker has been Executive Director of NewYorkBIO, the statewide trade association representing New York’s bioscience community, since 2006. In this role, Nathan serves as the central spokesman and advocate for the state’s life science industry, and represents NewYorkBIO’s 250+ members in public policy, communications, and industry development.

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Dr. Nancy E. Davidson

Nancy E. Davidson is the director of the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute, associate vice chancellor for cancer research and Hillman Professor of Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh. She holds secondary appointments as professor of pharmacology and chemical biology and professor in the Clinical and Translational Science Institute. A translational breast cancer researcher, Dr. Davidson has published key findings on the role of hormones, particularly estrogen, on gene expression and cell growth in breast cancer.

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Ms. Eleanor Blomstrom

Eleanor Blomstrom is Program Director and Head of Office at Women Environment & Development Organization (WEDO),where she manages internal and external relationships and partnerships, including with staff, funders and coalition, and project partners. She works together with staff in strategic development, implementation and monitoring of WEDO programs.

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Dr. Thomas Graham

Thomas Graham is a managing director at Kissinger Associates, Inc., where he focuses on Russian and Eurasian affairs. Since 2011, he also been a senior fellow at the Jackson Institute for Global Affairs, Yale University, where he has taught courses on Russian affairs, U.S.-Russian relations, and cybersecurity. He was Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Russia on the National Security Council staff from 2004 to 2007 and Director for Russian Affairs on that staff from 2002 to 2004.

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Professor Robert I. Rotberg

Professor Robert I. Rotberg is the Founding Director of the Harvard Kennedy School’s Program on Intrastate Conflict and President Emeritus of the World Peace Foundation. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and Senior Fellow of the Centre for International Governance Innovation. He was Academic Vice President of Tufts University and President of Lafayette College. His latest books include On Governance (2015), Africa Emerges (2013), and Transformative Political Leadership (2012). His book on how best to combat corruption is forthcoming in 2017.

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Dr. Diana L. Burley

Diana L. Burley, Ph.D. is executive director and chair of the Institute for Information Infrastructure Protection (I3P) and full professor of human & organizational learning at The George Washington University. She is a globally recognized cybersecurity expert who currently co-chairs the ACM Joint Task Force on Cybersecurity Education. In 2014, Dr. Burley was named the cybersecurity educator of the year and as one of the top ten influencers in information security careers.

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Mr. Neal Keny-Guyer

Since 1994, Neal Keny-Guyer has served as Chief Executive Officer of the global humanitarian organization Mercy Corps. Under his leadership, Mercy Corps has grown into one of the most respected international relief and development agencies in the world, with ongoing operations in more than 40 countries, a staff of nearly 5,000, and global revenue of roughly $450 million. Fast Company ranked Mercy Corps one of the most innovative social-change organizations in the world and New York Times columnist Nick Kristof calls Mercy Corps “a first-rate aid group.”

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Mr. Christopher J. Griffin

Christopher J. Griffin joined the Foreign Policy Initiative (FPI) as Executive Director in January 2013. Previously, he served as legislative director to Senator Joseph I. Lieberman (ID-CT), advising the senator on the full range of legislative proposals and key votes. Between 2008 and 2011, he was Senator Lieberman's military legislative assistant, in which capacity he developed the senator's legislative agenda as a senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee and chairman of its Airland Subcommittee.

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