Ziad Obermeyer is an assistant professor at Harvard Medical School and a practicing emergency physician at the Brigham and Women's Hospital. His research applies traditional statistics and machine learning to study high-stakes clinical decisions: emergency diagnosis and treatment, predicting mortality, and end-of-life care. His work has been published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, the British Medical Journal, and Health Affairs, and featured in The New York Times, The Boston Globe, The Wall Street Journal, Science, and Nature. He is a recipient of an Early Independence Award from the NIH Common Fund.

He holds an A.B. (magna cum laude) from Harvard and an M.Phil. from Cambridge, and worked as a consultant to pharmaceutical and global health clients at McKinsey & Co. before returning to Harvard for his M.D. (magna cum laude). He worked as a research scientist at the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington, supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and completed his clinical residency in emergency medicine at the Brigham and Women's, Massachusetts General, and Boston Children’s Hospitals.


Lisa  F. Berkman, Ph.D.,  is the Thomas D Cabot Professor of Public Policy, Epidemiology and Population and Global Health at Harvard T Chan School of Public Health and the Director of the Harvard Center for Population and Development Studies. She is a social epidemiologist whose work focuses extensively on social influences on health outcomes. Her research has been oriented towards understanding social inequalities in health and aging related to socioeconomic status, different racial and ethnic groups, and social networks, support and social isolation. Berkman leads a large program project in Sub-Saharan Africa to collaborate with INDEPTH on studies of aging and chronic disease. This study, called HAALSI, is supported by the US National Institute on Aging. She is on the monitoring committee of sister studies in China, Europe, the United States, the United Kingdom and Ireland. She is also involved in interventions and policy evaluations to test the degree to which labor policies and practices can improve population health and wellbeing. Among current areas, she has identified work/family dynamics as a major health risk for working women.  She has been an innovator in linking social experiences with physical and mental health.  She has just written the second edition of “Social Epidemiology” (2014) along with co-editors, Kawachi and Glymour which is the leading textbook in social epidemiology.  She is a member of the Institute of Medicine, current  President of the Association of Population Centers  and past president of the Society for Epidemiologic Research.


David Keith has worked near the interface between climate science, energy technology, and public policy for twenty five years. He took first prize in Canada's national physics prize exam, won MIT's prize for excellence in experimental physics, and was one of TIME magazine's Heroes of the Environment. 

Best known for work on solar geoengineering, David’s analytical work has ranged from the climatic impacts of large-scale wind power to an early critique of the prospects for hydrogen fuel. David has built a high-accuracy infrared spectrometer for NASA's ER-2 and developed new methods for reservoir engineering increase the safety of stored CO2. David is Professor of Applied Physics in the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences and Professor of Public Policy in the Harvard Kennedy School, he spends about a third of his time in Calgary, where he helps lead Carbon Engineering a company developing technology to capture of CO2 from ambient air.


Sarah Howe is a British poet, academic and editor. Her first book, Loop of Jade (Chatto & Windus, 2015), is shortlisted for the Forward Prize for Best First Collection. Born in Hong Kong in 1983 to an English father and Chinese mother, she moved to England as a child. Her chapbook, A Certain Chinese Encyclopedia (Tall-lighthouse, 2009), won an Eric Gregory Award from the Society of Authors.

Her poems have appeared widely in magazines including Poetry Review,  PN Review,  Poetry London and Ploughshares in the US, as well as anthologies such as The Best British Poetry and Ten: The New Wave. She has performed her work at festivals internationally and on BBC Radio 3 & 4. She is the founding editor of Prac Crit, an online journal of poetry and criticism.

Previous fellowships include a Research Fellowship at Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge, a Hawthornden Fellowship and the Harper-Wood Studentship for English Poetry. In 2015-16, she is a Fellow at the Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University.

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Daniel Nocera is the Patterson Rockwood Professor of Energy at Harvard University. He is widely recognized for his contributions to renewable energy. He recently accomplished a solar fuels process that captures the elements of photosynthesis and has now translated this science to produce the artificial leaf, which was named by Time magazine as Innovation of the Year for 2011. His group has since achieved a solar-to-hydrogen efficiency of greater than 10% and used a bio-engineered bacterium to convert carbon dioxide, along with the hydrogen produced from the artificial leaf, into liquid fuels. His discoveries set the stage for a storage mechanism for the large scale, distributed, deployment of solar energy, especially for the poor and those in the emerging world without an energy infrastructure.

He was named among the 100 most influential people in the world by Time magazine and was 11th on the New Statesman’s list on the same topic. Nocera is a frequent guest on TV and radio, is regularly featured in print, and has been in feature-length films on energy. In 2008, Nocera founded Sun Catalytix, a company to develop energy storage for the widespread implementation of renewables. In August 2014, Lockheed Martin purchased the assets of Sun Catalytix, and Nocera’s energy storage technologies are now being commercialized under the new venture, Lockheed Martin Advanced Energy Storage LLC.


Eman Mohammed, 27, was born in Saudi Arabia and educated in Gaza City Palestine, where she started her photojournalism career at the age of 19 in 2006. Eman's work focuses on documenting the Israeli/Palestinian conflict, including invasions and wars that frequently occur in the area and the formation of armed militant groups in the strip. The main body of her work has moved from covering the Israel's bombing blitz of Gaza in 2008-2009 and death perpetrated through Israeli shelling of the territory in a news-oriented style, to a long series on women's issues and the aftermath of long-term destruction.

Eman Mohammed's photographs expanded to reach other countries within the Middle East through her two recent projects "Diaspora/ Ouyon Lajea" and “Broken Souvenirs." Her work been published in The Guardian, Le Monde, the Washington Post, Geo International, Mother Jones , and CNN. Her clients include the National, The Observer, Brown book, Save the children, UNDP, UNRWA, UNESCO, and The Elders.

Eman Mohammed's work was recently acquired by The British Museum in London.


Michael I. Norton is the Harold M. Brierley Professor of Business Administration at the Harvard Business School. He is the co-author – with Elizabeth Dunn – of the book, Happy Money: The Science of Happier Spending. In 2012, he was selected for Wired Magazine’s Smart List as one of “50 People Who Will Change the World” and his TEDx talk, How to Buy Happiness, has been viewed more than 2.5 million times.


Nina is a Harvard College student from Melbourne, Australia studying astrophysics. She loves traveling and adventure and is working towards what she believes is the ultimate adventure - going to space. She is also a private pilot, a songwriter and a major foodie. Nina intends to pursue a graduate degree in aerospace and astrospace engineering either in the US or UK.



Charlie Jane Anders is the author of the novel All the Birds in the Sky. She's also the editor in chief of io9.com and the organizer of the Writers With Drinks reading series. Her stories have appeared in Tor, Asimov’s Science Fiction, The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, McSweeney's Internet Tendency, Lightspeed, Tin House, ZYZZYVA, and several anthologies. Her novelette “Six Months, Three Days” won a Hugo award.