Juan Luis Cebrián is a Spanish writer and journalist. He serves as the Executive Chairman of PRISA, the world’s leading news, education and entertainment group in Spanish and Portuguese. He is also editor-in-chief of El País (the global Spanish-language newspaper) and a member of the board of Paris newspaper Le Monde. The author of a number of books, he is a member of the Royal Spanish Academy and a founding member of the journal Cuadernos para el diálogo (1963). From 1963-75 he worked as Chief Reporter and Deputy Editor of the Madrid newspapers Pueblo and Informaciones de Madrid. He was also Director of news services at state television broadcaster Televisión Española.
Cebrián was the founding Editor of El País, and held the post from the outset in 1976 until 1988. From 1986 to 1988 he also served as President of the International Press Institute (IPI). He was also CEO at Sogecable from its inception (1989) until 1999. In 2004 he became President of the Association of Spanish Newspaper Publishers (AEDE), a position he held for a year.
While at the helm of the newspaper El País, Cebrián played a crucial role in the Spanish political transition from dictatorship to democracy. After 50 years in his profession, the many prizes in journalism that he has received include the International Editor of the Year Award from the World Press Review in New York (1980); the Premio Nacional de Periodismo de España – Spain’s National Press Journalism Award (1983); the Freedom of Expression Medal from the F. D. Roosevelt Four Freedoms Foundation; the Medal of Honour from the University of Missouri (1986); the Trento International Prize in Journalism and Communication (1987): and Chile’s Joaquín Chamorro Prize for Freedom of Expression.
In 1986 the University of Missouri awarded him the Honor Medal for Distinguished Service in Journalism, and in 1988 he was appointed Honorary Professor at the Universidad Iberoamericana in Santo Domingo (Dominican Republic). In 2003, he was named Honorary Visiting Professor at the University of La Plata (Argentina) and was also awarded the Medal of Merit of the Universidad Veracruzana (Mexico) for his contribution to critical thinking. He is a trustee of the Alfonso Reyes Chair at the Technological Institute of Monterrey (Mexico) and has received the rector’s medal from the University of Chile (2001). He is a member of the Advisory Board of the Department of Spanish and Portuguese Languages and Cultures at the University of Princeton (USA) and the Advisory Council for the degree in Journalism at the Faculty of Humanities of the University of Coimbra (Portugal).
Cebrián has also had a long career as writer and lecturer and is the author of numerous books in the fields of journalism and political sociology. Cebrián is also an Officer of the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres of France and since 1996 he has been a member of the Royal Spanish Academy.
In January 2014, he was awarded the Order of Bernardo O’Higgins, with the rank of Grand Officer, the highest honor that the government of Chile awards to prominent foreign citizens in recognition of their contribution to strengthening ties between the two countries.
In May, he joined the Chilean Academy of Language in recognition of his work aimed at improving and safeguarding the quality of the Spanish language, and received in Washington, he received in Washington the First Amendment Award, awarded by the Spanish Association of Eisenhower Fellows, for his work in favor of press freedom.
Ronnie C. Chan
Chairman of Hang Lung Properties
Mr. Ronnie C. Chan is Chairman of Hang Lung Properties Limited, publicly listed in Hong Kong and a constituent stock of the Hang Seng Index. Founded in Hong Kong in 1960, the Group expanded into mainland China in 1992, developing, owning and managing world-class commercial complexes in key cities like Shanghai, Tianjin, Wuhan, Shenyang, Dalian, Jinan, Wuxi, and Kunming.
Mr. Chan is Co-founder of Morningside, an international investment group established in 1986 with venture capital and private equity investments in manufacturing, TMT, biotechnology, and clean technology. Morningside is strongly committed to social responsibility through the Morningside Foundation.
In Hong Kong and mainland China, Mr. Chan is Chairman of the Executive Committees of One Country Two Systems Research Institute and of The Better Hong Kong Foundation, Convener of Hong Kong Development Forum, a Vice President of The Real Estate Developers Association of Hong Kong, and a Governing Board member of the China-United States Exchange Foundation. He founded and chairs the China Heritage Fund which restores cultural relics in China, and is a co-founding Director of The Forbidden City Cultural Heritage Conservation Foundation in Beijing. He is founding Chairman of the Centre for Asian Philanthropy and Society, and founding Chairman Emeritus of Asia Business Council. He is a former government appointed Non-Executive Director of Securities and Futures Commission of Hong Kong, former Chairman of the Hong Kong-United States Business Council, and former Vice President and former Advisor of the China Development Research Foundation in Beijing.
Internationally, Mr. Chan is Co-Chair of the Board of Asia Society and Chairman of its Hong Kong Center, a founding Trustee of African-Asian Society and a Director of the Board of Peterson Institute for International Economics. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the National Committee on United States-China Relations, and Committee of 100. Mr. Chan is a former director of Standard Chartered PLC, Motorola, and Enron. He is a former member of the governing boards of World Economic Forum, East-West Center, Pacific Council on International Policy, Eisenhower Fellowships, and The Maureen and Mike Mansfield Foundation. He is also a former member of the advisory board of the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Jakarta.
Mr. Chan is active in education. He is an Honorary Court Member of The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, a Trustee of the University of Southern California, and a Governing Board member of the Indian School of Business. He serves on the President’s Council on International Activities at Yale University. He is also an Advisor on Strategic Development to Tsinghua University, a Co-Chairman of Hang Lung Center for Real Estate at Tsinghua University, and a founding member of the International Advisory Board of the School of Management at Fudan University. Mr. Chan previously served as a Trustee of China Foreign Affairs University, a Co-Chair of the Advisory Committee of the Center for Real Estate at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and a member of the Advisory Council of Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies at Stanford University, the International Advisory Committee of The Pacific Basin Institute at Pomona College, and the International Advisory Committee of the Institute of Asia-Pacific Studies at Waseda University. He was a Brittingham Visiting Scholar at University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Notable philanthropic programs and projects initiated or supported by Mr. Chan include: Morningside Music Bridge; International Congress of Chinese Mathematicians (ICCM) where the Morningside Medal of Mathematics are awarded; Morningside Center of Mathematics at the Chinese Academy of Sciences; the Morningside College at The Chinese University of Hong Kong; endowed professorships at Harvard University, The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, and The University of Hong Kong; and various scholarships and programs in Hong Kong and mainland China which has supported over 10,000 students. In 2014, the Morningside Foundation pledged US$350 million to endow the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, named after Mr. Chan’s late father. In the same year, Mr. Chan and his wife pledged US$20 million to endow the Mrs. T.H. Chan Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy at the University of Southern California.
Mr. Chan is a frequent speaker at named lectureships and international conferences, and has published numerous articles in Financial Times, International Herald Tribune, Newsweek, Fortune, Asian Wall Street Journal, Far Eastern Economic Review, and Japan Times. Mr. Chan holds an MBA from the University of Southern California, and was conferred honorary doctorate degrees by The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, and Tel Aviv University. Mr. Chan has received many awards for his contributions to society, which includes: Builder of Bridges Award (Asia Society) for strengthening ties between Asians and Americans; The 2nd “Passing the Torch – Outstanding Figures of Chinese Cultural Heritage Protection” Award (China Foundation For Cultural Heritage Conservation); Asa V. Call Alumni Achievement Award (University of Southern California); Alumnus of the Year Award (California State University, Los Angeles); US-Asia International Public Service and Philanthropy Award (US-Asia Institute); Philanthropy Excellence Award (Committee of 100); Chern Prize (ICCM) for exceptional public service in support of mathematics; and Grand Bauhinia Medal (HKSAR Government) in recognition of his long and distinguished community service. Mr. Chan is 67 years of age and resides in Hong Kong with his wife.
Co-Founder and CEO
The Millennium Project, SUA
Jerome C. Glenn is the co-founder and CEO of The Millennium Project and lead-author with Elizabeth Florescu, creating The Millennium Project Team of the State of the Future reports of the Millennium Project for the past 20 years. He was the Washington, D.C. representatives for the United Nations University as executive director of the American Council from 1988-2007.
He has over 40 years of Futures Research experience, working for governments, international organizations, and private industry in such topics as science and technology policy, environmental security, economics, education, defense, space, futures research methodology and decision support systems with the Committee for the Future, Hudson Institute, Future Options Room, and the Millennium Project.
He has addressed or keynoted conferences for over 300 government departments, universities, NGOs, UN organizations and corporations around the world. Saturday Review named Glenn as the most unusually gifted leaders of America for his pioneering work in Tropical Medicine (National Leprosy System while a Peace Corp Volunteer). He was instrumental in naming the first Space Shuttle the Enterprise and banning the first space weapon (FOBS) in SALT II. He has published over 100 future-oriented articles, and is co-editor of Futures Research Methodology version 3.0, the Technological in the 21st Century (1989 & 1994). Linking the Future: Findhorn, Aurorville, Arcosanti (1979) and co-author of Space Trek: The Endless Migration (1978 & 1979).
Director, Special Projects, for the Executive Vice President and Treasurer of MIT
Kathleen is Director, Special Projects, for the Executive Vice President and Treasurer of MIT, working as a lead organizer of The Engine (www.engine.xyz), a new MIT initiative created to advance innovation. This accelerator, scheduled to open in Spring, 2017, will provide comprehensive support and help to promote transformative ideas from the formative stage to their most effective implementation. In her 16 years at MIT Technology Review, most recently serving as its President, Kathleen helped to redefine the magazine brand and expand the global footprint, developing international programs and producing world-class events. She also served six years as President of the MIT Enterprise Forum, a global network of chapters organized around entrepreneurship.
She was in the Rising Scholar program at the University of Virginia and studied accounting at James Madison University. She started her career in accounting at Deloitte and Touche, but quickly found her true calling in media and left the financial world to join a startup which specialized in media research for the film industry. She was awarded the Folio: 40, which recognizes the most innovative and influential people in the media industry, and will be honored in May by the Women of the Harvard Club Leadership Committee as one of Boston’s Most Influential Women of 2017.
Kathleen is a frequent speaker at technology and entrepreneurship events around the world and is a skilled moderator on a wide variety of topics. She is very active in the community, serving as a judge for many competitions including the MITX awards, the Inclusive Innovation Competition, and the Lemelson-MIT prizes, also known as the “Nobel Prize for Innovators.” She is a Co-Founder of HUBweek and serves on the executive committee.
Thomas W. Malone
Professor of Management at the MIT Sloan School of Management
Thomas W. Malone is the Patrick J. McGovern Professor of Management at the MIT Sloan School of Management and the founding director of the MIT Center for Collective Intelligence. He was also the founder and director of the MIT Center for Coordination Science and one of the two founding co-directors of the MIT Initiative on “Inventing the Organizations of the 21st Century.” Professor Malone teaches classes on organizational design, information technology, and leadership, and his research focuses on how work can be organized in new ways to take advantage of the possibilities provided by information technology. For example, Professor Malone predicted, in an article published in 1987, many of the major developments in electronic business over the following 25 years: electronic buying and selling, electronic markets for many kinds of products, outsourcing of non-core functions in a firm, and the use of intelligent agents for commerce. Then, in 2004, Professor Malone summarized two decades of his groundbreaking research in his critically acclaimed book, The Future of Work (also translated into six other languages).
Professor Malone has published over 100 articles, research papers, and book chapters, including a widely cited 2010 article in Science magazine on measuring the collective intelligence of human groups. He is also an inventor with 11 patents and the co-editor of four books: Coordination Theory and Collaboration Technology (2001), Inventing the Organizations of the 21st Century (2003), Organizing Business Knowledge: The MIT Process Handbook (2003), and Handbook of Collective Intelligence (2015). In 2012, he received an honorary doctorate from the University of Zurich.
Malone has been a cofounder of three software companies and has consulted and served as a board member for a number of other organizations. He speaks frequently for business audiences around the world and has been quoted in numerous publications such as the New York Times, the Economist, and Wired. Before joining the MIT faculty in 1983, Malone was a research scientist at the Xerox Palo Alto Research Center (PARC). His background also includes a B.A. in mathematical sciences from Rice University, an M.S. in engineering-economic systems from Stanford University, and a Ph.D. in cognitive and social psychology from Stanford University.
CEO of Telefonica Alpha
Pablo Rodriguez is the CEO of Telefonica Alpha, the company chartered with future disruptive innovation (Moonshots). With 20+ years of experience, Pablo worked in several Silicon Valley startups (Inktomi, the world´s largest search engine before Google; and Tahoe Networks, a startup building the first routers for mobile networks).
He was also at Microsoft Research where he worked on the Windows Update to deliver security patches to more than 300 million computers (released as part of Windows 10). Prior to this, he worked at Bell-Labs, NJ where he developed products to accelerate web performance over cellular networks, which have been adopted worldwide.
At Telefonica he established the research arm in 2006 and led its Product Innovation unit, driving ideas to early stage commercialization with a lean intra-preneurial model now featured as a Harvard Business Review case. He launched Telefonica’s Video Content Delivery Network, used to stream the Olympics and Champions League to millions.
Before his tenure as a business executive, Pablo received his PhD in Computer Science from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL). He was also an adjunct Professor at Columbia University, NYC.
He has more than 200 publications and 30 patent inventions in networks, content distribution and distributed computing. He received the Telefonica Bravo award for best innovation practices, the IEEE “Test of Time” award, and the “Prix de la Recherche” for innovation excellence. He has been a speaker at WIRED and TEDx.
He co-founded the Data Transparency Lab, a privacy NGO, and sits on the advisory board of Akamai, EPFL, the Catalan Foundation for Research, LaBoral Art Center, and IMDEA Networks. He is a member of the disruptive innovation council at Telefonica. He is also an angel investor in tech startups.
He also works with Chef Ferran Adria (El Bulli) and F.C Barca applying data science to gastronomy and soccer strategies.