Speakers

The speaker line-up is vast and diverse, featuring innovators talking about their pioneering work in a wide variety of fields – the environment, food, science and technology, social policy, activism, politics and the arts. Sessions are one-on-one or one-on-two conversations with ample opportunity for audience Q & A. Here are our confirmed speakers for Uncharted 2014. We’ll continue to announce new speakers as they join us. Stay tuned!

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    John Adams

    Composer and conductor

    Composer, conductor and creative thinker John Adams was born and raised in New England. He learned the clarinet from his father and played in marching bands and community orchestras during his formative years. He began composing at age ten…Read More

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    Carl Bass

    President and CEO, Autodesk

    Carl Bass is president and chief executive officer of Autodesk, the leader in 3D design, engineering, and entertainment software. …Read More

  • Josh Bloom

    Joshua Bloom

    CTO and Co-Founder, wise.io, and Professor of Astronomy, UC Berkeley

    Joshua Bloom is CEO and co-founder of wise.io, the machine intelligence company …Read More

  • Shashi Buluswar

    Shashi Buluswar

    Executive Director, LIGTT

    Shashi Buluswar is the co-founder and Executive Director of the Institute for Globally Transformative Technologies…Read More

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    Scott Rosenberg

    Writer and editor

    Scott Rosenberg is a writer, editor and website builder. He was executive editor of Grist until early 2014…Read More

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    Laura Carstensen

    Professor of Psychology, Stanford University and Director, Stanford Center on Longevity

    Laura Carstensen is Professor of Psychology and the Fairleigh S. Dickinson Jr. Professor in Public Policy at Stanford University, where she is also the founding director of the Stanford Center on Longevity, which explores…Read More

  • Jeff Chang

    Jeff Chang

    Executive Director, Institute for Diversity in the Arts, Stanford University

    Jeff Chang has written extensively on culture, politics, the arts, and music. He is Executive Director of the Institute for Diversity in the Arts at Stanford University…Read More

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    Brian Christian

    Author, The Most Human Human

    Brian Christian is the author of The Most Human Human, which was named a Wall Street Journal bestseller and a New Yorker favorite book of 2011…Read More

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    Steve Coll

    Steve Coll is Dean of the Columbia Journalism School, a staff writer at The New Yorker, the author of seven books of nonfiction, and a two-time winner of the Pulitzer Prize…Read More

  • Jennifer Doudna

    Jennifer Doudna

    Professor of Molecular & Cell Biology and Chemistry, University of California Berkeley; Faculty Scientist, Berkeley Lab

    Jennifer Doudna, Ph.D., Li Ka Shing Chancellor’s Chair in Biomedical and Health Sciences, Professor of Molecular & Cell Biology and Chemistry at the University of California Berkeley, Faculty Scientist in the Physical Biosciences Division of Berkeley Lab and Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator…Read More

  • Douglas Gayeton

    Douglas Gayeton

    Co-founder, Lexicon of Sustainability

    Douglas Gayeton co-founded the Lexicon of Sustainability with Laura Howard-Gayeton in 2009…Read More

  • Mina Girgis

    Mina Girgis

    Founder, The Nile Project

    Mina Girgis is an ethnomusicologist and entrepreneur who specializes in curating and producing innovative musical collaborations across diverse styles…Read More

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    Ken Goldberg

    Professor of New Media, UC Berkeley

    Ken Goldberg is craigslist Distinguished Professor of New Media at UC Berkeley, where he and his students investigate robotics, art, and social media…Read More

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    Twilight Greenaway

    Writer and editor

    Twilight Greenaway has been writing and editing for the web since 2000. Her work has appeared in the New York Times, The Salt (the NPR food blog), the Guardian, the Bay Citizen, Gastronomica, Modern Farmer, TakePart, Civil Eats, and on Grist, where she was the food editor in 2011 and 2012. In addition to articles, […]

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    Quentin Hardy

    Deputy Technology Editor, The New York Times

    Quentin Hardy is the deputy technology editor for The New York Times.…Read More

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    Laura Howard-Gayeton

    Co-founder, Lexicon of Sustainability

    Laura Howard-Gayeton co-founded the Lexicon of Sustainability with Douglas Gayeton in 2009…Read More

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    Saru Jayaraman

    Co-founder and Co-director, Restaurant Opportunities Centers United

    Saru Jayaraman is the Co-Founder and Co-Director of the Restaurant Opportunities Centers United (ROC-United) and Director of the Food Labor Research Center at UC Berkeley…Read More

  • Lane Kenworthy

    Lane Kenworthy

    Professor of Sociology and Political Science, University of Arizona

    Lane Kenworthy is a professor of Sociology and Political Science at the University of Arizona…Read More

  • Adam Mansbach

    Adam Mansbach

    Author, Go the Fuck to Sleep

    Adam Mansbach’s Go the Fuck to Sleep is a #1 New York Times bestseller, and one of the most talked-about books of the decade…Read More

  • Deb McKoy

    Deborah McKoy

    Executive Director and Founder, UC Berkeley Center for Cities and Schools

    Deborah McKoy is the Executive Director and Founder of the UC Berkeley Center for Cities and Schools…Read More

  • Dr Daphne Miller

    Daphne Miller

    Associate Professor, Department of Family Medicine, University of California San Francisco

    Daphne Miller, MD is a family physician, writer, and Associate Professor in the Department of Family Medicine at the University of California San Francisco…Read More

  • Annalee Newitz

    Annalee Newitz

    Editor-in-Chief, io9

    Annalee Newitz is Editor-in-Chief of io9, a website that covers science, science fiction and the future. … Read More

  • Dev Patnaik

    Dev Patnaik

    CEO, Jump Associates

    Dev Patnaik is the CEO of Jump Associates, a strategy and innovation firm. Dev is a frequent speaker at business forums and his articles have appeared in numerous publications…Read More

  • Kris Perry

    Kris Perry

    Executive Director, First Five Years Fund

    Kris Perry, Executive Director of the First Five Years Fund, understands that America’s future lies in the health and well being of the country’s youngest children…Read More

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    Kalimah Priforce

    Co-founder, Qeyno Labs

    At eight years old, Kalimah held a successful hunger strike against his Bedford-Stuyvesant Brooklyn group home to add more books to its library which drew the attention of a community of Buddhist monks and nuns who privately tutored him until the age of 14. …Read More

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    Randy Schekman

    Professor of Cell and Developmental Biology, UC Berkeley

    Randy Schekman is an investigator of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and a Professor of Cell and Developmental Biology in the Department of Molecular and Cell Biology at UC Berkeley. He was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 2013…Read More

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    Claude Steele

    Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost, UC Berkeley

    Claude Steele is Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost at UC Berkeley. Reporting to and working in close partnership with the Chancellor, the EVCP plays a critical role in developing and implementing UC Berkeley’s vision and priorities…Read More

  • Sandy Stier

    Sandy Stier

    Public health systems leader

    Sandy Stier is a passionate advocate for delivering health care services to the public, particularly vulnerable populations…Read More

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