Past Speakers

The speaker line-up is vast and diverse, featuring some of the world's most exciting innovators and pioneers in the fields of 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. Below, some highlighted speakers from previous years. The 2015 Uncharted line-up will be announced soon.

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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

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    Joshua Bloom

    CTO and Co-Founder,, and Professor of Astronomy, UC Berkeley

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

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    Phil Bronstein

    Executive Chair, The Center for Investigative Reporting

    Phil Bronstein was named executive chair of the board of The Center for Investigative Reporting (CIR) in April 2012, when the organization merged with The Bay Citizen. …Read More

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    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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    Linda Burnham

    Research Director, National Domestic Workers Alliance

    Linda Burnham is the Research Director of the National Domestic Workers Alliance, an organization that advocates for the rights and dignity of nannies, housecleaners and elder caregivers. …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

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    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

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    Nicholas Dirks

    Chancellor, UC Berkeley

    Nicholas Dirks became the tenth chancellor of the University of California, Berkeley on June 1, 2013. An internationally renowned historian and anthropologist, he is a leader in higher education…Read More

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    Brad DeLong

    Professor of Economics, UC Berkeley

    J. Bradford DeLong is a professor of economics at the University of California at Berkeley, chair of its political economy major, a research associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research, and was in the Clinton administration a deputy assistant secretary of the U.S. Treasury. …Read More

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    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

  • Dale Dougherty

    Dale Dougherty

    Founder and CEO, Maker Media

    Dale Dougherty is the founder and CEO of Maker Media…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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    Sean Gourley

    CTO, Quid

    Sean is a physicist, decathlete, political advisor, and TED fellow. …Read More

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    Marina Gorbis

    Executive Director, Institute for the Future

    Marina Gorbis is a futurist and social scientist who serves as executive director to the Institute for the Future (IFTF), a Silicon Valley nonprofit research and consulting organization. …Read More

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    Randall Grahm

    Founder, Winemaker, Terroirist/Vinarchist and Prez-for-Life, Bonny Doon Vineyard

    Randall Grahm set sail in 1979 for the Great American Pinot Noir, foundered on the shoals of astringency and finesselessness and ended up running aground in the utterly unexpected New World of Rhône and Italian grape varieties. …Read More

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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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    Tanya Holland

    Executive Chef and Owner, Brown Sugar Kitchen and B-Side BBQ

    Tanya Holland is the Executive Chef and Owner of Brown Sugar Kitchen and B-Side BBQ in Oakland…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

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    Mollie Katzen

    Author, The Heart of the Plate and Moosewood Cookbook

    Mollie Katzen changed the way a generation cooked with the publication of the Moosewood Cookbook in the 1970s.…Read More

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    Kate Kendell

    Executive Director, National Center for Lesbian Rights

    Kate Kendell leads the National Center for Lesbian Rights, a national legal organization committed to advancing the civil and human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people and their families …Read More

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    Nate Lewis

    Professor of Chemistry, Caltech; Scientific Director, Joint Center for Artificial Photosynthesis

    Nate Lewis, the George L. Argyros Professor of Chemistry, has been on the faculty at the California Institute of Technology since 1988…Read More

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    Donald MacDonald

    Principal, Donald MacDonald Architects

    An internationally recognized architect, Donald MacDonald’s varied projects and concentrations suggest a creative man who responds to real events and real needs. …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

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    Dani McClain

    Fellow, Nation Institute

    Dani McClain’s reporting on gender and reproductive health has been published online in outlets including The New York Times, Colorlines, YES! Magazine, and She is a fellow with the Nation Institute. …Read More

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    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

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    Rodolfo Mendoza-Denton

    Associate Professor of Psychology, University of California Berkeley, and Faculty Director, Greater Good Science Center

    Rodolfo Mendoza-Denton is an associate professor of psychology at the University of California, Berkeley, and faculty director of the University’s Greater Good Science Center. …Read More

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    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

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    Markos Moulitsas

    Founder & publisher of Daily Kos
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    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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    Paul Pierson

    John Gross Professor of Political Science, UC Berkeley

    Paul Pierson is the John Gross Professor of Political Science at the University of California at Berkeley. Pierson’s teaching and research includes the fields of American politics and public policy, comparative political economy, and social theory. …Read More

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    Paul Piff

    Research scientist, Psychology Department, UC Berkeley

    Paul Piff, a social psychologist and research scientist in the Psychology Department at the University of California, Berkeley, studies how wealth changes people. …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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    Andrés Roemer

    Consul General of Mexico, San Francisco

    Andrés Roemer is a Mexican diplomat, Consul General of Mexico in San Francisco. He is also a journalist, civil servant and a scholar…Read More

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    Ananya Roy

    Professor of City and Regional Planning and Distinguished Chair in Global Poverty and Practice, UC Berkeley

    Ananya Roy is Professor of City and Regional Planning and Distinguished Chair in Global Poverty and Practice at UC Berkeley. Roy teaches in the fields of urban studies and international development. …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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    Matías Tarnopolsky

    Executive and Artistic Director, Cal Performances

    Matías Tarnopolsky has served as Executive and Artistic Director of Cal Performances since August 2009…Read More

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    Vivek Wadhwa

    Vice President, Innovation and Research, Singularity University

    Vivek Wadhwa is Vice President of Innovation and Research at Singularity University; Fellow, Arthur & Toni Rembe Rock Center for Corporate Governance, Stanford University; …Read More

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