2017 Speakers

Dr. Isher Judge Ahluwalia
Chairperson of Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations
Jamil Anderlini
Asia Editor, Financial Times
Carl Bildt
Former Prime Minister and Foreign Minister, Sweden
Irina Bokova
Director-General, UNESCO
Brendan Carr
Lord Mayor of Dublin, Ireland
Gert Christen
Director of Technology, City Innovate Foundation
Henry Cisneros
Founder and Chairman, City View
Helen Clark
Former Prime Minister of New Zealand; Administrator, UN Development Programme
Ivo Daalder
President, Chicago Council on Global Affairs
Caroline Daniel
Partner, Brunswick and Former Editor, FT Weekend
Reinier de Graaf
Partner, Office for Metropolitan Architecture
Andres de Leon
COO, Hyperloop Transportation Technologies
Andrew Edgecliffe-Johnson
US News Editor, Financial Times
Rahm Emanuel
Mayor, City of Chicago
Richard Florida
Co-Founder and Senior Editor, The Atlantic City Lab
Theaster Gates
Founder, Rebuild Foundation
Misha Glenny
Journalist and author of McMafia; former central Europe correspondent Guardian and BBC
Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe
Former Commissioner, London’s Metropolitan Police
Mark Hoplamazian
President and CEO, Hyatt Hotels Corporation
Valerie Jarrett
Senior Advisor to President Barack Obama
Martin Kimani
Director, National Counter-Terrorism Center, Kenya
Niamh King
Vice President, Programs and Strategic Content, Chicago Council on Global Affairs
Khalid Koser
Executive Director, Global Community Engagement and Resilience Fund
Gerald Lawless
Chairman, World Travel & Tourism Council; Head of Tourism and Hospitality, Dubai Holding
Edward Luce
Chief US Commentator and Columnist, Financial Times
Patricia McCarney
CEO, World Council on City Data
Charles Montgomery
Founder and Principal, Happy City
Robert Muggah
Research Director, Igarapé Institute
Michael A. Nutter
Former Mayor of Philadelphia
Ella Overkleeft
Co-founder, Night-Mayor Foundation
Eduardo Paes
Former Mayor, City of Rio de Janeiro
David Paulison
Former Director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency
Carlo Ratti
Director, MIT Senseable City Lab; Founding Partner, Carlo Ratti Associati
Oussama Rifahi
Executive Director, Arab Fund for Arts and Culture
Fernando Romero
Director and Founder,
FR-EE / Fernando Romero Enterprise
Jennifer Scanlon
President and CEO, USG Corporation
Olaf Scholz
Mayor, City of Hamburg, Germany
Carl J. Schramm
University Professor, Syracuse University
Gillian Tett
US Managing Editor, Financial Times
Jozias Johannes van Aartsen
Former Mayor of the Hague
Jay Walder
President and CEO, Motivate
Karen Weigert
Senior Fellow, Global Cities, Chicago Council on Global Affairs
Keith Williams
President and CEO, UL LLC
Martin Wolf
Chief Economics Commentator, Financial Times