Nobel Prize Summit

Speakers and panellists

The first-ever Nobel Prize Summit brought together Nobel Prize laureates, scientists, policymakers, business leaders, and today’s youth leaders to explore the question: What can be achieved in this decade to put the world on a path to a more sustainable, more prosperous future for all of humanity?

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Nisha Anand is the CEO of Dream Corps. She is a veteran fundraiser and consultant with decades of experience in nonprofit development and management.

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Xiye Bastida is an 18 year-old climate justice activist and the co-founder of Re-Earth Initiative, an international youth led organisation that focuses on highlighting the intersectionality of the climate crisis.

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Elizabeth Blackburn

Nobel Prize laureate

Elizabeth Blackburn is Professor Emerita in Biochemistry and Biophysics. She has been a leader in the area of telomere and telomerase research and was awarded the Nobel Prize for her work in this area.

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Martin Chalfie

Nobel Prize laureate

Martin Chalfie, the University Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at Columbia University, shared the chemistry prize for his introduction of green fluorescent protein (GFP) as a biological marker.

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Nobel Prize laureate

Former United States Secretary of Energy and recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physics 1997, Steven Chu has devoted a significant part of his recent scientific career in search for new solutions to our energy and climate challenges.

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Victor J. Dzau is President of the National Academy of Medicine, and Co-Chair of National Research Council. He is Chancellor Emeritus and Distinguished James B Duke Professor at Duke University.

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Anthony S. Fauci is the Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) at the U.S. National Institutes of Health, where he oversees an extensive research portfolio focused on infectious and immune-mediated diseases.

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Author, speaker and Foreign Policy columnist Laurie Garrett founded the Anthropos Initiative, which engages at the nexus of the Anthropocene, climate change and human health.

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Al Gore

Former Vice President Al Gore is the Co-Founder and the Chair of Generation Investment Management, and the Founder and Chair of The Climate Reality Project. He was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for “informing the world of the dangers posed by climate change.”

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David J. Gross

David J. Gross is the Chancellor’s Chair Professor of Theoretical Physics at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics “for the discovery of asymptotic freedom in the theory of the strong interaction.”

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Corey Hawkins

Corey Hawkins made his Broadway debut as Tybalt in the 2013 revival of 'Romeo & Juliet' and received a Tony Award nomination as Leading Actor in a Play in 2017 for his performance in 'Six Degrees of Separation'.

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Gary A. Hoover is the Executive Director of the Murphy Institute at Tulane University and a professor of economics. He is the founding and current editor of the Journal of Economics, Race, and Policy.

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Zoë Jenkins is a 17-year-old education justice advocate from Lexington, KY. She is the founder and Executive Producer of Get Schooled podcast with the Kentucky Student Voice Team.

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A pioneer in Emotion AI, Rana el Kaliouby is Co-Founder and CEO of Affectiva, and author of 'Girl Decoded: A Scientist’s Quest to Reclaim Our Humanity by Bringing Emotional Intelligence to Technology'.

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Natalia Kanem is the United Nations Under-Secretary-General and the Executive Director of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), the United Nations sexual and reproductive health agency.

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Klaus von Klitzing

Klaus von Klitzing is the Director emeritus at the Max Planck Institute for Solid State Research in Stuttgart, Germany. He was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics for the discovery of the quantum Hall effect.

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Simon Levin is the James S. McDonnell Distinguished University Professor in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at Princeton University. His research interests are in understanding how macroscopic patterns and processes are maintained at the level of ecosystems and the biosphere.

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James C. Liao

James C. Liao, President of Academia Sinica, Taiwan, is a member of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences, the U.S. National Academy of Engineering, and an academician of Academia Sinica.

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Thomas Lovejoy is an innovative conservation biologist and Founder and the President of the nonprofit Amazon Biodiversity Center and the renowned Biological Dynamics of Forest Fragments Project.

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Frances McDormand

Frances McDormand made her film debut in Ethan and Joel Coen’s 'Blood Simple' (1984). She received an Academy Award for her work in 'Fargo' (1996) and' Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri' (2017).

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Bill Murray

Bill Murray needs no introduction. Through his work he transcends genre, form, and many other boundaries, garnering a truly wholistic following of fans of all ages, and many accolades.

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Anne Muthoni is a climate change enthusiast. Through her co-founded initiative, Youth Arts Mentorship Initiative, Muthoni hopes to use her acting skills to inform the Kenyan youth about climate change.

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Nobel Prize laureate

Saul Perlmutter shared the physics prize for the discovery of the accelerating expansion of the universe. He is a professor of physics at the University of California, Berkeley, and a senior scientist at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.

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Adam Riess is an internationally renowned observational cosmologist working on the measurement of the expansion of the universe for which he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics.

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Johan Rockström is the Director of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research and a professor in Earth system science at the University of Potsdam. He is an internationally recognised scientist on global sustainability issues.

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David Strathairn

Actor David Strathairn has appeared in many films including 'The Spiderwick Chronicles' (2008), 'The Bourne Ultimatum' (2007), Steven Spielberg’s 'Lincoln' (2012), and Chloe Zhou’s 'Nomadland' (2020).

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Harold E. Varmus

Harold Varmus is the Lewis Thomas University Professor of Medicine at the Meyer Cancer Center of Weill Cornell Medicine. He was awarded the Nobel Prize for his studies of the genetic basis of cancer.

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Beatie Wolfe is an artist who has beamed her music into space, been appointed a United Nations Women role model for innovation, and held an acclaimed solo exhibition of her “world first” album designs at the Victoria & Albert Museum.

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Rosina Bierbaum is a professor at the University of Michigan’s School for Environment and Sustainability and the University of Maryland’s School of Public Policy. Her experience extends from climate science into foreign relations and international development.

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Carl Folke is Director of the Beijer Institute, the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, and Founder, Science Director and Chair of the Board of the Stockholm Resilience Centre, Stockholm University, Sweden.

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Pamela Matson is an interdisciplinary sustainability scientist, academic leader, and organisational strategist. She is Dean emerita of Stanford University’s School of Earth, Energy and Environmental Sciences.

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Tateo Arimoto is a visiting professor and the Deputy Director of the Science, Technology and Innovation Policy Research Center at the National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies, the Principal Fellow at the Japan Science and Technology Agency, and the Vice Director General at the International Institute for Advanced Studies.

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Svanika Balasubramanian is the Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of rePurpose Global, the world’s first plastic credit platform dedicated to making planetary action delightfully simple for purposeful people and companies of any size, anywhere.

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Sajitha Bashir is the adviser in the Office of the Global Director of the Education Practice in the World Bank. She currently leads the work on digital skills as part of the digital economy initiatives of the World Bank.

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Vinton G. Cerf has served as the Vice President and the Chief Internet Evangelist for Google since October 2005. In this role, he contributes to global policy development and continued standardisation and spread of the Internet.

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Ambassador Amanda Ellis leads Global Partnerships for the Arizona State University (ASU) Julie Ann Wrigley Global Futures Laboratory and serves as the Co-Chair of the WE Empower United Nations (UN) Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) Challenge and the ASU SDGs and Beyond Task Force.

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Chris Greer is the Senior Executive for Cyber Physical Systems, the Director of the Smart Grid and Cyber-Physical Systems Program Office, and the National Coordinator for Smart Grid Interoperability at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)

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Marilu Hastings is the Chief Innovation Officer for the Cynthia and George Mitchell Foundation in Austin, Texas. Hastings originated and leads the foundation’s grantmaking program that moves knowledge to action for sustainability.

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Dan Higgins is the Global Technology Consulting Leader at Ernst & Young (EY) Global Ltd. and a member of its Global Consulting Executive where he is responsible for driving the business strategy and offerings for the practice.

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Bobby Kia is the Co-Founder and the Head of investor relations of The Peace Department. Kia helms The Peace Department’s investment strategy and oversees its partnerships and relations with institutional investors.

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Moira Mcdonald is the Director of the Environment Program at the Walton Family Foundation. For the past 11 years, she led the foundation’s Mississippi River and coastal initiatives.

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Sandhya Murali is the Co-Founder and the Chief of Operations of Solstice, an award-winning social enterprise dedicated to expanding access to clean energy to all Americans.

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Safiya Noble

Safiya Noble is an Associate Professor at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) in the Department of Information Studies where she serves as the Co-Founder and the Co-Director of the UCLA Center for Critical Internet Inquiry.

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Ilona Otto is a professor in societal impacts of climate change at the Wegener Center for Climate and Global Change at the University of Graz.

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Carlo Ratti is an architect and engineer by training and teaches at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he directs the Senseable City Lab and is a founding partner of the international design and innovation office Carlo Ratti Associati.

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Daya Reddy

Daya Reddy is the President of the International Science Council and holds the South African Research Chair in Computational Mechanics at the University of Cape Town, South Africa.

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Andrew Steer

Andrew Steer is the President and the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Bezos Earth Fund, which is a $10 billion fund that will address climate, nature, and environmental justice.

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Maurizio Vecchione is the Co-Founder of AdAstral, the President and the Chief Executive Officer of the Washington Global Health Alliance, and the Chief Innovation Officer of the Terasaki Institute for Biomedical Innovation.

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Phil Wong

Phil Wong is the Chief Executive Officer of Misfit Foods. Wong started Misfit Foods in his college kitchen to prove that delicious foods can fight climate change.

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Ada Yonath

Ada Yonath is focusing on protein biosynthesis, antibiotics hampering it, human diseases associated with ribosomal mutations, and origin of life.

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Tawakkol Karman

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Tawakkol Karman is a human rights activist, journalist and politician. She was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for her non-violent struggle for the safety of women and for women's rights to full participation in peace-building work.

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Tim Lenton is the Director of the Global Systems Institute and the Chair in climate change and Earth system science at the University of Exeter.

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