Truth, Trust and Hope

Nobel Prize Summit

Speakers and panellists

The Nobel Prize Summit will bring together Nobel Prize laureates, scientists, policymakers, business leaders, and today’s youth leaders to explore the question: How can we build trust in truth, facts and scientific evidence so that we can create a hopeful future for all?

More speakers will be announced on an ongoing basis.

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Sanjiv Ahua

Sanjiv Ahuja is a telecommunications entrepreneur & executive who founded Tillman Global Holdings in 2013. Tillman Global Holdings is a leading digital infrastructure firm.

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Rana Ayyub

Rana Ayyub is an Indian investigative journalist and a global opinions writer at the Washington Post. She has worked as a reporter, editor and columnist with some of the leading publications in India and internationally.

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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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Leslie Brooks

Leslie Brooks is a veterinarian and a current American Academy for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Science and Technology Policy Fellow at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID).

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Roger Caruth

Roger Caruth is currently an assistant professor in the Department of Strategic, Legal and Management Communication (SLMC) of the Cathy Hughes School of Communications. 

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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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James Fishkin

James Fishkin holds the Janet M. Peck Chair in International Communication at Stanford University where he is Professor of Communication, Professor of Political Science (by courtesy), Senior Fellow of the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies at Stanford and Director of the Deliberative Democracy Lab.

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Melissa Fleming

Melissa Fleming leads the UN’s Department of Global Communications, which is responsible for informing global audiences about the state of the world and engaging them to build support for the organisation’s work and goals.

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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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Nobel Prize laureate

Nobel Prize in Physics 2020.

Andrea Ghez is professor of physics and astronomy and Lauren B. Leichtman & Arthur E. Levine chair in Astrophysics at University of California – Los Angeles (UCLA). Ghez is one of the world’s leading experts in observational astrophysics and heads UCLA’s Galactic Center Group.

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Hahrie Han

Hahrie Han is the inaugural director of the SNF Agora Institute, the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Professor of Political Science, and Faculty Director of the P3 Research Lab at Johns Hopkins University.

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Tristan Harris

Tristan Harris is co-founder & executive director of the Center for Humane Technology (CHT), a nonprofit organisation whose mission is to align technology with humanity’s best interests.

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Tawakkol Karman

Nobel Prize laureate

Tawakkol Karman is a journalist, civil rights activist and Nobel Prize laureate. The first Arab woman to win a Nobel Prize, she has been recognised for her work building a culture of non-violence in the Middle East and once called “The Mother of the Revolution.”

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Anita Krishnamurthi

Anita Krishnamurthi is President at the Collective for Youth Empowerment in STEM & Society. She also serves on the boards of the National Girls Collaborative Project, STEM Education Coalition and Nobel Prize Outreach.

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Rachel Kuo

Rachel Kuo is an Assistant Professor at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign in the Department of Media and Cinema Studies and Institute of Communications Research

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Elizabeth Loftus

Elizabeth Loftus is Distinguished Professor at the University of California - Irvine. She holds faculty positions in the Department of Psychological Science, the Department of Criminology, Law and Society and the School of Law.

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Rebecca MacKinnon

Rebecca MacKinnon is Vice President, Global Advocacy at the Wikimedia Foundation, leading the Foundation’s efforts to promote and defend a legal and regulatory landscape essential to the future of free knowledge globally.

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Maia Mazurkiewicz

Maia Mazurkiewicz is an expert on countering disinformation and behavioural changes. She has 15 years of experience in political management, foreign affairs, and communication in administration, business and CSOs.

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DeRay Mckesson

DeRay Mckesson is the Executive Director of Campaign Zero, a social justice organisation leading nationwide structural change to create equity and justice in our criminal legal system.

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Eric Mead is a performing artist who defies categorisation. As an onstage travel guide, he conducts interactive tours of the fantastic—where imagination is king, laughter erupts at every turn, and everything you know about the world is called into question.

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Danaë Metaxa

Danaë Metaxa is an Assistant Professor at the University of Pennsylvania in the Computer and Information Science department, with a secondary appointment in the Annenberg School for Communication.

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John Momoh

John Momoh, Officer of the Order of the Niger - OON, is chairman of the Channels Media Group and Founder and Chief Executive Officer of the award winning 24-hour news and media channel, Channels Television.

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Safiya Noble

Safiya Noble is an internet studies scholar and Professor of Gender Studies, African American Studies and Information Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)

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Eileen O Connor

Eileen O’Connor is an attorney and award-winning former journalist and government official who oversees policy, advocacy, and communications at The Rockefeller Foundation designed to build partnerships, resources and policies to address climate change, economic and global health equity and food system change.

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Sudip Parikh

Sudip Parikh is the CEO of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and executive publisher of the Science family of journals in January 2020.

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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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Maria Ressa

Nobel Prize laureate

Journalist Maria Ressa co-founded Rappler, the top digital only news site that is leading the fight for press freedom in the Philippines. She was awarded the peace prize for her efforts to safeguard freedom of expression.

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Michael Rich

Michael D. Rich is president emeritus at the RAND Corporation, a nonprofit, nonpartisan research organisation that helps improve policy and decision-making through research and analysis.

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Paul M. Romer

Nobel Prize laureate

Prize in economic sciences 2018.

Paul Romer is an economist and policy entrepreneur that has spent his career at the intersection of economics, innovation, technology, and urbanisation, working to speed up human progress. Paul Romer will participate online.

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Nobel Prize laureate

Donna Strickland is a professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Waterloo and is one of the recipients of the Nobel Prize in Physics 2018 for developing chirped pulse amplification with Gérard Mourou, her PhD supervisor at the time.

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Kelly Stoetzel

Kelly Stoetzel works with impact-driven organisations to share knowledge and ideas through content and experiences; and to build, grow and nurture the communities around them. 

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Nicole Tisdale

For fourteen years, Nicole Tisdale has served as a national security expert at The White House - National Security Council (NSC) and the U.S. Congress’ House Committee on Homeland Security.

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