Alec Ross

From Rebellion to Reality – How Information Networks are (and are not) Re-Shaping Geopolitics and Governance

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Isabel Ritchie

Leverages spatial and statistical data to support research reports. Creates maps and charts to communicate and illustrate data. Isabel holds a Masters of Spatial Analysis from Ryerson University and an Honours Bachelor’s of Science in Urban Studies, Archaeology, and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) from the University of Toronto.

Katherine MacLellan

Provides operational support for the Global Solution Networks program and The Tapscott Group. Katherine holds a Masters of International Relations and Economics from the University of St. Andrews in Fife, Scotland, and a J.D. from Osgoode Hall Law School. She was called to the Bar of Ontario in 2013.

Nilofer Merchant

Nilofer Merchant teaches innovation at Stanford and Santa Clara Universities. During a 20 year career, she has personally launched 100 products amounting to $18B in revenue. Her career includes stints at Apple, Autodesk, GoLive/Adobe as well as service on both public and private boards. She is the author two best-selling books: The New How (2010); and 11 Rules for Creating Value in the #SocialEra (2012). She won the 2013 Thinkers50 Future Thinker Award. She has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, written innovation columns for Businessweek and Forbes and is a regular contributor to Harvard Business Review, Wired, Oprah, and Time Magazine. Merchant earned her MBA from Santa Clara University, and a BS in Economics from University of San Francisco.

Jonathan Haidt

Jonathan Haidt is the Thomas Cooley Professor of Ethical Leadership at New York University’s Stern School of Business. He received his Ph.D. in social psychology from the University of Pennsylvania in 1992 and then did post-doctoral research at the University of Chicago and in Orissa, India. He taught at the University of Virginia for 16 years before joining NYU. His research focuses on morality – its emotional foundations, cultural variations, and developmental course. Haidt’s earlier work focused on using moral psychology to bridge the political divide between left and right, and to increase political civility. Since joining the NYU-Stern School of Business, he has been exploring ways to use moral psychology to improve the ethical functioning of organizations (see www.EthicalSystems.org). Haidt is the author of The Happiness Hypothesis: Finding Modern Truth in Ancient Wisdom (2006), and of the New York Times bestseller The Righteous Mind: Why Good People are Divided by Politics and Religion (2012). He was named one of the top global thinkers by Foreign Policy magazine and also by Prospect magazine.

Adam Grant

Adam Grant is The Class of 1965 Professor of Management and Psychology at The Wharton School and author of the New York Times bestseller Give and Take, which was translated into 27 languages and named one of the best books of 2013 by Amazon, the Financial Times, and the Wall Street Journal—as well as one of Oprah’s riveting reads, Harvard Business Review’s ideas that shaped management, and the Washington Post’s books every leader should read. He has been recognized as Wharton’s top-rated teacher and one of Bloomberg Businessweek’s favourite professors, the world’s top 40 business professors under 40, HR’s most influential international thinkers, and Malcolm Gladwell’s favourite social science writers. His research, speaking, and consulting clients include Google, Goldman Sachs, Merck, the World Economic Forum, the United Nations, and the U.S. Army and Navy. An award-winning researcher and leading expert in work and success, he has published more than 50 articles during the last five years in prominent psychology and management journals. He holds a Ph.D. in organizational psychology from the University of Michigan and a BA from Harvard University, and he was profiled in the New York Times magazine cover story, “Is giving the secret to getting ahead?

Jennifer Riel

Leads our work on knowledge infrastructure and education. A writer, educator and program architect, Jennifer is keenly interested in innovation, design and integrative thinking in education and in organizations.

Lauren Jones

Studies family and child wellbeing, particularly in the areas of health, education, and consumer decision-making.  She is currently working on projects in two broad areas – first, examining the effects of refundable tax benefits on family spending, savings and debt; and second, investigating the causes and effects of increasing prevalence of ADHD among children.  Lauren completed her PhD in Policy Analysis and Management at Cornell University, and her Masters at The Ohio State University, where she will return as an assistant professor of Consumer Science in 2015. www.laurenedenjones.com