Ryan Howard is a technologist, designer, and artist who creates systems, strategies, and environments for storytelling at human scale. His work spans experience design, product design, audiovisual systems design, software development, game development, broadcast media systems, IT, and architectural media. His visual art practice explores the mediation of gestural mark-making by technology, working with both traditional and non-traditional mediums. At Goldman Sachs he was a thought leader on use of immersive technologies within the enterprise environment. As an independent consultant he worked on global collaboration ecosystems, live-action gaming, and a broad range of production and audiovisual hybrids. Over twenty-five years he has led the design, engineering, and deployment of systems across the globe.
Kristen Erickson has spent the past seventeen years as an educator at Greenwich Academy, an independent school for girls in Greenwich, CT. She teaches high school and middle school students and served for nine years as a grade-level dean. Prior to her time at Greenwich Academy, Kristen spent twelve years in the curatorial field at the Museum of Modern Art, Smith College Museum of Art, Ashmolean Museum, and Luchsinger Gallery at Greenwich Academy. She is fluent in French and has decades of experience as a competitive rower and rowing coach.
Lindsay Mackenzie is a communications specialist and photo & multimedia journalist from Canada, currently based between Erbil and Beirut, working for a range of news and NGO clients throughout the Middle East and North Africa. She teaches photography for National Geographic Student Expeditions and create radio documentaries for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. She has an BA in Geography and an MA in International Multimedia Journalism and has completed a journalism safety training courses at Columbia University and through the UN in Iraq. She is also the founder and curator of the popular Instagram feed @everydaymiddleeast.
Lily Sarafan is Chief Executive Officer of Home Care Assistance. Under Lily‘s leadership for more than a decade, Home Care Assistance has grown from startup to industry champion and today employs thousands of team members across more than 150 markets. The company is consistently recognized as an employer of choice and best-in-class consumer service, and Lily as a featured expert on digital health and innovation in aging at the White House and global conferences. For her role at the helm of Home Care Assistance, Lily has been honored as Women Health Care Executives 2016 Woman of the Year and Ernst and Young‘s 2016 Entrepreneur of the Year. She holds M.S. and B.S. degrees from Stanford University.
Dennis Walton is the head of the Milwaukee Fatherhood Initiative. He is a community organizer from Harambee who has been involved in numerous projects over the years, including the making of the film Milwaukee 53206.
Kavita is a New York City-based jazz singer and composer. Shah has performed and recorded with musicians such as Lionel Loueke, Steve Wilson, Yacouba Sissoko, Rogerio Boccato, Cécile McLorin Salvant, and Samir Chatterjee. Shah was named by Downbeat Magazine as the "Best Graduate Jazz Vocalist" (2012) and winner of the ASCAP Herb Alpert Young Jazz Composers Award (2013).
Elizabeth Bick is a photographer, informed by her training in classical ballet and her study and practice of street photography. Her work examines the public and private display of individual and collective movement as pantomime. She holds a MFA in Photography from Yale University School of Art.
Cara Neel is a freelance writer and the former Stanford Portal Curator for Shared Studios. Her background is in research psychology, communications, and community outreach. She received her Bachelor's degree from McGill University in 2015, where she received the Entrepreneurship Prize for the creation of the Unofficial McGill Guide.
John Farrace is a Los-Angeles based designer working at the intersection of media and architecture. John is a graduate of the University of Southern California and Yale University (M.Arch.).
Nick McDonell is a novelist and journalist. Born in New York City in 1984, he studied at Harvard and St. Antony’s College, Oxford. His work has been published in twenty three countries and appeared on bestseller lists around the world.
As a diplomat, bureaucrat, political campaigner, and advocate, Alexander Djerassi’s work has revolved around building relationships and interpersonal understanding across divides of experience and perspective. Djerassi has served as chief of staff in the U.S. Department of State’s Near East Bureau, which oversees U.S. relations with the Arab world, Israel, and Iran. He is a former nonresident associate at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and member of the policy team of multiple presidential campaigns.
Isabel Maxwell is a Technology Pioneer of the World Economic Forum. She is a media and Internet entrepreneur, international executive, and champion of social innovation. She is known for her energetic leadership of companies and non-profit organizations and leveraging her extensive network of investors, thought-leaders, business leaders and philanthropists around the world. She is multilingual and tri-national, and a graduate of Oxford University.
Patrick is an experienced systems architect and technical leader that has overseen products and projects of all scales. He is Vice President of systems engineering at LiveStream.
Neesha Rahim co-founded and led Level Up Village, a social impact company building global competency skills in K-12 students through guided global virtual exchange experiences revolving around STEM subjects. She helped scale the company's impact to 26 states in the US and 20 countries around the world as co-CEO, reaching thousands of students and educators. Before this, she spent 15 years working in the NGO space with youth development and conflict resolution organizations, including Seeds of Peace, where she first understood the power of connecting people with seemingly insurmountable differences.
Sara joined Shared_Studios after completing a Masters in Anthropology from University College of London where she conducted fieldwork in the Calais ‘Jungle.’ She is interested in points at which material culture and human rights intersect; including materialized memory, imagined realities, the architecture of displacement, and the aesthetic and media responses to humanitarian crisis and civil injustices.
Jennifer Pisz is a writer, dancer and producer based in Los Angeles. She began her career at the age of 16 in Off-Broadway musical The Children and continued dancing professionally while completing her undergraduate degree at New York University, where she majored in Journalism with a minor in French Studies. She has written for outlets including CBS Los Angeles, CBS Radio, Yahoo! and HBO News, specializing in news, arts and culture. Jennifer founded DANCELEN(D)S in 2010 to explore the intersection of dance and film. A collective of choreographers, dancers and filmmakers, the organization works to promote the collaborative spirit of the arts and to make high-value dance films more accessible to the public.
Anthony “Bud” Rock served as President and Chief Executive Officer of the Association of Science-Technology Centers, Incorporated (ASTC), an international organization of science centers and related institutions dedicated to furthering public engagement with science worldwide. Mr. Rock also served as Executive Publisher of Dimensions, the leading professional publication of the science center field. Prior to his tenure at ASTC, Mr. Rock held the position of Vice President for Global Engagement at Arizona State University (ASU), where he was responsible for expanding global awareness among students and developing new and creative international programs of research and scholarship.
Before joining ASU, Mr. Rock had a three-decade career in U.S. government service, mostly within the U.S. Department of State. His diplomatic service included a five-year appointment as acting Assistant Secretary and Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for oceans, environment, science, technology, and health. During this period, Mr. Rock also served as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Science, overseeing the negotiation and implementation of more than 50 bilateral cooperative science and technology agreements throughout the world. He served abroad as Minister for Environment, Science, Technology, Health, and Non-Proliferation Affairs in the United States Embassy in Paris, France and in the United States Mission to the European Union in Brussels, Belgium.
Kathryn focuses on strategic planning, legal affairs, and partnerships. She previously served as an Aide to the Marshal at the Supreme Court of the United States, excavated in the ancient marketplace of Athens, and held a variety of curatorial internships. Kathryn has an A.B. in Classical Archaeology from Dartmouth College and a J.D. from Yale Law School. She hails from central Florida and is now based in New Haven, Connecticut.
Graeme Harrison has worked in the commercial AV industry for the last 3 decades leading global sales, marketing and product management teams as well as helping to grow companies by formulating and implementing strategy on executive teams. He is also heavily involved in the TED community as a mentor for the fellows, a speaker host and an advisor on audio. His background is in research Chemistry in his native England, but he now lives in Portland, OR.