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 Experts Light the Way

Summit speakers illuminate the path forward, sharing insights to help navigate the way through challenges and opportunities.

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IAN BREMMER

Ian Bremmer is the President and founder of Eurasia Group, the leading global political risk research and consulting firm. He is a prolific thought leader and author, regularly expressing his views on political issues in public speeches, television appearances, and top publications, including Time Magazine, where he is the foreign affairs columnist and editor-at-large. Once dubbed the “rising guru” in the field of political risk by The Economist, he teaches classes on the discipline as a professor at New York University. His latest book Us vs. Them: The Failure of Globalism is a New York Times bestseller.

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RANA FOROOHAR

Rana Foroohar is the Global Business Columnist at The Financial Times and a Global Economic Analyst at CNN covering the intersection of business, economics, politics, and foreign affairs. Foroohar frequently profiles movers and shakers in finance and business, including Warren Buffett, Bill Gross, Howard Shultz, Mary Barra, and Carl Icahn. Her high-level yet accessible analysis has made her a sought-after commentator on influential programs such as CNNI and Face the Nation.

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CARLA HARRIS

Carla Harris is Vice Chair of Global Wealth Management at Morgan Stanley.  She has extensive industry experiences in the technology, media, retail, telecommunications, transportation, industrial, and healthcare sectors. The recipient of numerous awards, including being named to Fortune Magazine’s list of “The 50 Most Powerful Black Executives in Corporate America,” Harris was appointed by President Barack Obama to chair the National Women’s Business Council in 2013.

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RISHAD TOBACCOWALA

Rishad Tobaccowala is the Chief Growth Officer of the Publicis Groupe, the world’s third largest marketing communications firm with 78,000 employees. Over his 37-year career in marketing, Rishad has served as the Chief Strategist of Publicis Groupe, The Chairman of Digitas and Razorfish and several roles at Starcom and Leo Burnett including setting up the first digital units for both firms called Starcom IP and Giant Step over 20 years ago. Rishad is also the Chairman of The Tobaccowala Foundation which helps 10,000 people in India gain better healthcare and education.

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LUKE WILLIAMS

Luke Williams is one of the world’s leading business thinkers on innovation strategy. He has worked with leading companies across the globe and is a dynamic and sought-after management speaker, having lectured in 21 countries and addressed the United Nations General Assembly and the World Innovation Forum. Williams is Professor of Marketing at NYU Stern School of Business; Founder and Executive Director of W.R. Berkley Innovation Labs; and a Fellow at Frog Design — one of the most influential product strategy and design firms.


Presented by the Distinguished Speakers Series: The Joy & Bill Harbert Foundation - Billy Harbert (AL, ’96) & The Good Neighbour Foundation - Pete & Vickie Neighbour (SC, ’96)