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Contributors - Global Perpectives: Indigo Era

Mikhail Fridman

Co-Founder and Chairman of LetterOne

Mikhail Fridman is an international businessman and entrepreneur. He is Co-Founder and Chairman of LetterOne, a global investment business focused on the telecoms, technology, energy, health and retail sectors.

Dominic Barton

Global Managing Partner of McKinsey

Dominic Barton has been with McKinsey for 30 years, and has been its Global Managing Partner since 2009. He is Chair of the Canadian Minister of Finance’s Advisory Council on Economic Growth and Chair of the Seoul International Business Advisory Council. He was talking to Edward Amory.

Michael Bloomberg

Founder of Bloomberg LP and Bloomberg Philanthropies

Michael Bloomberg is the Founder of Bloomberg LP and Bloomberg Philanthropies and a three-term Mayor of New York City (2002-2013).

Stan Greenberg

Stan Greenberg is a leading Democratic political strategist who was the senior pollster for Bill Clinton, Tony Blair and Nelson Mandela. Stan is CEO of polling and consulting firm Greenberg Quinlan Rosner, and Co-Founder of non-profit political strategy firm Democracy Corps. His new book, ‘America Ascendant’, likens the current period of change to the Industrial Revolution. He was talking to Edward Amory.

Carl Bildt

Carl Bildt is a Swedish politician and diplomat. He served as Prime Minister of Sweden, and Sweden’s Minister for Foreign Affairs, proving instrumental as a mediator in peace talks between Bosnia and Herzegovina and between Serbia and Kosovo. Since 2014, Bildt has served as Chair of the Global Commission on Internet Governance.

Sir Vince Cable

Sir Vince Cable is a British politician and former Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills. Prior to entering politics, he served as the Chief Economist for Shell.

Sir Ken Robinson

Sir Ken Robinson is an internationally recognised leader in the development of creativity, innovation and skills in education and business. The videos of his talks at the prestigious TED conference on how creativity can revolutionise schools have been viewed over 25 million times. He has been listed as “one of the world’s elite thinkers on creativity and innovation” by Fast Company magazine. His latest book is titled ‘Creative Schools: Revolutionising Education from the Ground Up’.

Brent Hoberman CBE

Brent Hoberman CBE is a British entrepreneur, who founded Lastminute.com in 1998. Brent co-founded Founders Forum, a private network for digital and technology entrepreneurs, and is a Governor of the University of the Arts, London.

Alex Klein

Alex Klein is the Co-Founder of Kano, a DIY computer kit designed to teach children how to code and build computers. Kano is one of the top crowdfunded learning inventions, and has been backed by Apple Co-Founder Steve Wozniak and Kickstarter Founder Yancey Strickler.

Tanyella Evans

Co-founder and CEO of Library for All

Tanyella Evans is Co-Founder and Chief Executive of Library for All, a non-profit organisation that provides educational materials and books to millions of students in the developing world via a digital library.

Professor Deirdre McCloskey

Distinguished Professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago

Deirdre McCloskey is the Distinguished Professor of Economics, History, English and Communication at the University of Illinois at Chicago. She has received six honorary doctorates since 2007, and has been awarded the Julian L. Simon Memorial Award for her research into the advancement of human achievement. She was talking to Edward Amory.

Yuri Milner

Entrepreneur, venture capitalist and physicist

Yuri Milner is a Russian entrepreneur, venture capitalist and physicist. He founded investment firm Digital Sky Technologies, through which he has invested in the likes of Facebook, Twitter, Spotify and Alibaba. Milner was listed as a ‘Titan’ by Time magazine in 2016.

Nick D’Aloisio

Computer programmer, internet entrepreneur and the inventor of summly

Nick D’Aloisio is a computer programmer and internet entrepreneur, best known as the inventor of Summly, an automatic summarisation algorithm, which was acquired by Yahoo in 2013 for a reported $30 million. Nick is the youngest person to receive a round of venture capital in technology, at just 15 years of age. He is studying Computer Science and Philosophy at the University of Oxford. He was talking to Edward Amory.

Professor Lynda Gratton

Professor of Management Practice at the London Business School

Lynda Gratton is Professor of Management Practice at the London Business School. She is the author of several books, including ‘The Shift’, about the impact of technology and other changes in business, and most recently, together with distinguished economist Andrew Scott, ‘The 100-Year Life: Living and Working in an Age of Longevity’.

Parag Khanna

Strategist, Researcher on Globalisation and CNN Global Contributor

Parag Khanna is a leading global strategist and a CNN Global Contributor and Senior Research Fellow at the Centre on Asia and Globalisation at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy at the National University of Singapore. He holds a PhD from the London School of Economics, and is a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum. He explores this argument in further detail in his recent book, ‘Connectography: Mapping the Global Network Revolution’.

Professor Ian Goldin

Professor of Globalisation and Development at the university of oxford

Ian Goldin is Professor of Globalisation and Development at the University of Oxford. He is the author of numerous books, most recently, together with Chris Kutarna, ‘Age of Discovery: Navigating the Risks and Rewards of Our New Renaissance’.

George Freeman MP

Chair of the UK Prime Minister’s Policy Board

George Freeman is the MP for Mid Norfolk, former Minister for Life Sciences and Chair of the Prime Minister’s Policy Board. Before his election to Parliament, he had a 15 year career in biotech venture capital.

David Lipton

David Lipton is the first deputy Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund

David Lipton is the First Deputy Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund. Previously he was Special Assistant to President Obama.

Ian Bremmer

Political scientist and global research professor at New York University

Ian Bremmer is a political scientist and Founder of Eurasia Group, a political risk research and consultancy firm. He is the former Editor-at-Large of TIME magazine.