Ernesto Bonilla Sequeira

Assistan Planning Manager, Municipalidad de Carrillo
  • Municipalidad de Carrillo
  • Costa Rica
Robin Shaban | Nicole Dalmer

Policy Analyst & Co-Founder | Assistant Professor with the Department of Health, Aging & Society, Associate Director of the Gilbrea Centre for Studies in Aging, Vivic Research | McMaster University

Robin Shaban is an accomplished economist, policy analyst, and co-founder of Vivic Research, a firm leveraging data-driven research for social justice causes. Also, they established the Canadian Anti-Monopoly Project, a think tank addressing monopoly-induced issues in Canada. Recognized for their impactful contributions to Canadian competition policy and law, Robin is a 2021 recipient of the Globe and Mail’s Report on Business Changemaker’s Award. They hold an MA in Economics from Queen’s University, a BA (Hons) from the University of Alberta, and is pursuing a PhD at Carleton’s School of Public Policy and Administration.

@RobinShaban for Twitter


Nicole Dalmer, MLIS PhD, is an Assistant Professor with the Department of Health, Aging & Society at McMaster University and is an Associate Director of the Gilbrea Centre for Studies in Aging. Dr. Dalmer’s current work examines the impact of social and digital infrastructures on feelings of connectedness in later life while reflecting on questions of social status and social inequality that surround and shape aging and technology debates. In recognition of her research excellence, Nicole was awarded the Canadian Association on Gerontology’s New Investigator Award and McMaster University’s Faculty of Social Science Early Career Researcher Award, both in 2022.


Twitter: @nicoledalmer

Moira Fagan

Research Associate, Pew Research Center

Moira Fagan is a Research Associate focusing on global attitudes research at Pew Research Center. She conducts research and writes about international public opinion on topics including the European Union, NATO, multilateralism, and international threats. She holds a Master of Arts in International Affairs from American University. Prior to joining Pew Research Center, she was an intern and contractor at the Center for a New American Security.

Silvana Koch-Mehrin

President and Founder, Women Political Leaders

Silvana is the President and Founder of Women Political Leaders (WPL), the worldwide network of women Politicians. WPL is an independent, non-partisan and not-for-profit foundation that aims to increase both the number and influence of women in political leadership. Silvana served as Vice-President of the European Parliament (2009-2011) and Member of the European Parliament (2004-2014). Before her time in politics, she founded and ran a public affairs consultancy in Brussels, which later merged with a larger US firm. She also worked as Senior Special Advisor for EY and as Senior Policy Advisor for GPLUS Europe. In addition to her work for WPL, Silvana serves on the board of the Council of Women World Leaders, the network of female Presidents and Prime Ministers. She is also a member of the European Leadership Network (ELN), a Board Director of the Social Progress Imperative and member of the Global Advisory Network of Apolitical Academy Global. Since 2016, Silvana has been representing the European Union in the Executive Committee of W20, an official engagement group of the G20. In 2018 and 2019, she was ranked as one of the 100 most influential persons in gender equality by Apolitical. Silvana is a Young Global Leader Alumni of the World Economic Forum. She lives in Brussels, Belgium with her three kids and their Irish father.

Brigid Schulte

Director, Better Life Lab

Brigid Schulte is an award-winning journalist, public speaker and author of the New York Times bestselling book on time pressure, gender and modern life, Overwhelmed: Work, Love & Play when No One has the Time. She was a staff writer at The Washington Post and The Washington Post Magazine and was part of the team that won the 2008 Pulitzer Prize. She now serves as the director of the Better Life Lab, the work-family justice and gender equity program at New America, a nonpartisan think tank, Her work has appeared in numerous publications, including the New York Times, Atlantic, Harvard Business Review, BBC, Financial Times, Vox, The Guardian, Washington Monthly, New York magazine and others. She hosts the popular Better Life Lab podcast on Slate.

James Bessen

Author, The New Goliaths; Executive Director, Technology & Policy Research Initiative, Boston University

James Bessen, an economist and technologist, serves as Executive Director of the Technology & Policy Research Initiative at Boston University. He has also been a successful innovator and CEO of a software company. Bessen studies the major economic impacts of technology on society (see New York Times profile), writing academic papers, magazine articles, and books. His latest book, The New Goliaths (Yale 2022), argues that major firms’ investments in proprietary software systems have allowed them to increase their dominance of industries, slowing aggregate innovation and raising income inequality. Earlier work with Michael Meurer on patents identified the social costs of poorly defined property rights (see Patent Failure, Princeton 2008), including the first evidence of damage from patent trolls. Bessen’s work on automation (see Learning by Doing, Yale 2015), both historical and current, provides a distinct analysis of effects on employment, skills, and wage inequality. Bessen’s work has been widely cited in the press as well as by the US White House and Supreme Court, the European Parliament, and the Federal Trade Commission.
Juliane von Reppert-Bismarck

Founder & CEO, Lie Detectors

Juliane is the founder of Lie Detectors, an award-winning and journalist-led news literacy project in Europe. She directs its strategy, development and advocacy and represents the project as a member of the advisory High Level Expert Group on Fake News and Online Disinformation and High Level Group on Media Literacy convened by the European Commission. Juliane has advised policy-makers and governments on anti-radicalisation and platform accountability. To create Lie Detectors, Juliane put aside an award-winning journalism career of 20 years, during which she wrote for The Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, Reuters, MLex and Spiegel Online among others. She is an alumna of New York’s Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. Lie Detectors is the recipient of the 2018 EU Digital Skills Award for its work in education.
Elisabeth Wiklander

Cellist and Neurodiversity Advocate, London Philharmonic Orchestra

Prize-winning cellist Elisabeth Wiklander is a member of the London Philharmonic Orchestra. She also holds a teacher position at Ljungskile Folkhögskola in her native Sweden and has taught orchestral performance at conservatories in Amsterdam, London and New York. Elisabeth is autistic and a Neurodiversity Advocate, appointed Cultural Ambassador for the National Autistic Society in the UK. She recorded music for the award-winning film “The Reason I Jump” and is engaged in Neurodiversity projects worldwide as a speaker and advisor. Media appearances include a TEDx talk, The Daily Politics Show (BBC live) and several programmes and documentaries for Swedish Television.

Matthew E. Kahn

Provost Professor of Economics, University of Southern California

Matthew E. Kahn is the Provost Professor of Economics at the University of Southern California.  He serves as the Director of the Health Markets Initiative at the USC Schaeffer Center for Health Policy and Economics. He is a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research.  He is the author of seven books.