Author, The Industries of the Future
Alec Ross is a Distinguished Visiting Fellow at Johns Hopkins University and the author of the New York Times bestseller, The Industries of the Future (Simon & Schuster), which explores the technological and economic trends and developments that will shape the next 10 years, from cybersecurity and big data to the commercialization of genomics to the codeification of money, markets and trust. Since its publication in February of 2016, it has gone into an 8th printing and the rights have been sold for translation into 18 languages.
Ross serves as an advisor to investors, corporations and government leaders to help them understand the implication of factors emerging at the intersection of geopolitics, markets and increasingly disruptive network technologies. He recently served for four year as senior advisor for innovation to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, a role created for him by Secretary Clinton to maximize the potential of technology and innovation in service of America's diplomatic goals. In this role, Alec acted as the diplomatic lead on a range of issues including cybersecurity, Internet Freedom, disaster response and the use of network technologies in conflict zones. Previously, he served as the Convener for the Technology, Media and
Telecommunications Policy Committee on Barack Obama's 2008 presidential campaign and served on the Obama-Biden Presidential Transition Team.
In 2000, Ross and three colleagues co-founded a technology-focused social enterprise and grew it from modest origins in a basement into a global organization serving millions of low-income people, with programs on four continents.
Mona Chalabi is a journalist who really loves numbers. She is the data editor of The Guardian where she writes articles, produces documentaries and illustrates, as well as animates, data. She is also a data journalist for NPR. After analyzing statistics for the United Nations, Chalabi saw how important data was, but also how easily it could be used by people with their own specific agendas. Since then, her work for organizations like Transparency International and The Guardian has had one goal: to make sure as many people as possible can find and question the data they need to make informed decisions about their lives.
She gives speeches and teaches courses on data journalism, and when she can, she illustrates data. She helped create the Emmy-nominated four-part video series "Vagina Dispatches" which explores the physical, social and sometimes political dynamics that surround women's bodies. She hosts Vice's TV program "The Business of Life," a new kind of talk show that breaks down the financial machinery behind some of the most important issues of our time.
Chalabi has a master's degree in international security from the Paris Institute of Political Studies and has worked for FiveThirtyEight, the Banks of England, the Economist Intelligence Unit, and the International Organization for Migration.