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2017 Speakers

Robert Bierman
SVP, Events
CB Insights

Robert is a strategic communications and live media advisor, specializing in editorial conference businesses. For more than 20 years, he has launched, built and run event businesses, working in 25 countries. Robert ran the award-winning Fortune Magazine global conference division; launched Bloomberg Link, the company’s first global conference business; and served as general manager of Washington Post Live for the first two years of the paper’s ownership by Jeff Bezos. Prior to his time in the media industry, he was a Softbank Comdex executive and trade show entrepreneur.

Gregory Daco
Head of US Macroeconomics
Oxford Economics

Gregory Daco is Head of US Macroeconomics at Oxford Economics. He is responsible for producing the US economic outlook using Oxford Economics’ proprietary Global Economic Model. Greg tracks and forecasts high-frequency indicators, and oversees the production of thematic research pieces on the US economy, the Federal Reserve, financial markets and fiscal policy. He is also responsible for presenting the global outlook to clients and partners, and liaising with the media.

Iain Donald
Senior Partner
Control Risks

Iain Donald is a Senior Partner at Control Risks, where he leads the Global Risk Analysis practice in the Americas. Based in New York, Iain specializes in supporting clients in the identification of effective approaches to entering new markets: capturing commercial opportunity while managing strategic and operational risks. His experience extends in particular to the extractives, infrastructure and insurance sectors. Iain leads a department of expert analysts and risk consultants delivering country risk analysis, threat assessments, risk workshops and scenario planning exercises for clients.

Sergei Gepshtein
Scientist, Director for Adaptive Sensory Technologies
The Salk Institute for Biological Studies

Sergei is a member of the Center for Neurobiology of Vision at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies in La Jolla, where he studies boundaries of visual perception in the natural world and in visual media using methods of sensory psychophysics and computational neuroscience. Sergei also directs the Collaboratory for Adaptive Sensory Technologies, which he founded at the Salk Institute with the goal to translate results of basic research to a wide range of applications: from immersive visual technologies and adaptive sighting devices to architecture, urban design, and forensic science. Before joining the Salk Institute, Sergei investigated stereoscopic vision and interaction of vision and haptic sense at the University of California, Berkeley, and then studied computational principles of perceptual organization and pattern visibility at RIKEN Brain Science Institute in Japan. Sergei’s research received grants and awards from the Swartz Foundation for Computational Neuroscience Research (USA), the National Institutes of Natural Sciences (Japan), the National Science Foundation (USA), and the National Institutes of Health (USA).

Brian Kelly
Editor and Chief Content Officer
U.S. News & World Report

Brian joined U.S. News & World Report in 1998 as Assistant Managing Editor where he played a key role in the weekly publishing of the magazine as well as overseeing the company’s website and their signature annual college rankings, America’s Best Colleges. Today, Kelly has expanded these rankings in many other areas including Best High Schools, Best Hospitals, and Best Health Plans. Kelly also made the decision in 2009 to cease regular print publication in favor of a digital publishing model. This strategy helped engineer the turn around of the company.

Haluk Kulin
Senior Vice President, Strategy and Data and Freeman Design Council Member

His deep strategic and operational experience helps companies improve the lives of people through marketing and digital technologies. At FreemanXP, Haluk works with our strategy, creative, digital and marketing teams to build trust and value through data. Haluk’s experience includes more than a decade at Unilever, where he tapped his considerable knowledge of strategy, marketing and consumer insights to develop some of its most successful brands. In 2009, he launched Personal BlackBox, a for-profit social enterprise that pioneers new ways to deliver trust and responsibility for companies wishing to help their customers unlock the full potential and value of their data.

Haluk is a member of the Freeman Design Leadership Council, a team of 10 design-thinking leaders who bring a unique, transformative point of view to help Freeman and its customers battle complacency, risk-adversity, and time constraints to invent new ways of inspiring change.

Allen Shaw, Ph.D.
Chief Economist
Global Economic Consulting Associates, Inc.

Dr. Shaw is the Chief Economist of Global Economic Consulting Associates, Inc. He specializes in (1) analyzing the state of economy, policy issues, and risks in key developed & developing countries, (2) constructing statistical indicators for analyzing potential sizes of target markets and (3) performing customized projects. He advises clients on economic policy issues and financial risks in the US and key emerging markets.