Solve at MIT 2019

Annual Flagship Meeting

Featured Speakers

Tristan Harris

Co-Founder & Executive Director, Center for Humane Technology

Stephanie Mehta

Editor-in-chief, Fast Company

Neela Montgomery

Chief Executive Officer, Crate and Barrel

Luis Alberto Moreno

President, Inter-American Development Bank

Alaa Murabit

UN High-Level Commissioner: Health Employment & Economic Growth; UN SDG Global Advocate, United Nations

L. Rafael Reif

President, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Mark Reuss

President, General Motors | Judge for GM Prize on Circular Economy

Wendy Schmidt

President, Schmidt Family Foundation

Marjorie Yang

Chairman, Esquel Group


David Abel

Reporter, Boston Globe

Lewis Akenji

Executive Director, SEED

Aziz Alghunaim

Co-founder, Tarjimly

Rajesh Anandan

CEO, Ultranauts

United States

Jenny Anderson

Senior Reporter, Quartz

Hila Azadzoy

Managing Director, Global Health, Ada; Co-founder,


Natalya Bailey

CEO and Co-founder, Accion Systems

Hari Balasubramanian

Managing Partner, EcoAdvisors

Carolina Bastidas

Research Scientist, MIT SeaGrant

Ayah Bdeir

Founder & CEO, LittleBits

Anna Bertmar Khan

Acting Director, Program, Dubai Cares

Eveline Buchatskiy

Managing Partner, One Way Ventures

Camille Caron

Director Education & Sustainability, 3D Print, HP, Inc.

Olivier Ceberio

COO, Resolute Marine

United States

Noëlla Coursaris Musunka

Founder and Director, Malaika

Andrew Cunningham

Global Advisor, Education, Aga Khan Foundation

Betelhem Dessie

Project Manager, iCog - Anyone Can Code & Project Advisor, Solve IT!, iCog Labs

Julia Kumari Drapkin

CEO, Founder, Team Lead, ISeeChange

United States

Dr. Davina Durgana

Senior Statistician, Walk Free Foundation, an initiative of Minderoo Foundation, Report Co-Author, Global Slavery Index

Hildreth England

Assistant Director, PlusMinus, Open Agriculture - MIT Media Lab

Emma Foehringer Merchant

Staff Writer, Greentech Media

Andrew Freedman

Science Editor, Axios

Pape Gaye

President & CEO, IntraHealth International

Tina George

Global Co-Lead, Delivery Systems, Social Protection and Jobs Global Practice, World Bank Group

Angela Gichaga

CEO, Financing Alliance for Health

Fengmin Gong

Head of Didi Labs North America & Vice President of Security Strategy, Didi Chuxing

Guadalupe Gonzalez

Journalist, Inc.

Marina Gorbis

Executive Director, Institute for the Future

Matt Haggman

Former Miami Director, Knight Foundation

Robert Hakiza

Co-Founder & Executive Director, Young African Refugees for Integral Development (YARID)

Jade Hameister

Polar Explorer

Hala Hanna

Managing Director, MIT Solve

Karen Hao

Artificial Intelligence Reporter, MIT Technology Review

Linda Henry

Managing Director, The Boston Globe

Lesley Patricia Holst

Initiatives Lead, Learning through Play in Early Childhood, LEGO Foundation

Nina Huntemann

Director of Academics and Research, edX

​Joichi "Joi" Ito

Director of the MIT Media Lab, Professor of the Practice of Media Arts and Sciences, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Danielle Joseph

Investor, Closed Loop Ventures

Lyla June

Poet, Musician, Human Ecologist, Public Speaker, Community Organizer

Ram Dhan Yadav Katamaraja

Founder & CEO, Colaberry Inc

United States

Sarah King

Director, Global Learning Lab

Sarah Krasley

CEO, Shimmy Technologies

United States

Priya Lakhani

Founder and CEO, CENTURY Tech

Shirley Leung

Interim Editorial Page Editor, Boston Globe

Gideon Lichfield

Editor in Chief, MIT Technology Review

Deanna MacDonald



Ernest Madu

Chairman and Founder, Heart Institute of the Caribbean and HIC Heart Hospital

Namya Mahajan

Managing Director, Self Employed Women's Association (SEWA)

S. Atyia Martin

CEO & Founder, All Aces, Inc.

Admir Masic

Professor, Esther and Harold E. Edgerton Career Development Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and DMSE Faculty Fellow in Archaeological Materials, MIT

United States

​Terence Mauri

Founder, Hack Future Lab

Ceasar L. McDowell

Professor of the Practice, Civic Design; Associate Department Head, Department of Urban Studies and Planning, MIT Associate Director, Center for Constructive Communication, MIT

Rachel Micah-Jones

Executive Director, Centro de los Derechos del Migrante, Inc.

United States

Dr. Precious Moloi-Motsepe

Co-Founder and CEO, Motsepe Foundation

Stacey Moraa Ondimu

Country Director, Kenya, Moringa School

Fohla Mouftaou

Managing Director, Green Keeper Africa


Chinny Ogunro

Managing Director, Africa Health Holdings

Carlo Ratti Ph.D.

Director, MIT SENSEable Cities Lab, Founding Partner, Carlo Ratti Associati

Elisabeth B. Reynolds

Executive Director, MIT Work of the Future Initiative

Elizabeth Roscoe

Executive Director, Western Union Foundation

Deb Roy

Professor of Media Arts & Sciences, MIT Media Lab, Co-Founder & Executive Chairman, Cortico

Tate Ryan-Mosley

Editorial Research Manager, MIT Technology Review

Sanjay Sarma

Vice President for Open Learning, MIT

Laura Schulz

Professor of Cognitive Science, MIT

Donald F. Schwarz

Senior Vice President, Program, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Tenzin Seldon

Founder, Kinstep

Dr. Franklin Shaffer

President and CEO, CGFNS International Inc

United States

Purvi Shah

Director of StoryWeaver, Pratham Books


Sona Shah

CEO and Co-Founder, Neopenda

Venan Sondo

Co-Founder and Managing Director, CHAiNT Afrique LTD

Max Tegmark Ph.D.

Professor, MIT Dept. of Physics & Center for Brains, Minds and Machines

Rosemarie T. Truglio

Senior Vice President, Curriculum and Content, Sesame Workshop

Miss Patrisse Vasek

Undergraduate - Bachelor's Degree in Natural Sciences, Oglala Lakota College - Math, Science, and Technology

United States

Jakob Way

CEO, Gleechi


Marijke Wijnroks

Chief of Staff, The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria

Marcus Winter

Head of Division, Reinsurance Development, Munich Re

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