Ben Casnocha

Ben is an award-winning entrepreneur, author, and executive in Silicon Valley. He is co-author with LinkedIn founder Reid Hoffman of the recent New York Times best-seller The Alliance: Managing Talent in the Networked Age, which has become one of the most sought-after management frameworks on how to recruit, manage, and retain entrepreneurial employees.

He is also co-author with Reid of The Start-Up of You: Adapt to the Future, Invest in Yourself, and Transform Your Career, the leading career strategy guide that’s been translated into more than 15 languages.

He’s co-founder of Allied Talent, a consultancy that helps companies better engage their top talent. Human Resources magazine recently named Ben one of the top trend-setters in the talent industry.


Nick Bostrom

Nick is Professor in the Faculty of Philosophy at Oxford University. He is the founding Director of the Future of Humanity Institute, author of New York Times Bestseller "Superintelligence", and was named one of Foreign Policy magazine's Top 100 Global Thinkers.

Bostrom has a background in physics, computational neuroscience, and mathematical logic as well as philosophy. He is best known for his work in five areas:  existential risk, the simulation argument, anthropics, impacts of future technology and implications of consequentialism for global strategy.


Julian Treasure

Julian is author of the book Sound Business and a highly-rated international public speaker on the effective use of sound in business and on personal communication skills – particularly conscious listening and powerful speaking. His five (yes five) TED.com talks have been viewed over 30 million times, and his latest is in the top 20 TED talks of all time.

His company The Sound Agency works with major brands worldwide, proving that good sound is good business and pioneering the use of generative soundscapes in branded spaces like shopping malls and offices.


Carlota Perez

Venezuelan-British. Researcher, lecturer and international consultant, specialised in the social and economic impact of technical change and in the historically changing conditions for growth, development and competitiveness.

She is Centennial Professor of International Development at the London School of Economics (LSE), U.K.; Prof. of Technology and Socio-Economic Development, Ragnar Nurkse School of Innovation and Governance, Tallinn, Estonia, and Honorary Professor at SPRU, Science and Technology Policy Research, School of Business, Management and Economics, University of Sussex, U.K.

Her articles from the early 1980s and her book Technological Revolutions and Financial Capital: The Dynamics of Bubbles and Golden Ages [Elgar 2002] have contributed to the present understanding of the relationship between technical and institutional change, between finance and technological diffusion and between technology and economic development.