Keynote Speakers

 Friday, November 13

Boghuma Kabisen TitanjiBoghuma Kabisen Titanji , MD, MSc, PhD 
Physician and Clinical Researcher, Ministry of Public Health, Cameroon
Boghuma Kabisen Titanji, MD, MSc, PhD, is a Cameroonian born physician and clinical researcher who recently completed her PhD at University College London (UCL) following an MSc in Tropical Medicine and International Health from the University of London. Her current research focuses on the mechanisms of HIV transmission and antiretroviral drug resistance. Dr. Titanji is passionate about health policy and the ethics of medical research in Africa. In 2012, as a TED speaker, she shed light on the ethics of scientific research in vulnerable communities. She continues to promote the improvement of research within the African continent, recently addressing the Centenary Assembly of the Association of Commonwealth Universities on creating an environment favoring the return of early career researchers to Africa. She also made the British Broadcasting Corporation's list of the "100 Women Changing the World" in 2014. Through the advancement of ethically sound research, Dr. Titanji continues to work towards combining medical research with clinical practice to influence health policy in Africa.

Saturday, November 14

Sendhil MullainathanSendhil Mullainathan, PhD
Professor of Economics, Harvard University
Sendhil Mullainathan, PhD, is a professor of economics at Harvard University and a Cornell Tech Fellow. His real passion is behavioral economics. His work runs a wide gamut: the impact of poverty on mental bandwidth; whether CEO pay is excessive; using fictitious resumes to measure discrimination; showing that higher cigarette taxes makes smokers happier; modeling how competition affects media bias; and a model of coarse thinking. His latest research focuses on using machine learning and data mining techniques to better understand human behavior. Professor Mullainathan enjoys writing, having recently co-authored Scarcity: Why Having too Little Means so Much and writes regularly for the New York Times. Professor Mullainathan helped co-found ideas42, a non-profit to apply behavioral science, and the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab, a center to promote the use of randomized control trials in development, and he serves on the board of the MacArthur Foundation and has worked in government in various roles, including most recently as assistant director of research at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Professor Mullainathan is a recipient of the MacArthur “genius” Award, was designated a “Young Global Leader” by the World Economic Forum, labeled a “Top 100 Thinker” by Foreign Policy Magazine, and named to the “Smart List: 50 people who will change the world” by Wired Magazine (UK). 

Sunday, November 15

Robert MassieRobert K. Massie, IV, MDiv, DBA
Author, A Song in the Night: A Memoir of Resilience

Robert K. Massie, IV, MDiv, DBA, an ordained Episcopal minister, received a doctorate from Harvard Business School in 1989, where he specialized in corporate strategy and social responsibility.  After teaching at Harvard Divinity School for seven years, he became the president of Ceres, the largest coalition of environmental groups and institutional investors in the United States. During his tenure at Ceres (1996-2003), he launched the Global Reporting Initiative, a set of guidelines for corporate disclosure on sustainability that is now in use among 11,000 multinational companies. He also created the Investor Network on Climate Risk, with more than 100 institutional investors with $11 trillion in assets focused on the financial challenges of climate change. In 1998, Dr. Massie published Loosing the Bonds: The United States and South Africa in the Apartheid Years, which won the prestigious Lionel Gelber prize for the best book on international relations. In the midst of all these activities, Dr. Massie faced difficult medical challenges, beginning with severe Factor VIII hemophilia and then when he got HIV and the hepatitis C virus later in life through transfusions for his hemophilia. His autobiography, A Song in the Night: A Memoir of Resilience, was published by Doubleday in 2012, and recounts how his childhood illness laid the foundation for a life filled with compassion and activism.