Expert Participants

Richard Edelman

Richard Edelman is the CEO of Edelman, a global communications firm. The firm was named “PR Agency of the Decade” by both Advertising Age and The Holmes Report. Richard has extensive experience in marketing and reputation management, having led assignments with major corporations, NGOs and family businesses in over 25 industries around the world. He has counseled countries in Read More…

Ali Velshi

Ali Velshi is an MSNBC Anchor and Business Correspondent for NBC News and MSNBC. Velshi has covered a wide range of breaking news events and global affairs throughout his career, including U.S. presidential elections, ISIL and the Syrian refugee crisis, the Iran nuclear deal from Tehran, the tensions between Russia and NATO from Eastern Europe Read More…

Karestan Koenen

Karestan C. Koenen, PhD aims to reduce the population burden of mental disorders through research, training, and advocacy. She is passionate about using science to overcome violence and trauma, which are major preventable causes of health problems globally. Research Dr. Koenen’s research focus is three-fold.  First, she studies why some people develop PTSD and related Read More…

Mary Bassett

Mary T. Bassett is the Director of the FXB Center for Health and Human Rights at Harvard University, as well as the FXB Professor of the Practice of Health and Human Rights at the Harvard School of Public Health. With more than 30 years of experience in public health, Dr. Mary Travis Bassett has dedicated Read More…

Jon LaPook

Jon LaPook, M.D., is the chief medical correspondent for CBS News. He is also Professor of Medicine at the NYU School of Medicine, an internist and gastroenterologist at NYU Langone Health, and the executive director of the NYU Langone Empathy Project, which seeks to promote a culture of empathy in medicine. Dr. LaPook is particularly Read More…

Eric Rubin

Eric J. Rubin, M.D., Ph.D., joined the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) and NEJM Group as Editor-in-Chief in September 2019, taking on the responsibility for oversight of all editorial content and policies. Dr. Rubin is an Associate Physician specializing in infectious disease at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and is the Chair and Irene Heinz Read More…

Harvey V. Fineberg

Harvey V. Fineberg is president of the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation. He previously served as president of the U.S. Institute of Medicine (now National Academy of Medicine), as provost of Harvard University, and as dean of the Harvard Chan School of Public Health. Prior to joining a philanthropic foundation, he devoted most of his Read More…

Jonathan Dyer

Jonathan Dyer is The World’s Managing Editor. A key member of the leadership team, he guides long-term planning and editorial direction, along with editorial partnerships and collaborations. He also shares responsibility for day-to-day newsroom management and he is the editorial lead in our partnership with the BBC World Service. Jonathan is also Editor of the Read More…

Caroline Buckee

Caroline Buckee has participated in these events: Food Insecurity, Inequality and COVID-19   Dr. Caroline Buckee joined Harvard School of Public Health in the summer of 2010 as an Assistant Professor of Epidemiology, and was promoted to Associate Professor in 2017.  In 2013, Dr. Buckee was named the Associate Director of the Center for Communicable Disease Read More…

Michael Mina

Dr. Michael Mina, MD, PhD is an Assistant Professor of Epidemiology at Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health and a core member of the Center for Communicable Disease Dynamics (CCDD). He is additionally an Assistant Professor in Immunology and Infectious Diseases at HSPH and Associate Medical Director in Clinical Microbiology (molecular diagnostics) in Read More…