SPEAKERS & PANELISTS

Speakers and panelists are listed alphabetically here. To learn more about them, tap to see their bios.


Quscondy Abdulshafi

Founder, Activist

Mohamed Abdulshafi, well known as Quscondy, was born and raised in what used to be Marie village in Central Darfur…

Heba Aly

Director, IRIN

Heba runs one of the world’s leading sources of original, field-based journalism about humanitarian crises…


Christina Asquith

Founder, Editor-in-Chief, The Fuller Project

Christina Asquith is the founder and editor in chief of The Fuller Project for International Reporting; author of two…


Daniel Beaulieu

Chief Content Officer, News Deeply

Daniel Beaulieu is Chief Content Officer at News Deeply, an award-winning digital media company …


Hayes Brown

Deputy World News Editor, Buzzfeed

Hayes Brown is a Deputy World News Editor for BuzzFeed News …


Helene Cooper

Pentagon Correspondent, New York Times

Helene Cooper is a Pentagon correspondent with The New York Times …


Anna Therese Day

Reporter. Filmmaker. Founder. Frontline Freelance

Anna Therese Day is an award-winning reporter, filmmaker, and social media researcher …


Yochi Dreazen

Foreign & National Security Editor, Vox

Yochi Dreazen is the foreign and national security editor of Vox.com, where he runs its coverage of national security…


Kessy Martine Ekomo-Soignet

Community Leader

Geo-politician by training, Kessy is a community leader, peacebuilding practitioner and founder of URU…


Vanessa Gezari

National Security Editor, The Intercept

Vanessa Gezari is national security editor at The Intercept. She has reported from four continents, nine countries, and…


Melanie Greenberg

President & CEO, Alliance for Peacebuilding

Melanie Cohen Greenberg is President and CEO of the Alliance for Peacebuilding. Before joining the AfP …


Laurie Hays

Executive Vice President, Edelman

Laurie Hays spent 35 years as a journalist, not counting college and high school, where she majored in newspapering …


Saba Ismail

Activist, Founder, Aware Girls

Saba Ismail is a feminist and peace activist working for the empowerment of young women. At the age of 15…


Mike Jobbins

Senior Director of Partnerships & Engagement, Search for Common Ground

Mike Jobbins leads public and partner engagement with Search for Common Ground, the world’s largest dedicated peacebuilding …


Sebastian Junger

Journalist. Filmmaker. Pub owner.

Sebastian Junger is the best-selling author of “WAR,” “The Perfect Storm,” “A Death in Belmont”…


Bridget Moix

Senior US Representative & Head of Advocacy, Peace Direct

Bridget has worked for 20 years on international peace and conflict issues, with a focus on US foreign policy…


Passy Mubalama

Founder, Executive Director, Action & Development Initiative for the Protection of Women & Children

Ms. Passy Mubalama is a pro-democracy and women’s rights activist …


Alexis Okeowo 

Writer, The New Yorker

Alexis Okeowo joined The New Yorker as a staff writer in 2015. She is the author of “A Moonless, Starless Sky”…


Jacqueline O’Neill

President, Inclusive Security

Jacqueline O’Neill is the President of Inclusive Security, a DC-based organization that increases the inclusion of women in …


Mort Rosenblum

Reporter. Professor.

Mort Rosenblum printed his first newspaper at 6— a pathetic biweekly—on a toy press in his bedroom in Tucson …


Tina Rosenberg

Co-founder, Solutions Journalism

Tina Rosenberg, a Pulitzer Center grantee, is co-writer of the New York Times Fixes column and co-founder of the Solutions …


Robert J. Rosenthal

Executive Producer,  Center for Investigative Reporting

Robert J. Rosenthal is an executive producer at The Center for Investigative Reporting…


Zainab Salbi

Activist, Editor. Women in the World

People Magazine named her as one of the “25 Women Changing The World” …


Jon Sawyer

Founding Director, Pulitzer Center

Jon Sawyer is founding director of the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting. …


Kem Sawyer

Contributing Editor, Pulitzer Center

Kem Knapp Sawyer is a contributing editor at the Pulitzer Center and director of its student fellow program …


Reza Sayeh

Journalist, PBS

Reza Sayah is a journalist and documentary filmmaker based in Tehran …


Scott Stearns

Managing Editor Africa Division, Voice of America

Scott Stearns began his international career freelancing for the BBC and the AP in the Liberian civil war …


Anastasia Taylor-Lind

Photojournalist

Anastasia Taylor-Lind is an English/Swedish photojournalist who has been working for leading editorial publications all over the world …


Nahal Toosi

Reporter, POLITICO

Nahal (Halley) Toosi covers foreign policy and national security for POLITICO…


Karishma Vyas

Documentary Filmmaker

Karishma Vyas is an Emmy-nominated Australian journalist and filmmaker who has covered conflict across  …