Beatriz Colomina is founding director of the interdisciplinary program in Media and Modernity at Princeton University and Professor of History and Theory in the School of Architecture. Her books include Are We Human: Notes on an Archaeology of Design (2016), The Century of the Bed (2015), Manifesto Architecture: The Ghost of Mies (2014), Clip/Stamp/Fold: The Radical Architecture of Little Magazines 196X-197X (2010), Domesticity at War (2007), Privacy and Publicity: Modern Architecture as Mass Media (1994), and Sexuality and Space (1992). She has curated a number of exhibitions including Clip/Stamp/Fold (2006), Playboy Architecture (2012) and Radical Pedagogies (2014). She is curator with Mark Wigley of the third Istanbul Design Biennial (2016).
Estrella de Diego is a writer, a Professor in Modern and Contemporary Art History at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid and an Academician at the Royal Academy of Arts of San Fernando in Madrid. She has held the King Juan Carlos I Chair of Spanish Culture and Civilizationat the Center King Juan Carlos I at New York University and the 13th Luis Ángel Arango International Chair at the Banco de la República (Bogotá).
She is a member of the board at the Spanish Academy in Rome. In 2012 she was awarded the Golden Medal (Fine Arts) by the Spanish state.
In addition to his appointment at Stanford, Niall Ferguson is a senior fellow of the Center for European Studies, Harvard. He is also the Diller-von Furstenberg Family Foundation Distinguished Scholar at the Nitze School of Advanced International Studies in Washington, DC. He has written fourteen books, including The Ascent of Money, The Great Degeneration, and Kissinger, 1923–1968: The Idealist. His many prizes and awards include the Benjamin Franklin Prize for Public Service (2010), the Hayek Prize for Lifetime Achievement (2012), the Ludwig Erhard Prize for Economic Journalism (2013), and the Philip Merrill Award (2016). He writes regularly for the London Sunday Times and the Boston Globe.
Paul Goldberger spent 25 years at the New York Times, where his architecture criticism won the Pulitzer Prize. He has also served as architecture critic for the New Yorker, contributing editor at Vanity Fair, and Dean of the Parsons School of Design. He holds the Joseph Urban Chair in Design and Architecture at Parsons and is the author of numerous books, including Why Architecture Matters and Building With History, and serves as a consultant on architect selection to numerous institutions.
Jonathan Ledgard is a novelist and a leading thinker on opportunity, advanced technology and nature in emerging economies. He was previously a longtime foreign correspondent for the Economist, which he joined after university. He wrote leader stories from over 50 countries and several wars, including a decade as Africa correspondent. At the EPFL he collaborated with global leaders in robotics and artificial intelligence and led the Redline group which seeks to pioneer the world's first Droneports in Africa, with backing from Lord Foster. A Hollywood adaption by Wim Wenders of his novel Submergence will be released in 2017.
Maya Lin has proposed ways of thinking and imagining that have challenged how we look at and understand the world around us. She is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Maya Lin: Topologies, a monograph spanning the past 30 years of her career, was published in 2015. In 2009 she was awarded the National Medal of Arts, the nation’s highest honour for artistic excellence, and in 2016 she was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Obama, the highest civilian honour. She joined Pace Gallery in 2008.
Physicist Amory Lovins, FRSA, is energy advisor to major firms and governments in 65+ countries for 40+ years; author of 31 books and 600 papers; and an integrative designer of superefficient buildings, factories, and vehicles.
His books include Winning the Oil Endgame (2004), and Reinventing Fire (2011). His main recent efforts include supporting RMI’s collaborative synthesis, for China’s National Development and Reform Commission, of an ambitious efficiency-and-renewables trajectory to inform the 13th Five Year Plan, and exploring how to make integrative design the new normal, so investments to energy efficiency can yield expanding rather than diminishing returns.
Nicholas Negroponte is the co-founder (with Jerome B. Wiesner) of the MIT Media Lab (1985), which he directed for its first 20 years. He gave the first TED talk in 1984, as well as 13 since. In 2005 he founded the non-profit One Laptop per Child, which deployed US$1 billion of laptops for primary education in the developing world. In the private sector, Negroponte served on the board of directors of Motorola and was general partner in a venture capital firm specializing in digital technologies. He has provided start-up funds for more than 40 companies, including Zagats and Wired magazine.
Marc Newson, CBE, has been described as one of the most influential designers of his generation. He has worked across a wide range of disciplines, creating everything from furniture and household objects to bicycles and cars, private and commercial aircraft, yachts and architectural commissions.
He runs his own company and holds senior management positions at client companies, including Brand Ambassador for Qantas Airways and Designer for Special Projects at Apple.
His work appears in many museum collections, including MoMA in New York, London’s Design Museum and the V&A, the Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris and the Vitra Design Museum, Germany.
Francis Kéré is a German-trained architect from Gando, Burkina Faso, and the founder and principal of Kéré Architecture and Kéré Foundation. He has developed innovative construction strategies that combine traditional materials and building techniques with modern engineering methods. His work has earned international honors including the Aga Khan Award for Architecture, the Global Holcim Award and the Schelling Architecture Award.