2024 Art+Tech speakers

Highlighted speakers are featured below, and additional speakers will be added on a rolling basis over the next few weeks.

Alexander Reben

Alexander Reben

Artist in Residence, OpenAI

Alexander Reben is an artist who has spent the last decade creating work that probes the inherently human nature of the artificial. With his start at MIT Media Lab, Reben has long studied human-robot symbiosis and art, using experimentation and prototyping to delve into our intricate relationships with algorithms, automation, and amplification. Through the lenses of absurdity, humor, and mischief, his artwork highlights our inseparable evolutionary entanglement with the technology that shapes our existence. Reben has become a leading figure at the intersection of art and technology. He was OpenAI’s first Artist in Residence, and had his first solo museum retrospective, “AI Am I?” in 2024 at the Crocker Art Museum. His work has been exhibited globally at institutions including Ars Electronica, MAK Contemporary Art Museum, Vitra Design Museum, Design Museum Ghent, and the Vienna Biennale. As an expert in his field, he has lectured at TED, SXSW, TTI Vanguard, Google, UC Berkeley, SMFA, CCA, MIT, and Harvard. Reben’s work has been covered by CNN, NPR, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Washington Post, Fast Company, Filmmaker Magazine, New Scientist, BBC, PBS, Discovery Channel, Cool Hunting and WIRED, among others.

Ali Farhadi

Ali Farhadi

CEO, Allen Institute for AI

Ali Farhadi is the CEO of the Allen Institute for AI (AI2) and a Professor at the Paul G. Allen School of Computer Science & Engineering at the University of Washington. Ali has been a professor at the UW Allen School since 2012. He first joined AI2 in 2015 to lead the institute’s computer vision research team with a focus on visual common-sense reasoning and the role of actions and interactions in visual understanding. While at AI2, he co-founded Xnor.ai, the first on-device deep learning startup that was acquired by Apple in 2020. Ali led Apple’s next-generation machine learning efforts until 2023 when he rejoined AI2 as CEO in July. Ali’s research impact has been globally recognized with several best paper awards at CVPR, NeruIPS, AAAI, NSF Career Award, and the Sloan Fellowship, and he was named one of Forbes’s Top 5 AI Entrepreneurs in 2018.

Andrew Goldstein

Andrew Goldstein

Former Editor-in-Chief, Artnet News

Andrew Goldstein is an editorial leader, product innovator, and business strategist with a focus on art media. A career cultural journalist with 25 years of experience in publishing, Andrew was previously the editor-in-chief of Artnet, which over seven years he built into the world’s most widely read art publication; prior to that he was the Chief Digital Content Officer at Phaidon and Artspace, for which he won the 2013 Webby Award in the best newsletter category. Currently, he is working as a strategic multimedia consultant for museums and other art organizations. He is also helping relaunch Artwrld as editor-at-large, beginning with a conversation series spotlighting trailblazers at the intersection of art and technology that will debut in September.

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Andrew Jiang

Co-Founder and General Partner, Curated

Andrew is the Co-Founder and General Partner at Curated, a $50m art fund that collects exceptional works of crypto art and culture. Curated is backed by top crypto founders, artists, and investors including Beeple, Marc Andreessen, Chris Dixon, the founders of Art Blocks, Manifold, Foundation, Magic Eden, and many more. He's worked with digital artists as a technologist, including building the record breaking $7m photography open edition "First Day Out" with DrifterShoots. Andrew is a Y Combinator alumni and has a degree in Finance and Economics from NYU's Stern School of Business.

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Andrew Stramentov

Founder, ROKBOX

Andrew started his career at Sotheby’s in 2003 in London, before joining Gagosian Gallery. He went on to advise on the production of a number of major exhibitions including for the Garage Centre for Contemporary Art in Moscow, The Serpentine Gallery in London, a number of Venice Biennale presentations, as well as developing a new museum for a major private foundation. Astounded by the waste inherent in fine art shipping, and the damage done to art in transit, Andrew founded ROKBOX in 2014 to research and develop innovative solutions to protect art better, whilst eliminating waste and radically reducing carbon emissions. Since then ROKBOX has brought to market a range of reusable crates that are being used by galleries, auction houses, museums, collectors and artists globally. In 2023 Andrew launched ROKBOX LOOP, a global network of reusable, rentable art shipping crates created in collaboration with fine art shippers, AXA XL, climate scientists and the GCC.

Angela Dalton

Angela Dalton

CEO & Founder, Signum Growth

Signum Growth invests and advises at the intersection of mass market culture and new economies that are bubbling up in new digital communities. We believe that emerging technologies will continue to be born in video games and that ‘gaming’ will reach an increasingly broader swath of people, until it is simply known as entertainment. The firm focuses on creators and developers who are moving to the front of the line, where they will garner a greater slice of value creation. Areas of expertise include video games, entertainment, and emerging technologies like blockchain and AI. Most recently, the firm has focused on UGC (user generated content) platforms and creators. Signum Growth is comprised of Signum Growth Capital, a FINRA-registered broker dealer, and Signum Growth Advisors, an investment advisor. Angela Dalton, Signum Growth’s Founder/CEO, served in Tech/Media leadership roles and as a Managing Director at three firms - Guggenheim Securities, Evercore Partners, and UBS. At Evercore Partners, Angela was an initial investor and Co-Founder of Evercore Equities. Signum Growth acts as the Lead Advisor to ARK Invest, and Angela serves as the Co-Founder of the Women in Gaming Zoom (WIGZ), and recently served on the corporate board of FaZe Clan. She earned an M.B.A. from the University of Chicago, and a B.A. and B.S. from the University of Kansas, Phi Beta Kappa.

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Ashley Ferro-Murray, Ph.D

Program Director for the Arts, Doris Duke Foundation

Ashley Ferro-Murray is the program director for the arts at the Doris Duke Foundation, where she drives and oversees grantmaking and other efforts to advance the foundation’s support for performing artists. Prior to joining the Doris Duke Foundation, Ferro-Murray was the senior curator of theater and dance at The Curtis R. Priem Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center (EMPAC) at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, where she commissioned and produced new works by artists including Laurie Anderson, Maria Hassabi, Jaamil Olawale Kosoko, Andrew Schneider and Sage Ni’Ja Whitson. She was a founding board member for Bienal de las Artes de Cuerpo, Imagen y Movimiento de Madrid and has served on the Simons Foundation Triangle Program Advisory Committee and as an advisor for the Institute for Curatorial Practice in Performance. She is also a frequent public speaker whose research has been published most recently in The Drama Review and in collections published by Bloomsbury Press and Duke University Press (forthcoming).

Bob Muglia

Bob Muglia

Former CEO, Snowflake

Bob Muglia is a data technology investor and business executive, former CEO of Snowflake, and past president of Microsoft's Server and Tools Division. As a leader, Bob focuses on how innovation and ethical values can merge to shape the data economy's future in the era of AI. He serves as a board director for emerging companies which seek to maximize the power of data to help solve some of the world's most challenging problems.

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Bonnie Brennan

President, Christie’s Americas

Bonnie Brennan heads Christie’s operations in the Americas, which accounts for 40 per cent of the brand’s global business. Since becoming president, she has overseen record-breaking sales, including iconic collections from Ann and Gordon Getty, Anne H. Bass, and Thomas and Doris Ammann. In 2022, Christie’s made history by auctioning Andy Warhol’s “Shot Sage Blue Marilyn” for $195 million and selling the Estate of Paul G. Allen, which totaled over $1.62 billion. Under her tenure, annual sales in the Americas soared to $2.61 billion in 2021 and $4.55 billion in 2022, all while fostering discussions on social, cultural, and environmental matters. Brennan has led a strategy that heavily invests in technology and diversifying its offerings. During her time as President, Christie’s has introduced an online bidding system and integrated a hybrid TV studio into the live auction room, launched Christie’s Ventures, Art Finance, and NFT sales. These efforts continue to attract a younger clientele that now makes up 64% of collectors. Committed to diversity, Brennan and the Christie’s team have set auction records for more than 150 women artists and artists of color and restructured the internship program to be more inclusive. Before joining Christie’s, Bonnie spent 15 years at Sotheby's, where she specialized in client needs and estate-related issues. She is a Northwestern University graduate and serves on the boards of her high school alma mater, the Academy of the Sacred Heart in Michigan, Calvary Hospital in The Bronx and America Media.

Beeple

Beeple

Artist

Beeple is Mike Winkelmann, an American artist who does a variety of digital artwork including short films, Creative Commons VJ loops, everydays and NFTs. In May 2007 he began creating a picture everyday from start to finish and posting it online. This practice has continued for over 15 years and inspired thousands of other digital artists to start their own everydays practice. A collage of the first 5000 days of these images sold at Christies in March 2021 for $69,000,000 making him the 3rd most expensive living artist and kicking off an explosion in the NFT market while exposing digital art to the global community. In addition to everydays he has also released a series of short abstract impressionist video loops under Creative Commons known as the “VJ clips”. These free-to-use videos have become ubiquitous in the concert visual space and led to work with Justin Bieber, Imagine Dragons, Eminem, Nicki Minaj, Katy Perry, One Direction, Zedd and many other artists including artwork for the Super Bowl. Beeple continues his everyday practice to this day and has also started making hybrid digital/ physical work, the first major work of this practice HUMAN ONE, sold at Christies in November 2021 for $28,000,000 and had it’s museum debut at Castello di Rivoli in April of 2022.

Caroline Hyde

Caroline Hyde

Host, Bloomberg Television

Caroline Hyde hosts Bloomberg Television’s flagship daily technology show from New York. She has also served as anchor of “The Close” and the network’s chief European correspondent. Hyde joined Bloomberg in 2008 to cover the European debt markets for Bloomberg News as a corporate finance reporter, focusing on company loans and bonds as well as sovereign debt. Prior to joining Bloomberg, Hyde worked in public relations for London’s Moorgate Group. She holds an MA (Oxon) in Politics, Philosophy and Economics from Oxford University.

Cathy Hackl

Cathy Hackl

Co-CEO of Spatial Dynamics

Cathy Hackl is a globally recognized tech & gaming exec, futurist, & speaker focused on spatial computing, virtual worlds, augmented reality, AI, & gaming platforms strategy. She’s the co-CEO of Spatial Dynamics, a spatial computing and AI solutions company & a top tech voice on LinkedIn. Hackl has worked at Amazon Web Services (AWS), Magic Leap, and HTC VIVE and has worked with companies like Nike, Ralph Lauren, Walmart, Louis Vuitton, & Clinique on their emerging tech & gaming journeys. As a sought-after keynote speaker, she’s spoken at Harvard Business School, MIT, SXSW, Comic-Con, WEF, CES, MWC, & more. She’s one of Ad Age’s Leading Women of 2023, was featured on the cover of Forbes Latam’s 100 Most Powerful Women 2023 issue, and is on the Vogue Business 100 Innovators inaugural list. She hosts Adweek’s highly successful TechMagic podcast and is popularly known in tech circles as the Godmother of the Metaverse.

Charles Roberts

Charles Roberts

Chief Investment Strategist, ARK Invest

As Chief Investment Strategist, Charles is responsible for providing inputs into research and strategies on both public and private markets, with a particular focus on AI and multiomics. In addition, Charles plays a key role in the strategy and execution of ARK’s venture capital efforts. Charles joined ARK in 2023. Prior to ARK, Charles's background is as a deep tech entrepreneur with a focus on AI for social benefit, primarily in healthcare. He has been a cofounding executive at a number of companies including Freenome, a Bay Area based company of ~500 people working on saving lives through earlier cancer detection. Freenome currently is completing one of the world's largest ever clinical registrational studies in ~42,000 subjects, having raised $1.1B from leading investors including Roche, Novartis, Fidelity, Janus Henderson, and VCs including a16z, GV and DCVC. Charles also cofounded other tech-bio companies including (as Chairperson) Relation Therapeutics Inc., also backed by DCVC and other leading VCs, with whom Relation completed $25M Seed in 2022; and biotech companies Agalimmune (acquired by a Nasdaq-listed biotech), Centauri Therapeutics, backed by Novo and Boerhinger Ingelheim, which he originally cofounded with the Nobel Laureate inventor of PCR.

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Christine Bourron

CEO, Founder, Pi-eX

Christine Bourron is the CEO and founder of Pi‐eX, an independent research company based in London. Specializing in transparent data analysis, the company issues monthly reports that shed light on the latest trends in the public auction market. At the core of Pi‐eX’s offerings is the 12-month rolling Auction Market Index (AMI), a tool designed to empower art stakeholders. By providing a comprehensive understanding of financial risk and volatility in the fine art and luxury markets, the AMI enables art collectors and investors to make informed decisions. Christine's extensive involvement in the art market dates back to 1998 when she established PaintingsDIRECT.com, the pioneering online art gallery in New York. Over the years, she has honed her expertise and commitment to the industry, earning a position as a Board member of PAIAM (Professional Advisors to the International Art Market). Christine is frequently cited in the media for her insights. Christine holds a dual MBA/MA degree from the Wharton School and The Lauder Institute, School of Arts and Sciences at the University of Pennsylvania. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree with a specialization in Finance from ESCP, Paris.

Colby Mugrabi

Colby Mugrabi

Founder, mmERCH

Colby Jordan Mugrabi is the founder of mmERCH, a visionary fashion house at the intersection of generative design, blockchain, and fine craftsmanship. Acting as both CEO and Art Director, Colby channels her deep knowledge and connections in the fashion, art, and Web3 worlds, introducing an entirely new category—Neo-Couture, one-of-one-of-x luxury fashion that's at once digital, physical, and virtual. In her view, fashion is hardware that can be programmed, creating a new relationship between brand, product, and wearer. In 2017, Colby founded Minnie Muse, the research-based digital digest known for its original high-quality content cultivating the cross-pollination of art, fashion, architecture, and design. In addition to mmERCH, Colby is a member of the digital fashion consortium Red DAO, serves on the NYU Gallatin's Dean's Council and guest lectures at the Parsons' School of Design; she is also a contributing writer at W Magazine and Air Mail. Colby is an active member of the Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and serves on the board of The Shed, a multi-disciplinary arts center located in New York City's Hudson Yards. Photograph by Jeff Henrikson.

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Connor Doyle

Artificial Intelligence, Azure Emerging Opportunities, Microsoft

Connor Doyle works on AI at Microsoft as part of the Azure Emerging Opportunities group specializing in breakthrough applications of AI. Before Microsoft, Connor led the AR/VR studio at the Harvard Business School, and in his free time he enjoys working on the cutting edge between art and technology.

Cosmo Roe

Cosmo Roe

Head of Global Luxury and Beauty, Goldman Sachs

Cosmo Roe is a Partner at Goldman Sachs where he has worked since 2007. He began his career at Goldman Sachs in London and has worked from the New York office since 2011. Cosmo serves as both Global Head of Consumer Technology and Head of Global Luxury and Beauty. In addition to these responsibilities Cosmo drives strategy, enhances client relationships, and acts as a focal point for collaboration and growth across Goldman's Consumer Retail and Technology, Media and Telecommunications practices. Representative transactions Cosmo has been involved with include Amazon's acquisitions of Whole Foods, One Medical and iRobot, the acquisition of Wolt by Doordash, and the sales of many founder led brands including the sale of Tom Ford International to Estee Lauder, the sales of Byredo, Charlotte Tilbury and Barbara Sturm to Puig and the recent IPO of Puig, the sale of Creed to Kering and the acquisition of Tod's by a consortium including the founder and LCatterton. He was named managing director at Goldman Sachs in 2013 and partner in 2020.

Dave Plummer

Dave Plummer

Former Software Engineer, Host of Dave's Garage

David Plummer is a Canadian-American programmer and entrepreneur. He created the Task Manager for Windows, the Space Cadet Pinball ports to Windows NT, Zip file support for Windows, HyperCache for the Amiga and many other software products. He has been issued six patents in the software engineering space. He holds the world record score for the video game Tempest. He is also known for his YouTube channels, Dave's Garage and Dave's Attic.

David Lee

David Lee

Head of Samsung Next

David Lee is the Head of Samsung Next and EVP at Samsung Electronics. Samsung Next invests in the boldest and most ambitious founders, including those building MosaicML, Empirical Health, LayerZero Labs, and Forward, among others. Prior to Samsung, David co-founded and served as Chairman of Refactor Capital, a seed-stage venture capital firm that currently invests in startups in health and biology. He was the Managing Partner at SV Angel where he invested in companies such as Airbnb, Doordash, Dropbox, Twitter, Snap, Stripe, Instacart, and Square. David was an early employee of Google, a corporate attorney at Morrison and Foerster, and holds a BA from Johns Hopkins, MSEE from Stanford University, where he was a National Science Graduate fellow, and a JD from New York University.

Dirk Boll

Dirk Boll

Deputy Chairman of 20th and 21st Century Art, Christie’s

Prof. Dr. Dirk Boll studied law in Göttingen and Freiburg (Br.) and had his judicial training at the Higher Court in Stuttgart and the German Chamber of Commerce in Brussels. A post graduate study in Art Management in Stuttgart-Ludwigsburg earned him a Master of Art degree. He wrote his Ph.D. thesis on distribution systems for art and the legal framework of the international art market. He joined Christie's in 1998 in London in the 20th Century Art Department. Following positions in Germany and Switzerland he returned to London in 2011 to serve in various management functions, from Regional Managing Director to President of the Administration in EMEA (Europe & UK, Middle East, Africa). In 2022 he was appointed Deputy Chairman of the 20th and 21st Century Art Cluster (Impressionist and Modern Art, Postwar- and Contemporary Art, Photography and Design).

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Elena Soboleva

Collector & Online Sales Strategist, David Zwirner

Elena is a leader in art and technology, driving the evolution of the online art market for the last decade. At David Zwirner Gallery, she oversees over 200 digital features, expanding the gallery's global presence and growing its collector base. She worked on projects with Kerry James Marshall, Gerhard Richter, Yayoi Kusama, and the Ruth Asawa estate. Previously, she was an early employee at Artsy, where she launched Artsy Projects and oversaw large curatorial projects with Gucci, Dior, UBS, Microsoft, and Snapchat, bringing leading contemporary artists to pioneering Extended Reality, VR, and hybrid online/offline projects. Elena also held roles at Christie's and Jack Shainman Gallery. She served as the curator for a major private collection in Bruges, focusing on artists addressing digital and technological anxieties. Elena is also a collector, and co-founded The Embassy in Brussels, a private collection space with a focus on conceptual art. She continues to contribute to the dialogue on art and technology through her extensive curatorial and strategic expertise.

Emily Fontaine

Emily Fontaine

Global Head of IBM Ventures

Emily Fontaine is the Global Head of IBM Ventures. As a business leader, she is a thought pioneer, value creator, and trusted advisor. Over a long and distinguished career at IBM, Emily has led bold transformations and driven exceptional client delivery. She has extensive experience in operations and management. Emily’s success is a testament to her leadership and strategic acumen. Prior to IBM Ventures, she served as the Executive Advocate for IBM's Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, following her role as AI Federal Leader for IBM Consulting.

Emily Klug

Emily Klug

Senior Vice President, Director of Operations for the America’s, Christie’s

Based in New York, Emily oversees broad operational teams from Client Services, Facilities and Security to Logistics, Bids and Art Transport. Emily works closely with executive leadership on Christie’s sustainability initiatives and carbon reporting; she also chairs Christie’s Americas Green Team, leading positive change at the local level and developing educational programming and volunteer opportunities for staff. Emily joined Christie’s in January 2022 after nearly 15 years at Pace Gallery where she ran their global Art Resources team.

Everette Taylor

Everette Taylor

CEO, Kickstarter

Everette Taylor is CEO of Kickstarter, the world’s premier crowdfunding platform for creative projects. Under Everette’s leadership, Kickstarter was named one of Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential Companies for trailblazing the future of work and for the company’s global impact in the creator economy. Taylor also currently serves as a Member of the Board of Directors for 1stDibs (NASDAQ: DIBS), the leading online marketplace for extraordinary design. Prior to joining Kickstarter, Everette most recently served as the CMO of Artsy, the largest online marketplace for buying and selling fine art. During his time at Artsy he was recognized by Forbes as one of the World's Most Influential CMOs due to the business seeing all-time record revenue growth and brand awareness. As a marketing executive, he helped lead on-demand rental car company Skurt and marketing software company Qualaroo, to successful acquisitions. He also co-founded GrowthHackers.com, the largest online community for growth marketers, served as CMO for the popular e-commerce company Sticker Mule, and oversaw growth strategy for new social products for Microsoft.

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Gabriela Hearst

Designer, Gabriela Hearst

Gabriela Hearst grew up on her family’s ranch in Uruguay, where the notion of luxury meant things were beautifully crafted and made to last which inspired the launch of her eponymous label in Fall 2015. She wanted a brand that reflected purpose in every piece - luxury collections with a conscience, or “honest luxury”. Gabriela Hearst’s runway shows have been a pioneering example of sustainability, using deadstock fabrics, and eliminating plastic use. Her Spring Summer 2020 collection marked the first ever carbon neutral runway show. She was the winner of the 2016/17 International Woolmark Prize for Womenswear, 2018 recipient of the Pratt Institute Fashion Visionary Award, the 2020 CFDA American Womenswear Designer of the Year, 2021 recipient of the Frank Alvah Parsons Award, 2022 recipient of the Infinity Trustees Award by the International Center of Photography, and was selected as one of the five Honorees in the Environment category among the fifteen Leaders of Change at the British Fashion Council’s 2020, 2021 and 2022 Fashion Awards. In December 2020, she was named Creative Director at Chloé. In 2021, she was named one of the 25 most Influential Women of 2021 by the Financial Times. In 2023, she was honored with the 2023 Couture Council Award for Artistry of Fashion by The Couture Council of The Museum at FIT (MFIT). Most recently, she was named one of the honorees of 2024 TIME Earth Awards.

Georg Petschingg

Georg Petschnigg

SVP for Product Design, The New York Times

Georg Petschnigg is the SVP for Product Design at The New York Times, creating products and journalism experiences that help people understand and engage with the world. Throughout his career he created products that changed how people work, create, and see the world. At WeTransfer he was part of creating the WeTransfer Pro subscription service for creatives to help gather, shape, and share their ideas. He co-founded FiftyThree the makers of Paper®, the celebrated sketching app for getting ideas down, Paste the fastest way for teams to share and gather around their ideas, and Pencil, the award-winning digital stylus. Internationally recognized for design excellence and innovation, they’ve received awards from Apple, IDSA, Communication Arts, and IxDA. FiftyThree’s products reach more than 30 Million creative thinkers worldwide and defined mobile creativity. He holds a B.S. in Computer Engineering and Economics from Columbia, and a M.S. in Electrical Engineering with a concentration in Product Design from Stanford.

Hayley Mellin

Dr. Haley Mellin

Artist and Conservationist; Founder of Art into Acres

Haley Mellin is an artist focusing on land conservation. Her paintings are observational and painted on-site. Mellin founded the Art into Acres non-profit for permanent large-scale land conservation supported by artists and art publics. The initiative has funded millions of acres of new locally-led land conservation designation in the form of indigenous conserved areas and national parks. In the sustainability sector, Mellin co-founded the Environmental Council at the Museum of Contemporary Art Los Angeles, Art and Climate Action, Artists Commit and GCC New York. She conducts inaugural carbon emissions calculations for U.S. and E.U. museums supported by grants from the Teiger Foundation and has taught at the Metropolitan Museum, Guggenheim Museum, Whitney Museum, MoMA, The Studio Museum in Harlem and the Harvard Kennedy School of Public Policy. Mellin holds a PhD in Visual Culture and Education from NYU Steinhardt and lives in Union City, New Jersey.

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Helen Aboah

Chief Operating Officer & President, Atelier Jolie

Helen Aboah is a dynamic and accomplished executive, currently serving as the Chief Operating Officer and President of Atelier Jolie, a luxury lifestyle brand and creative hub for creators founded by entrepreneur, filmmaker, and humanitarian Angelina Jolie. Atelier Jolie is a nexus of creativity, expression, and education. Before joining Atelier Jolie, Helen was the Chief Executive Officer of Urban Zen, a pioneering company by fashion icon Donna Karan. She also served as Chief Merchandising Officer and Executive Vice President at Alexander Wang, and earlier as the Global Director of Merchandising and Product Development at LVMH/Donna Karan International. Helen's career spans multiple industries, including fashion, health and wellness, and entertainment. With a robust foundation in the global luxury goods market, she has consistently driven significant transformation and global expansion in public corporations, PE-backed companies, and founder-led organizations. Helen's strategic leadership has positioned businesses for sustained success, financial health, and market leadership. Working alongside iconic fashion designers and entrepreneurs, Helen has commercialized their creative visions through sound strategy, capital-efficient operations, and a winning culture. She has been a driving force for digital innovation, differentiating brands and accelerating growth. Helen's exceptional contributions have been recognized with honors such as Top Women in Retail and Moves Magazine Power Women. Helen Aboah serves on the advisory board for the Lubin School of Business at Pace University and is a Board Director at Project Rousseau. Her diverse experiences and visionary leadership continue to shape the future of luxury fashion and creative industries.

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Isabelle Bousquette

Enterprise Technology Reporter, The Wall Street Journal

Isabelle Bousquette is a reporter covering enterprise technology, data and artificial intelligence for The Wall Street Journal in New York. Her stories explore large-scale technology efforts at Fortune 500 companies and topics of significance to chief information officers. She writes frequently on the benefits and drawbacks of emerging technologies and the role they play in the corporate world. Before the Journal, Isabelle covered billionaires at Forbes and wrote an investigative series on local museums for the Detroit Free Press. Isabelle is a 2021 recipient of the Pulitzer Traveling Fellowship, awarded to the top four graduates each year of Columbia Journalism School. She also has a bachelor’s from the University of St. Andrews in Scotland.

Jason Silbergleit

Jason Silbergleit

Vice President, Research Business Development and Quantum Sales, IBM

Jason Silbergleit is the Vice President for IBM Research Business Development and Quantum Sales. In this role he leads a global team responsible for scouting, incubating, and executing Hybrid Cloud and AI research technology engagements with commercial enterprises. These engagements can include licensing of existing research technologies as well as joint development of new capabilities. In addition, Jason leads the global IBM Quantum sales team responsible for enabling IBM clients access to the world’s most advanced quantum computing platform and skills. Jason and his team support over 3,000 researchers across the global IBM Research organization who contribute substantially to IBM’s innovation and organic growth. The offering portfolio includes Artificial Intelligence (inclusive of Generative AI), Hybrid Cloud, Quantum, and Security. Jason and his team have structured several important initiatives, including by way of example the MIT-IBM Watson AI Lab and the IBM-Cleveland Clinic Discovery Accelerator along with many industry collaborations.

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Jen Roberts

CEO, Design Miami

Jen Roberts is the CEO of Design Miami, the global forum for collectible design, with annual fairs in Miami Beach, Basel, Paris, and Los Angeles. In her capacity as CEO, Jen oversees the expansion of the brand including Design Miami’s exhibition program, the brand’s digital presence, as well as design commissions and brand collaborations. Since being appointed in 2015, Jen has introduced several new verticals for the company including Design Miami Curatorial Lab, a strategic consultancy to help businesses build cultural capital. In addition, Jen developed Podium, a new event format with international touring capabilities, and established Design Miami’s licensing program, which led to the inaugural Design Miami Podium x Shanghai. Prior to Design Miami, Jen was Co-Executive Director of the Salon Art + Design fair and was also the founding publisher of international design quarterly, MODERN magazine. In addition to her work with Design Miami, Jen is a member of the Meridian Center for Cultural Diplomacy. Until recently, she served as a member of the City of Miami Beach’s Mayors Panel for Ocean Drive and the Arts & Entertainment District, as well as a Managing Member of Woodstock Ventures, the company that produced the original Woodstock Music and Art Festival in 1969. Born and raised in New York City, Jen currently has a residence in the unspoiled jungles of Ilha Grande, Brazil, and lives in the coastal resort city of Miami Beach.

Julien Pradels

Julien Pradels

Christie’s Global Head of Operations

Julien Pradels was appointed Global Head of Operations in 2022. Prior to this, he was Managing Director, Christie's France from 2019, having joined Christie’s in 2011 as Operations Director, Paris, assuming additional responsibility for Operations across Continental Europe shortly afterwards. He relocated to Hong Kong in 2013 where he was first Operations Director, Asia and was subsequently promoted in 2016 to General Manager Asia Pacific. Before his time with Christie’s, he spent 12 years working for the Four Seasons Hotel group. Julien’s remit includes leading Christie’s sustainability program to ensure the company can meet its ambitious targets and help to drive positive change across the wider industry. Well placed to oversee these efforts and continue to push new innovative initiatives given his extensive knowledge of operations across the business, he oversees the publication of the annual Environmental Impact Report and is a regular speaker on panels discussing sustainability and the art world.

Keith Grossman

Keith A. Grossman

President of Enterprise, MoonPay

Keith A. Grossman President of Enterprise, MoonPay Keith is a global leader in the rapidly evolving world of Web3. Prior to joining MoonPay, where he leads the mass adoption of these new technologies, he was the President of TIME, where he led the company and its Web3 endeavors since 2019. TIME’s Web3 strategy modernized the brand, producing eight figures in profit as it expanded from community building to B2B partnerships. It also enabled several NFT creators to develop their unique IP into animated television series through TIME Studios. Prior to TIME, Keith served as the Global Chief Revenue Officer for Bloomberg Media, where he was responsible for the growth of its various media platforms. He was also part of the core team to launch QuickTake by Bloomberg, a 24/7 social, mobile news platform. Prior to Bloomberg, Keith was the Associate Publisher of WIRED as well as Ars Technica, where he won two Project Isaac Awards for Best Digital Inventions for his work on the WIRED Tablet Edition and Ars Accelerator.

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Kevin O’Leary

Chairman, O’Leary Ventures Management

Kevin O’Leary is the Chairman of O’Leary Ventures Management GP LLC. He is the Chairman of O’Shares ETF Investments and Beanstox an automated internet-based investment advisory service. Kevin co-founded SoftKey Software in 1986. SoftKey was the first software company to apply the principles of consumer goods marketing to the software industry. He also holds investments in over 30 private venture companies across a wide range of sectors. He is a member of Boston’s 120-year-old Hamilton Trust, the oldest investment club in the US. He is an air commentator for CNN, CNBC, CBS, ABC News and Good Morning America, Fox Business, Fox News, and an entrepreneur/investor co-host for the Discovery Channels Project Earth series that explores innovative ways man could reverse global warming implementing large scale geo-engineering infrastructure projects. He is also an investor/host of ABC Television’s four-time Emmy Award winning venture capital reality programs “Shark Tank” and “Beyond the Tank” produced by MGM/Sony/ABC.

Laurie Segall

Laurie Segall

Founder, Mostly Human Media

Laurie Segall is the founder of Mostly Human Media, an entertainment and technology company focused on society and artificial intelligence. Formerly CNN’s senior tech correspondent and a reporter for 60 Minutes, Segall has interviewed the world’s most influential tech leaders including Mark Zuckerberg and Tim Cook. Segall is the author of Special Characters: My Adventures with Tech’s Titans and Misfits.

Maghan McDowell

Maghan McDowell

Senior Innovation Editor, Vogue Business

Maghan McDowell is the Senior Innovation Editor at Vogue Business, where she leads its coverage of technology and innovation, and is on the advisory board for Condé Nast’s Web3 team. She is the author of the weekly Technology Edit newsletter, known for identifying the key drivers of the future of fashion and retail, and offering digestible insights on which technologies matter. She has become a leading expert on fashion’s role and opportunity in the metaverse and Web3. Before joining Condé Nast, McDowell reported for publications including W, Marie Claire, San Francisco Chronicle and Business of Fashion, and was the first technology reporter for WWD.

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Lior Cole

Founder, ARI

Lior Cole is a worldwide IMG Model, Cornell Computer Science alumni, and founder of ARI: an AI personal stylist. She was scouted off the streets of NYC to model across the world, starting with her debut as the opening model for the Proenza Schouler New York Fashion Week show. While modeling in Milan and Paris fashion week, Lior built an AI chatbot project with a chat interface before the release of chatGPT, covered in BBC, Vogue.com, and many others. Lior is now building her AI-powered personal styling startup "ARI", which has raised over 2M dollars in capital by top investors such as Bloomberg Beta, 1517 VC, Sequoia Scout, Z Fellows, and individuals such as the co-founder of Venmo, ex-CEO of Miss Universe, Stanford faculty, top AI engineers at Apple, and others. As both a fashion model and an engineer, Lior is passionate about empowering under-represented communities within technology by democratizing access to the field. She speaks about this in her TedxCornell talk, and it is a consistent core value to Lior in everything she builds.

Marc Bain

Marc Bain

Technology Correspondent at The Business of Fashion (BoF)

Marc Bain is Technology Correspondent at The Business of Fashion (BoF). He is based in New York and drives BoF’s coverage of technology and innovation, from start-ups to Big Tech. Previously, he was a reporter at Quartz, where he won a 2021 SABEW award for data journalism and has worked in the fashion industry. He has a Bachelor’s in Journalism from New York University.

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Marc Glimcher

CEO of Pace Gallery

Marc Glimcher has served as CEO of Pace Gallery since 2011, now working alongside President Samanthe Rubell, whom he appointed in 2022. Under his leadership, Pace has greatly expanded its international scope. Over the past ten years, with Glimcher’s direction, Pace has opened new outposts across Los Angeles, London, Hong Kong, Seoul, Geneva, and Palo Alto (which operated from 2016–2022), as well as an office in Berlin. In 2024, Pace will begin welcoming visitors to its new gallery in Tokyo’s Azabudai Hills complex. During his tenure, Glimcher has also introduced major international contemporary artists—including Matthew Day Jackson, Virginia Jaramillo, Torkwase Dyson, Marina Perez Simão, Latifa Echakhch, Beatriz Milhazes, Sonia Gomes, Tara Donovan, Elmgreen & Dragset, Adrian Ghenie, Nina Katchadourian, Robert Longo, Robert Nava, and Trevor Paglen—into the gallery’s program. His drive to expand Pace’s contemporary program complements the gallery’s history of representing prominent artist estates and advances the gallery’s mission to support the work of the leading artists of the 20th and 21st centuries. Photograph by Axel Dupeux.

Margot Rosenberg

Margot Rosenberg

Deputy Chairman, Christie's

Margot Rosenberg, Deputy Chairman, joined Christie’s Client Advisory Department as Senior Relationship Director in 2011. Over more than 25 years in the auction business, both in specialist departments and Client Advisory, Margot advises a bespoke group of Christie’s top clients. She works collaboratively with individual sale heads and specialists across the business as a trusted advisor on buying and selling, both privately and at auction. She was the Christie’s lead in the landmark Paul G. Allen collection, the largest sale in auction history ($1.7 billion). She has been integral in selling masterpieces across all categories and in all our marquee auctions including The Collection of Elizabeth Taylor, The Peggy and David Rockefeller Collection, The Barney A. Ebsworth. Prior to joining the Chairman’s Office, Margot was the Department Head of American Decorative Arts and led that team in the most successful sales in the field. She appeared regularly on Antiques Roadshow. Margot holds a B.A. in Art History from Emory University.

Maria Los

Maria Los

Deputy Chairman & Head of Client Advisory, Christie's

Maria C. Los, Deputy Chairman & Head of Client Advisory Americas, works with many of Christie’s most important clients who buy and sell at auction as well as privately. Collaborating closely with her specialist colleagues, she ensures that these collectors are advised effectively. Maria’s longstanding international client relationships have also contributed to several significant cross-departmental consignments for the firm. Maria joined Christie’s in 1996 as an account manager assistant in the Estates, Appraisals & Valuations Department. She went on to spend ten years in Client Advisory followed by two years in the Jewelry Department. She was promoted to the Chairman’s Office in 2009, relaunched Client Advisory in 2011 and was named Deputy Chairman in 2014. Prior to joining Christie’s, she worked at the National Endowment for the Arts in Washington, D.C. in their Visual Artists Fellowships Program. Maria, who is Greek-American, received her B.S. in French and Italian and her M.A. in Liberal Studies from Georgetown University.

Marie Claire Daveu

Marie-Claire Daveu

Chief Sustainability and Institutional Affairs Officer, Kering

Marie-Claire Daveu began her career as a technical advisor to the cabinet of Prime Minister, Jean-Pierre Raffarin, before becoming Principal Private Secretary to Serge Lepeltier, Minister of Ecology and Sustainability. In 2005, she became Director of Sustainable Development for the Sanofi-Aventis Group. From 2007 to 2012, she served as Chief of Staff to French politician, Nathalie Kosciusko-Morizet, working in various secretaries of state and then at the Ministries of Ecology, Sustainability, Transport and Housing. In 2012, she was appointed Kering’s Chief Sustainability Officer and Head of International Institutional Affairs. She sets out the strategy and ambitious objectives as well as implementing a set of best practices within the Group and the Houses. Today, Kering is a pioneer and recognized leader in sustainability. A French national, she is a graduate of the Paris Institute of Technology for Life, Food and Environmental Sciences (ENGREF). She also earned a postgraduate diploma (DESS) in public administration from Dauphine University, Paris.

Nick Adler

Nick Adler

Founder, MNTGE

Nick Adler has spent his career at the intersection of entertainment and technology. Upon graduating with his JD, Adler began his career co-founding the Woodstock Film Festival and worked as an attorney in Manhattan for a number of years. After honing his skills in the legal realm, he relocated to Los Angeles, California and transitioned into television production and talent management. As a founding member of Stampede Management and Cashmere Agency in 2009, Nick led Business Development efforts for the company and its clients. Over the course of a decade, Nick helped to grow the business into a multi-million dollar enterprise with over 100 employees, before leaving to pursue new projects in Web3, cryptocurrency and the NFT space. Nick is an investor and advisor for a number of high-profile companies and luxury brands across the fintech and entertainment industries. Nick has also been a longtime business partner to Snoop Dogg, serving as a pivotal figure in growing him into a global icon. Nick is currently the co-founder and CEO of technology enabled fashion brand, MNTGE.

Nicole Giles

Nicole Sales Giles

Director, Digital Art Sales, Christie's

Nicole Sales Giles joined Christie’s in 2012, holding various positions primarily within the 20th and 21st Century Art departments in New York. In March 2021, she was the business lead for the historic sale of Beeple’s Everydays: The First 5000 Days, the first purely digital artwork to be sold at a major auction house. In 2022, she spearheaded the launch of Christie’s 3.0, the first fully on-chain NFT platform for an auction house, as well as led the sold-out inaugural sale of Diana Sinclair’s digital artwork. Prior to her current role, Nicole was the Associate Vice President and Business Manager of the Private Sales division and for the Online Sales group. She has also held management positions in Client Strategy and Business Intelligence. Nicole holds an M.B.A. from Columbia Business School and a B.A. in Art History and Economics from Duke University.

Obvious

Obvious

Artists and Researchers

Obvious is a French trio of artists and researchers working with artificial intelligence to create art. Inspired by the model of the renaissance workshops, Obvious operates at the crossroads of academic research and art. Their work consists in researching and building artificial intelligence algorithms in the creative field, and producing artistic series of artworks using those tools. Their research laboratory hosted in Sorbonne University and founded by the French National Research Agency is leading research in the fields of image, video and sound generation. They are behind the first artwork created using artificial intelligence to go through a major auction house (Christie’s, 2018), and they have been exhibited in some of the world's greatest museums. Obvious is carried by its conviction that science and art are deeply interconnected. They participate actively in the current visual revolution, and believe in an optimistic future, with a deeply humanist approach, and believe technology to be a tool allowing the bettering of our collective future. They develop artificial intelligence algorithms and use them to explore new aesthetic and conceptual grounds, inviting the viewers to an oniric journey that transcends the relationship we have as humans towards technology.

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Pablo Rodriguez Fraile

Founder, Aorist

Pablo Rodriguez Fraile is an American-Spanish entrepreneur, investor, and art collector. He is best known for his influential contributions to digital art and culture, playing a pivotal role in historical acquisitions and record-breaking sales of some of the most significant works in the digital art space. Around 2017, Rodriguez-Fraile, an early investor and consultant in the blockchain and DeFI sector, entered the landscape of digital assets within virtual lands. In 2021, Rodriguez-Fraile founded Aorist, a cultural institution dedicated to elevating digitally-native artists by manifesting their works in the physical realm. The core of his artistic endeavors is now the RFC Art Collection, recognized globally as a premier collection of tokenized digital art. The collection encompasses iconic pieces by digitally native artists such as Refik Anadol, Andrés Reisinger, Pak, Quayola, Beeple, Sofia Crespo, and many others; with Rodríguez-Fraile being Beeple's inaugural collector.

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Rachna Bhasin

Founder, EQ Partners

Rachna Bhasin is a seasoned global media and technology executive with a track record of creating value at all stages of a company's life cycle, from building and growing early-stage ventures to executing strategy, M&A, and forming partnerships to futureproof large corporations. She founded EQ Partners, a strategy advisory, consulting, and investment company serving early-stage US and UK media and technology companies. Previously, she was the Chief Business Officer at Magic Leap, a pioneering technology company in spatial computing, where she managed business development, mergers and acquisitions, and strategic partnerships with brands including Lucasfilm, The New York Times, and the NBA. Prior to Magic Leap, Rachna was the SVP of Corporate Strategy and Business Development at SiriusXM Radio, where she built and executed the company’s digital strategy. She also held positions at Dell Inc. and EMI Music America. Rachna currently serves on the Boards of Ryman Hospitality Properties (NYSE: RHP), Shutterstock (NYSE: SSTK), Property Guru (NYSE: PGRU), and Audiomack, and is a Senior Advisor to Alignment Growth Management, a growth equity media and entertainment investment manager. She holds a BCA with Honors from Victoria University of Wellington in New Zealand and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

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Randi Zuckerberg

Founder, HUG

Randi Zuckerberg has always seen creativity as the tie that binds arts and technology. After serving as an early employee at Facebook and a pioneer of the social internet, she left Silicon Valley to star in Rock of Ages on Broadway. After winning three Tony Awards, she returned to tech as a published author, advisor, investor, and board member. Randi’s unique skillset positions her as one of the only leaders equipped with the expertise and credibility to counsel businesses in both groundbreaking technology and the arts. In early 2022, Randi founded HUG, an inclusive social marketplace democratizing access to the arts while empowering independent artists to become creative entrepreneurs through discovery, opportunity, and education. She is eager to mentor the next generation of inventors, creators, and leaders as they grow the next crop of billion-dollar brands that nurture both these worlds.

Randy Hunt

Randy Hunt

Head of Design, Notion

Randy J. Hunt is a designer and technologist. As Head of Design at Notion, he leads the team designing tools for productivity and creativity. Formerly he led design at Artsy, Etsy, and Southeast Asian super app Grab. Southeast Asian super app Grab. Randy is a Chair of the MFA Design program at the School of Visual Arts.

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Refik Anadol

Artist

Refik Anadol (b. 1985, Istanbul, Turkey) is an internationally renowned media artist, director, and pioneer in the aesthetics of data and machine intelligence. He is the Director of Refik Anadol Studio in Los Angeles and Lecturer in UCLA’s Department of Design Media Arts. Anadol’s work locates creativity at the intersection of humans and machines. Taking the data that surrounds us as primary material, and the neural network of a computerized mind as a collaborator, Anadol offers us radical visualizations of our digitized memories and expands the possibilities of interdisciplinary arts. Anadol’s site-specific data paintings and sculptures, live audio/visual performances, and immersive installations take many forms, while encouraging us to rethink our engagement with the physical world, collective experiences, public art, decentralized networks, and the creative potential of AI. Anadol’s work has been exhibited at venues including MoMA, Centre Pompidou-Metz, Art Basel, National Gallery of Victoria, Venice Architecture Biennale, Hammer Museum, Arken Museum, Dongdaemun Design Plaza, Ars Electronica, Istanbul Modern, and ZKM | Center for Art and New Media.

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Rita Nakouzi

Global Head of Content, Creative, and Social, Christie’s

Rita Nakouzi is the Global Head of Content, Creative and Social at Christie’s, where she oversees the brand’s global expression. Previously, she served as the Creative Director of Editorial and Brand Identity at the TheRealReal, the world largest online marketplace for authenticated resale luxury goods, where she directed the editorial narrative, creative direction, store experience and organic social channels. With over a decade of experience as a trend forecaster in the luxury space, Rita has collaborated with renowned brands such as Hermes and Cartier, agencies such as Baron&Baron and SYP, and beauty brands including L’Oreal and Estee Lauder. Her expertise includes strategic brand development, analysis of subcultures and comprehensive 360-degree campaign concepting. Rita lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two children.

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Robert Frank

Wealth Editor, CNBC

Robert Frank is an award-winning journalist, best-selling author and a leading authority on the American wealthy. He joined CNBC in May 2012 as Wealth Editor. Prior to CNBC, Frank worked at The Wall Street Journal for 18 years, serving as a foreign correspondent in London and Singapore, and later covering Wall Street and corporate scandals. For eight years, he was the paper’s Wealth Reporter, covering the lives, culture and economy of the new rich. Frank is the author of two books: “Richistan,” a New York Times best-seller, and “The High-Beta Rich,” released in 2011. His blog, The Wealth Report, was named by Time magazine as one of America’s most influential financial blogs. Frank holds a bachelor’s degree in literature from State University of New York at Binghamton. He lives in New York with his wife and two daughters.

Sam Spratt

Sam Spratt

Artist

Sam Spratt creates from rupture. The pursuit of redemption through solidity–to chart a path forward from past missteps. His current body of work, a series of digital paintings: Luci (pronounced Loo - See) follows the infinite story of pilgrimage and serves as a refracted self-portrait of the artist–each piece: a confession, a conversation, and a joke at our own expense. Through the process of palingenesis, this episodic body of work serves as guides and warnings for the atomized individual exiting dissociation and attempting to connect, grow, and thrive in an escalating network. Sam lives in the United States of America and works out of his studio in New York City. His artwork has found homes in games, films, music, books, comics, magazines, theater, and most creative industries.

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Dr. Sanjeev Arora

Charles C. Fitzmorris Professor of Computer Science, Princeton University

Sanjeev Arora is the Charles C. Fitzmorris Professor in Computer Science. He joined Princeton in 1994 after earning his PhD from the UC Berkeley. Professor Arora won the Fulkerson Prize in Discrete Mathematics in 2012, the ACM Prize in Computing in 2011, EATCS-SIGACT Gödel Prize (cowinner) twice, in 2001 and 2010, the Packard Fellowship (1997) and the ACM Doctoral Dissertation Award (1995). He was a plenary lecturer at the International Congress of Mathematicians in 2018. He was appointed a Simons Foundation investigator in 2012, and also won best paper awards in IEEE FOCS 2010 and ACM STOC 2004. Professor Arora was the founding director and lead PI at the NSF-funded Center for Computational Intractability in 2008-2013.

Sarah Meyohas

Sarah Meyohas

Artist

Sarah Meyohas’ practice provides an intelligible visual language to articulate the systems and complex operations that increasingly govern our world. Her work has been collected and exhibited at major institutions such as the Centre Pompidou in Paris and the New Museum in New York. She is represented by Marianne Boesky Gallery as well as the United Talent Agency for her work in film. In 2015, she created Bitchcoin, a cryptocurrency backed by her physical artwork, which predated the launch of Ethereum and is the first tokenization of physical art on a blockchain. Similarly, her project Stock Performance (2016) emphasized the individual’s gesture on a market akin to more recent meme-stock trends. Her 2017 project Cloud of Petals involved training a Generative Adversarial Network on a dataset of 100,000 physical rose petals to generate endless, new, and unique petals, both in video installations and virtual reality experiences. Her recent work explores holography and plotters to create pieces that delve into the mechanics of perception and texture. In addition to her artistic endeavors, Meyohas invests in companies that align with her moral and aesthetic values. Her areas of focus include human enhancement, cryptographic infrastructure, and deep-tech broadly defined, encompassing robotics, AI, and biotech. She currently invests through Bluebirds Capital and has previously served as a special partner at Pascal Capital and a venture partner at Spark Capital. Meyohas's practice embodies the concept of Gesamtkunstwerk—a German term meaning a "total work of art"—seamlessly integrating art, technology, and finance.

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Sasha Stiles

Artist & AI Researcher

Sasha Stiles is a Kalmyk-American poet, artist and AI researcher whose award-winning experiments with generative literature and language art probe what it means to be human in an increasingly posthuman era. Stiles is author of the “instant techno classic” Technelegy, co-founder of theVERSEverse, and Poetry Mentor to the humanoid android BINA48 since 2018. Her work has been featured by Artforum, Art Basel, MoMA, Gucci and Poets & Writers, and is regularly exhibited around the world.

Sky Dayton

Sky Dayton

Founder, EarthLink, Boingo, eCompanies, CloudKitchens

Over the past 30 years, Sky has built companies that have helped propel the Internet into our everyday lives. He founded EarthLink in 1994 at the age of 23, and since then has founded, co-founded and helped to build start-ups with an aggregate market value of over $20 billion, including JAMDAT (p. by EA), LowerMyBills (p. by Experian), Neopets (p. by Viacom), Business.com (p. by Donnelly), Helio (p. by Virgin), Boingo Wireless (p. by Digital Colony), Ring (p. by Amazon), Swarm (p. by SpaceX), and air taxi pioneer Joby, which went public in 2021. Today, he is a founder or active investor and board member at Age of Learning, Diffbot, Artsy, CloudKitchens, Loft Dynamics and Craft. Sky is also an avid surfer, poker player and jet-rated pilot.

Sol Rashidi

Sol Rashidi

AI Leader and Author

With 8 patents and the ‘Best-Selling’ author of ‘Your AI Survival Guide: Scraped Knees, Bruised Elbows, and Lessons Learned from Real-World Deployments” Sol has been in the Data space since the late 90’s, and in the AI space since 2011, when she helped IBM launch Watson, the 1st enterprise-grade commercial AI application. Sol has been doing strategy & delivery in both Data & AI, holding positions such as the former CAO, CDO, CDAO, and CDAIO for giants like Estee Lauder, Merck Pharmaceuticals, Sony Music, and Royal Caribbean. Sol has numerous awards including ‘Top 100 AI Thought Leaders', 'Top 50 women in tech', 'Top 100 Global Power List' and Forbes ‘AI Visionary & Maverick of the 21st Century’.

Songyee Yoon

Songyee Yoon

Managing Partner, Principal Venture Partners

Songyee Yoon is a visionary leader, and investor and author in the AI and gaming industry, with over 20 years of experience in developing and executing innovative strategies for global online game companies. After graduating from the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, Songyee went on to earn her Ph.D. from MIT in Computational Neuroscience. Her strong belief in the concept of “play” as a crucible for innovation eventually led her to NCSOFT, a leading global video game developer and publisher, where she served as president and chief strategy officer. In this role, she led the AI transformation of the company, applying AI for game development and various aspects of business operations. She also oversaw the company's growth from a 350-person company to a global organization across seven countries in Asia, Europe, and North America, driving strategic initiatives in monetization, marketing, branding, business development, licensing, ESG, and education.

Steve Wozniak

Steve Wozniak

Co-Founder, Apple Computer, Inc.

A Silicon Valley icon, technology entrepreneur and philanthropist for more than forty years, Steve Wozniak has helped shape the computing industry with his design of Apple’s first line of products the Apple I and II. He also influenced the popular Macintosh. In 1976, Wozniak and Steve Jobs founded Apple Computer Inc. with Wozniak’s Apple I personal computer. Wozniak is the author of iWoz: From Computer Geek to Cult Icon (Norton Publishing), his New York Times best-selling autobiography. His television appearances include: ABC’s Dancing with the Stars, The Big Bang Theory, The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, Conan, The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon and Celebrity Watch Party. Wozniak continues to pursue his entrepreneurial and philanthropic interests to this day. In October 2017, Steve co-founded Woz U — a postsecondary education and training platform focused on software engineering and technology development. During it all Wozniak has delivered thousands of talks and fireside chats, thrilling audiences and inspiring the next generation of entrepreneurs and engineers. Photo by Michael Bulbenko.

Theanne Schiros

Theanne Schiros

Educator, Materials Scientist, National Geographic Explorer

Theanne Schiros is an Associate Professor at the Fashion Institute of Technology, where she guides students to rethink materials through biology and technology, a Research Scientist at Columbia University in the Columbia Nano Initiative, and a National Geographic Explorer. Her research focuses on development and characterization of advanced materials for a circular economy, including renewable energy technology and biofabrication of advanced, regenerative textiles. Dr. Schiros is a co-founder of Algiknit (now KEEL Labs) a company developing a kelp-based bioyarn, and Werewool, a biotech startup whose mission is to make fashion compatible with nature. Werewool creates biodegradable textile fiber with inherent color and performance properties, like stretch, provided by engineered protein structure. Dr. Schiros has received numerous awards for her work, including the National Geographic Wayfinder Award (2023), Conservation x Labs Microfiber Innovation Prize (2022), the H&M Foundation Global Change Award (2020) and the SUNY Chancellor Award for Excellence in Teaching (2020).

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Tim Schneider

Founder, The Gray Market

Tim Schneider is the writer behind the Gray Market, the conversation-starting art business column. He is also the acting art market editor at The Art Newspaper, which he joined after six years as the art business editor at Artnet News. His work combines nearly a decade of firsthand experience in the gallery sector with insights gleaned from research into economics, technology, data analysis, and other commercial sectors. He has participated in panel discussions in Art Basel’s Conversations series, the Talking Galleries symposium, and the Art Business Conference, among others, and lectured at various universities and art nonprofits. In 2017 he published his first book, The Great Reframing: How Technology Will—and Won’t—Change the Gallery System Forever. He is based in Brooklyn.

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Troy Batterberry

CEO and Co-Founder, EchoMark

Troy Batterberry is the co-founder and CEO of EchoMark, a Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) company pioneering a new standard in information protection. He founded EchoMark on the principle that trust is central to empowering everyone to do their best work. Troy brings years of product and technology experience, including 25 years at Microsoft, where he most recently served as a Corporate Vice President as the product leader of Microsoft Teams Meetings, Calling, and Events. During his tenure, Troy also played an integral role in the growth and success of both early stage and marquee Microsoft products, such as Windows, Explorer/Edge, Bing, Xbox, and MSN. Before joining Microsoft, Troy held engineering positions at Sony and within the U.S. Department of Defense. Troy is driven by a long-standing passion for creating new products and businesses. In addition to his professional pursuits, Troy is a parent volunteer at his kids’ schools and spends time volunteering for the Boy Scouts. He also enjoys time outdoors boating, hiking, and running. Troy holds an M.S. in Information Systems from the University of Southern California and a B.S. in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from North Dakota State University.

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Vinod Khosla

Founder, Khosla Ventures

Vinod Khosla is an entrepreneur, investor, and technology fan. He is the founder of Khosla Ventures, focused on impactful technology investments in software, AI, robotics, 3D printing, healthcare and more. Mr. Khosla was a co-founder of Daisy systems and founding CEO of Sun Microsystems where he pioneered open systems and commercial RISC processors. One of Mr. Khosla’s greatest passions is being a mentor to entrepreneurs, assisting entrepreneurs and helping them build technology-based businesses. Mr. Khosla is driven by the desire to make a positive impact through technology to reinvent societal infrastructure and multiply resources. He is also passionate about Social Entrepreneurship. Vinod holds a Bachelor of Technology in Electrical Engineering from IIT, New Delhi, a Master's in Biomedical Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University and an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.

Victoria Rogers

Victoria Rogers

Vice President of Arts, Knight Foundation

Victoria Rogers is Knight Foundation’s vice president of arts. Rogers oversees Knight’s investments in the arts in eight cities where the foundation has historical roots. As a leading funder of arts, Knight has invested $466 million in arts and culture since 2005. Prior to joining Knight, Rogers was the executive vice president of New World Symphony. Rogers orchestrated the $200 million campaign for New World’s Frank Gehry-designed campus. Rogers serves on the boards of The Miami Foundation, YoungArts, and the Pérez Art Museum Miami, and is a member of The American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Commission on the Arts.

Whitney McGuire

Whitney McGuire

Associate Director of Sustainability, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum

Whitney McGuire, Esq. is the Associate Director of Sustainability at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum. In this inaugural role, Whitney is tasked with conceptualizing and executing the institution’s sustainability mandate across three core areas: building facilities; staff culture; and community impact. Prior to joining the Guggenheim, Whitney practiced law for ten years with a focus on fashion and art industries. She has a demonstrated track record as a subject matter expert in the field of sustainability as a founder of Sustainable Brooklyn, a community-based consultancy and think tank dedicated to concretizing equity within the sustainability movement; and as a part-time faculty member at Parsons School of Design in New York City. Whitney merges her work in sustainability with her community in various capacities, most notably as an advisory board member for The World Around Young Climate Prize; a mentor for the Black Girl Environmentalist College Mentorship Program; a grant selection committee member for the CFDA Fashion Manufacturing Initiative; former member of the Las Vegas Arts District board; the Las Vegas Fashion Council; and as the youngest former board member of the Women’s Prison Association.

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Dr. Zhou Yu

Associate Professor, Columbia University, Co-Founder Articualte.AI

Zhou(Jo) is an Associate Professor at Columbia University's Computer Science Department. She obtained her Ph.D. from Carnegie Mellon University in 2017. Dr. Yu works on algorithms and applications for AI Agents. Dr. Yu has received multiple ACL Best Paper Awards. She was recognized in the Forbes 2018 30 under 30 in Science and won the 2018 Amazon Alexa Prize. Zhou Yu is also the CEO of Articulate.AI, an LLM-driven AI Agent dev tool and infra company.