Solve at MIT 2017

Annual Flagship Meeting

Featured Speakers

Deborah Berebichez

Chief Data Scientist, Discovery Channel TV Host, Metis, Outrageous Acts of Science

Ursula M. Burns

CEO and Chairman, VEON

Ash Carter

25th Secretary of Defense; MIT Innovation Fellow; Director, Belfer Center at the Harvard Kennedy School

Yo-Yo Ma

Cellist, Curator of the MIT Solve Arts and Culture Mentorship Prize

Deogratias (Deo) Niyizonkiza

Founder & CEO, Village Health Works

L. Rafael Reif

President, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Megan Smith

CEO & Founder shift7, Former U.S. Chief Technology Officer, shift7

United States

Marjorie Yang

Chairman, Esquel Group



Co-Founder, Falkora

Besan Abu-Joudeh

Co-Founder & CEO, BuildPalestine

Olajumoke Adenowo

Architect CEO, AD Consulting Limited

Ann Aerts

Head, Novartis Foundation

Noubar Afeyan

Co-Founder and Chairman, Moderna

Fahad Bandar al Saud

Co-Founder, Hello Tomo

Haifa Dia Al-Attia

CEO, Queen Rania Foundation

Mbwana Alliy

Founder and Managing Partner, Savannah Fund

Alex Amouyel

Executive Director, MIT Solve

Jack Andraka

Researcher, Stanford University

Fiona Bayat-Renoux

Senior Advisor & Director of Innovation, UN Women


Pooja Bhalla

Chief Operating Officer, Boston Health Care for the Homeless

Sangeeta Bhatia

John J. and Dorothy Wilson Professor, MIT

Pablo Borquez Schwarzbeck

CEO & Founder, ProducePay Inc.

Dr. Rebecca Brachman

Runway Fellow, Cornell Tech, Cornell University

United States

Rodney Brooks

Founder, Chairman, and CTO, Rethink Robotics

Erik Brynjolfsson

Schussel Family Professor & Director, MIT - Sloan School of Management, MIT - Initiative on the Digital Economy

Aziza Chaouni

Principal & Associate Professor, Aziza Chaouni Projects, University of Toronto

Nick Chedli Carter

Director of Advocacy, VICE Impact

Andrew Chung

Founder & Managing Partner, 1955 Capital

Thierry Déau

Founding Partner & CEO, Meridiam

Robert Desimone

Director, McGovern Institute for Brain Research, MIT

Lisa Dickson

Resilience Leader, Arup

Obi Felten

Head of Getting Moonshots Ready for Contact with the Real World, X

John Fernández

Professor, Department of Architecture Director, MIT Environmental Solutions Initiative

United States

Ina Fried

Chief Technology Correspondent, Axios

Anurudh Ganesan

Co-Founder & CEO, Vaccine Innovations Inc.

Nicole Goldin

Senior Advisor (non-resident), Project on Prosperity and Development, CSIS

Kavita Gupta

Founding Managing Partner, ConsenSys

Ravi Gurumurthy

Chief Innovation Officer, International Rescue Committee

Linda Henry

Managing Director, The Boston Globe

Rita Kimani

Co-Founder, FarmDrive

Eric Klopfer

Professor and Director of the Scheller Teacher Education Program and The Education Arcade, MIT

United States


M.S. Vijay Kumar

Executive Director, J-WEL & Associate Dean of Digital Learning, MIT

Raj Kumar

President & Editor-in-Chief, Devex

Kent Larson

Director, City Science Initiative and Changing Places Group, MIT Media Lab

Donna Levin

Entrepreneur in Residence, Martin Trust Center for MIT Entrepreneurship, Co-Founder,

Oliver Libby

Chair and Co-Founder, The Resolution Project

Ken Mulvany

Director & Founder, BenevolentAI

Brenna Nan Schneider

Founder & CEO, 99Degress

United States

Laxman Narasimhan

Chief Executive Officer, PepsiCo Latin America

Clare O'Connor

Staff Writer, Forbes

Chelina Odbert

Co-Founder and Executive Director, Kounkuey Design Initiative

Max Opgenoord

Team Lead, MIT Hyperloop

Professor Olivier Oullier

Professor of Behavioral and Brain Sciences, Aix-Marseille University


Tracy Palandjian

Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Social Finance

Jason Pontin

CEO, Editor in Chief, and Publisher, MIT Technology Review

Elizabeth Roscoe

Executive Director, Western Union Foundation

Sanjay Sarma

Vice President for Open Learning, MIT

Martin Schmidt

Provost, MIT

Philipp Schmidt

Director of Learning Innovation, MIT Media Lab

E. Denise Simmons

Mayor, City of Cambridge

Dr. Jeffrey Sturchio

President & CEO, Rabin Martin

Elsa Sze

Founder and CEO, Agora


Paul Varghese

Head, Health Informatics, Verily (Google Life Sciences)

Ian A. Waitz

Dean, School of Engineering, MIT

Doug Warner

Vice President and Global Head of Tech Vision and Strategy, HP Inc.

Ryan Whalen

Director, Initiatives and Strategy, The Rockefeller Foundation

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