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Speakers for TEDxEastHampton 2012 include:
Dan Barasch is co-founder of the Lowline, an effort to build the world's first underground park in New York City. Dan has previously worked in New York City government, Google, UNICEF, the 9/11 Survivors' Fund, and the World Affairs Council.
Andy Jagoda is a medical doctor, professor, and head of the Emergency Room at Mt. Sinai Hospital. Once upon a time a navy serviceman, he is recognized across the industry for his research in emergency medicine.
Sarah Silverman loves to make movie zines and clothes. Her work is sold on Etsy, the online seller of homemade and vintage items.
Reki Hattori is a native New Yorker and Las Vegas transplant. He formerly studied architecture and currently works in software engineering and user interface design. He runs a team servicing application cloud development.
Matthew Putman is a nanotechnologist, musician, and producer. His company, Nanotronics Imaging, researches the cutting edge of material science with a mind toward the semiconductor industry and the life sciences.
Jesse M. Keenan is the Research Director for the Center for Urban Real Estate at Columbia’s Architecture School. Widely noted as an expert and consultant on real estate, his latest project is the Community Growth REIT.
Muchan Park and Luc Wilson want to build a bridge from Manhattan to Governors Island. While in architecture school at Columbia, they imagined the creation of Lower Lower Manhattan (“LoLo”) via a holistic approach to zoning, the environment, commercialization, and housing development.
Dorothy Gambrell is the cartoonist and creator of the online comic strip Cat and Girl. She is also a guitarist, and currently plays in the band Jenny and the Holzers.
Ed Moses is a painter and recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship. His work spans over five decades.
Tao Tan is an investment banker living in New York.
David Ellenbogen is a radio host, producer, and educator of world folk music. He recently curated a 24-hour, live performance program of Indian classical music on Summer Solstice in New York City.