Who is April-Autumn? She is a clinical mental-health therapist with over 20 years of service to youth and young adults in the community as well as universities and college campuses. She often speaks up and amplifies the voices of those who society deems invisible and unworthy.
Bibi Gnagno is an educator, wellness advocate, and mindfulness instructor. Part of her work explores telling stories through film using a social justice lens. Oh and she also graduated from law school with dreams of changing the world. She also makes a mean green juice and if you ask nicely, she might make you one.
Dan has spent the last three decades working on some of the world’s “grand challenges” – e.g. poverty, water, climate change, and oceans - through diverse roles in academia and business. Trained as an anthropologist, Dan spent his 20s living in the Himalayas, where his first-hand experience of seeing the impacts of the global economy on communities and ecosystems led him to work with companies to develop more sustainable business practices. Before coming to Duke, Dan led Coca-Cola’s water sustainability initiative, where he created dozens of public-private partnerships on water and sanitation, watershed protection, and sustainable agriculture in over 90 countries. Dan is now Associate Professor of the Practice at Duke University, where he directs the Center for Energy, Development, and the Global Environment (EDGE). Through teaching, research, and outreach, Dan seeks creative ways to make business a force for good in the world.
Dr. Mercy Asiedu is currently a postdoctoral research fellow at the Massachusetts Institute of technology. Prior to this, she received her PhD from Dr. Nimmi Ramanujam's Center for Global Women's Health Technologies at Duke, where her research focussed on developing tools to increase access to cervical cancer screening. Overall she is passionate about using technologies to democratize health care. Today she shares some of the work she did while at Duke, through her talk titled: The Invisible organ.
Nick Slavin is co-founder and CEO of Fuzionaire, which is using new chemistry from a Nobel Laureate’s lab at Caltech to create better medicines, materials, and fuels. He is also founder of the Slavin Family Foundation, whose Slavin Fellowships support some of the world's top student entrepreneurs, and co-founder of the Arch Mission Foundation, which is backing up humanity’s knowledge in libraries across the solar system.