Simon Anholt

Anholt is an independent policy advisor who assists governments in developing strategies for enhanced economic, political and cultural engagement with other countries. He coined the term "nation branding" in 1996, and developed the Nations Brands Index in 2005 and the Good Country Index in 2014. Anholt is the founder of The Good Country Party and author of numerous books on national reputations and branding, including, Places: Identity, Image and Reputation, Competitive Identity and Brand America.

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Benjamin Barber

An internationally renowned political theorist, Barber is senior research scholar at the Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society at The Graduate Center, The City University of New York. He is also the founder and president of CivWorld and the Walt Whitman professor of political science Emeritus, Rutgers University. He is the author of If Mayors Ruled the World, Consumed and Jihad vs. McWorld, among other titles.

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David Bennett

Bennett is a fellow at the Centre for Psychoanalytic Studies at the University of Essex, where he specialises in the history of psychoanalysis and its links with economics and politics. Bennett has published extensively in journals on media, theory, politics and cultural studies, and is the author of the forthcoming book, Currency of Desire: Libidinal Economy, Psychoanalysis and Sexual Revolution.

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David Ensor

Ensor is the director of the Voice of America (VOA). He was formerly the director for communications and public diplomacy at the US embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan and the executive vice president for communications at Mercuria Energy group. Previously, Ensor worked for over three decades as a journalist covering the White House, foreign policy and national security for National Public Radio, ABC News and CNN.

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Richard Falk

Falk is professor emeritus of International Law at Princeton University and research fellow, Orfalea Center of Global Studies. He was formerly United Nations special rapporteur on human rights in the Palestinian territories. Falk has authored and co-authored numerous books, including The Path to Zero: Dialogues on Nuclear Dangers, A Global Parliament and The Declining World Order: America’s Imperial Geopolitics.

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Chris Hedges

Hedges is a Pulitzer Prize winning journalist and author. He is a former New York Times foreign correspondent and served as its Middle East Bureau Chief. Hedges has published twelve books, including Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt, Empire of Illusion and American Fascists. He is a columnist for Truthdig and a senior fellow at The Nation Institute.

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Megan Kent

Kent is a brand strategist and founder and CEO of Megan Kent Branding Group. She was formerly a chief growth officer and led the launch of the Brand USA campaign at JWT.

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Wally Krantz

Krantz is Worldwide creative director at Brand Union. Wally and his team have created brand identity systems for Time Warner Cable, Shazam, Avid, Weil, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, HP and Experian. He was formerly a branding and identity designer with Landor Associates.

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Jonathan McClory

McClory is the director for branding and global engagement at Portland Communication’s Place Branding Practice. He specialises in soft power, public diplomacy, cultural relations, place branding, creative industries and public management.

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Judith McHale

McHale was US under secretary of state for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs from 2009 to 2011. Prior to that, she was president and chief executive officer of Discovery Communications for over 20 years. She currently serves as the president and chief executive officer of Cane Investments, LLC.

Lincoln Mitchell

Mitchell is a political development specialist who has worked on democracy and governance related issues around the world. He is National Political Correspondent for The New York Observer, formerly served as a chief of party at the National Democratic Institute (NDI) and taught at Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA). He is the author of Uncertain Democracy: US Foreign Policy and Georgia’s Rose Revolution and The Color Revolutions.

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Joseph Nye

Nye is University Distinguished Service professor and former Dean of Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government. He has served as assistant secretary of defense for International Security Affairs, chair of the National Intelligence Council and deputy under secretary of State for Security Assistance, Science and Technology. His most recent books include The Power to Lead, The Future of Power and Presidential Leadership and the Creation of the American Era. He is the co-founder of the international relations theory of neo-liberalism and coined the term "soft power" in his 1990 book, Bound to Lead.

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Kristi Ragan

Ragan is strategic advisor to USAID Global Development Alliance, Development Alternatives, Inc. (DAI). Prior to joining DAI in 2003, she held numerous positions with United Nations, working in Somalia, as regional program director in Fiji and as a senior policy advisor in New York.

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Douglas Rushkoff

Rushkoff is a media theorist and professor at Queens College, The City University of New York. He is the author of numerous books including Present Shock: When Everything Happens Now, Program or Be Programmed and Life, Inc. Rushkoff has also written and hosted three award-winning PBS Frontline documentaries, The Merchants of Cool, The Persuaders and Generation Like.

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Brent Smart

Smart is CEO of Saatchi & Saatchi New York and sits on the worldwide executive board. He was formerly managing director at both Colenso BBDO and BBDO San Francisco. Smart’s work has won numerous Cannes Lions and Effie awards.

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Min Ye

Ye is assistant professor of International Relations at Boston University’s Pardee School of Global Studies, where she is also academic coordinator of the Asian Studies Program. Ye is author of Diasporas and Foreign Direct Investment in China and India and co-author of The Making of Northeast Asia.