The speakers for this year's Master Class will be announced shortly.
Chair for the Future of Work, Singularity University
Gary A. Bolles is an internationally-recognized expert on the future of work and the future of learning. As Chair for the Future of Work for Singularity University, he leads the organization’s efforts to empower a global community with the mindset, skillset, and network to create an abundant future of work and learning. In the seismic transition to what Bolles calls the digital work economy, individuals, organizations, communities, and countries all need to develop a shared understanding of the dynamics of disruptive change, collaborate on the development of effective strategies, and ensure that all people have access to meaningful work and lifelong learning opportunities.
Head of Business at Asana
Chris Farinacci is head of business at Asana, leading the company's business growth and go-to-market efforts, including sales, marketing, business development and customer operations. Before joining Asana, Chris led global marketing for Google’s enterprise and education businesses, responsible for helping scale it to a multi-billion-dollar business. Prior to Google, he’s had diverse leadership experiences in the enterprise software industry including CMO of Hara, VP of Application Marketing at Oracle and Senior Vice President of Global Marketing at Agile Software. Chris holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from The Ohio State University.
CEO & Founder Foundry College
Stephen M. Kosslyn is the Founder, President and CEO of Foundry College. Prior to that, he was Founding Dean and Chief Academic Officer of the Minerva Schools at the Keck Graduate Institute. He previously served as Director of the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University after having been chair of the Department of Psychology, Dean of Social Science, and the John Lindsley Professor of Psychology at Harvard University. Kosslyn's research has focused on the nature of visual cognition, visual communication, and the science of learning; he has authored or co-authored 14 books and over 300 articles on these topics.
CEO at Upwork, Co-chair World Economic Forum Global Future Council on Gender, Education & Work
Stephane Kasriel is in a unique position to share his perspective on future trends — from global forces impacting the job market and the rise of the freelance economy to how companies are changing the way they build teams and the way education should evolve.
He holds an MBA from INSEAD, a Master’s from Stanford in Computer Science and a BS from Ecole Polytechnique in France. Harvard Business Review and Bloomberg View have featured him on topics including the future of work, entrepreneurship, and how to strengthen our global economy.
Disrupting engineering educations
42 Silicon Valley is an innovative engineering college in the San Francisco Bay Area. As the leading college for software engineering, coding, and programming, we're disrupting engineering education and tech talent pipelines in the Bay.
NO TEACHERS – Knowledge these days is no longer solely transmitted in the classical teacher/student fashion. At 42, there are no teachers, instead students have to learn themselves, be resourceful, and figure out how to learn.
NO COURSES. NO CLASSES – Learning at 42 Silicon Valley isn’t restricted by time periods. Students have freedom to explore topics, and while there aren’t traditional exams, students are graded by their peers.
The world’s leading non-profit strategic futures organization
IFTF has pioneered tools and methods for building foresight ever since its founding days. Co-founder Olaf Helmer was the inventor of the Delphi Method, and early projects developed cross-impact analysis and scenario tools. Today, IFTF is methodologically agnostic, with a brimming toolkit of foresight methodologies.
The core of IFTF's work is identifying emerging discontinuities that will transform global society and the global marketplace. They provide organizations with insights into business strategy, design process, innovation, and social dilemmas. Their research spans a broad territory of deeply transformative trends, from health and health care to technology, the workplace, and human identity.