San Francisco, 19-20 April 2013

"The Truth of Personalized Medicine: Our Commons Future"

Keynote Speakers

Patrick Meier

An internationally recognized thought leader on the application of new technologies for crisis early warning, humanitarian response and resilience, Patrick is currently the Director of Social Innovation at QCRI, where he spearheads cutting-edge research and development on next-generation humanitarian technology solutions.
Prior to QCRI, Patrick co-founded and co-directed the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative’s (HHI) Program on Crisis Mapping and Early Warning and served as Director of Crisis Mapping at Ushahidi, leading major crisis mapping efforts in Haiti, Libya, Somalia and Syria. He has consulted extensively for many international organizations and programs including the UN Secretariat, UN Global Pulse, OCHA, UNDP, UNICEF, OSCE, OECD, EC, USAID, DAI, IFES, Swisspeace, Internews and the World Bank. He also co-founded the CrisisMappers Network, the 56Standby Ta67sk Force and the Digital Humanitarians Network.
Prior to HHI, Patrick was a researcher with the Peace Research Institute, Oslo (PRIO) and a fellow at SIPA’s Center for International Conflict Resolution (CICR). He is also an alumnus of the Santa Fe Institute’s (SFI) Complex Systems Summer School and holds a certificate in complexity science from the New England Complex Systems Institute. Patrick has taught undergraduate, graduate and professional seminars on a variety of topics including Conflict and Disaster Early Warning, Complexity Science and Digital Democracy.
In addition, Patrick is a National Geographic Emerging Explorer and a lead contributor to the PeaceTXT project with PopTech and partners. He is also an accomplished speaker, having presented at many international conferences including the Skoll World Forum, Club de Madrid, Mobile World Congress, PopTech, Where 2.0, TTI/Vanguard, SXSW and several TEDx’s.

Video: Patrick Meier at TEDxSendai (English)

Wadah Khanfar

Wadah Khanfar, Co-founder of the Sharq Forum and the former Director General of the Aljazeera Network. He is widely regarded as one of the most influential intellectual in the Arab world. He now devotes much of his time to Al-Sharq Forum, an independent international Network with a mission to develop long-term strategies to ensure the political stability and economic prosperity of the Arab world and the region.
His journalistic journey began with Aljazeera Arabic channel while he was a research fellow in Johannesburg in 1997, subsequently covering some of the world’s key political zones, including US-led wars on Afghanistan and Iraq. During his 8-year tenure at the helm, Aljazeera transformed from a single channel into a global media network. This period witnessed historic transformation in the Arab World including Arab Awakening. He was ranked first in Foreign Policy magazine’s Top 100 global thinkers of 2011, and was one of Fast Company’s ‘calib
His current affiliations are:

  • Member of International Crisis Group’s Board of Trustees
  • Member of the World Economic Forum’s (DAVOS) Global Agenda Council on Geopolitical Risk
  • Board Member of the Global Editors Network: empower editors-in-chief and senior news executives from around the world looking for the preservation of editorial quality when working with publishers, media owners and news suppliers.

Video: Wadah Khanfar: A historic moment in the Arab world

Jennifer Pahlka

Jennifer Pahlka is the founder and executive director of Code for America, which works with talented web professionals and cities around the country to promote public service and reboot government. Government Technology named her one of 2011’s Doers, Dreamers and Drivers in Public Sector Innovation and the Huffington Post named her the top Game Changer in Business and Technology the same year. She is known for her TED talk, Coding a Better Government, and is a frequent speaker at a wide range of events. She spent eight years at CMP Media where she ran the Game Developers Conference, Game Developer magazine, and the Independent Games Festival. Previously, she ran the Web 2.0 and Gov 2.0 events for TechWeb, in conjunction with O’Reilly Media, and co-chaired the successful Web 2.0 Expo. Jennifer’s early career was spent in the non-profit sector. She is a graduate of Yale University and lives in Oakland, Calif. with her daughter and eight chickens.

Bob Young

Bob Young is the founder and CEO of, the premiere international marketplace for new digital content on the Internet, with more than 520,000 recently published titles and more than 15,000 new creators from 80 different countries joining each week.
Founded in 2002, is Youngʼs most recent endeavor. The success of this company has earned Young notable recognition; he was named one of the “Top 50 Agenda-Setters in the Technology Industry in 2006” and was ranked as the fourth “Top Entrepreneur for 2006,” both by 1993, Young co-founded Red Hat, the open source software company that gives hardware and software vendors a standard platform on which to certify their technology. Red Hat has evolved into a Fortune 500 company and chief rival to Microsoft and Sun. His success at Red Hat won him industry accolades, including nomination as one of Business Weekʼs “Top Entrepreneurs” in 1999.
Before founding Red Hat, Young spent 20 years at the helm of two computer leasing companies that he founded. His experiences as a high-tech entrepreneur combined with his innate marketing savvy led to Red Hatʼs success. His book, “Under the Radar,” chronicles how Red Hatʼs open source strategy successfully won industry wide acceptance in a market previously dominated by proprietary binary-only systems. Young has also imparted the lessons learned from his entrepreneurial experiences through his contributions to the books “Youʼve GOT to Read This Book!” and “Chicken Soup for the Entrepreneurʼs Soul.”
In 2000, Young co-founded the Center for Public Domain, a nonprofit foundation created to bolster healthy conversation of intellectual property,patent and copyright law, and the management of the public domain for the common good. Grant recipients included the Electronic Frontier Foundation, the Creative Commons, the Free Software Foundation, and the Future of Music Coalition.Young graduated from the University of Toronto in 1976 prior to beginning his career in the computer finance arena. In 2003, Young purchased the Hamilton Tiger-Cats of the Canadian Football League and currently serves as the leagueʼs vice chairman.
In addition to fly fishing, Young enjoys collecting calculators and antique typewriters, a nod to his beginnings as a typewriter salesman and he can usually be found sporting a pair of red socks. However, instead of red on his head, Young now tips his orange hat.

Joep Lange

Joep Lange, MD, PhD is Professor of Medicine at the Academic Medical Center (AMC), University of Amsterdam, where he heads the Department of Global Health and the Amsterdam Institute for Global Health and Development (AIGHD).
Dr Lange has been involved in HIV research and treatment since 1983. He has been the architect and principal investigator of several pivotal trials on antiretroviral therapy and on the prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV in both the developed and developing world. In addition to various positions at the AMC, he was Chief of Clinical Research and Drug Development at the Global Programme on AIDS of the World Health Organization in Geneva from 1992 to 1995. From 2002–2004 he was President of the International AIDS Society. He serves or has served on numerous advisory boards for both private and public sector organisations, including the Strategic and Technical Advisory Committee of the WHO HIV Department, the External Advisory Committee of the US HIV Vaccine Trials Network and the International Advisory Board of the Institute for Global Health of Imperial College. He also serves as the Chairman of the PharmAccess Foundation (which he founded) and as Scientific Advisor to the Board of the Health Insurance Fund Foundation, which pioneers mechanisms of sustainable financing of health care in resource-poor settings. He is a member of the Supervisory Board of KNCV Tuberculosis Foundation. Dr. Lange founded and is Editor-in-Chief of the Journal Antiviral Therapy and has served on several other editorial boards of scientific journals. He has published more than 350 papers in peer-reviewed journals and has guided more than 30 PhD students.
In 2007 Dr Lange was awarded the Eijkman medal for his achievements in Tropical Medicine and International Health.

Video: Joep Lange at AIGHD

Kelvin Droegemeier

Vice President for Research, Regents’ Professor of Meteorology, Weathernews Chair Emeritus, and Roger and Sherry Teigen Presidential Professor.
University of Oklahoma

B.S., University of Oklahoma, 1980
M.S, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1982
Ph.D., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1985

Kelvin K. Droegemeier was born in Ellsworth, Kansas and earned his undergraduate and graduate degrees, respectively, from the University of Oklahoma and University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He joined the University of Oklahoma, Norman, faculty in 1985.
In 1989, Droegemeier co-founded the NSF Science and Technology Center for the Analysis and Prediction of Storms and directed it from 1994-2006. He now is director emeritus. In 2003, he co-founded and presently served for six years as deputy director of the NSF Engineering Research Center for Collaborative Adaptive Sensing of the Atmosphere. He also founded and served as director of the Sasaki Institute, a non-profit organization at the University of Oklahoma that fosters the development and application of knowledge, policy, and advanced technology for the mutual benefit of the government, academic and private sectors.
Droegemeier’s research involves the dynamics and predictability of severe thunderstorms and tornadoes. He helped pioneer the science of storm-scale numerical weather forecasting, leading the early development of the world’s first atmospheric computer model capable of assimilating Doppler radar and other data for explicitly predicting high-impact local weather such as individual thunderstorms. In 1997, he received the Discover Magazine Award for Technology Innovation and his NSF center was awarded theComputerworld-Smithsonian Award that same year. In 2000, Droegemeier received the NSF Pioneer Award. Droegemeier has authored over 75 refereed journal articles and book chapters and more than 200 conference publications.
High performance computing has played a key role in Droegemeier’s career as an educator and scientist, and during the past decade he helped establish two supercomputing centers at the University of Oklahoma and served on NSF’s Blue Ribbon Panel on Cyberinfrastructure. He led an NSF Large Information Technology Research grant – Linked Environments for Atmospheric Discovery (LEAD) – that developed web service architectures to enable researchers, students, and atmospheric models and sensing systems to interact dynamically with the weather as it evolves.
Droegemeier also is heavily involved in creating research alliances among academia, government and industry, having led a partnership with American Airlines that in 2000 resulted in him starting a private weather technology company, Weather Decision Technologies, Inc (WDT). WDT now employs more than 70 people and has offices in the US and abroad. He initiated and led the Collaborative Radar Acquisition Field Test (CRAFT), a national project directed toward developing strategies for the real time delivery of NEXRAD Doppler weather radar data via the Internet. This award-winning effort transformed the manner in which the National Weather Service provides time- critical radar data to industry, resulting in entirely new product lines and services for end users. As Chairman of Oklahoma Governor Brad Henry’s Weather and Climate Team, Droegemeier helped develop a strategy for economic development and is working at both local and national levels to grow the private weather enterprise.
Droegemeier has served as a consultant to Honeywell Corporation, American Airlines, Continental Airlines, and the National Transportation Safety Board. A Fellow of the American Meteorological Society, he is former Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research and a Director of the Norman, Oklahoma Chamber of Commerce. In 2004, he was elected a Councilor in the American Meteorological Society. Droegemeier presently serves on the Board of Directors of Oak Ridge Associated Universities, Oak Ridge Associated Universities Foundation, and the Council on Governmental Relations. He also is a Trustee of Southeastern Universities Research Association.
Droegemeier was appointed to the National Science Board in 2004 and 2011.
He was elected as Vice-Chairman in 2012.

Video: Predicting tornadoes

Francois Taddei

Over the last eight years, François Taddei has created the CRI (Center for Research and Interdisciplinary) in Paris. CRI’s main role is to promote new pedagogies to help creative students take initiatives and develop their research projects, with the help of mentors, research institutions, private companies, and foundations, such as the Bettencourt Foundation, which has supported many student-created activities. These activities range from the first French synthetic biology team (for the MIT-sponsored iGEM competition) to the Paris-Montagne science festival and the Science Académie, an outreach program that allows high schools students from deprived neighbourhoods to discover the creativity of science. The CRI offers three programs integrated in the Liliane Bettencourt curriculum: a new undergrad program, a Master’s degree (Innovative Approaches to Research and Education, IARE), and a doctoral school (Frontiers of Life, FdV). CRI‘s dedicated facilities host visiting professors, a wide choice of courses and several student discussion clubs.
François Taddei has taken the lead of the new Institute for Learning Through Research that has been selected in March 2012 by the International Scientific Committee of the National Innovative Training Program (IDEFI) of the French ministry of research.
François Taddei also heads the Evolutionary Systems Biology team at a unit of the French National Institute of Health & Medical Research (INSERM) in Paris-Descartes University’s Medical School. His work has produced many publications in general-interest scientific journals, and has been recognized by several international and national awards. François Taddei participates in various working groups on the future of research and education (France 2025, OECD, EU, etc.).

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