Dr. Ferrari is a Senior Fellow at the Wharton School’s Customer Analytics Initiative.  The Wharton Customer Analytics (WCA) is the world’s preeminent academic research center focusing on the development and application of customer analytics methods. Through our innovative Research Opportunity program and R&D “crowdsourcing” approach, WCA enables academic researchers from around the world to help companies understand how to better monetize the individual-level data they collect about customers through the development and application of new predictive models. We marry our work with companies and researchers around the world with a range of co-curricular student programs that foster talent development and recruitment.  Follow: @WhartonCA


Dr. Parag Khanna is Founder & Managing Partner of FutureMap. He has advised many governments and corporations around the world and serves on the boards of numerous financial institutions and technology companies. He has been a fellow at the Lee Kuan Yew School, New America Foundation, and Brookings Institution, and worked at the World Economic Forum and Council on Foreign Relations. Parag’s newest book is The Future is Asian: Commerce, Conflict & Culture in the 21st Century (2019). He is author of a trilogy of books on the future of world order beginning with The Second World: Empires and Influence in the New Global Order (2008), followed by How to Run the World: Charting a Course to the Next Renaissance (2011), and concluding with Connectography: Mapping the Future of Global Civilization (2016). He is also author of Technocracy in America: Rise of the Info-State (2017) and co-author of Hybrid Reality: Thriving in the Emerging Human-Technology Civilization (2012). He holds a PhD from the London School of Economics, and Bachelors and Masters degrees from the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University. In 2010, he was recognized as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum.  Follow Parag on twitter: @paragkhanna


FutureMap is an experienced team of strategic advisors, scenario planners, data scientists, and research analysts working with clients to navigate globalization trends. We have the interdisciplinary expertise necessary to provide comprehensive strategies for a hyper-connected world of opportunity and risk.


Sinéad O’Sullivan is an Aerospace Engineer with formal training in the design and optimization of complex systems. Her interests in complexity and chaos-driven systems lie at the intersection of geopolitics, technology, economics, and climate change. Sinéad is currently a Senior Fellow at MIT’s AI for the World Project where she models the complex relationship between democracy, technology and regulation. In addition, Sinéad is a Fellow at the US Center for Climate and Security where she tries to better understand the impact of global climate change on US national security. Visit Sinéad’s website here, and follow her on twitter @SineadOS1.



Dr. Ferrari is an Affiliate Scientist at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) Research Applications Laboratory (RAL) in Boulder, CO.  The mission of the lab is to conduct directed research that contributes to fundamental understanding of the atmosphere and related physical, biological, and social systems; to support, enhance, and extend the capabilities of the scientific community; and to develop and transfer knowledge and technology for the betterment of life on Earth.  Follow: @NCAR_Science 




The Wharton-led, Penn-wide Initiative for Global Environmental Leadership (IGEL) promotes knowledge for business sustainability. IGEL works with a diverse and interdisciplinary network to develop and disseminate innovative research and business practices to solve the most pressing environmental issues facing our planet.  Michael teaches a course on risk at Penn’s Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, and is on the Wharton IGEL Faculty Advisory Committee.   Follow: @WhartonIGEL


As a Research Affiliate Science Advisor the MIT Media Lab, Dr. Ferrari works with a team that is bringing Data Science & Systems Science/Engineering to the exploration and development of future food production and distribution systems. Follow: @medialab


Michael serves on the advisory board for Samasource.  Samasource ‘Fuels AI for Humanity’, specializing in providing data solutions like data verification, machine learning and content moderation. How? We harness the power of the digital economy to lift people out of poverty by providing work that pays a living wage in places with high rates of unemployment. We call that Impact Sourcing.  Follow: @Samasource