Meet the speakers of the 2016 igniting innovation summit.


luis von ahn | CEO & Cofounder at duolingo, Founder of recaptcha

Luis Von Ahn is an entrepreneur and computer science professor at Carnegie Mellon University, considered one of the pioneers of crowdsourcing. He is known for inventing CAPTCHAs, being a MacArthur Fellow, giving popular TED talks and selling two companies to Google in his 20s. Luis has been named one of the 10 Most Brilliant Scientists by Popular Science Magazine, one of the 50 Best Brains in Science by Discover, one of the Top Young Innovators Under 35 by MIT Technology Review, and one of the 100 Most Innovative People in Business by FastCompany Magazine.

Luis is currently the cofounder and CEO of Duolingo, a language learning platform created to bring free language education to the world. With over 100 million users, it is now the most popular language learning platform and the most downloaded app in the Education category on both iTunes and Google Play worldwide.

sandra kim | FOUNDer and Executive Director of Everyday Feminism

Sandra Kim is the Founder and Executive Director of Everyday Feminism, an education platform for personal and social liberation. Launched in June 2012, Everyday Feminism has become known for having one of the most popular feminist digital media sites in the world, with a readership of a few million monthly visitors from over 150 countries and a team of over 40 writers. Sandra has also developed and leads the online courses for Everyday Self-Love and training program for Compassionate Activism that helps people free themselves from the toxic messages of systemic oppression and to live full, authentic lives. As its leaders, Sandra's deep seated values are evident in Everyday Feminism's unique approach to feminism. As a person with multiple marginalized identities, she is committed to having intersectionality and radical inclusiveness be core to the feminism and anti-oppression work promoted in the magazine and programs.

liz powers | cofounder of ArtLifting

Liz Powers is the cofounder and Chief Happiness Spreader at ArtLifting, a business that empowers artists experiencing homelessness and disabilities. She has worked with individuals experiencing homelessness for the last decade. Liz is a serial social entrepreneur who has received multiple grants and awards for her work. She was awarded the "Unsung Heroine Award" in the Massachusetts State House and the Mayor Walsh's ONEin3 Award for the top impact by a young professional in Boston. Liz has an AB, cum laude, from Harvard College and MSc from the University of Edinburgh, Her impact has been featured on the TODAY Show, New York Times, CBS, ABC, Washington Post, and Forbes.


Elsa sze | CEo & Founder of Agora, Policy advisor to 2012 Obama campaign

Elsa Sze is the Founder & CEO of Agora, a venture-backed tech startup with a mission to reimagine democracy in the 21st century. Elsa created Agora, an online townhall platform for building engaged communities while pursuing her joint degree at Harvard Business School and Harvard Kennedy School of Government. Her belief in the power of ordinary citizens to change the world was further affirmed by her experience serving as a policy advisor for the Obama campaign in 2012. 

Prior to Harvard, Elsa was a consultant at McKinsey & Co. where she advised Fortune 500 executives on growth strategy, organizational effectiveness, and risk management. During the recent financial crisis, Elsa was at the International Monetary Fund in Washington, DC, advising G20 finance ministers on fiscal stimulus policies. Elsa spent a brief time at Goldman Sachs and JPMorgan after graduating from the University Chicago where she majored in Economics and Political Science. Elsa was named a Global Shaper by the World Economic Forum in 2015.