Abraham Verghese

Abraham Verghese

Abraham Verghese, an Ethiopian-born Professor of Medicine at Stanford University, has taken the world by storm with his two very different callings: physician and bestselling author. His novel Cutting for Stone is a gripping family saga of an immigrant surgeon which spans over three continents. It has been called "a masterpiece of traditional storytelling." More about Abraham Verghese

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Ameena Matthews

Ameena Matthews is the daughter of one of Chicago’s most notorious gang leaders and was born into a world of crime. Now a mother of five, Ameena’s amazing strength and powerful presence helps to stop the shootings on the Chicago streets. A Violence Interrupter for the organization CeaseFire, she believes violence is a disease. Her own story of hope and courage shows that it can be treated. More about Ameena Matthews

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Andy Puddicombe

At age 22 Andy Puddicombe decided to leave the UK and become a monk. He set off on a long journey culminating with full ordination at a Tibetan Monastery in the Himalayas. Now Andy has returned to England to do for meditation what Jamie Oliver has done for food. The former monk wants to prove to the world that inner peace can be achieved in a meditation session shorter than the average cab ride. More about Andy Puddicombe

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Bunker Roy

When Bunker Roy left a wealthy home to dedicate his life the rural poor of India, his parents were left in shock. He founded the Barefoot College, the world’s only college built by the poor, for the poor. 40 years later the college has trained more than three million people for jobs in the modern world. Time magazine has ranked him one of the 100 most influential people in the world. More about Bunker Roy

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Chip Kidd

With his wicked sense of humor and a true love for books, art director Chip Kidd at New York publishing house Alfred E. Knopf, is known as America’s best cover designer. He has created book jackets for almost every literary giant, and he is the mind behind the classic Jurassic Park icon. This rock star of graphic design has also written two novels of his own and the new Batman comic Death By Design. More about Chip Kidd

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Emil Ovemar

Emil Ovemar of Toca Boca was one of the Bonnier 5-minute speakers at GRID12. More about Emil Ovemar

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Hannah Rahill

Hannah Rahill of Weldon Owen was one of the Bonnier 5-minute speakers at GRID12. More about Hannah Rahill

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Jennifer Anderson

Jennifer Anderson

Jennifer Anderson of Bonnier Corp was one of the Bonnier 5-minute speakers at GRID12. More about Jennifer Anderson

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Louie Psihoyos

Louie Psihoyos risked his own life and won an Oscar in 2010 when he uncovered the brutal truth of dolphin hunting for the documentary film The Cove. Now the legendary National Geographic photographer picks up his camera to save 70 percent of the planet – the oceans. More about Louie Psihoyos

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Marco Tempest

Equal parts poet and scientist, Swiss-American magician Marco Tempest is always exploring new frontiers. In his intelligent and astounding performances, he blends cutting edge technology with the showmanship of Harry Houdini. His sophisticated combination of video, music and stage presence has earned him a place in the pantheon of great illusionists. More about Marco Tempest

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Marcus Samuelsson

Top Chef Marcus Samuelsson has conquered Harlem with his take on American soul food at his celebrated restaurant Red Rooster. With culinary roots in Ethiopia and Sweden, his cooking endeavors started in his grandmother’s kitchen and took him into the kitchens of top-rated restaurants. A TV career and Obama’s first state dinner made him one of the most famous chefs in the world. He is also an entrepreneur with a deep-rooted ambition to give back to the community. Now he adds author to his resume with hot-off-the-stove memoir Yes, Chef. More about Marcus Samuelsson

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Margaret Gould Stewart

Margaret Gould Stewart is one of the world’s leading experts in online user design. She has been the user experience director both at Google and YouTube. After leading the biggest redesign effort ever at YouTube, she was recruited by Facebook to become the Director of Product Design. Her task is to create the next generation of advertising experiences. More about Margaret Gould Stewart

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Patricia Deyna

Patricia Deyna of Bonnier Business Press Polska was one of the Bonnier 5-minutes speakers at GRID12. More about Patricia Deyna

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Pia Sundhage

Pia Sundhage

Pia Sundhage said no to invitations from the White House – and yes to GRID! The London Olympics gold-medal-winning coach of the U.S. women’s soccer team is already considered an icon. One of Sweden’s most acclaimed soccer players, she is now a coach with two Olympic gold medals and one World Cup silver. It’s her unconventional leadership style that makes the difference. The New York Times calls her one of the most interesting coaches they've come across. But her career path wasn’t a given. Growing up, soccer was a man’s sport. She went under a boy’s name for years, just to be able to play. More about Pia Sundhage

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Raymond & Maria

A slightly shy gathering of people from a dark and cold place, Raymond & Maria want to bring cheer to the world with straightforward melodic pop songs. Saying no to the bad stuff – and yes to the good stuff – is part of their musical mission, which has led the band to number one Swedish hit songs and, most recently, a collaboration with Smashing Pumpkins guitarist James Iha. More about Raymond & Maria

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Sarah Kay

She was only 14 years old when she took the stage at the famous Bowery Poetry Club in the East Village to perform with New York’s most exciting poets. Now 24, Sarah Kay’s captivating performances have made her a leading spoken word poet. As co-founder of Project V.O.I.C.E. she teaches the magic of poetry and encourages self-expression to students across the world. Her book of poetry “B” is an Amazon bestseller. More about Sarah Kay

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Zhang Wei

Zhang Wei grew up in a small Chinese village during the cultural revolution, where an international art career sounded far-fetched. Now, she is making an impact on the global gallery scene. As director of Vitamin Creative Space, a pioneer alternative art space in China, she plays a vital role in introducing contemporary Chinese art to the world. Just like her gallery explores the clash between modern life and ancient Chinese philosophy, Zhang Wei’s own story is one of contradictions and collisions. More about Zhang Wei

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