Dina Amer

Dina Amer

When Dina Amer, prize-winning journalist who has worked with CNN, the New York Times and PBS, moved to Egypt in 2011, two days after she arrived she witnessed the revolution spark at Tahrir Square first hand. That’s how she became one of the producers of The Square, a documentary directed by Jehane Noujaim and which recently won three Emmys and was nominated for an Oscar. Amer tells her story and warns of threats to journalism worldwide, with her closest colleagues now languishing in jail in Egypt. More about Dina Amer

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Steve Boyes

Steve Boyes

The epitome of a modern adventurer and explorer, Steve Boyes is a fellow of both National Geographic and TED. The South African native is passionately trying to protect Africa’s last remaining wilderness. Using hi-tech tools to spur activism, he crosses the jungles of the Okavango Delta in his dug-out canoe while thousands of supporters follow him in real time on social media. A childhood fascination for wild parrots has him working tirelessly to prevent the real possibilities of the birds’ extinction. More about Steve Boyes

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Hugh Herr

Hugh Herr

Hugh Herr was just 17 and one of the best climbers in America when a rock climbing accident resulted in the amputation of his legs. Following the accident, he did what doctors believed was unthinkable. Using prostheses he designed himself, he climbed to a more advanced level than he had before. Today he is Director of MIT Media Lab’s Biomechatronics group and an amazing scientist creating the next generation of bionic limbs and robotic prosthetics. His own joints are made using 3D printers and he believes in a near future in which disability is a mere memory. More about Hugh Herr

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Jane Justice Leibrock

Jane Justice Leibrock

User experience research manager Jane Justice Leibrock leads the work at Facebook with data analysts and product managers to identify the most important questions about how people want to share with their friends. Her own research has covered topics such as teenagers' behavior on Facebook, Facebook users’ privacy concerns and perceptions of the Facebook brand. On the side, she interviews stylish people on her blog and street fashion project “May I Admire You.” More about Jane Justice Leibrock

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Marc Kushner

A practicing architect in New York City, Marc Kushner divides his time between designing buildings and championing world-class architecture on the website he runs, Architizer. Both have the same mission: to reconnect the public with architecture. Kushner believes everyone is a fan of architecture, even if they don’t know it yet. New forms of media empower people to shape the built environment, and that means better buildings. Which make better cities. Which make a better world. More about Marc Kushner

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David Lagercrantz

David Lagerkrantz

David Lagercrantz’ autobiography about Swedish soccer star Zlatan Ibrahimović was a runaway hit before it even came out in bookstores. "I am Zlatan" has been published in over 20 countries, with millions of copies sold. Reviewers hailed it as a future classic. Now Lagercrantz takes on an even gutsier challenge: to write the sequel to Stieg Larsson’s global phenomenon, the Millennium series, with more than 75 million books sold in 50 countries. More about David Lagercrantz

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Sophia Lindholm

Sophia Lindholm

Sophia Lindholm is the creative force behind the most epic of splits in advertising history: cult film actor Jean-Claude Van Damme's perfect horizontal split between two moving Volvo trucks. A senior art director at Forsman & Bodenfors –one of Sweden's leading ad agencies – she had to get people worldwide to talk about trucks. Not an easy thing. In September 2014 70 million online viewers had seen the video. More about Sophia Lindholm

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Linda Liukas

Linda Liukas

Linda Liukas from Finland has set out to inspire young women with technological knowledge to build awesome tools. She advocates technology as a world of beauty and possibility. When she launched a Kickstarter project to raise money for a children’s book, she got USD 380,000 within a few months. Rails Girls, her non-profit foundation, teaches programming to women around the globe. Liukas became interested in programming at age 13, when she built a fan site dedicated to her teenage crush, Al Gore. More about Linda Liukas

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Kerstin Mogull

Kerstin Mogull

Kerstin Mogull knows what it takes to reinvent esteemed institutions. For more than ten years, she held a number of senior roles at the BBC – working in policy, strategy, digital and operations. She was the driving force behind the iPlayer, BBC’s groundbreaking catch-up service. Recently she became the CEO of the Tate Museum in London, which includes both the Tate Modern and Tate Britain. Her task: to take this prestigious art collection into the digital age. More about Kerstin Mogull

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Elizabeth Murphy

Elizabeth Murphy

Each year at GRID we ask some of our colleagues from around the world of Bonnier to give a 5 minute talk at the conference, sharing their passion or story with us. Hear what Elizabeth Murphy of Bonnier Corporation wants to share about passion. More about Elizabeth Murphy

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Isabelle Olsson

Isabelle Olsson

Isabelle Olsson is the lead designer for Google Glass. High fashion and high tech may be worlds apart, but Swedish Isabelle Olsson was recruited to connect the two in one of Google’s biggest-ever product gambles. She had designed jewelry and furniture and not a clue about software engineering when she was recruited to Google co-founder Sergey Brin’s most secretive skunkwork. But it was her design experience that got her the job – to make Google Glass comfortable and beautiful. More about Isabelle Olsson

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Nico Pitney

Nico Pitney

Nico Pitney, Vice President of Product at the Huffington Post, works closely with editor and founder Ariana Huffington to reach readers wherever they are. Pitney came to prominence in 2009 when he live-blogged the Iranian protest for HuffPo and was invited by President Obama as the first blogger ever at a White House press conference. Since then, he has held virtually every senior position at the world’s second-biggest news website, from national editor to managing editor. More about Nico Pitney

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Mari Rasimus

Mari Rasimus

Each year at GRID we ask some of our colleagues from around the world of Bonnier to give a 5 minute talk at the conference, sharing their passion or story with us. Hear what Mari Rasimus of MTV wants to share about new ways of storytelling with creativity, innovations and courage. More about Mari Rasimus

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Bryan Stevenson

Bryan Stevenson

Hailing from Montgomery, Alabama, Bryan Stevenson is widely acclaimed as one of the most effective public service lawyers in America. A Harvard Law School graduate, he has devoted his life to helping the poor, the incarcerated and the condemned. Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Desmond Tutu describes him as “America's young Nelson Mandela, a brilliant lawyer fighting with courage and conviction to guarantee justice for all.” Bryan Stevenson founded the Equal Justice Initiative and has been largely responsible for reversals or reduced sentences in over 65 death penalty cases. More about Bryan Stevenson

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Per Åström

Per Åström

Each year at GRID we ask some of our colleagues from around the world of Bonnier to give a 5 minute talk at the conference, sharing their passion or story with us. Hear what Per Åström of TV4 wants to share about innovation and how to make technology and people work together. More about Per Åström

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Ane Brun

Ane Brun

Starting out with just an acoustic guitar and a haunting voice, Norwegian musical artist Ane Brun has gained a huge following since her 2003 debut album, Making Time for Morgan. Whether accompanied by a string orchestra or rock band, singing her own songs or distinctive covers, the Stockholm-based music star attracts fans from all over the world. A climate awareness activist, in 2009 she organized the No More Lullabies concert to bring attention to the issue. At GRID, she sang mix of songs plucked from different points in her eventful career. More about Ane Brun

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