David B. Audretsch, PhD 

David Audretsch is distinguished professor and the Ameritech Chair of Economic Development at Indiana University, where he also serves as director of the Institute for Development Strategies. He is a research fellow of the Centre for Economic Policy Research in London. He received his PhD in economics from University of Wisconsin at Madison.

Audretsch’s research focuses on the links between entrepreneurship, government policy, innovation, economic development, and global competitiveness. He is co-author of “The Seven Secrets of Germany,” published by Oxford University Press. He is co-founder and editor-in-chief of Small Business Economics: An Entrepreneurship Journal. He was awarded the Global Award for Entrepreneurship Research by the Swedish Entrepreneurship Forum (Entreprenörskapsforum). He has received honorary doctorate degrees from the University of Augsburg in Germany and Jonköping University in Sweden

Robert J. Barro, PhD

Robert Barro is Paul M. Warburg Professor of Economics at Harvard University, a visiting scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, and a research associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research. He received his PhD in economics from Harvard University.

Barro is co-editor of Harvard’s Quarterly Journal of Economics and has been president of the Western Economic Association and vice president of the American Economic Association. He was a viewpoint columnist for Business Week from 1998 to 2006 and a contributing editor of the Wall Street Journal from 1991 to 1998. He has written extensively on macroeconomics and economic growth. His recent research involves rare macroeconomic disasters, corporate tax reform, religion and economy, empirical determinants of economic growth, and economic effects of public debt and budget deficits.

Ashley Rogers Berner, PhD 

Ashley Rogers Berner is an assistant professor of education and deputy director of the Johns Hopkins Institute for Education Policy. She served previously as the deputy director of the City University of New York Institute for Education Policy and the director of the education program at the Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture at the University of Virginia. She holds a DPhil from Oxford University in modern history. She is a senior fellow at the Center for the Study of Law and Religion at Emory University Law School.

Berner researches the relationship between educational structure and state funding in democratic nations, religious education and citizenship formation, and teacher preparation in different national contexts. In 2017, she published “Pluralism and American Public Education: No One Way to School” (Palgrave MacMillan). She consults regularly on projects that examine the academic and civic outcomes of different school sectors.

Meredith J. Grief, PhD

Meredith Greif is an assistant professor of sociology at Johns Hopkins University. She received her PhD from the Pennsylvania State University. Her research has been published in City & Community, Journal of Health and Social Behavior, Urban Studies, Health & Place, Ethnic and Racial Studies, and Social Science Research.

Greif’s research is at the intersection of race, space, and housing. She shows how homelessness and housing insecurity result from, and perpetuate, racial and economic inequalities. Her work highlights the ways in which housing insecurity is self-perpetuating, leading to mental health problems, risky sexual behavior, and addiction that subsequently heighten vulnerability to future housing insecurity. She is studying supply-side sources of housing insecurity by the large-scale privatization of housing for formerly homeless individuals. Her work examines the under-explored methods by which the regulatory and institutional environment in cities influences housing and neighborhood patterns.

Cheryl R. Dennison Himmelfarb, PhD, RN, ANP, FAAN, FAHA, FPCNA

Cheryl Dennison Himmelfarb is an associate professor at the Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing, Department of Acute and Chronic Care, and the School of Medicine’s Division of Health Sciences Informatics, and a core faculty member in the Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality. She directs the Helene Fuld Leadership Program for the Advancement of Patient Care Quality and Safety and is deputy director of the Johns Hopkins Institute for Clinical and Translational Research (ICTR). She received her PhD from the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing.

Himmelfarb’s research involves developing and testing interventions to promote self-care and reduce cardiovascular risk among high-risk populations in the acute care and community settings. She has been investigator or principal investigator on many NIH- and foundation-funded trials testing interdisciplinary models of care and telehealth-based interventions. She has over 70 publications and has presented on issues in improving the quality of care and outcomes at local, national, and international scientific meetings.

Emma Lacey-Bordeaux

Emma Lacey-Bordeaux is a row editor for CNN based in Washington, D.C. She works with reporters and producers across all platforms and all beats to ensure editorial integrity. She has been with CNN since 2008 and has produced award-winning multimedia content breaking stories on gun laws, sexual violence, and immigration. She has covered presidential elections and contributed to some of the biggest stories of the past decade, including the Arab Spring and the #MeToo movement. She holds a BA in interdisciplinary studies from Georgia State University and a MFA in narrative nonfiction from the University of Georgia. She is a frequent speaker on issues of media, ethics, and storytelling, and is the producer of CNN’s documentary "The Feminist on Cellblock Y."

Bruce Y. Lee, MD, MBA

Bruce Lee is an associate professor at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, executive director of the Global Obesity Prevention Center at Johns Hopkins, and director of operations research at the International Vaccine Access Center. He received his MD from Harvard Medical School and his MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business. He completed his internal medicine residency training at the University of California at San Diego.

Lee’s expertise is in systems science and developing and implementing mathematical and computational methods, models, and tools to assist decision making in public health and medicine. He has been the principal investigator for projects supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, the Agency for Healthcare Quality and Research, the CDC, UNICEF, the Global Fund, and USAID. Lee has authored over 200 scientific publications as well as three books. He is an associate editor for the journal Vaccine and deputy editor for PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases.

Maria Minniti, PhD

Maria Minniti is professor and director of the Institute for an Entrepreneurial Society and the L. Bantle Chair of Entrepreneurship and Public Policy at Syracuse University’s Martin J. Whitman School of Management. Minniti has held visiting positions at the London Business School, the Max Planck Institute, Humboldt University, and the Copenhagen Business School. She holds a PhD in economics from New York University.

Minniti’s research interests include entrepreneurship and economic growth, institutions, and organizational emergence. Her articles have appeared in Economics Letters, the Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, Journal of Business Venturing, Journal of Economic Psychology, Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, Small Business Economics Journal, and Comparative Economics Studies. She was field editor for the Journal of Business Venturing and associate editor for the Small Business Economics Journal.

Timothy H. Moran, PhD

Tim Moran is Paul R. McHugh Professor of Motivated Behaviors in the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine’s Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, where he also serves as executive vice chair. He completed his PhD in psychology at Johns Hopkins University.

Moran’s research interests are in brain and behavior relationships as they apply to the controls of food intake and body weight. His work focuses on brain and gut peptides as feedback controls of meal size and how these interact with neural systems involved in overall energy balance and reward processing, with a focus on how decisions about what and when to eat go awry in eating disorders and obesity. He also investigates how gestational and early developmental factors can bias metabolic and neural programming to contribute to obesity and the effects of exercise on diet preference and overall energy balance.

Phillip Phan, PhD

Phillip Phan is Alonzo and Virginia Decker Professor of Strategic Management and Entrepreneurship the Johns Hopkins Carey Business School and core faculty at the Johns Hopkins Medicine Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality. He held the 2004 and 2005 Haniel Foundation Visiting Chair at the Humboldt University in Berlin and was the 2006 Robert Bosch Foundation Public Policy Fellow at the American Academy in Berlin. He received his PhD from the University of Washington.

His areas of research are in innovation and entrepreneurship. He has published more than 100 peer-reviewed research articles. He served two terms on the editorial review board of the Academy of Management Journal and is editor-in-chief of Academy of Management Perspectives, and associate editor of the Journal of Technology Transfer and Journal of Family Business Strategy.

Donald Siegel, PhD

Donald Siegel is Foundation Professor of Public Policy and Management and director of the School of Public Affairs at Arizona State University. Previously, he served as dean of the School of Business at the University at Albany. He received his PhD in Business Economics from Columbia University. He was a Sloan Foundation postdoctoral fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research. In 2016, he was elected a Fellow of the Academy of Management.

Siegel has published 118 articles and 12 books on university technology transfer and entrepreneurship, the effects of corporate governance on performance, productivity analysis, the economic effects of gambling, and the economics of corporate and environmental social responsibility.

Siegel’s work has been funded by the Sloan Foundation, National Science Foundation, Kauffman Foundation, National Bureau of Economic Research, American Statistical Association, W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research, and the Department of Labor. He has also served as consultant to the United Nations, National Research Council, the Department of Justice, the Environmental Protection Agency, Securities Industry Association, and the National Association of Manufacturers, among others. He is an editor of the Journal of Management Studies and the Journal of Technology Transfer.


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