Toward Resilience: Additional speakers announced for PopTech Iceland!

As final preparations for PopTech Iceland are underway, we’re thrilled to announce the next round of amazing people you’ll see on stage in Reykjavik.
From accurately predicting the collapse of financial bubbles to exploring the links between personal trauma and global leadership, the topic of resilience will be examined in all its various forms, energizing you with ideas that will change how you look at the world.

 And since we’ll be in Iceland during the midnight sun, bright summer nights will complement stimulating days filled with compelling presentations and engaging discussions. Check out our conference schedule and join us June 27-29 as we explore Iceland’s natural beauty during this special time of year.  

Looking to explore Iceland further? Independently operated excursions will take place on Saturday, June 30 and carry an additional charge.

Please meet the newly announced speakers for PopTech Iceland:

  • Jason Hackenwerth’s large-scale installations made with latex balloons have been shown in solo and group exhibitions throughout the United States and abroad.
  • Tim Harford is a senior columnist for the Financial Times, a presenter for the BBC and the author most recently of Adapt: Why Success Always Starts with Failure.
  • Alexi Murdoch is a critically acclaimed singer-songwriter whose latest album Towards the Sun was released in 2011.
  • Didier Sornette is Professor on the Chair of Entrepreneurial Risks in the Department of Management, Technology and Economics at ETH Zurich.  His research focuses on the prediction of crises and extreme events in complex systems, particularly around financial bubbles and crashes and the diagnostics of systemic instabilities.
  • Alyson Warhurst is CEO and founder of risk analysis and mapping company Maplecroft. Over the last 10 years, Warhurst has built Maplecroft into the leading source of extra-financial risk intelligence for the world’s largest multinational corporations, banks and asset managers, governments and NGOs.
  • Kári Stefánsson, M.D., Dr. Med. founded deCODE in August 1996 and is recognized as a leading figure in human genetics. He has shaped deCODE’s scientific approach and been actively engaged in leading its gene discovery work, serving as senior author on most of the company’s publications in major scientific journals.
  • Yossi Sheffi is the Elisha Gray II professor of Engineering Systems at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he serves as Director of the MIT Center for Transportation and Logistics (CTL). He is an expert in systems optimization, risk analysis and supply chain management, which are the subjects he researches and teaches at MIT, both at the MIT School of Engineering and at the Sloan School of Management.
  • Laurie Leitch, PhD has been a clinical trainer, researcher and organizational consultant for over 25 years. She has co-developed models of intervention that provide stabilization skills training in neuroscience-based trauma programs appropriate with complex trauma and for use with adults and children suffering from long-term and acute trauma as well as war-zone trauma.
  • Retired Army Brigadier General Loree Sutton, MD is a psychiatrist whose culminating military assignment involved serving as the Founding Director of the Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury (DCoE) from 2007 to 2010.
  • Valgeir Sigurðsson is a composer, producer, engineer, musician and founder of Greenhouse Studios and the Bedroom Community record label, based in Reykjavik, Iceland.

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