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2024 Creativity Conference Speakers

Creativity Conference Curators

Mark Moffett

Mark W. Moffett

Tropical explorer Mark Moffett is investigating the life and death of societies across species and in humans right up to the present day. Trained under the Harvard ecologist E.O. Wilson, he is most widely known for finding new species and behavior and recording them in the National Geographic magazine.

Melissa Wells

Melissa Wells

Melissa Wells is an expert at managing healthcare systems in the US and abroad. When on expeditions with fellow explorer Moffett, she also captures the work and inspiration of scientific researchers through photography and film.

2024 Creativity Conference Speakers

Additional speakers will be announced soon!

Heather Berlin

Clinical psychologist, neuroscientist, and TV host Heather Berlin is seeking novel treat­ments and preventive measures for impulsive and compulsive psychiatric disorders while investigating the neural basis of consciousness and creativity.

Cassandra Extavour

Geneticist Cassandra Extavour, who studies the evolution of embryos, and the gametes from which they develop, at a grand scale, across the animal kingdom, is also a professional soprano singing classical music and in operas around the world.

John Mather

NASA cosmologist and Nobel Prize winner in physics, John Mather returns as a Creativity participant to report on the latest findings about the nature of the universe in his role as the leading scientist on the James Webb Space telescope research team.

Amy Tan

The next publication of the returning Creativity participant Amy Tan, best-selling novelist and writer of children’s books and memoirs and co-writer of the screenplay for the film adaptation of her book, The Joy Luck Club, concerns her love of birds.

Terence Tao

MacArthur Fellow Terence Tao, who began taking university courses in mathematics at the age of 9, has been decorated with the Fields Medal and the Crafoord Prize and was described by the New York Times as the “Mozart of mathematics.”