Award-Winning Journalist, Director, and Best-Selling Author of The Perfect Storm
Assistant Professor, Department of Information Science, Cornell University
Michael Finkel has reported from more than 50 countries across six continents, covering topics ranging from the world’s last hunter-gatherer tribes, to conflicts in Afghanistan and Israel, to the international black market in human organs. He is the author of True Story, a book about his strange friendship with a murderer. True Story has recently been made into a major motion picture, produced by Brad Pitt and starring Jonah Hill and James Franco.
In the line of reportorial duty, Finkel has skied off the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro, set sail on a Haitian refugee boat, joined a cult in Colorado, been in a car that was run over by a tank in Afghanistan, climbed into an active volcano in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and crossed the Sahara Desert on the back of an open truck. His work has appeared in National Geographic, GQ, The Atlantic, Esquire, Rolling Stone, Vanity Fair, and The New York Times Magazine.
Finkel lives with his family in western Montana.
J. Trevor Hughes
As President and CEO of the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP), J. Trevor Hughes leads the world’s largest association of privacy professionals, which promotes, defines and supports the privacy profession globally.
Trevor is widely recognized as a leading privacy expert, appearing at SXSW, RSA and other privacy and technology events. He has contributed to media outlets such as the New York Times, TechCrunch and WIRED and has provided testimony on issues of privacy, surveillance and privacy-sensitive technologies before the U.S. Congress, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission, British Parliament and more.
A native of Canada, Trevor previously served as the executive director of the Network Advertising Initiative and the Email Sender and Provider Coalition. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and his Juris Doctor from the University Of Maine School Of Law, where he is also an adjunct professor and member of the Law Foundation Board.
He can be found on Twitter at @JTrevorHughes.
Sebastian Junger is the internationally acclaimed, best-selling author of WAR, The Perfect Storm, A Death in Belmont and Fire. He is also the acclaimed director of the documentaries Restrepo and Korengal. As a contributing editor to Vanity Fair and as a contributor to ABC News, he has covered major international news stories and has been awarded the National Magazine Award and an SAIS Novartis Prize for Journalism.
Junger’s newest book entitled Tribe: On Homecoming and Belonging, takes readers on an investigation of the experiences of veterans and proposes that a major cause of pain is not being at war, but coming home. We all have a strong instinct to belong to small groups defined by clear purpose and understanding—"tribes." In Tribe, Junger demonstrates how this tribal connection has been largely lost in modern society. Furthermore, he examines PTSD as a side effect of soldiers leaving the close bonds they’ve formed in their military platoons and returning to a disconnected modern society, and argues that regaining a sense of closeness may be the key to our psychological survival.
In Spring 2017, National Geographic will air Junger’s latest documentary feature, entitled Hell on Earth: The Fall of Syria and the Rise of ISIS. Culled from nearly 1,000 hours of stunningly visceral footage, the film explores some of the horrific conditions that refugees commonly flee from, and show their humanity and courage in the face of physical threats as well as a largely hostile political environment. Junger captures the Syrian war’s harrowing carnage and socio-political consequences while painting an alarming picture of the West’s role in the creation of ISIS.
Junger became a fixture in the international media when, as a first-time author, he commanded the New York Times best-seller list for more than three years with The Perfect Storm, which became a major motion picture starring George Clooney.
His reporting on Afghanistan in 2000, profiling Northern Alliance leader Ahmed Shah Massoud, became the subject of the National Geographic documentary Into the Forbidden Zone. In 2001, his expertise and experience reporting in Afghanistan led him to cover the war as a special correspondent for ABC News and Vanity Fair. His work has also been published in Harper’s, The New York Times Magazine, National Geographic Adventure, Outside, and Men’s Journal. He has reported on the LURD besiegement of Monrovia in Liberia, human rights abuses in Sierra Leone, war crimes in Kosovo, the peacekeeping mission in Cyprus, wildfire in the American West, guerilla war in Afghanistan, and hostage-taking in Kashmir. He has worked as a freelance radio correspondent during the war in Bosnia.
Junger is a native New Englander and a graduate of Wesleyan University. Attracted since childhood to “extreme situations and people at the edges of things,” Junger worked as a high-climber for tree removal companies. After a chainsaw injury, he decided to focus on journalism, primarily writing about people with dangerous jobs, from firefighting to commercial fishing (which led, of course, to The Perfect Storm).
In 1998 Junger established The Perfect Storm Foundation, a non-profit organization that provides educational opportunities for children of people in the maritime professions.
Dr. Karen Levy is an assistant professor in the Department of Information Science at Cornell University, and associated faculty at Cornell Law School. She researches how law and technology interact to regulate social life, with particular focus on social and organizational aspects of surveillance. Much of Dr. Levy's research analyzes the uses of monitoring for social control in various contexts, from long-haul trucking to intimate relationships. She is also interested in how data collection uniquely impacts, and is contested by, marginalized populations.
Dr. Levy holds a Ph.D. in Sociology from Princeton University and a J.D. from Indiana University Maurer School of Law. Before joining Cornell, she was a postdoctoral fellow at New York University School of Law’s Information Law Institute and the Data and Society Research Institute. Dr. Levy’s academic work has been published in a number of scholarly journals, and she is currently completing a book manuscript on the future of workplace surveillance. She frequently writes for public audiences in venues like The Atlantic, Harvard Business Review, Pacific Standard, and The Los Angeles Times. Her research has been discussed on NPR and in the New York Times, Washington Post, The Guardian, Fast Company, Psychology Today, MIT Technology Review, and other publications.
Matt Loeb, CGEIT, CAE, FASAE, joined ISACA as CEO and Director in September 2014. In just 22 months, ISACA has established released the technology industry’s first vendor-neutral, performance-based cybersecurity certification; launched a series of cybersecurity conferences and training programs worldwide, and; acquired the CMMI Institute to further its strategy to inspire confidence in technology that helps enterprises enable innovation and improve business performance. Revenues have grown from $47M to $73M. Prior to joining ISACA, Loeb was staff executive for the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and the executive director of the IEEE Foundation. His professional experience includes enterprise strategy, corporate development, global business operations, governance, publishing, sales, marketing, product development and acquisitions functions in a variety of for-profit and nonprofit organizations.
ISACA helps enterprises realize the positive potential of technology and improve business performance through increased innovation, value creation, organizational efficiency and effectiveness and disciplined security practices. A global professional association with more than 140,000 professionals in 180 countries, ISACA offers COBIT, a globally-respected business framework that helps organizations govern and manage their digital business. ISACA has also recently made significant investments to address the global cybersecurity skills shortage and help organizations develop strong cyber workforces through skills-based training and performance-based assessment.
Loeb was recently named a Fellow of the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE). He is one of only 251 individuals to receive this recognition since the program’s inception 30 years ago. This industry recognition is bestowed on less than 1% of those working in the nonprofit industry.
Matt has served on numerous corporate for-profit and non-profit Boards. He currently serves as non-executive Chairman of the Board of the Pittsburgh-based company Clearmodel, and as a member of the Board of Directors of the American Society of Association Executives and the ASAE Foundation, both of which are based in Washington, DC.