Cass Sunstein

Professor, Harvard University


Cass R. Sunstein

Cass R. Sunstein is currently the Robert Walmsley University Professor at Harvard. From 2009 to 2012, he was Administrator of the White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs. He is the founder and director of the Program on Behavioral Economics and Public Policy at Harvard Law School. Mr. Sunstein has testified before congressional committees on many subjects, and he has been involved in constitution-making and law reform activities in a number of nations.

Mr. Sunstein is author of many articles and books, including Republic.com (2001), Risk and Reason (2002), Why Societies Need Dissent (2003), The Second Bill of Rights (2004), Laws of Fear: Beyond the Precautionary Principle (2005), Worst-Case Scenarios (2001), Nudge: Improving Decisions about Health, Wealth, and Happiness (with Richard H. Thaler, 2008), Simpler: The Future of Government (2013) and most recently Why Nudge? (2014) and Conspiracy Theories and Other Dangerous Ideas (2014). He is now working on group decisionmaking and various projects on the idea of liberty.

James Rhee


Executive Chairman&CEO, Ashley Stewart


James Rhee

For nearly two decades, as a successful investor, board member, and CEO, Mr. Rhee has created outsized, asymmetric risk- adjusted returns by creating bespoke, holistic solutions in the rapidly transforming retail-consumer product industry. By leveraging a uniquely diversified network and knowledge base in private equity, restructuring, retail/consumer and venture, Mr. Rhee specializes in marrying algorithmic, CRM and technology- driven solutions with lean process flow and people. FirePine Group, which he founded in 2009, sits uniquely at the intersections of growth and distressed, technology and operations.

As Executive Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Ashley Stewart, in less than two years, Mr. Rhee has forged a social commerce strategy and team that have transformed a twice bankrupt, unprofitable brick-and-mortar retailer with over a decade of operating losses and no corporate wi-fi into a multi- channel, digital and global leader. Based on these efforts, Mr. Rhee was recognized by the National Retail Federation in 2016 as one of the 25 individuals most shaping the future of retail with one of its five Power Player awards.

Bala Ganesh

Bala Ganesh

Vice President, UPS


Bala Ganesh

Ganesh works in the marketing strategy group at UPS. He joined UPS in 2012 as product manager supporting UPS My Choice and social media/mobile integration within the company’s Customer Technology Management group.

Prior to joining UPS, Ganesh was responsible for strategy development and mergers and acquisitions with the healthcare procurement company, MedAssets. From 2006 to 2010, he led consulting project teams for McKinsey & Co. Ganesh also has worked as an aerospace engineering researcher at the Georgia Institute of Technology, where he earned a PhD in Aerospace Engineering and an MBA. Early in his career, Ganesh served as a pilot in the Indian Air Force.

Christian Rudder

Christian Rudder

Founder of OKCupid


Christian Rudder

Rudder is one of the founders of OKCupid,one of the largest dating sites in the world,which was sold to IAC in 2011. He still runs it day-to-day, while also heading a small data-mining team that scours the digital universe for meaningful trends on important sites. The original outlet for Rudder's research took place on OKCupid’s blog, OKTrends, which was not only read by millions of people, but also changed the way companies approach data as a media-relations strategy. His research and findings have been featured repeatedly in "The New York Times, Harper's, The Atlantic," and were the subject of a "New Yorker" feature.

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