Featured Speakers

  • Shima Beigi

    Shima Beigi

    CEO and Founder of Triple AI Therapeutics for Mindful Smart Cities and Senior Scientist at Human Energy

    Dr Shima Beigi earned a BSc, two MSc degrees, and a PhD from the University of Bristol and the University of Oxford. Her area of expertise is in the resilience of complex systems and smart city design. She is CEO and Founder of Triple AI Therapeutics for Mindful Smart Cities and is a senior scientist at Human Energy working on techno-social dilemmas.

  • Johan Bollen

    Johan Bollen

    Professor of Informatics and Cognitive Science, Indiana University Bloomington

    Johan Bollen is a professor of Informatics and Cognitive Science at Indiana University. He is a founding director of the Center for Social and Biomedical Complexity at Indiana University, and a fellow at the Center for Urban Mental Health institute of the University of Amsterdam and the Synergy Program for Analyzing Resilience and Critical transitionS at Wageningen University. He has published broadly on questions at the intersection of social complexity, cultural evolution, collective intelligence, health, and AI. Johan lives in Bloomington, Indiana where he performs as a resident DJ at two of its pre-eminent dance clubs (@deejayangst).

  • John Cressler

    John Cressler

    Electrical and Computer Engineer, and Author, Georgia Institute of Technology

    John D. Cressler received his PhD from Columbia University in 1990. He is currently Regents Professor, Schlumberger Chair Professor in Electronics, and the Ken Byers Teaching Fellow in Science and Religion, in the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Georgia Tech. His research interests center on silicon-based heterostructure (Si/SiGe) electronic and photonic devices, circuits, and systems. He and his team have published over 800 scientific papers in these areas, and he has graduated 70 PhD students over his 31-year academic career. He has published a number of books, both non-fiction and historical fiction, and he has received a number of awards for both his teaching and research.

  • Ilia Delio

    Ilia Delio

    Theologian, Villanova University, Doctorate in Pharmacology, Founder and CEO of the Center for Christogenesis

    Ilia Delio, OSF holds the Josephine C. Connelly Endowed Chair in Christian Theology at Villanova University. She is the author of twenty-four books, including The Hours of the Universe: Reflections on God, Science and the Human Journey which won a 2022 Gold Nautilus Book Award, Making All Things New: Catholicity, Cosmology and Consciousness, a finalist for the 2019 Michael Ramsey Prize and The Unbearable Wholeness ofBeing: God, Evolution and the Power of Love, for which she won the 2014 Silver Nautilus Book Award and a 2014 Catholic Press Association Book Award in Faith and Science. She is founder of the Center for Christogenesis, an online educational resource based on the vision of Teilhard de Chardin and, more broadly, the integration of science, religion and culture in the 21st century.

  • Zann Gill

    Zann Gill

    A founder of GAIL (Generative AI Lab & Library). Former Research Scientist/ Program Developer at NASA.

    Zann Gill, former Research Scientist/ Program Developer at NASA, focusing on collaborative intelligence (hybrid human - AI collaboration), M. Arch. Harvard, pivoted to become a sci-fi story-teller. Her books, from ALICE in Cinderland (climate change, fires, violence) to SQUID (our dying ocean lifeline), are sci-fi satires about technology and our future in a generative AI world. A founder of GAIL (Generative AI Lab & Library), she holds patents from the AI division of the US patent office on GAIL, a SaaS network for AI empowering human talent and beneficial uses of AI. See https://zanngill.com/ and https://gail.global and https://pow.earthdecks.com

  • John Haught

    John Haught

    Theologian, Georgetown University

    John F Haught is a leading Teilhard de Chardin scholar. He is Distinguished Research Professor of Theology at Georgetown University. He is the author of 24 books on topics related to science, religion, evolution and ecology. His most recent books are God After Einstein: What Is Really Going on in the Universe? (Yale University Press, 2022) and The Cosmic Vision of Teilhard de Chardin (Maryknoll: Orbis Press, 2021).

  • Sheila Hassell Hughes

    Sheila Hassell Hughes

    Professor of English and former Dean of Liberal Arts at Saint Mary’s College of California

    Sheila Hassell Hughes is Professor of English and former Dean of Liberal Arts at Saint Mary’s College of California. Her research has focused on literature, gender, and religion, inclusive and liberatory feminist pedagogy, and the experience of girls in urban schools. She is also a published poet. Dr. Hughes has an MA in English (University of Toronto) and was one of the first in the US to earn an interdisciplinary PhD in Women’s Studies (Emory University). She is a member of the Human Energy Advisory Board and Chair of the organization's Education Steering Committee.

  • Robert Lawrence Kuhn

    Robert Lawrence Kuhn

    Public Intellectual, Author, and International Corporate Strategist; Creator, Writer and Host of Closer To Truth (PBS),

    Dr. Robert Lawrence Kuhn is a public intellectual; he is the creator, writer and host of Closer To Truth, the PBS/public television series on cosmos (cosmology/physics), consciousness (brain/mind), meaning (philosophy of religion), now in its 22nd Season (www.closertotruth.com). Dr. Kuhn has written or edited over 30 books, including The Mystery of Existence: Why is there Anything At All? (with John Leslie); Closer To Truth: Challenging Current Belief; Closer To Truth: Science, Meaning and the Future; The Library of Investment Banking; How China’s Leaders Think (featuring President Xi Jinping); and The Man Who Changed China: The Life and Legacy of Jiang Zemin (China’s best-selling book in 2005 and in December 2022). An international corporate strategist and investment banker, Dr. Kuhn is a recipient of the China Reform Friendship Medal, China’s highest award for foreigners. He is chairman of The Kuhn Foundation. He has a BA in Human Biology (Johns Hopkins), MBA (MIT), and PhD in Anatomy/Brain Research (UCLA).

  • Elizabeth Lee

    Elizabeth Lee

    Vice President for Programs and Development at CyArk

    Elizabeth Lee is a seasoned professional with nearly two decades of experience in the field of cultural heritage. She currently serves as the Vice President for Programs and Development at CyArk, a nonprofit organization dedicated to using digital technologies to empower connections to historic places. In her role at CyArk, Elizabeth leads the development of international partnerships and technology-driven solutions for cultural heritage protection, education, and appreciation. Her work is focused on advancing CyArk's mission to create more equitable and respectful access to places and to lift up new voices to increase understanding of our shared human experience. She is a proud graduate of the University of California, Berkeley, and a member of the US Chapter of the International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS).

  • Marta Lenartowicz

    Marta Lenartowicz

    Cognitive-social scientist, Senior researcher at Centre Leo Apostel of the Free University of Brussels (CLEA-VUB), Contributor to Human Energy

    Marta Lenartowicz is an interdisciplinary researcher and educator based at the Free University of Brussels (VUB) and Buckminster College in Belgium. At the VUB, where she has initiated and led the programme called the ‘School of Thinking', she works as the director of education and a senior researcher at the Center Leo Apostel for Interdisciplinary Studies (CLEA). At Buckminster College, she serves as the principal, curating learning trajectories suitable for broadly-thinking, sensitive, demanding learners. Marta holds a PhD in humanistic management, with backgrounds in social epistemology, theory of language, and educational leadership. She is interested in philosophy of cognitive science and in theoretical approaches to the evolution of intelligence, cognitive development, and distributed cognition. In her work, she is seeking to advance the conceptual underpinnings that govern the evolution of intelligence in human cognitive systems at multiple scales.

  • Raphael Liogier

    Raphael Liogier

    Sociologist and Philosopher, Institut d'Études Politiques d'Aix-en-Provence

    Professor at Sciences Po Aix-en-Provence, at the University Paris-Nanterre and at the UM6P (Morocco), Raphaël Liogier ran the Observatoire du religieux from 2006 to 2014, the main institution to have studied the new groups of young people using Islam as an anti-social flag to justify violent behaviours. He was the first expert to be interviewed by the French Parliament after the January 2015 Charlie Hebdo terrorist attack. He has been visiting professor in European, American and Australian universities, and has written numerous books on the mutation of beliefs and paradigms, on transnational identities and on the need for metaphysics. His recent research focuses on the impact of new technoscience, specifically AI, on human narratives. His last book, Khaos: The Betrayed pPomise of Modernity, raises the question of the meaning and necessity of trans-cendence in our present world, radically renewing the old debate between faith and knowledge.

  • Wolfgang Leidhold

    Wolfgang Leidhold

    Political Scientist, Philosopher and Artist, University of Cologne

    Wolfgang Leidhold graduated in political science, philosophy, and East Asian studies in Bochum, Germany, with a thesis on Descartes (1975). After studies at Stanford University, he wrote his dissertation on Francis Hutcheson. In 1982, he became assistant professor at the University of Erlangen, and later a research fellow at Georgetown University and the University of Hawaii, working on the Pacific Island Region. Since 1992, he is full professor at the University of Cologne. He works on the history of ideas, philosophy, religion, and ecology from the Paleolithic to the present. His most recent book is "The History of Experience" (2023). Besides his scientific activity he works as an artist in painting, represented by galleries in New York and Germany.

  • Jennifer Morgan

    Jennifer Morgan

    President and founder of the Deeptime Network, award-winning author, storyteller, and educator

    Jennifer Morgan, president and founder of the Deeptime Network , is an award-winning author, storyteller, and educator inspired by the work of Teilhard de Chardin, Maria Montessori, Thomas Berry, and Brian Swimme. Her Universe Story Trilogy — Born With a Bang, From Lava to Life, and Mammals Who Morph — is used in classrooms around the world, particularly in Montessori schools as part of the Cosmic Education Curriculum, and have received the Teachers Choice Award, Nautilus Semi Finalist, highest ratings from AAAS and endorsements from Jane Goodall, Neil de Grasse Tyson, astronaut Edgar Mitchell, Thomas Berry, Brian Swimme and others. She is Vice President of the American Teilhard Association. Her life inspiration is to foster emergence by helping to link a planetary nervous system of people immersed in this radical new understanding. The Deeptime Network offers a nine-month Deeptime Leadership & Wellbeing Program .

  • Ellen Rigsby

    Ellen Rigsby

    Professor of Communication, Saint Mary's College of California

    Ellen M. Rigsby received her Ph.D. in Rhetoric in 2001 at UC Berkeley, after earning a B.A. in Political Philosophy from Johns Hopkins in 1991. She is a Professor in Communication at Saint Mary's College of California. Her areas of expertise are at the intersection of theories of the public sphere (Habermas, McLuhan, Warner) and media law. Her areas of interest are political and rhetorical theory, and the intersection of speculative fiction with politics, and has published on theories of time and politics, on The Hunger Games Trilogy, and more recently on aspects of qualitative research methods and the benefits of teaching mixed research methods to undergraduates. I have been consulting for Human Energy on their education track since 2020.

  • Louis Savary

    Louis Savary

    Former Jesuit, Author, and Expert on the Spirituality of Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

    Louis M. Savary, holds one doctorate in mathematical statistics applied to the behavioral science and a second in theology and spirituality. For twenty years, he served as senior trainer and writer for Educational systems for the Future. He was a Jesuit for thirty years and has studied, taught and written about Teilhard for the past forty years. Among his many books are Teilhard de Chardin on Morality, Teilhard de Chardin on Love, and The Human Phenomenon Explained. He is a board member of the American Teilhard Association.

  • Clément Vidal

    Clément Vidal

    Author and Philosopher, Free University of Brussels and Human Energy

    Dr. Clément Vidal is a philosopher with a background in logic and cognitive sciences. He has published on topics such as the noosphere, ethics, and the search for technosignatures. He is involved in several research projects for Human Energy. In 2014, he authored The Beginning and the End: The Meaning of Life in a Cosmological Perspective and he is always eager to tackle big questions, bringing together areas of knowledge such as cosmology, physics, astrobiology, complexity science or evolutionary theory. More info: www.clemvidal.com