2019 Conference Speakers & Participants

Geoffrey Canada

Education Reform Advocate

In his 20-plus years with Harlem Children’s Zone, Inc., Geoffrey Canada has become nationally recognized for his pioneering work helping children and families in Harlem, as well as a passionate advocate for education reform. Canada founded the Harlem Children’s Zone (HCZ), which The New York Times has called “one of the most ambitious social experiments of our time.” It targets a specific geographic area in Central Harlem with a comprehensive range of services that combine educational, social and medical needs. Canada retired in 2014, but ensured his involvement as a passionate advocate for education and poverty issues would not cease.

Debashis Chatterjee

Director, Indian Institute of Management

Debashis Chatterjee is a professor, prolific author, institution builder and a pioneer in globalising Indian thought. He is currently Director of the prestigious Indian Institute of Management (IIM), an Indian Government Management School in Kozhikode, Kerala, India. He is credited with transforming IIM Kozhikode from an obscure regional school to an institution of national impact and global recognition.

Michael Crow

President, Arizona State University

Michael M. Crow is an educator, knowledge enterprise architect, science and technology policy scholar and higher education leader. He became the 16th president of Arizona State University (ASU) in July 2002, and has spearheaded ASU’s rapid and groundbreaking transformative evolution into one of America’s best public metropolitan research universities. As a model of a new American university, ASU simultaneously demonstrates comprehensive excellence, inclusivity representative of the ethnic and socioeconomic diversity of the United States, and consequential societal impact.

Tadashi Fujita

Representative Director, Executive Vice President for Japan Airlines

Tadashi Fujita is the Representative Director and Executive Vice President for Japan Airlines. He joined the international airline in 1981 as a Passenger Reservations Agent in Okinawa, and quickly rose up the ranks. His career at the airline has been concentrated primarily in the area of passenger sales, including representative roles in Paris, Osaka and Tokyo.

Patricia de Stacy Harrison

President and Chief Executive Officer, Corporation for Public Broadcasting

As president and chief executive officer of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), Patricia de Stacy Harrison heads up the leading funder of public radio and public television programming in the United States. Under her leadership, Harrison has strengthened public service media through the strategic focus of CPB in three important areas – digital, diversity and dialogue. To strengthen CPB’s commitment, she established the first Diversity and Innovation Fund for public media.

Harry Kim

Mayor, Hawai‘i County

Harry Kim is in his third term as Mayor of Hawai‘i County. He served his first term from 2000-2004; his second term from 2004-2008; and began is third term in 2016. Prior to his time as Mayor, Kim was Hawai‘i County’s Law Enforcement Assistance Agency (LEAA) Director and Civil Defense Administrator.

Yutaka Niihara

Chairman and CEO, Emmaus Life Sciences, Inc.

Yutaka Niihara is chairman and CEO of Emmaus Life Sciences, Inc., a biopharmaceutical company dedicated to developing treatments for rare and orphan diseases. Niihara has been involved in patient care and research for sickle cell disease for most of his career. He is the principal inventor of the patented L-glutamine therapy for treatment of sickle cell disease, a groundbreaking treatment that holds much promise for patients. Along with his work at Emmaus, Niihara is principal investigator for LABioMed at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, and Professor of Medicine at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA.

Stephen Schatz

Executive Director, Hawai’i P-20

As Executive Director, Stephen Schatz is responsible for over seeing all Hawai‘i P‐20 programs and supporting the Hawai‘i P‐20 Council. Hawai‘i P‐20’s major programs include the W.K. Kellogg Foundation‐funded Hawai‘i P‐3 Initiative, which promotes partnerships within the early learning community to strengthen the continuum of early learning experiences for children, and college access initiatives such as GEAR UP, t he College Application and Exploration Season, the MyFutureHawaii college/career portal, and Dual Credit Initiative, all designed to increase student readiness for post‐high school success. He also guides th e inter‐agency team, the Hawai‘i Data eXchange Partnership (Hawai‘i DXP), responsible for the statewide longitudinal data system to inform policy‐ an d decision‐making for the improvement of educational outcomes in Hawai‘i.

Roland B. Smith

Group Head – Leadership, Strategy & Development, InterGlobe Enterprises

Based in Delhi, India, Roland Smith is the Group Head of Leadership, Strategy & Development for InterGlobe Enterprises, and also serves as Co-Chairman of the Executive Committee. His responsibilities include leadership, development and strategy. Founded by Rahul Bhatia, InterGlobe employs over 24,000 people globally in the areas of commercial aviation (IndiGo Airlines), hospitality, airline management, travel commerce, pilot and aircraft maintenance and engineering training and real estate.

Bradley D. Tilden

Chairman, President and CEO, Alaska Air Group, Inc.

Brad Tilden serves as chairman, president and CEO of Alaska Air Group, the parent company of Alaska Airlines and Horizon Air. He also serves as chairman and chief executive officer of Alaska Airlines and chairman of Horizon Air. The combined airlines have 23,000 employees, 298 aircraft and fly to 115 destinations throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico and Costa Rica, serving more than 44 million people. Alaska Air Group is a Fortune 500 Company and is among the nation’s most profitable airlines.

Jeffrey W. Ubben

Founder and CEO, ValueAct Capital

Jeffrey Ubben is the founder and CEO of ValueAct Capital, and is the Co‐Portfolio Manager of the ValueAct Spring Fund. He previously served as the company’s Chief Investment Officer. Along with leading ValueAct, Ubben serves as director of The AES Corporation, where he is a member of the Compensation and Financial Audit Committees, and of AppHarvest. He is the former chairman and director of Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, Inc., and a former director of Catalina Marketing Corp., Gartner Group, Inc., Mentor Corporation, Misys plc, Sara Lee Corp., Twenty‐First Century Fox Inc., Valeant Pharmaceuticals International, Willis Towers Watson plc and several other public and private companies.

Leslie Wilcox

President & CEO, PBS Hawai‘i

Leslie Wilcox, a lifelong Islander and longtime print and broadcast journalist, heads Hawai‘i’s statewide public television system. Before being named President and CEO of PBS Hawai‘i in 2007, Wilcox was a top Hawai‘i news anchor and reporter, and co-founder of successful charity drives at two television stations. She has worked for affiliates of four television networks – CBS, NBC, Fox and PBS, and served as trustee of America’s Public Television Stations. She is a former co-anchor of Asia Now, seen in 166 cities.

At PBS Hawai‘i, Wilcox helped conceive and oversaw the development of the first-in-the-nation statewide student news network, HIKI NŌ (Hawaiian for “can do”), which launched in 2011. At 90 schools strong – public, private and charter schools, it is raising a new generation of storytellers in digital media.