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Prof. Yuval Noah Harari, Historian and Bestselling Author of Sapiens: A Graphic History (2020)

Rutger Bregman, Historian and Author of Humankind: A Hopeful History

Zanny Minton Beddoes, Editor-in-Chief of The Economist (Moderator)

Victor Pinchuk, Founder, YES, Victor Pinchuk Foundation, EastOne group (Introduction)
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Speakers and moderator
Prof. Yuval Noah Harar
Historian and Bestselling Author of Sapiens: A Graphic History (2020)
Rutger Bregman
Historian and Author of Humankind: A Hopeful History
Zanny Minton Beddoes
Editor-in-Chief of The Economist (Moderator)
Victor Pinchuk
Founder, YES, Victor Pinchuk Foundation, EastOne group (Introduction)
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Prof. Yuval Noah Harari
Historian and Bestselling Author of Sapiens: A Graphic History (2020)
Prof. Yuval Noah Harari is a historian and bestselling author, who is considered one of the world's most influential public intellectuals today. His popular books — Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind, Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow and 21 Lessons for the 21st Century — have sold 27.5 Million copies in 60 languages. They have been recommended by Barack Obama, Bill Gates, Chris Evans, Janelle Monáe, and many others. The Guardian has credited Sapiens with revolutionizing the non-fiction market and popularizing "brainy books". In autumn 2020 Harari is publishing Sapiens: A Graphic History: a radical adaptation of the original Sapiens into a graphic novel series, co-created with comics artists Daniel Vandermuelen and Daniel Casanave.

Harari, who is 44 and was born in Israel, started out in academia, earning his PhD from the University of Oxford. Following the huge success of his books, he went on to share a stage with world leaders like Angela Merkel and Emmanuel Macron, as well as figures like Natalie Portman and Mark Zuckerberg. He publishes articles regularly in newspapers including the New York Times, the FT and The Guardian, speaks publicly at conferences that have recently included Davos 2020, and has given interviews on the global coronavirus crisis to major news channels including CNN and the BBC.

In 2019, Yuval and his husband (Itzik Yahav) co-founded Sapienship: a social impact company with projects in the fields of entertainment and education. Sapienship's main goal is to focus the public conversation on the most important global challenges facing the world today.

Yuval Noah Harari is a professor of History at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and his work is about macro-historical questions, such as: What is the relationship between history and biology? What is the essential difference between Homo sapiens and other animals? What ethical questions do science and technology raise in the 21st century?
Rutger Bregman
Historian and Author of
Humankind: A Hopeful History

Rutger Bregman (1988) is a historian and author. He has published five books on history, philosophy, and economics.

His book Utopia for Realists was a New York Times Bestseller and has been translated in 32 languages. Bregman has twice been nominated for the prestigious European Press Prize for his work at The Correspondent. His new book, Humankind, will be published in June 2020. Rutger lives in Holland.

'The Dutch wunderkind of new ideas' — The Guardian
Zanny Minton Beddoes
Editor-in-Chief of The Economist
During 25 years at the newspaper she has written special reports on the world economy, Germany, Latin American finance, global finance and Central Asia. Zanny is a renowned global economics expert, sought-after for her authoritative perspectives on the world economy. She previously worked at the IMF, and as an adviser to the Minister of Finance in Poland.
Victor Pinchuk
Founder, EastOne Group, YES, Victor Pinchuk Foundation
Victor Pinchuk is a Ukrainian businessman and philanthropist. He graduated with honours from the Dnipropetrovsk Metallurgical Institute in 1983 and earned a PhD degree in 1987 before starting his career as a research engineer in pipe production. In 1990, he founded the Interpipe Company on the basis of his patented innovations in pipe design, engineering and production, which were successfully adopted by leading metallurgical factories in the former USSR. In 2007, he founded EastOne Ltd., an international investment advisory company whose portfolio comprises more than 20 businesses and large-scale projects, including Interpipe and assets in Ukraine and internationally in ferroalloys, oil and gas, media and others. Mr. Pinchuk served as an elected Member of the Parliament of Ukraine from 1998 to 2006. For many years Mr. Pinchuk has been developing and supporting a number of philanthropic projects in Ukraine. In 2006, he consolidated these activities under the Victor Pinchuk Foundation, which became the largest private Ukrainian philanthropic foundation. Its mission is "Empowering future generations to become the change makers of tomorrow." It focuses on education, Ukraine's international integration, healthcare and access to the inspiration of contemporary art.The projects of the foundation include the following: the largest private scholarship program in Ukraine, Zavtra.UA; an international scholarship program for Ukrainian students, WorldWideStudies; public lectures with international leaders for Ukrainian students; founding the Kyiv School of Economics; a network of modern neonatal centers throughout Ukraine, Cradles of Hope; the Davos Ukrainian Lunch organized annually at the occasion of the World Economic Forum's Annual Meeting in Davos; and the largest and most dynamic contemporary art centre in Central and Eastern Europe, the PinchukArtCentre. The PinchukArtCentre provides free admission and has welcomed over 3 million visitors since its founding. It also awards the biannual Future Generation Art Prize for artists from any country aged 35 or younger and the biannual PinchukArtCentre Prize for young Ukrainian artists. Mr. Pinchuk has long promoted closer ties between Ukraine and the EU. In 2004, he created the Yalta European Strategy (YES) – an international independent organization aimed at promoting Ukraine's integration with Europe and the world. Mr. Pinchuk is a member of the World Economic Forum, a member of the International Advisory Council of the Atlantic Council, and a member of the International Advisory Council of Brookings Institution. He was included in the "2010 Time 100 - The World's Most Influential People" list by Time Magazine. In 2013, he joined the Giving Pledge, a philanthropic initiative founded in 2010 by Bill Gates and Warren Buffett.
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