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Speakers and moderator
Prof. Yuval Noah Harari
Historian and Bestselling Author of Sapiens: A Graphic History (2020)
Timothy Snyder
Levin Professor of History
Yale University
Anne Applebaum
Staff writer for The Atlantic, Pulitzer - prize winning historian (Moderator)
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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, philosopher, and the bestselling author of Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind, Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow, 21 Lessons for the 21st Century, and Sapiens: A Graphic History. His books have sold over 35 Million copies in 65 languages, and he is considered one of the world's most influential public intellectuals today.

Born in Israel in 1976, Harari received his PhD from the University of Oxford in 2002, and is currently a lecturer at the Department of History in the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. In 2019, following the international success of his books, Yuval Noah Harari co-founded Sapienship with his husband and original agent, Itzik Yahav. Sapienship is a social impact company with projects in the fields of entertainment and education, whose main goal is to focus the public conversation on the most important global challenges facing the world today.

Yuval Noah Harari gave keynote speeches on the future of humanity in Davos 2020 and 2018, on the World Economic Forum's main Congress Hall stage. He regularly discusses global issues with heads of state, and has had public conversations with Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz, Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte, and Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis. Harari has also met with French President Emmanuel Macron, German Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany, Argentine President Mauricio Macri, German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier, and Shanghai's Mayor Ying Yong. In 2019, Harari sat down for a filmed discussion on technology and the future of society with Facebook's CEO Mark Zuckerberg, and in 2018 he presented the first ever TED talk delivered by a digital avatar..

Harari originally specialized in world history, medieval history and military history. His current research focuses on macro-historical questions such as: What is the relationship between history and biology? What is the essential difference between Homo sapiens and other animals? Is there justice in history? Does history have a direction? Did people become happier as history unfolded? What ethical questions do science and technology raise in the 21st century?

Published in 2014, Harari's Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind has become an international hit, with over 21 Million copies sold. It is a New York Times top 10 bestseller, which has stayed on the paper's bestseller list for over half the time it has been available in the US, over a six year period. The book held positions #1-#3 on the Sunday Times' bestseller list for 96 consecutive weeks. Sapiens was recommended by Barack Obama, Bill Gates, Natalie Portman, Janelle Monáe, Chris Evans and many others. The Guardian has credited Sapiens with revolutionizing the non-fiction market and popularizing 'brainy books'.

In 2016 Prof. Harari returned with Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow, a critically acclaimed book that examines the big future projects facing humanity in the 21st century. Since its publication, over 9 Million copies of the book have been sold worldwide.

After venturing deep into the past and then the future, Yuval Noah Harari published 21 Lessons for the 21st Century in 2018. Here he stopped to take the pulse of our current global climate, focusing on the biggest questions of the present moment: What is really happening right now? What are today's greatest challenges and choices? What should we pay attention to? Over 5 Million copies of 21 Lessons have been sold worldwide.

In 2020 Harari (as creator and co-writer) joined forces with renowned comics artists David Vandermeulen (as co-writer) and Daniel Casanave (as illustrator). Together, they created Sapiens: A Graphic History – a radical adaptation of the original Sapiens into a graphic novel series that is bursting with wit, humour and colour. These illustrated books cast Yuval Noah Harari in the role of guide, who takes the reader through the entire history of the human species, accompanied by a range of fictional characters and traveling through time, space and popular culture references. The series will be published in five volumes, with the first two books already available.

Prof. Harari's writings have received several accolades. In 2021 he was presented with a US Association of Foreign Press Correspondents Honorary Award. In 2020, he was awarded an honorary doctorate from VUB (the Free University of Brussels), and received the CITIC Author of the Year prize in China, for Sapiens: A Graphic History. In 2019, 21 Lessons was honoured as 'Knowledge Book of the Year' by the German magazine Bild der Wissenschaft, Homo Deus was recognized as the 'Wise Book of the Year' by Krakow's Jagiellonian University, and Sapiens won the 'Academic Book of the Year' prize at the UK's Academic Book Trade Awards. In 2017 Homo Deus received Handelsblatt's German Economic Book Award for "the most thoughtful and influential economic book of the year", and in 2015 Sapiens won China's Wenjin Book Award.

Yuval Noah Harari lectures around the world on the topics explored in his books, and offers his knowledge and time to various audiences on a voluntary basis. He writes articles for publications such as The Guardian, The Financial Times, The New York Times, TIME and The Economist, andin 2020 wrote and interviewed extensively on the global COVID-19 crisis – discussing the pandemic's implications on major news channels, including CNN and the BBC. Harari was featured in a profile piece on CBS' 60 Minutes programme in 2021.
Timothy Snyder
Levin Professor of History
Yale University

Timothy Snyder is the Richard C. Levin Professor of History at Yale University and a permanent fellow at the Institute for Human Sciences in Vienna. He speaks five and reads ten European languages. His ten chief books are Nationalism, Marxism, and Modern Central Europe: A Biography of Kazimierz Kelles-Krauz (1998); The Reconstruction of Nations: Poland, Ukraine, Lithuania, Belarus, 1569-1999 (2003); Sketches from a Secret War: A Polish Artist's Mission to Liberate Soviet Ukraine (2005); The Red Prince: The Secret Lives of a Habsburg Archduke (2008); Bloodlands: Europe Between Hitler and Stalin (2010), Thinking the Twentieth Century (with Tony Judt, 2012); Black Earth: The Holocaust as History and Warning (2015); On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century (2017); The Road to Unfreedom: Russia, Europe, America (2018); and Our Malady: Lessons in Liberty from a Hospital Diary (2020). He has also co-edited three further books: The Wall Around the West: State Borders and Immigration Controls in Europe and North America (2001); Stalin and Europe: Terror, War, Domination (2013); and The Balkans as Europe (2018). His essays are collected in Ukrainian History, Russian Politics, European Futures (2014), and The Politics of Life and Death (2015). Snyder's work has appeared in forty languages and has received a number of prizes, including the Emerson Prize in the Humanities, the Literature Award of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Václav Havel Foundation prize, the Foundation for Polish Science prize in the social sciences, the Leipzig Award for European Understanding, the Dutch Auschwitz Committee award, and the Hannah Arendt Prize in Political Thought. Snyder was a Marshall Scholar at Oxford, has received the Carnegie and Guggenheim fellowships, and holds state orders from Estonia, Lithuania, and Poland. He has appeared in documentaries, on network television, and in major films. His books have inspired poster campaigns and exhibitions, films, sculpture, a punk rock song, a rap song, a play, and an opera. His words are quoted in political demonstrations around the world, most recently in Hong Kong. He is researching a family history of nationalism and finishing a philosophical book about freedom.
Anne Applebaum
Staff writer for The Atlantic, Pulitzer - prize winning historian (Moderator)
Pulitzer Prize winning historian, journalist and commentator on geo-politics, Anne Applebaum examines the challenges and opportunities of global political and economic change through the lenses of world history and the contemporary political landscape. Informed by her expertise in Europe and her years of international reporting, Applebaum shares perspectives on, and the far-reaching implications of, today's volatile world events. And as technology allows a new scale of media manipulation to authoritarian governments and changes the tenor of political discourse, she scrutinizes the misinformation, propaganda, and criminal exploitation that influence global affairs, as well. Anne's Pulitzer Prize-winning Gulag: A History is about the Soviet concentration camps. Her new book, Red Famine: Stalin's War on Ukraine, is the winner of her second Duff Cooper Prize and the 28th Lionel Gelber Prize 2018. Anne is the only author to win the Duff Cooper Prize twice. A Senior Fellow at the SNF Agora Institute at Johns Hopkins university, she co-leads a program on disinformation and 21s century propaganda. An adjunct fellow of the Center for European Policy Analysis, she is former Phillipe Roman Chair in History and International Affairs at the London School of Economics. Applebaum writes a biweekly foreign affairs column for The Washington Post, and is a regular contributor to publications such as Slate magazine, The New Republic, The Spectator, and The New York Review of Books. She was formerly a member of The Washington Post's editorial board; foreign and deputy editor of the Spectator magazine; and political editor of the Evening Standard. She divides her time between London and Warsaw, Poland.
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