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Tavneet Suri
Associate Professor of Applied Economics, MIT Sloan

Prof. Tavneet Suri's expertise is as a development economist, specialized in Sub-Saharan Africa. Suri's work cuts across multiple sectors related to international development, such as digital financial services for the poor, agriculture, and governance. Over the last decade she has spent a significant amount of time in the field across Sub-Saharan Africa. Suri is the scientific director for Africa for J-PAL; a faculty research fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research; an affiliate of BREAD and CEPR; and lead academic of the Kenya Program at the International Growth Center. She holds a BA in economics from Cambridge University, UK, and PhD in economics from Yale University.

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Roberto Rigobon
Society of Sloan Fellows Professor of Management; Professor of Applied Economics, MIT Sloan

Prof. Roberto Rigobon is the Society of Sloan Fellows Professor of Management and a professor of applied economics at MIT Sloan. He is also a research associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research, a member of the Census Bureau’s Scientific Advisory Committee, and a visiting professor at IESA. Rigobon is a Venezuelan economist whose areas of research are international economics, monetary economics, and development economics. He focuses on the causes of balance-of-payments crises, financial crises, and the propagation of them across countries—the phenomenon that has been identified in the literature as contagion. Currently he studies properties of international pricing practices, trying to produce alternative measures of inflation. He is one of the two founding members of the Billion Prices Project, and a co-founder of PriceStats.

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Silvio Micali
Ford Professor of Engineering, MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory

Prof. Silvio Micali has received his laurea in mathematics from the University of Rome and his PhD in computer science from the University of California at Berkeley. Since 1983 he has been on the MIT faculty, in the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department, where he is the Ford Professor of Engineering. Micali's research interests are cryptography, zero knowledge, pseudorandom generation, secure protocols, and mechanism design. Micali is the recipient of the Turing Award (in computer science), the Goedel Prize (in theoretical computer science), and the RSA prize (in cryptography). He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

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Christian Catalini
Theodore T. Miller Career Development Professor
Assistant Professor, Technological Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and Strategic Management (TIES), MIT Sloan

Prof. Christian Catalini is the Theodore T. Miller Career Development Professor at MIT, and an assistant professor of Technological Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and Strategic Management at the MIT Sloan School of Management. Catalini's main areas of interest are the economics of digitization, entrepreneurship, and science. His research focuses on blockchain technology and cryptocurrencies, the economics of equity crowdfunding and startup growth, and the economics of scientific collaboration. Catalini is one of the principal investigators of the MIT Digital Currencies Research Study, which gave access to all MIT undergraduate students to Bitcoin in the fall of 2014. He is also part of the MIT Initiative on the Digital Economy and the recently launched Digital Currency Initiative. He holds a PhD from the Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto, and MSc (summa cum laude) in economics and management of new technologies from Bocconi University, Milan.

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John Williams
Professor of Information Engineering, Civil and Environmental EngineeringMIT

Prof. John Williams holds a BA in physics from Oxford University, an MSc in physics from UCLA, and a PhD from Swansea University. His area of specialty is large-scale computer analysis applied to both physical systems and to information. Williams is internationally recognized in the field of computational algorithms for large-scale particle simulators and has authored two books and over 100 publications. For the past eight years, his research has focused on architecting large-scale distributed simulation systems. He teaches graduate courses on modern software development and on web system architecting. Additionally, Williams is director of MIT's Auto-ID Laboratory that is architecting “The Internet of Things.” In 2005 he was named, alongside Bill Gates and Larry Ellison, as one of the 50 most powerful people in computer networks.

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Chester Spatt
Distinguished Visiting Professor, Golub Center for Finance and Policy (GCFP), MIT Sloan

Prof. Chester Spatt leads the Golub Center for Finance and Policy's (GCFP) research on regulation of financial markets and institutions. In addition to playing a substantial role in shaping GCFP’s research agenda in the regulatory area, Spatt, a former chief economist at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, teaches graduate-level classes addressing financial regulation. As a visiting professor and research fellow, Spatt manages an active research program at the GCFP on critical financial regulatory issues, disseminating findings to policymakers, practitioners and academics. Spatt comes to MIT Sloan during a leave of absence from the Tepper School of Business at Carnegie Mellon University, where he serves as the Pamela R. and Kenneth B. Dunn Professor of Finance. He earned his PhD in economics from the University of Pennsylvania and his undergraduate degree from Princeton University.