Professor Robert Klitzman
‘Designing Babies: How Technology is Changing the Ways We Create Children’
Robert Klitzman is a Professor of Clinical Psychiatry in the College of Physicians and Surgeons and the Joseph Mailman School of Public Health and the Founder and Director of the Masters of Bioethics Program at Columbia University. He co-founded and for five years co-directed the Center for Bioethics, and for 10 years directed the Ethics and Policy Core of the HIV Center. He has conducted research and written about a variety of ethical issues in medicine and public health to promote public and professional education concerning these issues. He has written nine books, and authored or co-authored over 150 academic articles, drawing on qualitative as well as quantitative methodologies. He is a gubernatorial appointee to the NY State Stem Cell Commission, a member of the Ethics Working Group of the HIV Prevention Trials Network, and the Council on Foreign Relations, and has been a member of the Research Ethics Advisory Panel of the US Department of Defense.
Dr Jamie Metzl
‘Hacking Darwin: Genetic Engineering and the Future of Humanity’
Jamie Metzl is a technology and healthcare futurist, geopolitical expert, novelist, social entrepreneur, media commentator, Senior Fellow of the Atlantic Council, Singularity University faculty member, and the Founder and Chair of the global social movement OneShared.World. In 2019, he was appointed to the World Health Organization expert advisory committee on human genome editing. Jamie previously served in the U.S. National Security Council, State Department, Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and as a Human Rights Officer for the United Nations in Cambodia. He serves on the Advisory Council to Walmart’s Future of Retail Policy Lab and has been an election monitor in Afghanistan and the Philippines and advised the government of North Korea on the establishment of Special Economic Zones.
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