2020 Conference Speakers

The Fulbright Association is proud to feature the following speakers for session presentations at its Virtual 43rd Annual Conference, “Where Does the World Go from Here?”  Please note that this list is subject to change.

Opening Plenary

Shakirah Simley

Director of the Office of Racial Equity for the City and County of San Francisco

In her current role, Ms. Simley is responsible for advancing a citywide racial equity framework to address the history of structural and institutional racism in San Francisco’s delivery of services to the public, and its internal practices and systems.

Previously, she has worked in food policy and community development work, and operated an artisan preserves company to channel her passion for social justice into improving the nation’s food system. She completed her Fulbright year in Pollenzo, Italy studying for her master’s degree at the University of Gastronomic Sciences.

Maulik Pancholy

Award-winning actor, author and activist

He is known for his comedic turns on television playing Jonathan on NBC’s critically acclaimed 30 Rock, Sanjay on Showtime’s Weeds, and Neal on NBC’s Whitney. He is the voice of Baljeet on Disney’s Phineas and Ferb, and the title voice of Sanjay on Nickelodeon’s Sanjay and Craig. On stage, he starred opposite Matthew Broderick and Martin Short in Broadway’s It’s Only A Play, opposite Ed Harris in Good for Otto, and recently completed the Broadway run of Grand Horizons.

In October 2019, Pancholy released his first book, The Best at It (Balzer + Bray/HarperCollins). It was named a 2020 Stonewall Honor Book, a 2019 Junior Library Guild Selection, a Chicago Public Library Best of the Best Books, and received starred reviews from Kirkus Reviews, Publishers Weekly, and the American Library Association’s Booklist. Drawn from his own experience, The Best at It is about a 12-year-old, gay, Indian American Boy coming into his own.

A longtime advocate for the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) and LGBTQIA+ communities, Pancholy was appointed by President Obama to serve on the President’s Advisory Commission on AAPIs. During his three-year tenure from 2014-2017, he spearheaded the launch of the anti-bullying campaign ActToChange.org, an organization which he continues to Chair today.

John Sargent

Co-Founder, BroadReach Healthcare

Zurich, Switzerland

Thought leader and globally recognized innovator focused technologies of the 4th Industrial Revolution to radically transform healthcare delivery outcomes. He co-founded the BroadReach Group in 2003, a group of health solutions businesses focused on improving the health and well-being of under-served populations around the world. He was recognized by the World Economic Forum as one of the Social Entrepreneurs of the Year in 2015, by Frost & Sullivan with the Visionary Leadership Award in Healthcare, and by Devex as one of the Top 40 Under 40 Leaders in Development.

Prior to co-founding BroadReach, John was a management consultant specializing in strategic and clinical operations projects across public and private-health sectors. He earned an undergraduate degree from Dartmouth College, a master’s degree from Oxford University as a Fulbright Scholar and an MD from Harvard Medical School.

Krishna Guha

Vice Chairman of Evercore ISI

Heads the Global Policy and Central Bank Strategy team based in Washington, D.C. In the 2019 Institutional Investor All-America Research Team, Evercore ISI’s Policy team was ranked #1 and Mr. Guha was ranked #1 as an individual.

Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Guha was Executive Vice President, Member of the Management Committee and Head of the Communications Group at the New York Fed from 2010 to 2013. In this capacity he led the New York Fed’s external relations, acted as a senior advisor to President William C Dudley on monetary policy strategy and policy communication, and served as a member of the New York Fed’s Executive Committee on Financial Stability and Regulatory Policy.

Mr. Guha also chaired the New York Fed’s policy speech-writing process, co-chaired its housing policy working group and managed a department of about 60 officials. As a Member of the Management Committee, he shared responsibility for charting the overall strategy of the New York Fed, developing its capabilities and evaluating and managing risks faced by the institution.

1946 Session

John Zogby

Pollster, author, trend-spotter, and thought leader

John has spent the past four decades as one of the most accurate pollsters in the world, conducting business in 80 countries, and leading the way in finding the meaning, story, direction, and usefulness of the data collected.

His client list is a Who’s Who of Fortune 500 companies (GE, Microsoft, Cisco Systems, Coca-Cola, IBM); global NGO’s (UNAIDS, the World Health Organization); and government agencies (the US State Department, US Department of Defense, the Mayors of New York City, Houston, Miami).

His unique data-driven analysis has led to board and commission memberships for think tanks (the Center for Strategic and International Studies Commission on Smart Power and the Advisory Commission on Biotechnology); the Congressionally-appointed Advisory Commission of Public Diplomacy; global non-governmental organization like Sudan Sunrise (which he chaired for four years) and the AMAR Foundation; economic development and entrepreneurial promotion (Upstate Venture Connect); and health care (Bassett Health Care Network) — among others. He has found time to mentor hundreds of students over the years.

He has received three honorary doctorates and one Chancellor’s Award for Excellence. His three sons have followed in his footsteps. He lives with his wife, Kathy, a former special education teacher and children’s book author, in Upstate New York.

Panel Sessions

Poster Fair