Co-Masters of Ceremony:
James P. Clark
Chairman/Founder, The World Technology Network.
The World Technology Summit & Awards, presented by the World Technology Network in association with TIME, Fortune, CNN, Technology Review, Science, and Kurzweil Technologies, among others, at the TIME Conference Center has been called a gathering of "the people creating the 21st Century" -- the most innovative people in the world in science and technology and related fields. The conference theme this year is "SURVIVE 2012, PREPARE FOR 2021." Speakers ranging from Ray "Singularity" Kurzweil to Dan "Back of the Napkin" Roam to James "The Information" Gleick to Susan "President of the ACLU" Herman to Art "Scenarios" Kleiner take on the toughest issues facing us today so we can figure out how to navigate to tomorrow. An assortment of on-stage "demos" by Finalists from this year's World Technology Awards ensures that the audience has its finger on the pulse of current technological innovation. Culminating in the World Technology Awards gala ceremony from the United Nations Delegate's Dining Room, the overall experience is a concentrated peek at the future.
James P. Clark is founding chairman and CEO of the World Technology Network (www.wtn.net), a global association of over 1,000 of the peer-nominated, peer-elected most innovative people in science and technology elected annually through the World Technology Awards. The next Awards will be presented at the close of the 2011 World Technology Summit & Awards (WTSA), held on October 25/26, 2011, in association with TIME magazine, CNN, and Fortune, among others, in New York.
Educated at Wesleyan University and Cambridge University (UK), Clark has served in a wide variety of leadership roles across business, politics, technology, academia, and the non-profit sector. A serial entrepreneur, Clark's first venture, a clearinghouse for professional careers in the non-profit sector, was founded at Wesleyan University and then green-housed, by invitation, at Harvard University in the late 1980s, where Clark was appointed to the faculty.
In 1992, Clark next served as Director the Non-Profit Sector & National Service in Little Rock, Arkansas, for then-Governor Bill Clinton's successful Presidential campaign. During the Presidential Transition period after the election, Clark co-developed the Presidential Transition Roundtable Series, bringing experts together to examine key issues, including Northern Ireland, Entrepreneurship, The Politics of Inclusion, and Homelessness.
In 1993, he started one of the country's first Internet consulting firms, whose main client was another start-up called AOL, and which was focused on bringing online technology to the non-profit sector. In 1997, he founded the World Technology Network.
He has appeared on CNN, CNBC, BBC, and in many print publications over the years, and speaks regularly to a wide variety of audiences and has consulted to a wide variety of organizations through Cogito Strategy.
Poppy Harlow is the anchor for CNNMoney.com, serving as the primary host for the site's video network, as well as a business correspondent on CNN, CNN International and HLN. Based in New York, Harlow covers business and economic news and how it impacts policy and people around the globe. She interviews prominent business leaders, policymakers, small business owners and consumers on a wide range of topics covering the world of economics and finance. She also reports from the field on breaking news, features and investigative stories.
Harlow covers major international business events including the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway annual meeting, South by Southwest, The North American International Auto Show and Fortune's Brainstorm conferences. She regularly interviews the top names in business and money news covering a wide range of industries from banking to technology, autos to agriculture. She has interviewed the heads of the world's largest banks, Warren Buffett, Jay-Z, and countless other business luminaries.
Harlow's reporting has won numerous industry awards, including the Gracie Award for Best online investigative feature, and SABEW's Best in Business award for online video. She is a regular speaker at industry events and donates her time to developing emerging high school and collegiate journalists.
Prior to her position at CNNMoney.com, Harlow served as an anchor, reporter and producer for the Forbes.com Video Network and was an anchor and reporter for NY1 News Local Edition.
Born and raised in Minnesota, Harlow graduated Magna Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa with a bachelor's degree in Political Science from Columbia University.