Dinesh Bharadia is a researcher at CSAIL, MIT. He studies networks and wireless communication. After obtaining his bachelor degree in Electrical Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) at Kanpur in Uttar Pradesh, he came to Stanford to pursue his MS and PhD. As a PhD at Stanford he commercialized his research at Kumu Networks, which allows radios to simultaneously transmit and receive signals at the same frequency channel. This problem had stumped scientists for almost 150 years. An analogy to this would be, allowing humans to shout at the top of their lungs while simultaneously listening to weak whispers. This technology makes it possible to double the efficiency of the current spectrum.

He has just been honoured with the 2016 Marconi Society Paul Baran Young Scholar Award, for his outstanding contributions in radios network. Before that, he was named as one of 35 Innovators under 35 by MIT Technology Review, joining the likes of Google founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, and major leaders from Apple, PayPal and other tech companies.


Seny Kamara is an Associate Professor of Computer Science at Brown University. From 2008 to 2016, he was a researcher at Microsoft Research (Redmond Lab). He studied computer science at Purdue and then John Hopkins University, earning first a Bachelor of Science, then a Master of Science in Engineering, and then a Doctorate of Philosophy.

His work focuses on designing and analyzing cryptographic algorithms, protocols and systems; often motivated by privacy issues in cloud computing, surveillance and databases. He maintains interests in various aspects of theory and systems, including applied and theoretical cryptography, data structures and algorithms, cloud computing, databases, economics, technology policy and networking. He served as Program (co-)Chair for ACM Cloud Computing Security Workshop (CCSW ’12) and Workshop on Surveillance and Technology (SAT ’15). He has been recognized as a future world leader in encrypted search.



Ryan C. Maness is a Visiting Fellow of security and resilience studies in the Department of Political Science at Northeastern University. Before that, he was Visiting Professor of International Relations in the Department of Political Science at SUNY at Buffalo State College (2014-2015), Adjunct Professor of International Relations in the Department of Political Science at University of Illinois at Chicago (2014), and Graduate Lecturer in International Relations in the Department of Political Science at University of Illinois at Chicago (2012-2013).

Obtaining his PhD degree in Political Science from University of Illinois at Chicago, Dr. Maness has published peer-reviewed articles in Journal of Peace Research, Armed Forces and Society, and Journal of Slavic Military Studies, as well as in Foreign Affairs. He has recently completed two books, Cyber War versus Cyber Realities: Cyber Conflict in the International System (Oxford University Press, 2015) and Russia’s Coercive Diplomacy: Cyber, Energy and Maritime Power (Palgrave Macmillan, 2015). His main focus is the continuation of an empirical cyber incident and dispute dataset and Russian energy policies in post-Soviet space. His new book project uses content analysis to study the concept of state coercion in cyberspace.


Mário Macilau (1984, Mozambique) was born in Maputo where he currently lives and works. In newly independent Mozambique, during the most critical phase of the civil war, his family struggled with financial difficulties and moved from the province of Inhambane to Maputo capital in search of a better life. At the age of ten, he began to work in a small market frequented by the middle / upper class and helping to carry the groceries and washing cars at the park in an effort to support his family.

Macilau started his journey as photographer in 2003 and went professional when he traded his mother’s cell phone for his first camera in 2007, he specializes in long term projects that focus on living and environmental conditions over the time that affects the social isolated groups.  His work has been recognized with awards and featured regularly in numerous solo and group exhibitions both in his home country and abroad including: The Pan African group exhibition during the Biennale of African Photography in Bamako, Mali 2011, VI Chobi Mela Photo Festival in Dhaka, Bangladesh 2011, Photo Spring in Beijing, China 2011, Lagos Photo in Lagos, Nigeria, 2011, BESphoto at CCB – Centro Cultural de Belém in Lisbon, Portugal 2011 and Pinacoteca de Estado de São Paulo in Brazil, the KLM in  Kuala Lumpur,  Malasya ,  2012, The Johannesburg Art Fair 2013, Les Recontres Picha in Lubumbashi, RD Congo, 2013, The Biennale Arts Actuels in Saint Dinis, Reunion Island 2013, The African Art Auction in London, England,  2013  and among others. He has also completed a number of artistic residencies.

He was named one of Foreign Policy’s 100 Global Thinkers of 2015 for his standout contributions in using photography as his language to educate and inform for positive changes and influences.