Joe Lonsdale is an American entrepreneur and technology investor; he founded Palantir, Addepar, OpenGov and other companies, and is a Partner at 8VC, his venture capital fund. Along with friends and colleagues, he is building the Cicero Institute to help policymakers and entrepreneurs work together on society’s challenges.
Tayler Lonsdale is Co-founder & Board Director at Esper, a regulatory technology company powering proactive and productive public administration. She is also an Advisor at Medal and on the Board of Directors at Argive. Previously, she worked with New Oriental co-founder, Xu Xiaoping, to build Zhen Fund, now a leading early stage investment group in China. From 2014-2015 she led Palantir's largest healthcare customer deployment, where she oversaw software development for population health and provider network management. She is a graduate of Stanford University where she received a B.A. in Human Biology and M.S. in Management Science and Engineering. Tayler is also a member of P.E.O., a nationwide philanthropic organization that raises scholarships for women’s higher education.
Clay Spence is the Philosopher-in-Residence at 8VC and Director of the Cicero Institute. Clay works on writing and research projects ranging from topics in political philosophy to macroeconomic forecasting and policy questions. His focus areas include healthcare, education, criminal justice, transportation, housing, and regulatory reform. Prior to joining 8VC, Clay completed a Philosophy, Politics, and Economics major at Claremont McKenna, where he specialized in population ethics and early modern philosophy. Clay is principally interested in the vertex of capitalism, liberalism, and democracy.
Judge Glock was formerly a visiting professor at the Department of Economics at West Virginia University. He received his Ph.D. in History with a focus on economic history from Rutgers University. Among other places, Judge's academic writing has been featured in the Business History Review, Review of Banking and Financial Law, and Tax Notes, and his public writing has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, Chicago Tribune, and Politico. Judge focuses his research on the areas of regulation, financial reform, and housing policy.
Connor works directly with Joe Lonsdale and portfolio companies to coordinate and advance policy efforts. Prior to 8VC, Connor was a partner on the market development team at Andreessen Horowitz where he worked on proactive deal sourcing for prospective investments and go-to-market strategy for portfolio companies. He previously worked on product and sales at GiveCampus, a Y-Combinator backed company that builds technology for charitable giving. He also worked as a research assistant at Capitol Counsel, where he supported partners on healthcare and tax policy work. Connor received an AB with Honors in Philosophy and a minor in African-American Studies from Georgetown University.
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Prime Minister Stephen Harper
Prime Minister Stephen Harper
For nearly ten years, The Right Honourable Stephen Harper led Canada through the world’s most complex geopolitical, economic and security challenges as the country’s 22nd Prime Minister. During his tenure in the world’s top forums such as the G-7 and G-20, NATO and the United Nations, Mr. Harper was known for a frank, assertive leadership style defined by principled diplomacy, disciplined economic policy, a strong stance on international peace and security and passionate defense of freedom and human dignity.
Mr. Harper created the modern Conservative Party of Canada, won three successive national elections and was the longest serving Conservative Prime Minister since Canada’s founding Prime Minister in 1891. Under his watch, Canada emerged from the 2008 economic crisis faster and stronger than its peers. Among his many accomplishments in office, Mr. Harper brought federal taxes to their lowest level in 50 years, balanced the budget while making investments in health care and infrastructure, overhauled the criminal justice system and expanded Canada’s international trade network tenfold. On the international stage Prime Minister Harper oversaw Canada’s involvement in a series of complex conflicts in Afghanistan, Libya and Iraq and stood staunchly by besieged allies Israel and Ukraine. As the host leader of the 2010 G-20 summit in Toronto, and as an economist by training, Mr. Harper helped shape financial reform frameworks, implemented a sustainable approach to fiscal stimulus, and led the call for open markets and pragmatic, growth-oriented economic policy.
Today, Mr. Harper is Chairman and CEO of Harper & Associates, a global business consulting firm and Chairman of the International Democrat Union, the global alliance of conservative political parties. He is also a Founder-Member of the Friends of Israel Initiative, an association of former high-office holders from around the world steadfastly defending Israel’s right to self-determination, security and democracy.
Niall Ferguson, MA, D.Phil., is the Milbank Family Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University, and a senior fellow of the Center for European Studies, Harvard, where he served for twelve years as the Laurence A. Tisch Professor of History. He is also a visiting professor at Tsinghua University, Beijing, and the Diller-von Furstenberg Family Foundation Distinguished Scholar at the Nitze School of Advanced International Studies in Washington, DC. He is the author of fifteen books, including The Pity of War, The House of Rothschild, Empire, Civilization and Kissinger, 1923-1968: The Idealist, which won the Council on Foreign Relations Arthur Ross Prize. He is an award-making filmmaker, too, having won an international Emmy for his PBS series The Ascent of Money. His many other prizes include the Benjamin Franklin Prize for Public Service (2010), the Hayek Prize for Lifetime Achievement (2012) and the Ludwig Erhard Prize for Economic Journalism (2013). In addition to writing a weekly column for the Sunday Times (London) and the Boston Globe, he is the founder and managing director of Greenmantle LLC, an advisory firm. He also serves on the board of Affiliated Managers Group. His new book, The Square and the Tower, was published in the U.S. in January.
Maleka Momand is the CEO and Co-Founder of Esper, a technology platform for government regulatory processes. Prior to Esper, she served as President of Argive, a Silicon Valley non-profit dedicated to regulatory transparency and administrative research. She holds a degree in political science from the University of Central Arkansas and calls Austin, Texas home.
Shlomo Klapper is a J.D. Candidate at the Yale Law School in the Class of 2020. Before law school, he worked as a behavioral researcher in Dan Ariely’s lab at Duke University, at Palantir in both the Commercial and Government sectors, and as a speechwriter for Israel’s Ambassador to the United Nations. Shlomo graduated summa cum laude with a B.S. in Economics from the Wharton School and a B.A. in History from the University of Pennsylvania.