Nassim Assefi is a doctor, novelist, civic activist, TED Fellow and active member of the TED community. An internist specializing in global women’s health, she cares for vulnerable urban patients in the US and tackles maternal mortality when working in low-income and post-conflict countries (most recently in Afghanistan). She is the author of Aria and Say I Am You (forthcoming). She serves as an advisor to non-profit organizations and companies--from Hedgebrook to ZocDoc--and has curated many events, including a guest session at TEDGlobal in 2013. A second generation Iranian-American, bridge-builder and global nomad, she has traveled to more than 50 countries and speaks and sings in five languages. Recent honors include a Jack Straw Writing Fellowship, a Woman of Courage award by the University of Washington, Top 40 Under 40 Feminist by Feminist Press, and being named one of the best doctors by Seattle Metropolitan Magazine.
Jose Suarez is the Chief Executive Officer of TEDMED. A long-time partner with Jay Walker in multiple ventures, Jose served as President and COO of Walker Digital for eight years, where he managed the creation of more than 1,000 innovations. During his tenure at Walker Digital, Jose helped Jay bring many of these innovations to market through licenses and strategic partnerships.
Jose is an investor in technologies and start-ups that solve large problems, leverage the power of networks, and can scale rapidly. He has started, operated, and sold numerous business spanning from an electronic payment processing company, to real estate development, to manufacturing plants in Central America. Jose started his professional career at GE, where he created computer simulation models of factories.
Jose is an avid ultrarunner, who earned a Silver Buckle in 2010 finishing the Western States 100 Mile Endurance Run in 23 hours. He graduated valedictorian from Virginia Tech with a B.S. in Industrial Engineering & Operations Research and has an MBA from The Wharton School.
Jon Ellenthal is the President of TEDMED. He is also Chief Executive Officer of Walker Digital, and is responsible for the P&L of all business operations, research and development, and IP portfolio licensing. He also serves as Vice Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Patent Properties, based in Stamford, CT. Jon has 25 years' experience building and leading early stage companies with transformational business concepts to positions of industry leadership and large-scale customer bases. Prior to joining Walker Digital, Jon was the CEO of Synapse Group, Inc., a direct marketing subsidiary of Time Warner responsible for more than 30 million customers.
An adventurer at heart, Lydia loves exploring new places and is happiest in the great outdoors. She holds a B.S. in Neuroscience with a minor in Philosophy from Dickinson College.