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Fatemeh Fakhraie

Fatemeh Fakhraie is an editor, author, and blogger who writes about issues from her perspective as Iranian-American Muslim woman. She writes frequently about Islamic feminism, Islam, and race for both online and print outlets.

Deborah Fallows

Deborah Fallows, the author of Dreaming in Chinese, has lived in Shanghai and Beijing and traveled throughout China for three years with her husband, writer James Fallows. She is a Harvard graduate and has a PhD in Linguistics. She most recently worked in research and polling for the Pew Internet Project and in data architecture for Oxygen Media.

David Finkel

David Finkel is the author of The Good Soldiers, listed a best book of 2009 by the New York Times, Chicago Tribune,, and The Boston Globe, and winner of the Helen Bernstein Book Award for Excellence in Journalism. He is a staff writer for The Washington Post, and is also the leader of the Post’s national reporting team. He won the Pulitzer Prize for explanatory reporting in 2006 for a series of stories about U.S.-funded democracy efforts in Yemen.

Matt Flannery

Kiva is a nonprofit with a mission to connect people through lending to alleviate poverty. Leveraging the internet and a worldwide network of microfinance institutions, Kiva lets individuals lend as little as $25 to help create opportunity around the world that empowers people around the world to change their lives with a $25 loan. Matt began developing Kiva in late 2004 as a side-project while working as a computer programmer at TiVo, Inc. In December 2005 Matt left his job to devote himself to Kiva full-time. As CEO, Matt has led Kiva's growth from a pilot project to an established online service with partnerships across the globe and hundreds of millions in dollars loaned to low income entrepreneurs. Matt is Skoll Awardee and Ashoka Fellow and was selected to FORTUNE magazine's "Top 40 under 40" list in 2009. In 2011, Matt was chosen for the The Economist “No Boundaries” Innovation Award. He graduated with a BS in Symbolic Systems and a Masters in Philosophy from Stanford University.

Rana Foroohar

Rana Foroohar is CNN’s Global Economic Analyst and an assistant managing editor for TIME, overseeing business and economic coverage across all platforms. 

President Vicente Fox

When elected to the presidency of Mexico in 2000, Vicente Fox broke the stranglehold that the ruling Institutional Revolutionary Party had held on the State for seven decades. A charismatic reformer, Fox is credited as playing a vital roll in Mexico's democratization and with strengthening the country's economy.

Barney Frank

Barnett "Barney" Frank (born March 31, 1940) served in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1981 to 2013. A member of the Democratic Party, he served as chairman of the House Financial Services Committee (2007–2011) and was a leading co-sponsor of the 2010 Dodd–Frank Act, a sweeping reform of the U.S. financial industry.

Born and raised in Bayonne, New Jersey, Frank graduated from Harvard College and Harvard Law School. He worked as a political aide before winning election to the Massachusetts House of Representatives in 1972. He was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1980 with 52 percent of the vote. He has been re-elected every year since by wide margins. In 1987, he came out as gay, becoming the first member of Congress to do so voluntarily. From 2003 until his retirement, Frank was the leading Democrat on the House Financial Services Committee, and he served as committee chairman when his party held a House majority from 2007 to 2011. In July 2012, he married his long-time partner, James Ready, becoming the first member of Congress to marry someone of the same sex while in office. Frank did not seek re-election in 2012, and retired from Congress at the end of his term in January 2013.

Ian Frazier

Frazier is a staff writer. He has been contributing to The New Yorker since 1974. Frazier is the author of eight books.


Thomas Friedman

Thomas L. Friedman is an international renowned author, reporter, and columnist--the recipient of three Pulitzer Prizes and the author of five bestselling books, among them From Beirut to Jerusalem and The World Is Flat.

Thomas L. Friedman

Tom Friedman is an internationally renowned author, reporter, and columnist. His foreign affairs column in The New York Times, which he has written since 1995, reports on US domestic politics and foreign policy, Middle East conflicts, international economics, environment, biodiversity, and energy.

Dr. Inge Fryklund

Inge Fryklund is currently Development Advisor for Military Deploying to Afghanistan and Iraq for IDS International. Previously she was Chief of Party for the USAID Office of Transition Initiatives Project in the West Bank and Gaza, and spent two and one half years in Afghanistan, initially as USAID Rule of Law Adviser at the US Embassy in Kabul, later moving out to a forward operating base in Jalalabad as legal and development adviser and resource on Islamic law for Provincial Reconstruction Teams. Prior positions include a year-long USAID ROL project in Tajikistan and work for the UN and OSCE on training and capacity building for the 2001 and 2002 elections in Kosovo. She studied human factors psychology at the University of Michigan (Ph.D. 1971) and thereafter law at the University of Chicago (J.D. 1979) where she was a member of the law review. She clerked on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit and was a prosecutor and city department head in Chicago before entering business, management and development consulting. For five years during the 1990's, she taught privatization and public sector management at the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University. Her particular interests are in the relationship between stability and development in conflict and post-conflict environments, and the role of Western common law legal perspectives in civil code and Islamic legal systems.

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