Speaker Bios

Michael R. Bloomberg

Keynote Speaker

Founder of Bloomberg LP, Philanthropist, UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for Cities and Climate Change, and three-term mayor of New York City

Michael R. Bloomberg is an entrepreneur and philanthropist who served as mayor of New York City from 2002-2013 after leading the company he started in 1981 for 20 years. Since leaving City Hall, he has resumed leadership of Bloomberg LP.

Bloomberg was elected mayor less than two months after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. Under his leadership, the city rebounded faster and stronger than expected, experiencing major advances in high school graduation rates, life expectancy, air quality, economic development and neighborhood revitalization.

Bloomberg has been strongly committed to philanthropy throughout his career. His foundation, Bloomberg Philanthropies, focuses on five main areas: public health, education, the environment, the arts, and government innovation. Bloomberg also leads a number of bi-partisan coalitions that are taking action on urgent national and international issues, including climate change, illegal guns, immigration reform, and infrastructure investment.

Bloomberg graduated from Johns Hopkins University and Harvard Business School.