Full List of 2018 Speakers

Keynote Speakers for 2018:

We currently have two confirmed keynote speakers: Annette Thomas, Clarivate Analytics, and Ruth Okediji, Harvard University. Both have spoken in Charleston before and we look forward to welcoming them back again. Check back for updates on additional speakers as they are confirmed.

Annette Thomas was appointed the Chief Executive Officer of the Scientific & Academic Research business of Clarivate Analytics in September 2017; having served on its board since March 2017. Her career spans nearly 25 years in scientific and educational publishing – most recently, she held the post of Chief Scientific Officer at Springer Nature. She began her career as a cell biology editor for Nature, before being appointed managing director of Nature Publishing Group, followed by chief executive of Macmillan Publishers Ltd, and then Chief Executive Officer of Macmillan Science and Education.


Ruth L. Okediji is the Jeremiah Smith. Jr, Professor of Law at Harvard Law School and Co-Director of the Berkman Klein Center. A renowned scholar in international intellectual property (IP) law and a foremost authority on the role of intellectual property in social and economic development, Professor Okediji has advised inter-governmental organizations, regional economic communities, and national governments on a range of matters related to technology, innovation policy, and development.