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Chris Hughes

speaker location icon New York, USA

Co-founder, Facebook

Publisher and Editor-in-Chief, The New Republic (2012-present)

Co-ordinator of Online Organising for Barack Obama's 2008 presidential campaign

Chris Hughes is an American entrepreneur who co-founded and served as spokesman for one of the world’s most successful social networks, Facebook. Consequently, he help set the template for today’s social media landscape, transforming the way the world sends, shares and disseminates information. He is currently the publisher and editor-in-chief of The New Republic, after purchasing the 100 year old magazine in 2012.

Chris left Facebook to become the Coordinator of Online Organising for Barack Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign on My.BarackObama.com, the campaign’s online social networking website. After this hugely successful campaign, Chris was later dubbed by Fast Company magazine as, “The Kid Who Made Obama President.” He is known for having a keen ability to identify areas of opportunity and develop innovative ways to support and monetise those needs.

He is the Executive Director of Jumo, a non-profit social network organization which he founded in 2010, which “aims to help people find ways to help the world”. In July 2010, UNAIDS (Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS) appointed him to a 17-member High Level Commission of renowned politicians, business leaders, human rights activists, and scientists tasked with spearheading a “social and political action campaign over the coming year aimed at galvanizing support for effective HIV prevention programmes.”

Our Comment

"As the only Facebook co-founder on the speaking circuit and a true master of disruption, Chris is a social media guru and global authority on the new ways that news and information are being circulated and delivered. Using his experience from Obama's 2008 presidential campaign, and as publisher of The New Republic, he has experience translating social media expertise into extraordinary business success."

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