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2018 Keynote Speakers

Newt Gingrich and Howard Dean


Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich and former Vermont Governor Howard Dean shared the stage for the seventh World Leaders Forum on April 19, 2018. This event marked the first time since 2011 that Gingrich and Dean have shared a stage. 

Newt Gingrich was first elected to the United States House of Representatives in 1978 and served until 1999. During that time, he served as the House Minority Whip (1989-1995) and the 50th Speaker of the House (1995-1999). Under his leadership, Congress passed welfare reform, the first balanced budget in a generation, and the first tax cut in 16 years. In addition, the Congress restored funding to strengthen defense and intelligence capabilities, an action later lauded by the bipartisan 9/11 Commission.

In 2012, Gingrich was a candidate for the Republican Party Presidential nomination. As an author, he has published 35 books, including 15 New York Times bestsellers. Today Newt Gingrich is a Fox News contributor. He is a senior advisor at Dentons, the world’s largest law firm, and serves as a senior scientist with Gallup.

Former Governor Howard Dean gained national prominence as a U.S. Presidential candidate in 2004, and he served as the Governor of Vermont from 1991 to 2003. During that time, he created a record of promoting equality and opportunity for his constituency and employed a philosophy of fiscal responsibility – advocating low taxes, reduced government spending, and minimal government debt. His successes prompted Governing magazine to proclaim him "Public Official of the Year" in 2002.

His leadership roles also include turns as chairman of the National Governors’ Association, the Democratic Governors’ Association, and the New England Governors’ Conference. He led the Democratic Party to success as Chairman of the Democratic National Committee from 2005 to 2009. He is credited with pioneering an energetic 50-state strategy and the development of 21st century campaign tools that helped Democrats make historic gains in the 2006 and 2008 elections.


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Queen Noor

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Queen Noor, Queen of Jordan

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Felipe Calderon

Felipe Calderón, 2015

Felipe Calderón, 56th President of Mexico

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Condoleezza Rice, 2014

Condoleezza Rice, Secretary of State to U.S. President George W. Bush from 2005-2009.

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Tony Blair Portrait

Tony Blair, 2013

Tony Blair, Prime Minister of Great Britain and Northern Ireland from 1997 – 2007.

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Mikhail S. Gorbachev, 2012

Mikhail S. Gorbachev, 1990 Nobel Peace Prize Recipient and Former President of the Soviet Union.

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George W. Bush, 2011

George W. Bush, 43rd President of the United States.

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