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THE TEAM

JOHN DONVAN

@johndonvan

Host and Moderator The moderator of Intelligence Squared U.S. debates since 2008, John Donvan is an author and correspondent for ABC News. He has served as ABC’s White House Correspondent, along with postings in Moscow, London, Jerusalem, and Amman. John is the coauthor of In a Different Key: The Story of Autism (Crown, 2016). In addition to premiering his first one-man show, “Lose the Kid,” in 2013 in Washington, D.C., John is a four-time Emmy Award winner and was a National Magazine Award finalist in 2010.


CLEA CONNER

Chief Executive Officer Clea Conner is a media executive with 15 years of experience producing high-quality intellectual discourse for a range of distribution platforms. As Intelligence Squared's first CEO, Clea is responsible for leading growth, programming, and strategy for the nation’s premier debate platform. Clea developed "Up For Debate" and "That's Debatable" as television programs on Bloomberg, PBS, and Newsy and produced the first debate between artificial intelligence and a human debater in partnership with IBM's historic Project Debater. She holds eight Telly Awards for outstanding video and television programming in politics and public affairs, seven Clarion Awards for Women in Communications, and has received serial New York Festival awards for Best Public Affairs Programming.

Named one of Crain’s New York “40 Under 40," Clea served as Strategic Advisor to GZERO Media among other media and technology startups. She led national marketing campaigns for best-selling authors, journalists, and public officials at Greater Talent Network, a celebrity speakers bureau. She also managed direct marketing campaigns for BMG/Columbia House among other direct-to-consumer brands, and launched public affairs campaigns for The Center for Arts Education. Clea holds a dual concentration B.A. from The New School and studied political science at American University in Washington, D.C. A classically trained flutist, she performs with chamber music societies in New York City and has recorded original compositions for documentary films.

AMY KRAFFT

Chief of Staff and Head of Production With a unique background in cultural institutions, Amy specializes in facilitating thought-provoking conversations and creative initiatives. Prior work includes managing events and conferences for the Rockefeller Foundation’s Bellagio Center, and acting as the liaison between the New York and Italian offices. She has also contributed to donor cultivation and event planning at the Museum of Arts and Design, the Museum of the City of New York, and the Chicago History Museum. Amy holds a B.A. in History from the State University of New York in Buffalo and an M.A. in Museum Professions from Seton Hall University.


DAVID ARIOSTO

Head of Editorial David is an author, executive, and journalist, having held leadership positions at CNN, National Geographic, National Public Radio, and GZERO Media, a Eurasia Group company. Based in Havana, Cuba in 2009 and 2010 for CNN, he later authored “This is Cuba: An American Journalist Under Castro’s Shadow,” a St. Martin’s Press publication. In addition, he is a former board member of the Overseas Press Club, having worked as a journalist in more than 40 countries, and holds a Master’s of Public Policy degree from George Mason University. David is also a professor and documentarian at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University. A New York native, with a penchant for spy novels, salsa (the dance, not the sauce), and novice guitar, he currently resides in Phoenix with his family.


SHEA O’MEARA

Consulting Producer Shea has held multiple editorial and development positions at Intelligence Squared and is currently enrolled at Georgetown Law, where she focuses on international economic law. Prior to joining IQ2US, she was a New York City teacher working with students with disabilities in the Bronx. She has also worked in nonprofit development and political research. Shea earned a B.A. in Journalism from Ithaca College and an M.S. in Education from St. John’s University.


 

KIMBERLY STREMPEL

Events and Operations Coordinator Kimberly Strempel is a graduate of Baruch College, where she earned her B.A. double majoring in Arts Administration and Corporate Communications with a minor in Journalism. She originally started her career in theater, working for organizations such as The New 42nd Street and Davenport Theatrical Enterprises. Once she found her passion for events, Kimberly went on to hold positions at Viacom and Major League Soccer before joining the team at IQ2US. 


DAMON WHITTEMORE

Chief Audio Engineer and On-Location Recordist Damon Whittemore has been with IQ2US since its inception in 2006. His work as an audio engineer spans the globe and includes recordings for grammy-winning musical artists, corporate giants Nike, Dell, Hewlett-Packard and Intel, and work in renowned halls such as Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center and St. Paul’s Cathedral. Damon owns his own studio in New York’s East Village (www.valvetone.com). Damon graduated from the University of North Carolina Asheville with a B.S. in Audio Engineering and Computer Science and holds a Master's in Television, Radio and Film from Syracuse University.


MARLETTE SANDOVAL

Editorial Producer Marlette Sandoval is a graduate of Minerva University, where she earned a B.S. in social sciences. It was in the study of human behavior that she gained a passion for the human thought process and changing minds. Prior to finding a home for those passions at IQ2US, she worked as a technical aide at Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, researching human reasoning and problem-solving. When she’s not thinking about thinking, she’s reading novels or hiking.