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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.


Chief Content Officer Lia Matthow most recently served as President and Founder of Beacon Strategies, Inc., curating live events for private entities and global media companies including Newsweek, Scientific American and Macmillan Learning and providing bespoke media training programs for bestselling authors, C-Level executives and corporate leadership teams.   She worked in television news in senior management positions at MSNBC, CNN and Court TV (now TruTv).   She also served as the founding Director of Grants and Special Projects at a private foundation where she managed strategic funding initiatives and a wide range of editorial events and summits.  Ms. Matthow obtained a law degree from Georgetown University Law Center.   


Manager, Editorial Operations Shea O’Meara completed the New York City Teaching Fellows Program prior to joining IQ2US, where she taught high school students with disabilities in the Bronx. She has also worked in foundation and nonprofit development and conducted political research. Shea holds a B.A. in Journalism from Ithaca College and an M.S. in Education from St. John’s University.


Creative and Marketing Strategist Connor Curfman earned his B.A. from New York University, graduating Cum Laude with a major in music business. Before joining the IQ2US team, Connor coordinated experiential marketing campaigns for Production Glue, working on accounts that included Yahoo, Nike, and major television networks. Previously, he produced digital content for, The Orchard and Republic Records.


Manager, Research & Editorial Content Danielle earned her Master’s in International Relations from New York University. Prior to joining IQ2US, she worked at NYU Law’s Graduate Tax Program, and before that, at a law firm in downtown Honolulu. She graduated summa cum laude from Rutgers University with a degree in Political Science and a minor in Women’s and Gender Studies.


Manager, Production & Operations Molly earned a B.S. in Sports Management with a concentration in Organizational and Event Management from New York University. Prior to joining IQ2US, Molly worked at Major League Baseball and was part of the team responsible for planning and executing the All-Star Game, World Series, and Owners Meetings. Most recently, she returned from 13 months of independent travel through Southeast Asia and Australia and holds an PADI Advanced Open Water Diver’s License.


Research Associate Prior to moving to New York, Jenn lived in Vancouver, Canada and earned a Bachelors of Arts in Anthropology and History from the University of British Columbia. Her passion for improving the lives of marginalized populations led her to work in health research sectors including occupational therapy and women's health. Jenn recently completed a Masters of Arts in Latin American and Caribbean Studies from New York University. There, as a Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellow, she studied Quechua and researched topics related to indigenous politics, public health, education and women's rights in the Andes.


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 ( 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.