Believers in intelligent discussion


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 Executive Officer As the CEO of Intelligence Squared U.S., Clea Conner is on a mission to restore civility, respect, and intelligence to the public square. Clea has produced more than 150 award-winning public policy programs spanning technology, culture, economics, law, and global affairs, convening the world’s most influential voices on the most provocative questions of our time. Named one of Crain’s New York “40 Under 40,” 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 more than two dozen awards for excellence in public affairs programming in radio, television, and podcasting.

Additionally, Clea has 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; launched speaking networks for Hachette Book Group and Simon and Schuster; and developed integrated marketing campaigns for BMG, Columbia House, and other direct-to-consumer entertainment brands.

A classically trained flutist, Clea also designed public affairs campaigns for The Center for Arts Education to restore arts programming in New York City public schools, and serves on the Board of Decoda, an arts organization focused on bridging divides through music. She is a member of the Greenwich House Chamber Music Society and has recorded original compositions for documentary films.


Senior Advisor Lia Matthow previously served as Chief Content Officer for Intelligence Squared U.S., running all aspects of the organization and managing all editorial content and partnerships. She also previously served IQ2 as Vice President of Programming and Consulting Producer. Ms. Matthow is the President and Founder of Beacon Strategies, Inc., where she has curated live events for numerous nonprofit and private entities, as well as global media companies including Newsweek, Scientific American, Macmillan Learning and Bloomberg L.P. Beacon Strategies, Inc. also provides bespoke media training programs for bestselling authors, C-Level executives and corporate leadership teams. Ms. Matthow worked in television news in senior management positions at CNN, Court TV and MSNBC. She also served as the founding Director of Grants and Special Projects at a private foundation endowed at one billion dollars, 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 and graduated magna cum laude from American University.


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.


Editorial Producer Julia began working in radio with NPR’s Ask Me Another back in 2015 and after three years, became a freelance audio producer. Julia has worked for clients including Spotify, Audible, Ogilvy, IBM, and Mass Appeal Records, and for shows including Start With This (Night Vale Presents) and Playing On Air. Julia is also a senior ensemble member of the award-winning experimental theater company, The New York Neo-Futurists. Julia has B.A.s in Theater and Art History from Oberlin College.


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.


Social Media + Digital Platforms Coordinator Gabrielle is a graduate of Pace University, where she earned a B.S. in Mass Communications. She found her niche and love for social media branding and broadcast media production which led her to multiple internships at HBO where her work was submitted for Webby Awards. Gabrielle’s recent work experience includes working at the Emma Bowen Foundation and at the New York State Senate as a Social Media Director for a New York Senator. In each role, she keeps in mind the optimization for engagement while including the domestic audience, the global audience, and accessibility. Social media is a valuable tool that can be used to achieve a brand of integrity and build a legacy.  Gabrielle is a full-time life learner and hopes to become a college student again to attain her master’s degree.