Beacon Lecturers

Jane Karuku

Sunday, June 22  |  4:00 - 4:45 p.m. 

JaneJane Karuku, President of Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA), is a Kenyan with over 20 years of experience, primarily in the agriculture sector. Karuku came to AGRA from Telkom Kenya, where she was the Deputy Chief Executive and Secretary General. During her tenure she was credited with the transformation of the organization and the creation of a new Telkom Kenya. Previously, she worked with Cadbury as the managing Director in East and Central Africa, responsible for its operations in 14 countries across Africa.

Karuku will speak about the challenges and potential solutions to the critical issue of global food security.  


Hod Lipson 

Monday, June 23  |  4:00 - 4:45 p.m. 

Hod Lipson

Hod Lipson is a professor of engineering at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, and a co-author of the recent book Fabricated: The New World of 3D Printing. During his presentation, Lipson will describe the disruptive principles underlying 3D printing and their sprawling effect, from education to medicine to art to architecture, and from bio-printing to food printing. Lipson will then discuss what the future holds for this technology.

Lipson's work on self-aware and self-replicating robots, food printing, and bio-printing has received widespread media coverage and been featured in The New York Times,
The Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, Time, CNN, and National Public Radio (NPR). Lipson has co-authored over 200 technical papers and speaks frequently at high-profile venues such as TED and the U.S. National Academies. He directs the Creative Machines Lab, which pioneers new ways to make machines that create, and machines that are creative.