Bina Venkataraman is a Future Tense Fellow and was a Class of 2016 & 2017 Carnegie Fellow with the Fellows Program at New America. She is the author of the forthcoming book, The Optimist's Telescope: Thinking Ahead in a Reckless Age (Riverhead, 2019). She is currently the Director of Global Policy Initiatives at the Broad Institute of MIT & Harvard, and a lecturer in MIT's department of science, technology & society. She previously served as senior advisor for climate change innovation in the Obama White House, and is a former journalist for The New York Times and The Boston Globe. She is an alumna of Harvard's Kennedy School and Brown University, where she now serves on the University President's Leadership Council. A previous recipient of Fulbright, Princeton-in-Asia, and Metcalf fellowships, Venkataraman was named a 2015 Young Leader by the French-American Foundation.