Bina Venkataraman, Future Tense Fellow and Carnegie Fellow, is the author of 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.