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SIBF's 20/20 Leaders Forum presents thought leaders and experts in their fields for discussions on important international business issues. The 2019 program presents Kambiz "Kamy” Akhavan, the nation's leading source of nonpartisan research on controversial issues. In this role he writes and speaks on numerous topics including How to Save Democracy Through Critical Thinking, Why and How to Teach Controversial Issues in Your Classroom and Amplifying the Awesome Power of Debate.

Kamy has more than 20 years of experience in making serious educational content entertaining and affordable. His work has been published in textbooks, magazines, newspapers, and websites across the United States. He has been interviewed by Reuters, Associated Press, Fox News, ABC, Washington Post, several TV stations, and radio affiliates of NPR, CNN, and CBS. Kamy was born in Iran, grew up in southern Louisiana, and has lived in California for over 25 years. He holds a BA and MA in History from UCLA. He loves music, politics, sunshine, soup, and critical thinkers.