COVIDCon’s speakers bring first-hand experience in how tyranny sparked and is exploiting the pandemic.
With degrees in computational biology, she previously worked as a research scientist at the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, and then for a large biotech firm. Born in Singapore, she has always been very vocal about the necessity of free expression and education as guarantors of human rights and as a means to check the power of authoritarian institutions.
As a journalist, Melissa’s writing has focused on China’s rising economic and geopolitical influence, and the implications of both on freedom and democracy around the world. She’s been on Fox News, the Rubin Report and the Joe Rogan Experience podcast speaking about these issues.
Mr. Bass is a founding member of the Committee on the Present Danger: China. He is also Chairman of the Board of The Rule of Law Foundation (https://rolfoundation.org/). Mr. Bass is the former Chair of the Risk Committee of the Board of Directors of the University of Texas Investment Management Company (UTIMCO), which manages approximately $45 billion. Mr. Bass has testified as an expert witness before the U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. Senate, and the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission. In 2015, Bass was recognized as one of the Top 25 Most Influential People in the Global Patent Market as named by Intellectual Asset Management magazine. Mr. Bass has lectured on global economics at various universities, including Columbia, Harvard, Stanford, UC Berkeley, University of Chicago, University of Texas, and the University of Virginia. Mr. Bass was the recipient of the 2019 Foreign Policy Association Medal for his responsible internationalism.
Before forming Hayman, Mr. Bass was a Managing Director at Legg Mason and a Senior Managing Director at Bear Stearns. He graduated from Texas Christian University with a degree in finance. Mr. Bass serves on the board of the Texas Department of Public Safety Foundation (www.texasdpsfoundation.org) and is on the advisory board of Predata, a machine learning and predicative analytics platform.
He is one of thirty-three members of the parliament who was sentenced by the unlawful Supreme Court and stripped of his immunity. At the United Nations Human Rights Council he exposes the crimes committed by Nicolás Maduro's dictatorship, coordinates the support of diplomatic missions to put pressure on the regime, and requests support to alleviate Venezuela’s Complex Humanitarian Emergency.