Kamy Akhavan

Kamy Akhavan

Executive Director for the USC Dornsife Center for the Political Future

Kamy Akhavan is the former CEO of ProCon.org, America’s leading source of nonpartisan research on controversial issues & has 20 years experience bridging divides.

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Kamy Akhavan is the former CEO of ProCon.org, America’s leading source of nonpartisan research on controversial issues, who now leads the Center for the Political Future at the University of Southern California. Kamy writes and speaks on numerous topics, including the origins of and solutions to political polarization, and is an expert on teaching people how to deal with controversial issues. With more than 20 years of experience in bridging divides at national levels, Kamy’s work has served more than 200 million people, including students at more than 12,000 schools in all 50 states and 100 countries.


Kamy can speak on a variety of topics including:

  • How to fight polarization by yourself
  • People skills for the modern workplace
  • Unconscious bias in politics and partisanship
  • How to start and run a successful non-profit organization


Reducing Polarization All By Yourself

Available for listening from How Do We Fix It?

Overcoming Bias with Critical Thinking

Available for viewing from eSpeakers

Speaker highlights

Available for viewing from YouTube


The Bully Pulpit

The Bully Pulpit

USC Dornsife Center for the Political Future

Bringing together top Republicans and Democrats to transcend partisan divisions and explore solutions to our most pressing national and global challenges

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"That. Was. So. Good! You've already being voted as the best session of the summit so far. The worst part of a virtual summit is that I can't high five you as you walk off the stage, after you totally lit it on fire. Thanks so much for doing this for us. And more importantly, for opening hearts and minds, one awesome talk at a time. We appreciate you! Can't wait to find other ways to work together this year!"

- Victoria Fine, Lead Program Strategist, Senior Advisor for Open Innovation Programs, US Census Bureau

"Kamy gave a GREAT speech. I've never seen more colloquium audience people ask for a speaker's card or how to contact him."

- Jay Rakow, former General Counsel, MGM

"Over the course of my TV and radio career I have booked more than 1,000 people on network news and talk shows. In 20+ years I have never met anyone who is a more engaging and knowledgeable speaker. I have observed his radio/tv/web interviews and his speeches and in my opinion there is nobody better. I saw him speak publicly and thought WOW, this guy needs to be a regular contributor on a network news broadcast."

- Jeanne Edmunds, former Senior Producer for "Face the Nation" and "Larry King Live"

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