Philip Reiner is the Executive Director of Tech4GS, bringing decades of experience working in technology and international security to lead implementation of the Tech4GS mission. He also currently is the Director for Advisory at AETOS Strategy and Advisory; an affiliate with Stanford's Center for International Security and Cooperation; advisor to Do No Digital Harm; and the owner of a personal consulting business where he advises both public and private clients on business, tech, and international security with a predominant focus on India, China, and Japan. Philip previously served as President Obama’s Senior Director for South Asia on the National Security Council staff at the White House; as the Senior Advisor for Afghanistan and Pakistan; and as a Director for Pakistan at the NSC. Prior to these roles, he served in the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy at the Pentagon, where he received the Office of the Secretary of Defense Medal for Exceptional Civilian Service; and for a number of years in Raytheon's Space and Airborne Systems, working in the Electronic Warfare, Remote Sensing and Vision Systems business units. Philip obtained his Master's degree in International Relations and International Economics from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, and a Bachelor of Arts in Comparative Religions with a minor in History from the University of California at Santa Barbara. He lives in the Bay Area with his wife and two daughters.
STANLEY S BYERS: SENIOR ADVISOR
Stanley S. Byers is a TED Resident, a Cybersecurity Policy Fellow at New America, and recently served as Entrepreneur-in-Residence with SU Ventures. His focus includes mapping the converging investment and social implications of economic growth, exponential technologies, and cybersecurity threats in emerging markets. He is an expert on sustainable investment and risk in complex markets in Africa, Latin America and Central Asia. He previously served as the lead for economics and development for Afghanistan and Pakistan at the White House National Security Council and was a principal of Ernst & Young’s Cyber Economics team, analyzing the geopolitical and economics aspects of cybersecurity. Other work has focused on global trends in the extractives industry, energy infrastructure investment, and fair trade practices. Stan is also the lead for AI and Emerging Markets with the AI Initiative and Future Society at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. He earned a B.S. in Ecology from Purdue University and an MPP from the Harvard Kennedy School with a focus on economics and development. He speaks Portuguese and is working on Spanish and German.
MEGAN STIFEL: SENIOR POLICY ADVISOR
Megan Stifel is an attorney and the founder of Silicon Harbor Consultants, a firm that provides strategic cybersecurity operations and policy counsel. She currently serves as Cybersecurity Policy Director at Public Knowledge and is a Nonresident Senior Fellow in the Atlantic Council’s Cyber Statecraft Initiative. Megan previously served as a Director for International Cyber Policy at the National Security Council (NSC), where she was responsible for expanding the U.S. government's information and communications technology policy abroad, including in connection with cybersecurity, internet governance, bilateral and multilateral engagement, and capacity building. Prior to the NSC, Ms. Stifel served in the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) as Director for Cyber Policy in the National Security Division and as counsel in the Criminal Division’s Computer Crime and Intellectual Property Section. Before joining DOJ, Ms. Stifel was in private practice, where she advised clients on sanctions and FCPA compliance. Before law school, Ms. Stifel worked for the U.S. House of Representatives Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence. She received a Juris Doctorate from the Maurer School of Law at Indiana University, and a Bachelor of Arts in international studies and German, magna cum laude, from the University of Notre Dame.
ELIZABETH DALTON: SENIOR ADVISOR
Liz Dalton is an energy innovation and national security policy expert specializing in nuclear technology, grid security, emergency response operations, and the associated applications of artificial intelligence-related technologies. Liz is a Non-resident Senior Fellow with the Aspen Institute and currently serves on the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory’s Energy and Environment Directorate Advisory Committee. During the Obama Administration, Liz was appointed as Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability. In this role, Liz was responsible for several of the Department’s critical missions including national energy and infrastructure security; grid modernization research and development; cybersecurity of the energy sector; and emergency response operations. Liz previously served as Chief of Staff and Senior Advisor for DOE’s Office of Nuclear Energy, implementing the Administration’s $900 million nuclear energy research and development agenda and specifically championed efforts to develop public-private partnerships for commercializing small modular reactors. She holds a Master’s in Leadership from Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business and received her B.A. in Political Science from the College of Charleston.
ELSA KANIA: POLICY ADVISOR
Elsa B. Kania is an Adjunct Fellow with the Technology and National Security Program at the Center for a New American Security, where she focuses on Chinese defense innovation and emerging technologies, particularly artificial intelligence. She is an independent analyst, consultant, and co-founder of the China Cyber and Intelligence Studies Institute (CCISI). Elsa has testified before the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission on Chinese advances in unmanned and autonomous systems. She regularly contributes to China Brief, Lawfare, Strategy Bridge, and The Diplomat, among other publications. Her prior professional experience includes working at the Department of Defense, the Long Term Strategy Group, FireEye, Inc., and the Carnegie-Tsinghua Center for Global Policy. Elsa is a graduate of Harvard College (summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa), where her thesis on the evolution of the PLA’s strategic thinking on information warfare was awarded the James Gordon Bennett Prize. While at Harvard, she worked as a research assistant at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs and the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs. Elsa was a Boren Scholar in Beijing, China, and she is fluent in Mandarin Chinese. You can find her on Twitter @EBKania
SUHAS SUBRAMANYAM: TECHNOLOGY POLICY ADVISOR
Suhas Subramanyam is an entrepreneur and technology policy expert who has advised Presidents and Members of Congress on technology and cybersecurity. He currently manages Global Corridor Group, a firm focused on catalyzing technology and infrastructure projects around the globe. He joined Global Corridor Group after serving almost two years at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, where he ran the White House Technology Policy Task Force and advised on Artificial Intelligence, cybersecurity, infrastructure policy and economic opportunity. He worked to identify opportunities and security challenges related to emerging technologies like the Internet of Things, Artificial Intelligence and Augmented/Virtual Reality, drafting or contributing to several government reports, Executive Orders, and policy outcomes on these issues. Before joining the White House, Suhas handled a range of technology and trade issues for major U.S. law firms and worked for Members of the U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee. He is a resident of Ashburn, Virginia and holds a J.D. from Northwestern University.
JONATHAN REIBER: SENIOR ADVISOR
Jonathan Reiber is a Visiting Scholar at UC Berkeley's Center for Long-Term Cybersecurity, where he previously held a two-year writing and research senior fellowship from 2015-2017. He is currently working on a Smith Richardson Foundation funded study for Tech4GS exploring the nature of public-private cyberdefense cooperation during high-end contingencies with a near peer adversary. Previously Jonathan held a number of positions in the Obama Administration within the U.S. Department of Defense. In his last position, he served as Chief Strategy Officer for Cyber Policy in the Office of the Secretary of Defense, where he advised the Pentagon leadership and led initiatives across the cyberpolicy portfolio, to include strategic planning; key interagency and industry partnerships; and strategic communications. He was the principal author of The Department of Defense Cyber Strategy(2015). He also held a leadership role on the Department of Defense Task Force on Cyber Deterrence, and led delegations advising foreign governments in the Middle East on the formulation of cyberdefense policies and strategies. Earlier in the Obama Administration, Jonathan served as Special Assistant and Speechwriter to the United States’ Deputy Secretary of Defense, Dr. Ashton B. Carter, and previously as Special Assistant to the United States' Principal Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Policy, Dr. James N. Miller. In both positions he focused his work on foreign and defense policy, grand strategy, Middle East and Asia-Pacific affairs, and cybersecurity. Jonathan is a graduate of Middlebury College, where he studied religion and creative writing, and The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, where he served as Editor-in-Chief of The Fletcher Forum of World Affairs. A former Thomas J. Watson Fellow, he is a regular advisor to governments and corporations on risk management, strategic planning, and cybersecurity, and his writing has appeared inForeign Policy, The Christian Science Monitor, The San Jose Mercury News, Mint, and Literary Hub. He is also the author of the recently published study, Asian Cybersecurity Futures: Opportunity and Risk in the Rising Digital World(Berkeley Center for Long-Term Cybersecurity).
FARIS ALIKHAN: LEAD EDITOR
Faris Alikhan is the Lead Editor for Technology for Global Security. He is a former speechwriter for Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson. During his time at the Department of Homeland Security, he wrote on counterterrorism, cybersecurity, infrastructure protection, immigration, border security, and many other issues. From 2013 to 2014 he was a National Security Fellow at the Third Way think tank in Washington D.C, where he focused on U.S. grand strategy and nuclear nonproliferation. He has written widely on U.S. foreign policy and national security issues for outlets such as The Atlantic, The Washington Post, The Guardian, Reuters, and others. Faris received a Master's degree in International Relations from Oxford University, and a Bachelor of Arts in History with a minor in Political Science from UCLA.
ELIZABETH LINDQUIST: DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS
In this capacity, Elizabeth supports all marketing, communications and many operational aspects of our mission. Elizabeth has spent the last 20 years in senior level management positions in the hospitality Industry, providing corporate services to Google, Intel, PARC and many others. She studied English Literature at Washington State University, and began her career in the restaurant business, where she worked for several years as a chef at a top tier restaurant. In her spare time, Elizabeth volunteers for several non-profits in Silicon Valley and tries to keep up with her two Australian Shepherds, Moose and Maggie.
MIKE MCNERNEY: BOARD CHAIR
Mike McNerney is a cybersecurity strategist and startup advisor, based in Palo Alto, California. In this capacity, he supports public and private sector clients on corporate strategy, government policy, and cybersecurity risk management. Before moving to Silicon Valley, Mike served as a Cyber Policy Advisor in the Office of the Secretary of Defense at the Pentagon, where he drafted and negotiated key pieces of federal legislation through the congressional process and worked with defense industry, internet service providers and tech companies to develop cybersecurity programs. While there, he also served as an attorney in the Office of the General Counsel focusing on telecommunications law. Prior to that position, Mike was appointed as a Presidential Management Fellow in the U.S. State Department. As Foreign Affairs Officer, he pioneered a U.S. government detainee monitoring policy and drafted a national strategy for fighting corruption in Afghanistan. Mike is also a veteran of the US Air Force, a Lecturer of Political Science at California State University, East Bay, an Affiliate at the Stanford Center for International Security and Cooperation, and a Truman National Security Fellow. He graduated from the University of California, Davis, and earned his J.D. from American University, Washington College of Law.
Dan Berkenstock was the founding CEO of Skybox Imaging, a venture-backed company which launched the world's largest constellation of high resolution imaging spacecraft. At Skybox, Dan led the vision, implementation, and delivery of revolutionary information products & services derived from timely satellite imagery. In addition to collecting millions of sub meter resolution images from orbit, Skybox pioneered a number of information products that are gaining broader traction today in markets from finance to global development. Skybox was acquired in 2014 by Google, Inc, providing investors an annualized rate of return of over 60%, on more than $100M in investment. Prior to Skybox, Dan held positions at NASA and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, where he worked in counterproliferation of nuclear and biological weapons. Dan was named Satellite Executive of the Year by Via Satellite magazine in 2014. He received a Masters Degrees in Aeronautics & Astronautics from Stanford University and a Bachelors of Science in Engineering in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Michigan.
T.J. Rylander is a venture capital investor based in Palo Alto, California. He is currently a Partner at next47, the venture arm of Siemens, where he focuses on investments in connected devices and industrial solutions, especially security, data management, and analytics platforms. Prior to next47, T.J. was Managing Partner at In-Q- Tel (“IQT”), the strategic venture firm affiliated with the U.S. Intelligence Community. During T.J.’s 10 year tenure at IQT, he led investments in leading technology startups including FireEye (NASDAQ: FEYE), Cloudera (NYSE: CLDR), Pure Storage (NYSE: PSTG), Cloudant (Acquired by IBM), and Platfora (acquired by Workday). In addition to sourcing, negotiating, and managing investments, T.J. led IQT’s West Coast Investments professionals. He also served as co-lead for the Company’s Infrastructure and Security practice. T.J.’s earlier career included time as a Project Leader at Boston Consulting and several years in various finance roles at Enron, focused especially on international energy development and clean energy M&A. T.J. has an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business and a BS in Finance from the University of Virginia.
Deborah C. Gordon is the Executive Director of the Preventive Defense Project at Stanford University, directed by former Secretary of Defense, William J. Perry. She currently serves Mayor Pro-tem on the Woodside Town Council and as Director, City/County Association of Governments of San Mateo County; Chair, San Mateo County Legislative Committee; Chair, San Mateo County Resource Management and Climate Protection Task Force; Vice-Chair, San Mateo County Regional Housing Needs Advisory Committee; Member, San Mateo County Housing and Community Development Committee; and Member, League of California Cities. Deborah has over 30 years of experience in algorithm design, signal processing, network design, and network ecurity and holds several U.S. and Canadian patents for her work in medical instrumentation. She has developed systems for telecommunications, banking, and medical applications for private industry and government agencies. Her business experience includes corporate division management and she was founder and president of InforMD, Inc. Deborah holds a BS in computer science from the University of Southern California.
SUZANNE SAUNDERS SHAW
Suzanne Shaw is a veteran news broadcaster who held lead anchor positions in San Francisco at the NBC and ABC television stations for more than twenty years. Her reporting earned a DuPont and four Emmy awards for breaking news and documentaries. Until 2013, she was Special Projects producer at NBC Bay Area and previously, served as Editorial Director, writing position statements on topics ranging from teacher tenure to legislative gridlock. Suzanne has also taught interviewing and reporting techniques at the university level. During the tech boom of the 1990’s, Suzanne co-hosted the leading internationally syndicated technology show from the Silicon Valley along with reporting CEO profiles for the PBS Nightly Business Report. She was born and raised on the Monterey Peninsula and is a graduate of Stanford University. Suzanne cofounded T4GS due to her belief in the urgency of curbing the ever-rising risks posed by unsecured nuclear weapons.
LESLIE S. DEWITT
Leslie S. DeWitt has been deeply involved with non-profit ventures for the past twenty-five years, especially those focused on education programs for under served middle school students. He has also become a committed advocate for policies that mitigate the proliferation of nuclear weapons and fissile materials and has concentrated on connecting the corporate sector to those issues. Les is a native of Kalamazoo, Michigan and a 51-year resident of Atherton, California. A graduate of UCLA with a degree in Political Science, Les had a thirty-year career in food sales, securities advisement and real estate investments. He has climbed mountains on all seven of the world's continents, and has scaled five of the seven tallest continental summits, and 13 of California's fourteen 14,000' summits. He is an avid open water swimmer, and a former member of the San Francisco Bay Dolphin Club, as well as the Explorers Club. He has served upon many local non-profit Boards, and has spent over fifteen years in youth athletic coaching. He is married to Lezlie Geer of Woodland, California and they have three children.
Peter received his BA degree in Chemistry from Harvard College and his MBA in Research and Development Management from the University of Chicago. He was a Smokejumper with the U.S. Forest Service and holds US Air Force and US Marine Corps Master Parachutists ratings and private pilot single engine, instrument and glider ratings. He served in the U.S. Air Force from 1962 to 1968 with assignments with the Air Force Systems Command, 5th Force Reconnaissance Company (USMC), HQ 19th Air Force and as a Program Manager in the Advanced Research Projects Agency (ARPA). From 1968 until 1971 he was the Assistant Director of the Center for Materials Research at Stanford University and a doctoral student in Organizational Behavior at Stanford University Graduate School of Business. He subsequently served in the U.S. Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and as the Deputy Executive Director of the U.S. Price Commission. He served as the Assistant Vice President for Medical Affairs and then Executive Director of the Stanford University Medical Center from 1973 to 1976. Peter was a Planning Commissioner in Palo Alto from 1974-78. He joined the ALZA Corporation in 1976 and retired as Executive Vice President in 1990. Since 1990 he has served on more than a dozen non-profit Boards including Annual Reviews, InSTEDD, the United States International University-Kenya, and the Village Enterprise Fund. Peter was previously elected as a Director of the Fire District in 2001 and 2005 served from 2001 to 2009. He also served as an appointed Director to fill Board vacancies in 2001 and in 2010-11. He was reelected as Director in 2013.
Founder of Patient Knowhow (www.patientknowhow.com) and former founder and chief technology officer of Tropos Networks (acquired by ABB Group). Sri is also a co-founder of Tech4GS.
Chris Boskin is a highly respected veteran of magazine publishing, with a career that has included publishing and marketing positions with Worth Media, The New Yorker Magazine, Hearst Corporation, East West Network, and Knapp Communications. She currently serves as an advisor to OZY and on the boards of National Public Radio, Internews, College Track, the Gladstone Institutes, CALmatters, and Higher Ground. She was previously the Board Chair of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. Chris has advised T4GS since 2013.
Chief Executive Officer of Veritas, former founder of Cassatt, Inc. and BEA Systems, and a partner with Alsop Louie Partners.
Manager for Product Data Operations within Facebook’s Community Operations organization.
DR. MARTIN E. HELLMAN
Winner of the 2015 A.M. Turing Award for his role inventing public-key cryptography (with Whitfield Diffie)
Venture Capitalist and Co-Founder of the ROLM Corporation
Former President of Lockheed Martin Missiles and Space Company