Tech Commissioners

Erik Bethel

Fmr U.S. Executive Director, World Bank; Managing Partner, Quad Fund

Commissioner for Financial Technologies (Fintech)

Central bank digital currencies have the potential to revolutionize the way we conduct financial transactions, but their implementation requires careful consideration and analysis. The work of the commission in this domain is critical in ensuring that any rollout of a central bank digital currency is done in a way that maximizes benefits and minimizes risks for all stakeholders.

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Matt Blunt

54th Governor of Missouri; President, American Automotive Policy Council

Commissioner for Autonomous and Electric Vehicles

As the U.S. auto industry continues to drive the truly transformational technologies in electric vehicles and automated driving, we must work diligently, across sectors to ensure that these new technologies are properly safeguarded. The work of the Global Tech Security Commission will be a catalyst in bringing U.S. technology leaders together to not only guard against existing threats to our cutting-edge technology, but also formulate proactive strategies to combat adversarial threats to America’s future technological leadership. So I am honored to have been selected to serve on the Commission, and I am eager to work with leaders from other critical U.S. industries to carry out the important work and mission of the Global Tech Security Commission.

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Daniel DeLaurentis

Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Purdue University

Commissioner for Hypersonics

System of systems integration is my research area and my passion; integrating technology and diplomacy for mutual benefit is the grandest manifestation of this approach.

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Frank Fannon

Fmr Assistant Secretary of State (Energy Resources)

Commissioner for Clean Energy and Electrical Grids

Tech diplomacy will steer the direction of the new economy and the Fourth Industrial Revolution, whether built on foundations of freedom or control.

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Daniel Goldin

Longest-Serving Former NASA Administrator (’92 to ’01)

Commissioner for Space Technologies and Systems

The strategic importance of space and near-space technologies for the US cannot be overstated, as it is impossible to envision US national security and economic prosperity without a commitment to ensuring its access to space. If the US fails to lead all aspects of space, including satellite communications, reconnaissance, surveillance, natural resource exploration and acquisition, zero-gravity manufacturing, earth observation, lunar and cislunar exploration and operations, planetary exploration and operations and astrophysical observations, the result would have dire implications for many US industries—such as commercial, financial services, health care, and media—as well as military operations.

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Marcus Jadotte

Vice President, Government Affairs & Public Policy, Google Cloud

Commissioner for Cloud Computing

Tom Lupfer

President & Founder, Clarity Design, Inc.

Commissioner for Advanced Manufacturing and Robotics

Trust is essential in business, all the more so when the exchange involves technological intellectual property that can easily be distributed without due compensation. Software and low-latency networking are the key enablers of advanced manufacturing and robotics and must be developed and deployed securely among trusted partners.

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Thomas Sonderman

CEO, SkyWater Technology; a DMEA-Accredited Trusted Semiconductor Foundry

Commissioner for Semiconductors and Microelectronics

The historic investments made through the CHIPS & Science Act will strengthen domestic manufacturing, supply chains and national security, and we must develop the workforce required to expand the U.S. semiconductor ecosystem and bolster research and development. Public-private partnerships and industry coalitions are key to ensuring America’s continued leadership in innovation and securing technological advancements. I’m pleased to have been chosen by the Global Tech Security Commission to represent the semiconductor sector and to align with the other commissioners on strategies to safeguard freedom and the technologies of tomorrow.

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Robert Spalding

Ret. General USAF; Founder and CEO,

Commissioner for 5G and 6G

With the growth of the Internet has come an evolution in the connectedness of people across the globe. This has led to policy and governance issues that require understanding of the norms and principles of free nations as well as the technology that influences them today. Government is wholly incapable of navigating these issues alone, and authoritarian regimes are driving technology and policies towards their desired outcomes. To preserve liberty the Global Tech Security Commission and other private and public institutions must work together to derive both technology standards and policies, or watch as the world continues its descent towards authoritarianism.

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David Spirk

Fmr Chief Data Officer, USSOCOM, US DOD; Sr Counselor, Palantir

Commissioner for Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning

The U.S. cannot assume any advantage in the AI arms race. To keep up with pacing threats including China, Washington must both accelerate the innovation pipeline and build end-user confidence in AI, through robust testing and validation offered by the private sector. Failure to do so would put the U.S. at a severe disadvantage.

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Jake Taylor

Fmr Assistant Director for Quantum Information Science and founding Director of the National Quantum Coordination Office, White House Office of Science and Technology Policy

Commissioner for Quantum and Advanced Computing

Making complex quantum systems work is the type of challenge that engineers live for — and one that makes a big difference in the world. From foundational science discoveries to combating climate change, quantum engineers are going to build the systems that enable a new range of technologies if we put in the work today, in growing the foundations and depth of the field and the community.

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International Commissioners

The Hon. Tony Abbott

28th Prime Minister of Australia

Commissioner for Australia

Like just about every country, thanks to the globalisation of the past three decades, many aspects of daily life are now heavily reliant on the technology made in China. Reducing that dependency is the security imperative of our times and I am glad to be part of the Commission’s work to safeguard our freedoms into the future.

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James Kim

CEO, American Chamber of Commerce in Korea; Fmr CEO of Microsoft Korea & GM Korea

Commissioner for South Korea

Amid the growing geopolitical dynamics in Asia, the U.S-Korea partnership has become ever more paramount in ensuring regional economic security. Korea is one of the first countries to join the Indo-Pacific Economic Framework (IPEF), stepping up its regional role to safeguard liberal democracy. In this light, AMCHAM appreciates the Global Tech Security Commission’s mission to promote strategic collaboration in key emerging technologies from U.S. allies and partners. I firmly believe that the Commission’s bipartisan and global scope would allow for significant thought leadership and business strategies to be formed across sectors. As the Global Tech Security’s Commissioner representing Korea, we look forward to doing our best at AMCHAM to identify opportunities to enhance the economic and security alliance between the United States and Korea.

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Dr. Sameer Patil

Observer Research Foundation, fmr Indian National Security Council Secretariat Official

Commissioner for India

With authoritarian regimes gaining a lead in emerging technologies, it is not only urgent but imperative for like-minded democracies to unite and protect democratic values. The tech-based partnership carved out by these democratic powers will expand their advantage and decisively tilt the balance in their favour. The Global Tech Security Commission (GTSC) can significantly contribute to advancing this effort. India, with its unique civilisational ethos, experience in tackling the China challenge in its closest proximity, and tech power in its own right, will be a significant stakeholder in this engagement. I am, therefore, extremely privileged to be part of the GTSC.

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Iain Duncan Smith

UK Parliament, Leader of the Conservative Party

Commissioner for United Kingdom

As we in the Inter-Parliamentary Alliance on China have shown, there has never been a more important time to come together as democracies to focus on China. That is why efforts like the Global Tech Security Commission are so important. I’m looking forward to getting to work, ensuring that technology advances a level playing field for all, and protects our cherished freedoms.

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Audrey Tang

Minister of Digital Affairs of the Republic of China (Taiwan)

Commissioner for Taiwan

As a new member of the Global Tech Security Commission, we are committed to working with all stakeholders, especially on open and collaborative R&D, democratization of AI, privacy, and cybersecurity standards. We look forward to engaging in inclusive co-creation that leads to digital resilience for all.

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Tadao Yanase

Sr. EVP, NTT; Frm Vice Minister of METI; Exec Secretary to Prime Ministers Aso & Abe

Commissioner for Japan

As the technology competition with countries of particular concern has become increasingly serious from the strategic viewpoint, it becomes more important than ever to explore and share the strategic plan among the like-minded countries, I am very honored to contribute to developing the strategy on how Japan and its allies should meet this challenge as a Commissioner for Japan of the Global Tech Security Commission.

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Strategy Commissioners

The Hon. Todd Chapman

Fmr U.S. Ambassador to Brazil and Ecuador

Commissioner for Diplomacy

I am honored to join the Global Tech Security Commission and contribute to the promotion of technology’s role in advancing freedom and prosperity in the face of authoritarian challenges by untrustworthy actors. The Global Tech Security Commission is building the thought leadership and relationships necessary to bring together the best in technology with the best in governance to empower international governments and companies to resist totalitarian regimes.

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Harris Diamond

Fmr Chmn & CEO McCann Worldgroup; Fmr CEO, Weber Shandwick

Commissioner for Media

David Fogel

Fmr Chief of Staff Export-Import Bank; CEO NCSS

Commissioner for Development Finance

After serving in senior economic policy positions in the U.S. government and in executive roles in the financial services sector, I have seen first-hand the critical importance of coordinated efforts among the U.S. government, our foreign allies, and global financial institutions to promote international development in parts of the world that are plagued by the predatory economic conduct of the Chinese Communist Party. I look forward to working with the Commission in outlining both defensive and offensive strategies to combat this behavior and promote vital U.S. national security interests.

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Andy Geisse

Fmr CEO, AT&T Business Solutions; Operating Partner, Bessemer Venture Partners

Commissioner for Data/Cyber

The work of the Global Tech Security Commission is critical to maintaining freedom and our way of life. Data has become the life blood of our companies, industries and technologies; We must protect it so it is used to advance freedom versus restraining it.

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Andrei Iancu

Fmr Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property

Commissioner for Innovation and IP Protection

America and its trade partners need to maximize their innovation output in order to compete for the technologies of the future. The Global Tech Security Commission will play a critical role in shaping policies that ensure our continued technological edge.

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Corey Johnston

Head of Strategy, Strider Technologies; Ret. U.S. Navy Captain;

Commissioner for Economic Security

Richard Kang

Founder & CEO, Prism Global; Fmr Head of Global Strategy, MTV Networks

Commissioner for Outbound Investment

In a world where autocracies aggressively seek to shape a new world order, advanced technologies serve as their primary weapons; yet their role in the geopolitical calculus for free and open societies is dangerously nascent—clearly, tech diplomacy is where the greatest impact meets the greatest need.

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Michael Kratsios

Fmr US Chief Technology Officer; Fmr Under Secretary of Defense

Commissioner for Logistics

Greg Levesque

Co-Founder & CEO, Strider Technologies

Commissioner for Military-Civil Fusion

Industry is the battlespace of great power competition in the 21st century. Nation-states are leveraging cutting-edge technology, talent, and supply chains to advance their economic and military objectives. I’m grateful to be a part of the Krach Institute for Tech Diplomacy at Purdue’s efforts to marshal the capacity of industry leadership and define the path forward for America and our allies to compete and prevail in this battle.

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C. J. Mahoney

Former Deputy United States Trade Representative; Vice President and Deputy General Counsel, Cloud + AI, Microsoft

Commissioner for Investment Screening

Dan Negrea

Fmr Special Representative, U.S. State Department, Economic Bureau

Commissioner for Prosperity Partnerships

Tech security has an important prosperity dimension.  Technology can improve people’s lives and accelerate countries’ progress when used for good.  It can also be a tool to rob people of their freedom through tech surveillance, for economic espionage, or for intellectual property theft.  The prosperity subcommission will propose concrete ways to harness tech for human flourishing.

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Greg Nelson

Fmr Sr. VP of Microsoft; Board of Directors, Opportunity Intl.

Commissioner for Micro-Lending

Helping the world’s poorest people to achieve their own success through sustainable entrepreneurship–giving people a hand up, not just a handout–helps secure a better future for all of us. The partnership between The Krach Institute for Tech Diplomacy at Purdue and Opportunity International is bringing thought leadership, innovation, and momentum to this challenge.

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Nazak Nikakhtar

Fmr Assistant Secretary of Commerce, Industry & Analysis, International Trade Administration

Commissioner for Export Controls

International partnerships accelerate technological advancements, and interoperability of innovations ensures the safety and security of the United States and our allies. Purdue’s groundbreaking initiative brings Technology Diplomacy to the forefront of international engagement and strengthens the foundation for peace and security worldwide.

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John O’Connor

Chairman & CEO, J.H. Whitney Investment Management; Fmr Exec Partner JP Morgan

Commissioner for Board Strategy

Roger W. Robinson Jr.

Frm Sr. Director, NSC; Frm Chairman U.S.-China Economic & Security Commission

Commissioner for Capital Markets

Keith Krach is a dynamic, visionary force of nature who is dedicated to the transformation of U.S. technology and financial competitiveness globally, while advancing national security-mindedness, particularly vis a vis our leading adversaries. It’s an honor to join him in forging a pivotal role for the Institute in this much-needed, historic undertaking.

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Jim Schwab

Fmr Director of Strategy & Solutions, U.S. Dept of State; Founding Partner, Crimstone Partners

Commissioner for Supply Chains

Awareness of the truly extensive and global nature of our supply chain has never been higher as the pandemic caused major disruptions in the flow and availability of goods worldwide. Therefore, fundamental and foundational to a winning global tech security strategy is the establishment of a trusted, transparent, and secure global supply chain network whose participants are all aligned against the key values of freedom and democracy and are dedicated to the development of the trusted relationships that make it all work.

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David Stilwell

Ret. General USAF; Fmr Assistant Secretary of State (Asia)

Commissioner for Defense

The National Defense Strategy calls the People’s Republic of China the ‘Pacing Threat’, in large part because most of the US government outside Defense has been trying to cooperate with China, while Beijing has long called the US ‘the high-tech enemy.’ The Global Tech Security Commission is an important step toward putting the relationship on an appropriate footing; the US must stop helping the PRC defeat us.

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Henry Stoever

Principal, Brentwood Advisory Group; Former President and CEO, Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges (AGB); Former CMO, National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD)

Commissioner for Education

I applaud the commission’s focused mission to develop a global tech security strategy designed to rally and unify like-minded countries, leverage the innovation and resources of the private sector, and build a global network to develop, protect, and adopt trusted technologies.

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Rob Strayer

Fmr Deputy Assistant Secretary of State (Cyber & Intl. Comms Policy)

Commissioner for Lawfare

The Commission will provide timely and essential strategic advice to the United States and other governments as they seek to secure the benefits of emerging technologies for their citizens against the backdrop of challenges to market-based competition, the rule of law, and free flows of information.

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Miles Yu

Principal China Policy Advisor to U.S. Secy. of State; Professor, U.S. Naval Academy

Commissioner for China Expertise

The Global Tech Security Commission plays a critical, bi-partisan role in challenging and defeating the Chinese Communist Party’s dictatorship that is greatly enabled and empowered by modern technologies and sophisticated tools of repression and aggression.

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