2023 Tech Freedom Summit
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Dr. Ken Urquhart

Organizations who embrace zero trust will find embracing 5G, with all of its security challenges, a lot easier, a lot faster, and a lot safer.

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Dr. Ken Urquhart

Senior Industry Fellow

Global Vice President, 5G Strategy, Zscaler

Dr. Dana Weinstein

Science and technology do not exist in a vacuum. Policy makers and global leaders must share a common language with scientists and engineers to make the best decisions for both domestic and international interests. This is particularly critical in the face of growing needs for national security (physical and cyber), global economic considerations, and the necessity to address environmental and energy demands.

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Dr. Dana Weinstein

Senior Research Fellow

Associate Dean of Graduate Education, CoE and Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Dr. David Umulis

As synthetic biology and biomedical engineering technologies become more ubiquitous and have impact in our daily lives, it is critical that we develop cohesive and inclusive principals with our international partners that govern access and ethical use of the technology consistent with our values.

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Dr. David Umulis

Senior Research Fellow

Dane A. Miller Head and Professor of the Weldon School of Biomedical Engineering and Director of the EMBRIO Institute, Purdue University

Lefteri Tsoukalas

Freedom is the oxygen of innovation, and the world needs increasingly more and more innovation to survive and thrive in the future. Tech-diplomacy is the most important tool we have today for addressing globally, the grand challenges of inequality and climate change.

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Lefteri Tsoukalas

Director, Applied Intelligent Systems Lab (AISL);

Technical Chair, Consortium for the Intelligent Management of the Electric Power Grid (CIMEG)

Bret Swanson

Exploding information and new networks are leveling old hierarchies and rewiring the world. Unpredictably so. Diplomacy is thus more challenging—and more important.

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Bret Swanson

Senior Visiting Fellow

Founder of Entropy Economics LLC

The Hon. Manisha Singh

As a former Assistant Secretary at the U.S. State Department, I saw first hand the critical intersection between technology and diplomacy. In a world where technology is no longer a separate industry, but rather the foundation of every industry, we should work with global partners to ensure that tech is a positive force for global citizens, especially the most vulnerable. The Krach Institute for Tech Diplomacy at Purdue is at the center of promoting this idea.

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The Hon. Manisha Singh

Senior Visiting Fellow

Former Assistant Secretary of State

Dr. Ali Shakouri

Senior Research Fellow; Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Purdue University

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Dr. Ali Shakouri

Senior Research Fellow

Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Purdue University

Dr. Fabio H. Ribeiro

The energy transition will happen only if new technological innovations in electrified processes will make them better and cheaper than fossil-driven ones. The final cost will be heavily depending on policy decisions, on a global scale. A major breakthrough in diplomacy is needed to guide public funds and legislation to create the nexus point of industrial productivity for our nation, ensure global economic competitiveness, and increase U.S. energy security. Perhaps no other area of tech diplomacy will be more important.

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Dr. Fabio H. Ribeiro

Senior Research Fellow

W. Nicholas and Elizabeth H. Delgass Distinguished Professor in Chemical Engineering; Director of CISTAR

Nathan Picarsic

Senior Visiting Fellow

Co-founder, Horizon Advisory

Dr. Haley Oliver

Tech diplomacy will be central to democratically meeting future food and nutrition demands, particularly as the global population expands in the most food insecure regions of the world.

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Dr. Haley Oliver

Senior Research Fellow

150th Anniversary Professor of Food Science, USAID Feed the Future Food Safety Innovation Lab Director, Purdue University

The Hon. Nazak Nikakhtar

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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The Hon. Nazak Nikakhtar

Senior Visiting fellow and Advisory Council Member

GTSC Commissioner for Export Controls, Fmr Assistant Secretary of Commerce, Industry & Analysis, International Trade Administration

Dr. Sorin Matei

I am passionate about making connections between disparate fields, such as engineering, computer science, and social science broadly understood to understand human collaboration and conflict on a large scale. I am a practical theorist who believes that there is no more practical thing than a good theory or model.

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Dr. Sorin Matei

Senior Research Fellow

Professor and Associate Dean of Research of the College of Liberal Arts, Purdue University

Dr. Jan-Anders Mansson

In a time when technology, on a global level, increasingly penetrates our professional and private life, it is obvious that the merger of technology and diplomacy should be high on any societal agenda.

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Dr. Jan-Anders Mansson

Senior Research Fellow

Distinguished Professor of Materials Engineering and Chemical Engineering, Purdue University

Dr. Mark Lundstrom

Seventy-five years after the invention of the transistor, semiconductor chips with billions of transistors are everywhere. They transformed the 20th century by enabling satellite communication, the Internet, weather prediction, smart phones, and much more. Still far from a mature technology, a new era of semiconductor technology is just beginning, and its impact on the 21st century will be even greater than its transformative impact on the 20th century.

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Dr. Mark Lundstrom

Senior Research Fellow

Don and Carol SciDistinguished Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Purdue University

Simone Ledeen

AI is making decision-makers uncomfortable. We are used to leaders going through many layers of approval; by the time of decision, the question is no longer relevant. AI tools help us make quicker decisions, especially in cyber.

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Simone Ledeen

Senior Visiting Fellow and Advisory Council Member for GTSC Defense

Managing Director at Vantage ROI and Former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for the Middle East

Eliora Katz

Senior Industry Fellow

Robert Imig

Since its founding, the Krach Institute has brought innovators and policymakers together to ensure emerging technologies are used to advance freedom, safety, and prosperity around the world. I am honored to be able to contribute to this mission. We have only scratched the surface of Artificial Intelligence and the importance it has for protecting our nation. Our ability to not only advance this technology, but also operationalize it, is critical to keep us ahead of our adversaries.

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Robert Imig

Senior Industry Fellow and Advisory Council Member for GTSC Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning

Senior Architect for R&D at Palantir Technologies, Director, AI/ML Palantir

Scott Friedman

Technology is the bedrock for all future diplomatic engagement. Whether it be transformational hardware, labor force participation or value generated from digital assets — how the world comes together, or moves apart, will be determined by how nations come to terms with these defining features of the next generation.

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Scott Friedman

Senior Visiting Fellow

Former Senior Policy Advisor to the House Committee on Homeland Security

The Hon. Frank Fannon

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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The Hon. Frank Fannon

Senior Visiting Fellow and Advisory Council Member

GTSC Commissioner for Clean Energy and Electrical Grids, Managing Director of Fannon Global Advisors and Former Assistant Secretary of State

Dr. Ed Delp

Manipulated media, including Deep Fakes, may causes changes in our society in how we interact with each other. What do we believe is true may get a lot more complicated. My role is to educate people on the threat and provide tools to detect and migrate manipulated media.

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Dr. Ed Delp

Senior Research Fellow

Charles William Harrison Distinguished Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Professor of Biomedical Engineering, Purdue University

Dr. Dan DeLaurentis

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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Dr. Dan DeLaurentis

Senior Research Fellow

Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Purdue University and Chief Scientist, Department of Defense Systems Engineering Research Center (SERC)

Sean Cairncross

There are competing international development models and worldviews, and technology is a key component in both. The American development model deploys technology to support developing nations’ self-determination and improve peoples’ lives. Competing development models use technology as a means of control, robbing nations of their sovereignty. Diplomatic engagement is vital to clarify the different development paths nations face — and to build lasting partnerships that improves lives, increases opportunity, and fosters freedom across the globe.

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Sean Cairncross

Senior Visiting Fellow

Former Chief Executive Officer
Millennium Challenge Corporation

Emily de La Bruyère

Senior Visiting Fellow

Co-founder, Horizon Advisory

Christopher G. Brinton

Research Fellow

Assistant Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) at Purdue University