In the Obama Administration, R. David Edelman served as the senior-most policy official on the digital economy.
Dubbed the President’s “Geek-in-Chief” and named one of Forbes’ “30 Under 30” leaders in Law & Policy, Dr. Edelman has spent a decade as one of the government’s foremost voices on how technology is changing our economy, national security, and daily lives. From cybersecurity and privacy threats to artificial intelligence and automation, his insights have helped shape national and international policy at the highest levels.
His topics include:
- A.I., Big Data, Self-Driving Cars, & Drones: Innovations Disrupting the Global Economy
- Cybersecurity & Geopolitics: Beyond the Headlines
- Digital Globalization: Lessons from China, Europe, & California
In his most recent role as Special Assistant to the President for Economic and Technology Policy at the National Economic Council (NEC), he led the White House team focusing on the digital economy — including broadband, telecom, spectrum, and technology trade — as well as cybersecurity, data privacy, and high-tech patent issues.
Dr. Edelman also led engagement with hundreds of technology companies around the world; advised the President on disruptive and emerging technologies; and was product manager of an over $15 billion portfolio of Presidential programs.
The first director for International Cyber Policy at the National Security Council (NSC), he is a graduate of Yale and Oxford. According to Forbes, “It would be hard to top the resume of R. David Edelman in several lifetimes.”