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The distinguished speakers teaching the Yale Cyber Leadership Forum are thought leaders and innovators of cyber security. Drawing from Yale’s own renowned Law School as well as from leadership positions in government and industry, these individuals collectively offer an essential set of strategies and principles to guide our institutions, governments, and businesses, and societies.

2019 Speakers

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Oona A. Hathaway

Forum Director; Gerard C. and Bernice Latrobe Smith Professor of International Law, Yale University

Oona A. Hathaway is also Professor of International Law and Area Studies at the Yale University MacMillan Center, on the faculty at the Jackson Institute for International Affairs, and Professor (by courtesy) of the Yale University Department of Political Science. She is a member of the Strategic Planning Committee of the American Society of International Law and the Advisory Committee on International Law for the Legal Adviser at the United States Department of State. In 2014-15, she took leave from Yale Law School to serve as Special Counsel to the General Counsel for National Security Law at the U.S. Department of Defense, where she was awarded the Office of the Secretary of Defense Award for Excellence. Her current research focuses on the foundations of modern international law, the intersection of U.S. constitutional law and international law, the enforcement of international law, and the law of armed conflict. She is a principal investigator on a recent grant awarded by Hewlett Foundation to study cyber conflict. She has published more than twenty-five law review articles, including The Law of Cyber-Attack, and she is the co-author of The Internationalists: How a Radical Plan to Outlaw War Remade the World (with Scott Shapiro).

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Richard Domingues Boscovich

Assistant General Counsel, Digital Crimes Unit, Microsoft

As Senior Attorney on Microsoft’s Digital Crimes Unit, Richard Boscovich leads a team of investigators focused on malicious code and spyware enforcement cases. Based in Redmond, Wash., the team actively analyzes all forms of malware such as botnets, malvertising, scarware and click fraud. His work in the field includes the legal strategies used in the take downs of the Waledac, Rustock and more recently, the Kelihos bot-nets.  In addition to analyzing malicious code, the team actively pursues partnerships with others in the industry, as well as law enforcement agencies, and academics in the field.

Rebecca Crotoof

Clinical Lecturer in Law, Research Scholar in Law, and Information Society Project Executive Director, Yale Law School

Rebecca Crootof’s primary areas of research include torts, international law, national security, and cyber and technology law; her written work explores questions stemming from the iterative relationship between law and technology, often in light of social changes sparked by increasingly autonomous systems, artificial intelligence, cyberspace, robotics, and the Internet of Things. She lectures on law and technology issues at law schools and think tanks, has testified on artificial intelligence and public policy at the European Political Strategy Centre, and consults on the use of autonomous systems in armed conflicts. At YLS, she teaches “Technology Law,” a course that identifies the various ways both domestic and international legal regimes respond to and shape technological development, and the “Law and Artificial Intelligence” and “Torts and New Technologies” reading groups. Crootof earned a B.A. cum laude in English with a minor in Mathematics at Pomona College; a J.D. at Yale Law School; and a Ph.D. at Yale Law School, where she graduated as a member of the first class of Ph.D.’s in law awarded in the United States.

Jen Easterly

Managing Director and Global Head of Cybersecurity Fusion Center, Morgan Stanley

Jen Easterly is a Managing Director of Morgan Stanley and Global Head of the Firm’s Cybersecurity Fusion Center. She joined the firm in February 2017 after nearly three decades in U.S. Government service. Prior to joining Morgan Stanley, Jen served on the National Security Council as Special Assistant to President Obama and Senior Director for Counterterrorism, where she led the development and coordination of U.S. counterterrorism and hostage policy. Prior to that, she was the Deputy for Counterterrorism at the National Security Agency. A two-time recipient of the Bronze Star, Jen retired from the U.S. Army after more than twenty years of service in intelligence and cyber operations, including tours of duty in Haiti, the Balkans, Iraq, and Afghanistan. Responsible for standing up the Army’s first cyber battalion, Jen was also instrumental in the creation of United States Cyber Command. She is the 2018 recipient of the James W. Foley American Hostage Freedom Award.


Grace Murray Hopper Professor of Computer Science, Yale University

Joan Feigenbaum is the Grace Murray Hopper Professor of Computer Science at Yale University. She received a BA in Mathematics from Harvard and a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Stanford. Between finishing her Ph.D. in 1986 and starting at Yale in 2000, she was with AT&T, where she participated very broadly in the company's Information-Sciences research agenda, e.g., by creating a research group in Algorithms and Distributed Data, of which she was the manager in 1998-99. Professor Feigenbaum's research interests include security, privacy, anonymity, and accountability; Internet algorithmics; and computational complexity. While at Yale, she has been a principal in several high-profile activities, including the DHS-funded Pri-Fi Project, the DARPA-funded DISSENT project, and the NSF-funded PORTIA project. Her current and recent professional activities include service as the Department Chair of the Yale Computer Science Department (July 2014 through June 2017), Program Chair of the 2013 ACM Symposium on Theory of Computing, and membership on the Editorial Board of Theory of Computing Systems and the Steering Committee of the NetEcon Workshop.

Joshua Geltzer

Founding Executive Director, Institute for Constitutional Advocacy and Protection; Visiting Professor of Law, Georgetown University Law Center

Joshua Geltzer serves as the founding Executive Director of the Institute for Constitutional Advocacy and Protection as well as Visiting Professor of Law at Georgetown University Law Center. He is also an ASU Future of War Fellow at New America. Geltzer served from 2015 to 2017 as Senior Director for Counterterrorism at the National Security Council staff, having served previously as Deputy Legal Advisor to the National Security Council and as Counsel to the Assistant Attorney General for National Security at the U.S. Department of Justice. He also served as a law clerk to Justice Stephen Breyer of the U.S. Supreme Court and, before that, as a law clerk to Chief Judge Alex Kozinski of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. He is the author of US Counter-Terrorism Strategy and al-Qaeda: Signalling and the Terrorist World-View, published by Routledge; and his work has appeared in The Atlantic, Foreign Policy, Parameters, Politico, Studies in Conflict & Terrorism, the Journal of Constitutional Law, the Berkeley Journal of International Law, and the Washington Post.

Nathaniel Gleicher

Head of Cybersecurity Policy, Facebook

Nathaniel Gleicher is a computer scientist and a lawyer, and works at the intersection of technology, policy, and law. He has taught computer programming, built and secured computer networks, prosecuted cybercrime at the U.S. Department of Justice, and served as Director for Cybersecurity Policy at the National Security Council (NSC) in the White House. At the NSC, he developed U.S. government policy on key technology and cybersecurity challenges, including encryption, cyber deterrence, internet governance, and network security. Since leaving government, Nathaniel served as head of cybersecurity strategy at Illumio, and is currently the Head of Cybersecurity Policy at Facebook.


Susan Hennessey

Fellow in National Security in Governance Studies, Brookings Institution

Susan Hennessey is Fellow in National Security in Governance Studies at the Brookings Institution. She is the Managing Editor of the Lawfare blog, which is devoted to sober and serious discussion of "Hard National Security Choices.” She focuses on national security issues surrounding cybersecurity, surveillance, federal terrorism prosecutions, and congressional oversight of the intelligence community. Prior to joining Brookings, Ms. Hennessey was an attorney in the Office of General Counsel of the National Security Agency. At the NSA, she advised operational elements on matters relating to Information Assurance and Cybersecurity and represented the Agency on cybersecurity legislation and related executive actions.

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Adam S. Hickey

Deputy Assistant Attorney General, National Security Division, U.S. Department of Justice

Adam S. Hickey is a Deputy Assistant Attorney General (DAAG) of the National Security Division (NSD) at the Department of Justice (DOJ). He oversees the Counterintelligence and Export Control Section (CES), including the FARA Registration Unit, and the Foreign Investment Review Staff. As the DAAG for National Asset Protection, he manages NSD’s efforts to combat national security threats to the private sector from computer intrusions and attacks, economic espionage, proliferation, malign foreign influence, and through foreign investment. Mr. Hickey also represents DOJ on interagency policy committees concerning cybersecurity.



Chief Operating Officer, Cybersecurity Technology Group, Bank of America 

Elena Kvochko is a security and technology expert and business operations executive. Her focus is on delivering the highest degree of privacy and security that can protect clients and employees globally. She has worked to develop a new holistic security model that can scale to protect from threats regardless of their nature, enable cross-channel and cross-products visibility. Previously, she worked in technology and security at the World Economic Forum and the Word Bank working with executives, CEOs and global government leaders to implement new security and technology standards. Elena is a member of the Wall Street Journal CIO Council. Her work appeared in Forbes, Harvard Business Review, was featured by The Wall Street Journal and multiple industry media. She was a keynote speaker at the leading industry meetings. Elena was named ‘Top 100 CIOs’ by CIO Magazine, was part of Fortune Magazine's ‘Most Powerful Women - International’, ‘Leading CIOs Who Happen to be Female’ by CIO Magazine, ‘Best Cybersecurity Team of the Year’ by SC Magazine and ‘Best Banking and Financial Services Team of the Year’. Elena Kvochko is a Certified Information Security Professional (CISSP), Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH). She holds a Master’s degree with the focus on technology policy from the University of Massachusetts and an executive certificate in Managing Complex Technical Projects from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

David C. Lashway

Co-chair, Global Cybersecurity Practice, Baker McKenzie

David C. Lashway is the Co-chair of the Global Cybersecurity Practice and a member of the Management Committee in Baker McKenzie's Washington, DC office. David is listed in Chambers, a Leading Lawyer by Legal 500, and named in The Washingtonian as a Top Lawyer for crisis management and cybersecurity. He was awarded Corporate Counsel Magazine’s 2017 Gold Winner for Cyber/Privacy Counsel in its annual Best of Corporate Counsel rankings and he is included among the Cyber Incident Response 30 Best Lawyers 2018. David is a frequent speaker and regularly participates in the Cyber Leadership Forum regarding cybersecurity sponsored by the Yale Law School. He is a member of the editorial board for LexisNexis’ Privacy & Cybersecurity Law Reporter and serves on the US Chamber of Commerce Cybersecurity Council. David is an active member of the Atlantic Council, the NY Cyber Task Force at Columbia University, the cyber working group at MIT, and serves on the board of several not-for-profit organizations.

Derek Maki

Associate Partner, McKinsey & Company

Derek has expertise at the intersection of digital and cybersecurity transformation. He has over thirteen years of experience in technology and cybersecurity helping clients identify and manage cyber risk and respond to crisis events more effectively. Derek advises senior executives on how best to allocate technology and cyber resources to address growing business risks in an increasingly digital ecosystem. Derek holds an B.Sc. in computer technology from Purdue University.


Sean O'Brien

Director of Business Development, Purism; Lecturer in Law, Yale Law School

Sean O'Brien is a Lecturer in Law at Yale Law School with expertise in cybersecurity, privacy, and mobile device forensics. He is the Asst. Director for Technology at Yale Office of International Students & Scholars and Ph.D. student in Law at the University of South Africa. He founded Yale Privacy Lab in 2017, an initiative of the Information Society Project at Yale Law School. He is an active member of MakeHaven, a local non-profit makerspace, where he implements FreedomBox GNU/Linux servers.

Matt Olsen

Chief Trust and Security Officer, Uber

Matt Olsen is the Chief Trust and Security Officer at Uber, where he leads a global team responsible for cybersecurity, corporate security and investigations, and law enforcement engagement. Olsen previously worked for over two decades as a leading government official on national security, cyber, and law enforcement issues. Olsen served for three years in the Obama Administration as the Director of the National Counterterrorism Center and helped to lead the government’s counterterrorism efforts. Prior to joining NCTC, Olsen was the General Counsel for the National Security Agency, serving as NSA’s chief legal officer and focusing on surveillance law and cyber operations. Olsen also served in leadership positions at the Department of Justice, where he managed national security and criminal cases and helped establish the National Security Division. Olsen also was Special Counsel to the Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. For over a decade, Olsen worked as a federal prosecutor and began his public service career as a trial attorney in the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division. In addition to his public service, Olsen was a co-founder and president of IronNet Cybersecurity and a national security analyst for ABC News. Olsen also teaches at Harvard Law School and the University of Virginia. He is an adjunct senior fellow at the Center for a New American Security and serves on the board of Human Rights First and several advisory boards. Olsen graduated from Harvard Law School and the University of Virginia.

Asha Rangappa

Senior Lecturer, Jackson Institute for Global Affairs, Yale University; CNN analyst; former Special Agent, FBI

Asha Rangappa is director of admissions and a senior lecturer at the Jackson Institute for Global Affairs, where she teaches National Security Law and related courses. Asha graduated from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University in 1996, and from Yale Law School in 2000. In between, she was a Fulbright Scholar in Bogota, Colombia, where she studied Colombian constitutional reform and its impact on U.S. drug policy in the region. Following law school Asha served as a law clerk for the Honorable Juan R. Torruella, U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit in San Juan, Puerto Rico. She then joined the Federal Bureau of Investigation as a Special Agent, specializing in counterintelligence investigations in New York City from 2002 until 2005. Prior to joining Jackson, Asha was Associate Dean at Yale Law School.


Scott Shapiro

Charles F. Southmayd Professor of Law and Professor of Philosophy, Yale Law School

Scott Shapiro is the Charles F. Southmayd Professor of Law and Professor of Philosophy at Yale Law School. His areas of interest include jurisprudence, international law, constitutional law, criminal law and cybersecurity. He is the author of Legality (2011), The Internationalists (2017) (with Oona Hathaway) and editor of The Oxford Handbook of Jurisprudence and Philosophy of Law (2002) (with Jules Coleman). He earned B.A. and Ph.D. degrees in philosophy from Columbia University and a J.D. from Yale Law School. Shapiro is an editor of Legal Theory and the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy. He is also the founder of the Documentary Film clinic, which provides legal services to independent documentary filmmakers. His next book, entitled Insecurity, details the history and technology of internet hacking.

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Ken Siegel

Independent Consultant; former Executive Vice President and Chief Legal Officer, Nuance Communications, Inc.

Ken Siegel has more than 30 years of experience advising global businesses that provide enterprise software, software as a service (SAAS) and hardware products and solutions to customers in the telecommunications, semiconductor, security, healthcare, automotive, financial services, manufacturing and retail industries and to the U.S. government.  He started his career at a nationally recognized, technology-focused law firm and subsequently served as the general counsel/chief legal officer of a number of technology companies.  He most recently served as Executive Vice President and Chief Legal Officer at Nuance Communications, Inc., where he was responsible for overseeing all legal, intellectual property, corporate governance, and regulatory activities across Nuance’s global operations. During his tenure at Nuance, he was part of the leadership team that managed and guided the company as it responded to and recovered from a major cybersecurity incident. 

Marc Sorel

Associate Partner, McKinsey & Company

Marc focuses on serving strategic, investor, and provider clients on digital and analytics topics, with a focus on cybersecurity. Outside the firm, Marc serves as a U.S. Navy Reserve information warfare officer. Previously, as a civil servant Marc worked for the U.S. Departments of State, Defense, and Homeland Security, and the United Nations in the US, Austria, Israel, and the West Bank. He has published with the Georgetown Journal of International Affairs, The Yale Globalist, The Baltimore Sun, and others on matters of national security and foreign policy. Marc is a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations and a non-resident fellow of the Georgetown Center on National Security and the Law. He holds a B.A. in history with distinction from Yale, and a J.D.-M.S.F.S. joint degree from Georgetown University, with distinction in the M.S.F.S. program at the Walsh School of Foreign Service, where he served as a teaching assistant to former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine K. Albright.

Peter Swire

Elizabeth & Tommy Holder Chair of Law and Ethics, Scheller College of Business, Georgia Institute of Technology; Associate Director for Policy, Institute for Information Security and Privacy, Georgia Institute of Technology

Peter Swire is the Elizabeth and Tommy Holder Chair and Professor of Law and Ethics, at the Georgia Institute of Technology. He has appointments by courtesy with the College of Computing and School of Public Policy. He is senior counsel with the law firm of Alston & Bird LLP. Swire has been a leading privacy and cyber-law scholar, government leader, and practitioner since the rise of the Internet in the 1990’s. In 2018, he was named an Andrew Carnegie Fellow for his project on cross-border data flows.  In 2015 the International Association of Privacy Professionals, among its over 40,000 members, awarded him its Privacy Leadership Award. In 2013, he served as one of five members of President Obama’s Review Group on Intelligence and Communications Technology. Prior to that, he was co-chair of the global Do Not Track process for the World Wide Web Consortium. He is a Senior Fellow with the Future of Privacy Forum, a Member with the National Academy of Sciences & Engineering Forum on Cyber Resilience, and Research Director for the Cross-Border Data Forum. Under President Clinton, Swire was the Chief Counselor for Privacy, in the U.S. Office of Management and Budget. He is the first person to have U.S. government-wide responsibility for privacy policy. In that role, his activities included being White House coordinator for the HIPAA medical privacy rule and Gramm-Leach-Bliley financial privacy rule, and helping negotiate the U.S.-E.U. Safe Harbor agreement for trans-border data flows. Under President Obama, he served as Special Assistant to the President for Economic Policy.

Greg Virgin

President and Chief Executive Officer, Redjack

Greg Virgin is Chief Executive Officer of Redjack, whose product creates the foundation for large enterprises to understand their digital activity and dramatically improve the resilience of their organizations. Greg has 17 years experience in cybersecurity, including seven years in the intelligence community and ten years as CEO of Redjack.


Edward Wittenstein

Director of International Relations & Leadership Programs, Yale Office of International Affairs

Edward (“Ted”) Wittenstein works in partnership with faculty, deans, and other key university administrators to advance a wide range of Yale initiatives around the world. He also serves as Executive Director of Yale’s Johnson Center for the Study of American Diplomacy, a program of the Jackson Institute for Global Affairs in collaboration with International Security Studies and the Brady-Johnson Program in Grand Strategy, founded upon the donation of Dr. Henry Kissinger’s papers to Yale. A Lecturer in Global Affairs, Ted teaches undergraduate and graduate courses on intelligence, cybersecurity, and national security decision-making. Ted is a graduate of Yale College and Yale Law School. Before returning to work for Yale, Ted held a variety of positions at the Department of Defense, Commission on the Intelligence Capabilities of the United States Regarding Weapons of Mass Destruction, Office of the Director of National Intelligence, and the Department of State.