Pathways through Politics and Power on the National and International Stage
Sunday, January 10, 2016
1:00PM to 2:30PM
Annenberg Lecture Hall (See map)
RSVP Required: (RSVP link here)
Caltech alum Michael R. Nelson works on Internet-related global public policy issues for CloudFlare, a startup that has improved the performance and security of more than 2 million Web sites. Prior to joining CloudFlare in early 2015, he was a Principal Technology Policy Strategist in Microsoft's Technology Policy Group and prior to that was a Senior Technology and Telecommunications Analyst with Bloomberg Government. In addition, since January, 2009, Nelson has been teaching courses and doing research on the future of the Internet, cyber-policy, technology policy, innovation policy, and e-government in the CCT Program at Georgetown University. Prior to joining the Georgetown faculty, he was Director of Internet Technology and Strategy at IBM, where he managed a team helping define and implement IBM's Next Generation Internet strategy. Nelson has served as Chairman of the Information, Communication, and Computing Section of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, is a member of the AAAS's COSEPP committee, serves as a Trustee of the Institute for International Communications, and was selected to be a Global Leader of Tomorrow by the World Economic Forum.
Prior to joining IBM in July, 1998, Nelson was Director for Technology Policy at the Federal Communications Commission and before that was Special Assistant for Information Technology at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. There he worked with Vice President Gore and the President's Science Advisor on issues relating to the Global Information Infrastructure, including telecommunications policy, information technology, encryption, electronic commerce, and information policy. From 1988 to 1993, he served as a professional staff member for the Senate's Subcommittee on Science, Technology, and Space, chaired by then-Senator Gore and was the lead Senate staffer for the High-Performance Computing Act. His B.S. is from Caltech and Ph.D. from MIT.
Kathleen Ann Doherty is the current US Ambassador to Cyprus. She began her career with the Foreign Service in 1990, including early posts in the Dominican Republic (1990-92), and Brazil (1993-95) before serving in Washington in the Energy and Business Affairs Bureau of the Office of Development Finance and in the Office of Investment Affairs, and then as Special Assistant to the Deputy Secretary of State during the Clinton Administration. She had her first posting to Rome (2000-04) as an economic counselor before returning to Washington as a Senior Watch Officer on the Operations Center of the State Department, specializing in language training. In 2006, Doherty was sent to Moscow, again as economic counselor, including duties as the embassy’s terrorism financing coordinating officer and in mid-2008 was transferred to London as an economic counselor. Doherty returned to Washington in 2010 as director of the State Department's Office of European Union and Regional Affairs and in September 2011 was made deputy assistant secretary of state for European and Eurasian affairs. She went back to Rome in August 2013 as deputy chief of mission, remaining in that post until her nomination as ambassador.
Doherty earned a B.A. from Colgate University, worked as a journalist (1985-89), writing for Inc., Success, American Banker, Healthy Companies and The Naisbitt Group, and earned her M.Sc from the London School of Economics. She speaks Spanish, Italian, Portuguese and Russian… in addition to English.