April 13, 2023

A Conversation with Dmitri Alperovitch

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On Thursday, April 13, the French-American Foundation hosted a webinar on “Geopolitics and Cybersecurity in Ukraine and Beyond.” The conversation was led by Dmitri Alperovitch, Co-Founder and Chairman of Silverado Policy Accelerator and moderated by Dr. Cara LaPointe (Young Leader ’19), Co-Director of the Johns Hopkins Institute for Assured Autonomy.

About Dmitri Alperovitch

Dmitri Alperovitch is the Co-Founder and Chairman of Silverado Policy Accelerator, a non-profit focused on advancing American prosperity and global leadership in the 21st century and beyond. He is a Co-Founder and former CTO of CrowdStrike Inc., a leading cybersecurity company. A renowned cybersecurity visionary, business executive, and thought leader on geopolitics, great power competition and cybersecurity strategy, Alperovitch has served as special advisor to the Department of Defense and currently serves on the Department of Homeland Security Advisory Council and the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency’s Cyber Safety Review Board. His writing on geopolitics, foreign policy and cybersecurity issues has appeared in major news outlets including the New York Times, the Washington Post, and Foreign Affairs, and he is a regular contributor to national broadcast news programs including PBS Newshour and NBC News. Alperovitch is also an active angel investor and board member of multiple high-growth technology companies. He has been named as one of Fortune Magazine‘s “40 Under 40” most influential young people in business and Politico Magazine has featured Alperovitch as one of “Politico 50” influential thinkers, doers and visionaries transforming American politics. In 2013, Alperovitch received the prestigious recognition of being selected as MIT Technology Review’s “Young Innovators under 35” (TR35) and Foreign Policy‘s Leading Global Thinkers, and he was named a “D.C. Tech Titan” and one of the 500 most influential people in Washington by Washingtonian Magazine in 2022. In 2021, he launched the Alperovitch Institute for Cybersecurity Studies at Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS). He is the host and creator of Silverado’s popular “Geopolitics Decanted” podcast, dedicated to expert analysis of the war in Ukraine as well as broader issues related to industrial policy, semiconductors, cybersecurity and economic and ecological security.


About Cara LaPointe, PhD

Dr. Cara LaPointe is a futurist who focuses on the intersection of technology, policy, ethics, and leadership. She serves as the co-director of the Johns Hopkins Institute for Assured Autonomy, which works to ensure that autonomous systems are safe, secure, and trustworthy as they are increasingly integrated into every aspect of our lives. During more than two decades in the United States Navy, LaPointe held numerous roles in areas including digital transformation, autonomous systems, acquisitions, ship design, naval force architecture, and unmanned vehicle technology integration. At Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution’s Deep Submergence Lab, she conducted research in underwater robotics, developing sensor fusion algorithms for deep-ocean autonomous underwater vehicle navigation.

LaPointe was previously a senior fellow at Georgetown University’s Beeck Center for Social Impact + Innovation, where she created the “Blockchain Ethical Design Framework” as a tool to drive social impact and ethics into blockchain technology. She has served as an advisor to multiple global emerging technology initiatives, including at the United Nations and the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development. LaPointe is a patented engineer, a White House Fellow, and a French-American Foundation Young Leader. She served in the White House Office under three presidential administration, both as the interim director of the President’s Commission on White House Fellowships and, most recently, as a Senior Advisor within the White House for the Biden-Harris administration.

LaPointe holds a Doctor of Philosophy, awarded jointly by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and WHOI, a Master of Science and a Naval Engineer degree from MIT, a Master of Philosophy from the University of Oxford, and a Bachelor of Science from the United States Naval Academy.