March 28, 2024

A Conversation on Quantum Technology with Kate Weber, PhD


The French-American Foundation hosted a webinar on Thursday, March 28th at 11:30 am ET. This program focused on quantum technology and featured Kate Weber, PhD, Head of Governance, Google Quantum AI at Google and moderator Maura Sullivan, PhD, Young Leader ’20 and Managing Director, Applied AI at Applied Materials.

Building on the French-American Foundation’s longstanding commitment to advancing transatlantic dialogue on cyber security-related issues, our webinar series complements the Foundation’s annual two-day Cyber Security Conference in December. These webinars are open to the public and engage high-level American and French experts in conversations on today’s most pressing cyber security challenges in a transatlantic context.

Read more about the program and visit our YouTube page to watch the full webinar recording.

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About the Speakers:

 Kate Weber, PhD
Head of Governance, Google Quantum AI

Kate leads governance, including internal governance and government relations and policy, for Google’s quantum computing team, Google Quantum AI. Previously, she led global public policy for emerging technologies (including quantum computing) at Google. Her career has focused on the intersection of science, technology, and policy; prior to Google, she led a team at the US Department of State covering bilateral and multilateral engagement on chemicals management, air quality, and waste management, where she was also an American Association for the Advancement of Science S&T Policy Fellow.

She holds a Ph.D. in Molecular Biology from the University of Cambridge, where she was a Marshall Scholar, and a B.S. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from the University of Richmond.


Maura Sullivan, PhD (Young Leader 2020)
Managing Director, Applied AI
Applied Materials

Maura Sullivan is a Managing Director at Applied Materials, the global leader in semicondutor equipment. Prior to that, she was the co-founder and COO of Fathom5, developing secure analytics for industrial applications. She previously was the Chief of Strategy and Innovation at the US Department of the Navy, where she was responsible for defining the future of the Navy enterprise and developing the innovation, workforce, and information strategy to accelerate the adoption of emerging technologies, including AI, additive manufacturing, and augmented reality.

Maura was a White House Fellow, has a Ph.D. in Epidemiology from Emory University, and a B.S and M.S. in Earth Systems from Stanford University focused in energy engineering and climate modeling.